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Never a Bride

3.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  706 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
He has a scar on the back of his neck. That's all Mirabella Whittingham knows about the man responsible for her best friend's death—so she's been kissing bachelors all over town in hopes of finding him. London society is shocked—but why should she care what people say? Her fiancé—a man she's never even laid eyes on—has been gone for years, and shows no signs of returning. ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Jove
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Sep 16, 2010 Angelc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mirabella Whittingham has been waiting six years for her fiance to return to London and marry her. She hasn't exactly been pining away for Camden, Viscount Stonehurst, since she's never met him and the match was arranged by their parents. Until he returns from America, Mirabella takes it upon herself to find her friend Sarah's killer by kissing half of the bachelors in London! Camden has been hiding from his past, but an urgent letter from his mother brings him back to London. He is shocked to f ...more
Mirabella Whittingham is on a quest to get revenge on the man who destroyed her cousin. But in order to do so she must find him and all she has to go on is a few diary entries that tell her he has a scar and is not tall. So she starts kissing the men she knows danced with her cousin. She has been engaged now for 6 years and it doesn't look like the groom is going to show up anytime soon. So her reputation means little to her if she can accomplish this task. But Camden Thurston Brackley, Viscount ...more
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Expected Release Date: June 1, 2001 (Reprinted September 1, 2010) (Available Now!)
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Jove
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Steam Level: Steamy

Mirabella Whittingham is engaged to be married. Unfortunately, her would-be husband has been gone for six long years, making his fortune in the Americas. A
This is a romantic and mystery story,I really enjoyed this book,liked Mirabella-Camden but sometimes Camden's attitude irritated me but both are cute in their own ways,as the story progresses you can see how their love grows and the mystery part to find the man who seduced Sarah and left her with child,liked the way author brings about emotions of each characters,adored the strong friendship between Mirabella-Sarah and Mirabella's determination to punish the man responsible for Sarah's destructi ...more
Review originally posted at Tea, Toast & Books.

Quick Review: I didn’t much care for this book, sadly. The beginning didn’t grab me; both hero and heroine seem to think in cliches, and the plot is so contrived it’s almost painful. There’s a whole lot of exposition without action, and fact dumps to explain the premise of the novel.

Mirabella and Cam are immediately attracted to one another, presumably based on their scintillating conversation, which wasn’t very interesting to me. And they’re al
Jul 22, 2011 Janelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Oh la la. This is was a cute, romantic read and I liked the plotline and the a degree. It was pretty predictable, I figured out whodunit and the would-they-end-up-together pretty easily, but getting there, I will admit, was fun!

One particular thing that bothered me about the main character, Mirabella, was her liberties with the "gentlemen" and her reasons for doing so. It just seemed a little out of character. I mean, I get why she did it, it just was a little silly.

Another mild pe
Shiya Nellas
Oct 21, 2015 Shiya Nellas rated it it was ok
Hmmmm... I honestly don't know how to feel about this book. Not to say I didn't like it because I /did/ but somehow I found it lacking in many ways. For a historical romance novel, it had the advantage of having suspense and mystery mixed into it that would guarantee readers to be at the edge of their seats but this one really didn't do it for me. Normally I read an HR novel in one sitting because it's hard to concentrate on other things when I keep thinking what's going to happen to the charact ...more
Nancy Bennett
Jan 29, 2015 Nancy Bennett rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Camden and Mirabella are good people trying to make the best that life has thrown at them. Mirabella may make some questionable choices, but I can forgive her because her heart is in the right place and she doesn't make them without considering the consequences first. Just like real life you can't always predict what the future holds and sometimes your best laid plans are thrown to the wind, but she is always ready to take responsibility for her actions and feels genu ...more
Mar 18, 2016 Qing rated it did not like it
1.5 stars

One of the biggest reasons why I didn't really get into this book was how the make out scenes were written. I was a little put off and amused by Camden massaging Mirabella's lips with his... Like, what. It was just weird.

The subsequent make out scenes got so much more progressively worse that I had to skim through them so that I wouldn't get detached retinas from rolling my eyes too much or gag.

The premise of why she was doing it was fine, it was her methodology that rankled. I'm sure
Mar 01, 2014 Sabine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mirabella Whittingham ist seit sechs Jahren mit dem Viscount Camden Brackley verlobt, doch dieser ist ebenso lange auch schon in Amerika und nichts deutet darauf hin, dass er sein Eheversprechen bald einzulösen gedenkt. Mirabella hat daher keine Skrupell bei ihrer Suche nach dem Schuft, der ihre Cousine Sarah auf dem Gewissen hat. Diese hatte sich das Leben genommen, nachdem sie entdeckte dass sie schwanger war und der verantwortliche Gentleman überhaupt nicht daran dachte sie zu heiraten. Alles ...more
Blodeuedd Finland

I liked this one, I can't say what it was, perhaps the dry humour of it all, but this was my to date favourite Amelia Grey book.

Mirabella is the heroine who has been kissing gentlemen in the garden and touching their necks. The buzz is out, but she doesn't care of her reputation suffers because she wants to find the man who ruined her cousin. But sadly her plans fall apart when her fiancé shows up again. He has been gone for 6 years, and by now she had kind of thought that he would never return
Jun 06, 2012 Chy rated it did not like it
Had to read something full of fluff after One Second After. And this is a joyous one-star rating, because it’s kind of awesome. That is to say, with just a bit of revising---just a dash---it could be an awesome work of historical romance satire.

The narration is stilted, and not in any way there could be an excuse for, outside of satire. The dialogue is comically stilted. It wouldn’t have to change at all for this revise I’m proposing; a slight adjustment to the narration to let us know it’s supp
Jan 10, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From My Blog...[return][return]Amelia Grey sweeps the reader back to the Regency era where within the ton, all ladies are proper and men are gentleman, or so it appears. Appearances can be quite deceiving and deception is well played in Never A Bride. Lady Mirabella Wittingham has been quite the talk of the ton, first her fiancé Viscount Camden Brackley up and leaves her for America, and worse is Lady Mirabella’s obsession with kissing all the eligible men in the ton. True, Lady Mirabella has ju ...more
Jul 30, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
From My Blog...

Amelia Grey sweeps the reader back to the Regency era where within the ton, all ladies are proper and men are gentleman, or so it appears. Appearances can be quite deceiving and deception is well played in Never A Bride. Lady Mirabella Wittingham has been quite the talk of the ton, first her fiancé Viscount Camden Brackley up and leaves her for America, and worse is Lady Mirabella’s obsession with kissing all the eligible men in the ton. True, Lady Mirabella has just cause for she
Heather Wiese
Jul 14, 2011 Heather Wiese rated it liked it
Entertaining, fast read.

Mirabella is a well-to-do lady who has been engaged for 6 years to a man she has never met.

Viscount Camden Brackley's father made the match for him years ago after a first failed engagement (the ex was a hussy), and Camden had better things to do, like go to American and make his fortune. That's where he has been for the last 6 years and only returns because of family pressure. Turns out Camden's father is a gambler and in desperate need of the other half of the dowry th
Jae Roth
Mirabella has given up hope that her fiance, Viscount Stonehurst, will ever return to marry her. Their fathers fixed the match six years ago after which he left for the Americas declaring he'd only return and marry her when he was old and gray. Since she was destined to be a spinster what would it hurt if she let a few gentlemen steal a kiss in the garden? Especially if the kisses revealed the identity of the man who drove her best friend Sarah to suicide? When Viscount Stonehurst returns unexpe ...more
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LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
The best thing I can say about this book was that it was very readable – I got through it fairly quickly. However, it was definitely not the book for me, for several reasons.

One of those reasons was Mirabella. I hated Mirabella. I hated her for not thinking things through, for not seeing all the possible consequences of her actions, and for abusing the power she had over her maid. She didn't care what happened to her reputation, but she worried that it would affect her father's health if he hear
Just A. Bean
Mar 22, 2012 Just A. Bean rated it liked it
Romance novel set in the Regency period. The hero returns from six years in America to marry his fiancée, only to find that she has developed a terrible reputation as a flirt. He should, of course, cancel the engagement but family pressure forces the couple to come to another arrangement. Someone at WisCon was explaining the difference between Regency romances -- as in romances that are set in the Regency period in which all the characters actually act like people from the 1820s -- and Regency C ...more
Never a Bride was shall we say entertaining, it certianly kept me reading but I think most of that was due to me keep looking at the percentage rate at the bottom of kindle. The book sounded quite interesting and the fact that it was set around the time when women were Ladies and men were Gentlemen made the book even more entertaining.


I would have liked the book to be more unexpected than it was. It was clear what was going to happen from the moment Mirabella met Camden who he was going to
Kathie (katmom)
Jul 11, 2011 Kathie (katmom) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-downloads
This was cute...

Mirabella has been engaged for six years to a man she's never met, a man who left England for America days after becoming engaged to her.

She's an ongoing joke through the seasons as she waits upon the shelf for him to return.

A friend, who is more like a sister to her, dies and when Mirabella discovers that it was a suicide, she decides to try and find the scoundrel that seduced Sarah. She doesn't have a lot of clues to go on, just that he has a thick scar on his neck.

Mirabella de
Another fun little historical that didn't require a lot of brainpower to read but that was quite entertaining. I liked that Mirabella was willing to risk everything to avenge her friend but then she totally let me down when she had all these regrets after the first time she's given a cut in public. I don't know. I get that the reality of being known as a social pariah was a little different than she thought it would be, but I was totally down with her throwing her hands in the air and telling th ...more
Aug 05, 2011 Punk rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ebook
1. Regency romance 2. Arranged marriage 3. Unrealistically independent heroine 4. Dark, brooding hero who 5. Vows never to love again due to 6. Previous public embarrassment 7. Cuckold 8. But financial ruin 9. Forced to marry pretend to be engaged 10. Premarital sex 11. Cock euphemisms -- "lower body" -- "pelvic area" 12. Toga party 13. Extremely brief misunderstanding 14. Epilogue

You know this is a Regency romance because the characters keep mentioning the ton, also repeated use of words like f
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Feb 24, 2012 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly can't remember if this was a free download or if I bought it — either way, it was an enjoyable read. The heroine was betrothed to a stranger years and years ago, but the fiancé left the country and hasn't come back, hasn't written her, hasn't in any way tried to keep in touch and reassure her or even to set her free to marry someone else. Plus, before he left, she overheard him say essentially that he didn't want to marry her and won't come back to claim her. He said this privately in ...more
Aug 06, 2014 Pam rated it really liked it
Shelves: romances
A romance set in the Regency period.

Mirabella had never met her fiance of six years. She really never expected to meet him because he told her father that would not marry until he was old and gray. Why her father accepted that fate for his beautiful and intelligent daughter, we do not know. But Mirabella had given up all hope of marriage when she decided to risk her reputation in order to discover the man who had seduced and thereby caused the suicide of her cousin Sarah. The only clues she had
Oct 12, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the sweetest romance stories I have ever read. Mirabella Whittingham and Camden Stonehurst meet one evening and were instantly drwn to each other not knowing the others identity there fore not knowing that they are betrothed to each other. Mirabella has given up on waiting for Camden to come claim her and has started a search for the man responsible for her best friends death but to accomplish this she leaves behind much scandalous gossip that will indefintely ruin her reputation as a lad ...more
Donna Hatridge
Jan 07, 2012 Donna Hatridge rated it really liked it
This was a fun regency romance. On the Nook the story is approx 216 pages out of 224 total. You have to like Mirabella for her loyalty to Sarah.

He has a scar on the back of his neck. That's all Mirabella Whittingham knows about the man responsible for her best friend's death --- so she's been kissing bachelors all over town in hopes of finding him. London society is shocked --- but why should she care what people say? Her fiance --- a man she's never even laid eyes on --- has been gone for year
Aug 01, 2011 Lyuba rated it really liked it
I actually enjoyed this very much, and usually I stay away from Regency romances because as much as I like reading romance, I really have a hard time enjoying them because all I can think of is the real treatment of women. LOL that's women studies fanatic for you.

Regardless, I liked this book because for once the main character was standing up to the conventions of the society. And I wanted to slap the male lead more than once, but what can I say... double standards and women. Either way, the b
Mirabella was a better heroine than most other romance books. By this I mean there was a bit of depth to her personality that I've found a lot of heroines seem to lack in books. I enjoyed the regency novel because of her directness and tactics. However, some of the dialogue and events seem a bit too modern but besides that there isn't anything negative to day about this book.
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