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The Bride Wore Scarlet (Fraternitas Aureae Crucis #2)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  744 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Passion and secrets simmer behind the elegant façade of Victorian London in another deliciously intriguing novel featuring the mysterious men of the St. James Society.

Anaïs de Rohan has faced danger in her past, but never anything so great as posing as the new bride to one of the St. James Society's most magnetic—and ruthless—leaders. But Lord Bessett's bold challenge to p
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ebook, 384 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Avon
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Keri
I love the direction that Liz Carlyle is going with this new series. I know some won't like the mystical/paranormal element that the series has, but I love it. It isn't just a typical regency romance. Anais has been trained for the last 10 years to be one of the Brotherhood, there is only one problem....there is no room for a sister in the hood and they reject her most handily. Geoff Bessett scoots her out of the room quickly and proceeds to turn her world upside down. Eventually, they make her ...more
Kit
Anais de Rohan, daughter of Max and Catherine de Rohan from 'No True Gentleman', was smart, brave and a great fencer to boot. The hero, Lord Bessett proved to be more than the tight laced St James Society Leader with "the gift" - I found him endearing and ultimately, utterly romantic. When Liz Carlyle is at her best her characters are well wove into a large family dynamic and the characters have a vulnerable authenticity that makes the romances so easy to get lost in. I think this series involvi ...more
KarenF
3/5*s really. I really liked Geoff and Anais and once they got on the road to Brussels I enjoyed their story. I have to admit to being confused by some of the cast of characters in the beginning. I did read the first in the series but it was a little while ago. I'm usually pretty good at recalling characters once reintroduced but some of these left me perplexed. I remembered the couple from the first book but not really any one else from the FAC. Names kept being thrown out as though I should kn ...more
Mary Gramlich
THE BRIDE WORE SCARLET written by Liz Carlyle
07/11 - HarperCollins Publishers - Mass Market Paperback

What should you do when Mr. Right Now turns into Mr. Right?

When you have a “gift” that no one understands you might want to pretend it does not exist. For Anaïs de Rohan she embraces it and wants to make her Nonna proud of her. She learns the tricks of the trade that would gain her access to the all-male club known as The St. James Society where she could converse among others gifted as she is.

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Elizabeth
When I searched for this book, Goodreads asked if I really meant the Bride wore Chocolate. Now that's a book I could love. This one, my feelings are mixed. The rating should really be a 3.5.

It's a book that I wanted to love more than I did. I wish I could better identify why, but the relationship between the two main characters never rang true from me. I know in 99.9% of romance novels there will be a happy ending with the two main characters pledging their undying love. But in the middle I stil
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Judi Lacanlale
This is the second book of the Fraternitas and I really enjoyed it much more than the first one. Here's a bit of tidbit on the behind story of this book. The two main characters are children of Carlyle's previous hero/heroines. Anais de Rohan and the daughter of Max and Catherine from 'No True Gentleman' & Geoff Archard is the son of Merrick MacLachlan and Madeline Archard from 'Three Little Secrets'. The MacLachlan's showed up in the book but I really wished she had the de Rohan's because I ...more
Estefania
Aún no he sido capaz de hacer una reseña de éste libro, pero sintetizando mi experiencia aquí va:
No soy fanática de los romances entre espías (policías, agentes, detectives, a la antigua a lo moderno. No me va) y siendo totalmente objetiva es un libro muy bien escrito, con una buena evolución de la trama y un buen muro que la respalde. Jamás perdí el hilo de la historia o me aburrí, que a mi no me guste la "profesión" de los protagonistas, no fue excusa para dejar de leer. La lectura es rápida,
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Tracy Thompson
Wow I enjoyed this second book in the FAC series much more than the first book. I really loved the heroine Anais, she was strong, funny and very witty, took zero crap from anyone and spoke her mind. The hero was really good too.

The story line and plot was good, a little bit of kidnapping, and sword fighting. The chemistry between the hero and heroine was hot and steamy, plenty of sex but not too much. There was quite a bit of dialogue too. I love dialogue in the books I read.

I like the "Gift" st
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Pamela(AllHoney)
The second book in the Fraternitas Aureae Crucis series by Liz Carlyle. It wasn't a bad read. I just found myself easily distracted and didn't really feel the passion and chemistry that I expect from historical romance. It had some paranormal elements but I didn't think it affected the story either way.
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

The suspense element of this book didn't wow me but the love story and characters were strong and interesting.
Draven
3 and 1/2 stars on this one.

Liz Carlyle writes really great romantic heroines. They are modern women in Regency times but it is entirely believable. Anais was spectacular. She was independent, but reasonable and intelligent, sassy but not shrewish, emotional but not weak or simpering. Geoff was great too, but his character was a little under-developed and unexplored. In that sense, the story did feel a little rushed and I would have liked a few more chapters dedicated to Geoff's point of view bu
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May Mostly Romance
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Minna
I actually liked this quite a bit. I have not read any of the other books in the series, nor do I believe I have read the novels featuring the stories of the parents of The Bride Wore Scarlet's main characters. I didn't have much trouble with the background, as Ms. Carlyle does a creditable job of explaining the back story just enough to understand the plot.
The characters of Geoff and Anais were very well-done, in my opinion; strong, likeable and vulnerable. Neither was a Mary Sue; both had fau
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Cherise
Anais de Rohan has some special gifts. When she tries to enter a secret society for people that also have special gifts, paranormal in nature, the all male group instantly rejects her. But when a little girls life is in danger, this all male group needs a woman on the inside. Anais poses as Lord Geoff Besset’s wife and together they work to rescue a little girl and her mother.

This was really an unexpected delight. I have never read anything by this author before and didn’t know what to expect fr
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Karielle
The Bride Wore Scarlet by Liz Carlyle
Release Date: July 26th, 2011
Publisher: Avon (HarperCollins)
Page Count: 375
Source: ARC from Carolyn at Romance Novel News
Passion and secrets simmer behind the elegant façade of Victorian London in another deliciously intriguing novel featuring the mysterious men of the St. James Society.

Anaïs de Rohan has faced danger in her past, but never anything so great as posing as the new bride to one of the St. James Society's most magnetic -- and ruthless -- leaders.
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Charly
Solid romance and multi-layered plot

*NOTE: I received a free review copy of this book.*
Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 7/10

PROS:
- Geoff’s an okay protagonist and generally a likeable character. I liked the character of Anaïs very much, though: not just her fiery spirit and bravery, but also her ability to come off as a ninny when she’s really quite intelligent. I found the scenes in which she pretends to be foolish and flighty very amusing.
- The s
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Rosario (http://rosario.blogspot.com/)
I was disappointed with the first book in this series, One Touch of Scandal, but this is Liz Carlyle we're talking about. Even though her latest haven't been great, she's written some of my favourite books, so I was willing to give the series another shot. As book 1, The Bride Wore Scarlet is centred around The St. James Society, the name of the recently reformed Fraternitas Aureae Crucis in England. The men who are part of it are Guardians, their mission being to protect the Vateis, mainly wome ...more
MarcellineCazz
The Bride Wore Scarlet is another wonderful love story in the St. James Society series. This time with another unconventional heroine. The most unconventional of the series so far. This time Anais is young, but not the blushing virgin seen in many historical romances. She is extremely independent with unusual skills and abilities. Our hero this time is Geoffrey, Lord Bessett. The two embark on a foreign adventure for the Fraternitas Aureae Crucis, the ancient and secret brotherhood operating und ...more
April
THE BRIDE WORE SCARLET by Liz Carlyle is an exciting historical romance set in 1837 London.It is written with depth and details.The characters will capture your heart.It has romance,sweet sensuality,secrets,love,some magic,passion,mystery,the mysterious men of the St. James Society,and a dangerous mission to save a little girl whose has a frightening gift.Two unlikely people meet,are attracted,thrown together trying to save a little girl and her mother. Anais de Rohan and Lord Bessett must not o ...more
Jessi
Anais de Rohan has been trained to be a part of the St. James Society, one of the Guardians. But she's a woman. And this is a problem for most of the membership. Lord Bessett, Geoff, isn't sure. he's got a feeling about Anais. Lots of them actually. But he's not sure if the feelings are because she has power or because she's hitting all of the right vibes. We're told over and over that she's not pretty. She's not ugly but not drop-dead-gorgeous either. Her great-grandmother predicted great thing ...more
Modesty_b
I came upon this one while I was searching for another book of the same title... and it was a revelation. Imagine my surprise when this story came out to be an unconventional one...I utterly love this story and the heroine makes me wish I was like her :)It was a bit vague sometimes calling upon the memory of a keen reader.
Gail
The heroine has been trained to take the traditional place of her family in a brotherhood that protects people with special gifts. The hero is a member, and also has one of those gifts--a strong one--and a past that echoes in a little girl who is under threat of having her gift exploited by a wicked man. The hero & heroine unite to save the girl, and fall for each other as well. This story weaves in characters from other Carlyle books--and since Carlyle is an autobuy for me, I rather enjoyed ...more
Atrapada Enunashojasdepapel
La historia de amor para mí siempre es el punto fuerte y en este libro la tendremos, particularmente me ha fascinado la relación entre los protagonistas y la forma en que tienen de afrontarla, todo muy romántico.
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Brittany
The only reason this didn't get a 5 out of 5 is because it wasn't edited well. There were very obvious errors that should have been caught and weren't. And after the 10th error I found I stopped counting.

I didn't read the first in the series, but this book stood alone very nicely and I wasn't confused about any past references. However I did enjoy the story and the romance was very HOT. Anais and Geoff had a very strong attraction to each other from the beginning and when they finally fall into
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Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
This is the second book in a series and I have not read the first. Like another reviewer I think this is one reason why I had so much trouble with The Bride Wore Scarlet. I was half way through the book before the story caught me. I would be reading and a scene would be thrown in that did not involve the main story or the main characters and I would wonder who are those people and why should I care. In my opinion Liz Carlyle did not do a good job of getting back story woven into the book. I enj ...more
Katherine O'Grady
A classic historical, well-written, with rich characters and just the right amount of angst. I enjoyed the psychic elements, the details of the Fraternitas.

Bought from kindle.
Virginia Campbell
Liz Carlyle's second entry in her "Fraternitas Trilogy" hits the ground running and offers great romantic adventure all the way to the last page. "The Bride Wore Scarlet" is an enthralling love story with strong paranormal elements and a well-matched romantic duo. Anais de Rohan and Geoff Archard (Lord Bessett) are both gifted with special mental abilities and great physical prowess, making them the perfect pair to carry out a rescue mission for the mysterious St. James Society. This "sparks fly ...more
Linda
The cover art and blurb drew me in, I didn't realize the book would be on the dry side. It came across as tons and tons of exposition with not enough warm human contact to make up for it. Anais was a little too perfect as the tomboy turned chosen one and the same for our hero.

The best part was the kissing scene between a couple of secondary characters. They're the only reason I'll read the next book.

I did request the first one to see if that would help me like this on a reread. That's a much bet
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Dottiebears
Normally one of my favorite authors. I loved the first book in the series, but can't seem to get into this one. Finally gave up at abotu 49%
Betsy
Characters: Both trained guardians.
World Building: Brussels. Fencing.
Plot: Child rescue. Continuing story arc.
Sex: Medium to hot.
Read another: Yes.
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