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The Bride Wore Pearls (Fraternitas Aureae Crucis #3)

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  749 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
“Intriguing…engaging…an illicit delight”
--Stephanie Laurens

“Liz Carlyle weaves passion and intrigue with a master’s touch.”
--Karen Robards

Beneath the elegant façade of Victorian high society, the rules of danger and desire are the only rules that apply for the mysterious men of the St James Society. New York Times bestseller Liz Carlyle carries readers deep into this real
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Avon
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
While this was slow-moving at times, it has a depth, complexity and richness that called to me. I was immersed in the time period, and the sensuality and veracity of the complex emotions the characters felt.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur in the August issue.
Gevera Bert
Sep 18, 2012 Gevera Bert rated it did not like it
This book was terrible. I gave up about a third through. It seems like the other 2 books in the trilogy take place at the same time and if you haven't read those, this book makes no sense. There's a guy who gets hung, but he doesn't die, but the reader doesn't know why. The main female character is frightened by the thought of a London Season and then the book skips A YEAR in a PARAGRAPH, including, presumably, her London Season and her initial confrontation with her brother that she was also fe ...more
Feb 10, 2016 Keri rated it it was amazing
An awesome read! Kept me totally enthralled until I finished it. The opening chapter is what kinda confused me because I didn't know who the guy was at first and I didn't know he got from the end of that chapter to picking up Nish when she finally makes it to England. But it was finally explained throughout the book. Ok Rance and Nish make a great couple, there was right off the bat a lot of sparks. When the main part of the story takes off a year has passed since they met. Within that time fram ...more
Creo que en esta novela la parte de intrigra le resta todo el protagonismo a la parte romántica, que apenas evoluciona, una lástima porque entre Anisha y Rance la pasión es palpable.
Pero lo dicho, la intriga está muy bien construída, hasta el punto de que me ha sorprendido mucho el desenlace final... la parte romántica muy floja.

Ahora toca esperar la historia de Napier
♥ Melody
2.5 stars
Story: 2 stars

Interesting characters but the pacing and writing was all over the place and just ruined it. This was in serious need of editing. MAJOR editing. A good 150 pages could have been knocked out. This is a 637 page book and a good portion of which added nothing to the story or character development. Mundane repetitive conversations that take up 10 pages with no end just dragged the entire story out for no reason. And why Carlyle thought it was necessary to summarize so much and
Aug 13, 2012 Angelc rated it really liked it
Shelves: already-own-read
While I had a difficult time getting into this book at first, I ended up really enjoying the romance by the middle and end of the book. At the beginning of the book, a lot of the story revolved around the mystery instead of the development of the relationship between the two leads. Once the plot focused on the romance, I really loved their story.

Anisha and Rance had a fiery relationship, mostly based on a friendship. I really liked this angle, they bickered so much but always with a backbone of
Aug 09, 2012 Patty rated it it was ok
I haven't read a romance novel in quite a while so I figured it was time I did. I don't recall having read any by Ms. Carlyle in the past but giving my reading volume and my bad brain I'm sure I have. I went through a stage more years ago than I care to count where I read many a historical romance...

In this tale we meet Lady Anisha Stafford, recently returned to England after the death of her husband. She has come back to family - namely her brother a member of a mysterious group called the St.
Nicola O.
Liz Carlyle is one of those ready, steady authors that I can always count on for solid read. In recent years, I've neglected a few of these authors, seduced away by vampires and shifters and shiny new faces in the Regency scene.

I've seen some tortured Earls in my time, but Lazonby has really been through it. Years in Newgate, years in the French Foreign Legion, and two dates with the hangman-- this is not your garden variety "Boo hoo, daddy issues," or "boo hoo, some girl was mean to me once" so
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

I totally read these books out of order but it sparked off a mini-glom of Liz Carlyle books. Years ago I read all of her books and she was then, and is now, one of my favorite historical romance writers. When the character Anais de Rohan was mentioned I scurried down to my library in the basement and found No True Gentleman (Rutledge Family, #2) by Liz Carlyle, the story of Catherine and Max, Anais' parents. So, I re-read that, then this one then Anais and Geoff's story . The Bride Wore Scarlet (Fraternitas Aureae Crucis, #2) by Liz Carlyle
They are all great fun. I recommend them to any one who w
Atrapada Enunashojasdepapel
Una historia en la que encontrar momentos de todo tipo desde divertidos y románticos hasta misteriosos, la he leído en menos tiempo del esperado ya que he quedado irremediablemente atrapada por la historia, el único punto negativo que he quedado con ganas de más.
i've always really enjoyed liz carlyle's books, but this is definitely one of her best!

i'm so glad we finally got rance and anisha's story. they were my favorite secondary characters in the first 2 books. their story was at times- sweet, funny, sad, steamy. the writing was exquisite, and there were quite a few twists and mysteries solved. i also liked how she brought back a ton of characters from her earlier books.

it wasn't quite the paranormal story that the other 2 books in the series were. it
Mary Quigley
Nov 04, 2012 Mary Quigley rated it it was ok
I hate to say it, because I adore Liz Carlyle, but I couldn't get into this book. It starts off really slow. The romance started to pick up, but then dropped off somewhere in the middle of the book. The side stories and scenes seem to overshadow the love story. I really, really tried to like it. It just didn't work for me. The last 1/4 of the book was ok, but overall I didn't like the characters very much. Liz Carlyle is great though. I figure one dud in a list of masterpieces is allowed.
Oct 20, 2014 Amanda rated it it was ok
Something like a 2.5.

Coming into this series on the third book did me no favors. Often, with historical romance series, it doesn't matter much when you start the series, but it felt like a lot had been established already in earlier books.

With this book, things just seem to happen, without me being able to figure out why. Most of the time this happens, it's because I lack the back story. Again, likely because I started in the middle of a series.

(And, also, how much value would you give blurbs by
Aug 14, 2012 Belinda rated it it was ok
Liz Carlyle's newest book was ok, but I really didn't get into the story. Rance and Anisha made a cute couple but they ho hummed around about how he or she wasn't good enough. It seems the story didn't flow in accord with the author earlier books. Maybe she needs to try something different and give readers a new set of characters instead of using the same family circle.
Jan 08, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it
Very sexy and exotic as the part Indian part British noblewoman Anisha Stafford is trying to live a quiet life as a widow with two children. But her gift for palm reading and seeing other psychic events pulls her into a dangerous game and crime.

Rance Welham is almost as dangerous. He's an old friend of her brothers who shares his do-gooder tendencies despite a shocking reputation. From their first meeting Anisha has fascinated and attracted him. They are both on the fringes of the ton for differ
Aug 08, 2012 Gillian rated it liked it
I have been an avid fan of Liz Carlyle's but, I hate to say it, this series does not interest me.
Tracy T
Sep 13, 2014 Tracy T rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story very much. I loved Anisha and Lord Lazonby. What a great couple with great chemistry, and some good steamy sex scenes. She was strong, determined, witty and took zero crap. No whiny whimpering heroine here. Lots of great dialogue throughout the book. I was so glad to finally find out who the killer was that set Rance Lazonby up for the murder rap. A nice mystery and a little surprise too.

I listened along via audible and as for the narration, Angele Masters did a fanta
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Widowed and let to raise her two twin boys and her step brother on her own, the heroine packs up and leaves India for the society of London England. Meeting her at the pier if her brothers friends and fellow guardian. Immediately she's struck by his charm and his flirtatious personality and in the year since settling into her new life, she and the hero have developed a lasting and deep friendship. But both parties acknowledge to some degree the sexual tension sparking between them. The heroine i ...more
Andrea Guy
First things first, The Bride Wore Pearls is part of a series. Not a series that has to be read in order, so that's great. Just your typical historical "character" series. Why are there so many of these? The good thing is that this book can be read as a stand alone, unless you are an obsessive compulsive series reader.

This is the first historical romance that I've read in ages where the heroine is truly strong and independent. Anisha is definitely a refreshing character. She's not a simpering En
Another book in the Fraternitas series. This happens mostly concurrently with the previous book in this series," "The Bride Wore Scarlet"." There are definitely some gaps about character development that you'll miss if you don't read the other two books in this series.
Lady Anisha Stafford is half-Scottish, half-Indian. She has moved to England with her two sons (by an English husband) to be closer to her brother, theman who reformed the Fraternitas in that country.
Rance Welham, the Earl of Weh
May Mostly Romance
Sep 25, 2012 May Mostly Romance rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
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เรืองนีเปนเลมทีสามในชุด Fraternitas Aurea Crucis (FAC) ซึงเปนสมาคมลับอันเกาแกของคนกลุมทีมีความสามารถพิเศษบางอยางเหนือธรรมชาติ แตเลมนีถือวามีเรืองเหนือธรรมชาติออกมานอยมากนะคะ เพราะพระเอกแมจะเปนสมาชิกของสมาคมนี แตกไมไดมีพลังอะไรพิเศษชัดเจน

แรนซ เวลแฮม เอิรลแหงลาซอนบีตองใชชีวิตสิบกวาปีอยางมัวหมอง ตอนทีวัยเพียงสิบเกาปีเขาถูกกลาวหาในคดีฆาตกรรม และถูกลงโทษดวยการแขวนคอ แตเพราะความชวยเหลือของบิดาและเพือน ๆ เขาโกงความตายไดสำเรจ แตชีวิตหลังจากนัน แรนซตองเรรอนอยูในยุโรปและแ
Sharon Chance
Aug 29, 2012 Sharon Chance rated it it was amazing
"The Bride Wore Pearls" is not your run-of-the-mill romance novel! The heroine isn't your lily-white, fainting type of gal - Lady Anisha Stafford is an exotic, mix-raced (half English/Half Indian), smart, common-sense lady who doesn't really care what society thinks of her and her family. And the hero, Rance Welham is a rough, tough fellow with plenty of anguish and fear in his background, and he has sense enough not to want to burden the woman he loves with his emotional baggage. Thank goodness ...more
Oct 18, 2013 Melanie rated it it was ok
After three years of having this blog and many, MANY reviews under my belt now, I find that for me, the hardest reviews to write are those of the books written by the authors I love.

The reason for that is, either I love the book and in that case I’m afraid to come across as a blubbering sales clerk while I enthusiastically want to convey to all of you how much I loved reading it…OR…I didn’t like the book and in that case I’m afraid to come across as an author hater, while I again, enthusiastical
My Book Addiction and More MBA
Oct 14, 2012 My Book Addiction and More MBA rated it really liked it
THE BRIDE WORE PEARLS by Liz Carlyle is an exciting historical romance set in 1848 England. It is the third in the “St. James Society” series,but can be read as a stand alone. See,” One Touch of Scandal”, and “The Bride Wore Scarlet”. While to me this one starts out a little slow,it picks up nicely and quickly.m “The Bride Wore Pearls” is the story of Lady Anisha Stafford and Rance Welham, the Earl of Lazonby. It has everything a historical reader could want, mystery,love,lust,romance,danger,sus ...more
Melissa McHugh
Aug 04, 2012 Melissa McHugh rated it really liked it
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I love Liz Carlyle. She has a wonderful lyrical way of writing prose that makes even the most dense and heavy subjects seem light. From the moment I picked up The Devil to Pay, she’s never disappointed me. That being said, I felt niggling details in this work that kept it from being five stars. The best thing about Carlyle’s work is that it’s a self-contained universe. No book exists in a vacuum. Her first characters, introduced in My False Heart, were featur
Oct 09, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: klaar-gelees, england
The Bride Wore Pearls – Liz Carlyle.

First of all, I love the personal maid and valet in Rance & Anisha’s home.
The poor valet to Rance – haha! What he needs to go through every morning!
Love Anisha’s boys! Naughty little gremlins they are indeed! And Love Aisha’s parakeet!

Rance is the ultimate bad boy in this series. Dishonorable past, lots of emotional baggage and a sword still haning over his head. He’s all but thrown caution to the wind and given up on what he wants and needs, just survivin
Aug 01, 2012 Aimee rated it really liked it
I have been reading a lot of long, serious books lately so it was great to take a break from those and read something fun. I liked this book from the very beginning when the two main characters, Anisha and Rance, meet for the first time. There is great chemistry between them right away and I loved reading about their adventures together.

Anisha finds herself coming to London with her two young sons after the death of her husband. She leaves her home in India to make a new life for the boys in Eng
Oct 09, 2012 Mskychick rated it liked it
The first half of this book was awful. I kept going, why, I'm not sure, and discovered that the 2n half was much better. The first half was 2 stars, the 2nd half 4 stars.

Ms. Carlyle did a terrible job of writing this book in such a way that it was easily apparent what was going on from the back story. This is the third in the Fraternitas Aureae Crucis collection. Book 1, One Touch of Scandal, was published in Sept 2010 and #2, The Bride Wore Scarlet in July 2011. Very few people are going to re
Oct 14, 2015 Stephanie is currently reading it
I thought it was a good story, but a little bit too drawn out to get to the climax of the plot. I found myself wanting to just hurry up & get it over with; we knew they were destined to be together, but who was the villain...but it was nice to have aspects of the characters described. There was much more description and opportunity for the reader to interpret & therefore create their own visions of Anisha & Rance. I enjoy that kind of storytelling.
Mar 10, 2013 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy these books... in this one, which at the beginning overlaps the book before and at the end overlaps the book after, is no exception.

I love that almost all of these books are interlinked, characters who seem unimportant in this book, probably have their own story in another book, including George Kemble, and the de Rohan family, and the Rutledge family and the Treyherns... the MacLachlan clan feature in it too.

Yes, it foollows a format, and yes, you can probably work out what is go
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