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The Pretenders

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When the rakish young Baron Reeve of Ormsby loses his shirt in a horse race, he asks his conservative uncle, the Lord Bradford, to give him access to his inheritance. The Lord agrees--if the young Baron will marry to add some stability to his life. Reeve enlists his childhood pal, Deborah, to "marry" him with the understanding that they will call off the wedding before the...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Grand Central Publishing
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Truly enjoyed this engaging romance involving a pretend engagement that leads to lasting love for two childhood best friends. The hero and heroine are extremely likable, drawn together by a love for horses, the outdoors, and family troubles. The writing is concise, but emotionally involving. A Keeper for me!
My grade: B. I used to love Joan Wolf's Signet Regencies. Her longer books were not always as consistent. This one, which I hadn't read, is much like those old Signets. I've noted that her reviews are not always the best, but I've always loved her books and her writing. This one was as enjoyable as any. Many of her plots have similarities, as did this one. Reeve and Deb were best childhood friends. Reeve is rich, Deb is poor. Once married they discovered love and passion in abundance. Their live...more
Robin (RBBR)
This is the first book I've read by this Author and although I really liked it so far none of her other books "speak to me". However, she is no longer writing this Genre although they all seem to be available from places like Amazon. Anyway, the premise is that two people of opposite gender who are best friends marry in order for him to receive his inheritance. Neither is really interested in marriage at this point in life but when Reeve proposes the idea to Deborah she agrees. As one might expe...more
This was an engaging and absolutely wonderful story. It has become one of my new favorites. The Pretenders is written in the first person, which didn't bother me as it seemed as if I was conversing with a good friend. I utterly loved Deb and Reeve as well as Bernard and Maria. I was also amused at the arrogance of youth.
Miranda Conley
I loved this book when I read it years ago. It's a very sexy romance. Joan Wolf never disappoints me ever. I believe her books are out of print now and you have to get them at the library or used online.
Lynne Tull
She was recommended by Mary Balogh's chat group. I do not need to read any more of her books. It was just ok. No flow to the rhythm of the words, although the story was interesting.
This is one I have read several times and I always enjoy it! I love when Joan Wolf writes in first person. Reed is a wonderful hero! I recommend this story to anyone!
Andi Wellington
One of the best romance writers... Great story.
Sharon Sherman
An enjoyable romance with some suspense added.
As the title suggests the book is about
Historial romance.
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Joan Wolf is a USA TODAY bestselling American writer, whose acclaimed Regency romances have earned her national recognition as a master of the genre. Her many historical and contemporary romances, some of which have been chosen as Literary Guild selections, have been highly praised by reviewers and authors alike.

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