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Mistress of the Groom (Scandals! )

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"The groom was having an affair--with his bride's best friend!"

Jane had been desperate to stop the wedding. She'd had to prevent her best friend from making the biggest mistake of her life.... Marrying Ryan Blair would have been disastrous. He was too rich, too powerful, too hot to handle!

There was only one solution: to st...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Harlequin Treasury-Harlequin Presents 90s (first published January 1st 1997)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
This is one of my all time favorite Harlequin Presents. It has the elements that I love about this line: passion, revenge, strong personalities clashing in the arena of life, until they fall in love (and bed).

Jane and Ryan are enemies, for numerous reasons. For one thing, he ruins her father and his business (her father destroyed his family many years earlier and he has been biding his time to take his revenge). Also she ruins his wedding to her good friend, by arriving at the wedding and claim...more
Jul 31, 2012 MelissaB rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to MelissaB by: Leona
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This one packs quite a punch!

As does the heroine :)

Where to start? When Napier goes there, she really goes there. It's a classic tale of HP revenge but even with the violence and vitriol and "OMG SHE DIDN'T" it somehow never crossed the line into a Horrible Mess.

These two are so well matched in their stubbornness and willfulness and determination. The first scene is a thing of beauty, and perfectly paints a picture of the rest of the book. Or so I thought, because somewhere halfway the tone com...more
Sometimes, there is nothing like a good old Harlequin romance to really get your juices flowing. Susan Napier is a Harlequin author I have never come across before. And boy, was I glad to make acquaintance with her delivery of this perfect and sizzling romance of the red-hot variety late into the night, enjoying and reveling in every single moment of the interactions and the scorching hot attraction between two people for whom the phrase “hate is the beginning of love” is pretty much applicable....more
This is one of those books where I disliked it for reasons that would lead other readers to love it. Napier's writing is active and engaging and she paces the storytelling perfectly to avoid both info dumping and dragging the reveal out past the reader's patience.

Unfortunately, this book had nearly every romance trope I despise:

- A revenge-minded hero who's just mercilessly bankrupted and humiliated the heroine
- Lots of forced seduction that felt more like rape than sex
- A caretaker alpha who ba...more
4.5 stars
I stayed up to 2:00 am to finish this one. Thank you MelissaB for posting this! I had such a blast reading this story!

This story is a battle of the sexes (actually, the H seeking revenge and the h fighting back), though our H and h weren't playing on a level field, so guess who got the upper hand? The h was strong and likeable and was able to persevere no matter what horrors were thrown her way, and some were pretty low. Our H did some of the most horrible things to the h (not physical...more
4.5 stars.

The story begins with the heroine Jane confronting the hero Ryan at a business event, which, after his mocking, leads to her punching him in the face. Jane is desperately trying to make ends meet and keep her life together after Ryan's two-year long campaign of hate against her that has stripped her of her business, her possessions, her home, and her reputation. Jane knows that, in a way, she deserves his revenge after stopping his wedding to her best friend three years ago by lying t...more
I wasn't too sure about this one... I didn't like Ryan very much... I thought he went a bit too far with his revenge scheme...
This is definitely one scorching HP read....that had me absolutely mesmerized. The hero metes out his revenge (way beyond my comfort zone) and the heroine remains strong, refusing to fold, taking everything he dishes out. The chemistry between the two is sizzling and just blew me away.

What prevented me from giving it 5 stars : (view spoiler)...more
Alexis-Morgan Roark
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Alexis Hall
Full review here.

*jumps through the air, firing two guns*
4 1/2 Stars! ~ Jane couldn’t stand by and watch her best friend, Ava be bullied into marriage to a man she didn’t love, so on the fated wedding day when the minister had asked if anyone could show just cause, Jane stood up and announced to all that she and the groom were lovers. Ryan left town after the merger with his business and Ava’s father’s fell through, knowing that someday he’d be able to dispute the lies Jane had told. Now after rebuilding his business he came back to Auckland welding a...more
un libro entretenido, que no sabes bien que pensar sobre el odio que hay entre ellos, poco a poco las cosas se van aclarando pero no tando ya que el odio que tiene Ryan por Jane es alucinante solo por haber impedido su boda pero tampoco sabemos lo que él sentia por Ava solo teniamos el punto de vista de ella sobre su relacion.
La gente poderosa es de temer y mas si estas en el foco de su venganza, todo lo que hizo Ryan para hacer pagar a Jane descubriendo que esa venganza viene de muchos años atr...more
I really adored the concept of this book. The heroine helps her best friend break off her engagement by claiming to in the middle of the wedding ceremony to be the groom's mistress. This understandably screws the would-be groom up both emotionally and financially causing him a few years later to seek revenge on the heroine by ruining her company, pushing her into debt, and making it impossible for her to find employment. The heroine doesn't collapse into a pile of tears, however, but engages in...more
The heroine needed to stop her best friends wedding, her best friend had told her she was in love with someone else, so the heroine stopped the wedding indeed. She told everyone in church that she was the heroes mistress.

When the hero was done feeling ashamed, confused and humiliated he went after the heroine. She told everyone that she was his mistress, so now he'd make her his mistress. When the heroine finds out his devious plans, she tried to run, scream, kick and hide but she can't deny him...more
For the first two chapters I was angry at the lead female character for not using the stilettos she was wearing to cause more damage than the punch she delivered to the lead male character's jaw. I detected there had to be more than just the speak now or forever hold your peace moment and I was proven right. The love/hate relationship was believable to a point. There was one incident that was very out of character for the lead female and unfortunately that specific scene was a major plot point....more
Kaycee Sapinoso
"There's a fine line between hate and love."

That phrase was pretty much applicable in this book with the hot and cold relationship between the h/h. It was an okay read. Both characters and storyline are well-developed. There were angst and anger in the beginning.

Jane Sherwood was a strong character. Behind her cold facade lies a very vulnerable, soft hearted, loyal to the bone and kind woman.

Ryan Blair was our usual hero. Strong, ruthless businessman, possessive, used to getting what he wants,...more
This book was such a delightful surprise. I was in a mood for a plain good romance novel, and that's what I got. Great characterization. Sparks flying everywhere. Susan Napier surprised me few times with plot twists, it was never boring.
I think Jane is one of my favorite romance novel heroines so far. And not just because she has a killer left hand. :)
I've read this perhaps four times and have not once grown bored with it. Mistress of the Groom is both my guilty pleasure and necessary lifeboat whenever I need that little burst of romance.

Jane Sherwood is a career driven woman. Everything she has done was to gain the approval of her father. Until she met Ryan Blair. Suddenly she finds herself sucked into his void and delivers the biggest scandal while he is standing at the altar with her best friend.

"I am having an affair with the Groom!"

Less angsty than I prefer and the H really did have reason to be angry with the h (although he took it WAY too far). I suppose I prefer the hero to be WRONG, WRONG, WRONG because that equals more angst. I really liked the h, she managed to be tough and vulnerable. Another case of taste, because it was an engaging read.
I really liked this book, as it was different from the usual HPresents books of today. This is an older book from 1997, where we have two mature, and two damaged souls who do each other wrong. However, they are both strong personalities and they work it. The author did a really good job with the characters and the story.
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
Geez, what a stupid book. Can't believe I paid money for it. Totally stupid, nasty hero, totally stupid heroine. They deserve each other. I'd give their relationship about a month to implode.
This was an interesting book and it started off strongly. The heroine Jane, is not the run of the mill small or model framed figure. She has a bigger frame and curvaceous. Amongst other things, she takes quite a bit criticism about her figure from male lead Ryan at the start of the book and initially she is a feisty fighter. Later she seems to lose her spark (probably because Ryan destroys her world. By the end of the novel she displays a tiny bit of her old spirit but overall her purpose then s...more
Lori Baldi
This is one of my favorites. I found the hero & heroine both to be memorable and I've read it a few times.
Narita Wijaya
Jane yang merupakan sahabat dari bride wanna be sejak masih kecil menghentikan pernikahan sahabatnya di gereja saat saat pendeta menanyakan apa ada yang keberatan dengan pernikan ini... Jane berdiri dan menyatakan keberatannya dengan mengaku sebagai selingkuhan dari pengantin pria...

4 tahun kemudian Jane kehilangan semua harta benda dan juga aset miliknya, termasuk perusahaan real estate turun temurun keluarganya... semua karena Ryan, (mantan) calon pengantin pria... Ryan selama 4 tahun sedikit...more
I really adored the concept of this book. The heroine helps her best friend break off her engagement by claiming to in the middle of the wedding ceremony to be the groom's mistress. This understandably screws the would-be groom up both emotionally and financially causing him a few years later to seek revenge on the heroine by ruining her company, pushing her into debt, and making it impossible for her to find employment. The heroine doesn't collapse into a pile of tears, however, but engages in...more
Quick Read and a nice Alpha Male

I miss reading these books. It reminds me of simpler times (when I first started reading romance novels). Also, if you love alpha males then you will not be disappointed.
Anne Lorraine
A twisted vengeful kind of love.Could have been happier if the author included a POV of the hero and and epilogue.
Sumita Haldar
liked it, loved it, just enjoyed it.
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Perhaps being born on Valentine’s Day was an omen that Susan Napier would become a romance writer. This New Zealand author has written over 30 Mills & Boon category romances since 1984. Napier and her husband Tony Potter met when they both worked at the Auckland Star newspaper. After they married, she left the newspaper to work for a film company where she learned the art of dialogue. After th...more
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