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Four In Hand (Regencies #2)

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The Duke of Twyford is forced to give up his hedonistic lifestyle when he is sworn to protect the four Twinning sisters. But he soon finds himself fighting to guard the oldest sister, Caroline, from the biggest rogue of all -- himself!
Paperback, 286 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Harlequin (first published 1993)
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I really struggled to get through this one.

It did have some redeeming features (hence the two stars and not the one star), but on the whole, it wasn't enjoyable.

None of the main characters were remotely sympathetic. In fact, I actually thought they were all quite unpleasant people. The "heroines" were selfish, flirtatious and manipulative. The "heroes" were all apparently rakes, although I didn't see anything much rakish about them, other than having had mistresses, slept around a bit, and wanti
Linda Howard'ın Stephanie abla için dediği "Kitabı elime almam için Laurens'ın adını kapakta görmem yetiyor." sözleri benim içinde geçerli. Ne kadar kötüde, vasatta olsa ben beğeniyorum Laurens ablayı. Ama okuduklarımın hepsi iyiydi bence. Vasat kitabı bile bana harika geliyor. Böylesine nasıl bağladı beni kendine bilmiyorum ama onun kalemine bayılıyorum. Ve bu kitabında da bu bozulmadı. Hatta en sevdiğim kitaplarından biri oldu. Çünkü bu kitabında bir çifti değil tam dört çifti anlatıyor Lauren ...more
Author: Stephanie Laurens
First published: 1993
Length: 282 pages
Setting: Regency London
Sex: Frequent interludes with closed door almost-conquests. Basically clean.

A romance in the vein of Austen or Heyer with the romances of 4 sisters weaving through the story.

My biggest annoyance is Max. Really, he's not a very good guardian - let's his wards be compromised by his friends because he feels sorry about them and determines to make Caroline his mistress from the outset.

But overall it's an easy story
This book is a pure joy to read. By the third sentence, I am smiling and by the third chapter I am laughing. By the time I closed the book, I sat sighing with a wide smile and dreamy eyes. Shrug, corny I suppose.
Having said that, let's clear the air - I am no regency expert.
The heroes are stuff of dreams (I am mostly a romance HEA reader). Wicked men that are ready to be caught but doesn't know it yet and boy you would love watching them when they fall and doesn't know it or doesn't know what to
Four charming rakes and four strong-willed 'rake-magnets' conduct a perilous battle of the wills throughout a series of London ballrooms, on terraces, in ante-rooms and opera boxes, within gazebos, as well as the shrubberies. A light, humorous, and escapade-filled regency!

The narrator, Ashford MacNab captured the humor and sexiness of Laurens' novel, and did a great job with the male and female voices.
Although the storyline of a rake finding himself saddled with four wards to fire off during the season should have been entertaining, much of the fun was lost by the portrayal of eight characters with twentieth century morals dumped into a nineteenth century setting. It was almost gruesome to suffer through the four young ladies having to deal with the importunities of the type of males that those of us dating after 1960 know only too well. One of the delights of Regency romances is not having t ...more
Not bad, Stephanie does well with the multiple character story lines. She did have Four in Hand on this one. I expected at least one pun regarding a carriage but although the main character has four unusual wards, a light touch on their reins, he only drove with matched pairs.
Beğendiğim ikinci Stephanie Laurens kitabı oldu.Çok şaşkınım yazarın yazdıklarını genelde vasatbulurdum.Harlequinlerde sıkça okuduğum bir konusu vardı.Eğlenceliydi.
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9780778303060

Genre? - Romance / Erotica / Historical Fiction

Characters? - Max Rotherbridge / Caroline Twinning / Lizzie Twinning / Martin Rotherbridge / Darcy Hamilton / Augusta Benborough / Sarah Twinning / Arabella Twinning

Setting? - London (England)

Series? - N/A

Title? - The Duke of Twyford finds he has been left four wards.

Character Analysis? - I loved Twyford and Caroline and particularly the play between them. I also really loved how the Twinning sisters wanted to tame rakes and wer
I enjoyed the premise for this story. Four beautiful sisters who become wards of a known rake. That alone makes it interesting, but the way the sisters manage men throughout the story had me laughing out loud frequently. Plus I loved the reactions from the various suitors who are falling for the sisters. They truly did not see what hit them. That being said. The writing got bogged down in places and I had to persevere to get to the ending. I believe this is due to the fact that this was only the ...more
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Yazar: Stephanie Laurens
Orjinal Adı: Four in Hand
Goodreads Puanı :5/3,78
Puanım :5/3,5

Stephani Laurens'in Dört kız kardeşin koca bulma hikayesi Aradığım Sensin tam da Beyaz Dizi tadında çok eğlendirici bir romandı..Başlaması ile bitmesi bir oldu..Oldukça akıcı bir uslup ile yazılmıştı..Fakat hikayede istediğim derinliği bulamadımsa da okurken çok eğlendim...Stephanie Laurens'in kitaplarında pek de rastlanan bir durum değildi benim için..Şeytanın Gelini isimli romanda sonra hiç bir
23/07 - This was a sweet, light and slightly amusing romance. There was almost no sex - some kissing, some groping and minor nudity and then the scene would fade to black and cut to afterwards. Considering some of the sex scenes in her Cynster books this was surprising, but what was more surprising to me was how unbothered I was by this absence. Once I realised that the 'sex' wasn't going to go much further than what you might see on an M rated tv show I accepted it and enjoyed the light-hearted ...more
The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

A light, frothy Regency-era romp. Max has many of the characteristics of a typical Laurens hero: he's a rake in his 30s, handsome, confident. . . definitely an alpha male. But he may have met his match -- literally -- when he unexpectedly becomes guardian to not one but four devastatingly beautiful sisters, all of them heiresses. The eldest, Caroline, is precisely Max's type -- and uncommonly strong-minded into the bargain. But by all the unwri
Tonya Warner
Max Rotherbridge is up to his neck in the new duties left to him by the sudden death of his uncle. Finding himself in charge of a dukedom is nothing compared to finding is life as a bachelor rake curtailed by the sudden appearance of his wards. Four very beautiful and wealthy heiresses are his to manage until he can get them safely wed.

Caroline Twinning, and her half-sisters Sarah, Arabella, and Lizzie decend on the ton after having an enjoyable time in New York. Finding that the stodgy man they
At first, I thought I would hate this book when I borrowed this from the library on a whim. I really hate the whole reforming the rake storyline especially with no suspense involved. However, I was pleasantly surprised how it played out. We don't have one but four strong women and four rakes. It was a cute story. Since we have several main characters, there wasn't significant deep character development. The three younger sisters' stories melded and entwined nicely. I still don't buy the reform e ...more
Lester Allen
Four great stories in one book

Four great stories in one book

it was fun to watch these four sisters take the London set by storm and the four rakes not looking for wife's. Each romance was different but exciting just the same. As always it end e d to soon. I hope we read more about these unusual people.
I picked this up because I enjoyed "Devil's Bride," but it was a huge disappointment. I think there was just too much going on -- too many romances, too little time. By the end of the book, it felt like many of the characters were half-baked and I didn't sympathize with one of them. It was a "cute" store, which is why I gave it two stars instead of one, but not super interesting or ground-breaking.
Four in Hand by Stephanie Laurens is a very funny Regency romance.
Duke Max Rotherbridge notorious rake is in for a lot of Trouble, along with the dukedom of Twyford He has inherited the guardianship of four marriageable virgins.

Rakes beware the Twinning sisters have come to London looking for husbands.

Lord Darcy Ramsleigh a fellow rake and friend of Max.
Lord Hugo Denligh a large quiet man with strong passions.
Martin Rotherbridge Max's younger brother returning from the war wounded, a wolf in sh
Eğlendim mi ? evet , Peki karakterleri sevdin mi ? ona da evet , e kurguda mı bir problem vardı ? hayır :))) peki neden 3 yıldız ...İşte bunun cevabı basit , başlarda kurgu ve karakterlerdeki sağlamlık ve akıcı lık sonlara doğru azalmış ve sanki aceleye getirilmiş gibi hissettim ...Onlar erdi muradına biz çıkalım kerevetine şeklinde bir acelecilikle sonunun kapatıldığını düşündüren bir kitap oldu .. Ama birazcık olsun güleyim diyorsanız bu kitabı atlamayın derim :))))
Charlene Varry
I don't know why I read these kinds of books. I really have not read these in years but this one sounded interesting. Afraid not. I just skipped over the descriptions to just finish. Not my cup of tea.
Very entertaining picked it up could not put it down, It made me laugh, and I finished it with a chuckle. four sisters, four unmitigated, unrepentent, rakes, four weddings.
BJ Rose
Four in Hand is a light-hearted read - no awful secrets in hero or heroine's past. Caroline and her 3 sisters come to town to find husbands, and approach the Duke of Twyford because he's their guardian - only Max is not as old as they expected; he has just recently inherited the title, and is only a little older than the heroine. The main conflict comes from a Society lady who has her mind set on being the Duchess and takes whatever steps she can to try to make that happen. There are love intere ...more
OK, so this book abides by all the old(ish) school conventions and features a disgustingly high-handed hero and a not-as-independent-as-she-thinks-she-is heroine. In other words, you kind of want to slap one or the other of them at each turn of the plot. On top of that it is incredibly fluffy, with several subplots that are not subplots so much as rivers of syrupy sentiment. But all that being said, it is better written than most of its kind, and gets things done with a minimum of cringe-inducin ...more
4.5 stars

Four in Hand was the first Stephanie Laurens story I had ever read. I absolutely loved it. The story is of four sisters who have returned to London after their period of mourning in order to find husbands.

The interaction between the four sisters and their hoped for spouses was very well written. Their prospective husbands were completely head-over-heels in love, but didn't know how to handle it at all. A witty and delightful Regency romance to read (although I am not too sure that four
I liked the story idea, but Caroline and Max were disappointing. Caroline reveals herself to be weak instead of level-headed because she too easily succumbs to Max and never addresses the fact that he lied to her about being her guardian. Max is arrogant and calculating in his seduction of Caroline, and he does not get the set-down that he needs to be somewhat redeemed. Max should've been taken down a peg or two. Not a very likeable hero. The sisters and their romances were more interesting and ...more
So at first I thought I’d like the story. Caroline and Max were obviously meant to be together and the idea of him being her guardian made a sufficient obstacle to their being together. The problem came when I realized that not only was it to be a story about Caroline and Max, but also Caroline’s three sisters and their beaux. It was too much…and not enough. There were too many “heroines” to care about and not enough focus on any one in particular for me to delve into the story wholeheartedly. I ...more
Jan 25, 2009 Sharon rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: e-book
I bought this book thinking it was NEW from Laurens. I love her books. But this one was off. There were too many characters and not enough book. This was smaller than other Laurens books and it really should have been expanded into 4 larger books. After I finished, I saw that this book was originally published in 1993. Oh that explains it. I wish there would have been some warning that this was an older book.
I don't like when publishers reprint a book just because to make some money. This one s
Four gorgeous sisters in town for the season, all wards of one dangerous duke, or are they? In actuality, the oldest sister, the one who the duke is the most attracted to, is no longer in his care, and therefore not off-limits. But he doesn't want to let her know so he can stay close. Especially since these girls are rare beauties and he knows exactly what men are after. Even his friend and his brother who are the front runners for two of the girls. Can the girls get their men without giving up ...more
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Stephanie Laurens was born in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon. When she was 5, her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she was raised. After continuing through school and earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in Australia, Stephanie and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.

Once in London, Stephanie
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