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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
Sep 05, 2013 Melis rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 22, 2011 Zbft rated it really liked it
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
Oct 05, 2014 Maria rated it it was ok
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
Jan 08, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 22, 2016 Belle rated it it was ok
My three main gripes with this one are:

1) Max lies to Caroline about being her guardian in order to be alone with her without compromising her because he wants to seduce her right from the start, and that made me really uncomfortable.

2) There's too much going on. All four girls are falling in love at the same time plus there's a side plot towards the middle about helping one of their new friends avoid an unwelcome suitor. This means no one--from the girls to their beaus--are fleshed out characte
Jan 31, 2009 Stasha rated it liked it
Shelves: fluff
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.
Mar 04, 2014 Tammy rated it really liked it
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
I loved the premise and the light hearted fun tone to the story. I even liked the heroine and her sisters despite their perfection and beauty. It was amusing to consider the horror that went through Max when he realized he was guardian to all four. Also, the writing was good and professional and the plot moved along briskly.

But the story did not deliver on its promise. I just could not get past the fact that Max and Darcy were intent on sleeping with virginal debutantes and had no shame in doing
Sep 03, 2013 HÜLYA rated it really liked it
Aradığım Sensin
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
Jul 11, 2013 The Bookwyrm's Hoard rated it really liked it
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
Nov 17, 2012 Tonya Warner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 11, 2012 Jean rated it liked it
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
Jan 08, 2015 Elke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Romance
Even in her early days of writing Stephanie Laurens dragged me into her wonderful world of romance and rouges, Of Debutantes and Dowagers. I cry and I laugh. I want to slap the chits with more hair than wit. Then tumble in bed with the hot and steamy men that catch my heart and warm my dreams.
I highly recommend any and all books by Stephanie Laurens.
Lester Allen
May 10, 2014 Lester Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 13, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 :))))
Jun 19, 2015 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Modern romance set in regency times. Four rakes, four maidens. Lots of simmering glances. I wasn't impressed.
Four couples falling in love out of pure lust just wasn't enough to make a great story.
No violence, a bit of swearing, sex.
Helene Harrison
Review - A little disappointing that you didn't find out about the at Twinnings time in America as that seems very mysterious right to the end. Nevertheless some interesting conversations particularly between the men involved. I loved Twyford and Caroline and particularly the play between them. I also really loved how the Twinning sisters wanted to tame rakes and were very aware of what exactly they wanted.

Genre? - Romance / Erotica / Historical Fiction

Characters? - Max Rotherbridge / Caroline
Charlene Varry
Feb 04, 2014 Charlene Varry rated it it was ok
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.
Mar 30, 2014 Dyanna rated it liked it
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.
Jan 24, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Because Laurens covers four love stories in one novel, none of the characters is really developed. Each sister fits into a neat stereotype.
BJ Rose
Feb 21, 2009 BJ Rose rated it really liked it
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
Aug 06, 2010 Tasmia rated it liked it
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
**POKER DI REGINE** (Titolo italiano)
Mah... Niente di che... Una delusione
Oct 11, 2012 Shelley rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
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
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 16, 2015 08:18AM  
  • My Scandalous Bride
  • The Impostor (Liar's Club, #2)
  • Rough Around the Edges
  • A Husband's Wicked Ways (Cavendish Square, #3)
  • Marrying Harriet (The School for Manners, #6)
  • Never Deceive a Duke (Neville Family, #2)
  • My Fair Mistress (Mistress Trilogy, #1)
  • My Dangerous Duke (Inferno Club, #2)
  • The Seduction of Sara (Rogues, #3)
  • The Rebellious Ward (Regency, #2)
  • Suddenly
  • Mistress by Midnight (The Scandalous Women of the Ton, #3)
  • Her Highness, My Wife (Effingtons, #5)
  • Everything and the Moon (The Lyndon Sisters, #1)
  • Temptation of a Proper Governess (Cameron Sisters, #1)
  • Stealing the Bride (Danvers, #2)
  • A Precious Jewel (Stapleton-Downes, #2)
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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  • A Lady Of Expectations (Lester Family Saga, 2)
  • An Unwilling Conquest  (Lester Family Saga, #3)
  • A Comfortable Wife

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