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When She Said I Do (Worthington #1)

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From bestselling author Celeste Bradley comes the tantalizing tale of a beauty and a beast, bound together by fate, fortune, and desire...

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Caught in a rainstorm, Miss Calliope Worthington takes shelter in a seemingly abandoned mansion. But when she finds a string of pearls in a dusty chest, she is caught red-handed by the house’s reclusive owner—Mr. Ren Porter—a
Mass Market Paperback, 402 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
4.5 When-beast-read-50 shades-before-falling-in-love-with-beauty stars

'When she said I do' , is a young fun HR read...following our lead couple Callie and Ren as they live another re-told version of Disney's tale Beauty and the beast..


This book constituted a lot of things...
1 Hilarity
2 Suspence
3 Sweet romance
4 Angst

BUT the one thing I DEFIANTLY DID NOT expect from this book was the sheer amount of EROTICA 0_O ( say I was 'mildly suprised' would be an understatment......The things they
CJ Patrick
Feb 04, 2013 CJ Patrick rated it did not like it
I was really looking forward to this book. I enjoyed Ms. Bradley's Royal Four and Liars Club books and two are even on my 5 Star All-Time Favorite List (To Wed a Scandalous Spy and Seducing the Spy, so I was very excited to read that poor Ren Porter was going to get a book of his own. I was also looking forward to the whole Worthington family. Ms. Bradley had explained on her website that she was trying to portray a family similar to the Weasley family from Harry Potter so what could go wrong? A ...more
Mar 01, 2013 Suri rated it it was ok
I was first drawn by the pretty pink cover. When I read the first chapter, I thought, that quick?-both ruled by lust. Then things went on like that for so many chapters. Both imo just driven by lust. Horny when together. Didn't help that he would tease her every night, and then when in that scene with the cane, smh, am I reading an erotica? Been thinking that as I went through each page and practically just skimming through the too many sex scenes so when I came upon that cane scene, I thought, ...more
Lover of Romance
I do love a good Beauty and the Beast theme like story, and this one I would put at the top of my list of favorites. Its the type of story that instantly draws you in and its pretty hard to put down. I do love a story that is easy to get into, but difficult to let go of. This is the first that I have read from this author. I saw the cover and read the blurb, and with no regrets picked it up, knowing I would probably regret it if I didn't. When She Said I Do is pretty close to the beauty and the ...more
Lucy *Mrs Khalid*

This book had everything to be a 5 stars.

It was deeply sensual, with pretty intense intimate scenes between Calliope and Ren.
Personally, my favourite parts were sure when they fought with swords, he defeated her and then subdued her on the floor, just to slowly caress her body with the sword. And when he finally let her see and touch him.
Those scenes were immensely erotic and emotional and, like I said, my favourite ones, even though the others were pretty great scenes as well.

Also, who knows m
May Mostly Romance
Feb 18, 2013 May Mostly Romance rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
หนังสือเลมสุดทายในชุด The Liar's Club ออกขายในปี 2005 และสำหรับคนทีเปนแฟนหนังสือชุดนีกจะรูวา ยังมีตัวละครอีกคนนึงทีถูกทิงเอาไวขางหลัง คนทีชีวิตยังไมคลีคลาย หลังจากทีคนแตงใจรายเขียนใหเขาโดนกระทำตาง ๆ นานาหลายอยาง

หลังจากนันเซเลสต แบรดลียกเขียนหนังสือออกมาอีกหลายเลม ซึงตามความรูสึกของเราไมอาจเทียบกับชวงเวลาทีเธอเขียนเรืองชุด The Liar's Club และ The Royal Four ได แตดูเหมือนตลาดหนังสือจะตองการเรืองแนวโรแมนติกคอเมดี ซึงหนังสือในสองชุดทีเรากลาวถึงไป อาจจะเครียดเกินไปสักหนอย

Apr 08, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
Wonderful read, a family traveling to a suprise location planned by their mother find themselves on a washed out bridge on a stormy night seeking shelter and come upon what seems to be an abandoned estate? Calliope , after getting her parents settled and dry , and waiting for her brother Dade to get the carraige and horses settled decides to explore this huge estate ; only to come upon a vast ladies chamber upstairs with a box of jewels sitting upon it,might as well play dress up since your bore ...more
Kathy Altman
Feb 26, 2013 Kathy Altman rated it really liked it
When She Said I Do is a beguiling blend of romance, passion, peril and hilarity. Everything about this story is pleasingly unexpected — the characters, the plot developments and even how the sexual and emotional bonds between Callie and Ren ripen. This fairy tale is more than a retelling of Beauty and the Beast — it's Beauty and the Beast meets The Addams Family, with Sleeping Beauty stopping in for a long weekend. Only this Regency-era fairy tale doesn't leave out the sexy bits.

The ever-practic
Plot summary:
Callie (Calliope) and Ren (Lawrence) Porter, get caught in a compromising position by the heroine's brother, when the carriage of Callie's family falls into the river and they seek refuge in Ren's house. Forced to marry, the hero makes an agreement to give Callie one pearl for every night they spend together if she does as he demands, and she'll be free to go once the pearls are all in her possession. Ren who is heavily scarred all over his body, goes around the house in a hooded c
The Window Seat
Feb 03, 2013 The Window Seat rated it it was amazing
I am going to say this up front; I have been waiting for this hero’s story for a long time! Lawrence “Ren” Porter was originally introduced in the Liar’s Club series as an agent who specialized in infiltrating the enemy. While on a mission, Ren’s cover is blown by a double-agent and he is severely beaten and left for dead. His recovery is slow, the injuries to his body and his pride are deep, and the final blow to his heart came when his fiancé leaves him while he was in a coma. Ren makes anoth ...more
Mary Gramlich
Mar 04, 2013 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing
Ever mine, ever more, no matter what

Not knowing which is more damaged his face or his heart, Ren Porter decided to collapse inward and never come back out. The unexpected ray of sunshine the blinded him to hope was this slip of a woman named Calliope. She literally stole into his home and the temptation to keep her there now included marriage.

Ren never expected the primal desire he felt for Callie but here he was overcome with a passion to protect her. Too many coincidences create the belief tha
Jul 25, 2013 Natalia rated it it was ok
Calliope Worthington, also known as Cali is the eldest daughter of the Worthington clan. Her family is on some kind of road trip when they get stranded in the middle of a brutal storm. Soaking wet and hungry, they all take refuge in a seemingly empty house. After Cali insures that her family is fed and watered, she takes it upon herself to go exploring the mansion.

Ren porter is a lost soul. Embittered by his life, he stays stinking drunk most days, and is content to wallow in his own self-pity,
Dec 19, 2012 Tarina rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful and delightful story. I love the twist to the beauty and the beast tale. I could not put down, due to the fact of what would or could happen next.
MB (What she read)
Plenty of drama, very little common sense.
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Sep) I don't always love Celeste Bradley, but when I do, I really do! Calliope (I do like that name!) is part of an unusual family. Her many siblings are all odd in their own way, but the family loves one another. After a carriage accident, she and her parents and one brother take refuge in a seemingly deserted house. She is found by the master of the house, a drunken recluse who thinks she is a vision. Callie is intrigued by this stranger in a hooded cloak, and ends up somewhat compromised by ...more
Jan 21, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It is the story of Ren Porter, a secondary character in the Liar's Club series, and Callie Worthington. I was glad to see Ren get his story after the trauma he'd gone through in the earlier books. His injuries were so bad that he has taken to hiding out in his home, drinking and waiting to die. His home is invaded one night when Callie and her family take refuge there after a carriage accident. Thinking the place is abandoned, Callie goes exploring and finds a jewelry box that s ...more
Shh I'm reading!
Mar 10, 2013 Shh I'm reading! rated it liked it
I'm giving this one 3 stars with some hesitation. I've read previous Bradley books and enjoyed them for the sweetness and intrigue. I started this one fulling expecting more of the same. Not so. The tone was intensely dark and more sensual than I recall from previous books. It was fitting given Ren's past and the clear inspiration of Beauty and the Beast, and, quite frankly, made me admire the skill with which Bradley weaves light BDSM into Callie and Ren's relationship.
My problem is with every
Ashley FL
Mar 06, 2013 Ashley FL rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
I am giving this four stars, but with a fair amount of explanation.

I thought this was a really fun Regency, and that it is a (quite literal) retelling of a fairy tale, well, that automatically grants it an extra star from me. The characters were fun and the plot was sort of dopey but mostly good fun.

That said, I read this because it says it is "Worthington #1". This might lead one to believe that it is the first in a series. And maybe it is, but from the way it is written, it seems to be a spin-
Feb 21, 2013 Regina rated it it was ok
I usually enjoy and look forward to Bradley's stories, but it was hard to finish this one. In fact, the more I think about it, the more annoyed I get. Why? One: Ren and Calliope didn't have enough relationship-building scenes. Ren spent too much time hiding and Callie dodged too many "accidents." However, their little time together was very nice--outside of the gratifyingly numerous sex scenes, that is. I really liked those. Two: Callie's utterly ridiculous family. Simply annoying. I couldn't li ...more
May 23, 2013 Tin rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I've been waiting for Celeste Bradley to release a new book and, after two years, When She Said I Do is finally here.

Calliope Worthington and her family sought refuge in the first house they saw after their carriage gets swept away in the river. The house looked abandoned and the Worthingtons are relieved to have a place to recover after their near-death experience. What they didn't know is that the owner of the house is at home, and he doesn't take too kindly to strangers, especially to strange
Feb 06, 2013 DemetraP rated it it was amazing
This is a historical beauty and the beast theme.

It's also very funny. Heroine and her family are stranded in a rainstorm when the carriage breaks down. They end up at the hero's estate. He has no servants and lives alone because he was horribly scarred in the war.

Heroine goes exploring and bumps into him in her nightdress. Hijinks ensue.

I thought this book was very hot. It was creative with the love scenes without overdoing it.

It was also very character driven. It's just hero and heroine stu
Nicole Mcdonald
Rating 3.5 stars
I really wanted to love this book, and I certainly loved some parts of it. The steam could be scorching hot, though there was one scene I wasn’t too fond of during the ball. I found myself skipping pages once in a while. I feel like there may have been too much going on in this book, things were added that didn’t necessarily need to be to make it a great read.
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Mar 07, 2015 Beno rated it really liked it
why did no one warn me that there is another series before this one and before someone says they are not related, like hell they are not. every other conversation is a hint to previous books, characters, stories and plots. Now I have to go read 'Liar's Club'.
ok apart from that annoying feeling that I am missing out on a bigger picture I truly enjoyed this book it was fun and funny,
I really wanted to be a Worthington not by marriage even if Dade sounds hot and that other tortured soul brother
Oct 23, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Why did I not realize this was Ren from the Liar's Club and The Royal Four? Oh thank you for this book. I asked for it and I got it. I loved it, but I didn't care for the rest of the Worthington family. I doubt if I'll be reading any more of them.
Feb 22, 2013 Daneesha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
loved this! it was over too soon.
"I shall love you until the day I die."
"And after that?"
"After that I shall simply have to love you forever."
Mar 04, 2015 Amber rated it liked it
A very silly premise. I love silly premises. And overall I thoroughly enjoyed the story. At times the hero was too angst-ridden, but at the same time it was acknowledged in the story (in an (imo) humorous manner). The villain was too obvious, but the actual participation of villain was less clear cut. And the villain actually did less than I thought, so good job there. Ummm...oh! HOLY SHIT HER FAMILY THOUGH. DEAR GOD. The pure, unadulterated selfishness. But I did so love th ...more
Oct 29, 2015 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely an interesting story. I wanted to read this the second I saw "Beauty and the Beast" associated with this. (It is, after all, my favorite fairy tale.) I've read a few romance novels that attempted the fairytale, though some were not as successful as I had hoped.

This, however, exceeded my expectations. Callie is quirky, stubborn, and yet highly lovable. And her family is incredibly insane, which I found delightful. Quirky characters are the best. Ren is disfigured from his past and the
Erin H
Jan 24, 2015 Erin H rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-read
I absolutely loved this book! It reminded me a lot of beauty and the beast. Callie and her family stumble across what appears to be an abandoned estate but is actually the home of recluse Ren Porter. Events happen and Ren and Callie end up married. I loved Ren. His whole demeanor screamed dark and brooding as well as never showing his face because of his scars. I love how Callie pealed his layers back to show that it mattered to her only what was on the inside. I had some issues with Callie. She ...more
Feb 05, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing
I'm a bit dubious about an entire SERIES devoted to Callie's family, as her family is INSANE (harming-others-with-their-recklessness insane; I think they were meant as comic relief, but I didn't find them funny). Callie's more than a bit of a madcap herself, but she doesn't have a patch on the rest of them.

Callie's family was one of the few low points of this book. The rest of it was fantastic-- a nuanced and emotional Beauty and the Beast/Persephone tale (and wasn't Callie's dress a lovely nod
Feb 11, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
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Celeste Bradley is the author of Fallen, which was nominated for a RITA in 2002, and The Pretender, the first book in the Liars series. According to Bradley, the best thing about writing is that she finally gets to use the brain full of trivia she's collected over a lifetime of living in eight states, residing in over twenty homes, and changing her major five times. "It was research for my writing ...more
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