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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...more
Mass Market Paperback, 402 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Gabriella *is awesome*
4.5 when-beauty-loved-the-beast stars :)



"She didn't know him.She thought him a man.She thought him a man.She thought she wanted him..but she had never really seen him.He was a broken,ruined thing,a creature that should be kneeling at the feet of a viberent healthy beauty as hers

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 basically consituted a lot of things...hilar...more
CJ Patrick
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
Lucy

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...more
Suri
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
Linda
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
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...more
May Mostly Romance
หนังสือเล่มสุดท้ายในชุด The Liar's Club ออกขายในปี 2005 และสำหรับคนที่เป็นแฟนหนังสือชุดนี้ก็จะรู้ว่า ยังมีตัวละครอีกคนนึงที่ถูกทิ้งเอาไว้ข้างหลัง คนที่ชีวิตยังไม่คลี่คลาย หลังจากที่คนแต่งใจร้ายเขียนให้เขาโดนกระทำต่าง ๆ นานาหลายอย่าง

หลังจากนั้นเซเลสต์ แบรดลีย์ก็เขียนหนังสือออกมาอีกหลายเล่ม ซึ่งตามความรู้สึกของเราไม่อาจเทียบกับช่วงเวลาที่เธอเขียนเรื่องชุด The Liar's Club และ The Royal Four ได้ แต่ดูเหมือนตลาดหนังสือจะต้องการเรื่องแนวโรแมนติกคอเมดี้ ซึ่งหนังสือในสองชุดที่เรากล่าวถึงไป อาจจะเครียดเ...more
The Window Seat
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
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...more
Fani
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...more
Tarina
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
Plenty of drama, very little common sense.
Susan
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!
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...more
Ashley FL
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-...more
Natalia Sulca
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,...more
Regina
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
Tin
May 23, 2013 Tin rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
DemetraP
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...more
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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Jennifer
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.
Daneesha
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."
SWOON.
Karen
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...more
Amanda
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Jennifer
4.5 Stars

I should probably start the review by saying that my expectations were not very high when I started this book. I had read, and enjoyed, Celeste Bradley's Liars Club books (which are the prequels to this one), but got burned out on her writing when trying to get through the Runaway Brides series. But, a glowing review from one of the bloggers I rely on the most convinced me to try Bradley again. And I am so glad I did because this book was full of everything that I require in an entertai...more
Cocktails and Books
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Cocktails and Books Review:

When She Says I Do is funny, touching, and inspirational. Celeste Bradley writes a masterpiece by weaving together equal parts erotica, romance, suspense, family dysfunction, and humor. Calliope Worthington is our heroine. She is the big sister to several very creative and boisterous siblings. The author does a very good job of describing the shenanigans that Calliope's siblings pull. If you have siblings you immediately i...more
Jacki
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Celeste Bradley (Fallen) brings readers a sizzling new Regency romance that will tug at their heartstrings and tickle their funny bones with When She Said I Do.

Calliope Worthington never expected to marry, accepting she would remain in the bosom of her tightly knit, madcap family. However, when a rainstorm sends the traveling Worthingtons scurrying into a dark manor house for shelter, Callie finds herself caught up...more
Michelle
I’m not sure what brought me to Celeste Bradley (most likely twitter) but I’m so glad I tried her because she wrote one fun, dirty historical romance. The original meet between Callie and Ren did feel just a little forced to get them together, but it made it so worth it because I loved how the two of them just clicked. Callie is a free spirit after growing up in a pretty unconventional household and is finally getting a chance to live her own life after taking on a lot of the responsibilities in...more
Carole-Ann
Although this is the beginning of a new series (Worthingtons), it actually closes the door on the Liars Club - and the story about Ren Porter who never got his HEA within that series.

Ren has hidden away since he was nearly killed three years previously; he's reclusive, disillusioned, and waiting for death to finally end his bodily pains. In comes Calliope Worthington (and part of her family) and upsets everything. She is bright, beautiful and full of wonder for whatever she can discover. The sto...more
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