No Man's Bride (Misadventures in Matrimony, #1)
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No Man's Bride (Misadventures in Matrimony #1)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  257 ratings  ·  20 reviews

No Man's Plaything . . .

Catherine Fullbright has vowed never to marry. Growing up with a disreputable father, she witnessed male behavior at its very worst. Unfortunately her ambitious parent refuses to marry off Catie's pretty, pliable younger sister until the elder is wed and his underhanded scheming comes to a head when Catie finds herself standing at the altar with he

Paperback, Avon romance., 371 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Avon Books (first published August 28th 2006)
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Jul 24, 2008 ChloeLeeNH rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Regency Era fans
What I liked- The relationship that built up between the h/h. He was very loving and caring which she needed from her abusive family history. I liked her relationship with her cousins. I am looking forward to their stories.
What I didn't like- Her abusive history. It was a bit hard to read about her past.
Lori McD
3.5+ stars

A book that walks a tough line... Regency romance but with a social-issues twist.

Catie might be the oldest, but her sister Elizabeth (Lizzy) has always been the darling. Their father is a second son, a drunk, and a man who uses his fists. He beats Catie, locks her up in a small closet with spiders and vermine, and mocks her whenever it suits him. And it suits him often. Her younger sister Lizzy is as much a tormentor as her father; it gives Lizzy great joy to tattle on Catie and to be...more
L.A. Miller
As usual Ms Galen did not let me down. Her books are always filled with a vivid picture of history, well developed characters and the tortured romance one comes to expect. From the initial meeting of Lord Valentine and Catie the reader gets the sense of their chemistry though the two obviously are in denial. With each new contact you route for the two to find the happiness they deserve and after their marriage your heart will go out to Lord Valentine as he tries to woe his wife to his bed and in...more
Debbie Saraceni
Great story of betrayal and love

This was a beautiful story of finding love in the most unexpected ways. Catherine had endured years of abuse at the hands of her father and the ultimate betrayal when he married her off. She is torn between her dislike of men and the growing attraction to her husband. Quint was betrothed to Catherine's sister and was shocked at what had transpired on his wedding day. Torn between his political aspirations and the feelings he was developing for his wife Quint had s...more
At the risk of sounding insensitive, I think the fact that the heroine, Catherine, was abused by her family, was the best thing going for this story. Everything else was just too over-the-top and painfully unrealistic that I lost interest in the story.

Catherine had a legit reason for not marrying, seeing the risk of marrying a man like her father, a worse evil than being under his thumb forever. Her sister, is also a pain, who has managed to make the suffering with her family even more tragic. S...more
Lee Thao
[3.75 STARS]

The story itself was good. However, at one point, I just didn't enjoy reading about Catherine. There's either the complaining how she doesn't want to marry Quint, thinking that Quint wants Elizabeth (her sister), she wants to runaway from this loveless marriage, or that she was scare (though she won't admit it) of meeting new people and of course Quint himself (thinking that he'll punish her, hit her, lock her, etc).

At first, all these problems (that was wrong with her and how she ac...more
I've read a few of Galen's later books (The Making of a Duchess and The Making of a Rogue) and liked them a lot better than this one. This is an earlier book and it definitely felt rough - the characters didn't feel as rich and fleshed out and things happened just to happen, not because there was any true character motivation to them. For example, the end of the book has a scene (view spoiler)...more
I have to say that I liked the concept Shana Galen was working with here and also a number of the interchanges that took place. While the general story had a lot of potential, though, the execution was very clumsy and unfinished. Key plot points were rushed, a lot of the action was slip-shod, and the attraction between Valentine and Catie was not very well presented. I would like to read a re-write of this when Shana reaches a more experienced point in her career as an author.
Robin (RBBR)
This was suppose to be a Quartet but something happened (not sure what) and the fourth book is on hold possibly permanently. Fortunately the way the 3rd one ends you are not left with a major feeling of disappointment at knowing what happens next because you have a very real sense of the final Heroine's happily ever after. If its ever published its a definite buy IMO.
Michele Lacroix
I loved this book so much that I couldn't put it down. The only problem I had with the book is Ms Galen didn't explain why Catherine's father hated her so much. I think the reason I liked this book is that it dealt with abuse by a parent, which alot of books don't deal with.
I love Shana Galen's writing and this is one of her best. It's the first book in her Misadventures in Matrimony series so I recommend reading in order. The series follows the romantic happy endings of childhood cousins. For my full review:
Danette Steward
Come on, who can believe the wedding could happen that way? Author lost me there, but I finished the book. Only wanted to stick around and see the father and sister get their comeuppance, but that was disappointing as well.
Aug 05, 2013 Liz added it
While this sort of book isn't usually my thing, I picked this up because my cousin is the author and I wanted to sample her writing. I enjoyed the book, but I was also reminded why I don't read much romance.
Well it had an abused, insecure heroine, but not quite enough angst to qualify as my favorite formula. Still, not a bad read. I'll check out other books by Shana Galen. (3.5 stars)
Your typical "I'm never going to marry, ever!!!.... Oops, I'm married, how did that happen?"
No really it wasn't too bad and I actually considered giving it 4 stars.
I really liked the relationship that built up between the h/h. He was very loving and caring which she needed from her abusive family history.
Kellianne Stevens
A pleasant story. Weak writing, a rather ridiculous plot, irregular character development. Truly a very average book.
I enjoy the friendship and devotion of the sisters and cousins in this series....
a book from Jenna!
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