At the Bride Hunt Ball (Devine & Friends, #1)
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At the Bride Hunt Ball (Devine & Friends #1)

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To Snare a Bride . . .

To Gabriel Devine, Duke of Wolverest, the bonds of marriage are nothing more than shackles. But if he's to remain a lifelong bachelor, that leaves only his younger brother to carry on the family name. Inviting the ton's most eligible ladies to an elegant ball, Gabriel is certain any one of them would be all too eager to become the next duchess and pro...more
Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published May 27th 2008 by Avon Books
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UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

This was one of the most delightful novels I’ve read in a long time. It was low on angst, filled with humor, and I can’t even begin to tell you how thrilled I am to have found another Historical Romance author whose writing and characters reminded me of my three favorite writers in this genre; Julie Garwood, Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas. The wit, the passion and the lighthearted but touching story made At The Bride Hunt Ball a book I couldn’t put down.

We first see Madelyn Haywood as she’s runn...more
Rane
Gabriel Devine, Duke of Wolverest has a plan, snare his younger brother a wife to carry on the Devine line, leaving him free to go on about his life in an unwanted marriage, but when social disaster Madelyn Haywood walks in his life, his life is turned upside down!

Olivia Parker debut is such a fun read, with some slap-stick comedy that will have any reader laughing out loud as some of the things that Madelyn gets into!
Madelyn is pretty klutzy and always ends up in a some sort of disaster or an...more
Eastofoz
Feb 20, 2010 Eastofoz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers of Julia Quinn & Suzanne Enoch style romances
Recommended to Eastofoz by: Pamela
Big tsk tsk on me for not picking up this hidden gem of a read sooner. And why? Well for two reasons: the cover (yes I said it “the cover”) looks old fashioned and too stereotypical older style romance (I know, don’t judge a book by its cover and I’ve been burned before for doing just that but I guess I’ll never learn—lol!) and the second reason is that it’s OOP. It’s been my experience that OOPs are out of print for a reason (they suck) but I can’t for the life of me understand why this little...more
Dina
Don't you love it when you don't have high expectations about a book and it turns out to be a delightful read? That's what happened with this book. Knowing its premise was similar to the TV show The Bachelor - a group of girls gathered in the same house for a period of time with the sole objective of catching the coveted bachelor -, I wasn't sure I'd enjoy this read. Well, I'm glad I overcame my initial prejudice because At the Bride Hunt Ball ended up being a very entertaining read.

Gabriel Devi...more
Beanbag Love
Another great find thanks to Good Reads and Misuzmama's Amazon lists.

Olivia Parker has a great talent for writing physical comedy. Even though I predicted a couple of the gags before they actually came to fruition, she still had me laughing out loud.

A clumsy heroine, Madelyne Haywood is still a delight. She's stubborn and uninterested in the two Devine brothers who are holding a house party in order for the youngest to find a bride. The duke himself doesn't wish to ever marry, having seen the d...more
Lisa Kay
★★★★☆ I really enjoyed this one, so much so, I was very tempted to give it 5 stars. It was fast-paced and entertaining and slightly different. The characters were likable, believable , and held my attention at a time when that was all but impossible to do. There was a tiny inconsistency: (view spoiler) - but nothing to write home about. The author copped out a bit at the end with a Big Little Misun...more
Cheryl
What a delightfully entertaining book! I loved the hero in this book, Gabriel Devine, the Duke of Wolverest. He knew what he wanted and he went after it. The heroine was clumsy and awkward but hilarious!

If you are looking for a book that is easy to read, light, funny and with just enough steam to fog up the windows, read this book! I give my recommendation to everyone who loves these things in a story! Enjoy! :)
Alycia
I absolutely loved this book, thanks Dhestiny for the rec.

Madelyn Heywood wants to be a spinster. She is tired of the marriage mart and her heartless and controlling stepmother plotting ways to increase her own social status. Madelyn also wants to guard her heart, because love can surely only break one's heart. At her last season she gets invited with her shy wallflower friend, Charlotte to the Duke of Wolverest's mansion for a two week stay with a handful of bride hopefuls for the Duke's young...more
Anna D.
Nov 25, 2013 Anna D. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: hr
Maybe a little more than 4 stars..

This book takes our modern day Bachelor tv show and turned it into an HR. It was cute and sweet. If you’ve read a good amount of HRs then you have met our H/hs before. We have the charming, clumsy, not so rich but full of personality heroine. She is kind of like Cinderella where she’s lost both her parents and is stuck with an evil stepmother – she has no interest in getting married and would be perfectly happy living in the cottage she grew up in (probably surr...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
The first book in the Devine & Friends series. I saw this one get some good reviews but was worried I'd be disappointed as I have with many highly rated novels. But truly I loved it. This was a dialogue driven novel. The dialogue was witty and entertaining for me.

The hero, Gabriel Devine, Duke of Wolverest, was a confessed rake and didn't want to give up his lifestyle to marry and produce the required heir. So he has decided to make his younger brother his heir and find him a bride. Seven yo...more
Denise
5 stars just for the adorableness of this book. Thankfully, no great big misunderstandings. I loved the h and H, great anticipation and satisfying conclusions. This story comes complete with wicked stepmother and moments of hilarious hi-jinx.
Nisha
Even after reading this book with less interest than I normally have for HR, I really enjoyed this book - after suspending some amounts of logic. Part of my lagging interest could be explained to me expecting Lisa Kleypa's style - my fault since the last book I finished was written by her, so it it was highly unfair.

Madelyn Haywood (I love her name - I think its really pretty) is one of the 7 women chosen to be marriage candidates to Lord Tristan Devine. Hardly an ideal candidate for duchess, sh...more
ChloeLeeNH
May 24, 2008 ChloeLeeNH rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Regency Era fans
A light read, no dark mystery. Just a fun loving read about mutual attraction. The heroine has some quirky behaviors and they are amusing not annoying. And the hero is besotted but tries to fights the feelings. I think this was a great debut for this new author and I am looking forward more from her!! A keeper for sure!
Iliada
I have been lazy with my reviews lately, so I'll keep this short. I loved this book! I think that it was an excellent romance for a debut novel. It was not flawless, but it really worked for me.

I've always loved the rake/wallflower combination. It may not be the most original plot device out there, but it's still one of my favorites. I went into this book with high expectations and I was really eager to read it. A couple of chapters in the book and I realised that Madelyn is not exactly the wall...more
Susan (susayq ~)
Oh gosh. I absolutely LOVED this! I started it this morning and obviously had a bit of trouble putting it down since I'm now done :)

Madelyn was a little insecure about her beauty and was a trifle clumsy, but she captivated Gabriel Devine, Duke of Wolverest, from the very first time he saw her....when she insulted him and pegged him the forehead with a lemon :D I laughed and even kind of teared up when she told she wouldn't marry him. Thankfully, they worked that out and they got their Happily E...more
Sammy
I had read the third book of this series , yet I didn't remember this author , or this series
So when I read the reviews of it on my home page by my friends , i picked it up & as always I was not disappointed ...



If you like light heart romance , with sizzling chemistry ,& humor , this is your perfect pick.

Claudia
Jan 20, 2013 Claudia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Claudia by: Rane's review
this books was an absolute delightful, funny and romantic read - I am so glad I picked it up. It was perfect in its pacing, the funny moments - there were a lot of situations when I had to laugh out loud.

Both Gabriel and Madelyn are great characters with flaws and a lot of good points as well. the tension between these two was a well written and there were a lot of really hot scenes.

the secondary characters were interesting as well - some more likeable some less, but great anyway.

I absolutely l...more
Maureen Feeney
I loved this book.After reading a lot of dull books this was a breath of fresh air.It is a great story that is full of laugh's and it is grossly entertaining.If you are looking for a historical novel full of depth and serious substance then this is not for you but if you want an engaging wacky, funny, LOL book with lovable characters then get this today.This is OP first book and if she keeps developing as an author she will be up at the top with the likes of Julia Quinn soon.She made me laugh as...more
Megan
Lets just get it all out there, this book was boring and typical.

And I swear one of the genres was humor. Really? Cause I wasn't laughing...


The main character was your typical British chick born and raised, oh and half American but I don't see how that matters.

They say she's "speaks her mind" but I haven't seen it. I've seen her murmuring her mind or....no that's pretty much it.

There is nothing I can see that is special about her.

The whole thing is summed up like this;
(view spoiler)...more
Lisarenee
Really loved this book. About Madelyn who does not wish to marry. Her stepmother, however, has other plans. When a Bride Hunt Ball is announced, all eligible women in the area arrive to see if they can get one of the 7 invitations to the ball. When the solicitor handing out the invitations starts making a bee line for Madelyn she quickly runs the other way. Very fun read.
Danette Steward
By looking at the cover, it looks like one of those ancient, boring, tame, 70's romances. OK. I'll still try it even though it probably will be one of those subtle kisses only, PG rated, prudish bible-belt reads....(I'm due a penance read)....


WRONG.







Funny. Fast paced. Steamy. HOT. Thanks to my friends here on GR for recommending this book!!
Slavena
Jul 06, 2010 Slavena rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lisa Klaypas, Julia Quinn fans
Recommended to Slavena by: Saw it on my favorites list of one of my friends
What a delightful story. This is the first I have read by the author and she is one of my favorites now. Its funny and very entertaining read, I read it in a day and will probably start on the next one right away. It’s a humorous light romance read and the characters are great.
Ally72
I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this book and I was WRONG! This was such a fun story and I can't wait to find out what happens to some of the characters in the next book! I think Olivia Parker is a terrific author and I hope she has many books planned.
Jane (PS)
I really enjoyed this book - a romance with no pretensions to be anything other than a romance (with some cute comedy mixed in). I'll be reading OP's next book and will definitely keep up to date with her new releases.
Booklover
I loved this book!!!! What a breath if fresh air :) This book had humor, drama, and a steamy romance! Can't wait to read the other two in the series. Thank you Alycia for this great recommendation.
Allison (The Allure of Books)
At the Bride Hunt Ball is Olivia Parker's debut novel, and the first of a series. When I first looked at the cover, I figured it was from the 80s or 90s...imagine my surprise to see it is only a couple of years old! Cheesy romance covers never die, my friends.

The story is a good one. Gabriel, a Duke and determined bachelor, decides to hold a massive house party full of eligible women (handpicked by him, of course) so that his younger brother can choose a bride and continue the family line for hi...more
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
I so enjoyed this book. I had been meaning to read it for some time as I'd heard so many good things about it, and the story was intriguing. And who could resist a duke whose name is Gabriel (I've always loved that name for hero for some reason) who has black hair, gorgeous blue eyes and is as handsome as the devil, along with a feisty, but very clumsy heroine. So sweet. I surely couldn't.

I just loved every word in this book. I even read every word of the sex scenes, which I haven't done in a lo...more
Tracie
This was my 2nd time reading this book and I'm sure it won't be my last.

When I was going through my extensive TBR pile, I came across Olivia Parker's latest book To Wed a Wicked Earl. I remembered just how much I had loved At the Bride Hunt Ball when I read it several years ago. I had found it at my library and was intrigued by the story. I'm always weary of new authors. Olivia Parker didn't disappoint in her debut novel. I loved it when I first read it years ago and was glad I reread it to fall...more
Gabriella *is awesome*
A delightful read !!! i cant believe i let the cover fool me into letting this book lie on my To-read shelf for so long !!!


AT THE BRIDE HUNT BALL .is basically the t.v show THE BACHLOER.retold completley in victorian style.

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olivia parker has successful combined her writing to be one composing of both julia quinn's humor and lisa kyplas serioussness beautifully.

with the story starting of predictably with 7 young ladys persuding the youngest,rich Mr.Wolverest,tristan as a potential husband,the old...more
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When I was sixteen, I discovered my grandmother's historical romances. At first I would just sit on the bed, spread them all around me and gaze at their lovely covers. And then one day I read one. It was bliss! Woodiwiss, Rogers, and eventually Garwood. I quickly became a romance book addict and...more
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“The captain of this sailing vessel has requested a private audience with you in his quarters. It seems you’ve a treasure map hidden on your person, and I mean to explore every inch of you until it is discovered.” 31 likes
“You are beautiful and humble and sensitive and the keeper of my heart.
I know it will take some time, growing up with a beast of a guardian as you did, but there will come a day when you no longer criticize yourself, no longer believe less of yourself, and you will come to love yourself just as much as I love you.
Well, almost as much, I imagine.


-Gabriel Devine, Duke of Wolverest-”
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