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Once a Gentleman (Ladies' Fashionable Cabinet #3)

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  280 ratings  ·  13 reviews

When two friends are found in a compromising situation, their marriage of convenience turns into something neither was looking for ... and something neither can live without.

Nicholas Parrish wakes one morning to pounding at the front door of his London townhouse. Standing before him is the irate father of Prudence Armitage and several of her scowling brothers. They accuse

Kindle Edition, 388 pages
Published (first published 2004)
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I enjoyed this book, but it isn't one of the better historicals I have read lately. The hero and heroine didn't communicate very well, and this hampered my enjoyment of the story. The hero was very proud and wouldn't take badly needed financial help from the heroine, his wife. The heroine was so shy that she wouldn't voice her thoughts and needs to the hero. These things added duress to their already strained "shotgun" marriage. This book was quick to read but I didn't think it lived up to its p ...more
Historical English romance with a plain-Jane shy introverted spinster who is forced into a marriage with her long time unrequited love.
There is a problem from the start with this new couple's relationship, the total lack of communication! So I can't even say there was lots of miscommunication because Mr. Nicholas Parrish talks more to his father and bestie Simon then to his actual wife, Prudence Armitage. Prudence is just as guilty because she is chatting with Flora and her small group of friend
A decent story that sounded like it had a lot more promise than it ended up actually having. I was entertained and I couldn't put it down, but in retrospect I realize several things.

First of all, the characters were rather frustrating. Both the heroine and the hero were completely blind to one another's feelings. Half the time the hero would start speaking and the misunderstanding would begin and I felt like screaming at the heroine, "Speak up damn you! Say what you think!" But no, she'd stay qu
Lori McD
2.5 stars - almost, but not quite 3 stars

Interesting concept - a slight spin on the "man trap"... This is not the first book in a series about a periodical called "The Ladies' Fashionable Cabinet". The magazine's offices are out of the home of Nicholas Parrish and his sister Edwina. But Edwina has recently married and is away on her wedding trip. In her place, a loyal employee Prudence is managing editor. Except that diligent Prudence stays late one evening, working on the magazine, and falls as
Candice Hern is a hit and miss author for me. I liked her “Change of Heart” and “Miss Lacey’s Last Fling” but was not impressed with “Lady Be Bad” and “An Affair of Honor”. The story had a basic plot of marriage of convenience with a plain heroine secretly in love with the hero. Everybody knows how the story is going to end and it’s up to the storyteller to make it an interesting one with memorable characters. Unfortunately it did not happen here. The story lacked quality dialogue/conversations. ...more
I'm a sucker for the geeky/dorky girl and the gorgeous hunk. In this case the heroine is a spinster who edits a magazine (which actually contains political propaganda against the ranking system). Caught out by her father and brothers after falling asleep at work one night, she is forced to marry one of her co-workers when he discovers that she is the granddaughter of a duke.

It's got all the predictable ugly duckling to beautiful swan who manages to get the main story lines but it's a good easy r
Finalmente pude leer este libro! (en ebook obviamente, porque con esa portada no me gasto 17€ ni loca xDD). El anterior ya me pareció muy ameno, y este me ha gustado bastante más, tal vez porque la prota femenina es tan súmamente tímida que crea situaciones muy graciosas aunque no lo pretenda.
No tiene una gran trama, ni es de esos inolvidables, pero sin duda engancha, se lee rápido y es simpático. Justo lo que necesitaba ahora mismo xD.
Lynne Tull
Well, I have just finished the first of the 'Ladies Fashionable Cabinet' Series...ho hum! I am hoping the other two are more interesting. I didn't find much to endear me to the H/H. I didn't dislike them; I just couldn't get interested in their story. I'll keep you posted.
She really twisted herself into knots preventing the two of them from having sex even though they were married in the first chapter.
it was a nice story but I felt the characters were a bit over the top
I loved it. I could not put it down. It was a tender love story.
I liked this one the best of the trio!
I loved the book, it was too romantic.
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Candice Hern is the award-winning, bestselling author of historical romance novels set during the English Regency period. Her books have won praise for the "intelligence and elegant romantic sensibility" (Romantic Times) as well as "delicious wit and luscious sensuality (Booklist). Candice's award-winning website ( is often cited for its Regency World pages, where readers inter ...more
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