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Lord Wraybourne's Betrothed (Lovers and Ladies #2)

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  330 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Sheltered stuffy heiress Jane Sandiford is confused and mortified by her responses to debonair Lord Wraybourne, suspected fortune hunter. The dread Whisperer, scourge of polite Society, rasps unspeakable vileness into her ear, someone assaults young women "of the middling class" in the streets of London, and one close conspires to break up her romance.
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Published July 1st 1990 by Zebra
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Lynn Spinks
Feb 01, 2011 Lynn Spinks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THANK YOU. I love this book. Not casually, not just really like it, I LOVE this book!!! Lets get to know a character, shall we? Jane. Jane is an heiress from the strictest home, ever. No dancing, no entertaining, reading? Yeah, if it's a sermon. Dress clothes? Totally modest and unrevealing. This poor girl is blessed with a sheltered life. When she becomes betrothed to one of London's top socialites she gets the chance to spread her wings, loosen her braid and put something on that shows her wom ...more
Nov 09, 2014 Stacey rated it liked it
The first time I read this, I loved the bold hero's patient pursuit of the shy heroine.

That was in... 2011.

Three years later, the second read felt very different. This time, the shy heroine, who readers are told is witty and clever, even if she had been utterly secluded from the world. Her shyness is explained by her innocence and unworldliness, but it goes further than shyness, because she's incredibly impressionable, too. I get this - if you've lived entirely at home, and haven't been able t
This was Jo Beverley's first novel and is a decent start. The mystery plot would have been more interesting if I hadn't read some of the follow-up novels and already knew who the villain was. The denouement was really quick and should have been drawn out more. The romance plot was a bit boring. Jane's constant insecurity wears thin after awhile. Her fears make sense given her upbringing but are tedious to read. I liked her a lot though, despite her insecurities. I liked seeing her blossom and le ...more
Sep 03, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good book for a Regency romance. I don't usually read these, but a friend of mine who likes Jane Austen said it was a good read. I like the fact that amid the romance there was a mystery involved. And the villian was not who I thought it would be. Jane Sandiford was 12 years younger than her bethroed, David Wraybourne. Her immaturity could be seen, yet her mother raised her to have no fun at all. It was interesting to see how Jane handled many adult aspects of her life when she went to Lo ...more
Nov 06, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it
I was excited to find out about this series from the "Clean Romance" group on goodreads. I wasn't sure what to expect after seeing the cover! I've been in a rut of bad books lately so this book was especially refreshing. Just a nice clean romance. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Unfortunately our library is missing two but hopefully they're not too interrelated that I will miss anything.
Jul 07, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
A very clean, very fun historical romance. Though not geared specifically toward young adults, it would definitely be suitable for them to read. It is always such a lovely surprise when I close a book and find that not only did I thoroughly enjoy myself reading it, but that I can now tell some of the mother/teen daughter pairs that I know of it and know with confidence that both will enjoy it.

There's not much to tell about the plot that you can't find on other review boards, so I'll try to conc
Dec 04, 2012 Rachelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a huge fan of romances set in this time period I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I picked it up last night before bed and finished it in the early hours. Loved Jane a lot, she was witty and funny and well-written in my personal opinion. The romance between her and Wraybourne was sweet and developed at a pace that I think seemed reasonable. A nice switch from that insta-love/lust which plagues so many books these days.

The subplot that happened while the romance blossomed with the man assaulting
Apr 06, 2013 Sophia rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story for its characters from the very beginning. It was Regency Romance at its Golden Age best.

The story begins when David, The Earl of Wraybourne, unaccountably becomes engaged to a sheltered and strictly brought up young woman, Jane Sandiford. Everyone, including Jane, thinks it is her impeccable birth and fortune that draw him. Jane makes the assumption based on the fact that David is handsome, fashionable and catches every eye in society. She can't figure out what he sees in
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Nov 02, 2010 Lisa (Bookworm Lisa) rated it really liked it
I recently started reading "The Stolen Bride", then found out it would make more sense if I started with this one first.

I downloaded it onto my i-phone and started reading.

I really liked the story. I can't say that I fell in love with the book, or the characters, but I really liked them.

Lord Wraybourne finds a country girl, who is extremely wealthy and agrees to take her for his bride. Her parents are highly judgemental and self-righteous. It is amazing that Lord Wraybourne comes up to snuff.

Jan 03, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You're not going to like the next sentence you read.

I like when the characters I read about are attractive. I liked this book.

This book mainly focuses on Jane. Poor Jane was brought up blind to the ton. Wraybourne visits her manor house, invited by Jane's mother, to see if they would suit. He's enchanted by her and accepts to take her hand in marriage. Wraybourne is an easy going type of guy, although, don't fuck with him, he'll get extremely pissed. But he's always forgiving of crazy females.

Jennifer Eckel
Oct 27, 2009 Jennifer Eckel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like how the publisher's reprint books at 2x the cost. I also like how they did away with the genre books: Regency but will bring these out at higher cost.

This according to the Postscript is Jo Beverley's first published book. Highly entertaining. I read it in one sitting staying up late to do so. I can see this was a first book. The hero has arranged to marry an heiress lacking in town polish. She comes to town to gain some, and Lord Wraybourne begins to fall for his fiancee. We don't find ou
Jen Haddad
Feb 09, 2016 Jen Haddad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well written regency novel and loved the characters. Have always enjoyed reading this time period with the men so knowledgeable in life experiences and the women somewhat timid but often turn out with some pretty sassy personalities that slowly comes to light throughout the story. A fun read!
Aug 25, 2011 Alyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to give this 4.5 stars, because it really was a wonderful book! I'm going to keep it on my bookshelf, for sure. The dynamic between Jane and David was adorable, and I loved to watch Jane grow throughout the book. The fact that they were betrothed without knowing anything about each other, but David just knew he would love her made it so sweet, especially when Jane thought so little of herself at first. There was a little intrigue, but that is where my half star got deducted. I didn't fe ...more
Lynne Tull
This is a republished edition of Jo Beverley's first novel. I liked it. It was good for a first novel. I found the first half and the heroine's naivete tedious. However, the story and personalities of the characters picked up in the second half...saving it from 'it was ok'. This book was one of Ms. Beverley's first six books that were republished under the them Lovers and Ladies. In her notes at the end Ms. Beverley explains that this is not in the format of her Malloren or Company of Rogue Seri ...more
Maggie Shanley
Jul 09, 2014 Maggie Shanley rated it liked it
Good regency story of a sheltered heiress who becomes engaged to a man for practical reasons but of course he falls in love with her.
Jun 23, 2011 Laine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i was surprised that i got myself jo beverly's first book. i just realized it when i got to the last part of the book. ive been reading a lot of historical romance books and may i say that this is a refreshing kind. a story of arranged marriage and how the characters find themselves in love with each other. love the twist and turn of the plot and th love story of lord wraybourne and lady sanddiford. although at the start it was disappointing but as you get to read it along the way it got me exci ...more
Saw my sister reading this - and totally made fun of her because of the title. It sounded cheesy and ridiculous. Then I was bored and read it, and It was actually really cute. I really liked it the first time I read it. I just reread it (4/2013) and it was still cute and held my attention, but it paled in comparison to Edenbrooke (I adored that book). The main character Jane even grated on my nerves just a little the 2nd time, but she had spunk and was fiesty, and I'm always a fan of that. Overa ...more
Marguerite Guthridge
Great book! This author is on my must read list.
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May 13, 2014 Dpic rated it it was ok
Delightful fluff.
Kathryn CA
Aug 25, 2015 Kathryn CA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a delightful book for people who like stories about arranged marriages and betrothals. The characters were likable and the mystery subplot kept the story going. It was obvious that this was an early book of hers, but it was still a good one. I finished it and then went back and read some of my favorite passages. This was a good book for a day when you need to feel a little happiness and don't want to use too much brain-power.
Amy Grossman
Jul 27, 2010 Amy Grossman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book had such potential, since this was Jo Beverley's very first book that she wrote. I love her as an author, but this one was BORING. It had all the parts of a promising romance novel - new love, a crime/mystery, and a London season. They just did not come together quite as expected, and I had to struggle to finish this book, actually skimming the last pages. YAWN.
May 30, 2011 Doreen rated it liked it
This was the first book Jo Beverley published. I'm a big fan of hers, but having read many others I found this one disappointing. It was ok, but not of the standard I've come to expect. It's not surprising, and I'm not putting down a first book, but she did improve greatly afterwards. Don't judge her works by this one.
Mary Lauer
Not bad. As it was a traditional Regency, it didn't have quite the same emotional depth as Jo B.'s historicals. Still good tho, with more to it than a lot of traditionals. I liked seeing the glimpses of Jane's spirit that attracted David, tho I didn't feel like I got quite enough of his point of view.
Carrie Daws
Apr 22, 2012 Carrie Daws rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
I love a good historical fiction and this one added a bit of mystery too. I found the characters to be believable considering their place in history and their backstory. The mystery was well-shrouded until the proper time to reveal all, and all the loose ends were neatly finalized.
catherine james
Respectable debut novel, though I would have preferred spending a bit more time in the company of Lord Wraybourne - half the fun of reading romance novels is getting the hero's perspective and I felt just a wee bit cheated of that pleasure this time around. Overall an enjoyable read.
May 28, 2011 Katherine rated it liked it
Totally worth the less than $2 I paid. Cute little period piece, but the "bad character" was not well developed and the climax was kind of a let down, but a cute trashy read. If I paid more than $2 for it, it might only get 2 stars.
Mar 31, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it
This was a reasonably clean read. I tried another of Jo's Regency novels...not so much. I will not be reading anymore of her risky or risque - if you prefer...=)
A fun, clean romatic book in the Regency era filled with hope, mystery and danger!! Loved reading this book!
ms bookjunkie
4.5 stars

Delightful. Absolutely delightful. *happy sigh*

[Read: 14-15.11.2011, 15.8.2011]
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 09, 2015 05:23PM  
  • Captured Hearts: Five Favorite Love Stories
  • Lord Stanhope's Proposal
  • The Demon Count (Demon Count, #1)
  • The Sandalwood Princess / Knaves' Wager
  • Dedication
  • The Angel in My Arms (Regency Rogues, #2)
  • Day Dreamer (The Runaways, #1)
  • Wanted: Mail-Order Mistress (Gentlemen of Fortune, #3)
  • His Lordship's Mistress
  • An Escapade and An Engagement
  • Jacob's Return
  • One Little Sin (MacLachlan Family, #2)
  • A Measured Risk (Regency Risks, #1)
  • To Marry a Marquess
Mary Josephine Dunn was born 22 September 1947 in Lancashire, England, UK. At the age of eleven she went to an all-girls boarding school, Layton Hill Convent, Blackpool. At sixteen, she wrote her first romance, with a medieval setting, completed in installments in an exercise book. From 1966 to 1970, she obtained a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire, where she met her ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Lovers and Ladies (6 books)
  • The Stanforth Secrets (Lovers and Ladies, #1)
  • The Stolen Bride (Lovers and Ladies, #3)
  • Emily and the Dark Angel (Lovers and Ladies, #4)
  • The Fortune Hunter (Lovers and Ladies, #5)
  • Deirdre and Don Juan (Lovers and Ladies, #6)

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