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Four In Hand (Regencies #2)

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  2,257 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
The Duke of Twyford is forced to give up his hedonistic lifestyle when he is sworn to protect the four Twinning sisters. But he soon finds himself fighting to guard the oldest sister, Caroline, from the biggest rogue of all -- himself!
Paperback, 286 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Harlequin (first published 1993)
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I really struggled to get through this one.

It did have some redeeming features (hence the two stars and not the one star), but on the whole, it wasn't enjoyable.

None of the main characters were remotely sympathetic. In fact, I actually thought they were all quite unpleasant people. The "heroines" were selfish, flirtatious and manipulative. The "heroes" were all apparently rakes, although I didn't see anything much rakish about them, other than having had mistresses, slept around a bit, and wanti
May 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horroroso, un completo desatino . Le doy una estrella porque no se puede poner negativos...

No sé qué pensaba la escritora para hacer este libro pero es horroroso ... 4 libertinos que de repente conocer el amor por 4 hermanas virginales pero que saben demasiado de cómo controlar y conquistar a los hombres. No he encontrado mi pues no cabeza a casa una de las historias . Parecía un querer y no poder.. creo que no le doy más oportunidades a esta autora!
Selly - Leggere Romanticamente
3 stelline e mezzo
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Linda Howard'ın Stephanie abla için dediği "Kitabı elime almam için Laurens'ın adını kapakta görmem yetiyor." sözleri benim içinde geçerli. Ne kadar kötüde, vasatta olsa ben beğeniyorum Laurens ablayı. Ama okuduklarımın hepsi iyiydi bence. Vasat kitabı bile bana harika geliyor. Böylesine nasıl bağladı beni kendine bilmiyorum ama onun kalemine bayılıyorum. Ve bu kitabında da bu bozulmadı. Hatta en sevdiğim kitaplarından biri oldu. Çünkü bu kitabında bir çifti değil tam dört çifti anlatıyor Lauren ...more
Tuba Özkat
3 ve 4 arasında gidip geldim. Puanı 3.5. Aslında kitap güzeldi, ama bir yandan da klasik historical havası yoktu. Yani 4 kız kardeş ve onları çok beğenen 4 zampara vardı ve içlerinden biri de kızların vasisi olması gereken genç Dük'tü. Ama olay sadece büyük kız kardeş ve dük arasında değildi, dört kızın ve adamların düşüncelerini de gördük, bu bir yandan eğlenceli ve güzeldi, ama bir yandan da o historical'ın karaktere özel tadını veremedi. Yeterince içine almadı kitap, okuyucuyu biraz dışarıda ...more
Susan Ross
This is two books in one: Four in Hand and The Dissolute Duke.
I averaged out the ratings.

I give FOUR IN HAND one star. I generally love books by Stephanie Laurens but not this one. This book has four stories in one. The primary focus is Max and Caroline. Max unwittingly becomes the guardian of Caroline's three sisters. Max wants Caroline, the oldest, for nefarious reasons. He lets her think he's her guardian as well to keep her close. In fact, three out of the four "heroes" are men attempting to
Author: Stephanie Laurens
First published: 1993
Length: 282 pages
Setting: Regency London
Sex: Frequent interludes with closed door almost-conquests. Basically clean.

A romance in the vein of Austen or Heyer with the romances of 4 sisters weaving through the story.

My biggest annoyance is Max. Really, he's not a very good guardian - let's his wards be compromised by his friends because he feels sorry about them and determines to make Caroline his mistress from the outset.

But overall it's an easy story
I loved the premise and the light hearted fun tone to the story. I even liked the heroine and her sisters despite their perfection and beauty. It was amusing to consider the horror that went through Max when he realized he was guardian to all four. Also, the writing was good and professional and the plot moved along briskly.

But the story did not deliver on its promise. I just could not get past the fact that Max and Darcy were intent on sleeping with virginal debutantes and had no shame in doing
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 em 1 acaba sempre por perder um pouco da magia.
Feb 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is a pure joy to read. By the third sentence, I am smiling and by the third chapter I am laughing. By the time I closed the book, I sat sighing with a wide smile and dreamy eyes. Shrug, corny I suppose.
Having said that, let's clear the air - I am no regency expert.
The heroes are stuff of dreams (I am mostly a romance HEA reader). Wicked men that are ready to be caught but doesn't know it yet and boy you would love watching them when they fall and doesn't know it or doesn't know what to
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Although the storyline of a rake finding himself saddled with four wards to fire off during the season should have been entertaining, much of the fun was lost by the portrayal of eight characters with twentieth century morals dumped into a nineteenth century setting. It was almost gruesome to suffer through the four young ladies having to deal with the importunities of the type of males that those of us dating after 1960 know only too well. One of the delights of Regency romances is not having t ...more
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four charming rakes and four strong-willed 'rake-magnets' conduct a perilous battle of the wills throughout a series of London ballrooms, on terraces, in ante-rooms and opera boxes, within gazebos, as well as the shrubberies. A light, humorous, and escapade-filled regency!

The narrator, Ashford MacNab captured the humor and sexiness of Laurens' novel, and did a great job with the male and female voices.
Jan 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fluff
Not bad, Stephanie does well with the multiple character story lines. She did have Four in Hand on this one. I expected at least one pun regarding a carriage but although the main character has four unusual wards, a light touch on their reins, he only drove with matched pairs.
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
I'm just thankful it's over. This book took an inordinately long time to read when so very little happened. None of the characters were relatable nor were they interesting in any way. The end, however, was amusing. Too bad it took so long to get there.
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Beğendiğim ikinci Stephanie Laurens kitabı oldu.Çok şaşkınım yazarın yazdıklarını genelde vasatbulurdum.Harlequinlerde sıkça okuduğum bir konusu vardı.Eğlenceliydi.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Intriguing plot however poorly executed. Dar too many background romances which both distracted and took away from the plot. The mere scandal of a guardian and ward falling in love was more than interesting, unfortunately Laurens ruins what could have been a delicious story by adding multiple romances. Perhaps this should have been an anthology of Caroline and her siblings finding love under the care of their rakish guardian.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jajjajajajaj cada vez que pienso en esta novela me sale una carcajada. Es un libro sin desperdicios, uno no se aburre al leerlo por las ocurrencias de los personajes, manteniendo la picardía idónea para que el lector se mantenga a la expectativa del qué harán ahora, muchos personajes, cualidades diversas y descripciones para que se comprenda mejor lo que sucede y uno no se pierda.
Book read a little too much like a Cartland novel for me, too many rakes and longing and lusting. I didn't feel any chemistry, just cock-tease heroines and cocksure heroes. To me at least it felt like the heroes were mostly proposing marriage as a last ditch attempt to get under their dresses. And I feel highly doubtful all of them would be faithful husbands. Maybe Max and his brother.
Julia Eryka Ayala
Cuatro bodas por amor

Muy buena novela, me encanto que todas las niñas se casaron y fueron felices para siempre, pero sobre todo que fueron listas siempre supieron lo que querían, así somos las mujeres si Señor jijiji 100% recomendada
Phylisha Stone
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love Stephanie Laurens regencies!
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I re-read this regency a few months ago, but frankly
liked in better the first time.

Max was an intelligent, virile flirt and Caroline an
intelligent, direct-speaking beauty. 5 stunning
heiress sisters (Caro the eldest @26) visited Max &
informed him that he was appointed their Guardian
until ea. woman wed or reached age 25. He convinced
his aunt to sponsor these ladies for the season.

There was irony & humor in hedonistic rake Max
protecting these goddess-like women from males,
Dawn Jones Todd
Opposites attract

Four in Hand had all the promise of a romantic comedy but it didn't live up to it. The Dissolute Duke was more the unfortunate duke. How many beatings and accidents can one person sustain? His parents neglected him, his grandmother and uncle abused him, people hated and feared him. It was all too much.
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Aradığım Sensin
Yazar: Stephanie Laurens
Orjinal Adı: Four in Hand
Goodreads Puanı :5/3,78
Puanım :5/3,5

Stephani Laurens'in Dört kız kardeşin koca bulma hikayesi Aradığım Sensin tam da Beyaz Dizi tadında çok eğlendirici bir romandı..Başlaması ile bitmesi bir oldu..Oldukça akıcı bir uslup ile yazılmıştı..Fakat hikayede istediğim derinliği bulamadımsa da okurken çok eğlendim...Stephanie Laurens'in kitaplarında pek de rastlanan bir durum değildi benim için..Şeytanın Gelini isimli romanda sonra hiç bir
23/07 - This was a sweet, light and slightly amusing romance. There was almost no sex - some kissing, some groping and minor nudity and then the scene would fade to black and cut to afterwards. Considering some of the sex scenes in her Cynster books this was surprising, but what was more surprising to me was how unbothered I was by this absence. Once I realised that the 'sex' wasn't going to go much further than what you might see on an M rated tv show I accepted it and enjoyed the light-hearted ...more
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

A light, frothy Regency-era romp. Max has many of the characteristics of a typical Laurens hero: he's a rake in his 30s, handsome, confident. . . definitely an alpha male. But he may have met his match -- literally -- when he unexpectedly becomes guardian to not one but four devastatingly beautiful sisters, all of them heiresses. The eldest, Caroline, is precisely Max's type -- and uncommonly strong-minded into the bargain. But by all the unwri
Sue Davenport
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the book.
Kiki Belle
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
My three main gripes with this one are:

1) Max lies to Caroline about being her guardian in order to be alone with her without compromising her because he wants to seduce her right from the start, and that made me really uncomfortable.

2) There's too much going on. All four girls are falling in love at the same time plus there's a side plot towards the middle about helping one of their new friends avoid an unwelcome suitor. This means no one--from the girls to their beaus--are fleshed out characte
Violet Banerjee
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
The beautiful Twinning sisters have taken the ton by storm. This quartet of witty and worldly women have come to London to find husbands. Unfortunately, though they have easily half the male population of London at their feel the only men who can capture their hearts are rakes, that tantalizing member of the male species lest interested in marriage. The girls lead their suitors on a merry chose to the alter, much to the chagrin of their erstwhile guardian Max Rotherbridge, the biggest rake of th ...more
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
Four in Hand by Stephanie Laurens is a very funny Regency romance.
Duke Max Rotherbridge notorious rake is in for a lot of Trouble, along with the dukedom of Twyford He has inherited the guardianship of four marriageable virgins.

Rakes beware the Twinning sisters have come to London looking for husbands.

Lord Darcy Ramsleigh a fellow rake and friend of Max.
Lord Hugo Denligh a large quiet man with strong passions.
Martin Rotherbridge Max's younger brother returning from the war wounded, a wolf in sh
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 16, 2015 08:18AM  
  • My Scandalous Bride
  • Rough Around the Edges
  • Her Highness, My Wife (Effingtons, #5)
  • The Charmer (Liar's Club #4)
  • Never Deceive a Duke (Neville Family, #2)
  • Lord of Sin (Seducers spin-off, #1)
  • Brighter Than the Sun (The Lyndon Sisters, #2)
  • The Seduction of Sara (Rogues, #3)
  • A Husband's Wicked Ways (Cavendish Square, #3)
  • My Dangerous Duke (Inferno Club, #2)
  • The Taming of the Duke (Essex Sisters, #3)
  • How I Met My Countess (Bachelor Chronicles, #6)
  • His Favorite Mistress (Mistress Trilogy, #3)
  • The School for Heiresses (School for Heiresses, #2.5; Neville Family & Friends, #0.5; Desperate Debutantes, #3.5)
Stephanie Laurens was born in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon. When she was 5, her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she was raised. After continuing through school and earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in Australia, Stephanie and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.

Once in London, Stephanie
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