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No Man's Bride

(Misadventures in Matrimony #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  628 ratings  ·  50 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

Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Avon (first published August 28th 2006)
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Aug 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Catherine Fullbright grew up in a scary, abusive home with a scary, abusive father who ends up forcing her to wed her sister's betrothed, Quint Childers, Lord Valentine. Quint, meanwhile, is looking for a wife to serve as a political hostess and the anxious, frightened Catie isn't doing it for him until she lets him do her and then he realizes his boner is IN LOVE. Or something. I honestly couldn't tell you because this was RIDICULOUS.

Debbie DiFiore
My favorite book - okay one of my favorites. U

I love this book and author. I re-read this all the time and especially when I need cheering up. The scene with the sister in the bushes is priceless and Lord Valentine is swoonworthy. But the true stars of this book are the Spinsters Club members especially Catie. If I were a heroine I would want to be her. The whole series is excellent. A definite 'friend' on my keeper shelf.
Jul 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
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
Sep 25, 2013 rated it liked it

I re-read this, because I couldn't remember it at all but I like the author, and I wanted to check out later books in the series.

Okay, so. It wasn't bad. But it was a bit flippant with Catie's recovery - she just seemed to "snap out" of a lifetime of abuse. And then after her miraculous recovery, it felt very cheeseball. Lots of melodramatic "why oh why can't he just stop trying to help poor suffering people in his career, and be happy with me instead?" It was selfish and petty, and it fe
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
Aug 23, 2011 rated it liked it
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
L.A. Miller
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Melissa Spencer feehan
Thin plot, a lot of time spent setting up series.

I started out liking the book, but it seemed lacking in details other than the sex. I think the author was trying to set up a new series, and we end up with characters who are not as developed as I would like, and not much of a plot. It was a little too detailed with the sex scenes for my taste. I found myself skipping over several pages of it, wishing it was spent on character development. I think the next books may be better since the other char
Entertaining to read, but a bit too melodramatic.

Catie's abusive past was pretty well handled, and her reactions to it-- being mistrustful, acting out even with the expectation of receiving more abuse-- were well written and believable.

Quint? Was a pretty forgettable character and outside of him being non-abusive, I didn't much like him. He was completely obsessed with his political career, which made him seem a little bit more interesting than he actually was. All of his supposed kindness and
Sep 20, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Another one of those. Another romance where the girl is so damaged, the hero has to glue her back together. Been there, done that. I think this plot has been done to death. Let's bury it. Catherine is abused by her father and sister. She has trust issues. She thinks she's uglier than homemade soap. Okay. The hero is far more decent than some of the sociopathic pieces of crap that fill shelves at a used bookstore. But Quint isn't perfect. He's in love. In love with himself and his misplaced sense ...more
Sherly Nyo
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book is easy to read. Loved the beginning of the story; both Catherine and Quint's characters. Shana is able to depict each of their fears, ambition, history; what makes them as they are. Catherine is a timid but formidable twenty-year-old daughter of a despicable father who beats, slaps and tortures her frequently. She's melange of characters actually. Fearful (due to her past) but brave at the same time.

Quint is an aspiring political figure. He's a handsome, smart, passionate, strong-mind
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I haven't read Shana Galen's books in a long time as I was busy with other authors' books and this was a pleasure to read honestly. While Catherine overreacted in the first few chapters sometimes, it was understandable after what her family did to her. I just love how Quint was so patient and understanding with Catherine. he was a great man and Catherine is so lucky to have married such a kind guy. It was very nice to see their relationship progress over time. the only thing I disliked about thi ...more
Barbara Literski

This is a story to be read and enjoyed! It is about Catherine Anne Fullbright and Quint Childers, the Earl of Valentine.
Catie was drugged by her father when she and Quint were married. The only thing Catie knew was that most men were abusive. With Quint her idea changed because he was not like her father.
This is a book I would recommend to read to see how things end up!!
Tim Covell
Some dark elements for a romance, and some of them are resolved a little too easily, or seem at odds with the occasional over-the-top elements. I didn't care much for the hero, and the removal of relationship obstacles did not seem to require much work or sacrifice. However, some great set pieces. ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, adult, historical
It's been a while since I've read Historical romance and this was nice. There were a few 'really dude, come on' moments but I don't know enough about the era to make a guess if they were accurate. Still, the romance was not instaLove which is always good. ...more
I thought I had read all of Shana Galen's books and I was so sad but then I realized I had missed an entire series. Yay! ...more
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-regency
2.5 stars rounded up.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A good plot with well conceived characters.
The gold formula an alpha male/heroe and a damsel in distress and the birth of a everlasting love story.
A good historical, regency, ChicLit
Wera J
Jun 19, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just an other love story
Ellyn (Mrs. Darcy in my Dreams)
DNF. Could not get past the premise of getting them married. Just couldn't get past it! Ridiculous! ...more
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency-romance
[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
Sandra R
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Firstly I want to say that overall I really enjoyed this book. At first I wasn't so sure. I am a big fan of SG's writing and I have read all of her newer books. It was quite easy to tell this was one of her first. It started out a little silly and 'girly' and threw me a bit. As it fleshed out, the book grew on me and I liked the romance and the interaction between characters. There a 3 other books in the series all about Catherine's friends and I am now looking forward to reading them. This book ...more
Jul 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: not-a-keeper, donated
Quint was good but not great. He had his hands full dealing with a woman who has been physically and psychologically bullied by her father and younger sister. Even her mother never defended her. She is alone except for her three cousins who are outstanding in their loyalty and personalities.

Catherine, Catie, held up well considering the abuse she'd grown used to. I did not sense any martyrdom syndrome so I found myself clearly in her corner.

Alas, for all that I found the story a bit dull. I did
Liz Stevens
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book has quick scenes of major cruelty, and OH MY FREAKING GAWD I've never wanted to choke someone as hard as the little sister, who unf shares my name. Quint is a twat from the get-go, but eventually stops thinking "I shoulda married the prettier sister". If you can resist throwing the book or ereader, it ends well, though little b*tch girl never gets her propers. Seriously, even at seven she is VILE. So much so that even with a good ending, I still want nothing more than to choke a fictio ...more
Sep 21, 2014 rated it liked it
A lovely story about Catherine, a Cinderella like girl who is abused by her family. Because if that abuse she has sworn never to marry until her father forces her into marriage with her sister's fiancé, Lord Valentine.

I really liked the way Catherine and Quint's relationship develops as the story unfolds. The learn to trust and respect each other and the attraction they tried to deny. While not a great book, I still found it entertaining, especially Catherine's cousins. I look forward to readin
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
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. ...more
Ms. Jerry
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I enjoy her books because they always have history mixed in the story and they are just fun to read. The characters are likeable and interesting. For me this book kept my interest and I had a hard time putting it down. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Thank You Shana Galen for an enjoyable book to read.
Michele Lacroix
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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Shana Galen is three-time Rita award nominee and the bestselling author of fast-paced, witty, and adventurous Regency romances. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven year ...more

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