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No Man's Bride

(Misadventures in Matrimony #1)

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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  525 ratings  ·  42 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

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Paperback, Avon romance., 371 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Avon (first published August 28th 2006)
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kris
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.

1. QUINT LITERALLY USES COLONIZATION AS A METAPHOR FOR WINNI
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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.
ChloeLeeNH
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.
Lori McD
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
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Katyana
Sep 25, 2013 rated it liked it
***3***

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
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Nisha
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
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Laura
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
Debbie Saraceni
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story of betrayal and love

This was a beautiful story of finding love in the most unexpected ways. Catherine had endured years of abuse at the hands of her father and the ultimate betrayal when he married her off. She is torn between her dislike of men and the growing attraction to her husband. Quint was betrothed to Catherine's sister and was shocked at what had transpired on his wedding day. Torn between his political aspirations and the feelings he was developing for his wife Quint had s
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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
Shantie
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So good
Claudine
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
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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
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Sarah
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-regency
2.5 stars rounded up.
Cindy
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!
Ellyn (Mrs. Darcy in my Dreams)
DNF. Could not get past the premise of getting them married. Just couldn't get past it! Ridiculous!
Lee
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
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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
Cherie
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
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iamGamz
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
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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
Rhi
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.
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.
Robin
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.
Maria
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love Shana Galen's writing and this is one of her best. It's the first book in her Misadventures in Matrimony series so I recommend reading in order. The series follows the romantic happy endings of childhood cousins. For my full review: http://bit.ly/1cg0ZnM
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.
Rebecca (everyday reader)
An eligible man is tricked into marrying the non-favored sister and they both find love in it. I didn't like the way that the girls, Catie and her cousins, were always trying to escape their problems, and coming up with cockamamie ideas to get out of trouble.
Liz
Aug 05, 2013 added it
While this sort of book isn't usually my thing, I picked this up because my cousin is the author and I wanted to sample her writing. I enjoyed the book, but I was also reminded why I don't read much romance.
Danette Steward
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: galen-shana
Come on, who can believe the wedding could happen that way? Author lost me there, but I finished the book. Only wanted to stick around and see the father and sister get their comeuppance, but that was disappointing as well.
Diane K. Peterson
A pleasant story. Weak writing, a rather ridiculous plot, irregular character development. Truly a very average book.
Susan
Bleh, characterizations as deep as a puddle. Ridiculous plot points and character behaviors.
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