No Man's Bride
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...more
1. QUINT LITERALLY USES COLONIZATION AS A METAPHOR FOR ...more
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.
What I didn't like- Her abusive history. It was a bit hard to read about her past.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.