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Pride and Petticoats

(Regency Spies #2)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  375 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Dear Friend,

You were right: desperation is a dangerous state of mind. It was desperation that drove me to London to salvage my family's reputation and finances in the first place. And it is desperation—and perhaps a little desire—that has gotten me into the situation I find myself in now.

You see, I've become ensnared in the investigation of a traitor by Lord Dewhurst—the m
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 31st 2006 by Avon
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Rachel (BAVR)
When the book you're reading starts off with the heroine arriving in London from Charleston, SC with her faithful slave named Addy, who says things like, "Chicken spit. I satisfied with a roof a new shawl. Oh, and I could do with a heap of some simple homecooked food," it's evident that your WTF detector needs to be on red alert.

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But like a brave little soldier, I kept on reading. This isn't something I'm proud of, necessarily, but I paid damn good money for this book and
Mar 08, 2022 rated it it was ok
Silly for no reason. Servants acting like idiots instead of professionals is not funny. Ladies acting like ill mannered brats at the dinner table. The hero has an actual list of prejudice against "colonists". Then a silly spy story. Ugh! I felt like I was being beaten with the story rather than shown or told.
On top of this, the reader was completely AWFUL at American accents and SOUTHERN AMERICAN ACCENTS omygosh!! I have NEVER EVER heard anything so awful! Her voice is nice and I like it
Jul 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
After reading about Freddie in “When Dashing met Danger” I was really wondering what twist Shana Galen was going to give his story. I sensed there was more to him than met the eye and turns out there certainly was.

Posing as a dandy with a funny sense for fashion with nothing on his mind but what to wear the next day, Freddie actually is not such a dandy but a cunning spy. And in this role he meets Charlotte, a smart and strong-willed American girl with a deep repulsion for everything English bu
Apr 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
I've read a LOT of trash and recently began wondering if the historical romance adaptation of Weekend at Bernie's might be worse than this book. I picked this book up again for research purposes and, although I was expecting bad, I'm truly shocked. It starts with a racist depiction of the heroine traveling to a bad part of London with her Mammy, a la Scarlet O'Hara, and goes downhill from there. Wow. I put this book in a category of bad all by itself. I strongly urge you to read it. ...more
Nov 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
I'll admit I didn't finish this. The heroine's constant use of "George Washington" as an exclamation was really, really annoying. Funny the first time or two. Not so funny when it's repeated on every following page, sometimes more than once. Okay, the heroine is an American patriot--I get it! No need to beat me over the head with it. ...more
Sep 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book was a mess.

Unlikeable characters, writer over-uses some descriptive words and expression "George Washington!" as a swear/exasperated phrase for heroine and just yuck. No plot, twists, emotion, or any sense good about this story. Just yuck.

Go get lord & lady spy. That rocks. Don't bother with this one.
Aug 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-o-b, galen-shana, fops
Cute, a boatload of fun, heelarious @ times, can't wait to read more SG. For once, the title & the models on the cover fit the content 8^2 ...more
May 11, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Charlotte has come to London from Charleston to ask Cade an old family friend for help but somehow finds herself in the middle of an espionage case against said friend, where she meets Freddie(a Baron) who is leading the case and winds up having to pretend to be married to him to draw out Cade.
What follows is lessons on comportment, table manners, titles, etc, all taught by Freddie our Mr. Darcy figure, while Charlotte our Elizabeth tries her best to keep her temper under wraps and not strangle
Apr 03, 2021 rated it did not like it
I quite like several of Galen's later books, but the two in this series are terrible. This is a class/cultural differences (which I typically like), fake relationship (which I'm so-so on) and battle of the wills (which I often don't like) story. Too much of this book is spent with these two knuckleheads trying to show the other that they're the one in charge and butting heads. They're attracted to each other in between driving each other up the wall of course, and then suddenly they're deeply in ...more
Jan 30, 2022 rated it liked it
I really liked the first book in this series, When Dashing Met Danger. I found the secondary characters in that story quite charming and was looking forward to meeting them again. So I went into the second book in the series, Pride and Petticoats, fully expecting to like it as well and happy Dewhurst would get his own story. I did like the story as an average read; alas, it did not live up to my expectations. I did not enjoy Dewhurst as hero as much as I’d hoped, his sidekick was more caricature ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another book by Shana.

Charlotte and her servant are taken by Freddie Dewhurst. He wants to know how she knows Cade Pettigru.

She says they are friends. She does not want believe that he is a spy.
She has to learn about England. What to do and say. She does not like this.

But sparks start to fly between her and Freddie.
Finally in spite of their differences, they find their love. The love that was meant for them.
Sherly Nyo
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book! I read this book from beginning til end. Charlotte is undoubtedly a darling; beautiful and smart with fiery personality. Freddie is handsome, intelligent, a true English gentleman (if there's such a thing).
(Sidetrack: I think Freddie is not a suitable name for an old English stories but who am I to say).
Love the intricacies of the story line. The romantic scenes are hot but not too overly done.
Completely enjoyed this book.
Barbara Literski

Another great novel by Shana Galen! I enjoy reading her books in her spies series. I enjoy how you are introduced to her characters in a book and then her next book is about one of them.
[audio book] once accustomed to the sing song voice of narrator, she's OK. (3 stars)
13% in (end of chapter 3); perhaps the characters become more likeable and redeem themselves by the end., but the 'hero' so far is too full of himself, and the heroine is somewhat unbelievable.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
This story just didn't work for me. The plot was lame, the heroine was weak and annoying, and the hero was boring. ...more
Kim Gasparini
Feb 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
This one reads like the author made a list of every ridiculous cliche and stereotype she could find and then crammed them all in Every. Single. Page.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Really great author and i enjoyed this story. I liked freddie and how he fell in love with her. M
May 23, 2020 added it
Awful book. I cant finish it.
Aug 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Ugh. Within the first 3 chapters, there were too many ugly stereotypes.
Ashley Schuster
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 I was disturbed by Addy's vernacular and how she was basically just a plot filler. :/ I enjoyed Freddie taking Charlotte to task for owning Addy, albeit only twice and very mildly, but that didn't really change anything, anyway, so fak Charlotte and fak Freddie. :( I was surprised this book was published in '06.

The story itself was fine, a typical romance. Cade was an afterthought. Charlotte was a dick. Freddie was...a dick. Just wish Addy (and her HEA) hadn't been handled so cavalierly.
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
First, I want to say two words : boring and predictable. I have read similar plot in many other books, so I can guess what will happen with the hero & the heroine. I was hoping maybe we can get some kidnapping/fighting/murder/betrayal story. Nope. No twisted story, no surprising action. It's just a plain ordinary romance. *yawn*

Second, I don't feel the chemistry between H and h. They start the fake marriage with prejudice to each other and I can't see how they solved their differences in a short
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-reviews, e-books
I just adore Shana Galen and her historical romances. After reading Lord and Lady Spy I couldn’t wait to grab a copy of Pride & Petticoats after finding out about an interesting married couple who had a cameo spot in the end.

Great cast of characters that had me laughing hysterically as they interacted with the other. The only problems I had were that I felt it too short, I expected a little more action, and thought for sure we’d have discovered her mother was really known among the Ton. But over
Aug 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I didn't realize this book was part of a series and after I finished off the third book in the Misadventures in Matrimony series, I wanted to read another of Shana Galen's books. I bought four of her books on Friday and had them all read by Sunday night. It is always hard for me to find a new author I like, but Shana Galen is my newest obsession--I am trying to be patient for her fourth book in the Misadventures series, but it is SO hard!! If you like romance novels, this is an author to c ...more
Jun 15, 2009 rated it liked it
I liked the book. I thought there was enough heat and story. But will I remember this book in the next few weeks?...maybe not.

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First of all, how cute is the name?! When I saw the book was called Pride and Petticoats, I figured it would be way over the top...and it was. I loved every minute of it!
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book. Fun and witty dialogue between charming characters.
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this some time in August.
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The second in Galen's Regency Spies series. Another fabulous story of adventure, intrigue, and romance. For my full review: http://bit.ly/13x9PHh ...more
Lisa Hutson
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fun. Freddie & Charlotte are quite the pair. And they tried to stop it. They tried to. But in the end, love always wins.
Jul 16, 2014 rated it liked it
A nice read but nothing sizzling just.... Nice.
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