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Caversham's Bride

(The Caversham Chronicles #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,241 ratings  ·  107 reviews
What would you do to save the ones you love most?

Sold into slavery by the men who were supposed to kill her, Angelia Gualtiero must now convince the man who purchased her to help her. Lia would do anything to save her little brother from her murderous aunt, even marry a man she knows wants nothing more than use of her body.

Marcus Renfield Halden, Ninth Duke of Caversham, n
Kindle Edition, First, 376 pages
Published November 19th 2012 by Sandy Raven LLC
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Sandy No ma'am. It's pure fictional that took place in my head!…moreNo ma'am. It's pure fictional that took place in my head!(less)
Sandy No. It's purely fictional, and yes, there are other books in the series currently out, and the fourth full novel which will be released on 4/28 is LUC…moreNo. It's purely fictional, and yes, there are other books in the series currently out, and the fourth full novel which will be released on 4/28 is LUCKY'S LADY. Lucky is Lia's little brother. She wanted him to be a doctor or a lawyer. He's the captain of a ship instead. ;-) Yes, I saw that coming even back when I wrote Caversham's Bride!(less)

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Katrina Passick Lumsden
DNF'd at 28%. The power imbalance in the relationship bothered me right from the beginning, and I had this instinctual feeling it wasn't going to get any better. I'm frustrated with female characters who can't stand up for themselves in any meaningful way. They're either intolerable shrews or, as is the case with Lia, meek doormats. Why isn't there a middle ground in romance fiction? Why can't there ever be a heroine with enough self respect to stand up for herself with dignity, poise and, dare ...more
Jan 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Hello Stockholm syndrome. The power balance in this book bugged me and I also got bored and stopped reading once it got too predictable. My main beef is that the relationship between Lia and Ren did not sit well with me. Ren was physically, socially, financially and politically powerful. Lia's power came from being hot in bed on account of being tutored to be a well behaved sex slave. Oh of course she's well educated but we rarely see those skills in use because they're not sexy. He gets all pos ...more
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was so pleased to come across "Caversham's Bride" because it was a riveting, emotionally evocative book that touched me on many levels. I adore books that show substantial, emotional growth among the leads and I loved to see the personal growth that occurs within the Hero, Marcus Renfield Halden ("Ren"), Ninth Duke of Caversham, especially.

First of all, the chemistry between Angelia ("Lia") Gualtiero & Ren is hot, hot, hot! Their love story is steamy, romantic, and full of sweet and very HOT
Wonderful historical romance. No triggers. Likeable hero and heroine. Storyline keeps one interested right to the end.
I give this one a solid 3.5 stars.

It was an enjoyable, quick read but the premise was a little too contrived for my taste. I did like it and read it in one day but the plot, for the most part, has been used before.

The plot boils down to the heroine being kidnapped by thugs her aunt has hired to kill her but they decide to make some money by selling her to a slaver. She is taken to another country where she attempts to escape her captors by running away in the busy market setting. This is where s
Nancy Steinle gummel
the 9th duke of Caversham marries Angelia in Italy. Mia agreed to marry him for saving her little brother Luciano whom the sailor's named Lucky. Her aunt was slowly starving him to death. They rescued Luciano and Lia and Ren were married by a Catholic padre in Genoa. They then set sail for London. When they arrived in London Mia couldn't believe the smell. He had his carriage brought aroundand went to his townhouse in London. Lia was in awe of St. Paul's Cathedral. When they were greeted by the ...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing

WOW!! Caversham's Bride is one of the best love stories I have read all year. It is a definite re read!!! This love story takes you from the docks of Tangiers, Morocco and it its rich Muslim cultures to the backdrop of Genoa, Italy and it's amazing beauty and and people and then to the lively city of London, England and its beautiful countryside. This love story is so rich in different culture and so well written that you feel like you are their with the characters. The lo
I enjoyed the beginning of this book. It had all the mystery and thriller things to make this a good read. The better parts of this story were the ability for the writer to actually write the setting for three different locations. From somewhere in the Middle East in a prince's palace, to Italy, and finally London, the writer did well to capture the details of each splendidly.

The bad parts came with over sex scene. After a while I really started skipping over them around the 8th time and finall
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Here’s the thing. Sometimes I just ‘stumble’ on an author or a story and I can’t even know how I did it, and if I love what I ‘discovered’ then there’s nothing that can hold me back from spreading the word and telling you guys all about it.

That’s exactly what happened to me with this author and her Caversham Chronicle series.

In the first book we are following Ren, a Duke that is like no other dukes I’ve read about. He owns a shipping company, and is a Captain of his own ship too!

He finds himself
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: regency, romance, dnf
Setting: Morocco, Italy, England Dec 1818 - Jan 1820
Genre: Romance/erotica
Lia gets sold into slavery by the men her aunt had hired to kill her. Ren buys her in a slave auction in Morocco. They have sex. A lot. Ren agrees to assist her in saving her brother from their evil aunt, so they sail to Italy to do so. They have sex on the ship. They have sex in Italy too. Ren decides to marry her and elevate her to the rank of Duchess. She says no and decides to escape because she is too stupid to live.
Dec 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
This will be a quick one.

Honestly I wasn't a fan, I only made it to chapter 6. It had all the promise of being a good read- a damsel in distress, a dashing hero but for some reason it lacked a certain spark for me. I didn't feel connected to the characters and the back ground stories to the characters felt a little rushed. The connection between Ren and Lia just seemed to happen, there was no build up of attraction between them.
Amanda Richardson
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book is going on my favorites shelf! I LOVED it! I adored the heroine and the hero. Lia is a great heroine, strong, smart, and loyal to her family. Good pacing to the story. Steamy! I absolutely loved it, I can't say that enough about the book. All the emotion of an older Julie Garwood or Judith McNaught, but with hotter love scenes. ...more
Rachelle, Naughty Enabler
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
i came across this one by accident and i enjoyed it as you can see. i am picky about historicals but the beginning pulled me in. the story was not new but the locations where it started were and the characters were likable, to me at least. i saw other reviews and they either loved this or hated it. i thought the characters really evolved and the story moved at a good pace.

Romantic fiction at its best... exquisitely written.

A fantastic adventure, strengthened by characters with depth and an enticing blend of love and passion.

An impressive debut book by Sandy Raven and leaves you wanting for more. I absolutely loved it!

Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I love me some historical romance for sure. Even so, if given the choice between 35 plot points and two sex scenes versus 35 sex scenes and two plot points I will always choose the former. This book contains the latter.
Lia Christo
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's been almost a year since I read this e-book, it's just today that I realized I hadn't posted its review yet. So come on ...

This is the first book in the series The Chronicles of Caversham by author Sandy Raven, which is still new here by the Brazilian bands. But it has a fluid writing, delicious and easy to read.

This is a captivating story and at the same time different from the ones I am used to reading among authors of the genre. Once again it reminded me a lot of the plots of the Histori
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Worth Reading

This is the first book I have read from this author. I happened to see it in the recommendations in my Apple ibooks store but I bought it via Amazon so it can go to my Kindle. It is quite a lengthy plot but worth reading.
It starts of with Lia’s abduction and was sold into slavery but Marcus bought her freedom before she was actually forced to become someone’s sex slave. A bargain was struck which resulted in their marriage. From there the plot unfolds with incidents and twists. Not
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, regency
This was a good book. A little slower, til the last few chapters. Interesting and with great characters and personalities. I would like to read more in this series, but I don't think I would really search them out. I liked getting to know the people in this book. This was written well, has emotions, steaminess, some fun, courage and strength, a little suspense, some tense moments, and a great ending. This is something more for passing time or something to read (for me) but still keeps the intere ...more
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a steamy hot historical romance that is entertaining if slightly far fetched in some aspects but with a very likeable hero and heroine couple. I especially enjoyed the intelligence portrayed in the heroine's character and the hero's acceptance of such as a desirable trait. An engrossing book but be warned there are steamy sex scenes throughout the book. ...more
Linda  Langille
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book!

Think I found a new favorite author!! Was a good read from the start, with twists and turns, especially at the end!
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great story, interesting characters, but overwritten, too long and language v clunky in parts.
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great but very adult
Persephone Zahariou
Kills off characters from prequel.
Mar 21, 2014 marked it as mission-aborted
Narrators: Dennis Kleinman & Victoria J. Mayers

First off, the narration was excellent. This is what I mean by "real" dual narrators - Kleinman speaking the male part of the dialogue, and Mayers, the female.

At the start, in chapter one, Mayers was speaking way too fast - something I've noticed female narrators doing more than male narrators. Kleinman's pacing was good, as all male narrators tend to be, in my experience. The only male narrator I've
What a nice surprise.

The characters in this book are different than the normal HR novels I've read in that the main male, although a Duke, actually works and fully understands his shipping business and the main female is of Italian decent whom, at the beginning of the story, is in a very desperate situation.

The events in this book were plausible and kept me engaged the entire time, wanting to know what each person was going to do next. The spirit and dominance of both of the main characters wer
Victoria Pinder
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is not your usual Regency romance of the ton balls, debutantes, and titled gentlemen. Caversham’s Bride is extremely well written in an epic adventurous fashion that is reminiscent of a Bertrice Small novel. The settings vary from Morocco to Italy to England.

The hero, Ren, is not your run-of-the-Regency-mill nobleman. He actually works for a living, owns his own shipping company. His father was a duke, but mom was a rich middle class woman who taught him the value of time. Plus he likes his
Dec 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I really wanted to love this book... It's a historical romance, what's not to love?! The book starts off following 19-year old Lia as she's on her way to the pharmacy on an errand for her aunt. She's sure it's for naught, but she goes anyway. Along the way she realizes she's being follow and later captured by two goons that have been hired (by her aunt) to kill her. Instead they sell her to man in Morocco to work in a harem.

While visiting a friend, Ren sees Lia fleeing from a man with fear in he
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This began in a rather unusual way with the kidnapping of Lia. When she finally encounters Ren it's rather explosive, and she imprints upon him quickly, and severely.

I can only keep my fingers crossed for a rescue at this point, and I am unsure about a romance.

Lia is a terrific character! She fights as much as she can so that she can return to the little brother she left behind when she was kidnapped. Of course she is dazzled by Ren but her priority is her brother, and for him she will do anythi
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Caversham's Bride By: Sandy Raven
The Caversham Chronicles book 1
4 out of 5 stars
When you can't trust your own family, who can you trust. Ren Caversham is in desperate need of a bride to produce a family heir. Before his greedy and deceptive cousin Thomas kills him and takes his title. Him and Lia, a beautiful Italian girl whom he intended to purchase freedom for and return to her family seem an unlikely pair. After hearing how her Aunt paid to have her killed but instead she was taken by her wo
Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
This is one of those books that I should hate but I keep finding myself entertained. Evil aunt has hires some half wits to kill her neice. They don't kill her. They pocket her aunt's money and sell her into slavery. 1st irritating thing- 8 months goes by she is at auction and still a virgin? Then a random Duke, yes as if those are a dime a dozen, sees her, and out of pity buys her. Then she is so hot that he thinks, I'll kill 2 birds with one stone and marry this slave. Uhm,really? Afterwards sh ...more
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Sandy Raven has a husband who spoils her rotten, and kids that are just a hair’s breadth away from perfect. She’s addicted to House Hunters International and has never missed an episode, though she acknowledges that she could never live in most of those countries because the houses are just too small. She is also addicted to Starbucks’ Chai Latte, and never passes up an opportunity to have one.


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