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Never Courted, Suddenly Wed

(Scandalous Seasons #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,947 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Christopher Ansley, Earl of Waxham, has constructed a perfect image for the ton—the ladies love him and his company is desired by all. Only two people know the truth about Waxham’s secret. Unfortunately, one of them is Miss Sophie Winters.

Sophie Winters has known Christopher since she was in leading strings. As children, they delighted in tormenting each other. Now at one
Kindle Edition, 269 pages
Published April 26th 2014
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Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in Christi Caldwell’s “Scandalous Seasons” and, once again, she enchanted me with her delightful characters and captivating love story


God, how he loathed the written word. The constant reminder of his failings; a secret shame he carried.

My heart ached for the young Christopher, struggling academically because he had difficulty reading (what we would now recognise as dyslexia) and trying desperately to win his father’s approval, only to be treated with scorn and physical a
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
The overall story was just as addicting as all the rest but I hated how nasty Sophie was to Christopher and sometimes visa-versa. It ruined what would have been a lovely story.
the perfect amount of angst to revive my cold heart after finals.
Vikki Vaught
Vikki’s Musings

I am so glad I discovered Christi Caldwell. I thoroughly enjoy her writing style, and she is a truly gifted author. Never Courted, Suddenly Wed is an emotionally-charged story. This is the second book in the Scandalous Seasons series, and I enjoyed it even more than I did the first book.

Sophie Winston and Christopher Ansley have known each other since she was an infant and he was an eight year old boy. An incident from their childhood has caused a rift between them. When Christoph
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I felt so bad for Christopher Earl of Waxham son of the very cruel mean Marquis of Milford. Poor Christopher has been badly abused by his father because he was dyslexic causing him not to be able to read. Now can you imagine this impediment in the year 1818? dyslexia wasn't even know at the time. Christopher has know Sophie Winters since her birth. There county seats adjoined each other. Sophie was very clumsy and a bit plump. She was always following Christopher around when they wer
Aug 13, 2016 rated it liked it
I started this book not realizing it was the second book in a series. But I soon realized I had missed the set up stories behind these two characters. It wasn't hard to pick up on what had happened previously and I'm actually glad I got to meet Sophie and Christopher on their own. I'll save Emmaline and Drake's story for another day.

In this book, Christopher and Sophie both feel pressure from their families to marry .... each other. The only problem is that they have a deep hatred of each other
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 story and 4 narration. What kept the rating down, I rolled my eyes more than twice. When I do this it's usually because it's gone predictable. Now I know this is a historical romance so you have to accept it but I only accept it twice. Like the lie will come out and an HEA, if it happens more than that it gets marked down for it.

Romances that contain swirl around a lie for personal gain or even shame are low on my list of enjoyments. But I did find Christopher and Sophia charming, and I can'
Pamela Fernandes
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was a sweet romance between two childhood friends Sophie and Christopher. I liked the book, even with the complication that the Duke of Mallen was falling for her. Overall the book is nicely done. However, Sophie is like a (TSTL) heroine. Her whole self worth is defined by Lady Ackerman's Tattles, she's super clumsy and not in a nice way. Christopher is aware of the 100,000 pounds oun Sophie. He needs the cash and she's the woman he loves but money complicates it.
Barbara Rogers
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in Christi Caldwell’s “Scandalous Seasons” series. Christi Caldwell has, yet again, managed to excite my interest and enchant me with her characters. One thing I can say is -- while I love to read regency romance I am so very grateful that I do not live in that time period. It appears that almost all of the parents were narrow, self-centered, cold, uncaring, unloving pieces of excrement. A few books I have read have loving, supportive families (like the first book in this ...more
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Boy Next-door Is Sophie's Man of Her Dreams

Sophie's brother decides that a third season is one season too many! She will be on he shelf. He decides to give her one choice--- she is to consider her childhood nemesis- Lord Christopher Ansley, Earl of Waxham. He has been on every ladies' top list - but has never even given her so much as a dance since she entered society. They had teased each other unmercifully as children. He even blamed her for the death of his favorite Arabian horses and his
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the story even if it was a little too much like the first of the serie in the plot.

Sophie is so funny and adorable and Christopher is really the one to suit her perfectly. It was a really nice book and a good entertainment.

Except... as I said for the first book:

I can't give 4 or 5 stars to this story because of a scene I find rather shocking in this sort of romance.

I mean, now there is practically always a sensual scene in every regency romance but I felt awkward to have such a
Anne Tavares-Buker
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shame on the publisher

Loved the story, but there were MANY grammatical errors! They need to hire better editors. There/their, too/to were some of the mistakes that a middle school student would have noticed!
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was only just ok. I liked Sophie in book 1 where she was reasonably competent. Here she is a disaster waiting to happen. She can't even control an overweight pug. Christopher was only slightly better. Sebastian was truly the only character I liked. Still I might have given it 3 star if the writing had been better. Once again she miss uses the word "wont" several times. I counted 30 instances of "mayhap" including the execrable sentence "He knew her better than mayhap anyone". And then there ...more
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
I probably read too many Caldwell books in a short period of time, (2.5) but their similarities to each other have gotten tiresome. Her heroines stumble and fall ALL OF THE TIME. Apparently this is supposed to be super sexy, but I find it repugnant. Should I blame the crappy "Twilight" books for this? That chick was clumsy, too. How is someone who can't even stand going to be good in bed? It makes no sense. I know the dresses were completely ridiculous and unwieldy, but the falling in Hyde Park ...more
Aug 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Another 3.5 for Christi Caldwell.

I was surprised to find out that Sophie's love interest was not Mallon. At least not at first. I remember that being hinted at in the first book.

I may have rated this higher but for the fact that the narrator - great voice, by the way - mispronounced a few words. The one I really remember is "ratafia." Rat-TAF-i-a...ouch. But Tim Campbell's male voices are top notch. The women can sound a bit girlish. Overall, I like his narrations. I'm anxiously waiting for th
The heroine was too silly and non regency like for my tastes. the Lady Adderley Scandal Sheet descriptions of Sophie Winters falls and faux pas as a preface to each chapter made her like a laughingstock. it was too much and I began to dislike her. She seemed churlish and immature. Lord Waxham was a tortured weak fool, as he had been portrayed in the first book.. still kept my interest to read on. the H/H apparently can't recognize voices. that part was unbelievable since both were so captivated ...more
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Oh bless Sophie and Chris. Another wonderful story - I love the way that Chris and Sophie overcome their obstacles and put the past behind them as they each open up to one another. Chris especially, who has a lot of demons of his own to overcome - his battle with dyslexia and his selfish father, for one.

And once again, we have the appearance of Sebastian, the Duke of Mallen, who has absolutely stolen my heart and won't give it back. Four more books til his own!!
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in this series and loved it! The humor and love story between Sophie and Christopher is so good! I absolutely despised Christopher's father though and felt Sophie did not tell him off enough!!! Looking forward to continuing this series!
Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Meh. Just wasn't feeling the love. Especially when it came to the duke's interest- just felt wooden.
Susan Overby johnson
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the second book just as much as the first. Now we need a story about The Duke of Mallen.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story is about an arrange marriage between two childhood best-friend. After they grew up, their relationship became strange because the hero though the heroine knew about his difficulty on reading, so the hero distanced himself for years.
The hero's father fell in debt and told his son to marry the girl because her late father left so much dowry. At first The hero seems reluctant but as the time goes by he found the girl rather charming with her towards attitude and he finally feel interests
Tami Willoughby
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Great Rainy Day Read

his is a good romance book. It makes a great rainy day read. If you are looking for a very steamy romance this is not your book. It is very mild on the steamy. 

The author did a great job with describing the characters. You can read this book and let your imagination take over. If I read a book and can be taken to the time period and see the book played out in my head and it have a good plot. Then that to me is a great book. The book is not drawn out story. The book immediat
May 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Don't waste your time

I usually love reading a series of books with interconnected storylines and being introduced to secondary characters who are then featured in the subsequent books. (Warning! Spoilers ahead). But this novel was so thin in terms of plot and CC just kept hashing and rehashing the same few incidents. The stable fire was brought up over and over. Describing Sophie as "plump" 28 times? Her "gently flaring hips", "rounded hips", "wide hips"? Her apparently enormous breasts? I kept
Jessica Woods
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Never Courted, Suddenly Wed proves the characters really make the story. Sophie is endearingly original with her clumsiness and forthrightness. The little snippets from the scandal pages just build the reader's love and enjoyment of Sophie's character. Sophie and Christopher have been the thorn in each other's backsides since they were small children. When Christopher's father gives him the ultimatum to marry Sophie or face ruin, Christopher refuses and even plots to push Sophie off on someone e ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novel, in a way, reminds of The Lure of a Rake, written by the same author also. The mood of this story, however, is lighter, in my opinion.

I was only a tad disappointed that Christopher still didn't say "I love you" back to Sophie when he run after her at Drake and Emmaline's home, confessed everything and Sophie said "I love you" to him.

Other than bad math and grammatical errors, overall, it was a nice literary piece. I just find it a bit daft that both Christopher and Sophie weren't able
Natalie Brooks
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
So predictable

This book, my first by this author, was disappointingly predictable. Once I figured out what would happen the rest of the story, I kept reading HOPING something would happen differently than I figured. No such luck.

Not the fault of this author, as I believe this book came first, I’m finding the plot and even main characters VERY similar to another book I’m currently listening to: Sarah MacLean’s Wicked and the Wallflower. The similarities are amazing unless you realize both books
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I actually quite liked the first half of the book, but then I began to dislike it following that.

Christopher isn't a good person, that I can tell you. There are other more honest ways of getting around being married to Sophie than what he had set in place. I don't care if he has a bad father, a bad childhood. It doesn't give him an excuse that what he has done, tricking Sophie and playing with her life, are okay. It's not.

And really, who calls someone with a nickname when that person's name is
Jennifer Feltz Milkowski
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved that the H wanted to save the h from a man who was just after her money. I loved that he got his friend involved and I really loved that they both fell in love with her. Who won out? I won't tell. This book was full of misunderstanding that happened when the H&h were still children. I loved the back-bone that the h had when she told off the H's dad. I all loved that she did that even with her relationship with the H at the time.

A good read if you like regency type books. There is a b
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I listened to this via audible. The narrator was excellent. The story was just OK for me. I have read a number of books by this author. I found this one somewhat predictable. I struggled at the end and skipped forward to the part where the truth is revealed. I felt this was dragged out too long.
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