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Some Sort of Spell (Bellaire and Chalmers #1)

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  66 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
She didn't ask to be rescued

Beatrice's half sister had done a lot of crazy things, but inviting Elliott Chalmers to temporarily share their home while his was being renovated--that was the limit!

Everyone knew that Beatrice and Elliott had never seen eye to eye over her dedication to her orphaned siblings. He'd even nicknamed her "Cinders."

Well, handsome prince or no, she h
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Paperback, Harlequin Romance #2901, 189 pages
Published April 1988 by Harlequin Books (first published 1987)
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Sandra
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beatrice is the eldest child of famous actor parents (who died some years ago) and she has been bringing up her four siblings. They all live in a huge Victorian house in Wimbledon. Beatrice's step-sister, Lucilla, who has also been living with them, (from Beatrice's mother's other marriage) invites her step-brother Elliott to stay for a few months while work is being done on his London apartment. Unknown to Beatrice, Elliott has been romantically interested in her for years. Beatrice doesn't thi ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I like this one a lot because Elliot has a thing for Bea and she never noticed. He can only get her attention off her demanding, dramatic younger siblings that she has dedicated her life to taking care of, by taunting her. Finally when he gets her attention, he goes into full on pursuit mode. Elliot's pretty funny because he wants Bea to focus on him and not her family, and is very unapologetic about it. He pretty much maneuvers the whole family so that they can become more self-sufficient so th ...more
Leona
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hqn-presents
Just did a re-read after all the fun and glowing reviews from my GR friends. I was hoping that maybe this just caught me at the wrong time and that I would enjoy it so much more.

Nope. Didn't work. My sentiment stays the same.
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Not one of my favorites....The storyline was cute and had great potential, but I got thrown into a tizzy with a heroine that seemed to walk around in a daze allowing people to manipulate her left and right and a family that made "Attila the Hun"
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StMargarets
This is a Cinderella story with the heroine being the down-trodden "ugly duckling" of a large family of drama llamas who are all beautiful and confident and . . . manipulative.

Enter Prince Charming - our hero - who is a match for the whole family. The delight in the story comes from the hero putting the family members in their place. The heroine is clueless about her own attractions, but eventually catches on for an HEA.
Vintage
I really wanted to love this, but I just couldn't. My first inclination is to give it two stars, but the hero is so besotted with the H, although he gives her no quarter, I had to go with a three star.

The heroine was sweet and had potential, but with the introduction of her toxic and exponentially selfish tribe of siblings the story was hard to take. It's not bad enough that they take her for granted to the point they willfully drive suitors away as well as monopolize her time to the point she
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sbf20112011
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fun, lighthearted read. Totally smitten hero and an entertainingly clueless heroine. Enjoyed the story and resolution.
Aarann
I was surprised by how much I liked this one, considering it was an HP published in the early eighties. I was expecting a ragey alphole male all set to control every aspect of the FMC's life and instead got... well, maybe not a ragey alphole male, but still with control issues. Still, it was surprisingly mellow.

Beatrice is the daughter of a pair of mega-Hollywood actors with a tempestuous relationship. Her parents both deceased, her now mostly grown brothers and sisters are pretty much all a bun
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Debra
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: will-reread
I know this was just a Harlequin romance but the story really spoke to me....the eldest sister with some serious Marilyn Monroe curves who thinks she is homely when living amongst her oh so thin brothers and sisters and comparing herself to them...they put her down every chance they get and treat her like their personal slave...she comes out on top when a family friend finally has the nerve to come forward and tell her how he feels about her....I love a happy ending...
Poonam
Oct 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
3.5 stars
Wanted to read this one for a long time. Love stories having unrequited love from hero's side and the heroine is completely clueless.
Helen Manning
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Great story of the "ugly duckling" sister who's prince has been sardonically, mockingly waiting for her all along.
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Grace Harwood
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful romantic story with all of that fantastic Jordan magic that I just adore. Beatrice, the ugly duckling of a family of amazingly attractive siblings, is the only one of the family who is not involved in the acting profession. Instead, she's got stuck looking after the house and her spoilt siblings after her parents (also actors) die. Enter Elliott, a distant relative, who she feels slightly wary of. However, it's a Mills and Boon, so it's not long before they're up to no good i ...more
Kay
Sep 13, 2011 rated it liked it
I really like the hero, but think the Cinderella element is a bit overdone.
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