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The Wedding Bargain

(Effingtons #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,828 ratings  ·  136 reviews

Maximillian Wells, the Earl of Trent, couldn't believe his ears-or his eyes. Before him stood beautiful, unattainable Pandora Effington, the ton's most scandalous beauty. Max believed the fiery heiress would make a most satisfactory bride, and now she was making him a most tantalizing offer. If he wanted to take Pandora's hand--and the
Paperback, Avon, 371 pages
Published December 1999 by Harper Collins (first published January 1999)
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I tried. I sincerely did. But really, could this story possibly be any more unoriginal and predictable?

So, let's make a list of all the clichés I've encountered so far:

1. Heroine = spinster.
2. Hero = rake/rogue/scoundrel.
3. Heroine = virgin.
4. Heroine has the most annoying habit of repeating everything Hero says, like a fuckin' parrot.

5. Hero has served in the military.
6. Heroine is determined to not let Hero get the best of her. Which basically means she makes long speeches about how much she loathes Hero, only to melt into his arms the secomilitary.
Anzu The Great Destroyer
This one’s for Madu’s Birthday! Yes, it’s a birthday read! Hurray!!!!

I’m sorry I’ll f*ck this one up Madu. I tried to like it but… I didn’t O_O

So the question of the day is: what is The Wedding Bargain about? Even an idiot can answer this question. Yes, it’s about a freakin’ wedding bargain. However, let me tell you the story in a better way. Behold the dialogue!
Max: I love you Pandora, you’re the hottest girl out there. Let’s get married!

Pandora: No Max, you’re an idiot, and I hate you. I want a hero. You’re gay.

M: Even so, we’re meant to be
4 1/2 stars for this one. What a great read. This is not my first Victoria Alexander but it is the first in this series for me. I am so looking forward to the next one (Yahoo I have them all!!). It is not an in-depth bodice-ripper. It is a nice light, funny romantic read.

Don't go looking for the deep and meaningfuls in this story cos you simply won't find it. But oh what a refreshing change to just simply have 2 people attracted to each other fall in love with a bit of the usual mis-steps along
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Lighthearted Regency Romance
Reviewed for THC Reviews
The Wedding Bargain is a fun, light-hearted, Regency romp that turned out to be a pretty entertaining read. The hero has a reputation as “a rake, a rogue, a scoundrel, and a beast.” The heroine has caught his eye, and knowing that he must marry soon to produce an heir, he's determined to do whatever it takes to have her. She has been dubbed the Hellion of Grosvenor Square, and while it's not a title she's entirely earned, she is a very spirited young lady who refuses to marry without lov/>The
Dec 02, 2010 rated it really liked it

Very cute story and a nice start to a series. I really liked the characters in this one, they were both
strong willed and determined but both were confused about their feelings of love. It was one of those
books that was easy to breeze right through. Lots of funny moments that brought a silly grin to my face
and plenty of sigh worthy moments that just sizzled. It was an enjoyable read, but not one that stood
out as something I would think about for a long.
Feb 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I know I've read it, just don't remember any plot details. Actually, many of Victoria Alexander's books are like that: entertaining but not memorable. I would still probably read most any of her books, and might re-read them also (since they're not memorable).
An Odd1
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, fan, x-rate
Alexander is read-more shelf for the pleasure of her persiflage, the mood of light shimmery air bubbles. Pandora Effington 24, her seventh season p42 early dubbed Hellion of Grosvenor Square by rejected suitor Viscount Lord Lawrence Bolton wagers "a rake, a rogue, and a scoundrel" p5 Maximillian Wells, Earl of Trent her hand for the Twelve Labors of Hercules, amid persiflage teasing banter and repartée. Her protegé Cynthia Weatherly 21, fourth season, asserts herself in defense of her best frien ...more
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by Victoria. I seen she had 11 books on the same family and I so enjoy Johanna Lindsey that I thought they may be as enjoyable. And I was right.

The story takes place in the early 1800's England. Pandora Effington is known as the Hellion of Grosvenor Square. Pandora considers Maximillian Trent a rake, rogue, scoundrel and beast.

She has arranged to meet with him to see why he is leading her closest friend on, instead he turns it around to
Trang Nguyen
This was an okay read for me. A couple of times I laughed, a few times I rolled my eyes and at other times I thought can these two be any more stubborn? There was no real emotional connection I felt toward the two characters. To me it almost felt as if it were ALL a game to both Max and Pandora.

To sum it up: Max is infatuated with Pandora and Pandora may like Max a tiny bit. When Max ask for her hand in marriage she flatly turns him down. Instead a wager is placed between them, a test, Max must
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
So this book came out in 1999 and I probably read it then, but it was on my shelf and it turns out I had 1 and 4. So I got 2 from the library and ordered 3 from Amazon. Here is the review of The Wedding Bargain number 1 in the Effington series that is now up to 11!! Pandora is in her 7th season and believes she doesn't want to marry. She is rich and independent and the Effingtons are well known eccentrics. But she hasn't met anyone like the Earl of Trent, who is ready to marry and wants to marry ...more
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
What's bad in a typical plot- the man being the scoundrel and the woman the virgin? That's the beauty in a HR, the fact that an author can create something good out of a simple main idea that is old...The same thing can be applied to why we keep watching new versions that appear in the film industry about fairytales or about old books-it's the same story, the other elements are different
I liked it...It wasn't the greatest HR I have ever read but not the worst...There were some things that
Nov 14, 2009 rated it liked it
This series has been on my TBR list forever, but for some reason I could not get into this romance. I had such trouble keeping track of what was going on, the characters weren't all that interesting to me and I almost didn't finish it. I didn't sympathize with the heroine at all, I thought she was petulant and childish to continue with the bargain while insisting she didn't want to get married to Trent! Yes, it was clever how he managed to complete the twelve tasks of Hercules, but I found it fr ...more
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
No matter how much I tried I just couldn't really like this book. It was predictable and boring. And it dragged on a lot.

The hero and heroine were both annoying. Pandora was selfish, self absorbed, self important and way too prideful. It got very tedious to read about her. Max was very shallow in my opinion. He had some potential to become an interesting character but sadly it was thrown away.

I gave the two stars because the book itself was not poorly written. It just wasn't what I
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Pandora is a woman who is independent, witty, knows her own mind, and will not marry for anything less than love. She has met her match in Max, who appreciates her spirit, but wants her heart as well. They make a bargain where he has to complete the 12 tasks of Hercules to win her hand in marriage. But during this month long period, they find they enjoy spending time together and it becomes more than just winning or losing. Outside help, family loyalties, new found confidence for a friend, anoth ...more
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book-nook
I'm currently in love with Victoria Alexander novels. Yes, they are cliched, but her characters and her dialogue and the way she handles the storylines are so enjoyable and just plain fun. I end up smiling at the end, which is exactly why I read historical romance novels. This one is a twist on the "determined never to marry" young woman vs. "the rake, scoundrel with a heart" who decides she is the right one for him. The side characters are interesting and well developed and events that follow m ...more
Oct 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Maximillian Wells, the Earl of Trent, decided he would marry unattainable Pandora Effington, known as "The Hellion of Grosvenor Square" If he wanted to take Pandora's hand in marriage, he had to play a game of her devising-and he had no intention of losing. Pandora longed for a true hero, a man who would do anything in his power to win her love. If Max wins he will obtain Pandora's hand in marriage, but if he loses he must marry who Pandora choices.
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency, fave-authors
Second time reading this marvellous book. I must say it is a little dated (1999), but its such a good story. I love Max and Pandora. I think this is one of the best Effington books, even though it is the first in the series. It is sometimes very hard to read a book you love so much, as with me, I can always remember the storyline, even though it may be years since I first read it.
Still a 5*
Apr 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book but I was more interested in Cynthia and Laurie than I was in Max and Pandora. Pandora got on my nerves, and Max wasn't very interesting.
Meh...I liked the matching of spirits, but too often I thought the hero was trying to crush the heroine's spirit.
This was witty, light and fun. I liked it, it put a smile on my face.
Fun, mindless summer escape!
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pandora Effington is in her seventh season. Oh, my! Maximillian Wells, the Earl of Trent, has she is the perfect bride for him. Only Pandora wants to marry for love and she wants to marry a hero. So to test Max's resolve she sets him on the labors of Hercules with a "modern" nineteenth century twist. If Max wins, Pandora will marry him. If Pandora wins (really, if Max cannot complete the tasks in 4 weeks), she gets to pick the bride. Max sticks is foot in his mouth quite often, but Pandora is eq ...more
This is a light, and charming, clean romance. I found it great fun. I have,read this author before, but not this series. This is book one, Trent versus Pandora, and the game they wager on. She wants a hero, but no husband, especially not a rake. She is holding out for love. She intrigues him, and her game, and he finds that he very much wants to be her hero, and her husband. The bet begins, and so does the FUN. I had just finished a,book about a very tragic, and terrible event going on here, and ...more
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The book was well written and told a fun story. It just didn't grab me, though. The game was entertaining enough. However, I was not particularly fond of Pandora. Not really sure why she was so sought out. I much preferred Cynthia. (Her side story was very sweet.) Max was likeable. There was just too much "I love him/her, but does he/she loves me back?" for my taste. I have the other books in this series. Hopefully they will thrill me more.
Jenny Shoe
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love anything by Victoria Alexander!

The Effington Series is my most favorite books of all! I've read every single one, and each has a good dose of humor and great romance, and they are well-written.

Vickie Meyer
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Wedding Bargain is slow starting but interesting when it begins to move. What I enjoyed the most was the humor. I love when a book makes me laugh.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a boring book. Two self absorbed people talking about themselves forever. Very little exciting happens in this book!
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2019
I've read this book many times and it's just so fun. Light and easy read.
Sara Jo
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
A clever and amusing tale though some of the back and forth got old quickly.
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Effingtons (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • The Prince's Bride (Effingtons, #4)
  • Her Highness, My Wife (Effingtons, #5)
  • Love With the Proper Husband (Effingtons, #6)
  • The Lady in Question (Effingtons, #7)
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