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(London Friends #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  319 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Sophie Winstead: A spirited beauty with a mezmerizing figure and a perfect pout, Sophie Winstead had been well schooled in the art of dazzling gentlemen. Now with the London season just beginning, Sophie is determined to become a Lady--even if it means forgoing love to marry for wealth alone. If only her straight-laced sponsor would give her his approval-and stop weakening ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Warner Books (first published 1998)
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Ivy H
The first two thirds of this story was fabulous but then things got a little serious and mellow; that sort of almost killed the buzz from the first part. But overall, this was laugh out loud funny. There were some great main characters, an eccentric kleptomaniac old lady, an OW who was so frigid that her vagina is probably a freezer filled with dry sawdust, a delightfully wicked lady's maid, a talkative parrot and a mischievous monkey. All that was missing was a cute dog.

The entire prologue had
Connie N.
I'd rate this 3.5 stars if I could, but I'll round it up since it was was quite a nice Regency romance--fun and entertaining. A little different from the usual. Bramwell, the Duke of Selbourne, is trying to live down the scandal of his father's life and subsequent death in the arms of his mistress. Bram has become totally sober and serious, and is engaged to a strictly proper woman. But when the daughter of his father's mistress comes to him and asks him to sponsor her season, he realizes that h ...more

I liked this one more than I expected. It is unfortunate that at about 70% the story seemed to lose it's way.

The very beginning was a little confusing. It starts off with an older couple who are sneaking in a trysy at a ball. The woman, was not invited due to her reputation, so her lover had hauled her in through a window of a guest bedroom via a rope of sorts. Anyway, this couple decided to make a go of it on the very narrow balcony, and sadly fell to their deaths, naked and intwined
Starts with a rib tickling chapter that sets the context to the story of Bramwell Seaton, 9th Duke of Selbourne and Sophie Winstead. His father and her widowed mother's prolonged and very public love affair had upset the ton and their spectacular scandalous demise hangs over their progenies future like a dark cloud. Subterfuge by Sophie's ex-courtesan now mentor and maid, lands Sophie a first Season under Bram's care. He's Mr. Sobersides and betrothed to a virtuous woman, and Sophie's vivacious ...more
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
All things being equal, I would have called this effort "a solid C". Except for the opening, there's absolutely nothing original in it, but it's well written and there's some good dialogue. The H/h are interesting, and I actually liked them quite a lot. However, once they have sex, the prose escalates beyond purple to ultra violet in its description of the characters' emotions. It was so bad at around 80% I couldn't read any more, so I skimmed ahead to check out the HEA and then quit. I'm not su ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Full disclosure: I did not finish this book. The heroine is being manipulative on purpose and she knows it and the hero knows it (and sees through it), so you know they're eventually going to break down those walls of why and see each other for who they are. However, I just couldn't get on board - all the simpering & making people like her (even if she and I both know it's deliberate) made me want to puke. Own who you are, woman, and don't rely on man to draw it out of you. (Again, I did not ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly fresh and enjoyable read with humor, wit, unexpected twists and well developed characters.
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Historical English romance with a young lady coming out and looking for a rich husband. Everyone needs a special invitation to enter high society in London and Miss Sophie Winstead gets that door opened by the infamous Duke Bramwell Seaton which is a blessing and a curse. Sophie's mother and the previous Duke were infamous scandalous lovers which ended in the most scandalous double death that I have ever read... So great opening chapter which I totally didn't except but does set the scene betwee ...more
Feb 16, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read the large print hardcover edition of the book, which has a fairly major misprint on the dust jacket. It claimed the heroine as the hero's deceased father's illegitimate daughter, which NO. This is not an incestuous romance. She's the hero's deceased father's deceased mistress's perfectly legitimate daughter from her prior marriage. (The father and the mistress died together in the opening of the book in the most ridiculous manner. I mean, seriously?! That's the absurd love story the autho ...more
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Sophie Winstead's mother, Constance (The Widow) Winstead was mistress to the 8th Duke of Selbourne. They died together, literally, when an inept servant opened the doors to the balcony where they were making love and shoved them to their deaths.

Four years later, Sophie shows up at Bramwell Seaton's, the 9th Duke of Selbourne's house. It seems that his father promised to sponsor Sophie for "a Season" and Bramwell feel obligated to honor his father's promise. Sophie, almost 20, arrives on the scen
Reminded me somewhat of Georgette Heyer's The Grand Sophie.

Sophie and Bramwell's parents died tragically whilst having an affair AND illicit sex on a balcony at a house party. Each has learnt very different lessons from the experience.

Sophie has learnt never to give her heart to a man - her plan is to marry an elderly, rich nobleman then take a lover.

Bramwell has learnt that sobriety and calm are paramount - he abhors his father's excesses.

But, Bramwell receives a letter explaining that his fat
Indiscreet is for people who...

...enjoy a strong-willed lady.
...don't mind when misunderstandings occur. a lady who knows what she wants but is still innocent.
...enjoy friends plotting to help each other out of sticky situations. the prologue and find themselves equal parts horrified and intrigued.

It took me a while to get into this book (blame it on my mood. I do.) but I ended up REALLY enjoying all the twists and turns it took. The secondary characters were marvelous (including t
Bronwyn Rykiert
This was an interesting story a love match between a courtesans daughter and an duke - their parents died together in a rather scandalous way.

The french companion of her mother forged a way for Sophie Winstead to be given a London Season by the Duke. It was to turn the Duke's world upside down - when Sophie came to town with her deaf guardian (who is hired just for this trip), her French maid (or organised it all), a parrot & a monkey.

For me this book did not quite live up to the cover story
The book blurb is wrong: Sophie is not the illegitimate daughter of Bramwell Seaton's father.

Bramwell Seaton father, the 8th Duke,, died falling off a balcony with his mistress. Bramwell has lived a ridged life to overcome the gossip that went though the ton after that happened.

He is engaged to a very proper woman, when the past, in the form of Sophie Winstead drops into his life and home. Sophie is the daughter of Constance Winstead, the 8th dukes mistress.
So glad I rediscovered Kasey Michaels. Gonna have a lot of fun going through her backlist while I wait for the next Little Season book.

This one had some excellent banter (my favorite part of a good guardian/ward story) and some top notch secondary characters (I include the animals as secondary characters obviously).
L.H. Williams
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful little romp!

Well written, clever and funny! While I enjoy a good RR, this one was better than average. Colorful characters and plot twists that you couldn't predict set this novel a cut above the rest. Looking forward to reading the other books in this series.
Kathy Bunbury
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Refreshing and engaging.

I started out not liking Sophie, but became captivated by her antics as the story unfolded. At times very amusing, this story is not your cookie cutter romance.
Karen Desmond
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sep 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Cute, drawn out and wordy when not really needed, but cute.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindlefire, regency
Liked Sophie's helpful character. She wanted everyone to be happy.
Julie Bird
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cute story - very humorous. Enjoyed it.
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Finally finished the book which started with a bang then fizzled out after that. The ending was so so.
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Kasey Michaels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 100 books (she doesn't count them). Kasey has received three coveted Starred Reviews from Publishers Weekly, two for the historical romances, THE SECRETS OF THE HEART and THE BUTLER DID IT, and a third for contemporary romance LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY (that shows diversity, you see). She is a recipient of the RITA, a W ...more

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