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The Bride Wore Scarlet (Fraternitas Aureae Crucis #2)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,020 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews illicit delight.”
—Stephanie Laurens

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Liz Carlyle ushers readers once again inside the mysterious St James Club, where passion and secrets simmer behind the elegant façade of Victorian London. In her deliciously intriguing The Bride Wore Scarlet, Carlyle does historical romance absolutely right—as a de
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Avon
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I love the direction that Liz Carlyle is going with this new series. I know some won't like the mystical/paranormal element that the series has, but I love it. It isn't just a typical regency romance. Anais has been trained for the last 10 years to be one of the Brotherhood, there is only one problem....there is no room for a sister in the hood and they reject her most handily. Geoff Bessett scoots her out of the room quickly and proceeds to turn her world upside down. Eventually, they make her ...more
Nov 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Anais de Rohan, daughter of Max and Catherine de Rohan from 'No True Gentleman', was smart, brave and a great fencer to boot. The hero, Lord Bessett proved to be more than the tight laced St James Society Leader with "the gift" - I found him endearing and ultimately, utterly romantic. When Liz Carlyle is at her best her characters are well wove into a large family dynamic and the characters have a vulnerable authenticity that makes the romances so easy to get lost in. I think this series involvi ...more
Dec 15, 2011 rated it liked it
When I searched for this book, Goodreads asked if I really meant the Bride wore Chocolate. Now that's a book I could love. This one, my feelings are mixed. The rating should really be a 3.5.

It's a book that I wanted to love more than I did. I wish I could better identify why, but the relationship between the two main characters never rang true from me. I know in 99.9% of romance novels there will be a happy ending with the two main characters pledging their undying love. But in the middle I stil
Mary Gramlich
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
THE BRIDE WORE SCARLET written by Liz Carlyle
07/11 - HarperCollins Publishers - Mass Market Paperback

What should you do when Mr. Right Now turns into Mr. Right?

When you have a “gift” that no one understands you might want to pretend it does not exist. For Anaïs de Rohan she embraces it and wants to make her Nonna proud of her. She learns the tricks of the trade that would gain her access to the all-male club known as The St. James Society where she could converse among others gifted as she is.

Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it
3/5*s really. I really liked Geoff and Anais and once they got on the road to Brussels I enjoyed their story. I have to admit to being confused by some of the cast of characters in the beginning. I did read the first in the series but it was a little while ago. I'm usually pretty good at recalling characters once reintroduced but some of these left me perplexed. I remembered the couple from the first book but not really any one else from the FAC. Names kept being thrown out as though I should kn ...more
Judi Lacanlale
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the second book of the Fraternitas and I really enjoyed it much more than the first one. Here's a bit of tidbit on the behind story of this book. The two main characters are children of Carlyle's previous hero/heroines. Anais de Rohan and the daughter of Max and Catherine from 'No True Gentleman' & Geoff Archard is the son of Merrick MacLachlan and Madeline Archard from 'Three Little Secrets'. The MacLachlan's showed up in the book but I really wished she had the de Rohan's because I ...more
The second book in the Fraternitas Aureae Crucis series by Liz Carlyle. It wasn't a bad read. I just found myself easily distracted and didn't really feel the passion and chemistry that I expect from historical romance. It had some paranormal elements but I didn't think it affected the story either way.
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

The suspense element of this book didn't wow me but the love story and characters were strong and interesting.
N.W. Moors
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Anais de Rohan has been trained to become a member of a secret paranormal society. After some to-do (the members don't permit females to enter), she is teamed up with Geoff, Lord Bessett, to go to Brussels to rescue a child who has paranormal abilities. Of course, the two have a sexual attraction, but Anais is sure that she is going to marry a Tuscan prince based on a Tarot reading done by her grandmother. So Geoff is Mr. Right-for-now and the two fall into bed while trying to complete their mis ...more
Susan Ross
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Although this book is a stand-alone, I thing it's probably best read in sequence. I felt there were story plots I was missing. I enjoyed the book but, for me, there was too much sex and not enough story. The hero and heroine's Gifts were not explained to my satisfaction, which was frustrating.
Lillian Bittle
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency-time-era
Actually really enjoyable!
Karielle at Books à la Mode
Jul 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: blog
The Bride Wore Scarlet by Liz Carlyle
Release Date: July 26th, 2011
Publisher: Avon (HarperCollins)
Page Count: 375
Source: ARC from Carolyn at Romance Novel News
Passion and secrets simmer behind the elegant façade of Victorian London in another deliciously intriguing novel featuring the mysterious men of the St. James Society.

Anaïs de Rohan has faced danger in her past, but never anything so great as posing as the new bride to one of the St. James Society's most magnetic -- and ruthless -- leaders.
May Mostly Romance
Sep 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
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Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Solid romance and multi-layered plot

*NOTE: I received a free review copy of this book.*
Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 7/10

- Geoff’s an okay protagonist and generally a likeable character. I liked the character of Anaïs very much, though: not just her fiery spirit and bravery, but also her ability to come off as a ninny when she’s really quite intelligent. I found the scenes in which she pretends to be foolish and flighty very amusing.
- The s
This is the second book in Carlyle's paranormal romance series about the men in a secret society who all possess some form of "the gift" and the women they end up falling in love with. Overall I'm not overwhelmed with the series. I enjoy a good historical romance and a good paranormal one, but in this series Carlyle seems to be trying to straddle the gap between those two genres and the results is a mediocre book that won't blow the socks off fans of either one.

The paranormal aspects of the book
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I was disappointed with the first book in this series, One Touch of Scandal, but this is Liz Carlyle we're talking about. Even though her latest haven't been great, she's written some of my favourite books, so I was willing to give the series another shot. As book 1, The Bride Wore Scarlet is centred around The St. James Society, the name of the recently reformed Fraternitas Aureae Crucis in England. The men who are part of it are Guardians, their mission being to protect the Vateis, mainly wome ...more
Paranormal Romance
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
The heroine has been training all her life be a member of the Guardians who watch over the gifted individuals all over the world but the fact that she's a woman denies her entrance. The hero is shocked to see a woman in his club and refuses to accept a female can ever be a guardian. But when he needs a woman to accompany him to Brussels to find and rescue a Gifted child, he must turn to her for help. She accepts the position because more than anything she wants to help people and see the world. ...more
Amarilli Settantatre

Una volta tanto un romance che si propone di unire l'amore a un pizzico di esoterismo e di spionaggio. Peccato che sia solo il quarto di una serie e che - almeno all'inizio - richieda al lettore parecchie conoscenze pregresse, gettandolo in mezzo a dialoghi con parecchi personaggi e nomi che si presume essere noti e che invece stordiscono un pochino.
Io ero a digiuna di tutto e confesso che gli scopi della setta segreta Fraternitas Aureae Crucis mi sono comunque semb
I actually liked this quite a bit. I have not read any of the other books in the series, nor do I believe I have read the novels featuring the stories of the parents of The Bride Wore Scarlet's main characters. I didn't have much trouble with the background, as Ms. Carlyle does a creditable job of explaining the back story just enough to understand the plot.
The characters of Geoff and Anais were very well-done, in my opinion; strong, likeable and vulnerable. Neither was a Mary Sue; both had fau
Jun 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Anais de Rohan has some special gifts. When she tries to enter a secret society for people that also have special gifts, paranormal in nature, the all male group instantly rejects her. But when a little girls life is in danger, this all male group needs a woman on the inside. Anais poses as Lord Geoff Besset’s wife and together they work to rescue a little girl and her mother.

This was really an unexpected delight. I have never read anything by this author before and didn’t know what to expect fr
Estefania B. León (Undécimo Reino)
Aún no he sido capaz de hacer una reseña de éste libro, pero sintetizando mi experiencia aquí va:
No soy fanática de los romances entre espías (policías, agentes, detectives, a la antigua a lo moderno. No me va) y siendo totalmente objetiva es un libro muy bien escrito, con una buena evolución de la trama y un buen muro que la respalde. Jamás perdí el hilo de la historia o me aburrí, que a mi no me guste la "profesión" de los protagonistas, no fue excusa para dejar de leer. La lectura es rápida,
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
THE BRIDE WORE SCARLET by Liz Carlyle is an exciting historical romance set in 1837 London.It is written with depth and details.The characters will capture your heart.It has romance,sweet sensuality,secrets,love,some magic,passion,mystery,the mysterious men of the St. James Society,and a dangerous mission to save a little girl whose has a frightening gift.Two unlikely people meet,are attracted,thrown together trying to save a little girl and her mother. Anais de Rohan and Lord Bessett must not o ...more
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Bride Wore Scarlet is another wonderful love story in the St. James Society series. This time with another unconventional heroine. The most unconventional of the series so far. This time Anais is young, but not the blushing virgin seen in many historical romances. She is extremely independent with unusual skills and abilities. Our hero this time is Geoffrey, Lord Bessett. The two embark on a foreign adventure for the Fraternitas Aureae Crucis, the ancient and secret brotherhood operating und ...more
Tracy T.
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow I enjoyed this second book in the FAC series much more than the first book. I really loved the heroine Anais, she was strong, funny and very witty, took zero crap from anyone and spoke her mind. The hero was really good too.

The story line and plot was good, a little bit of kidnapping, and sword fighting. The chemistry between the hero and heroine was hot and steamy, plenty of sex but not too much. There was quite a bit of dialogue too. I love dialogue in the books I read.

I like the "Gift" st
Anais de Rohan has been trained to be a part of the St. James Society, one of the Guardians. But she's a woman. And this is a problem for most of the membership. Lord Bessett, Geoff, isn't sure. he's got a feeling about Anais. Lots of them actually. But he's not sure if the feelings are because she has power or because she's hitting all of the right vibes. We're told over and over that she's not pretty. She's not ugly but not drop-dead-gorgeous either. Her great-grandmother predicted great thing ...more
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-challenge
The only reason this didn't get a 5 out of 5 is because it wasn't edited well. There were very obvious errors that should have been caught and weren't. And after the 10th error I found I stopped counting.

I didn't read the first in the series, but this book stood alone very nicely and I wasn't confused about any past references. However I did enjoy the story and the romance was very HOT. Anais and Geoff had a very strong attraction to each other from the beginning and when they finally fall into
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Jun 14, 2011 rated it liked it
This is the second book in a series and I have not read the first. Like another reviewer I think this is one reason why I had so much trouble with The Bride Wore Scarlet. I was half way through the book before the story caught me. I would be reading and a scene would be thrown in that did not involve the main story or the main characters and I would wonder who are those people and why should I care. In my opinion Liz Carlyle did not do a good job of getting back story woven into the book. I enj ...more
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
The heroine has been trained to take the traditional place of her family in a brotherhood that protects people with special gifts. The hero is a member, and also has one of those gifts--a strong one--and a past that echoes in a little girl who is under threat of having her gift exploited by a wicked man. The hero & heroine unite to save the girl, and fall for each other as well. This story weaves in characters from other Carlyle books--and since Carlyle is an autobuy for me, I rather enjoyed ...more
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: from-library
The cover art and blurb drew me in, I didn't realize the book would be on the dry side. It came across as tons and tons of exposition with not enough warm human contact to make up for it. Anais was a little too perfect as the tomboy turned chosen one and the same for our hero.

The best part was the kissing scene between a couple of secondary characters. They're the only reason I'll read the next book.

I did request the first one to see if that would help me like this on a reread. That's a much bet
Virginia Campbell
Liz Carlyle's second entry in her "Fraternitas Trilogy" hits the ground running and offers great romantic adventure all the way to the last page. "The Bride Wore Scarlet" is an enthralling love story with strong paranormal elements and a well-matched romantic duo. Anais de Rohan and Geoff Archard (Lord Bessett) are both gifted with special mental abilities and great physical prowess, making them the perfect pair to carry out a rescue mission for the mysterious St. James Society. This "sparks fly ...more
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