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The Bed and the Bachelor (The Byrons of Braebourne #5)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  826 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
Everyone knows the Byron brothers are "mad, bad, and dangerous." But the devilishly desirable fourth son, Drake, is too scholarly to misbehave...or is he?

Lord Drake Byron has no time in his busy life to worry about taking a wife. He is more interested in the unbreakable code he has developed to defeat Napoleon's forces. Little does he know that the irresistibly lovely new
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Avon
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Mary Gramlich
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
THE BED AND THE BACHELOR written by Tracy Anne Warren
07/11 - HarperCollins Publishers - Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages

Will love always find the real you regardless of how many lies you tell to stay hidden?

Being devoted to her father and brothers should have helped Sebastianne Dumont but instead Sebastianne must become a deceitful, horrid spy to save her brothers from one man’s cruelty and exposing her brother’s to the torture of war. Sebastianne becomes Annie Greenway and finds herself in the
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fangirl Musings
Nov 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
Pages survived: 30 Yeah. This book sucked.

Generally, when I give up on a book at thirty pages, it's typically for the exact same reason, regardless the particular novel; the characters bored me.

This is pretty pathetic, too, when considering the scope Warren had with which to work. To me, somehow, someway, the characters just were flat, and didn't jump off the page to me as being real people.
2.00 Stars - Regency Historical Romance!

This is the fifth installment of the series and tells the story of an intellectual aristocrat and a reluctant spy masquerading as a housekeeper.

Lord Drake Byron is a mathematician and a scientist who spends extensive hours devising and thinking over new whatever inventive he works on. He is currently working on a top secret cipher for the war department designed for the British government.

Sebastianne Dumont is his new housekeeper whom he hired against hi
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Sebastianne has been forced to come to England and takes the position of Lord Drake Byron's housekeeper, so she can be a spy for France in order to save her family who are in danger if she doesn't get a certain piece of information. Only what she didn't expect was to be working for a man that is more tempting than she expected. Lord Drake knew that when Anne came into his office desiring the housekeeper position that she would present only problems if he hired her, but despite his inner turmoil, ...more
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
First of all, the title of this book is seriously stupid.

Next, there is no chemistry b/w the H and h. Nada.

The only reason I gave this book 2 stars instead of 1 is because it had a decent ending.

Jun 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Ok, but all around underwhelming. No real emotion or showing as to why these two would be interested in each other.

But loved the reluctant spy approach.
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Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Obtaining a position as housekeeper in Drake Byron’s household was easy. Now Sebastianne has to steal the cipher he developed for the British forces to use in their war correspondence so the French will be unable to know Britain’s plans. Sebastianne is a spy for the French and was forced to steal the cipher in exchange for keeping her elderly father and two younger brothers safe. But she has fallen in love with Drake and knows she will see hate and disgust in his eyes when he finds out what she ...more
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This was hard me to get into at first, but after the first few chapters I really started to enjoy it. I love the chemistry between Sebastianne and Drake. I felt like she rushed the ending and the epilogue was sadly lacking. All in all I really do still like Tracey Anne Warren’s books.
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-regency
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Aug 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Review published at All About Romance

Ms. Warren’s latest Byrons of Braebourne historical romance is proof that an author’s competency with prose doesn’t inherently translate into a well-written book. Ms. Warren is a capable writer with a knack for description and settings. However, in this book, her proficiency does not extend to her plot or her characters. I found the former dreary and the latter unlikely.

Drake Byron is a brilliant scientist who has alway
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Jul 29, 2011 added it
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I was excited for this book to come out because I'm a fan of Drake. I've been itching to get his story and finally it came. Tracy Anne Warren has done wonders with this series because this is book 5 and I'm still salivating at the mouth for more. Drake is brother to Cade, Jack, Ned, Mallory and the rest of the mad Byrons. He's a mathmetician and is known for his distracted nature. He's usually buried in his codes and work but when his housekeeper up and left for greener pastures, he was stuck fi ...more
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Tracey Anne Warren introduced the Byrons in February 2009, describing them as a “tempestuous family—famous for scandal and legendary at love.” Thus far she has given us the story of Cade, son #2 (Tempted by His Kiss); Jack, son #3 (Seduced by His Touch); Edward, Duke of Clybourne, son #1(At the Duke’s Pleasure); Mallory, daughter #1(Wicked Delights of a Bridal Bed); and a short story about Byron cousin India, “Charmed by His Smile,” (which chronologically fits between Cade’s and Jack’s stories) ...more
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The above blurb says it all, so I will not burden you with my own synopsis. However, I have to start this review with telling you that I have every book Ms. Warren has written, and while her Mistress series is still on my TBR pile, I've made sure to read her current Byrons of Braebourne series.

It all started with TEMPTED BY HIS KISS and Cade Byron's story, which was just so very, very good. Jack Byron's st
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Katie Michaels
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sebastianne Dumont is, above all, loyal to her family. So when a villainous Frenchman threatens to imprison her father and conscript her young brothers to war, she agrees to his demands that she act as a spy. Sebastianne must infiltrate the home of Lord Drake and steal the special cyphers he has created for the English government.

She gets her foot in the door as a housekeeper, using a false identity. She actually does very well at the job, but it's far more labor intensive than she imagined. He
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book, romance-histo
Quite average and very disappointing in comparison with the previous one.
The hero is supposedly extremely intelligent; however after realizing something very unusual happens (view spoiler), he never tried to dig into this mystery. Then the supposedly almost as intelligent fake housekeeper also did something perfectly stupid, convinced it is the only solution to her dilemna (view spo
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. Drake appealed to me in other books because he seemed so absentminded. In this one I definitely got more of why he was like that. I really admired the way he was able to focus on what he was doing until he got it where he wanted it. I also liked Sebastianne. She really didn't want to be doing what she was doing, but she had no choice. I really enjoyed the way that Drake was so attracted to Sebastianne right from the beginning. For a guy that swore he would never let a w ...more
Lynne Tull
Aug 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: regency-romance
I love the Byron family. I have always been partial to Drake and was not disappointed with his story. This book unnerved me and tested my patience...I have very little. I found myself skipping over a lot of text, mainly the "love" scenes, since the details didn't add a whole lot to the story. To my consternation I got to the climax of the book and couldn't keep my eyes open. Every time I woke up in the night I found myself trying to figure out all the scenarios for the happily ever after ending. ...more
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books
First off--the title of the book had nothing to do with the story. I was very disappointed with the pace and action in this book. It was boring and spent far too many chapters with the sneaky heroine trying to access the code. She dissapointed and tricked the Lord Drake's staff; as well as Lord Drake. He's a smart guy but somehow did not pick up on the all the clues that something was not right. It also did not end with a wedding and the final gathering of the Byrons. The ending was not satisfyi ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it liked it

I enjoyed this book. I didn't like it quite as well as the previous entry to the series, but it was still enjoyable. I liked Drake and Anne's characters. They both were written as down to earth characters. I think, though, that the reason why I didn't give 4 stars was that they fell in love kinda quickly. At least for me in seemed that way. Eh. :) But I did enjoy reading about Drake's younger twin brothers and the antics they got themselves in.
Jul 28, 2012 rated it liked it
London 1813

Drake is 28 and Anne is 22.

The story could have been a little better. Drake was a good character, being all smart and a younger son. I wasn't too impressed with Anne. She was ok, and I didn't hate her. But she was kinda flat. I just didn't bond with the 2 characters in this book. The only real action was at the very end of the book, and it was over with quick. The ending fell flat also, very rushed and really didn't leave much to wonder what happens next.
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
I can almost never go wrong with a good spy story and Tracy Anne Warren delivered with this one. I loved the chemistry between Drake and Sebastianne. Even before they connected physically they had such a connection between them that made this such a delightful read. I think one of my favorite parts of the story is when Drake followed her (can’t say more to steer away from any spoilers). His twin brothers were also very entertaining throughout the story. Can't wait to read a story of their own.
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zatiaľ posledná kniha zo série o Byronovcoch (pevne verím, že to nebude celkom pravda, veď Warren sľubovala, že sa do písania príbehov zvyšných súrodencov pustí - viď v rozhovore Tracy Anne Warren sa svojimi postavami necháva viesť pre Kokinu červenú knižnicu). Tentoraz bol hlavným hrdinom matematik Drake.

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May 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
Typically, I love Tracy Anne Warren, but this book wasn't her best. The characters were fine, but somehow the plot seemed like it had some holes in it or moved along at an odd pace. It did seem to tee-up additional Byron books, and I suspect we can look for books about the twins Lawrence and Leo in the forthcoming months.
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book because I have a thing for nerds or scholarly types no matter what time period. Alas I thought it was just okay. I feel there could have been more to Drake's story and thought it a little flat in comparison to others in the series. I am looking forward to the twins's stories though.
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked it. The spy/lover to wife is not my favourite, but TAW wrote it very straight forward. It could have been really over the top as far as the villain, but he was dispatched with in a pragmatic way. I really liked the hero, smart arrogant and seemingly distracted is a very attractive combination.
I hate to give 3 stars, but the storyline was a little difficult for me to accept. I couldn't feel any chemistry between them. But it was still a good read, not as good as the others though.
I really hope there will be more Byron books to enjoy since we still have 2 brothers and 1 sister left!
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His lips curved in a seductive smile. “Of course, I do. I’m a Byron, after all. It’s in my blood.”
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