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Is he on the rebound or just escaping a crazy Bridezilla? Powell's Books. Reviewed by Leanne Davis Posted February 26, Clare Greenough was raised in a wealthy home but she and her mother lost everything when her father passed away. Her uncle and cousin took everything from them. Clare's mother passed away not much later leaving Clare to make her way as governess.

When she receives word that her uncle has left her the fortune he received on her father's death, she sets out to assure that she won't lose anything again. The will places two men as trustees, her solicitor and her cousin, Simon until Clare marries. Although Clare has never been able to figure out why Simon hates her so much, she knows that he will do everything in his power to steal what is hers.

James Boleigh, Baron Trehearth has tried everything short of marrying an heiress to save his estate. No one will loan him the money he needs to set things right. Having finally accepted the inevitable, he asks his solicitor to sell everything. Instead he is presented with the opportunity to save his home and family. Marry an heiress and agree to sign papers which allow him access to only a portion of the money or sell, the choice is clear.

The marriage happens quickly and the couple set off to Cornwall with Clare's companion. He can save his heritage.

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Sounds perfect right? Clare and Jamie have to work at making this marriage work. They are both decent people but have been raised in a world where men rule. Clare has every determination to make their world a better place but sometimes it isn't easy. Jamie on the other hand is not quite so appreciative while he loved the aspect of saving his heritage he honestly assumes that Clare will get bored with all the "man's" work and eventually turn everything over to him.

Until then, poor Jaime is constantly getting his pride bruised and acting like an arrogant ass. At times he is not a likable character but he is redeemable. When things come to a head and Jamie insists Clare give him control of the money, Clare is not a happy woman. Worlds collide. It bothered me that Jamie never asked or understood why Clare wanted control.

It wasn't about humbling him, it was about her security. If she had control of her money she would never be desperate again. Honestly had Jamie allowed their marriage to evolve and not get all het up.. Instead he forced an issue that creates a chasm between the two of them. Jamie and Clare became real to me. I Could discuss the nuances of their relationship until the cows came home. Since I live in an Urban environment.. My point is, I was engaged.. I felt for Clare, I wanted to smack Jamie upside the head..

I am not sure what was so special about this book.. I know these people.. I understand them.. They may be Regency era characters but they could be living next door, right now. Check out this book! Jun 25, EuroHackie rated it it was amazing Shelves: category-historical-romance , trope-marriage-of-convenience , auto-read-author , i-own-this , length-novel , hits-all-my-squee-buttons , cornwall-is-my-jam , plot-moppets. I can't even express how much I loved it. I have a thing for the Marriage of Convenience trope, and boy does this one deliver. It's pretty much exactly what it says on the tin.

The setup is beautiful in its simplicity: we meet Clare, learn of her dire circumstances and then her change in fortune. Unfortunately, her odious cousin is one of the trustees of her fortune, and he'd never allow her a penny if he had his way. She turns to her solicitor the other trustee to help find a suitable candidate for marriage, one who would be agreeable to her terms in allowing her to control her own money. It just so happens that said solicitor has another young client on the edge of ruin: Jamie Boleigh, Lord Trehearth.

He's about to lose his estate and plunge the local village into disrepair, and he is completely and utterly depressed by the prospect. Clare has the foresight to hire herself a companion so that she's not going into this crazy situation alone. She and Jamie meet, agree to terms, and are married by Chapter 5. They immediately heard for Trehearth House, Jamie's estate and family seat in Cornwall. Clare and her companion, Selina Newton, are in for quite a few surprises, not the least of which is Jamie's rambunctious year-old twin sisters and their larger than life dog.

The house is practically in ruins, they have all of 2 servants, and Jamie is desperate to get to work on the estate. The vast majority of the first half of the book details their life on the estate. Clare puts her previous vocation as a governess to good use and manages to bring the twins to a manageable level. She slowly begins to put the house in order: ordering furniture, hiring servants, etc.

Selina is an accomplished seamstress, and she puts her talents to good use as well. She also takes up with the local vicar, a very sweet second-chance-at-love subplot that rounds out this slice of life look at village life. It reminded me very much of the first couple of seasons of Monarch of the Glen , which of course just made me love it all more. I loved all the lush details about Clare and Jamie settling into their married life together as they begin to bond with each other, and Clare with the twins. Jamie's relationship with his sisters is strained, at best, right up until the end; he has no patience for them at all and doesn't seem to realize that his cutting remarks towards them are doing more to hurt than to help.

They continue to rebel against him, but slowly start to trust Clare. All is happy in happiness house until Jamie allows his resentment over Clare's control of the purse strings to boil over. The tipping point is when she hires builders to install a bathroom in the house without consulting him, but it had been festering for much longer than that.

He explodes, and they argue, and Clare decides she needs to get away for awhile. She heads to Penzance, the nearest city, and is outraged to learn that Jamie has been going behind her back and authorizing huge drafts from her bank account. The banker treats her like a child, and she loses all of her reason. She stomps back to London, back to her solicitor, to assure herself that the men in her life can't just walk all over her. Unfortunately, Jamie is just as stubborn as Clare is, and just as sure that he's right.

He refuses to run after her, sure that she'll eventually come around and see reason like a good little obedient wife. Clare holds fast, deciding to stay in London to enjoy the Season, and she and Selina pitch up at a friend's house. Jamie's friends in London become concerned about the obvious rift in their relationship and write to him, suggesting he come to London.

He eventually decides to do just that. He's taken up drinking in Clare's absence and decides that he has the right to force her to reason and drag her back home. He shows up and basically makes a total ass of himself, which does nothing to endear him to his lady love. Meanwhile, Clare's odious cousin has slithered back into the picture and decides to take advantage of the rift in her marriage.

He cannot stand the fact that she received their uncle's money instead of him, so he maneuvers to overturn the marriage agreement that gives her control of her wealth. They go on like this for awhile, but things are brought to a head when the twins suddenly disappear. Everyone races back to Cornwall to look for them, but they have zero luck, as the days stretch on.

Clare finally happens upon the clue that brings them back, and she brings them home and confronts Jamie. The two begin to hash out their differences. Jamie is the one who relents yay! He realizes that when he communicates with her, she's quite reasonable and isn't out to deny him anything. Just when things are getting comfy and cozy again, the cousin rears his ugly head and gloats about his machinations to steal Clare's money away, using Jamie as his pawn. She is heartsick over it, and decides that she needs to get away again - but realizes that running away didn't help the last time, and that she can't keep running away forever.

The twins help her out by taking her to their hiding place, and they are eventually the ones that bring the couple back together. When Jamie returns and realizes what has happened, it's driven home to him in a huge way all of the mistakes he's made, and how long-ranging their effects are. He's grief-stricken without Clare, even going so far as to stop drinking, cold turkey. He can't continue on as he has, but for the first time, he recognizes his demons and deals headlong with them.

After three days, the twins bring Jamie to Clare and they have it out. She finally tells him about her odious cousin, and he swears he'll never unknowingly cross her again. She's a bit more realistic about matters, telling him that they'll continue to make mistakes, but they both declare their love for each other and boom, happily ever after. I really, really enjoyed the female characters in this book.

Clare has a good head on her shoulders. She goes to great pains to safeguard herself and her newfound wealth; at the same time, she throws herself into her marriage and her new life in Cornwall. She has an aura around her that draws others in; she even manages to get through to the twins, mostly by listening to them. I liked the twins, too, though they had to grow on me. I'm not much for precocious prank-playing children in my romance novels, but they became central characters, surrogate daughters to Jamie and Clare. Realizing that they had to care for the twins made the protagonists grow the hell up.

The twins became their own separate characters, too, and were great foils for each other. I wouldn't mind reading more about them as they grew up. The London set were also quite fun: Jamie's friends and the old Mrs. Howland, who sponsors Clare in Society. There's a bit of drawing room intrigue, but they both serve their purpose in the story and round it out nicely. Jamie is perhaps the least likable of all the main characters, mostly because he just drinks way too much.

He loses himself in the bottom of a bottle for most of the second half of the book and it takes him way too long to come to his senses. But at the same time, we see the struggle with his alcoholism and what he does to overcome it. He has been handled a rotten lot in life, but he's willing to work hard and do better for himself and his family.

He truly comes full circle, which was very heartening. This is a bit warmer than a straight up Regency; what few love scenes there are, are fairly opaque. Still, these two don't hold back their passion for one another, whether they're having sex or butting heads :P Mar 03, SOS Aloha rated it it was amazing. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. She received an unexpected inheritance from a distant uncle, but her windfall is still controlled by her conniving cousin until she is married. Clare learns through her solicitor that James Boleigh, the 7th Baron Trehearth, needs an infusion of cash.

So she hatches a plan to marry Jaime, save his For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. So she hatches a plan to marry Jaime, save his estate, but retain control of her inheritance. The last clause irritates Jaime but he still marries Clare.

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As Clare explores her attraction to Jaime, the plot thickens. Jaime acts exactly as expected for a titled man in the Regency Era — a man who had no training for his position but only knows the comfort of the bottle. But ultimately hero and heroine learn that what they want is not necessarily what they need. Recommended read for fans of traditional Regency romance, lighthearted banter, and off the wall characters. I received an ARC from Sourcebooks for an honest review. Jamie, the hero, is a whiny, petulant self-entitled asshole.

I'm not sure why he feels so entitled to everything he doesn't have but it makes him incredibly angry and a raging drunk. I also groaned when the obvious plot device of the "precocious" twin sisters showed up. I don't need pages of boring antics of the tween set in my romances, particularly in a novel already lacking in any romantic character development between the main characters.

What happens when two people enter into a marriage of convenience with conflicting agendas? I don't suppose I even need to give an answer to that one really. Conflict and drama do appear on the list of answers though I'm sure. I have been on quite the Historical Romance kick lately and wanted to try many different authors in the genre. I grabbed up this book to both try a new author and give a romance with such a potential for disaster a chance. I enjoyed it to a certain extent, but there were a What happens when two people enter into a marriage of convenience with conflicting agendas?

I enjoyed it to a certain extent, but there were a few moments when I was frustrated too. Let's just say this was probably a pretty accurate look at a marriage of convenience and the rosy glow of romance wasn't as present in this one as in other similar type stories. Jamie Boleigh, Lord Tregarth, will lose it all if he doesn't come into a great deal of money soon. He is presented with an unusual opportunity if he is willing to take it.

He is offered a marriage of convenience that includes the stipulation that he leaves his new wife in control of all her funds if she agrees to help him pay off debts and restore his estate. He accepts out of desperation and assumes that with time his wife will get tired of financial decisions and money matters and will leave that to him.

Clare Greenough was reduced to near penury when her brother dies and their cousin gets the family estate. Simon forces her and her sick mother out of their home and washes his hands of them. Her mother dies and she becomes a governess. When she inherits a fortune from a great-uncle, Clare is determined to never again be put in a situation where someone else controls her money, but to get to her money which is still in Simon's tender care, she must marry. She devises a plan to keep charge of her fortune even after her marriage.

It doesn't hurt that she finds her new husband attractive even as she sees the appalling situation of his estate and household. Jamie and Clare begin their marriage on a hectic note when she discovers just what she has gotten herself into.


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He jumps into taking care of the lands and tenants while she tackles the household. Slowly, they both start to enjoy their new situation and each other, but their differences in thought on the finances eventually drive a wedge. This book was somewhat of what I was expecting, but then not. I knew there would be conflict over their difference of opinion and I was ready for it. I also figured the evil Simon would play his part and he did- hate that weasel.

The addition of Jamie's impish younger twin sisters, the cute autumn romance between Selena and the vicar and even the inclusion of the domestic scenes and village life were adorable. I liked the idea of two flawed people coming together and helping each other grow. Clare needs to learn to trust after her bad experiences with Simon and Jamie needs to fight his alcoholism and become a worthy lord and family man. All that I truly enjoyed and wanted more of. But that being said I took up issue with things about half-way through. Both of the main characters went into the marriage with understandably selfish motives.

They made an agreement because they needed things. I was willing to let that string along for a while until the relationship took and started to grow, but the thing is that neither let go of their selfishness and were blind to each other's needs. Jamie ran from issues into his bottle and lost his temper. Clare just ran. A few times, if she would have just stuck around long enough to ask instead of assume, it would have ended so much better.

Clare couldn't seem to see that she just steam-rolled over things flinging her money and decisions about- basically treating Jamie like a kept man. She couldn't seem to see that he just wanted to be able to hold his head up for the first time and having to always come across decisions she made without him just kept reminding him of his place.

You'd think working as a governess and kowtowing to spoiled children and their parents would help her see that, but nope. And Jamie, he was so busy trying to alieve his guilt and shame over the condition of his estate and feeling sorry for his circumstances that he neglected his sisters and neglected to see what was driving Clare to need control the way she did.

I tried to understand because both were really shaped by their pasts, but it got annoying that they were so oblivious about things not on their own agendas. Now I don't want to give the impression that I hated the book or the people. I struggled with their issues, but at the same time I loved them together.

Against the odds, these two were really making a go at things and were true partners of a sort that was novel in that era bringing an estate and home to life.

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It was remarkable and I loved watching it happen. Their passion and eagerness to be together without playing games was what showed me that no matter how idiotish they both acted at times elsewhere that their relationship was right and good. They were good for each other. I would have liked a bit more closure because I didn't feel that all issues between them were totally resolved and I would have loved a final confrontation with Simon who it never did say what his issue with Clare was. However, at least the two of them did lay a lot of things out there that needed to be said and were well on the road to getting it right this time around.

So all in all, I was glad to read Jamie and Clare's story and yes, for those in the know I kept having Outlander moments because of the name similarities and want to check out the author's other Regency Romances. My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review thoughts. Mar 16, SSShafiq rated it it was ok Shelves: romance. This was not bad but not good either. The characters hardly grow and the central conflict is weak. I had sympathy for the heroine situation but it got stale. Plus I think the hero is a alcoholic- which was a bit of sour note while reading.

Aug 22, Nina rated it did not like it. So dull. The main character was very stereotypical, needing to be married to inherit a fortune. The male character is an alcoholic as well as a male chauvinist which is kept a bit subdued by the author though very evident. The villain is ridiculous and the ultimate happy ending was very predictable. Jun 25, Readerkuna1 rated it it was amazing. Clare is not happy with her ex husband. She thinks is he has lied too many times and she does not the whole story.

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Her cousin works against them. They do come to find their love that was there all the time. Great read. The plot was boring and the climax was so bland that I was left questioning why I was reading this. The love interest is a total drunk whi would probably beat his wife later on. The twins are so annoying and the whole scene in London was pointless. Jun 14, H. A good romance with really likable characters.

Very much enjoyed this! Oct 14, Kim rated it it was ok Shelves: romance. Overall, an ok read. Nov 24, Dawn-Desiree rated it it was ok. This was not my cup of tea or what would ever recommend. I finished just to say I did. Feb 18, Tiffany rated it did not like it. So I started a well reasoned review early on in the book, because I saw the writing on the wall. Then I just started taking notes on my phone as I read.

And well I'm going to throw it all on here, and let y'all read when I devolve into foul language and Hatred. The Good: Marriage of convenience, the heroine is a governess who inherits a c So I started a well reasoned review early on in the book, because I saw the writing on the wall. So she finds a poor Baron who desperately needs money and marries him. I like this trope. The Bad: Their names are Claire and Jamie. I feel like the name pairing of any epic romantic couple that is that famous should be off limits for other romance authors.

Set yourself apart. These are the most obvious naming issues, but I swear the author lifted all the names in this book from other works. Also the couple has barely conversed, barely spent time together but somehow they are all horndogs and into each other. So there was no emotional buildup to the first sexual encounter. The Ugly: Surprise plot moppets! Rebellious little girls dressed as little boys. Seriously this is a more egregious issue than it seems to the modern reader. Not only is this super taboo, but dressing as the opposite gender can get a woman thrown into prison or an insane asylum same thing almost.

But it was a dangerous thing to do and by doing so they risked their lives, reputations, and freedom. Good thing the heroine used to be a governess. Because a former governess who hated her job BTW and had no indication that she was good at it knows how to heal the poor broken plot moppets hearts From here on are my notes later additions in parentheses : Apparently tenants needing a new roof before the main house gets a cushy bathroom is confusing and disappointing to the heroine. Yeah she is this shallow, but the hero is being a dick too, and he kinda sorta is vague on permission and so when she later goes ahead with the project because she thinks she has resolved his objections he blows up and yells at her because she won't just let him manage HER money Jamie hides his problems with booze, will this be resolved?

He ends up not drinking for like two days after doing something really stupid while drunk and the heroine accepts that and forgives him The lady companion is kind of a bitch to everyone but Claire. Clumsy and obviously hate you love you thing with vicar. Its a love you thing and its sappy and they both deserve a better writer "pulsing desire" Yeah. Just No My hatred for the useless, drunk, misogynistic hero only increases Oh my fucking god, this fucking hero needs to fuck himself in the ass with a hot poker Oh look she's preggers so now they have to be happy.

Fucking bullshit numbnuts Fucking hero is in a dark place. Well he can stay there for all I care.

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Oh look forgiveness without real reform, 'cause he's fucking sad Okay, the long and short of this is that I picked up this book and two other by this author from the library because I liked the trope. I ended up hating the hero, the heroine, the crap sex that didn't do anything to move forward the story , and the complete lack of emotional intensity.

I also hated the plot moppets, of both the human and animal variety. I hated the side romance. I hated it ALL. The only consistent part was that the hero started out a useless douche and consistently did horrible things from start to finish. I had some hope that the author would redeem him over more than the course of about 5 pages, but I was fooled by an excerpt at the back of the book.

He hits his dark place, apologizes and that is the end. I'd say its a spoiler, but I just don't fucking care about this fucking shitstain of a hero enough to hide that. Mar 11, Rosie Read rated it liked it. The plot of The Bride Insists is unusual and a bit, well, domestic. Clare, on coming in to a surprising fortune, decides that she wants to control her own life for once. Her unexpected windfall is in the hands of her scheming cousin until she marries, at which point control will pass to her husband, but she seizes this as her chance. Clare decides to go hunting for a husband, an impoverished husband who needs the money to restore his estate, a husband that won't mind entering a legal contract st The plot of The Bride Insists is unusual and a bit, well, domestic.

Clare decides to go hunting for a husband, an impoverished husband who needs the money to restore his estate, a husband that won't mind entering a legal contract stipulating that the money remains in Clare's control. Historically this isn't unprecedented, although it still remains highly unusual and an intriguing and potential filled plot. However, Ashford's novel is altogether a bit too plodding for me. Whilst this wouldn't normally bother me I think that Ashford introduces too many voices during this part of the book so we don't really get to see the fuller picture. Additionally, for all the book is a romance there are very little romantic goings on.


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Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of steamy scenes but a distinct lack of the more everyday romance that I'd expect in such a domestic setting. Clare and Jamie's relationship is rife with misunderstanding that could be frustrating to the reader. Jamie in particular is bound to cause some irritation, although I loved the historical accuracy of his opinions and actions, annoying as they were. For all that I think too many voices were introduced in the short space of the novel I really enjoyed the side plot involving Clare's hired companion, Selene.

Maybe having the central couple named Jamie and Clare gave me too high an expectation for the romance of the novel. Whilst I did love the rich detail of Ashford's writing the plot was somewhat lacking and the addition of surprise characters gave the novel a crowded and rushed feel. Ashford's books do hold a lot of interest for me and I love her attention to detail and historical accuracy, I will definitely be going back to discover more of her work but The Bride Insists was a book that I wanted to love and just couldn't.

Full review at Rosie Reads Romance Mar 11, Lynn Spencer rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-romance. I gave this a B- at AAR, so 3. Sometimes, when I read a book for review, I am pleasantly surprised to find a story with more than I expected. That happened to a degree with The Bride Insists.

Were it not for a slightly jarring second half, I would likely give this book a strong recommendation but as it is, the book is still enjoyable enough to warrant a qualified one. Clare Greenough has landed in a pretty miserable situation. Due to an entail, her father's estate went to a cousin who used his good fortune to get back at the branch of the family by whom he felt slighted. Clare's mother died after having been turned out of her home, and instead of a London season, she had to seek employment as a governess.

When the book opens, we see her living in that awkward position somewhere between the employer's family and the lower servants, with little freedom to craft her own life and the constant worry of providing for herself on a pittance of a salary. Things change when news arrives of an inheritance. Clare has inherited her great-uncle's fortune. However, said fortune will remain in the hands of trustees until she marries. Since one of the trustees happens to be her hateful cousin, the likelihood of her having a chance to better her situation appears slim.

Therefore, she determines to marry. Through the machinations of a sympathetic solicitor, Clare is introduced to James Boleigh, a baron in dire need of funds to restore his estate. The two decide to marry but make it clear that this will only be a business arrangement. In fact, Clare insists upon the signing of an agreement that will allow her to control her funds. The opening chapters of this novel set the stage uncommonly well.

With a few sentences, Ashford is able to show the heroine's daily life as the monotonous pit of despair it has become, and also establishes her as a strong-willed, sensible young woman. Likewise, she provides us with a hero who has good intentions and a likable quality to him, even as he obviously also displays a weakness for drowning his problems in drink.

This is a partial review. Nov 19, Jean rated it it was amazing. Interesting plot. Good flow Jamie was not put forth as having a strong character but he was interesting. One day a solicitor, Everett Billingsley, came to see her to tell her that she had inherited her grandfather's brother's money.

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