Four in Hand

Four in Hand

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Infamous rogue Max Rotherbridge unexpectedly inherits a dukedom--and four lovely young wards along with it. Suddenly he has to protect the four ladies from other rakes like him. But it's the eldest sister, Caroline, who is giving him real trouble. Because she's the one he wants for his own...

Caroline Twinning's beauty is matched only by her intelligence and shrewdness. She's determined to see her sisters--and herself--well married before the season is through. And no one is more inappropriate for her than the new duke. After all, the whole of London knows he's not the marrying kind. So why is he the only one who interests her?


The Dissolute Duke by Sophia James

After circumstances force them to marry, Taylen Ellesmere, Duke of Alderworth, leaves his new wife and disappears. Three years later, he returns with an offer for Lucinda. But after all this time and pain, will she accept it?
ISBN: 9780373010431
Branch Call Number: LAU
Additional Contributors: James, Sophia
Alternative Title: 4 in hand
Dissolute duke.


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Aug 04, 2016

This book has two stories, both historical romances. The first is Four in Hand by Stephanie Laurens which is a fun. The second is The Dissolute Duke by Sophia James which was not well written and depressing.

Jul 24, 2013

23/07 - This was a sweet, light and slightly amusing romance. There was almost no sex - some kissing, some groping and minor nudity and then the scene would fade to black and cut to afterwards. Considering some of the sex scenes in her Cynster books this was surprising, but what was more surprising to me was how unbothered I was by this absence. Once I realised that the 'sex' wasn't going to go much further than what you might see on an M rated tv show I accepted it and enjoyed the light-heartedness of the story. I guess sometimes I like a bit of light-hearted romance, without all the angst and pain that the more hardcore romances involve. When I started the book I thought it was going to be the beginning of a quadrilogy revolving around the Twinning sisters. I was a little disappointed to find that what could have been a good series of books had been squashed into one short book - it's not even the length of a normal romance at only 282 pages (the first 5 being the blank front pages and title page). Because we had to follow the four sisters and each of their rakes we didn't really get to focus on any one couple for long enough. Even Caroline and Max didn't get enough of the story, and they were supposed to be the heroine and hero (I suppose that's why Laurens' cut the sex scenes short, if they had been complete there'd have been no time for an actual story). If you enjoyed Lisa Kleypas' Wallflower series then you will probably enjoy this, but find it too short as I did.

Jul 21, 2012

I liked Max and Caroline, the two main characters. But there were so many characters and love stories in this that the book felt more like a list in its pacing since Laurens had to get through all the details of each story. I have enjoyed other of Laurens' books more, partly because she usually paces well.

Aug 06, 2010

OK, so this book abides by all the old(ish) school conventions and features a disgustingly high-handed hero and a not-as-independent-as-she-thinks-she-is heroine. In other words, you kind of want to slap one or the other of them at each turn of the plot. On top of that it is incredibly fluffy, with several subplots that are not subplots so much as rivers of syrupy sentiment. But all that being said, it is better written than most of its kind, and gets things done with a minimum of cringe-inducing moments. Certainly a successful romance novel, and I did enjoy it.


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Jul 25, 2012

Max Rotherbridge discovers when he inherits his uncle's dukedom that he has also inherited four extremely beautiful, and marriageable, wards. Finding himself instantly attracted to the eldest ward, Caroline, he decides to take on the task of marrying off her sisters so that he can have Caroline to himself. Famous in Society for his rakish ways, Max suddenly finds himself having to guard his wards against his own friends while distracted at every turn by the lovely Caroline.

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