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An Imperfect MatchBrodick McJames is an earl in name only. To secure his clan's future he needs an English wife. Mary Stanford, daughter of the Earl of Warwickshire, will suit perfectly. He's never met her, but what matter? She'll grace his bed eventually, and once she bears his child he need see her no more.Anne Copper looks just like her noble half-sister, but she was boAn Imperfect MatchBrodick McJames is an earl in name only. To secure his clan's future he needs an English wife. Mary Stanford, daughter of the Earl of Warwickshire, will suit perfectly. He's never met her, but what matter? She'll grace his bed eventually, and once she bears his child he need see her no more.Anne Copper looks just like her noble half-sister, but she was born illegitimate, and can never forget it. The best she can hope for is to stay a serving girl in her own father's house. But when Lady Mary finds herself betrothed to a Scot, it seems there's a use for Anne after all . . .The woman who arrives in Alcaon is not what Brodick expects, and the passion that grows between them promises far more than a marriage of convenience. When fate draws two together, it may take more than a noblewoman's plot to part them . . ....

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ISBN : 9780758234636
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Number of Pages : 370 Pages
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In Bed With A Stranger Reviews

  • Pepa
    2018-12-16 07:12

    Le pongo 2 porque se lee de forma fácil y ágil y no está mal escrito. pero la historia me ha defraudado mucho, la verdad y se merece tan solo 1Es la típica novela de highalanders en la que nada más acostarse ya se aman hasta el tuétano y él y además una vez que lo prueban no hay final. Creo que es la primera novela histórica de la autora, antes era erótica, así que no me ha sorprendido ver que la palabra más usada es clítoris, Pero las escenas hot son sosas... sosas... sosas. y muchas sin aportar nada.No soy amante de estas novelas de highalanders y eso tampoco ayuda, lo admito, pero es que si tenía una buena baza con el tema de la bastardía de la protagonista y los problemas que el engaño pudiera ocasionar.... ha sido como que «aquí no ha pasado nada»De los protagonistas nada destacable que decir, él... muy musculado, mucho y todo el rato y ella, pues no sé... muy buena, tanto que a veces me ha dejado a cuadros. A las que os gusta mucho está temática quizás os guste porque es otro más pero para mí no ha llegado a la altura y no creo que aporte nada nuevo ni a la temática ni al género

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    2018-12-02 06:53

    This is my first read by this author and I was truly pleased. Mary Wine made the story come to life through her usage of Scottish brogue. She included enough details of everyday life that I could actually see the images and wasn't left wondering what she was talking about. I learned about bathing rooms and the most modern conveniences of the times. Through her colorful descriptions, the author clearly defined the difference between the English way of life and that of the "uncivilized" Scots. The dialog was believable and I thoroughly enjoyed the banter between Anne and Brodick, as well as the taunting Brodick receives from his brother, Cullen, and cousin Druce.I am truly looking forward to Cullen's story in In The Warrior's Bed, coming in February.

  • Lover of Romance
    2018-11-29 09:48

    This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceSummary  Brodick McJames, is in need of a wife to secure his lands and even though he is Scot...he will need an English wife to do so. So he connects with his English neighbor and to get married by proxy to his daughter Mary. Anne Cooper, is the illegitimate daughter of Earl of Warwickshire. Her mother has been his leman for many years. Anne has had to live under the abuse of her father's wife for many years. But when her step sister Mary, is called upon to enter into this marriage, a scheme rises up from Mary's mother. Lady Phillipa, refuses to have her daughter be married to a Scot, or suffer the pain and death of the childbed. She despises Anne, and blackmails her into going into Mary's stead as the wife of McJames. At first Anne wants to refuse, but with her mother and sister and brother's lives on the line, she will do anything to keep them from harm and abuse. So she goes, knowing that this evil scheme she wants no part of but sees no other choice. Her plan is to reach her father somehow and inform him of what is going on because she knows he would protect her from this if he knew about it. But then she meets her fake "husband" Brodick McJames, and soon they discover a hidden passion and a deep love for each other. She forgets about what she will be forced to do to Brodick, and enjoys what time they have together. Will Anne have the courage to tell Brodick the truth....or will she have to sacrifice her love for him to save their son and secure his future?Plot and Story Line  Wow what a ride that Mary Wine has given us with In Bed With A Stranger Its apparent I haven't read this author enough, and my goodness...do I need to change that. I was amazed by how swept away I was by this sweet love story. I was a bit apprehensive upon reading the blurb, But I knew that with Mary Wine as the author I was going to enjoy listening to this book and dang I DID!! This is a story that can be overwhelming at times. We see the beginnings of Lady Phillipa and how truly evil she can be. We also see how horrid she and her daughter Mary treat Anne and the rest of her family. My heart ached for them to be honest, because with the father away so much at court....they are left to Phillipa's machinations. And boy can she be cruel to any servant.What I loved most was our heroine...she has such courage and I loved her strength. From the beginning I knew I liked her. Our hero is pretty wonderful....definitely "book boyfriend" material. What I really liked about Brodick is how he treats Anne from the beginning. He is a bit of a rogue at times, but he is sweet and tender in the most intimate moments between them. I truly liked how true he is to Anne and never loses faith in her. He is very protective, he is a leader for his people and we see his true colors from the start and I couldn't stop admiring him as the hero for the story. We see the guilt and turmoil that our heroine suffers. I was curious to see how it ended...and boy did it end in such a great way. I was totally happy with the outcome especially with how Phillipa and Mary get their just deserts for sure in this one. Overall this was a fantastic read and highly recommend to any historical romance lover out there.Narration  I adored this narrator...when I first heard the sample I was a bit nervous, not sure if I would like his voice. But man...he handled this story so well. The accents, inflections, the emotions conveyed....perfectly portrayed and well done!! This won't be my last book listening to him that is for sure.The Cover  What a yummy cover...I love the colors that we see here. I love the gold and dark background...adds a bit of mystery to it but is also very sensual.Overall View  In Bed With A Stranger is a beautifully woven romance that gives us a realistic conflict, some evil villains, a true prince at heart and a romance that carries you away!! SIMPLY ENDEARING!![foogallery id="19358"]

  • Maureen Feeney
    2018-12-08 09:16

    Anne Copper is the illegitimate daughter of the Earl of Warwickshire. Annes mother Ivy is The Earls Leman and his wife cold Countess Philipa hates Ivy and her children, especially Anne. The Earl returns home from court briefly to announce that his daughter Mary (his and Philipa's legitimate daughter)is married by proxy to scottish Earl Brodick McJames. Phillipa hatches a plan. Rather than have her only child forced to bed with a barbaric Scot Phillipa sends Anne in her place. Anne has to pretend to be Mary, Anne is two years younger and it seems she resembles Mary, she is to bed him and get pregnant or Phillipa will turn Annes mother out, with her father away and no protection, Anne has no choice but to agree.Brodrick is expecting a bratty painted english woman like he has seen at court, but Anne and her unspoiled ways see him falling in love with her. Anne likewise falls for him but she is not his wife and soon she will have to leave. When she is pregnant Anne is to return home, give Mary the baby then Mary will take her rightful place as Brodricks wife. With Marys duty seemingly done, she will be free from wifely duties.??WTF???, that is the part of the book I find unbelievable. After living with Anne for nearly a year was Brodrick supposed to look at Mary and not see the differance? I know Phillipa thought he wouldn't pay much heed to his wife, but still come on?, and Anne was just going to hand over her baby?. Couldn't Anne have wrote to her father from Brodricks house?. Anyway, I pushed all the minor annoyances out of my head and carried on reading and found I got engrossed in the story and loved the book and MW's style of writing. I couldn't put it down eager to see how it would all fall into place. Brodrick is a great Hero who is not afraid of love or shys away from it. Anne is a sensual romantic Heroine, and there are some pretty sensual scenes between her and Brodrick. The love scenes are a bit more steamy than usual, but well done. Loved the secondry characters and will read the Cullens story next.

  • Ana
    2018-11-22 07:48

    Summary:An Imperfect MatchBrodick McJames is an earl in name only. To secure his clan's future he needs an English wife. Mary Stanford, daughter of the Earl of Warwickshire, will suit perfectly. He's never met her, but what matter? She'll grace his bed eventually, and once she bears his child he need see her no more.Anne Copper looks just like her noble half-sister, but she was born illegitimate, and can never forget it. The best she can hope for is to stay a serving girl in her own father's house. But when Lady Mary finds herself betrothed to a Scot, it seems there's a use for Anne after all . . .The woman who arrives in Alcaon is not what Brodick expects, and the passion that grows between them promises far more than a marriage of convenience. When fate draws two together, it may take more than a noblewoman's plot to part them . . .I liked Anne a lot. Her life wasn't easy and yet she never grew bitter or resented her father for not helping her and her siblings in anything. She never expected happiness for herself, in her wildest dreams she didn't dare to hope for a loving husband and HEA - but when her evil stepmother hatched her plan it still felt like a death sentence. And when she began falling for Brodick, it was even worse, knowing she would have to lie to him, and eventually leave.Brodick couldn't believe his luck. His bride wasn't only pretty, but smart and hardworking and generous as well. I loved seeing him falling for Anne - a big tough warrior unable to resist his wife. :-)As I said, I liked their romance, Brodick's brother and cousin were fascinating as well. I'm looking forward to reading their stories.There were some thing that bothered me a bit - the rather neat (and completely unbelievable) ending, the way that Anne just accepted the servants scorn (I know she though of herself as a servant until recently, but it was still off), but it wasn't too bad.Reading the blurb I was convinced there will be plenty of drama, after all no man has a good reaction after finding out he was deceived, but luckily it wasn't drawn out, there were no harsh words or violence - maybe I was just wary since I read a few bodice-rippers with a similar plot and the hero's reaction was always catastrophically bad.All in all, an enjoyable highlander romance(unfortunately no hot guy in a kilt on the cover *sigh*) that I recommend.Rating:4 stars

  • Lauren
    2018-11-30 04:09

    In Bed with a Stranger3.5 StarsAs the illegitimate daughter of the Earl of Warwickshire, Anne Copper is forced to serve at the pleasure of his vicious and bitter wife. When the Earl’s legitimate daughter is promised in marriage to a Scottish noble, Anne is coerced into taking her place. As passion draws Anne and Brodrick together, the malicious machinations of a twisted mind strive to tear them apart …A steamy romance with a solid plot premise and a wicked stepmother type villainess who is enough to make your skin crawl.Anne and Brodrick are a sweet couple and the author manages to avoid the silly misunderstanding trope that so often emerges from the mistaken identity storyline. That said, Anne’s character comes across as somewhat wishy-washy. There are moments when she exhibits an independent will and a strong backbone, but this is subsequently undermined by an uncharacteristic timidity and diffidence. The basic plot is entertaining although there are a couple of problematic areas such as the contrived circumstances that (view spoiler)[keep Anne and Brodrick apart toward the end of the book (hide spoiler)], the unresolved plot threads, i.e., what happens to (view spoiler)[Philipa’s evil henchman, and Anne’s sister, Bonnie (hide spoiler)], and the rather anti-climactic ending where (view spoiler)[Brodrick just waltzes into the house with absolutely no resistance whatsoever (hide spoiler)]. The secondary characters are intriguing and the hints at Cullen and Bronwyn’s book are enticing, so I will be continuing with the series. On a final note, the book contains several explicit scenes that may not appeal to some readers of historical romance. However, fans of Elizabeth Hoyt will probably enjoy this aspect of the story.

  • Barbara ★
    2018-11-23 04:14

    Being bastard-born, Anne is psychologically abused by the mistress of the house, Lady Philipa, her father's wife. Her family's safety is used as a tool to keep her honest when she is coerced into taking Lady Philipa's daughter, Mary's place in the forced marriage to a Scot. She is supposed to get pregnant and return so Mary can take her place without having to actually give birth to the heir. Unfortunately, Anne falls in love with the Scot and vice versa.I absolutely abhorred Philipa and wanted to reach through the pages and punch her in the face. What a bitch! Anne made the best of her circumstances and stayed true to herself at all times. I particularly liked Brodick (the Scot). He fell instantly and his devotion never wavered. The ending was spectacular. Poor Cullen was so jealous of his brother's good fortune. If he is matched with his enemies daughter, that will be an interesting and potentially violent courtship. I can't wait to read Cullen's story.

  • Pamela(AllHoney)
    2018-11-19 11:12

    For some reason this author works for me. It is only my second novel I've read by her but I enjoy the development and chemistry of the characters plus the interesting plot and the fast pace it was set at. The love scenes were a little more spicy and graphic than a typical mainstream novel but not too much.

  • Livros A Go-Go ~Joyci ~
    2018-12-13 07:01

    3,5Que inocência gente. Filhos ilegítimos, casamentos arranjados, traições e tramas loucas...Estou gostando desses livros de época.

  • Heliga
    2018-11-27 09:05

    Minus at least one star for the most ridiculous scheme ever and excessive use of the word "clitoris". At first I thought it was a point of view issue, and that the author was using a description foreign to the actual characters. Then they started saying "clitoris" and "fucking" as well so that was out of the question. Even if it wouldn't have felt anachronistic, more than 25 uses of the word in the story was a bit odd. It was getting to the point where I was nostalgic for corny descriptions like "pleasure nub" or "female pearl". That's not a good sign. FYI, the following paragraph is pretty explicit so if for some reason you're offended by that kind of stuff (in which case you should probably skip this book anyway), stop reading here.Despite the overuse of the word itself I'm not a hundred percent sure that the author knows what a clitoris is (or at least where it's located) because the heroes cock keeps sliding along it every time they're "fucking". I started wondering if the poor heroine was deformed and her clit had wandered off south of her urethra, or if here vaginal canal had some weird extremely horizontal existance, enabling him to simultaneously slide inside her "passage" and along her "clitoris". Or maybe his cock is the deformed one and has a little rabbit-style attachment to it? I mean if his balls had slapped against her clitoris while they were doing it doggy-style, or his pubic bone ground against it when she was being penetrated, or he pulled his cock out and slid it along her clitoris between penetrations I wouldn't have a problem with it. But it kind of pulls you (or at least me) out the story when the sex described is anatomically impossible. It makes it feel like it's written by a teenage virgin who's watched a lot of porn but doesn't actually have any practical knowledge to draw on--it just doesn't feel real. I couldn't help picture Phillipa and Mary as Rodmilla and Marguerite from the Drew Barrymore movie "Ever After". Though only a cartoon villain would consider trying to pull that off without the help of magic, I'm pretty sure a fairy tale villain would know better. They should at least have made the sisters twins or something so that Philipa's evil plan wasn't quite so doomed from the start. That being said, while it's quite standard Scottish Laird-English Lady romance fare it held my attention significantly better than similar books by Maya Banks. And therefore the three stars despite the plot and writing elements that bothered me.

  • Sarah
    2018-12-17 07:57

    Hmmm....This is a story in which an English bastard born female is forced to pretend to be her half sister, Mary, whom is proxy married to a Scot, Broderick. The hero is strong, confident and not a thinggg is wrong with him. The heroine, is a little meek, but still has some strong female qualities. She also gets to know herself, more so through her "husband."This overall was a very loving story, full of extreme sex scenes. By extreme I mean they happen frequent with pretty much no detail missing. I admit I skipped a couple of them, as it was just TOO much. Unfortunately for me, it was missing some key points, where I actually thought I had missed a chapter.Below you will find my bad spots. Warning these might be considered spoilers. -Her sister (Bonnie) at one point is brought to Scotland and stays while Anne goes back to England--How exactly is Bonnie going to get home when Anne has no intention of going back?? -There was no shock or really any reaction when she returns--OHHH huh. So you all knew. And you felt it was cool just to let me get knocked up. Cool, thanks fam!-Mary intends to go back to court after Anne is taken care of. -- I'm sorry, once more? You think Broderick won't come back for his kid? I'm pretty sure even if he didn't care for Anne/Mary (whatever), he would still want to make certain the heir of his estate was healthy and a boy. How logical is it, that you think you'll just prance off to court with his son? - The ending. I'm sorry, I've read several reviews on this as well. The ending. REALLY. There was no challenge to overcome at all, you couldn't have given us an anthill at least?? Puff. We're a fickle lot, we want a HEA but we want our characters to work for it my friend.

  • Diana's
    2018-11-30 05:49

    Have to get my fix.. when I can

  • Corandra
    2018-11-24 10:53

    Re-lectura 13-09-15

  • Kristīne
    2018-12-05 06:10

    Treša mēnesis ātri nogurdina.Viduslaiki, aukstie, drūmie pils mūri, sirdstīra jaunava un skarbais skotu visvaldis.Galma intrigas un centieni izmantot 17.gs sarunvalodu bija interesanti, bet guļamistabas ainas bija nomācoši par daudz.The Scorched Corset vērtējums - emociju korseti gan pārrāva pušu, bet pārāk ātri, un sabojāja aizdari. Nākamā pietura pastaigā pa atkritumliteratūru - Pregnant Widow`s Amish Vacation!

  • Bookaholics
    2018-12-15 10:57

    In Bed With a Stranger by Mary WineHistorical Romance- May 26th, 20094 starsAnna is a reluctant bride and victim to her stepmother’s vicious blackmailing. In order to save her family, she assumed her half-sister’s identity and married a Scottish. Set in the 1500s, this historical romance is a good read that moves along briskly until the end.I really liked the historical details that peppered this novel. The author really did her homework and I learned a lot of new facts and interesting trivia. The background settings were excellent. The main character Anna is relatable and you do admire her courage, but I found the hero Brodick not as complex as I would like him to be. Brodick feels that he is unworthy of his earldom (a very nice glimpse into his character) and is definitely a noble person; however, most of the time, I feel like his character was rather flat. All in all, it feels like the women in this book are far more interesting than the men.Mary Wine has a definite knack for pacing and the story never lets up. Towards the end, it gets a bit slow just because we know that the hero is going to come and save the day and like most romance novels, the author must find a way to give readers a satisfactory happily-ever-after. The ‘hot’ scenes are a little too much for me, but that’s a personal preference. Overall, it’s a excellent book with an interesting plot.Interviewed by Pauline from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club

  • ♥ Beth
    2018-12-06 06:13

    This is one of the best I've read in a long time!!! Such a great story and hot hot bedroom scenes!!

  • Clarice
    2018-11-25 05:02

    Brodick McJames has need for an English wife, however, the wife of Earl of Warwickshire would never send her daughter to the wilds of Scotland. She would send her illegitimate sister i her place. Still meeting the terms of the agreement. Anna was not what Brodick. The fates gives them both something that neither of them expected.

  • Desi
    2018-11-29 03:52

    Leído en Ene 2011Estuvo bien (sobre todo al comienzo) pero siento que le faltó algo.

  • Edwina
    2018-12-08 11:48

    I really enjoyed re reading this erotic and sensual love story. Great characters and a very mean evil villain who meant harm to our lead female character Anne but it turned to her good. Philipa the Countess of Warwickshire's daughter Mary has been betrothed to the Scottish Earl Brodick McJames the Earl of Alcaon. Mary doesn't want to marry she is a spoiled old spinster who just want to stay at the court of Queen Elizabeth Tudor. Philipa has refused her husbands bed after she gave birth to Mary 26 years ago She does not want to have anymore children and she doesn't care for the marriage bed. Henry the Earl won't rape or force her to his bed. So the Earl takes a mistress name Ivy and they have many children over the years. Anne our heroine is the eldest daughter. The only problem I had with the story was the Earl leaving his wife in control of the household and his mistress Ivy and her children left subject to her whims. This didn't make sense. Henry the Earl is in love with his mistress and loves all his sons and daughter by her but he sits back an let them be ill treated. This part of the story didn't work for me although Philipa gets her just deserts in the end.Philipa makes Anne take her daughter place as Brodicks wife. The marriage was done by proxy. Brodick has never seen Mary. Anne must return home to Philipa once she had conceived and have the baby there and give it to Mary. Now this didn't make sense either becasue wouldn't Brodrick know is own wife? Brodick and Anne fall in love and his no the wiser that she isn't his legal wife. They have some very erotic sex Hot!! and they learn to trust and respect each other. They do get there HEA this was an excellent ending to the story. I highly Recommend In Bed With A Stranger, by Mary Wine. I really enjoyed it. This could have easily been a 5 star review but the foolishness of the Earl of Warwick, Anne's father all those years. Just didn't sit right with me. Why leave the family you love under the thumb of his evil wife.

  • Renaissancecat22
    2018-11-30 04:53

    I was thinking of rating this book three stars because two stars seemed too harsh, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that two stars was fair. I guess it all depends on what you want from a story. If you're just looking for sex scenes loosely strung together with recycled plots, this should suffice. On most other levels, it fails. The sex dominates the story which is a problem when it's so anachronistic. The language is too modern and I got a strong feeling, especially as the story progressed, that the writer is used to writing sub/dom erotica. The hero doesn't just display typical romance novel alpha male behavior. The language is overtly channeling sub/dom writing. I didn't really have strong feelings about the hero and heroine. Aside from their sexual antics, they fell into pretty standard historical fiction types. Neither of them were "enough" of anything to really make an impression. You've more than likely read a book with a version of these characters written with more depth or in a more compelling way. Most of their interactions were pretty repetitive. She was either keeping her secret or doing things that hinted at her status and her familiarity with performing household chores. He exhibited generic alpha arrogance before quickly melting into a pile of mush. There's no real tension in their relationship. You're just waiting for her secret to come out. While this certainly isn't a Courtney Milan book importing more modern feminist ideas, I didn't find it hatefully misogynistic in the way that some historical fiction can be. Though as vile as the villains were, it was difficult to completely despise Philipa. (Not a spoiler because it's all in the first few pages...) She has to endure her husband's faithlessness and preference for another woman and he isn't very sympathetic about her fear of childbirth. In another story, I could see her as a sympathetic character.The ending is wrapped up quickly and easily as it sadly the case with many romances but with this one there seemed to be more than a few loose ends.

  • Kazen
    2018-11-25 05:06

    This book is so wrong for me. First - you can't tell from the description but it takes place during medieval times. Don't let the talk of titles make you think it's a Georgian/Regency/Victorian novel, like I did.Second - it's basically a Cinderella retelling complete with evil stepmom, evil stepsister, and a prince (er, Earl) that whisks her away. While of noble blood she keeps doing servant-level stuff. She even has to leave the castle before a certain time comes because... reasons. ~cough~Third - instalust. Several times the heroine decides to say or do something next time she sees the Earl, but as soon as he walks in the room her mouth goes dry and hubba hubba music starts playing. (I think so anyway. They had porntastic back then, right?)Third and a half - there were several scenes that went like this:"Hey, your wife is hot.""I know! ...you're not getting any ideas, are you?""Nope. But she's hot. Bet you're looking forward to tonight." ~winkwink~"Am I!"~nudgenudge~Say no more. -_-Fourth - it takes someone the better part of a day to die from hemlock poisoning, when it should have taken hours at most. I mean, they didn't give Socrates his tea, have dinner, sleep a bit, and then watch him die, you know? Even if the poison was weak it would have gone into effect fairly quickly.Fifth - romances where the girl has zero agency are not my thing. She goes to the Earl in a proxy marriage, she's pulled this way and that by others, but the only thing she gets to decide for herself is whether she'll treat the blind girl nicely. (No brainer.)While completely not a "me" book it somehow managed not to make me mad, so there you are.

  • Nina
    2018-12-01 11:07

    I hardly ever give a book 2 stars if I've finished reading it for the simple reason that if a book annoyed me that much, I would've dnf-ed it long before the end. This is the exception and my only excuse for forcing myself right to the bitter end was that I wanted to see how the author would resolve the ridiculous scheme concocted by the heroine's godmother and her insufferable daughter. Seriously, how on earth could anyone think that you could just switch brides? So if I read this correctly, Lady Phillipa wants Anne married in place of Mary, hope Anne gets pregnant fast, and then just hand over Anne's baby to be raised by her on their estate afterwards while Mary cools her heels whining about when she's get to return to court after supposedly giving 'birth'.Of course this plan hinges on practically no one on either estates noticing which girl was actually married and pregnant while the biggest flaw in the scheme - that the husband will notice and won't just leave his heir to be raised elsewhere, or you know, that he can tell which one is his wife! - is just glossed over because he's a 'Scot' *eye rolls*.Sorry for ranting, it's just that between the illogical evil plan and the bulk of the book being made up of unnecessary bed scenes, I'm finding it hard to remember the good parts. At least the author had a good eye for describing historical details which made the setting feel more realistic? It's a shame that it got overpowered by a passive heroine and and a weak plot.

  • Sabrina (Soter) Sally
    2018-11-25 04:07

    "Sorprendente passione" era partito bene, addirittura avevo riconosciuto qualche elemento della favola di Cenerentola (matrigna e sorellastra malvagie, dolce fanciulla costretta a fare da serva) con mia grande gioia ma poi, andando avanti, ho cominciato ad arrancare e anche se nel finale si riprende abbastanza da non permettermi di stroncarlo con due stelle (mi piacciono sempre i lieti fini in cui i cattivi hanno davvero ciò che si meritano XD) non modifica sostanzialmente il mio giudizio: deludente. Il rapporto tra Brodick e Anna mi è sembrato praticamente tutto improntato sul sesso e ben poco sui sentimenti: i due non parlano molto e le rarissime volte in cui Anna prova a contrastare l'arroganza di lui, lo scozzese risolve gettandosela sulle spalle e rotolando con lei su erba/fieno/lenzuola (quello che c'è sottomano insomma XD). Anna non ha carattere, si fa calpestare da tutti e quando ho letto il punto in cui difende i servi che tra un pò la facevano morire di stenti ho capito che puntava al martirio e alla santità...certo se sapesse rinunciare ai focosi amplessi con il suo finto marito XD L'ispezione pre e post notte di nozze l'ho trovata imbarazzante ai massimi livelli e pur applaudendo la fedeltà storica dell'autrice non posso che essere sollevata del fatto che molte altre autrici la omettano XD

  • ♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
    2018-11-19 09:15

    Overall Rating: 3.85 // Action: 2.5 / Emotion: 4 / Romance: 4 / Sensuous: 4.5 / Intrigue: 2.5 / Medieval Flavor: 3 // Humor: 1 / Tears: 0What an introduction into the world of Mary Wine. Unable to put down In Bed With A Stranger (book one in The McJames Clan Trilogy) from the first sentence until the last period. Book was immediately and constantly engrossing. One of the magnificent things about Wine's writing was that she was able to deliver pertinent details quickly, concisely and interestingly.All in all, In Bed With A Stranger is a great read. It has all the characteristics of a great Cinderella read. {1} a determined, gorgeous, well-built hero (sorry, no angst); {2} an intelligent, self-sufficient, down-trodden heroine, who must overcome impossible odds to get her happily-ever-after; {3} a scheming, evil villain to be dispatched; {4} a bit of everyday action to keep the story moving; {5} enough suspense about how villain's machinations will be overcome makes story intriguing; {6} lots of heated, graphic love scenes; {7} several interesting supporting characters; and {8} a tense, surprising ending.A more detailed review of In Bed With A Stranger can be found at my blog Wolf Bear Does Books.

  • Tarra
    2018-12-02 09:56

    I really enjoyed this book. The author vividly transported me to Scotland in the early 1600's. I love the descriptions of everyday life in this time period, bath houses, birthing chairs, wedding night soiled sheets being flown for the entire clan to see (how horrifying!). I love the development of the relationship between Brodick and Anne. Mutual respect that blossoms into love. I really enjoyed the plot. Philippa, the stepmother, was one nasty villain. The plot kept my interest, the book was fast paced. The sex scenes were pretty hot, though I often found that I was so into the plot and what was going to happen next that I was hoping for a quick fulfillment to hurry to the next plot point. The ending felt rushed, I wish it would have been drawn out a little more because it felt like the book was really hitting its stride. Overall a 4.5. I was excited to find that I already had the next book, In the Warrior's Bed on kindle! Yay!

  • Noelle
    2018-12-10 10:03

    This is only the second book by Mary Wine that I've read and I just wasn't very empressed. The characters didn't feel real, they felt flat and underdeveloped. This could have been a really emotional book but it just failed to get those emotions to the reader,imo. One thing that really bothered me though out the whole book was the plan to have Anne give birth and then hand over the baby to her evil half sister to raise as her own.I know that Anne didn't really have much of a choice in pretending to be Mary but the only problem or guilt that Anne seemed to have was that in deciving Brodick, he wouldn't get the lands that was part of the dowry. Nothing is ever mentioned about how wrong it is to give her baby to someone evil to raise. It just seemed that it didn't matter to Anne.This book could have been so much more, more than just the sex that you find in erotic books, there could have been an emotional story with raw sex included.

  • Galena Sanz
    2018-11-27 04:53

    Una novela romántica más, se lee muy rápido, tiene un final típico pero no me gustó nada la protagonista, falta de iniciativa casi siempre, totalmente enamorada del protagonista y dispuesta a olvidar la razón por "lo guapo que es"... una preceptiva que ya me cansa, pero lo que menos me gustó fue la pasividad a la hora de aceptar su destino, lo que le sucede y SPOILER*No me gusta que esté dispuesta a abandonar a su hijo aunque vaya a tener un "futuro mejor" solo porque sino su querido marido no tendrá el dinero de una dote que por supuesto se merece porque es perfecto y lo mejorFIN* Creo que ya debería llegar el fin de la adoración de los hombres como si fueran dioses y sin una gran justificación por esto más allá de su atractivo. Los amores rápidos tampoco son soportables ya... En fin, como dije, una novela más.

  • Elle
    2018-11-25 10:01

    I'm not much into historical romances but I read this one and I thought it was quite good. There wasn't too much drama. You know right away, from the synopsis, that there are two ideal places that the author might drag out conflict: 1) when Anne goes off with 'the stranger' disguised as Mary and 2) when 'the stranger' finds out about the deception. But these events weren't drawn out at all. The story isn't in the drama but in the way that the characters grow. I'm warning you now the ending is a bit weird. Slightly too neat. I won't tell you how it ends because I don't want to tick the 'this review contains spoilers' box but let me just say that there are elements in there that would never fly in a contemporary romance.That is all.

  • Karen
    2018-12-11 11:07

    I had read "In the Warrior's Bed", the story of Cullen McJames, prior to reading "In Bed with a Stranger" which is the story of his older brother Brodick McJames. It didn't really matter, but I prefer to read books in sequence.This is another great read from Mary Wine and I will keenly await further releases from this author.My favourite genre, Scottish Warrior weds English blueblood....or so he thinks.Very fast flowing and easy to read. More great hot debauching to keep your toes warm on these cold winter nights.

  • Hannah
    2018-12-15 08:58

    I found the beginning to be fairly enjoyable, but eventually it became too cheesy and cringeworthy for me to handle and I lost interest. (view spoiler)[ For example, Anne was the type of heroine that was SO good that she would make stupid decisions for stupid reasons to sacrifice for others. And she does this multiple times. Also, the antagonists were "pure evil" and two dimensional even though I could kind of understand where the anger was coming from... I mean, wtf happened with the earl, their father? He gets off scot free while all the ladies are left to deal with his bs(hide spoiler)]