by Christina Dodd, Stephanie Laurens, Celeste Bradley, Leslie LaFoy

May 2004
ISBN: 0-312-99522-9
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

Four gifted historical authors take readers on a very interesting journey in My Scandalous Bride. Simmering with sensuality, the quartet of stories is not a demure gentle romance, but one of intrigue, intensity and a bit of danger.

In The Lady and the Tiger, Christina Dodd tells the story of Laura Haver, a woman who will go to great lengths to find her brotherís killer. Her investigation leads her straight into the arms of Keefe Leighton, a notorious rake, but is that all that he is? Laura hopes to discover the truth when circumstances require her to pose as his bride.

Stephanie Laurens pens a witty, smouldering tale in Melting Ice. At a notorious house party where the entertainment is always of an adult nature, innocent Lady Fiona discovers that her invitation was intentional. Now it is up to Dyan St. Laurent Dare, the Duke of Darke, to make sure that no one else claims what he desires. (I just love that name, donít you?)

Mistaken identity is the theme in Celeste Bradleyís Wedding Knight. Alfred Knight must keep his family free of scandal, even if it means marrying someone he doesnít really know. To make matters worse, the bride is not at all who she seems to be. Can these two people overcome the obstacles to find true love?

Rennick St. James, the Earl of Parnell, has been very patient. Having left the country in order to maintain his distance from Julia Hamilton, his friendís wife, he returns to find her widowed. Eager to press his suit, he is dismayed to discover that he may have waited too long. Will she consider his offer - four days of seduction - only to go ahead with her plans to remarry? Author Leslie LaFoy has written a stirring novel of devotion and desire in The Proposition.

For me, three of the stories were top-rate, while the fourth did not spark my interest. Ms. Bradley is an author that I usually enjoy, but there was something about her hero that I did not like. I even re-read the story thinking that I had missed something, but just could not identify with her main characters. However, all reviews are merely opinion, and I would still encourage historical romance fans to read My Scandalous Bride.

Reviewed in April 2004 by Paula.