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Regency Romance Collection (Choc Lit) (English Edition)

Regency Romance Collection (Choc Lit) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Christina Courtenay

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Three fabulous Regency novellas from award winning author Christina Courtenay. Combines Marry in Haste, Once Bitten Twice Shy and Desperate Remedies.
Marry in Haste:
‘I need to marry, and I need to marry at once’
When James, Viscount Demarr confides in an acquaintance at a ball one evening, he has no idea that the potential solution to his problems stands so close at hand …
Amelia Ravenscroft is the granddaughter of a earl and is desperate to escape her aunt’s home where she has endured a life of drudgery, whilst fighting off the increasingly bold advances of her lecherous cousin. She boldly proposes a marriage of convenience.

And Amelia soon proves herself a perfect fit for the role of Lady Demarr. But James has doubts and his blossoming feelings are blighted by suspicions regarding Amelia’s past.
Will they find, all too painfully, that if you marry in haste you repent at leisure?

Once Bitten Twice Shy:

“Once was more than enough!”

Jason Warwycke, Marquess of Wyckeham, has vowed never to wed again after his disastrous first marriage, which left him with nothing but a tarnished reputation and a rather unfortunate nickname − ‘Lord Wicked’.

That is, until he sets eyes on Ianthe Templeton …

Ianthe lives in the shadow of her beautiful twin sister, Serena, and longs to escape the “mindless entertainments” she is forced to endure in London. She soon finds herself captivated by the enigmatic Wyckeham and tempted by his promises of a new life in the idyllic English countryside …

But can Wyckeham and Ianthe overcome the malicious schemes of spiteful siblings and evil stepmothers to find wedded bliss? Or will Wyckeham discover, all too painfully, that the past has come back to bite him for a second time?

Desperate Remedies:
'She would never forget the day her heart broke …'
Lexie Holloway falls desperately in love with the devastatingly handsome Earl of Synley after a brief encounter at a ball. But Synley is already engaged to be married and scandal surrounds his unlikely match with the aging, but incredibly wealthy, Lady Catherine Downes.

Heartbroken, Lexie resolves to remain a spinster and allows circumstance to carry her far away from England to a new life in Italy. However, the dashing Earl is never far from her thoughts.

Years later, she returns home to find that much has changed – including the marital status of Synley. Whilst the once notorious Earl is a reformed character, the problems caused by his first marriage continue to plague him and it appears that his life may be in danger.

Can Lexie help Synley outwit those who wish to harm him and rekindle the flame ignited all those years ago, or will her associations with the Earl bring her nothing but trouble?


  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 315 Seiten
  • Verlag: Choc Lit Lite (14. November 2013)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Three 5 Star Reads at a Five Star Price 15. März 2014
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Ok, so I've only read one of the stories in this set of three Regency romance novellas so far, but boy what a book! IMO, "Once Bitten Twice Shy" is more than worth the price of this set of three. As a matter of fact, you get this set for just a few cents more than you would were you to buy each book individually (the books are $1.49 each.) But, I see that today Amazon is offering it for FREE!!! You can't beat that!

[Update: 3/16/2014] Since writing this review I've read the other two stories; "Marry in Haste" and "Desperate Remedies." OMG! They are both just as fantastic as "Once Bitten" but so completely different. I love them all. Each book is extremely well written with an interesting, engaging plot, and well developed characters.

Ms. Courtenay's heroines are all strong, sensible, extremely intelligent, women. The heroes each suffered some past torment, but with the help of the heroines are able to overcome their past. Furthermore, Ms. Courtenay has her characters behave in a manner that is within the strictures of Regency society. Finally, for those of you who don't like sex in your romance novels, you will be pleased to hear that all three stories are squeaky clean! I absolutely adored all these stories and would highly recommend them all. Happy reading!


Wow! This is a great story. Amelia is left a penniless orphan when her father commits suicide. Her aunt by marriage takes her in, but pretty much treats Amelia as am unpaid servant. Amelia is able to deal with her situation with aplomb, that is until her unscrupulous cousin begins to make unwelcome advances towards her. When Amelia overhears James talking about how desperately in need of a wife he is, Amelia makes the bold move of proposing to him! I loved Amelia. She's smart, intelligent, sensible, and strong-willed. I liked the way she stood up to James even when he was in the middle of a fit of temper. As for James, he is kind, caring, and sweet (at least he can be.)

Once marriage bargain between James and Amelia is struck, the couple must overcome the machinations of Amelia's family before they can marry. After they marry; however, James finds himself turning into a jealous fool where Amelia is concerned. He becomes moody and aloof towards Amelia and she has no idea what to do about the situation. She doesn't take any of his crap; however, and I loved that! The couple have a lot of difficulties to overcome, mostly due to James' inability to trust Amelia...James inability to trust stems from a difficult first marriage with an untrustworthy woman. Eventually; however, James and Amelia do achieve their much deserved HEA. I loved it and would highly recommend it. A 5 star read!


I really loved this story! It has all the elements of a good Cinderella like tale and more...sweet heroine, handsome prince, jealous twin sister, wicked stepmother, and evil cousin. Of the three books this one was my favorite, probably because I am partial to romances that incorporate aspects of the Cinderella fairytale. Ianthe, the heroine, is a twin. Her sister, Serena, is by all accounts the beauty of the duo, although Ianthe is quite pretty in her own right. Ianthe, however, has earned the unfortunate title of bluestocking which has left her a virtual wallflower. Jason, Marquess of Wyckeham, the hero, brings his younger half-brother to London for the season so he can get some "town bronze." While there the two attend a ball at Almack's.

This is where Jason first meets Ianthe and Serena. Jason immediately sees through Serena's false façade to her true selfish, spoilt character. But, he is extremely attracted to Ianthe. This perturbs him to no end as he is NOT interested in getting married again (his first marriage was to a spoilt beauty and was a complete disaster). In any event, try as he might, Jason cannot resist his attraction to Ianthe. Serena's jealousy of the attention Jason showers on Ianthe is palpable and a joy to read! Try as she might, she is unable to get Jason to transfer his affections from Ianthe to herself and she succumbs to some dastardly tricks in her attempts to do so.

It was nice to see her get hers in the end. Throw into the mix Jason's wicked stepmother who refuses to be supplanted as the Marchioness of Wyckeham and his evil cousin Gervais who is either obsessed with Ianthe and/or has a deep seated hatred for Jason and you've got quite an exciting tale. Needless to say good wins out over evil and Jason and Ianthe get their HEA. Altogether a very satisfying read. I will definitely read this story again! A solid 5 star read!


The third and final novella in this set of three, is just as excellent as the first two, while having its own unique plot. When the story begins, Lexie is attending the wedding of the Earl of Synley, the man she is in love with. Lexie's heart is broken, but she hides her heartache and carries on with her life. A year later, she moves to Italy with her employer, where she lives for the next three years. Upon the death of her employer, Lexie returns to England. She goes to live temporarily with her sister and brother-in-law, whose property, coincidentally, abuts Lord Synley's. Before long Lexie finds herself once again in company of the now widowed Lord Synley.

The story that unfolds is engaging, romantic, and intriguing. As Ms. Courtenay has her characters behave within the strictures of Regency society, the romance that unfolds is subtle, but sweet. However, Lexie does manage to engage in some unconventional behavior when the occasion calls for it...such as wearing men's clothing. Intrigue is added to the plot with the seeming murder attempts against Lord Synley. Lexie is just as strong-willed, intelligent, and sensible as Ms. Courtenay's other heroines. It was a pleasure to read a story with such a wonderful heroine. I loved this story just as much as I did the first two. Another 5 star read!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is what historical romance suppose to be 16. März 2014
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This is what historical romance suppose to be. I was surprised. I love all the stories. Love it a lot!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Three stories very much alike 31. März 2014
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The first two stories were about young women marrying men they didn't know. And in both stories the 'hero' put some distance between his wife and himself in order for them to make the adjustment to marriage. The hero either goes to another part of the estate or suddenly needs to go off to town on pressing business.

In one story the hero doesn't want to tell the heroine she is in danger from her cousin. Doesn't want her to worry her pretty little head apparently. But as a result, she wanders around the garden when she can't sleep -- and behold! -- she is kidnapped and almost raped.

In another story the hero doesn't have enough gumption to make his stepmother move out of the house. That lady is clearly villainous, but he has to leave. So our heroine is left at her mercy -- and kidnapped and threatened with rape (again?). To tell the truth I was skimming at that point so I could be wrong.

The last story was about a woman who had been carrying a torch for a man for three years. He had married a woman older than himself in order to save his estate. The wife has died by the time the heroine meets up with the hero again. No direct threat to the heroine this time, but she is poisoned by a drink meant for him.

There are no explicit sexual situations other than the threat of rape, and there are only long kisses between the couples. Fluttery feelings and no heat. The characters are pretty much the same in all three stories: loving couple and terrible villain. No surprises.

This was a so-so at best.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen 5 stars for being worth your time and money to read 18. März 2014
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I wouldn't give 5 stars to each of these books, but as a bundle it's an excellent value and a delightful diversion. All three books are well written, well edited and very fast paced. I especially liked two of the stories, and even the third book is good, though not a plot I personally care for.

Marry in Haste - marriage of convenience - 5 stars
This is one of my favorite novellas and I've read it three times in the past year. Amelia, the granddaughter of an earl, is living with her Aunt as a poor relation and desperate to get away from her vile cousin. When she overhears Viscount Demarr ask his friend if he knows of any respectable females in straightened circumstances who would be willing to marry him quickly, Amelia jumps at the opportunity for a marriage of convenience. When Demarr realizes there's much more to Amelia than he thought, he wonders what else he should know about her. His suspicions drive a wedge into their fragile, fledgling marriage. Can they overcome these obstacles to find their HEA?

I especially like Amelia's relationship with Demarr's daughters, his grandfather and how she wins the approval of their neighbors. Demarr couldn't have wished for a better wife to bring him happiness and help him overcome his scandalous past.

Once Bitten Twice Shy - 3 villains to thwart - 2 stars
This had a very promising start and I really liked the bluestocking heroine and misunderstood hero. Readers who like a lot of action and/or angst will like this book. Unfortunately for me, kidnapping is one of my least favorite plot devices. Three villains and three kidnappings was way over the top, so though it is well written, I did not enjoy this book.

Desperate Remedies - second chance & mystery - 4 stars
Lexie returns from Italy and is staying with her sister to help with her young nephew, Rupert. The man she has been enamored with for years, Lord Synley, is their neighbor and is now a widower. She and Rupert become friends with Synley and a relationship develops. But someone is shooting at them and it seems Lord Synley's life is in danger. Why and who could want him dead?

This second-chance romance between Lexie and Synley is straight forward (no silly misunderstandings) and believable. You'll be rooting for their HEA. But first they need to solve the mystery and catch the villain. I liked the nice touch at the end of the story for Nick Torrington.

** All three stories are clean romances with nothing beyond a few brief kisses.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent! 24. Mai 2014
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I borrowed this book from Amazon Prime and I loved it! Each novella was quick read that took me away to another time and place for an evening. Very enjoyable. I like that they were all "clean" no descriptive sex scenes. One heroine did describe kissing very nicely.
The stories all held my interest with well developed characters. I did feel that each novella was completed perfectly.
There was nothing lacking. Some people may find the situations a bit unbelievable but not all books have to be serious. I really enjoyed these and will be looking for more from this author.
Review written by Mrs. Dev-Dave.
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