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Claiming the Forbidden Bride

by Gayle Wilson

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After the disappointments of Book Three in the Silk and Scandal series, this one was a return to form. That's not to say I didn't like the previous book, I did, but I felt it had to make too many changes in the characters who had appeared in the other novels to make the story work. This one is a return to form with the anti-hero back on his revenge mission adding depth to the plot for the hero and heroine which are being focussed on in Claiming the Forbidden Bride.
This book concerns a friend of Hal's from the Army (although he's mentioned only in passing), another of Lord Keddleston's godchildren Rhys Morgan, a battle scarred survivor of Napoleon's wars. He's returning home to an uncertain life, keen to avoid the charity of his elder brother and the interference of his sister-in-law when he comes across a gypsy encampment and helps to save the life of the healer's child.
Nadya Argentari is the half-sister of Stephano Beshaly, our series long anti-hero, she's also the tribe's healer and when Rhys's life is endangered, she helps to break his fever so setting up the conflict and romance between them.
I thought this was a believable romance, Rhys is a younger son so, although there is stigma in falling for a gypsy, the outcomes weren't necessarily going to be as difficult for him. Nadya is fiercely independent and determined to not follow in her mother's fate by falling for an outsider.
There were small irritating niggles though, things which weren't explained during the telling of the story and people who suddenly appeared without warning but, overall, it was an enjoyable and easy read. ( )
  Cadiva | Apr 1, 2015 |
After the disappointments of Book Three in the Silk and Scandal series, this one was a return to form. That's not to say I didn't like the previous book, I did, but I felt it had to make too many changes in the characters who had appeared in the other novels to make the story work. This one is a return to form with the anti-hero back on his revenge mission adding depth to the plot for the hero and heroine which are being focussed on in Claiming the Forbidden Bride.
This book concerns a friend of Hal's from the Army (although he's mentioned only in passing), another of Lord Keddleston's godchildren Rhys Morgan, a battle scarred survivor of Napoleon's wars. He's returning home to an uncertain life, keen to avoid the charity of his elder brother and the interference of his sister-in-law when he comes across a gypsy encampment and helps to save the life of the healer's child.
Nadya Argentari is the half-sister of Stephano Beshaly, our series long anti-hero, she's also the tribe's healer and when Rhys's life is endangered, she helps to break his fever so setting up the conflict and romance between them.
I thought this was a believable romance, Rhys is a younger son so, although there is stigma in falling for a gypsy, the outcomes weren't necessarily going to be as difficult for him. Nadya is fiercely independent and determined to not follow in her mother's fate by falling for an outsider.
There were small irritating niggles though, things which weren't explained during the telling of the story and people who suddenly appeared without warning but, overall, it was an enjoyable and easy read. ( )
  Cadiva | Apr 1, 2015 |
When Rhy injures himself saving Nadya's daughter, she nurses him back to health. As he recovers in her gypsy camp, they, of course, develop strong feelings from each other. Due to the difference in their social status and Nadya's half-brother, they try to stay apart but can not resist their attraction. There is not much of a plot in this book, but it did do a good job of keeping me engaged. ( )
  mlorio | May 6, 2011 |
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ROMANY MISTRESS...OR SOCIETY BRIDE?

Battle scarred and jaded from the Peninsular War, soldier Rhys Morgan is in the market for a bride. But the simpering debutantes on the Marriage Mart don't rouse his interest -- let alone fire his blood....

Whereas dark-haired, dark-eyed Romany beauty Nadya Argentari has a strength and passion to match his own. If he took her as his mistress, no one would blink an eye. But if Major the Honorable Rhys Morgan were to marry her...it would be the scandal of the year!
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0373296088, Mass Market Paperback)

This is a season of secrets, scandal and seduction in high society! Set in Regency England, this continuity sweeps you from glittering ballrooms, to a smuggler's cove in Cornwall, to the wilds of Scotland, a Romany camp, and back again. Each story has a passionate, intense, central relationship but the thread linking them together is a darkly dangerous, yet sexy stranger, who is out for revenge, delivering a silken rope as his calling card. Through him, a long-forgotten past is stirred to life, and the notorious events of 1794 which saw one man murdered and another hanged for the crime, are brought in to question. Was the right man brought to justice or is there still a treacherous murderer at large?

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Battle scarred and jaded from the Peninsular War, soldier Rhys Morgan is in the market for a bride. But the debutantes on the Marriage Mart don't rouse his interest whereas dark-haired beauty, Nadya Argentari does.

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