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When the wilful Sophia Challoner is forced to marry the notorious Earl of Avalon to save her father from ruin, sparks soon begin to fly. She has been sold to the highest bidder so that she may produce an heir for the devilishly handsome and arrogant Earl and she is outraged. How can she have any respect or feelings for a man whose reputation is that of a complete wastrel a When the wilful Sophia Challoner is forced to marry the notorious Earl of Avalon to save her father from ruin, sparks soon begin to fly. She has been sold to the highest bidder so that she may produce an heir for the devilishly handsome and arrogant Earl and she is outraged. How can she have any respect or feelings for a man whose reputation is that of a complete wastrel and philanderer? She resolves to resist him at all costs yet Sophia is totally unprepared for the exquisite pleasure she experiences from her husband’s wicked hands as he introduces her to a world of sexual delight she had no idea existed. For Ralph, when his cousin had suggested he take a wife to heal the rift in his family, it had seemed the perfect solution to his problems. However, he hadn’t counted on choosing someone as spiritedly passionate as Sophia and something inside of him reacts to her in a way that disconcerts him. What started out as a necessary chore soon becomes an exciting challenge as he determines to do what he does best - seduce his young wife and put an end to the estrangement that exists between them. But why is Sophia’s good opinion becoming increasingly important to him? And why does he feel the compulsive need to convince her that he is not the unsavoury character she believes him to be?

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When the wilful Sophia Challoner is forced to marry the notorious Earl of Avalon to save her father from ruin, sparks soon begin to fly. She has been sold to the highest bidder so that she may produce an heir for the devilishly handsome and arrogant Earl and she is outraged. How can she have any respect or feelings for a man whose reputation is that of a complete wastrel a When the wilful Sophia Challoner is forced to marry the notorious Earl of Avalon to save her father from ruin, sparks soon begin to fly. She has been sold to the highest bidder so that she may produce an heir for the devilishly handsome and arrogant Earl and she is outraged. How can she have any respect or feelings for a man whose reputation is that of a complete wastrel and philanderer? She resolves to resist him at all costs yet Sophia is totally unprepared for the exquisite pleasure she experiences from her husband’s wicked hands as he introduces her to a world of sexual delight she had no idea existed. For Ralph, when his cousin had suggested he take a wife to heal the rift in his family, it had seemed the perfect solution to his problems. However, he hadn’t counted on choosing someone as spiritedly passionate as Sophia and something inside of him reacts to her in a way that disconcerts him. What started out as a necessary chore soon becomes an exciting challenge as he determines to do what he does best - seduce his young wife and put an end to the estrangement that exists between them. But why is Sophia’s good opinion becoming increasingly important to him? And why does he feel the compulsive need to convince her that he is not the unsavoury character she believes him to be?

30 review for The Reluctant Bride

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sassy

    ... "The Reluctant Bride" a Debut Novella by Claire Firth ... Nothing I love more that a great hot, steamy Historical Romance (Regency) and this was a little gem that I found free at Amazon. I loved this story right from the beginning. The flow and the wonderful way in which Ms. Firth described the story made it an effortless and very enjoyable read. You will fall in love with our Hero, Ralph, and the lovely heroine, Sophia. Their characters were well rounded and believable and the love scenes betw ... "The Reluctant Bride" a Debut Novella by Claire Firth ... Nothing I love more that a great hot, steamy Historical Romance (Regency) and this was a little gem that I found free at Amazon. I loved this story right from the beginning. The flow and the wonderful way in which Ms. Firth described the story made it an effortless and very enjoyable read. You will fall in love with our Hero, Ralph, and the lovely heroine, Sophia. Their characters were well rounded and believable and the love scenes between them are hot and steamy. I am so looking forward to reading more from this author and recommend this great story to those, like myself, that love a really well written Regency HR.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Caroline Trevor

    Great I found this a really good book. Sophia is forced into an arranged marriage by her parents but her husband the Earl of Avalon is a really nice guy and gives her time to get used to their marriage. After 3 months he tries to seduce her into his bed with good results for their future.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julie ambrose

    Enjoyable read This was a lovely romantic yet predictable story and I enjoyed it .😊it was romantic and sensual what I want from a historical story .I look forward to reading more from this author😉

  4. 5 out of 5

    Peggy Miller

    If you want s quick fun read, this is it. This is my first book by this author but I very much enjoyed it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jacquelyn Ayres

    I haven't read a Regency novel or anything remotely close to it in over 20 years. Needless to say, I was a little unsure if I could bring myself around to liking that style of period romance again. What better place to start than a novella? I am so happy I chose this one! I was pulled in right away and lost my concern as to whether I would be able to "get into" this type of romance again. Claire Firth has a remarkable way with words and flow. It was effortless and paced wonderfully. Ralph and Sop I haven't read a Regency novel or anything remotely close to it in over 20 years. Needless to say, I was a little unsure if I could bring myself around to liking that style of period romance again. What better place to start than a novella? I am so happy I chose this one! I was pulled in right away and lost my concern as to whether I would be able to "get into" this type of romance again. Claire Firth has a remarkable way with words and flow. It was effortless and paced wonderfully. Ralph and Sophia are wonderful characters to invest your time into. They are both passionate, stubborn and mature enough to show their vulnerabilities. I really enjoyed the unfolding of their feelings and their final acceptance of it. Their chemistry in the bedroom was spot on and very steamy! When I came to the end I was both satisfied and craving more. I could have easily read a whole book about these two and yet, I felt as if I had! Ms. Firth also gave Guy and Isi cameo appearances that were enough to grab your attention. I'm very much looking forward to the next in the series as I am already vested into those characters as well. This was Claire Firth's debut (which is hard to believe!) and I say well done!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kath

    This was a great first book from Claire Firth, and I shall be eagerly awaiting her next book. I love a wonderful Historical Romance and this story was just that, very believeable, with a hero and heroine you just love. Ralph was looking for a biddable bride, so he could appease his mother now that he was Earl of Avalon. Sophia's family were about to find themselves in ruin, until a marriage proposal came from the Earl and the arranged marriage saved the day. All should go to plan, however Sophia This was a great first book from Claire Firth, and I shall be eagerly awaiting her next book. I love a wonderful Historical Romance and this story was just that, very believeable, with a hero and heroine you just love. Ralph was looking for a biddable bride, so he could appease his mother now that he was Earl of Avalon. Sophia's family were about to find themselves in ruin, until a marriage proposal came from the Earl and the arranged marriage saved the day. All should go to plan, however Sophia was not so meek and biddable, she was a fiesty, and spirited young women, she knew of the dispicable ways of men, after all or did she ? I highly recommend this book

  7. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I came across this book in a search and since it was free I thought I would give it a try. I am glad I did. Even though they were thrown into a marriage of convenience, Ralph and Sophia's chemistry was sizzling. I really enjoyed the fact that Ralph wanted to make more of his marriage and set out to do it with amazing results. Sophia's care for the estate's tenants and her need to make Ralph understand showed compassion that made a great story. By the end you could really feel their love and I di I came across this book in a search and since it was free I thought I would give it a try. I am glad I did. Even though they were thrown into a marriage of convenience, Ralph and Sophia's chemistry was sizzling. I really enjoyed the fact that Ralph wanted to make more of his marriage and set out to do it with amazing results. Sophia's care for the estate's tenants and her need to make Ralph understand showed compassion that made a great story. By the end you could really feel their love and I did not want to the book to end. Two side characters were introduced in the book both of which had tragic stories and I wanted them to find happiness...looking forward to book 2.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

    "The Reluctant Bride" was surprisingly good for a novella. It had a very interest story line, with developed characters for a novella. The story makes sense on all levels. I just wish it had been a complete book and not a novella. The Blurp says its and erotic Historical Romance but I didn't find it to be erotic at all. Not even very sensual and that's the reason for 4 stars instead of 5. I really want to read the 2nd book/novella "Desperate Measures" featuring 2 of the this story's secondary ch "The Reluctant Bride" was surprisingly good for a novella. It had a very interest story line, with developed characters for a novella. The story makes sense on all levels. I just wish it had been a complete book and not a novella. The Blurp says its and erotic Historical Romance but I didn't find it to be erotic at all. Not even very sensual and that's the reason for 4 stars instead of 5. I really want to read the 2nd book/novella "Desperate Measures" featuring 2 of the this story's secondary characters Guy and Isabella. I highly recommend "The Reluctant Bride".

  9. 4 out of 5

    Deljah

    should be called the childish bride with all the tantrums and stupid defiance. no regency feel. dnf 22%

  10. 4 out of 5

    v.geniebrown

    Quite interesting A simple old world story, with a light hearted twist. She felt sold into marriage with a nerdowell and he felt forced to marry.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Grenter

    I loved every min spent reading this book. It is steamy but done in a tasteful manor. So looking forward to the next book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    Good first corsets and breeches Regency novel. This could be developed into a full novel, looking forward to the sequel novella. It is quite a steamy read so beware! I loved it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gudrun

    Nice to read but too short, just a novella.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    Love when the Rake redeems himself and makes himself better person for his lady.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Robert

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carole

  17. 5 out of 5

    Savithri Mathikoppa

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rose

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lady Kate

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Rayfield

  21. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Flint

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gisele Richard

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lee

  24. 5 out of 5

    Khothy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nadia

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Tillson

  28. 5 out of 5

    Frankiejohnny

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janet Davis

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angela M.

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