Tangled Reins PDF/EPUB Á Paperback

Tangled Reins PDF/EPUB Á Paperback
  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Tangled Reins
  • Stephanie Laurens
  • English
  • 07 August 2017
  • 0778302059

Tangled Reins[Download] ➵ Tangled Reins Author Stephanie Laurens – Essayreview.co.uk Content with her humdrum country life, Miss Dorothea Darent had no intention of marrying She knew that her unfashionable curves and her outspoken ways made her a disastrous match for any gentleman of Content with her humdrum country life, Miss Dorothea Darent had no intention of marrying She knew that her unfashionable curves and her outspoken ways made her a disastrous match for any gentleman of the ton But one kiss from a dashing stranger changed everything.


About the Author: Stephanie Laurens

Stephanie Laurens was born in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon When she was , her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she was raised After continuing through school and earning a PhD in Biochemistry in Australia, Stephanie and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to LondonOnce in London, Stephanie and her husband both began work as research scientists in Kent They lived in an area surrounded by history Their own cottage was built in the th century, while next door were the protected ruins of an early Roman villa, and nearby was a th century castleAfter four years in England, Stephanie and her husband returned to Australia, where she continued to work in cancer research, eventually heading her own research laboratory One evening Stephanie realized that she did not have anyof her favorite romance novels to read After years of thinking about writing her own novel, during nights and weekends for the next several months, she began crafting her own story That manuscript, Tangled Reins, was the first of her books to be published After achieving a level of success with her novels, Stephanie retired from scientific research and became a full time novelist Her novels are primarily historical romances set in the Regency time periodStephanie and her husband live on peaceful acreage on the outskirts of Melbourne If she isn t writing, she s reading, and if she s not reading, she s tending her garden.


10 thoughts on “Tangled Reins

  1. says:

    Rating 4 1 2 starsAn earlier stand alone pre Cynster Dynasty work that is purely Regency romance in all its finest chivalry, social angst, and dialogue Ms Laurens, as expected, reigns supreme in her research skills, setting, and detailed descriptions Her working knowledge of social morals and s keeps everything believable Lord Marc Henry aka Hazelmere and Dorothea Darent form a sublime pair by coming together in a charismatic duel of wits and wiles This delightful tale with its roster Rating 4 1 2 starsAn earlier stand alone pre Cynster Dynasty work that is purely Regency romance in all its finest chivalry, social angst, and dialogue Ms Laurens, as expected, reigns supreme in her research skills, setting, and detailed descriptions Her working knowledge of social morals and s keeps everything believable Lord Marc Henry aka Hazelmere and Dorothea Darent form a sublime pair by coming together in a charismatic duel of wits and wiles This delightful tale with its roster of entertaining, supporting characters and a simple, yet amusing, plot held my attention until the end.Warnings None No real OW, OM except by rumor and suggestion Unlike the Cynster books, there are only passionate kisses, and further intimacies are hinted at or discussed after the fact

  2. says:

    I was pretty underwhelmed by The Lady Risks All by this author, but thinking that there must be a reason she s such a big name in the field of historical romance, decided not to give up after just the one sample Tangled Reins is a much earlier work of hers, and I suppose could be termed a comedy of manners , as not much happens and it s cast very much in the Heyer mould although, without the same lightness of touch and humour.To say it wasn t bad is akin to damning with faint praise, I know I was pretty underwhelmed by The Lady Risks All by this author, but thinking that there must be a reason she s such a big name in the field of historical romance, decided not to give up after just the one sample Tangled Reins is a much earlier work of hers, and I suppose could be termed a comedy of manners , as not much happens and it s cast very much in the Heyer mould although, without the same lightness of touch and humour.To say it wasn t bad is akin to damning with faint praise, I know but it wasn t The basic story is of the Marquis of Hazelmere s courtship of Dorothea Darrent, a young lady of good birth who has lived all her life in the country Wanting her younger and very beautiful sister to have a London season and believing herself far too old at twenty two to require a season herself , after the death of their mother and elapse of the mourning period, they are poised to travel to the capital to make their d buts under the auspices of their grandmother.Hazelmere initially encounters Dorothea when she s out berry picking, wearing one of her oldest frocks with no companion and immediately thinking she s a mere country lass grabs her and snogs the life out of her.Oops.He rescues her from a difficult situation later when they meet each other while Dorothea and her sister are on the way to London, and because it s apparent they have met each other before, have to concoct a story to account for this in order to satisfy the strict social conventions.Hazelmere is handsome and autocratic, has a reputation with the ladies and hasn t really given much thought to settling down but begins to think about it seriously once he s met Dorothea He marks her out by his attentions at social events, and makes his intentions clear to the ton by paying court to her in a most proper way.If nothing else, the fact he s paying strict attention to propriety is as good as putting a flashing sign above Dorothea s head saying mine but despite his frequent companionship, his gentle teasing and concern for her, Dorothea can never be sure of his true feelings for her.By the same token, Dorothea is self possessed, poised and well able to match him in the verbal sparring stakes, so Hazelmere is never quite sure of her feelings, either.The story is about IMO two strong characters who are not willing to give too much away, and the way in which their guardedness threatens to spoil their potential happiness I was reminded at various points of Charlotte Lucas comment to Lizzie about Jane s needing to showof her feelings to Bingley in order to secure him.There s a side plot about an annoying suitor for Dorothea s hand, a scheme to abduct or ruin her in order to obtain her fortune, various misunderstandings but of course all ends well.As I listened the superlative Rosalyn Landor again turning fairly ordinary material into something worth listening to I thought there were far too many mentions of Dorothea s incredible beauty and sparkling emerald eyes and the same of the hero s hazel ones I don t know if that would have stuck out so much in print, but in audio, it definitely became rather annoying.Still, it was a pleasant way to spend a few hours, although I m not sure I ll be listening to it again in a hurry

  3. says:

    Featherweight, old fashioned Regency, not at all Laurens usual bodice ripperHeyer like, it suited my mood perfectly for a lazy Sunday afternoon on the sun porch I understand from other reviews that this was apparently an early book for her, but as I ve only read her Cynster novels I m no expert although this is nowhere near as sexy as those books, I didn t mind as I was in a Heyer kind of mood Matter of fact, I think I ll go dig one out today, she is the master

  4. says:

    Not Laurens best not her worst A solid three star read It s not a bodice ripper which I appreciate , and the hero is way too heavy handed and domineering for my liking Also, the POV switches frequently, from character to character hero, grandmother, footman, best friend, etc

  5. says:

    1 11 To start with this book s pages are very strangely numbered the first page of the actual story is numbered page 10, it seems the publisher numbered from the first piece of paper in the book, not the start of the first chapter as most normal publishers do So while I am on page 48, I have only read 38 pages Weird and sort of false advertising for the length of the book So far the story itself is sweet and a bit tame compared to the other Stephanie Laurens books I ve read There is no 1 11 To start with this book s pages are very strangely numbered the first page of the actual story is numbered page 10, it seems the publisher numbered from the first piece of paper in the book, not the start of the first chapter as most normal publishers do So while I am on page 48, I have only read 38 pages Weird and sort of false advertising for the length of the book So far the story itself is sweet and a bit tame compared to the other Stephanie Laurens books I ve read There is not a lot of depth to the plot or either main character This looks like it s going to be a light summer holiday at the beach type of read, nothing too difficult or upsetting in this one To be continued2 11 It s like one of Stephanie s assistants tried to take over the writing of this book while she was sick and was completely unable to recreate the usual magic of a Stephanie Laurens book There is no depth of character I did mention this yesterday, but it seems evenobvious than at the point in the book that I was up to yesterday , I can t see either hero or heroine in my head while I read, which was a normal occurence while reading all her previous books, especially the Cynster Sisters trilogy where did THAT Stephanie Laurens go Within the last few pages both main characters were trying to decide if they loved the other and whether the other loved them, as far as I can see there is no reason whatsoever for either to love the other There has been absolutely no passion or romance between them I was originally hopeful when the first thing Hazelmere did upon meeting Dorothea was to passionately kiss her I don t know about Dorothea, but I felt nothing, if I hadn t known better I would have thought she was going to push him away in disgust, there was so little feeling between them In my head, as I was reading the scene, all I could see was an awkward mashing of lips, like in a comedy movie To be continued4 11 I didn t have time to writeof this review yesterday, but don t worry nothing happened in the book that actually needed to be written about anyway Justballs and meetings on the afternoon drive ride around the park, leading up to the BIG ball the sisters coming out ball What Laurens has written is probably pretty lifelike for women and men of Dorothea and Marc s station, but that doesn t mean Laurens, as an author, shouldn t imagine some intrigue, danger or scandal for the characters to become immersed in Have a ball, drive around the park, get dressed for a ball and repeat doesn t make for a good book, especially not a good ROMANCE We don t want to read about the real, day to day life including all the boring bits, we want, no expect the women to get kidnapped and the men to beat someone up or shoot someone, and from Lauren s other books that s what you get What happened with pile of fluff To be continued keep reading, you never know, they might have aball, and wouldn t that be exciting to read about 5 11 A fewballs, a couple of abbreviated love scenes some kissing, groping and then fade to black before you get to the good bits and an inept and non threatening kidnapper end this book on about the same note as it started sweet, tame and fluffy, kind of like a kitten with its claws removed Wouldn t recommend to any fan of Stephanie Laurens, as this doesn t read like any of her previous or subsequent books and so you ll likely be disappointed

  6. says:

    Author Stephanie LaurensFirst published 1992Length 257 pagesSetting Regency LondonSex Fade to black.Heroine Fairly ordinary older debutante.Hero An arrogant Marquis.Look, it was fine for most of the book nothing special but I was liking it.And then it made this turn for the gurgler as Hazelmere started throwing around his weight to preserve her reputation view spoiler And it kept on going as she turns up at his Mum s half naked Stupid Just stupid hide spoiler The book could not b Author Stephanie LaurensFirst published 1992Length 257 pagesSetting Regency LondonSex Fade to black.Heroine Fairly ordinary older debutante.Hero An arrogant Marquis.Look, it was fine for most of the book nothing special but I was liking it.And then it made this turn for the gurgler as Hazelmere started throwing around his weight to preserve her reputation view spoiler And it kept on going as she turns up at his Mum s half naked Stupid Just stupid hide spoiler The book could not be saved.It s a 2 star It s competent But it isn t particularly good.Note From Laurens websiteThis work remains under license to Harlequin, and goes in and out of print, or even e book availability, but is frequently re published or reissued in various forms, through various avenues, in various markets, at various times Please note you may come across a publication that combines two orof the original books, within the same volume, under a different title, or even combines one of Stephanie s books with works of other authors in a combined volume again often with a different title.References Author s website Read in A Season For Scandal, ISBN 9781741162448 CR

  7. says:

    This is a really hard review to write because actually everything that I want to say seems very negative, and yet as a whole I enjoyed the novel.The characters were okay, but I felt that the constant need to tell us how beautiful Dorothea was became quite tiring I thought that once Hazelmere met Dorothea his demanding get everything he wants attitude would soften and Dorothea would make him reconsider his demands NOPE Right till the end he was exactly the same and I didn t like it.Plotwise I This is a really hard review to write because actually everything that I want to say seems very negative, and yet as a whole I enjoyed the novel.The characters were okay, but I felt that the constant need to tell us how beautiful Dorothea was became quite tiring I thought that once Hazelmere met Dorothea his demanding get everything he wants attitude would soften and Dorothea would make him reconsider his demands NOPE Right till the end he was exactly the same and I didn t like it.Plotwise I thought that actually not much happened, it was all about the courtship but I thought this was completely at odds with Hazelmeres personality, he took anything he wanted and made demands but when it came to the supposed love of his life he didn t want to upset the ton The intrigue of the letters and plot kicked off about halfway through but it wasn t exactly thrilling I felt that the writing style became a bit too confusing at times in its attempt to be regency but was generally good.I know it sounds really negative but actually I didn t mind reading it, and would probably pick up another by Laurens

  8. says:

    3.5 stars rounded upThat book isn t really special It s rather short, the plot is quite simple and rather uneventful and the characters are a bit clich the older country girl convinced of her ugliness and future endless spinsterhood meeting a know it all obey me immediately rake However I really enjoyed reading it It was a relatively chaste story with only a few kisses here and there, which I found refreshing Most of the story related the courtship, according to the ton s requirements, an 3.5 stars rounded upThat book isn t really special It s rather short, the plot is quite simple and rather uneventful and the characters are a bit clich the older country girl convinced of her ugliness and future endless spinsterhood meeting a know it all obey me immediately rake However I really enjoyed reading it It was a relatively chaste story with only a few kisses here and there, which I found refreshing Most of the story related the courtship, according to the ton s requirements, and that was also a refreshing change from all the other books in which the leads would never adhere to society s strictures That romance was fairly reminiscent of Georgette Heyer s and could sustain the comparison with most, though not Heyer s best

  9. says:

    Although the cover touts that this is the first time in hardback, this book is actually a reprint of a book first published in 1992 Now, I love Stephanie Laurens as much as the next reader of historical romances, but it s obvious that this was one of her very early works, before she polished her signature style she s known for today I m not sure, but I d also guess that this one was once a series romance, as it seems very formulaic I d suggest sticking to her Cynster or Bastion Club books f Although the cover touts that this is the first time in hardback, this book is actually a reprint of a book first published in 1992 Now, I love Stephanie Laurens as much as the next reader of historical romances, but it s obvious that this was one of her very early works, before she polished her signature style she s known for today I m not sure, but I d also guess that this one was once a series romance, as it seems very formulaic I d suggest sticking to her Cynster or Bastion Club books for aenjoyable read

  10. says:

    I first read this over ten years ago I recently read another earlier Laurens and did not like it too much because it was not up to todays Laurens But this one I liked, maybe not as much as the first time but only because Laurens has become such a better writer This one comes very close to her current books but the heroine is not as strong The hero is the same Machiavellian protective handsome hero.

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