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SHE WANTED TO MARRY A HEROMaximillian Wells, the Earl of Trent, couldn't believe his ears-or his eyes. Before him stood beautiful, unattainable Pandora Effington, the ton's most scandalous beauty. Max believed the fiery heiress would make a most satisfactory bride, and now she was making him a most tantalizing offer. If he wanted to take Pandora's hand--and the rest of herSHE WANTED TO MARRY A HEROMaximillian Wells, the Earl of Trent, couldn't believe his ears-or his eyes. Before him stood beautiful, unattainable Pandora Effington, the ton's most scandalous beauty. Max believed the fiery heiress would make a most satisfactory bride, and now she was making him a most tantalizing offer. If he wanted to take Pandora's hand--and the rest of her irresistible body--in marriage, he had to play a game of her devising--one he had no intention of losing ...After seven glorious seasons, Pandora knew it was time to wed, but most of London's eligible bachelors left her cold. She longed for a true hero ... a man who would do anything in his power to win her love. Maximillian's very touch sent shivers down her spine and made her dream of long nights spent in his arms. But was he willing to risk everything to prove his love?...

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The Wedding Bargain Reviews

  • Dija
    2019-05-20 17:00

    I tried. I sincerely did. But really, could this story possibly be any more unoriginal and predictable? So, let's make a list of all the clichés I've encountered so far:1. Heroine = spinster. 2. Hero = rake/rogue/scoundrel.3. Heroine = virgin.4. Heroine has the most annoying habit of repeating everything Hero says, like a fuckin' parrot. 5. Hero has served in the military.6. Heroine is determined to not let Hero get the best of her. Which basically means she makes long speeches about how much she loathes Hero, only to melt into his arms the second he touches her. 7. Hero has no idea why, but he finds himself "caring" about the Heroine more than he has any other woman.8. With all evidence to the contrary, Hero still insists on believing that life with Heroine will be anything but boring because she's just so "adventurous" and "interesting". 9. Despite having slept with at least half the women in London, Hero still finds Heroine to be the most beautiful.10. Heroine thinks she's in love with Hero after talking to him twice.I am so done. For more reviews, visit my blog.

  • Anzu The Great Destroyer
    2019-05-13 21:06

    This one’s for Madu’s Birthday! Yes, it’s a birthday read! Hurray!!!!I’m sorry I’ll f*ck this one up Madu. I tried to like it but… I didn’t O_OSo the question of the day is: what is The Wedding Bargain about? Even an idiot can answer this question. Yes, it’s about a freakin’ wedding bargain. However, let me tell you the story in a better way. Behold the dialogue!Max: I love you Pandora, you’re the hottest girl out there. Let’s get married!Pandora: No Max, you’re an idiot, and I hate you. I want a hero. You’re gay.M: Even so, we’re meant to be together. We’re soul mates. I’ve already knitted matching socks for both of us. We’ll wear them while making love so that our feet will be nice and warm. This way we’ll avoid thinking about how stupid and cold we are.P: No Max, I don’t want to marry you. Yes, I think you’re hot, and I touch myself at night while thinking about you, but I still won’t marry you.M: Hey Pandora, how about I stick my tongue down your throat and touch your privates. Would you want me then?P: *gasps* Oh Max I love you now! Let’s make our genitals touch so we could always remember this special moment!M: On second thought... You seemed hotter with your clothes on. Score on seeing you naked! Wait until my friends hear about this!P: *cries* Daaaaad Max is making fun of me again!~ The End ~ That’s probably how I look while reading the wonderful books that belong to the Historical Romance genre. And I’ve always wondered why people stare at me in a strange way while I’m reading these in public. Now I have my answer.You know what would make HRs more fun? Dinosaurs!Now that would be a book I’d read!Anyway, The Wedding Bargain is a very boring book. Idiotic even. But Pandora does own a pistol. That would make it more exciting, right?I have another point to add. I really hate this thing they’re always using in these books. He was the most eligible bachelor. The most handsome and most virile. And he had the hots for only one extremely annoying and boring woman: our heroine. Guess what? This only happens in the mind of naive girls who are still expecting Prince Charming on a white horse to sweep them off their feet and elope or something. Well guess what? Sh*t like this doesn’t happen. These dudes will never waste time on normal girls. They’re overly busy banging bimbos and porn stars, getting drunk and high, and spending money on horribly expensive things. So quit daydreaming about this sh*t because you’re too old for it!*ugh* totally stupid useless god give me patience with these books!!! *ugh*Ok I’m calm now… *clears throat* I'm terribly sorry but not one's cup of teah, old boy.

  • LibraryLass
    2019-04-24 18:59

    4 1/2 stars for this one. What a great read. This is not my first Victoria Alexander but it is the first in this series for me. I am so looking forward to the next one (Yahoo I have them all!!). It is not an in-depth bodice-ripper. It is a nice light, funny romantic read. Don't go looking for the deep and meaningfuls in this story cos you simply won't find it. But oh what a refreshing change to just simply have 2 people attracted to each other fall in love with a bit of the usual mis-steps along the way. I laughed out loud in places and lately that has been sadly missing from the books I have picked up.It is by no means a 'memorable' book but it was a wonderful book just the same. Highly recommended for those in the mood for something fun and frivolous.

  • Julianna
    2019-05-03 13:00

    Reviewed for THC ReviewsThe Wedding Bargain is a fun, light-hearted, Regency romp that turned out to be a pretty entertaining read. The hero has a reputation as “a rake, a rogue, a scoundrel, and a beast.” The heroine has caught his eye, and knowing that he must marry soon to produce an heir, he's determined to do whatever it takes to have her. She has been dubbed the Hellion of Grosvenor Square, and while it's not a title she's entirely earned, she is a very spirited young lady who refuses to marry without love. The two strike up an amusing bargain in which she puts him to the test to determine whether or not he can truly be the hero she craves. She thinks the test she devises based on the Twelve Labors of Hercules will be virtually impossible for him to pass, but she didn't count on his ingenuity or her family and friends meddling to bring them together. It all made for a very amusing story. Prior to this I'd only read one novella by Victoria Alexander that was just OK for me, so I was very pleasantly surprised to enjoy this book.Pandora's family is a bit eccentric, particularly her father and mother who are experts in Greek antiquities. As their only child, her father has bestowed a sizable income on her and she is also their heir, so she has really felt no pressing need to marry. Her parents have given her a great deal of latitude, and she sometimes pushes the envelope when it comes to flouting society's rules. Because of her slightly scandalous exploits, most of her peers call her the Hellion of Grosvenor Square. Pandora is in her seventh season, when most young ladies would be considered firmly on the shelf spinsters, but she simply thinks of herself as independent. If she ever marries at all, it will only be for love. When she believes Max may be pursuing her best friend with dishonorable intentions, she confronts him, and it leads to a verbal sparring match that she is surprised to find herself enjoying. From there, they share their vision of the ideal mate, but when Max declares that he meets her every desire, she's skeptical, so he dares her to put him to the test. Given Pandora's circumstances and her attitude toward marriage, I think it would have been easy for her to come off as either too cold or too cocky and vain, but thankfully, neither is the case. I thought that she was a pretty well-balanced heroine who was intelligent and competitive without being conceited. I was also pleased to see that she could be empathetic when the situation called for it. I think she really enjoyed matching wits with Max and was sometimes contrary simply because she loved playing the game. Pandora can also be a very stubborn young lady, who has a hard time admitting what's right in front of her face, namely that first, she's attracted to Max, and later, she's fallen in love with him. While perhaps, she skated a bit too close to the edge of annoying me with this trait, I really found it more funny than anything.Max knows he must marry, but really wants nothing to do with the simpering misses who typically pursue him. He is certain life would be a complete bore with such a biddable wife, so he's looking for someone with more backbone and spirit. He's taken notice of Pandora before, but never quite so much as when she confronts him. He knows in an instant that life with her would never be dull, so he determines then and there to do whatever it takes to win her hand in marriage. After hearing her list of requirements for a husband, he points out that he meets every one. When it becomes apparent that what she's really looking for is a hero, he wants to prove to her that he can be that man. I love how dogged Max is in his pursuit of Pandora. He truly is willing to do just about anything, up to and including making a fool out of himself, to show her that he's the man for her. I found that quite romantic, as actions often speak louder than words. Max is determined to win the game, not just because he's competitive, but because he truly loves Pandora and wants to prove that he can be her hero. In reality, Max was already a war hero, having fought against Napoleon. I was glad to see the author take a step back from all the fun and games and allow the reader to see a bit of this side of him when he tells Pandora a little about his time in the war. I think it helped to build his characterization more, and overall, Max was a very admirable hero. I just wish he'd been a little more forthcoming with his declarations of love.With The Wedding Bargain being the first in the fairly long Effington Family & Friends series, I was a bit surprised that there weren't many secondary characters with potential for their own books being introduced. There are Effingtons aplenty in the background, but most are a bit older and already attached, like Pandora's parents and aunts. The only Effington we get to meet who doesn't fall into those categories is Pandora's cousin, Gillian, who is a young widow. She becomes the heroine of the next book, The Husband List. Gillian is only in one scene, so I can't say that I got a really good feel for her character, but I do look forward to giving her book a try. The two characters who do play significant supporting roles are Max's best friend, Laurie, and Pandora's best friend, Cynthia. They share a rather sweet, secondary romance that was almost as much fun as Max and Pandora's.The main thing that bothered me about The Wedding Bargain and that took away the star is that Max and Pandora are both quite stubborn about not revealing their feeling for one another. Even though Pandora comes to realize she wants to marry Max, she refuses to do so without love. Max is doing everything he can to show Pandora how much he loves her, but she still doesn't trust that he does, because he hasn't said the words. Because of this, she holds back from saying them too and keeps trying to sabotage his efforts to win the game. For Max's part, he's afraid to say the words for fear that Pandora doesn't return his affections. It's readily apparent that they both do love each other to distraction, so I didn't find their refusal to say the words until the final pages as gratingly annoying as I might have otherwise. However, their reasoning does get pretty convoluted at times, and occasionally, I found myself rolling my eyes, thinking “Would somebody just say it already?”Otherwise, The Wedding Bargain was a pretty enjoyable read. It could perhaps be a bit dialog heavy at times, and I picked up on some repetitious words, phrases, and character actions. But these things didn't detract much from my overall satisfaction with the story. Another thing that kept Max and Pandora's refusal to say those three little words from becoming too irritating is that the sexual tension is done quite well. I could really feel their burgeoning attraction for one another, and I also loved their witty bantering. The game itself is quite amusing, adventurous, and creative too, so it kept me reading, wanting to know just how Max pulled off all these seemingly impossible tasks. All in all, it was an entertaining romp that I would recommend to readers who are looking for a historical romance that's lighter and more humorous.

  • Yasmin Alakuş
    2019-05-06 14:08

    Max ve Pandora'nın ilişkisini okumak çok keyifliydi gerçekten . Yazarın dilini de çok sevdim, diğer kitaplarını mutlaka okuyacağım.

  • ஐ฿υκєτஐ
    2019-05-22 19:01

    Beklediğimden çok daha eğlenceli çıktı kitapç

  • An Odd1
    2019-05-24 19:53

    Chapter titles #1 "Opening Gambit" Spring 1818 to #24 "The Spoils of Victory" deserve a Table of Contents to enjoy. Pandora Effington 24, her seventh season p42 early dubbed Hellion of Grosvenor Square by rejected suitor Viscount Lord Lawrence Bolton wagers "a rake, a rogue, and a scoundrel" p5 Maximillian Wells, Earl of Trent her hand for the Twelve Labors of Hercules, amid persiflage teasing banter and repartée. Her protegé Cynthia Weatherly 21, fourth season, asserts herself in defense of her best friend, and attracts the eye of Max's bon ami Laurie. Clever interpretation and assistance from friends and relatives twist the rules to benefit both: Almack's Lady Jersey as Amazon Queen contributes her girdle; powerful duchess aunts as man-eating mares succumb to taming. By quarter through, "intoxicating and addictive" kisses p95, and entangled glances reveal both couples' mutual desire. "For the space of a heartbeat, she completely forgot how to breathe" p105 near the twit, "but a well-mannered twit" p200. To defeat a lion, Laurie sends the pair in his coach to "The Lion and Serpent" tavern. Disguised as a boy, Dora provokes a bar fight, happily breaks three wine bottles over hard-headed adversaries and concedes the hydra exploit point as well p140. Of course neither have fallen in love before, are unsure of their own feelings, let alone their loves', and admit nothing when they do know. "Love reeked" p231. Culmination yields "a whirlpool of desire" p285, but "she could not let him know" p295. Only a few pages are X-rated, thrusts past the "barrier of her maidenhead" p284. In fiction "is this love" question confusion seems artificial, but in real life totally believable. Personally I never did get it right and marry, so three cheers for those that can. Hurrah for Happy Ever After. Where does one draw the line for spoilers when the ending is known from the start? (Shrek Ever After only happens with an accurseding Rumpelstiltskin - http my review). Alexander is read-more shelf for the pleasure of her persiflage, the mood of light shimmery air bubbles. Typos: (Do later editions still have these typos?)p120 "breech of our bargain" is "breach" p340 "but he could he trust him with Pandora" has one "he" too many

  • Denise
    2019-05-07 20:54

    Very cute story and a nice start to a series. I really liked the characters in this one, they were both strong willed and determined but both were confused about their feelings of love. It was one of thosebooks that was easy to breeze right through. Lots of funny moments that brought a silly grin to my face and plenty of sigh worthy moments that just sizzled. It was an enjoyable read, but not one that stoodout as something I would think about for a long.

  • C
    2019-05-07 20:00

    I know I've read it, just don't remember any plot details. Actually, many of Victoria Alexander's books are like that: entertaining but not memorable. I would still probably read most any of her books, and might re-read them also (since they're not memorable).

  • Songül
    2019-05-23 14:03

    Okumak için zorladım kendimi ama baktım gitmiyor , yarıda bıraktım

  • Judy
    2019-05-15 15:00

    This is the first book I have read by Victoria. I seen she had 11 books on the same family and I so enjoy Johanna Lindsey that I thought they may be as enjoyable. And I was right.The story takes place in the early 1800's England. Pandora Effington is known as the Hellion of Grosvenor Square. Pandora considers Maximillian Trent a rake, rogue, scoundrel and beast.She has arranged to meet with him to see why he is leading her closest friend on, instead he turns it around to why she should be his mistress. She allows him to think she might. They are great with playing games with each other. In the end they make a bargain that had nothing to do with his so called attentions to Cynthia. If he can past a test of Pandora's choosing they will marry. Pandora is determined to win as she will only marry for love, thus why this is her 7th season and she is still single at age 24. Pandora realizes that Max has tricked her into marrying him so she comes up with the 12 trials Hercules had to pass. It seems it should be a no win situation and Max will back out of the deal. He don't. He takes it on and digs into the greek myths to find how he can turn the trials to fit this age.I like the way she lets other voices heard not only Max and Pandora but Cynthia and Laurie as well as others. It is well rounded writing and I can't wait to read the rest of the Effington series.

  • Trang Nguyen
    2019-05-24 12:40

    This was an okay read for me. A couple of times I laughed, a few times I rolled my eyes and at other times I thought can these two be any more stubborn? There was no real emotional connection I felt toward the two characters. To me it almost felt as if it were ALL a game to both Max and Pandora. To sum it up: Max is infatuated with Pandora and Pandora may like Max a tiny bit. When Max ask for her hand in marriage she flatly turns him down. Instead a wager is placed between them, a test, Max must pass in order to marry Pandora. Throughout the book Max is accomplishing the twelve tasks set out in front of him. Pandora is forced to spend time with Max, which later she realizes she is indeed in love with Max. Also along the road Max realizes he too loves Pandora. Both are too stubborn to admit their love for one and another instead they keep referring to the stupid game that was established. Love is almost lost but rest assured the hero and heroine get their HEA. At best this was a 2.5/5 rating. A light read that didn't grip any of the easy emotions that normally come out when I read a romance novel.

  • Sharyn
    2019-04-29 20:42

    So this book came out in 1999 and I probably read it then, but it was on my shelf and it turns out I had 1 and 4. So I got 2 from the library and ordered 3 from Amazon. Here is the review of The Wedding Bargain number 1 in the Effington series that is now up to 11!! Pandora is in her 7th season and believes she doesn't want to marry. She is rich and independent and the Effingtons are well known eccentrics. But she hasn't met anyone like the Earl of Trent, who is ready to marry and wants to marry her. She sets up a bargain and gives him the list from the 12 labors of Hercules! He accepts the challenge and the game is on. We meet many of the Effington's who will turn up in later books. The theme is usually the same, the women want to marry for love, but it takes forever for someone to finally say it!!

  • Madu
    2019-05-24 20:02

    What's bad in a typical plot- the man being the scoundrel and the woman the virgin? That's the beauty in a HR, the fact that an author can create something good out of a simple main idea that is old...The same thing can be applied to why we keep watching new versions that appear in the film industry about fairytales or about old books-it's the same story, the other elements are differentI liked it...It wasn't the greatest HR I have ever read but not the worst...There were some things that were"meah" -I didn't quite enjoy the 12 challanges at the beginning but after that they made me laugh...Also the "runaway" drived me nuts, but I liked the rest and the characters' uncertainty about the other one's love

  • Julie
    2019-04-28 17:51

    This series has been on my TBR list forever, but for some reason I could not get into this romance. I had such trouble keeping track of what was going on, the characters weren't all that interesting to me and I almost didn't finish it. I didn't sympathize with the heroine at all, I thought she was petulant and childish to continue with the bargain while insisting she didn't want to get married to Trent! Yes, it was clever how he managed to complete the twelve tasks of Hercules, but I found it frustrating the way they both would not act on their feelings and kept playing these games, afraid to say what they really thought. I'm not sure if I'll continue with the series (it's endless!) though I have liked other books by her.3/5

  • ~Leslie~
    2019-04-23 17:55

    I'm currently in love with Victoria Alexander novels. Yes, they are cliched, but her characters and her dialogue and the way she handles the storylines are so enjoyable and just plain fun. I end up smiling at the end, which is exactly why I read historical romance novels. This one is a twist on the "determined never to marry" young woman vs. "the rake, scoundrel with a heart" who decides she is the right one for him. The side characters are interesting and well developed and events that follow move along quickly. Even though the ending is never in doubt, the journey to get there is a joy.

  • Rebecca (everyday reader)
    2019-05-04 19:08

    Pandora is a woman who is independent, witty, knows her own mind, and will not marry for anything less than love. She has met her match in Max, who appreciates her spirit, but wants her heart as well. They make a bargain where he has to complete the 12 tasks of Hercules to win her hand in marriage. But during this month long period, they find they enjoy spending time together and it becomes more than just winning or losing. Outside help, family loyalties, new found confidence for a friend, another new love, and a past indiscretion found out, makes this a good read!!

  • Elaine
    2019-04-30 12:44

    No matter how much I tried I just couldn't really like this book. It was predictable and boring. And it dragged on a lot. The hero and heroine were both annoying. Pandora was selfish, self absorbed, self important and way too prideful. It got very tedious to read about her. Max was very shallow in my opinion. He had some potential to become an interesting character but sadly it was thrown away.I gave the two stars because the book itself was not poorly written. It just wasn't what I expected and what I like.

  • Stacy
    2019-05-12 16:45

    I really enjoyed this book but I was more interested in Cynthia and Laurie than I was in Max and Pandora. Pandora got on my nerves, and Max wasn't very interesting.

  • Judy
    2019-05-15 16:56

    This was witty, light and fun. I liked it, it put a smile on my face.

  • Laura
    2019-04-30 20:59

    Meh...I liked the matching of spirits, but too often I thought the hero was trying to crush the heroine's spirit.

  • Molly
    2019-05-14 15:59

    Fun, mindless summer escape!

  • Pamela
    2019-04-25 14:01

    This is a light, and charming, clean romance. I found it great fun. I have,read this author before, but not this series. This is book one, Trent versus Pandora, and the game they wager on. She wants a hero, but no husband, especially not a rake. She is holding out for love. She intrigues him, and her game, and he finds that he very much wants to be her hero, and her husband. The bet begins, and so does the FUN. I had just finished a,book about a very tragic, and terrible event going on here, and the world, so this book lifted my spirits, and made me smile, and even chuckle. This is not a book about deep meanings, drama, serious danger, or murder. It is,as I stated a light hearted, but charming, and well written romance. I will be reading book two, in this series soon.

  • Kat
    2019-05-08 18:55

    The book was well written and told a fun story. It just didn't grab me, though. The game was entertaining enough. However, I was not particularly fond of Pandora. Not really sure why she was so sought out. I much preferred Cynthia. (Her side story was very sweet.) Max was likeable. There was just too much "I love him/her, but does he/she loves me back?" for my taste. I have the other books in this series. Hopefully they will thrill me more.

  • Olga
    2019-05-18 13:48

    It's been a while since I cared as much for the main characters. I love that they both have flaws, but are relatable at the same time.

  • Eda Nur Soylu
    2019-04-24 19:57


  • catechism
    2019-05-16 13:06

    I'm all for nonsense, but it at least needs to be competently written nonsense. This was just terrible and everyone in it is inexplicably stupid.

  • Thenia
    2019-04-30 15:50


  • Elisa Vangelisti
    2019-05-04 20:07

    È molto carino, ma letto due volte basta. La trama è complessa, ma per semplificare si tratta di un uomo che vuole sposare una donna che si nega. Perciò suggellano un patto: se lui supererà la prova che lei richiede lei dovrà sposarlo. Se non ce la farà sarà lei a decidere chi dovrà sposare lui. E la fanciulla gli propone niente meno che le 12 fatiche di Ercole. A tratti molto comico, frizzante, simpatico. Insomma, consigliatissimo.

  • Josephina
    2019-04-29 18:52

    I've read this book before, though it's been a long time, and I remembered enjoying it thoroughly. So when I stumbled across it again recently, I thought I'd see how it stood up to a re-read. It was every bit as enjoyable the second time as I remember it being the first.The premise of the book is definitely one of the more original premises I've come across. That is, doing some sort of "test" to prove oneself in a romance novel is probably not entirely unheard of, but the author was very clever to use a famous Greek myth as the inspiration. This made a more interesting re-read for me than some other romance novels might have been, because I couldn't remember exactly how the myth had been integrated in the story. In that sense, it was almost like reading the book for the first time.This is of course the first of the Effington series (and a recent browse through my local library would make it seem that there are something like 16 subsequent books to the series, so I have much to look forward to, it would seem). Not only does it do a good job of guiding the reader through the love story for the main characters of this novel, it gives a nice sense of the family overall, so one has an idea of what to expect in subsequent novels.The supporting characters were also a joy to read - more the supporting female than the supporting male, for me, but both solid characters nonetheless. In fact, I enjoyed their plot enough that, at the end of the novel, I almost wish they'd been given a book of their own. Though to be fair, I don't think there was anything lost from their love story, in having been flushed out in a B plot, so I have no real complaints on that score.As for the hero and heroine in the book, I found Ms. Alexander's portrayal of them to be likeable, exciting, and with a good dash of humor to make them both fun and enjoyable, as well. The author also did a good job of dealing with the conflict that inevitably must exist in romance novels to keep the main characters apart for a while. I did not feel that there was an undue amount of conflict or angst drummed up simply as a plot device, which I appreciate as a reader.If you like stories about immovable objects and unstoppable forces, this is a good story for you. It's also a great introduction to the work of Victoria Alexander, and a very solid first installment in a series.