Secrets of a Wedding Night

Secrets of a Wedding Night

Valerie Bowman / Jul 21, 2019

Secrets of a Wedding Night How to Stop a WeddingYoung widowed and penniless Lily Andrews the Countess of Merrill has strong opinions on marriage When she spots a certain engagement announcement in The Times she decides to

  • Title: Secrets of a Wedding Night
  • Author: Valerie Bowman
  • ISBN: 9781250008954
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • How to Stop a WeddingYoung, widowed, and penniless, Lily Andrews, the Countess of Merrill,has strong opinions on marriage When she spots a certain engagement announcement in The Times, she decides to take action She will not allow another hapless girl to fall prey to a man particularly the scoundrel who broke her heart five years ago Anonymously she writes and distributHow to Stop a WeddingYoung, widowed, and penniless, Lily Andrews, the Countess of Merrill,has strong opinions on marriage When she spots a certain engagement announcement in The Times, she decides to take action She will not allow another hapless girl to fall prey to a man particularly the scoundrel who broke her heart five years ago Anonymously she writes and distributes a pamphlet entitled Secrets of a Wedding Night, knowing it will find its way into his intended s innocent hands How to Seduce a WidowDevon Morgan, the Marquis of Colton, desires a good wife and mother to his son someone completely unlike Lily Andrews, the heartless beauty who led him on a merry chase five years ago only to reject him When Devon s new fianc e cries off after reading a certain scandalous pamphlet, he vows to track down the author and make her pay But when he learns it s his former fianc e Lily, he issues a challenge write a retraction or prepare to be seduced to find out how wonderful a wedding night can be

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        Valerie Bowman is an award winning author who writes Regency set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps Valerie s debut novel was published in 2012 Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus She s been an RT Reviewers Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters she s number seven and a huge supply of historical romance novels After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally dogs When she s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.Visit Valerie on the web at ValerieBowmanBooks.


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    1. Reviewed For Rakehell ReviewsAbout to be married and deeply in love, Lily and Devon never thought anything would come between them, but through scheming and lies, Devon's father and Lily's parents split them apart leaving their hearts broken and their spirits bitter.It's five years later and Lily is the newly widowed Lady Merrill. Her husband has left her destitute and although she works to hide her financial trouble, keeping a roof over her and her sisters head is growing harder. Meanwhile, Dev [...]


    2. Ergh. Was in the mood to read this one, but that passed quickly. Didn't want to spend more time with these characters and had no hope it would get better. - We start with very awkward intro - the heroine decides to tell pertinent background info to her dog. Whenever characters spontaneously start spouting exposition in an empty room, the author is right there. Pulling the strings. Illusion broken. Ergh. - Hero enters, angry. They bicker. Squabble, even. Any infantile description will do. Not pre [...]


    3. This was a very engaging, delightful debut! Five years ago Lily and Devon fell in love and were determined to be together until Lily believed Devon left her and, in turn, Devon thought Lily left him for a wealthy earl and had led him on a merry chase. Now widowed and penniless, Lily sees an announcement for Devon and his newly betrothed wealthy heiress, Lily decides to pen a scandalous pamphlet that scares off Devon's fiancee. Knowing Lily is behind this act, Devon confronts her and tells her he [...]


    4. Review originally posted at Ramblings From This ChickThis book was an utter delight. From the first page to the last, Miz Bowman caught my attention and I just could not stop reading. I loved her voice and the way she developed her characters. I loved the way Lily and Devon interacted with one another. There was just so much sparks and passion brewing between them, and when they finally came together it was explosive and I loved ever moment of it.Five years ago both Lily and Devon were in love a [...]


    5. The first book in the Secret Brides series by new author Valerie Bowman. Lily Andrews was ready to marry Devon Morgan about five years ago but he broke her heart. When she saw the announcement of his engagement, she felt obligated to warn the girl. So she wrote the scandalous pamphlet "Secrets of a Wedding Night", anonymously, of course. Devon Morgan is sure that Lily Andrews is behind the pamphlet that causes his fiancee to break off their engagement. He doesn't understand why she rejected him [...]


    6. I wrote this book with the tropes of a virgin widow and a plot based on a misunderstanding with great glee and a wink and a nod to the old-school romance novels that I absolutely adore!


    7. Five years before, Lily Andrews and Devon Morgan were utterly devoted to one another and on the verge of running off to Gretna Green to marry. But two traitorous, false notes and three heinous parents join forces to thwart their love. As in many tales of love and poverty, money is at issue. Both their fathers gambled away their fortunes and need to wed their offsprings to spouses with money. Lily marries a much older man and becomes Lady Merill. She’s widowed almost immediately thereafter. Dev [...]


    8. What a charming read!! When his fiance breaks their engagement after reading a shocking pamphlet regarding wedding nights, Devon Morgan, the Marquis of Colton, just knows the anonymous author can be none other than Lily Andrews, the young woman who jilted him five years ago. While he’d prefer to never see her again, he must do so if he has any hope of repairing his shattered betrothal. When the stubborn Lily refuses to admit she even wrote the pamphlet, let alone consent to printing a retracti [...]


    9. Mild spoilers ahead:I gave up on this after three chapters. I was put off by the opening scene, when we are thrown in to the story without any set up. The h/h argue, kiss, then he tells her he is going to seduce her. He has come to confront her about her scandalous pamphlet titled "Secrets of a Wedding Night" that has frightened his fiance into breaking their engagement. So his motivation is to either punish her for the loss of his fiancee, or to educate her on how to be properly bedded. Great g [...]


    10. A light-hearted romp. I love how the heroine is not a woman to sit back and let things happen to her. She's in financial difficulty so she takes charge of that situation by publishing a scandalous pamphlet. This sets her straight in the hero's path, since the hero's intended reads the pamphlet and cries off their engagement. He's out for a retraction, and if he doesn't get that, he's intent on showing Lily what a proper wedding night ought to be. And of course, the two of them have a past. Great [...]


    11. This book doesn't officially come out until September of 2012. BUT I have read the book because the author, Valerie Bowman, is one of my critique partners. This book is funny and sexy, a delightful Regency romp. Valerie's humor reminds me very much of Julia Quinn, with her own unique twist. So, if you like Julia Quinn, add Valerie Bowman to your watch list. This is her debut novel, and there are two more in the series coming after this one.


    12. This was a great regency romance. It had all the ingredients, spunky heroine, hot hero, snappy dialogue. Ms Bowman did a great job of not only making her main characters come to life, but also fleshing out her secondary characters. I felt the interaction between the heroine and her sister was right on. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and if you are a fan of regency romance this is a book you don't want to miss.



    13. SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT, the first book in Valerie Bowman’s Secret Brides series, is a delightful tale of secrets, seduction and second chances, written with warmth, wit and style.The things I love about this book:Sexy, confident, strong, compassionate but stubborn hero ~Society sees Devon as a gambler, a drinker and a rake. The reality is very different. Using his skill with numbers, Devon has accumulated a large fortune at the gaming tables and invested it wisely. Now he gambles in the sq [...]


    14. When Lily discovers that Devon, the man who broke her heart is about to be engaged, she writes a pamphlet that is sure to make his spineless fiance call off their engagement. Devon is furious when her plan succeeds and vows to get his revenge by seducing Lily. The problem is that the connection between them hasn't really diminished over the years and they both clearly still have feelings for each other. At first the whole revenge plan seemed incredibly stupid to me. It seemed like a really weak [...]


    15. Our book begins with widow Lily Andrews attempting to find money in her account books that don't exist. Lily, her sister Anne, their butler and one maid have lived off of 10 pounds a year for the past 5 years and the money is just not enough. Lily's good friend James Medford is sponsoring Anne's debut ball but they still need money to eat! The ironic thing is that everyone in the ton is under the impression that she's rich. Not soon after the book begins Lily is visited by her old beau, Devon Mo [...]


    16. Reviewed by Book provided by the publisher for reviewReview originally posted at Romancing the BookThis is one historical romance book that everyone should read.Lilly Andrews is a woman that has to let her dreams of marrying the man she loves and marrying someone that her parents want her to marry. She was going to run away to Gretna Green to marry but the groom never showed up. She is ussed to always making sure that everyone is taken care of no matter what she has to do to get it done. So when [...]


    17. This is the author's debut book. I feel so au courant, reading a debut book and all! :-) And, it makes me very reluctant to be blunt in this review, in case the author is reading it.This book started out great - words like "delicious!" and "delightful!" spring to mind. Young widowed Lily has always been in love with the handsome, dashing Devon Morgan, Marquis of Colton. They had a misunderstanding way back when (you know how these things go) and parted with broken hearts. Now they have crossed p [...]


    18. Secrets of a Wedding Night is my favorite type of story: a reunion romance set in the glittering world of Regency London.Recently widowed Lily has a young sister, a charming dog and two hapless servants all in her care. Broke and struggling, she refuses to give into despair or let anyone know her means are so thinly stretched. She writes a pamphlet warning young women about the horrors that await them in the marriage bed. The pamphlet becomes a sensation and brings her both the satisfaction of e [...]


    19. She wrote an advice pamphlet for the soon-to-be-wed called Secrets of a Wedding Night. He's out for revenge after his fiance' reads the pamphlet and calls off their engagement. His plan for revenge? To discover the author and seduce her.Being a writer and fan of Science Fiction Romance, I don't read many historicals, but this novel was a pure delight. I loved the premise and the characters--a feisty but destitute heroine and an admirable but misguided hero--and completely enjoyed the read. The b [...]


    20. I just finished the ARC for Secrets of a Wedding Night. Wow. Ms. Bowman weaves a story with focus along with charm. Devon Morgan is the ultimate hero, determined to win but with a real reason that made this reader fall for him. Bowman's heroine is the girl I want to be, even with her problems, Lily's strong and focused. Of course the love scenes are HOT. Looking forward to more by Ms. Bowman.


    21. I really shouldn't like this book. This debut author used two weary tropes that should probably not be used any more: the BIG misunderstanding and the virgin widow. BUT in spite of this I really enjoyed the book. What saved it was breezy writing and good dialogue. I also enjoyed the characters. Valerie Bowman will have a good career as an author, I predict. Waiting to read the next one.


    22. Great read. I loved the back and forth between the main characters. Ms. Bowman did a wonderful job with her secondary characters as well. All in all, this was a fun sexy read and I'm looking forward to her next book


    23. I devoured this book. Compelling situation with an intriguing mystery to the main characters' mutual past that unfolded naturally through the story. I could identify with the heroine and loved the hero. Brava, author Valerie Bowman!


    24. Honestly, I melted every time Hero Devin looked at Heroine Lily. There's something about warm brown eyes that really gets me. Cute, fast-paced story with unpredictable twists to the normal regency plot lines. Well done and highly recommended!



    25. (Originally posted at keepersbookreviews)**Actual Rating**: 4.5 stars**Book Format**: eBookThis is one of the beset historical romances I've ever had the pleasure of reading. While it contains all the aspects necessary to make it "historical", the plot was one-of-a-kind. I've never heard of seducing people talked of so shamelessly in the times of the London ton, but I'm not complaining. Anything that inspired such an adorable blend of comedy, romance, and heartbreak deserves my applause.I will d [...]


    26. I've read some of Valerie Bowman's historicals as part of her Playful Brides series. So I decided to give Secrets of a Wedding Night a try since it was her debut novel. I found it to be decent, but there were definitely issues that she worked out in her later works.The main characters are Lily, a widowed countess, and Devon, a possible impoverished lord. During Lily's first season, these two flirted and thought they would end up married. But, a multitude of circumstances resulted in Lily marryin [...]


    27. Secrets of a Wedding Night BLG11.18.2012by Valerie BowmanI am so excited to read and write about this much awaited book. Congratulations Valerie, it so reflects your vibrant, humourous personality!Who knew a little pamphlet could become the Pandora's Box of this London season. It is an informational booklet, written anonymously, about the horrors of marriage, specifically the wedding night. It has spread fear in virgins throughout the city. No one knows the author's identityexcept Devon Morgan, [...]


    28. I actually really enjoyed the premise of this novel. Lily and Devon were believable as a couple, and their antics were delightful. The foreplay and sex scenes were decent as well.However, there were some aspects of this novel I found underdeveloped or pointless. For example, I think Bowman should have developed Devon's story with Justin more. Justin should have played a bigger role to begin with. In addition, I didn't really buy into the series of events that drove the couple apart five years ag [...]


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