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Seduction has never been more enticing than in this third novel of Nicole Jordan's enthralling trilogy, The Courtship Wars. Spirited beauty Lilian Loring believes that love is too risky a venture and that marriage is best avoided entirely–even if her unwanted suitor comes as deliciously packaged as Heath Griffin, the Marquess of Claybourne. The charismatic rogue has never Seduction has never been more enticing than in this third novel of Nicole Jordan's enthralling trilogy, The Courtship Wars. Spirited beauty Lilian Loring believes that love is too risky a venture and that marriage is best avoided entirely–even if her unwanted suitor comes as deliciously packaged as Heath Griffin, the Marquess of Claybourne. The charismatic rogue has never met a woman who can discourage his advances, and after a show of resolve Lily too melts under Heath’s sensuous kisses. Perhaps that is why she decides to hide out in the last place a gentleman would look for a lady: a house of scandalous repute. In bold pursuit, Heath discovers his enchanting spitfire cheerfully instructing the demimonde in the art of deportment. Now the thrill of the chase is exceeded only by his powerful need to possess Lily as his bride. For Heath, victory in their game of passion means nothing less than winning Lily’s elusive heart. . . .


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Seduction has never been more enticing than in this third novel of Nicole Jordan's enthralling trilogy, The Courtship Wars. Spirited beauty Lilian Loring believes that love is too risky a venture and that marriage is best avoided entirely–even if her unwanted suitor comes as deliciously packaged as Heath Griffin, the Marquess of Claybourne. The charismatic rogue has never Seduction has never been more enticing than in this third novel of Nicole Jordan's enthralling trilogy, The Courtship Wars. Spirited beauty Lilian Loring believes that love is too risky a venture and that marriage is best avoided entirely–even if her unwanted suitor comes as deliciously packaged as Heath Griffin, the Marquess of Claybourne. The charismatic rogue has never met a woman who can discourage his advances, and after a show of resolve Lily too melts under Heath’s sensuous kisses. Perhaps that is why she decides to hide out in the last place a gentleman would look for a lady: a house of scandalous repute. In bold pursuit, Heath discovers his enchanting spitfire cheerfully instructing the demimonde in the art of deportment. Now the thrill of the chase is exceeded only by his powerful need to possess Lily as his bride. For Heath, victory in their game of passion means nothing less than winning Lily’s elusive heart. . . .

30 review for To Seduce a Bride

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katie(babs)

    Lilian Loring, the youngest of the three Loring sisters, is so set against marriage that she doesn't mind telling everyone so. She'd rather spend her days with her dearest friend, Fanny Irwin, who is a renowned Cyprian. Of course, Lillian doesn't want to follow in her footsteps, but prefers to have the freedom Fanny and her other Cyprian friends have. What Lillian is not counting on is Heath Griffin, Marquess of Claybourne, whom she met the morning of her oldest sister's wedding. Heath makes her Lilian Loring, the youngest of the three Loring sisters, is so set against marriage that she doesn't mind telling everyone so. She'd rather spend her days with her dearest friend, Fanny Irwin, who is a renowned Cyprian. Of course, Lillian doesn't want to follow in her footsteps, but prefers to have the freedom Fanny and her other Cyprian friends have. What Lillian is not counting on is Heath Griffin, Marquess of Claybourne, whom she met the morning of her oldest sister's wedding. Heath makes her feel very strange…he is too virile and too charming. Heath is hoping to unnerve the lovely Lily and wants to court her. Heath is not apposed to the thought of marriage as Lily is. As he tries to figure out the eccentric Miss Loring, he can't help but be fascinated by her blunt conversations and her ideas about life. And it is always a plus that when he kisses her, she melts in his arms. Heath frightens Lily away with his honesty about courting her, and she decides to spend some time with Fanny at her boarding house where other aging Cyprians reside. She thinks Heath will never look for her there. Suddenly, Lily has other more important matters to deal with, such as Fleur and Chantel, two boarders who owe the odious Mick O'Rourke gambling debts. He wants his payment in a month’s time, or he will take Fanny as his mistress. Lily won't let Fanny sacrifice herself and tries to help these two formers ladies of the night. But then Heath shows up and won't leave without a chance at courting Lily as he wanted to do before she ran off. Lily gives Heath two weeks to try wooing her. Heath has to channel his romantic side and break through Lily's defenses about her ideas of marriage and men. Heath also has Fanny, Chantal, and Fleur on his side. They all want Lily to be happy, and they begin to help Heath win Lily's heart. Heath can only hope that Lily will welcome his seduction, and that will hopefully lead to a ring on her finger and a ceremony that will make them husband and wife. The third and final book in Nicole Jordan's Courtship Wars trilogy ends as a near perfect romance for Lily, the most difficult of the Loring sisters. Heath has much against him as he tries to seduce this bride to be! In the past two books, Lily is explained as wild and unruly, but in TO SEDUCE A BRIDE she comes into her own and is a very mature and thoughtful woman. Her relationship with Fanny is what I would expect for two close friends to be, and I found it to be one of the best in the book. As for Heath, I found him to be a lovely character. Lily sure does give him a run for his money, but Heath feels he will prevail, and even though Lily doesn't mind the physical aspect of his wooing, he wants everything, which means marriage. When was the last time you read about a hero who wants marriage right from the start and doesn't keep his heroine dangling? This story is a delight to read and a nice role reversal, for a change. There are also so many interesting secondary characters including Basil, who may or may not have tender feelings for Fanny, and even that of the supposed villain, Mick, who is in love with Fanny, but the way he shows it hurts many people. Nicole Jordan always writes historical romances that are a sure crowd pleaser, and TO SEDUCE A BRIDE is one of them. This is one book that is a great finale to a romantic series that should not be missed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fiona Goodman

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Here is the story in a nutshell...... "Marry Me" "No", "Marry Me" "No", "Marry Me" "No", "Marry Me" "NO!", "Okay, I don't want to marry you" "I want to marry you now" (The End). Here is the story in a nutshell...... "Marry Me" "No", "Marry Me" "No", "Marry Me" "No", "Marry Me" "NO!", "Okay, I don't want to marry you" "I want to marry you now" (The End).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dancer

    Of the three books in the series, this was my favorite. The characters weaknesses became their strengths. I absolutely loved Heath Griffin's character. Of the three books in the series, this was my favorite. The characters weaknesses became their strengths. I absolutely loved Heath Griffin's character.

  4. 4 out of 5

    minnemoo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In a nutshell, the story goes like this: Hero: Marry me. Heroine: No, never! I hate marriage! Hero: I'll make you change your mind. Heroine: Never! But you're kind of hot, I guess. Let's just have an affair. Hero: So will you marry me now? Heroine: Nope. Hero: Fine, I give up. I don't want to marry you. Heroine: Wait, I mean yes, I'll marry you! Hero: Ok. The plot was pretty much an exact copy of the first book, To Pleasure a Lady, with the same stupid bet between the hero and heroine. Only this time, Li In a nutshell, the story goes like this: Hero: Marry me. Heroine: No, never! I hate marriage! Hero: I'll make you change your mind. Heroine: Never! But you're kind of hot, I guess. Let's just have an affair. Hero: So will you marry me now? Heroine: Nope. Hero: Fine, I give up. I don't want to marry you. Heroine: Wait, I mean yes, I'll marry you! Hero: Ok. The plot was pretty much an exact copy of the first book, To Pleasure a Lady, with the same stupid bet between the hero and heroine. Only this time, Lily is so much more annoying, even worse than her sisters. I like strong heroines, but Lily isn't one. She's stubborn, rude, arrogant, and totally does not deserve the hero, Heath. He could do so much better with someone else who actually appreciates him instead of playing dumb drama games. And speaking of the drama, it got repetitive and old really fast. The "scandal" about Lily's parents got mentioned a bazillion times (it was also repeated ad nauseum in the previous books), and just made the conflict seem so contrived and overblown. Lily just wanted to have her cake and eat it, and I was so done with her despicable behavior. I only managed to slog through the entire book because I had read the other two books and it felt wrong to just quit, but now I doubt I'll continue with the rest of the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julie (jjmachshev)

    The final story in this trilogy. Our heroine wants nothing to do with a husband as she has issues from her parents' unhappy union. Once our hero lays eyes on her, his mission is set. He wants her and knows marriage is the price he must pay. The entertainment comes from his seduction of the innocent miss. I enjoyed reading the hero's efforts even when I wanted to smack the heroine upside the head. The elements of danger weren't necessarily directed at the heroine, but did advance some of the thinl The final story in this trilogy. Our heroine wants nothing to do with a husband as she has issues from her parents' unhappy union. Once our hero lays eyes on her, his mission is set. He wants her and knows marriage is the price he must pay. The entertainment comes from his seduction of the innocent miss. I enjoyed reading the hero's efforts even when I wanted to smack the heroine upside the head. The elements of danger weren't necessarily directed at the heroine, but did advance some of the thinly veiled plot. There were no doubts of the outcome, but I still enjoyed the journey...

  6. 4 out of 5

    ChloeLeeNH

    I am not sure I liked this one as much as the others. And I now have to hope that she is moving two of the secondary characters on to a book of their own? Those were the only two characters that she didn't clear up by the end of the series. I would have liked to see them either together or connected to someone else. Overall though I thought it was a good series. Easy to read but on the whole it became a bit redundant and you could have easily moved the characters around to each book and it would I am not sure I liked this one as much as the others. And I now have to hope that she is moving two of the secondary characters on to a book of their own? Those were the only two characters that she didn't clear up by the end of the series. I would have liked to see them either together or connected to someone else. Overall though I thought it was a good series. Easy to read but on the whole it became a bit redundant and you could have easily moved the characters around to each book and it would not have been that noticable.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This last and best of the "Courtship Trilogy" was well worth my time. Based on past issues in her life, spirited beauty, Lily Loring is dead set against courtship and marriage. It is up to Heath Griffin, Marquess of Claybourne to woo her and change her mind. This last and best of the "Courtship Trilogy" was well worth my time. Based on past issues in her life, spirited beauty, Lily Loring is dead set against courtship and marriage. It is up to Heath Griffin, Marquess of Claybourne to woo her and change her mind.

  8. 4 out of 5

    penelopewanders

    Interesting how little really happens in this story, and how, on the whole, it nonetheless remains a fun read. At one point in the middle I did get a bit tired of hearing Lily rant on about never marrying, but Heath is quite the charming one and the writing is enjoyable.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I didn't enjoy this because Lily keeps turning Heath down (time and time again) and yet he STILL tries to run after her like a lovesick dog. This would be more believable if he wasn't a powerful Marquess, and she a poor daughter of a semi-notorious family. I didn't enjoy this because Lily keeps turning Heath down (time and time again) and yet he STILL tries to run after her like a lovesick dog. This would be more believable if he wasn't a powerful Marquess, and she a poor daughter of a semi-notorious family.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Fae

    my first book from Nicole Jordan and it's been a while since I've read a book that had me glued to my chair for hours just to finish it! the plot was unique as it was the man doing the chasing, instead of the lady doing the chasing. i liked how Heath 'chased' Lily and was so persistent in doing so. from the moment they met in the barn, i really liked Heath. he is just the most patient, kindest and gentlest man ever. his ability to always see things in good humor impressed me, he wasn't overly ser my first book from Nicole Jordan and it's been a while since I've read a book that had me glued to my chair for hours just to finish it! the plot was unique as it was the man doing the chasing, instead of the lady doing the chasing. i liked how Heath 'chased' Lily and was so persistent in doing so. from the moment they met in the barn, i really liked Heath. he is just the most patient, kindest and gentlest man ever. his ability to always see things in good humor impressed me, he wasn't overly serious but was serious when the moment called for it. i liked how despite being a rake, he had a good conscience, meaning he would rather have Lily as a wife and in his bed than Lily as his mistress because he cares about her. I enjoyed this book because of the amount of screen time Heath and Lily had together which allowed to them to bond and expose their inner selves to one another. Lily changed Heath by making him want to be a better person, to spend his money on better endeavors, and to help people. Heath helped Lily overcome her fear of men and marriage. to me, falling in love means embracing one's strengths and weaknesses and changes to one's personality for the better and the author handled that very well. fortunately, this isn't one of those books where the inner thoughts are more than the actual interaction between the hero and heroine so plus points to the author for that. i rather see action than read about inner thinking. while it is important, there is a limit. i did also like Heath's seduction and Lily's reciprocation. it was super hot and quite a lot of scenes (which i liked). as much as i loved and enjoyed reading this book, i was put off by Lily's constant rejection of Heath's courting and felt it took too long for her to realize she loves him, which only happened after he 'left' her. i also thought the author put too much of Lily's friends and her conversations with them in this book, and the action with Franny at the back of the book so i skimmed some of it. will be reading more of this author's books.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Widya Rahardja

    I seriously almost never gave a book I read a 2-star, because I'm too polite for that and I seriously admire people who could write an entire book (and finish it, of course!). But this time, I really couldn't help it I didn't like Lily in the first book, I didn't like her in the second book, and I totally hate her in the third book. She's just so callous, rude and just so unappealing. I couldn't understand why Nicole Jordan, the author, choose to make Lily's character like this. I love Arabella a I seriously almost never gave a book I read a 2-star, because I'm too polite for that and I seriously admire people who could write an entire book (and finish it, of course!). But this time, I really couldn't help it I didn't like Lily in the first book, I didn't like her in the second book, and I totally hate her in the third book. She's just so callous, rude and just so unappealing. I couldn't understand why Nicole Jordan, the author, choose to make Lily's character like this. I love Arabella and Roslyn, and if she could make such an amazing character as Roslyn, why not use that little bit of charm to Lily? Instead, Lily is just so full of herself and I don't think she ever deserves Heath in the first place. He's too good for her The 2-star is actually my respect to the others "girls" in the story, especially those who actually show Lily the newspaper where the news of the Heath's "engagement" is made public, and how she pushed Lily to actually accept that she loves him (Really, until almost the end you don't realize that? Because you're too hardened by the world? Seriously, lady?) Towards the end I have little patience with Lily and I wonder how I finish the book. I guess I like Heath so much to deny him his own story. He's such a delightful person, I just wish he got a better bride

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alisa

    While I enjoyed this book, by the end I was ready for it to be over. The hero is a rake who is initially intrigued by the heroine, a young woman who craves independence and doesn't want to marry because her parents union was traumatic. I get it. However, the strike a bargain and a challenge begins. The courtship was fun, but at times, frustrating. The heroine is stubborn and the hero determined. Then it flips and the hero finally gets that she really isn't going to marry him. Problem is she has While I enjoyed this book, by the end I was ready for it to be over. The hero is a rake who is initially intrigued by the heroine, a young woman who craves independence and doesn't want to marry because her parents union was traumatic. I get it. However, the strike a bargain and a challenge begins. The courtship was fun, but at times, frustrating. The heroine is stubborn and the hero determined. Then it flips and the hero finally gets that she really isn't going to marry him. Problem is she has a change of heart. The back and forth between the characters was entertaining, but the heroine got a little annoying with anti-marriage rant. At some point, after all of the side characters explain that not every man is the same, you would think she would get it. She doesn't and that is where it starts to drag and her reluctance becomes a chore. I was done with her at that point, so I didn't blame the hero. At the end they get their hea, but by that time I was annoyed with her and just glad it was over. Still not a bad read. I'll definitely check out some other titles by this author.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Golden Time

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is kinda disappointing.... Lily has me facepalm myself inside my head numerous times... I completely understand her feelings because I know how it is but sometimes she had been too much and I feel bad for the hero.. Perhaps Basil and Heath are the only reasons I hang on reading this book. Also after reading Roslyn's story I had notice many similarities between that book and this one. The similarities aren't in the story of course. First there are too many kissing and touching here and This book is kinda disappointing.... Lily has me facepalm myself inside my head numerous times... I completely understand her feelings because I know how it is but sometimes she had been too much and I feel bad for the hero.. Perhaps Basil and Heath are the only reasons I hang on reading this book. Also after reading Roslyn's story I had notice many similarities between that book and this one. The similarities aren't in the story of course. First there are too many kissing and touching here and there and still the heroine would still refuse to wed. Second repetitive arguments... Third hero's pov and lines T.T - It goes somewhat like these..." He waited all his life..' "He had made love before but not like this." And a lot more that I can't name but notice nevertheless... Anyways because of these patterns I decided that I wouldn't read other books from the series because they might have the same formula as the series book 2 and 3 ...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Angelica Morado-Young

    Really enjoyed this story! The main female character insists that she does not want to marry which is shocking in the Regency period in England! Then the main male character is insisting that she should marry him. He is rich,charismatic and is a Marquess! The struggle between them involves their relatives and friends. I liked that it includes the conditions of the underprivileged and various activities of criminal incidents common for that period.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jacque

    Lily doesn't want to get married - EVER! Her parents put her off of committing to marriage. Heath, the Marquess of Claybourne, decides that Lily can change his mind about marriage and he wants her. She leads him on a great chase and she attempts to derail his pursuit. Heath wants nothing more than Lily and victory is winning her heart and hand. Lily doesn't want to get married - EVER! Her parents put her off of committing to marriage. Heath, the Marquess of Claybourne, decides that Lily can change his mind about marriage and he wants her. She leads him on a great chase and she attempts to derail his pursuit. Heath wants nothing more than Lily and victory is winning her heart and hand.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amira

    I enjoyed the romance between Lily and Heath even though I was frustrated at times with the back and forth on the marriage bit. There were some delightful moments and the sensual scenes were wonderfully done. 3.5 stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    BookLovingLady

    The third one in the Courtship Wars series: Lily's obstinacy to being married became a bit boring, to be honest. The third one in the Courtship Wars series: Lily's obstinacy to being married became a bit boring, to be honest.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I liked the stories of all the sisters but this one got a little tedious after midpoint

  19. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Just disappointed ...

  20. 4 out of 5

    ChocoholicReader

    Rating- 3 Good Heat- 3 Several scenes Tropes- instalust, hero tries to seduce heroine to change her mind, The 3 Loring sisters all have issues with marriage because of their parents’ disastrous union. While all 3 have different issues, the books have become very formulaic. Hero decides almost instantly that she is the one, she refuses to wed, he seduces her to change her mind, all the while he refuses to recognize love himself, until suddenly he does, and that revelation brings her around, the end Rating- 3 Good Heat- 3 Several scenes Tropes- instalust, hero tries to seduce heroine to change her mind, The 3 Loring sisters all have issues with marriage because of their parents’ disastrous union. While all 3 have different issues, the books have become very formulaic. Hero decides almost instantly that she is the one, she refuses to wed, he seduces her to change her mind, all the while he refuses to recognize love himself, until suddenly he does, and that revelation brings her around, the end. Perhaps this wouldn’t be a problem if you didn’t read the series back-to-back because all of the books are good in and of themselves. The pattern just becomes repetitive. As an individual novel, there is a lot to like in To Seduce a Bride. The addition of the cyprians shows just a touch of the ugly side of society while still not being depressing. Lily’s transformation from someone who wanted to adventure above all into someone with a passion to help others was both natural and delightful. I’m also a sucker for series about friends and families, and it is fun to watch all of these characters get their HEA.

  21. 4 out of 5

    MaggieReadsRom

    4.5 stars! When she meets the Marquess of Claybourne, Heath Griffin, Lilian (Lily) Loring is immediately intrigued by him and the attraction is undeniable no matter how much she would like to ignore it. Heath slowly but surely chips away at her defenses and makes her realize that not all noblemen are what the general opinion says of them. Lily finds it more and more difficult to resist his charm, passion and allure. What starts as a pursuit of pleasure, turns into a game of cat and mouse that eve 4.5 stars! When she meets the Marquess of Claybourne, Heath Griffin, Lilian (Lily) Loring is immediately intrigued by him and the attraction is undeniable no matter how much she would like to ignore it. Heath slowly but surely chips away at her defenses and makes her realize that not all noblemen are what the general opinion says of them. Lily finds it more and more difficult to resist his charm, passion and allure. What starts as a pursuit of pleasure, turns into a game of cat and mouse that eventually leads to a deep and heartfelt love match. Lily is the "misfit" of the Loring sisters, not only different in coloring with her dark complexion, eyes and hair next to her fair sisters, but also in her personality and demeanor. She is the one considered the spitfire, hellion and hoyden. She refuses to be subdued into the conformity of the "ton." She chooses her own path in life. She is vivid and vibrant, unconventional and compassionate. She is very outspoken and says exactly what's on her mind. She has a profound view of marriage and why she would never want to be trapped in one. In her eyes marriage leads automatically to unhappiness. This is something she grew up with, something she saw in her parents' marriage. Heath has the reputation of being a heartbreaker. He is adventurous and daring. But he also has a big heart and tries to do good by the people he cares for. He is so enthralled and fascinated by Lily, he is determined to show her marriage and love doesn't automatically lead to hurt and being controlled. It can also be passion and pleasure. At first for Heath it's the thrill of the chase that makes him pursue Lily. She is the first woman who doesn't fawn over him for his status or his appearance. But when he gets to know more of the person Lily is behind her defiant and spitfire façade, his feelings for her grow deeper and more sincere. Heath's persistence and Lily's stubbornness are truly endearing. I understood Lily's aversion to marriage and why she kept resisting Heath's courtship of her because she was the sister most affected by their parents' disastrous marriage. Being dominated, being at the mercy of a man is her biggest fear and she'll do anything not to end up in such a situation. Even if it means denying herself happiness with a man who truly cares for her and has no intentions of dominating her. Lily and Heath carried the story in the best way possible, being amazing primary characters. But I must say I also loved the secondary characters. They were well fitted into the plot and added to the compelling character of this book. There were some characters that in my opinion were screaming for their own book and I hope Nicole Jordan will hear their pleas and write their books too. Though the basic structure is the same for all three books, each book has its own character and feel. Of course this is due to the different personalities of the heroes and the heroines and their backgrounds. Each book also has a different plot alongside the love story. The recurring theme of the poor example set by their parents' marriages is also present in this most recent book of the series. The story besides Heath and Lily's romance is one that holds attention but doesn't take over the complete book. It's there to give the romance the body it needs to become more than just a mere tale of passion and love and turns it into a full, rich and colorful love story. In fact I can honestly say this is one of the best-written and plotted regency romance I've read in a while with love scenes and sensual attraction that are truly tantalizing! It was the most heart-stirring book of the three. The balance between intense emotions and the sensuality was exquisitely done. Where the previous books in the trilogy didn't reach the level of Jordan's Paradise or Notorious Series, this one absolutely did and surpassed them by a landslide! This was Nicole Jordan at her best. Intense, passionate and sensual! The final battle of the Courtship Wars has been fought and there are only victors to reap the passionate spoils! This book was the one I anticipated the most in the trilogy and that anticipation was thoroughly and utterly satisfied.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Letschat1974

    Stars 3/4 (Kate Pearce, Maureen Driscoll, Elisa Braden) Hey fellow readers I don’t summarize the books (as there are always great full summaries written that I read myself). I only give it my personal, general, summary of 5 stars to 1 star. 3 stars: This book is worth a read but didn’t really have me excited about interacting with the book where I could not put it down. It lacks the excitement and well roundness of my personal markers for a great read throughout the book. Development and interest Stars 3/4 (Kate Pearce, Maureen Driscoll, Elisa Braden) Hey fellow readers I don’t summarize the books (as there are always great full summaries written that I read myself). I only give it my personal, general, summary of 5 stars to 1 star. 3 stars: This book is worth a read but didn’t really have me excited about interacting with the book where I could not put it down. It lacks the excitement and well roundness of my personal markers for a great read throughout the book. Development and interest in main characters, secondary characters, humorous, movement of the book, writing/conversation and romantic/sexual content (1-2 scenes or too much unnecessary). Read it once and that is enough for me. However, if this book is part of a series, I would read the next book (pervious book) in the series as it would still peek my reading interest. I’ll continue reading from this author. I wouldn’t cross the author out of my potential reads in the future.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Oleta Blaylock

    This is Lily Loring's story. She is the youngest of the Loring trio and she is also the most irritating. She has been complaining and insulting men since the first book. She has tried over and over to talk her sisters out of marrying the men that love them and make them happy. She can’t see that not all men are like her despicable father. She is so wound up in her beliefs that she is right and everyone is wrong that she almost loses the one man that would do anything to make her happy. I am surp This is Lily Loring's story. She is the youngest of the Loring trio and she is also the most irritating. She has been complaining and insulting men since the first book. She has tried over and over to talk her sisters out of marrying the men that love them and make them happy. She can’t see that not all men are like her despicable father. She is so wound up in her beliefs that she is right and everyone is wrong that she almost loses the one man that would do anything to make her happy. I am surprised that she hasn't been severely hurt since she can’t evaluate a situation before losing her temper and charging in where cooler heads might hesitate. I agree with her that the defenseless need to be championed but taking on a gang of bullies bigger and meaner than you are isn't’t smart. Lily is smart, compassionate, passionate, and loyal to a fault. She is patient, caring and honorable as well. She is just so very stubborn and unyielding. Heath Griffin, Marquess of Claybourne, is enchanted with Lily from the moment that he kisses her in a barn on the Danvers Estate. I loved the way that Heath understood Lily from the very beginning. He was tender and caring. He never backed down from any of the things that Lily asked of him. He proves is compassion and loyalty over and over. He also never tries to change who Lily is at any point. I loved his dedication and stubbornness. He never gives up. In fact Heath provides some of the more lighthearted moments in the story. I was also glad that Fanny found someone to love her as well. She has been so helpful to all the girls that I hoped she would find someone to care of her. The person that wins her heart was unexpected and delightful. This is a well written story and there are some wonderful moments throughout the story. This could have been a great story if only Lily hadn't been so obstinate. We get to see glimpses of the other two couples in this story which is always great. I am looking forward to the next story in this series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Olguin

    DNF. I read the first two books in the series back to back and pretty much felt I was reading the same basic story. The sister's back story is pretty much the same. Their mistrust of men is pretty much the same. All three sisters suffer from their parent's bad marriage. Three titled bachelors meet one of the women and decide to wed them. All of the women seek the help and advice of a family friend, a famous courtesan. All three work as teachers for an academy they established to gain financial ind DNF. I read the first two books in the series back to back and pretty much felt I was reading the same basic story. The sister's back story is pretty much the same. Their mistrust of men is pretty much the same. All three sisters suffer from their parent's bad marriage. Three titled bachelors meet one of the women and decide to wed them. All of the women seek the help and advice of a family friend, a famous courtesan. All three work as teachers for an academy they established to gain financial independence and are wary of scandal that might reflect badly on that institution. In this book, this sister does not want to wed, ever. She is afraid of physical and emotional abuse. She is certain any man she weds will see her as his possession and will curtail her activities. While he enjoys a string of indiscretions. No man can be faithful or loving, or tender or companionable. All men are bad. So when the hero expresses his intention to woo her into marriage, she flees to London and hides in a boarding house for prostitutes and ends up helping them find a wealthier clientele. Really? A well-bred lady? In the Regency period? She has money (from the first book, an unbelievable sum) and wants to travel the world, but instead she hides with street whores? And then she helps them become better whores? And the stupid hero puts up with her childish crap. Way too far fetched that a rake and confirmed bachelor would care for a woman who clearly doesn't want his attentions. Real male pride would not put up with her constant rejections. Sure, Men like the chase but that is when they are certain of a successful capture. She doesn't like men. She's rather be a man than wed one. In fact, she's more of a man than the hero. So, I stopped reading in the middle of chapter eight.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lady Darcie Guenon

    Lily Loring, the yougest of the Loring sister. DOES NOT WANT TO GET MARRIED, but one kiss in the stable by Heath Griffin, Lord Claybourne may change that. When Lily begins to fear that Lord Claybourne is set on making her his bride to runs to the one place he would never look and that is a house full of scandalous repute. Think she is safe Lily begins to help out her childhood friend Fanny, but as everything is begin to come into place Lord Claybourne shows up ready to continue where they left o Lily Loring, the yougest of the Loring sister. DOES NOT WANT TO GET MARRIED, but one kiss in the stable by Heath Griffin, Lord Claybourne may change that. When Lily begins to fear that Lord Claybourne is set on making her his bride to runs to the one place he would never look and that is a house full of scandalous repute. Think she is safe Lily begins to help out her childhood friend Fanny, but as everything is begin to come into place Lord Claybourne shows up ready to continue where they left off. Heath Griffin, Lord Claybourne has NEVER met anyone like Lily Loring after that one kiss is the stable Heath is set on making Lily his bride, but when he seeks her out he finds that she has dissapeared, until someone leaves a tip as to where her location is. Upon finding her Heath's doubts leave completely and he seeks the help of the two older ladies who have let Lily stay with them in pushing her into excepting his proposal. Two weeks weeks to win 10 points in order to win 3 months of courtship is all Heath has to do. Yet Lily is NOT wanting to play this game until Heath kisses her once more and so the game begins. Yet danger still lurks in the shadows making this game harder. Lily Loring and Heath Griffin's story has to be my favorite because the heroine is the one NOT wanting to settle down and share feelins where are the hero is SET on marriages. Its so different from other romance cause the tables are turned. I believe thats what makes this book so good.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    One star for using the same basic plot and dialogue 3 times, creating redundancy; and for creating an unlikable heroine that doesn't deserve the hero. Lily Loring is so annoying, rude, childish, and churlish I don't care for her to marry Heath, he is too good for her. I am 1/2 way through, and I am so irritated by this ridiculous plot I will have to force my way to read it through. I don't care how it ends (although I know). OKay already, she doesn't want to get married, she doesn't want her sist One star for using the same basic plot and dialogue 3 times, creating redundancy; and for creating an unlikable heroine that doesn't deserve the hero. Lily Loring is so annoying, rude, childish, and churlish I don't care for her to marry Heath, he is too good for her. I am 1/2 way through, and I am so irritated by this ridiculous plot I will have to force my way to read it through. I don't care how it ends (although I know). OKay already, she doesn't want to get married, she doesn't want her sisters married, even though they found the perfect men. Also despite that her mother is now in the picture and she has forgiven her for running away. Lily seriously needs someone to tell her to get over it and grow up. She's a spoiled brat with an obsession. Now I like the premise of the series, but this one shows no progression. It is redundant. I don't know why the author had to resort to the same basic plot and sentiments for each sister. The only difference in this one from Arabellas and Rosaliies story is that the hero, Lord Heath, wants to marry her from the beginning and he does not need convincing. How he can determine that a childish, unfeminine undisciplined tomboy is the right person to be his marquessa suspends all credibility. Ps I have now finished and will give one more star for a decent ending--but she was still saying no I thought she needed a pyschiatrist instead of a husband. This novel was infuriating at the stupidity of the heroine.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Monisha

    I read the second book in this series, and I fell for Heath and Lily in the glimpses that I got of them. So I had to read this book. The characters are the best part. Heath was just so funny and persistent and stubborn, and he never gave up. Despite how hard it was to court Lily, he kept at it, and I thought he was precious. And Lily was kind of refreshing. Her desire to remain unwed was taken to this level that reminded me more of the heroes in romance, not the heroines. That was so fantasticall I read the second book in this series, and I fell for Heath and Lily in the glimpses that I got of them. So I had to read this book. The characters are the best part. Heath was just so funny and persistent and stubborn, and he never gave up. Despite how hard it was to court Lily, he kept at it, and I thought he was precious. And Lily was kind of refreshing. Her desire to remain unwed was taken to this level that reminded me more of the heroes in romance, not the heroines. That was so fantastically done. Together, they are the so funny. I love the way they interact. The dialogue was definitely memorable. The sexual tension between them was there from the very beginning. Nicole Jordan conveyed that aspect of their relationship so well. Some parts of the narrative did get a little repetitive. When you're reading this over the course of a couple days, you don't really need things re-spelled out constantly. I think if I had been reading this over a longer period of time, I wouldn't have noticed so much. Also, some parts of the story were slow. I understand the need for it because of Lily wanting to stay unmarried because of what she faced as a child. But it definitely dragged on somewhere in the midst of the game. Issues aside, this book was really good. I liked it a lot.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sylvain

    Seduction has never been more enticing than in this third novel of Nicole Jordan's enthralling Regency trilogy, The Courtship Wars. Spirited beauty Lilian Loring believes that love is too risky a venture and marriage is best avoided entirely - even if her unwanted suitor comes as deliciously packaged as Heath Griffin, the Marquis of Claybourne. The charismatic rogue has never had a woman discourage his advances. But after a show of resolve, Lily melts under Heath's sensuous kisses. Indeed, perha Seduction has never been more enticing than in this third novel of Nicole Jordan's enthralling Regency trilogy, The Courtship Wars. Spirited beauty Lilian Loring believes that love is too risky a venture and marriage is best avoided entirely - even if her unwanted suitor comes as deliciously packaged as Heath Griffin, the Marquis of Claybourne. The charismatic rogue has never had a woman discourage his advances. But after a show of resolve, Lily melts under Heath's sensuous kisses. Indeed, perhaps that is why she decides to hide out in the last place a gentleman would look for a lady: a house of scandalous repute.In bold pursuit, Heath discovers his enchanting spitfire cheerfully instructing the demimonde in the art of deportment and manners. Now the thrill of the chase is exceeded only by his powerful need to possess Lily as his bride. For Heath, victory in their game of passion means nothing less than winning Lily's elusive heart . . . .

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Connolly

    There were a few things I didn't like about the plot (for example the whole thing regarding the 'game' they were playing), but it was a very good read from beginning to end. Enjoyable, nicely written and filled with erotic scenes. I started reading it thinking I would hate Lilly, since most reviews say she's very irritating and frustrating, but I have to say I didn't dislike her in the least. She can be stubborn, childish and headstrong, but she comes around beautifully in the end and has good r There were a few things I didn't like about the plot (for example the whole thing regarding the 'game' they were playing), but it was a very good read from beginning to end. Enjoyable, nicely written and filled with erotic scenes. I started reading it thinking I would hate Lilly, since most reviews say she's very irritating and frustrating, but I have to say I didn't dislike her in the least. She can be stubborn, childish and headstrong, but she comes around beautifully in the end and has good reason to be distrustful of men. Heath is smart, witty and persistent, and incredibly tender and generous; the perfect match for Lilly. What I liked most about this book is how the author managed to elevate the attraction between the characters to something much higher than pure physical attraction. Something most authors fail to do.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mariah

    Lilly Loring is a headstrong, passionate, obstinate woman on a mission. She tries to thwart Heath Griffin, marquess of Clayborne at every turn as he tries desperately to convince her to marry him. He is an amazing, headstrong, compassionate hero, granted he wasn't always such a figure of propriety, love changes a man and his love for Lilly opens his eyes toward how he was living and how he could change it forever. With her in his life he is a better man. But ghosts in Lilly's past haunt her and Lilly Loring is a headstrong, passionate, obstinate woman on a mission. She tries to thwart Heath Griffin, marquess of Clayborne at every turn as he tries desperately to convince her to marry him. He is an amazing, headstrong, compassionate hero, granted he wasn't always such a figure of propriety, love changes a man and his love for Lilly opens his eyes toward how he was living and how he could change it forever. With her in his life he is a better man. But ghosts in Lilly's past haunt her and have her dead set against marriage. Can he change her mind? Heath does everything he can possibly think of to do so and her reactions are promising as well as disheartening in her refusal to let him in. Let the war begin!

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