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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginning of a new series, January 8, 2015
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This review is from: Mad About Ivy (Berkshire Brides Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
This is a nice short story that introduces characters in the Berkshire Brides Series. The story is well written and edited. The First story Mad About Ivy is about Ivy Barnett an American niece of Lord Kendal. She joins her Uncle's family in England, while there she attends a get together for highborn young ladies to be introduced to eligible titled bachelors. Ivy hopes that her almost over the hill age of 25 doesn't prevent her finding someone her own age instead of the "old man" back in America who is willing to take her hand. There she meets Lord Claymere who makes no bones about that he shall not take a wife until he is 40, as he has many oats to sow! However his plans start to change when he meets the feisty and incorrigible Ivy.
My only issue with the story is the abrupt ending. Almost a cliffhanger for Ivy and Claymere. However, what prevents it from being a cliffhanger is that you know what basically happens to them. I just would have loved to read a satisfying... Read more

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Really My Cup of Tea, January 12, 2015
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Devereaux Kipling, Earl of Claymore, is a very reluctant guest at a house party, having been cajoled into being there by his mama. She's determined to get him married, he's determined not to allow her to push him into marriage with a stated plan of not marrying until he's forty years old.

But... there is a certain lady, Ivy Barnett, American niece of the Earl of Kendal, who has grabbed his attention. He can't wait to leave the house party because He. Doesn't. Want. To. Be. Around. Ivy. Just when he thinks he can manage to stay away from her until he makes arrangements to depart, he keeps running into her and oops! keeps kissing her??!! No, I didn't quite get it either! Not the done thing to go around kissing a young virtuous respectable girl/woman. For Ivy's part, she's kind of adventurous and really doesn't mind the kissing.

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At some point - remember it's a novella - and the author doesn't have very many pages to get everything sewn up nice and... Read more

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too short, not enough story to bother with, and too much sex., July 11, 2016
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***Warning spoilers ahead***

This is not a book, it is a vert short story with an unfinished ending. It is supposed to be a prequel to the first book in the series but from the reviews of that book it sounds like the actual book 1 (not this short story that is labeled book 1) is about two of the side characters of this prequel. This story has the H and h jumping into bed about a day after they meet at a house party. The H supposedly is a proper gentleman who disapproves of anyone breaking the rules of society; He is determined to marry after he turns 40 and then it will be to a properly bred, trained to be a housewife, young woman of a noble family, and of English upbringing. His mother has forced him to accompany her to a house party with lots of eligible young women hoping he will choose one now at age 29 so he doesn't turn out to be a old man marrying a young wife as her late husband was.
The h is a 25 year old woman from America, niece of a British lord, and a... Read more

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