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  • ISBN 0451210131
  • ISBN13 978-0451210135
  • Language English
  • Author Louise Bergin
  • Publisher Signet (June 1, 2004)
  • Formats rtf docx doc lrf
  • Category Love Story
  • Subcategory Historical
  • Size ePub 1875 kb
  • Size Fb2 1550 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 176

Miss Judith Shelton will be the first to admit she is a fortune hunter, but she only has her orphaned siblings' best interests at heart. Luckily, the sensible Judith has no romantic notions of love-until she meets the cunning friend of the man whose fortune she is hunting.

A Worthy Opponent book. Another delightful read from Louise Bergin. I enjoyed the tension between the hero and heroine, both trying to do their best for the people that matter most to them.

A Worthy Opponent book.

Regency Christmas Wishes Anthology. Signet regency romance. An InterMix Book, published by arrangement with the author. InterMix Books, New York.

Absently, still listening to the solicitor, he wound it around his little finger, trapping it under the band of his signet ring.

The right of Louise Allen to be identified as the author of this work. Absently, still listening to the solicitor, he wound it around his little finger, trapping it under the band of his signet ring. Heir presumptive, to this? Why didn’t I pay more attention to the family history, to my living relatives, even if we were estranged?

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Louise Bergin Author. Author of sweet historical romances. The story features an art teacher who REALLY wants to study some Leonardo da Vinci drawings which are in possession of the hero. He wants a bit of flirtation before sharing.

Devenham looked at Phoebe in shock, thoroughly appalled at what he had done. He stepped back from her, still staring. She stood absolutely still, apparently frozen in horror. She stood absolutely still, apparently frozen in horror ife had he so regretted a kiss; he was not certain he had ever regretted one before now. If I offered a thousand apologies, it would not be enough, he said miserably. After all that you and Allington and Lady Allington have done for me-this, this is how I repay you!.

Signet Books was an imprint of the New American Library (NAL), which was established as an autonomous American publishing house after branching off from its British-based parent company, Penguin Books. Signet had the longest running Regency series, beginning in the late 1970s and ending in February 2006. It generally published three books each month, though this varied over the years. Signet also produced reissues, both of their own previous releases as well as those of other publishers.

A Worthy Opponent" starts off as many Regency-era romance novels do: a young beauty determined to snare herself a rich husband through fair means or foul because of her impoverished circumstances

Miss Judith Shelton will be the first to admit she is a fortune hunter, but she only has her orphaned siblings best interests at heart. A Worthy Opponent" starts off as many Regency-era romance novels do: a young beauty determined to snare herself a rich husband through fair means or foul because of her impoverished circumstances. But then the authour's genius steps in, and the plot is tweaked away from the usual through a set of plot devices that necessitates the heroine and the (true) hero spending more time with each other and getting to know each other's character intimately.

The equal and opposite enemy to the hero, who, save for the tragic circumstances of his life, upbringing, political ideology, or financial situation, might have been the hero's best friend. Unfortunately, though, he must be the hero's opposition

Signet Regency romances.

Signet Regency romances. Signet Books was an imprint of the New American Library (NAL), which was established as an autonomous American publishing house after branching off from its British-based parent company, Penguin Books. Other authors who wrote for the Signet Regency romance line include: Jo Beverley, Nancy Butler, Marjorie Farrell, Sandra Heath, Candice Hern, Carla Kelly, Allison Lane, Emma Lange, Anne MacNeill, Amanda McCabe, Dorothy McFalls, Melinda McRae, Barbara Metzger, Nadine Miller, Patricia Oliver, Andrea Pickens, Mary Jo Putney, Patricia Rice, Evelyn Richardson, Irene Saunders, and Joan Wolf.

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Araath
The Shelton women have fallen on hard times and money is desperately needed to fund a London Season for the younger and beautiful Miss Sarah Shelton and for the education of young Charles Shelton. And since the head of the family, a distant relative, has seen fit not to pay any attention to the needs of Judith (the eldest sister), Sarah, Charles and their aunt, Tillie, Judith Shelton has decided to catch their neighbour, the wealthy and eligible Viscount Westfall, for a husband. But the one thing she hadn't taken into consideration was the affect that the intelligent and determined Peregrine Campion, a business partner of Westfall's, would have on her plans, or how his resolve to thwart her would both exhilarate and dismay her. Nor had she counted on much Peregrine would make her question her schemes and make her wonder which gentleman it was that she was truly a match for...
Once again Louise Bergin has penned a novel that is a little out of the ordinary. "A Worthy Opponent" starts off as many Regency-era romance novels do: a young beauty determined to snare herself a rich husband through fair means or foul because of her impoverished circumstances. But then the authour's genius steps in, and the plot is tweaked away from the usual through a set of plot devices that necessitates the heroine and the (true) hero spending more time with each other and getting to know each other's character intimately. So that halfway through the novel, we and the novel's principal characters know that they are meant for each other. What follows is a swiftly paced second half of the novel where the hero, with our Judith's help, comes to terms with his painful past and puts a few ghosts to sleep. On the whole, everything was very well done: the story development and the smooth pacing -- although, aside from Judith and hero, the other characters were a little two dimensional, however since both they were the novel's focal pair, this was not too much of a detraction. However while I did like "A Worthy Opponent," I did think that the novel lacked a certain cohesiveness -- it did read like a novel with two very distinct plots, that were loosely tied together via certain plot threads. Also, I did think that this book lacked the emotional depth and intensity that the authour's first novel, "The Spinster and the Wastrel" possessed. On the whole though, "A Worthy Opponent" was a nicely done romance novel that possessed a refreshingly different slant on an old plot device. A good 3 1/2 star read.
Ziena
Judith Shelton is a very determined young lady - determined to do the best for her brother and sister. So she plans to almost be run down by the carriage of Viscount Westfall. All happens just as she envisaged, she has been introduced to the Viscount and hopefully this will lead to greater things - an invitation his house party and a marriage proposal of course. However, the Viscount was accompanied by his friend Peregrine Campion - a wealthy man of trade who made his fortune in India. He almost immediately see straight through Judith's little plots and is determined to thwart the fortune huntress.
This is a very familiar premise with a slight entertaining twist. The tale moves fast, and the background is very lightly sketched. Characterisations are convincing, if a little broadly done in places.
Judith is very much modelled on Heyer's Frederica, the managing, elder sister who is determined to launch a reluctant, compliant younger one. She is only a pale imitation of course, and also ever so slightly stupid. She just cannot imagine she will not marry the Viscount on the strength of one short house party. For all that, she is likable.
Peregrine is also a likable gentleman, even if his friendship with Westfall is not altogether convincing. He has a tortured past, which takes over the second half of the book. Its resolution and his developing relationship with Judith actually better than the initial premise setting up the plot.
There are many good things here, but there is a good deal to off-set them. Clunking plot devices abound, characters are introduced and disappear when they have fulfilled their purpose (a maid is ill and needs devoted nursing, a young lady is a rival, a gossipy nasty). Peregrine's history in India is dumped into the middle of the tale and sits there like a too-rich fruit cake by slowing down the story.
Entertaining, but uneven. Shows promise
Yanthyr
Miss Judith Shelton is desperate. Her uncharitable uncle has not answered her pleas, and she wants a better future for her family. If she marries a rich man, her younger sister will have the opportunity to have a London season. When Viscount Westfall comes to Chesire, she has the notion to get him to marry her... even if that means resorting to desperate measures.

So, Judith throws herself in front of the viscount's carriage, martyring herself for the sake of her family. Her plan works. Westfall invites her into his carriage and asks to see her again.

But there was one thing Judith DIDN'T plan. Another man was with Westfall that day. That man is Peregrine Campion, Westfall's friend and business partner. Peregrine sees through Judith's plan, and they instantly start butting heads. He is a very big hitch in her plan--along with several other little hitches. She keeps coming into contact with Peregrine, who reads her like a book. He gets a glimpse of the real Judith, and she eventually gets a glimpse of Mr. Campion, as a man haunted by his past.

I enjoyed this book very much. How anyone can give it anything less than 5 stars, I have no idea. It's a very sweet story--the best I've read in a long time. This is Louise Bergin's 2nd book, and I think she's THE best new writer out there. She's very intuitive. The way she fleshes out her characters is masterful, and you want to see them succeed. More than once, "Worthy Opponent" reminded me of a Jane Austen book, not only because of the time period. I've read a million Regencies, and they never put me in the mind of Jane Austen. Louise Bergin's way of storytelling is what moved me. The ending was perfect... I only wish it would have been a bit longer.

Highly recommended. (And I'm a tough critic)