The Next Best Bride

Once Upon a Wedding

Book 5
Kelly McClymer Books
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This USA Today Bestseller is the tale an unrepentant rake’s marriage of convenience turned upside down when twins switch place at the altar.

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"This was, by far, the best book in the series so far. I loved it, and the ending was so sweetly perfect!" — Tammy


When his fiance informs him that she can’t go through with their marriage of convenience Rand Mallon, Earl of Dalby, agrees to marry her twin sister in her place. After all, what difference does it make to him, an unrepentant rake in need only of a legitimate heir?

Helena Fenster looks forward to the earl’s promise to allow her her freedom once he has his heir. She draws the line at giving in to his desire to make sure their attempts for an heir bring her pleasure. Neither one of them can afford to complicate their practical plan with the dangerous fall into true love.

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About the author

USA Today bestselling author Kelly McClymer fell in love with Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White as a child. Her most prized possession is her copy of The Complete Tales of the Brothers Grimm. These are the stories which gripped our ancestors as they huddled around the fire at night, which taught countless children to persevere through hardship and succeed against the odds. Her favorite fairytale remains "The Six Swans" -- where a young sister must not speak a word for six years in order to save her brothers from their stepmother's evil spell.

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Publisher
Kelly McClymer Books
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Published on
Jan 1, 2002
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Pages
319
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Victorian
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 Once Upon A Wedding Boxed Set (Bks 1-4)

Set against the glittering backdrop of Victorian high society, four romantic tales featuring the unconventional Fensters by acclaimed romance author Kelly McClymer…

The Fairy Tale Bride
A disastrous London season convinces Miranda Fenster that happily ever after is for other people. But when an attempt to help her star-crossed brother goes awry, she finds herself married to the Duke of Kerstone. Can the hopeless romantic Miranda prove to her impeccably proper husband that fairy tales really do come true?

The Star-Crossed Bride
Ever a gentleman, Viscount Valentine Fenster steps aside when the woman he loves, Lady Emily Wertherly chooses another man. When he discovers Emily's fiance is a fortune-hunting murderer, Valentine tosses caution—and decorum—to the wind to save her. But he’ll have to move fast since the headstrong and highly-imaginative Emily is intent on saving herself… 

The Unintended Bride
Shy Hero Fenster loves two things—books and Arthur Watterly. But Arthur, the heir to a dukedom and pledged to another since birth, is the one thing she can never have—that is until the quest for a rare Arthurian manuscript and a night of passion in a bookshop change everything.

The Infamous Bride
Notorious flirt Juliet Fenster enjoys the delights of the London season far too much to consider settling down—particularly with a stuffy American like Romeo “RJ” Hopkins. But when the unlikely pair are cast in an amateur production of Romeo and Juliet, they find themselves doing far more than “playing” at love…

With wedding bells ringing and a killer stalking from the shadows, a former British spy makes up for lost time with the one that got away in this thrilling Regency romance from the author of Spy Fall and License to Wed.
 
Emilia St. George is moments away from marrying the admired grandson of a duke when the man who once jilted her decides to kidnap her at the altar. It’s the second time in five years Hamilton Sparrow has ruined her wedding day, and Emilia isn’t about to forgive him. The mere sight of her ex-fiancé revives painful memories—and, most regrettably, aching desires that refuse to be ignored.
 
Scanning the guests at Emilia’s wedding, Sparrow spots a familiar face: an assassin he recognizes from his days as a spy in France. Whisking Emilia away, he’s pleasantly surprised by her newly formed curves. Could this be the same flame-haired slip of a girl once promised to Sparrow? And does the fop she still insists on marrying realize what a prize she is? True, Sparrow left Emilia at the altar. But he’s afraid that the only way to right that particular wrong is to risk the one thing he’s always guarded: his heart.

Look for all of Diana Quincy’s enchanting Rebellious Brides novels:
SPY FALL | A LICENSE TO WED | FROM LONDON WITH LOVE | THE DUKE WHO RAVISHED ME

Praise for From London with Love

“Spies, intrigue, murder, a dashing hero, and a plucky heroine make this a real page-turner.”—Ashlyn Macnamara, author of What a Lady Requires

“Diana Quincy’s From London with Love is a real page-turner. The romance sizzles, the suspense builds, and the ending is thoroughly satisfying. A wonderful synthesis of action and romance!”—Shana Galen, author of I Kissed a Rogue
 
“Wonderfully written and brilliantly executed, Diana Quincy hit a home run with From London with Love. Feisty Emilia and brooding Sparrow are the perfect couple, add to that murder and art theft and this book had me furiously turning the pages. I highly recommend From London with Love and look forward to reading more from Ms. Quincy.”—Sharon Cullen, USA Today bestselling author of The Reluctant Duchess
3 Top Ten Google Play bestsellers from a New York Times bestselling romance author!


Full of adventure, humor, and unforgettable passion, Books 1 – 3 of Lauren Royal’s beloved Chase Family Series are now available as a boxed set for nearly half off list price! Two full novels and a novella in one limited-time, specially-priced set.


Discover an era of sweeping change, of exhilaration and pageantry. Enter magnificent Cainewood Castle, a home that has seen adversity, triumph, and everything in between. And delight in the heart of a family whose lives and loves resonate across the centuries…


AMETHYST - London, 1666 - Colin Chase, the Earl of Greystone, finds his carefully planned life turned upside down when the Great Fire of London lands a lowly jeweler's daughter in his arms.


EMERALD - England & Scotland, 1667 - Jason Chase, the Marquess of Cainewood, is on the road to bring a blackguard to justice when he crosses paths with a woeful Scottish lad—who turns out to be a lovely Scottish lass.


FOREVERMORE - England, 1667 - Sensible Clarice Bradford is content in her widowhood. She has a pretty one-room cottage and a lovely little daughter, and the last thing she wants is another husband. Until one fairytale evening when she’s invited to a wedding at a castle…


More detailed descriptions of each title can be found on the individual book pages.


BOOK DETAILS


Three complete, standalone romances—no cliffhangers!


Series: Chase Family Series, Books 1-3

Style: Humorous historical romance

Length: 265,000 words in total (about 1,050 standard pages)

Bonus Material: Author’s Notes, preview of next book, link to giveaway

R-rated Content: Steamy love scenes!


AWARDS


• All three books are Top Ten Bestsellers in historical romance!

• AMETHYST: Nominated by Romantic Times for Best First Historical Romance!

• EMERALD: Finalist for the Booksellers' Best Award and RWA Award of Excellence!

• FOREVERMORE: Nominated by Romantic Times for Best Anthology!


REVIEWS


"A captivating historical romance. Fans of Julia Quinn and Tessa Dare will love Lauren Royal!"

—Glynnis Campbell, USA Today bestselling author


"A wonderful read! With a deft pen, Lauren Royal captures all the pageantry, excitement, and color that was Restoration England."

—Romantic Times


"An impressive talent!"

—Publishers Weekly (Forecasted review)


"A passionate tale that brings late seventeenth-century England vividly alive...fast-paced and filled with action from the very first page to the climax."

—Midwest Book Review


CONNECTING BOOKS


While TWO WEDDINGS AND A BETROTHAL can be read on its own, many readers enjoy reading it as part of a series. All of Lauren’s books feature Chase family members. Should you wish to read them in chronological order, this is the sequence:


Chase Family Series: The Jewels

1666 - AMETHYST (Colin & Amy)

1667 - EMERALD (Jason & Caithren)

1667 - FOREVERMORE (Cameron & Clarice)

1668 - AMBER (Trick & Kendra)


Chase Family Series: The Flowers

1673 - VIOLET (Ford & Violet)

1677 - LILY (Rand & Lily)

1677 - ROSE (Kit & Rose)

1651 - A SECRET CHRISTMAS (Joseph & Chrystabel)


Chase Family Series: The Regency

1815 - LOST IN TEMPTATION (Tristan & Alexandra)

1816 - TEMPTING JULIANA (James & Juliana)

1817 - THE ART OF TEMPTATION (Sean & Corinna + Griffin & Rachael)


Chase Family Series: The Renaissance

1549 - ALICE BETROTHED (Adam & Alice)


Specially Priced Boxed Sets

CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE JEWELS COLLECTION

CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE FLOWERS COLLECTION

CHASE FAMILY SERIES: THE REGENCY COLLECTION



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Themes: sexy love stories, lords and ladies, wealthy and rich nobility, castles, England and English history, Scotland and Scottish Lairds, 17th century and 1600s, Restoration and Charles II, Great Fire of London, sisters and brothers, family life and friendship, orphans and single parents, mothers and daughters, matchmaking and weddings, handfastings, romantic comedy, nobleman and commoner romance, Cinderella stories, jewelers and jewelry-making, travel and road stories, mistaken identities, dueling and swords

Set against the glittering backdrop of Victorian high society, the rugged American west, and an Ireland struggling for independence, three romantic tales featuring the unconventional Fensters by acclaimed romance author Kelly McClymer…

The Next Best Bride 
Helena Fenster is hardly in a position to argue when her impetuous twin Rosaline gets cold feet and persuades the possibly-in-a-delicate-condition Helena to take her place at the altar with the impossibly-committed-to-the-life-of-a-rake Rand Mallon, Earl of Dalby. Helena could almost find herself happy to be wedded to the wickedly charming reprobate who encourages her artistic heart even as he stirs her passions...if only he hadn’t made her promise not to fall in love with him...


The Impetuous Bride
Rosaline Fenster escaped one wedding, leaving her fiance to marry her twin while she pursued adventure in the American South. But now her work on the Underground Railroad has the slave catchers hot on her trail and the only safe haven seems to be in the wagon train of wagon master Rob Lewis. Only trouble is, Rob doesn’t take unmarried single women on his train.

The Twelfth Night Bride
Kate Fenster, the youngest sibling of the unconventional Fenster clan, doesn’t accept the suit of Sean McCarthy, Earl of Blarney easily. Instead, she makes the silver-tongued earl prove himself, and his devotion, to her. Abandoned on her wedding night, when Sean must return to Ireland to rescue his younger sister from trouble, Kate finds herself a virgin bride with only her husband’s letters to keep her company at night. When a letter arrives, asking for a divorce, Kate knows what she must do: go to Ireland and face the man who promised her everything and left her with a nothing but a broken heart.

 

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