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The Bargain ❀ [EPUB] ✸ The Bargain By Jane Ashford ❤ – Thomashillier.co.uk It s than ridiculous, it s damned embarrassing and inconvenient for a scientist with his reputation to be called in to get rid of a ghost But when the Prince Regent summons Lord Alan Gresham to London It s than ridiculous, it s damned embarrassing and inconvenient for a scientist with his reputation to be called in to get rid of a ghost But when the Prince Regent summons Lord Alan Gresham to London to solve the mystery of a haunting, he has no choice At least the task shouldn t take much time He will uncover the perpetrators of the hoax and then return with speed to his experiments Or so Gresham thinks, until he finds his calm, logical investigation disrupted by a maddeningly forthright beautyAriel Harding has her own reasons for wanting to catch the ghost Yet when she slips into Carlton House uninvited, she never dreams she ll end up locked in a closet with an arrogant, opinionated, yet undeniably attractive scientist or that she ll wind up making a perilous bargain with the very same man They agree to exchange information and nothing But neither plans on the most confounding of scientific occurrences the breathless chemistry of desire.


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  1. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    When I need to read a romance for a Challenge I always turn to Regency fiction Somehow the settings help me cope with the romantic parts and I can always count on some humour as well.I have not read anything by Jane Ashford before, and it turns out that she writes a very competent Regency romance The male MC is a bit wooden but the female one makes up for him The comedy is supplied by the brothers who have some very entertaining conversations Each one of them was actually muchinteresti When I need to read a romance for a Challenge I always turn to Regency fiction Somehow the settings help me cope with the romantic parts and I can always count on some humour as well.I have not read anything by Jane Ashford before, and it turns out that she writes a very competent Regency romance The male MC is a bit wooden but the female one makes up for him The comedy is supplied by the brothers who have some very entertaining conversations Each one of them was actually muchinteresting than the MC It was all nicely done and very readable I will look this author up again in the future


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  3. Jess Jess says:

    If you don t examine this too much, it s a satisfactory story about an actress s daughter and a duke s son, who are polar opposites but also super attracted to each other But that s no way to read anything, so, behold a list of everything I found deeply irritating or disliked.1 Alan, the hero, is openly, almost proudly sexist, and he never changes At the end of the book, Ariel, the heroine, points out that she herself is a woman and she is intelligent and insightful and the very opposite of If you don t examine this too much, it s a satisfactory story about an actress s daughter and a duke s son, who are polar opposites but also super attracted to each other But that s no way to read anything, so, behold a list of everything I found deeply irritating or disliked.1 Alan, the hero, is openly, almost proudly sexist, and he never changes At the end of the book, Ariel, the heroine, points out that she herself is a woman and she is intelligent and insightful and the very opposite of a skittish female, but he just shrugs It makes no sense, because we also meet his mother, who is also intelligent and insightful and sensible You can argue that Ashford is just contextualising Alan by giving him the views of the time, but 1 literally what is the point and 2 Alan s is a weak fucking argument, since there is no female in the book who conforms to his views, which are apparently based on scientific observation Worse Ariel kind of laughs it off Like it s acceptable to hold these stereotyped, deeply offensive views Like Ashford thinks it s fine for a man to be sexist, so long as he makes exceptions for the actual women in his life No, it is not fine He is just a bigot, who s too stubborn and ignorant to change his mind Is this a swoonworthy hero Not in my world, at least.2 Alan doesn t believe in love, which again is completely stupid, because he has two loving parents and loves his family He s never been spurned by romantic love either So his whole love is an illusion schtick is only there to fulfill some sort of idea Ashford has that scientists don t believe in love, because love is irrational or something Which is completely stupid, because science itself is based on irrationalities pi, anyone Alan s mega sciencey brain also leads him to believe that Poets are fools, because none of them write of feeling as if your heart were being torn from you I know Ariel disagrees with him, because she knows poetry is not all flowers and sweet promises, promises as sweet but for heaven s sake, this is Alan the ultimate observer How much poetry has he read to make this idiotic claim 3 TW Abuse view spoiler There is a plot to kill a man who is a child sex abuser, concocted by his victims, and Flora a heroine in the sequel series, I think and Ariel try to stop it because the plotters could potentially kill Alan Just why Sex abuse should not be a part of a tiny subplot used to force the emotionally constipated hero into realising he loves the heroine It is not of inferior importance to tru luv But that s how Ashford has used it and that s how it comes out in the story, and it s at the very least degrading hide spoiler 4 Characters say umm , which is really irritatingly modern If Ashford is so bothered about context as to make Alan sexist, why doesn t she work on making the language appropriate too 5 I don t think Alan view spoiler even says I love you hide spoiler.Despite all of this though, it gets a 1.5 stars rounded up, because it did have a lot of promise in the beginning There was just a serious case of petering out


  4. Sia McKye Sia McKye says:

    If you enjoy a well written Regency that is layered with well developed characters who make you laugh and feel good this is the story to read.Jane Asford is a new author for me and this was the first, but not the last, of her stories I ve read She writes an involving story with a nod to modern readers of Regency while keeping with the s of the times I liked that Sometimes I feel that too many regency authors pack way too much sex into their stories at the expense of the story and totally If you enjoy a well written Regency that is layered with well developed characters who make you laugh and feel good this is the story to read.Jane Asford is a new author for me and this was the first, but not the last, of her stories I ve read She writes an involving story with a nod to modern readers of Regency while keeping with the s of the times I liked that Sometimes I feel that too many regency authors pack way too much sex into their stories at the expense of the story and totally disregarding the morals of the time I understand why today s readers demand hotter sex but Ashford creates a layered story with two well developed main characters that you can care about and when Alan Gresham steps over the line he does the right thing Of course the heroine doesn t agree due to the manner in which the offer was made and this added some fun to the story Especially Alan Gresham s reaction.The central mystery is who or what is haunting Carlton House but there is another layer of mystery about who is Ariel Harding and did her mother actually commit suicide Then there is Alan who is a man of science, logic and order with some peculiar notions about women and their reasoning abilities That made me laugh and look forward to his justly deserved comeupance which he got in spades at the hands of Ariel.All in all, this was a satisfying story which left me with a smile on my face and wishing the story wasn t over I can tell you I will be readingfrom this gifted storyteller


  5. Heather andrews Heather andrews says:

    Alan maybe a smart man, but to be honest where his woman is concerned the boy is stupid, and never says the right thing, he turned from the fire, checked slightly at the sight of her, then said, Good day You know why I am here, I imagine She allowed her brows to rise a little higher I thought we would marry next week, he went on I have inquired about a special license, and it seems easy enough to procure Under the circumstances, I don t think banns are really I enjoyed this book it Alan maybe a smart man, but to be honest where his woman is concerned the boy is stupid, and never says the right thing, he turned from the fire, checked slightly at the sight of her, then said, Good day You know why I am here, I imagine She allowed her brows to rise a little higher I thought we would marry next week, he went on I have inquired about a special license, and it seems easy enough to procure Under the circumstances, I don t think banns are really I enjoyed this book it kept my attention


  6. Hannah Hannah says:

    ARC REVIEW The Bargain was originally released in 1997 and was re released 2014 It s nothing what I expected and was pleasantly surprised by it I haven t read Jane Ashford before and really enjoyed it It has a little bit of everything I like romance, mystery, adventure It s a tantalizing misadventure between an unconventional couple, the youngest son of a Duke and the daughter of an actress It was an amusing read it s not everyday you read a romance where they are hunting ghosts at the requ ARC REVIEW The Bargain was originally released in 1997 and was re released 2014 It s nothing what I expected and was pleasantly surprised by it I haven t read Jane Ashford before and really enjoyed it It has a little bit of everything I like romance, mystery, adventure It s a tantalizing misadventure between an unconventional couple, the youngest son of a Duke and the daughter of an actress It was an amusing read it s not everyday you read a romance where they are hunting ghosts at the request of the Prince Regent.The youngest son of the Duke of Langford is the black sheep of the family Lord Alan Gresham is the scholar of the family a scientist studying the properties of light and as much as he hates London and socializing he must answer the Prince Regent summons What the Prince Regent wants is preposterous, he wants Alan to find the ghost of a recently deceased actress The ghost has inevitable crashed every party the Regent has thrown and is making him a laughing stock The first party Alan attends the ghost shows up but he s not the only one chasing it Ariel Harding was away at school when her mother committed suicide, she has come to London to deal with what is left of her mother s things and with the whisperings of her mother haunting the Regent she herself sneeks in to try and and see her mother Ariel makes a bargain with Alan that she will help him in his search of the ghost if he helps her find out what really happened to her mother But their investigation revealsabout Ariel s past then just what happened to her mother, and brings together the stuffy scholar and the daughter of an actress Ariel doesthan just win over Alan s heart but his families as well, with her wisdom from plays she advises Alan s older brothers and helps them with their love life problems Overall it was an entertaining and enjoyable read


  7. Courtney Courtney says:

    I m not entirely sure how I found this book maybe through a goodreads recommendation or a giveaway that I didn t win It was in my to be read list from my local library and the blurb about the book sounded interesting a ghost Woo , so I decided to give it a whirl And, wow Kinda wish I hadn t The premise of the book is the best thing about it a ghost haunting Prinny s home, a scientist and the ghost s daughter out to discover what is going on It sounds fun, right Except that the hero I m not entirely sure how I found this book maybe through a goodreads recommendation or a giveaway that I didn t win It was in my to be read list from my local library and the blurb about the book sounded interesting a ghost Woo , so I decided to give it a whirl And, wow Kinda wish I hadn t The premise of the book is the best thing about it a ghost haunting Prinny s home, a scientist and the ghost s daughter out to discover what is going on It sounds fun, right Except that the hero, Lord Alan, is a giant friggin a hole very sexist, very elitist even though he says he isn t , and an overall prig The heroine, Ariel, is rather blah, but does show a bit of pluck All in all, the story isn t sure where it wants to go we never get major answers to questions, a lot of action happens off scene, and there are all of these pointless side stories that are rather mundane Not to mention that the entire ghost comes to a VERY unfulfilling end with no justice to speak of.But, again, the main reason for the one star is that I truly did not like Lord Alan and was actively rooting for Ariel to end up with a different brother So, no, I can t recommend it


  8. Kimberly Kimberly says:

    The Bargain By Jane Ashford is an intriguing, suspense filled historical romance filled with unexpected twists and turns throughout which made it difficult for me to pry myself from between the pages I absolutely loved these characters Ariel Harding is a very determined and persistent heroine with a strong sense of independence and a need to uncover the truth behind her mother s death Lord Alan Gresham is a man of science and reason but certainly has no clue about romance and emotions of th The Bargain By Jane Ashford is an intriguing, suspense filled historical romance filled with unexpected twists and turns throughout which made it difficult for me to pry myself from between the pages I absolutely loved these characters Ariel Harding is a very determined and persistent heroine with a strong sense of independence and a need to uncover the truth behind her mother s death Lord Alan Gresham is a man of science and reason but certainly has no clue about romance and emotions of the heart However, his overall impression of women is quickly diminished when he encounters Ariel Harding Will he ever come to terms with his new found emotions Jane Ashford is a very talented storyteller with a special gift of creating a romance that has just enough spice that doesn t overpower the story itself Fans of Historical Romance are sure to be delighted The Bargain is a prequel to Ashford s new Regency Romance The Duke s Sons series with the first installment Heir To The Duke scheduled for release on January 5th, 2016 and is certainly on my list of books to be read


  9. eyes.2c eyes.2c says:

    Immensely enjoyable.A pleasure to read, this prequel to the Duke s Sons series begins with the Duke s youngest son of the Duke of Langford, Lord Alan Gresham, a reputed scientist, being called by the Prince Regent to Carlton House to put an end to the embarrassing appearances of the ghost of a leading actress, Tess Harding, and the Prince s past mistress Gresham responds to the Prince s demand, but is nevertheless annoyed to be pulled away from his precious experiments.Ariel Harding has her own Immensely enjoyable.A pleasure to read, this prequel to the Duke s Sons series begins with the Duke s youngest son of the Duke of Langford, Lord Alan Gresham, a reputed scientist, being called by the Prince Regent to Carlton House to put an end to the embarrassing appearances of the ghost of a leading actress, Tess Harding, and the Prince s past mistress Gresham responds to the Prince s demand, but is nevertheless annoyed to be pulled away from his precious experiments.Ariel Harding has her own reasons for wanting to learn the truth of the hauntings What she does discover is the very attractiveness of the reticent Lord Between the hauntings and watching Ariel dispense advice to his brothers, Gresham is not sure whether to be amused, annoyed or beguiled by the vivacious Ariel A pleasing Regency Romance and a fun read A NetGalley ARC


  10. Bark Bark says:

    THE BARGAIN starts out great, it s funny, sexy and has an intriguing premise Because he has a serious scientific mind, the hero s services have been requested to find the culprits behind a very annoying ghost Ariel is also determined to unmask the ghost because it has been rud it may be her recently deceased Mom s spirit and she wants to find out the truth behind her Mom s death It s not long before these two bump into each other, get locked in a cupboard together, experience all kinds of THE BARGAIN starts out great, it s funny, sexy and has an intriguing premise Because he has a serious scientific mind, the hero s services have been requested to find the culprits behind a very annoying ghost Ariel is also determined to unmask the ghost because it has been rud it may be her recently deceased Mom s spirit and she wants to find out the truth behind her Mom s death It s not long before these two bump into each other, get locked in a cupboard together, experience all kinds of new tingly feelings and decide that two heads are better than one and join together to complete their investigation Even though THE BARGAIN did have it s humorous moments, and the heroine was very likable, the plot moved too slow and it was not an emotional read for me


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