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    Book 1

    This is the first book in a new sister's called, "The Shelley Sisters." Ther girls are triplets. Identical in looks, they're considered an oddity. They're father is a wealthy merchant looking to tie his name to the aristocracy and offering a large dowry in exchange for his daughters hand. In comes the Earl of Harcourt, Jasper. He is a second son, a good man, who inherited a mess. He needs to marry an Heiress. He doesn't care which Shelley sister, he let's the father choose. He chooses Anne. Anne is not happy about that arrangements and as the wedding is approaching decides to flee. She asks her sister Thomasina to fill in for her at the ball, while she flees with a secret gentleman she has been meeting with. Thomasina has been in love with Jasper since the day they met. So to be Anne for one night is exciting, until it is discovered Anne has fled. Jasper realizes its Thomasina right away. He doesn't know why but he has always been able to tell her apart from the others. There is a connection there. When it is discovered Anne had run off, Jasper insists that Thomasina take her place in the wedding. This is the beginning of watching their relationship grow and deepen. Mixed in with this is the mystery of what has happened to Anne. This leads to much drama and adventure. Book 2 is going to be about Anne and looks to take place simultaneously as this story. There is a cliff hanger at the end of the story you expect will be continued thru all 3 books. I loved this story. I loved the characters. Thomasina was gentle, kind,, forgiving and loving. Jasper was a very hurt torn up young man who desperately needs someone like Thomasina. I dont like cliffhangers that will continue thru the series. 4.5 stars rounded up.
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    Nice HEA

    This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy. What a fun book with triplets that are on the marriage mart, but when sister, Anne, is matched with Jasper things start to go wrong. Thomasina is attracted to her future brother-in-law and knows that nothing can come of her attraction to Harcort (Jasper). When Thomasina agrees to pose as Anne for one night, she finds that Anne took off and now she must pick up the pieces which means she now is to marry Jasper. Which you think would be her dream come true but she finds that Jasper does not want any emotions to come into their marriage and will not fall in love with her. Add to this, her sister, Anne is still missing and the "villain" is asking for the treasure that is hidden but no one knows what the treasure is or where it is hidden. Lots of drama with the missing sister and Jasper dealing with the past along with the growing emotions that he does not want and it was hard to put the book down! We are left with the sister returning and the next book will be her story and a little bit about Ellis not wanting to be the villain that he has become - will he get his own book - is he redeemable?? Looking forward to more with these sisters!
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    Excellent

    Author Jess Michaels must have some sort of writing magic. Every book she writes is not only original but features well developed and likable characters. Of course there's also plenty of chemistry and hot and steamy romance to round things off. A Reluctant Bride featuring the Shelley sisters will not disappoint. I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment. Write faster Ms. Michaels!!
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    Historical Romance

    A Reluctant Bride by Jess Michaels The Shelley Sisters #1 Being one of the Shelley triplets has not been easy for Thomasina, Anne and Juliana. They were considered freaks and treated so by family and society. The same face on all three but definitely not the same as Anne is outgoing and the life of the party, Juliana needs to fix things and Thomasina wants to help and comfort. Since nobody can tell them apart it is no big deal for Thomasina to step into Anne’s shoes for a night and dance with the man she fell hard for when he was introduced as Anne’s intended...even though Anne did not want him. And...that is just the beginning of the tale of the Shelley sisters… What I liked: * Thomasina – all heart, giving and comfort putting herself last – she really loves Jasper but she also has spirit and a temper. * Jasper – perhaps damaged by his childhood but a good man who is surprised by the connection he feels for Thomasina – and HOT indeed he is with his new wife. * Wondering about Juliana and Anne – I am eager to find out who they really are and what men they will end up with. * The story – it drew me in and made me feel for the triplets and for Jasper and all they managed to survive while growing up. * The mystery still unresolved – What is the treasure and why is it so important? Will they find it and if so when? * The relationship between Thomasina and Jasper * The connection between the triplets What I did not like: * The father of the Shelley triplets – a man I who was more interested in himself than his family. * Anne’s thoughtless action – although it did work out well for Thomasina * Having to wait to find out what will happen next. Thank you to NetGalley and The Passionate Pen for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
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    Loved it!

    Summer 1812 I know when I pick up a book by Jess Michaels I will immerse myself in a wonderful story and she never fails! As a side note, if you have not listened to one of her audibles, you don't know what you are missing! The Shelley Triplets, yes three sisters that are really different in nature and their father was ready to get them married off. Anne was the one who loved fun and town, Julianna was the level one, calm and kept the peace, while Thomasina thought she was just boring, always the one to do the right thing, the good girl. When Jasper, Lord Harcourt asked their father for one of the girl's hands in marriage, he told their father to pick. Can you just imagine? Interchangeable? Not in the least. But Anne was chosen who seemed the least similar in temperament and Thomasina developed feelings for him and this is their story. Fate seems to step in and Anne elopes with one of Jasper's wastrel brother's friends who demands something from Jasper before he will return her to the family. He turns to Thomasina to stand in Anne's place and marry him! A tangled web with a mystery, secrets, wonderful characters and an attraction that cannot be denied although some will try! Great start to a new series! Wonderful!
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