Posted by: Jennifer | June 24, 2009

Wed Him Before You Bed Him – Sabrina Jeffries

Jeffries, Sabrina. Wed Him Before You Bed Him. (New York: Pocket Books, 2009). ISBN – 9781416560821.

Main Characters: Mrs. Charlotte Harris and David Masters, the Viscount Kirkwood

Related Works: This is the final story in Sabrina Jeffries’s The School for Heiresses series. The following books are part of this series:

  • Never Seduce a Scoundrel – story of Lady Amelia Plume and Major Lucas Winter
  • Only a Duke Will Do– story of Louisa North and Simone Tremaine, the Duke of Foxmoor
  • The School for Heiresses – anthology including “Ten Reasons to Stay” by Sabrina Jeffries about Colin, the Earl of Montieth and Eliza Crenshaw, “After Midnight” by Liz Carlyle about Martinique and Lord St. Vrain, “The Merchant’s Gift” by Julia London about Grace Holcomb and Barrett Adlaine and “Mischief’s Holiday” by Renee Barnard about Alyssa Martin and Leland Yates
  • Beware a Scot’s Revenge– story of Lady Venetia Campbell and Sir Lachlan Ross
  • Let Sleeping Rogues Lie– story of Madeline Prescott and Anthony Dalton, Viscount Norcourt
  • Snowy Night with a Stranger – anthology with the short story “When Sparks Fly” – the story of Ellie Bancroft and Martin Thorncliff
  • Don’t Bargain with the Devil– story of Lucinda Seton and Diego Montalvo
  • Wed Him Before You Bed Him– story of Mrs. Charlotte Harris and David Masters, the Viscount Kirkwood

Description from Book:

At eighteen, Charlotte Page made a life-altering mistake. She wronged a man in an impulsive act that she came to deeply regret, though it led to her present life as Mrs. Charlotte Harris, owner of Mrs. Harris’s School for Young Ladies. Unbeknownst to her, that man is now her anonymous benefactor, the mysterious “Cousin Michael.” His masquerade began as preparation for a devastating revenge, but became a labor of love. Now Charlotte desperately needs his help. Can he save her from disaster as his real self without revealing the ugly secret behind his charade? Or will the mistakes of both their pasts tear them apart forever?

My Thoughts:

As someone who has read all of the books in Sabrina Jeffries’s The School for Heiresses series, I have been curious about Mrs. Charlotte Harris’s Cousin Michael from the start. We have always known that he is Harris’s mysterious benefactor, but have only known him through his correspondence with Charlotte – pieces of which we have read at the start of most new chapters in the series. I as quite happy to learn that the last story of the series would be Charlotte and Cousin Michael’s, and have been looking forward to it for some time.

The School for Heiresses has been a fun series – and I have enjoyed all of the books. Of course, some I have enjoyed more than others. The  most recent book, Don’t Bargain with the Devil (Lucinda and Diego’s story) was okay. It was worth the read, but both characters (especially Lucinda) irritated me – and quite honestly, made me a bit less excited about the prospect of Wed Him Before You Bed Him.

Fortunately, my apprehension was all for not. I found Wed Him Before You Bed Himto be a very fitting end to the series and even more so, a very fitting HEA for Charlotte. I am a sucker for the reunited-lovers theme, so this one was right up my alley. I was extremely surprised that David Masters, Lord Kirkwood was a man from Charlotte’s past – and that he was Cousin Michael. Previously, his biggest claim to fame was that he was married to Charlotte’s former student Sarah – who wasn’t a terribly nice person. He has appeared in most all of the books in the series – and maybe that should have been a tip off. But, I can admit to not remembering too much from the earlier books in this series.

Overall, David was a very nice surprise – and I absolutely adored he and Charlotte together. I did think that his role as Cousin Michael was a bit convoluted, especially since so many of his actions were aimed at trying to break the relationship between Michael and Charlotte. At the same time, he spent so much time and energy trying to prevent this secret from coming out – and I found this a bit painful. I mean, I knew it had to come out at some point.

It is always a bid sad to see the end of a series. Fortunately, I found Wed Him Before You Bed Him to be a fitting capstone.

One somewhat unrelated item: I can only wonder at book naming. In this book, Charlotte does comment that wed-him-before-you-bed-him is one of the rules for her students – but it is only one line in the book. And, Charlotte certainly didn’t wed David before she bedded him. I’m not sure if the title is supposed to mean anything, but it doesn’t hold much relevance to the story.

Read first June 23, 2009

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