By Julia James. He should, right now, be leaving his office and going back to his apartment to change, ready to escort Madeline to the opera—and thereafter back to her apartment for their usual mutually enjoyable end to the evening. The arrangement suited him. Madeline de Cerasse, like all the women he selected for his leisure hours, knew what he wanted from a relationship and provided him with it—sophisticated companionship at the many social events his position required him to attend, and then, in private, equally sophisticated pleasures of an intimate nature. Physically intimate. Emotional intimacy was something Xavier neither sought nor desired.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Bedded, Or Wedded? Bedded, Or Wedded? He'll bed her, expose her then destroy her… Lissa works hard to help her sister… even if that means having to put on false eyelashes and flatter wealthy men… Xavier Lauran has pursued Lissa from the moment he walked into the Soho casino.
The last thing she needs is the dark, lethal sexuality of the Frenchman. But she can't resist…. Xavier has woven a web of deceit to catch h He'll bed her, expose her then destroy her… Lissa works hard to help her sister… even if that means having to put on false eyelashes and flatter wealthy men… Xavier Lauran has pursued Lissa from the moment he walked into the Soho casino.
Xavier has woven a web of deceit to catch her! And now he's trapped her—he'll ruin her! Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published December 1st by Harlequin first published November 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Bedded, Or Wedded? Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Bedded, Or Wedded? Mar 19, Vintage rated it liked it Shelves: alpha-romero-h , angsty , bamboozled-hero , deception , duped-heroine , idiot-him , in-over-his-head , needs-to-die , apply-two-by-four-please , big-fat-jerk.
C0uld have been a four star but the hero needed to do much more in terms of either suffering or groveling. All in all a nice romance with a heroine with a spine of steel until the bitter end. Despite inexcusable accusations by the H, she lets him get away with a minimal apology. He needed either a separation from the heroine or a more extended grovel. Re-Read Great recap reviews out there.
Reading in One-Click Buy: December Harlequin Presents I had completely forgotten the climactic scene when the C0uld have been a four star but the hero needed to do much more in terms of either suffering or groveling.
Reading in One-Click Buy: December Harlequin Presents I had completely forgotten the climactic scene when the hero throws verbal filth at the heroine. You are a gold-digging ho in a smarmy French accent. His rant is horrible; it's epic, and she just sits there horrified. I can handle that. What I can't handle is her letting him off the hook so easily. When he finds out what a Mary Sue Martyr she is instead of a gold digging slut all he can blab out is, Why didn't you tell me?
Come on! He should have been shunned and had to crawl across broken glass per boogenhagen's helpful suggestion. At least drink for a couple of weeks and have a hero's decline into pale and wan. View all 12 comments. May 18, StMargarets rated it liked it Shelves: angst-by-misunderstanding-lies , author-julia-james , black-library-on-line , harlequin-presents , hero-behaving-badly , 3-star.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Billionaire hero seduces cocktail waitress heroine in order to save his brother from her goldigging ways. As per usual, the investigating firm got it wrong. Brother was pursuing the heroine's crippled sister whom he met in the hospital while visiting a friend.
JJ does a good job in keeping the sister out of the heroine's narrative until the last two thirds of the book so the casual reader will wonder if she's really stringing two guys along at once as the hero wonders.
I say casual reader not Billionaire hero seduces cocktail waitress heroine in order to save his brother from her goldigging ways. I say casual reader not in a pejorative way - I mean someone who hasn't read hundreds of these and knows the "code" about cheating heroines.
They are more rare than extended grovels. So that might make the heroine's sudden ability to see the hero's side in the misunderstanding more palatable than it was to this hard-core reader. Hero needed to feel more pain for his misunderstanding, but JJ was running out of pages. I liked the heroine in this one. She turned down the hero until she knew her sister's future was taken care of - then she approached him for her shot of romantic happiness.
That was a nice twist. View all 4 comments. Dec 23, Dianna rated it it was ok Shelves: mustn-t-grumble. Sometimes within about 15 minutes, because it was all on fictional Facebook, which knows everything about everyone.
Heroes and heroines frequently damn women for wearing anything more than minimal makeup, colouring their hair, using anything to halt the appearance of aging, or having boob jobs. Any and all of those things are generally signs that the woman is shallow, venal, stupid and a villain. Why was it ok for Xavier to not find Lissa hot when she was made up and wearing a cheap slutty dress?
Xavier follows Lissa around for a little while, saying, sex now, oui? In his sexy French accent. Lissa view points to the reader a bit about the brother as well, because far be it for the reader not to think they are maybe involved, maybe. Then, Something Happens, and Lissa can quit her sleazy job and ring Xavier and tell him, oui sex, oui!
Her big secret is secret because the plot demands it to be so. The plot then demands that Xavier overhear Lissa talking to his brother, and then have a crazy head explosion where he says many Awful Things and she Keeps Silent.
But keeping what is really going on a secret, and there are enough hints that mean you can work out what it is pretty quickly, does make it feel that there is perhaps some stigma attached to the beloved herself in her situation, one that can only be spoken of now that it has been rectified. I do still have a soft spot for this story. And honestly, nothing wrong with a good opportunity to soapbox, either. View all 3 comments. Jul 13, RLA rated it really liked it.
When the hero Xavier learns that his half brother is supposedly in love and plans to marry he is immediately suspicious of the woman in question.
He arranges to have his brother investigated and discovered this woman to be Lissa, the heroine. He sees her as a gold digger and completely unsuitable to be part of the family.
He plans to expose her for what he believes she is in order to save his brother from humiliation. Lissa is actually nothing like what Xavier thinks, instead she is working hers When the hero Xavier learns that his half brother is supposedly in love and plans to marry he is immediately suspicious of the woman in question.
Lissa is actually nothing like what Xavier thinks, instead she is working herself to exhaustion to try and pay for treatment for her sister. When Xavier and Lissa meet, orchestrated by Xavier, they are immediately attracted to one another and Xavier is shocked by Lissa's gentle nature. He pursues her for an affair and she initially turns him down but eventually succumbs to her desire. They spend two seemingly blissful weeks together but they are both keeping secrets.
One thing I have found with Julia James's books is that they are always very emotional right from the beginning. This is certainly the case in this book as well. I really liked how the author hinted at Lissa's story and revealed it in tiny bits, it kept me reading and wondering what was going to be revealed, and this was executed perfectly.
Both characters are really well developed; Lissa is very honest but not at all a martyr and Xavier was wonderfully arrogant and powerful. The conflict between them was so intense I almost had tears in my eyes.
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