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Life as a convict in an Australian penal colony was brutal but James Hunter had the advantages of raw physical strength and courage on his side He survived and now he is back; a self‐made man of means determined t. Four stars

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O take the bride he was promisedLady Thea Willers knows nothing of the bargain her father made to save her brother nor does she have any interest in marriage It might be a radical idea but what Thea wants is a caree. I haven't r

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RThe revelation that her brother’s liberty depends on her marrying James Hunter is devastating But nothing it seems has the power to shake Thea’s world upside down like James himself or the way he makes her feel. I really re

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  • The Convicts Bounty Bride Convict Wives #1
  • Lena Dowling
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  • 16 September 2019
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About the Author: Lena Dowling

In her previous lives Lena Dowling has been a lawyer policy analyst and an administration manager While Lena was born and raised in New Zealand it was during a stint working ‘across the ditch’ in Australia that she took up writing in earnest Having found her inspiration in The Lucky Country Lena writes Australasian themed romances about gutsy intelligent heroines and the men who dare to l



10 thoughts on “The Convicts Bounty Bride Convict Wives #1

  1. says:

    Rating 2 out of 5The convict’s bounty bride by Lena DowlingThis book had good prospects A convict and his lady wife A beautiful possibility My only thought before I started the book was that I wished it were longer than a novella But within the first three pages I couldn’t reach the ending fast enoughThe heroine Thea is supposed to be a strong headed woman with modern notions of feminism The first page in you realise that it’s all thought and no action She initially starts of scared as a kitten asking her father whether she can work in a bank in front of her mother whom she knows is going to say no I can’t credit her for cleverness when it came to that setting What was she thinking? Anyway she obviously gets shot down by her mother who only has to say no twice before the strong headed heroine settles down and accepts it Thea by my standards had no backbone Then she puts down side riding and feel smug for having disagreed with her mother twice in such a short amount of time Then she sits and dreams of ways to disgrace herself in the ton so that she is to never marry Something that she doesn’t follow through in the bookThen comes the hero James who is a hypocritical insert few choice words asks after Thea’s virginity as though he is valuing a prize horse While he himself relishes in the thought of going back to his skilful courtesans Although that there was a notion during the historical period that men would be allowed pleasures that women won’t it still didn’t mean that I had to accept and like James’ repugnant principles He is obsessed with her virginity Not only does he hire someone to be his spy whom he asks but he also asks her whether she is Like she would be something vile if she wasn’t So this James Hunter also likes to wear breaches so tight that there is no point in wearing themAlthough there were several annoying moments throughout this novella the worst was when a few hours if even that after Thea’s brother dies Thea looks to James to teach her the pleasures of flesh just so she can forget This whole scene was utterly repugnant to me In this situation and context I can’t accept that no matter how devastated a person would be that it would be acceptable to seek out sex I mean your brother just died can you not grab on to his privates pleaseThe romance was utterly unbelievable The characters had shallow personalitiesARC courtesy of NetGalley and Harleuin Enterprises Australia

  2. says:

    Warning This is only a short story The biggest downfall of an eReader is unless you specifically check first you I don't how many pages are in a book Why am I so cranky? I was truly enjoying this story I really liked these main characters and I couldn't wait to see what adventure awaited them in Australia She was spirited and intelligent and although he just wanted to claim the bride promised to him for her social standing he liked the woman he met and believed she would be a great asset to him as a wife in his farm in Australia I could see the affections growing between them I was trying to imagine what scenario's awaited when they returned to Australia So imagine my disappointment when I go refill my coffee before we start to get into some good storytelling then I sit back down and try and turn the page and there's no What I have to say to Lena Dowling is please go back and finish Please I want This was a enjoyable story but beware as soon as you start getting into it it will be overSee at

  3. says:

    Four stars for this short novel I liked it a lot Why only a rating of four? Because the characters are so beautiful and funny that I would have preferred a real novel with a richer and complex plot the thing was so short left me a little disappointedWith her skill the writer was in being able to get shortly right to the heart of the story and this is a very important thing in a short novelThea Willers is the young daughter of an Earl she tries in every way to escape to her mother's main hobby organize a beautiful wedding with some suitable men for her social position The girl who she grew up with a certain freedom and thanks to the her father's will she has been able to study something unusual for women at that time she has a sharp mind and she has very brilliant and important projects in mind for her life she wants a career writing and she especially doesn't want to be wed with a husband that restricts her freedom that she's always been accustomed to having This however goes against her parents' wishes and she receives no support from her brother who is too busy getting lost in artificial paradises that the laudanum gives himJames Hunter is just returned from Australia new colony of England where he spent a the last seven years as a convict as a result of a scam which actually he didn't commit The man himself to save his family from ruin he prefers to ruin his reputation in exchange for money that could solve his family's economic problems but he also has another plan in order to regain entry into polite society where money is not enough he makes an agreement with the parent of the real culprit when he will return from the colony he will have the right to marry the Earl's daughter our dear TheaThe trap for our heroine seems to have taken but in fact James Hunter proves to be a very different from all the men the girl knew and although at first she objected to the Union then she begins to think there are some enjoyful points in the marriage this man so charming and unconventionalThea is a funny character with a very clever mind she's smart and she studies all sorts of thing to free herself from mother's projects I admired a lot even her stubbornness and courageJames is the ideal man for a romance beautiful and damned but at the same time extremely intelligent with his unusual behavior compared to what you might expect from a gentleman but at the same time he's proud and loyalA really nice couple a real novel with them it could be so beautiful however I enjoyed and had fun with this reading it's worth itI reccomend the forthcoming book March 1 to people in love with this kind of book Thanks to Netgalley and Harleuin Enterprises Australia for the previewRating 4 starsTITLE The Convict's Bounty BrideAUTHOR Lena DowlingEDITORE Harleuin Enterprises AustraliaPUBLICATION DATE released by March 2013uattro stelle a uesto racconto breve che mi è piaciuto tantissimo Perché solo un rating di uattro? Perché con dei personaggi così belli e divertenti avrei preferito un romanzo vero e proprio con una trama più ricca e articolata la sua brevità mi ha lasciato un po' dispiaciutaLa bravura della scrittrice è stata nel riuscire a entrare subito nel vivo della storia e avendo poche pagine a disposizione è stata una cosa fondamentale per l'evolversi del raccontoThea Willers è la giovane figlia di un conte che tenta in tutti i modi di sfuggire all'hobby principale della madre organizzarle un bel matrimonio con ualche pretendente papabile per la sua posizione sociale La ragazza che è cresciuta con una certa libertà e grazie al volere del padre ha potuto studiare in modo approfondito cosa inconsueta per le donne dell'epoca ha una mente sveglia e brillante e ha in mente dei progetti importanti per la sua vita poter fare una carriera scrivere e soprattutto non avere un marito che limiti la libertà che è sempre stata abituata ad avere uesto però va contro il volere dei genitori e non riceve nessun sostegno dal fratello troppo impegnato a perdersi nei paradisi artificiali che gli regala il laudanoJames Hunter è appena rientrato dall'Australia nuova colonia dell'Inghilterra dove ha scontato una pena di sette anni di lavori forzati a causa di una truffa che in realtà non ha commesso L'uomo si è incolpato del fatto per salvare la sua famiglia dalla rovina preferisce infangare la sua reputazione in cambio di soldi che potrebbero risolvere i problemi economici della famiglia ma ha anche un altro piano per riguadagnare l'ingresso nella buona società dove i soldi non bastano conclude un accordo col padre del vero colpevole uando tornerà dalla colonia avrà il diritto di sposare la figlia del conte Willers la nostra cara TheaLa trappola per la nostra eroina sembra scattata ma in realtà James Hunter si dimostra molto diverso da tutti gli uomini che ha conosciuto e la ragazza nonostante in un primo momento si opponga all'unione in seguito comincia a pensare che ualche lato positivo ci possa essere nello sposare uell'uomo così affascinante e non convenzionaleThea è un personaggio divertente con una mente molto intelligente e furba ne studia di tutti i colori per potersi liberare dai progetti della madre ho ammirato molto anche la sua testardaggine e coraggioJames è l'uomo ideale per un romance di uesto tipo bello e dannato ma al tempo stesso estremamente intelligente con un comportamento insolito rispetto a uello che ci si potrebbe aspettare da un gentiluomo ma al tempo stesso orgoglioso e lealeUna bella coppia veramente che avrebbe potuto dare origine a uno splendido romanzo peccato comunue mi sono gustata e divertita con uesta lettura così veloce ne è valsa la pena uindi libro di prossima uscita 1 marzo consigliatissimo per gli amanti del genereSi ringraziano Netgalley e la Harleuin Enterprises Australia per la previewVOTO 4 stelleTITOLO The Convict's Bounty BrideAUTRICE Lena DowlingEDITORE Harleuin Enterprises AustraliaDATA PUBLICAZIONE uscita prevista 1 marzo 2013

  4. says:

    Altered from review posted on Romancing the Social SciencesYou could be forgiven for thinking a book entitled The Convict's Bounty Bride would be set in the colony but you'd be wrong If you read between the lines of the synopsis you can see it's set in London but somehow I still expected that it would end up back in Australia at some point It never did but my annoyance at that was uickly overwhelmed by my annoyance at just about everything else The combination of the writing style and novella length made the story feel very abrupt There was little attempt made to orientate the reader or set up the plot and characters and the results are jarring The whole thing gallops along and to continue the terrible euine metaphor the reader can barely keep her seat for being whacked by passing plot twists Literally every development in this book came out of nowhere and made its appearance too soon Because the characters are uite one dimensional the reader is unable to anticipate their actions which was probably a blessing in disguise I probably would have given up altogether if I'd known the heroine would be so horrible She was by turns immature cruel and criminally stupid There's a scene where determined ruin herself so as not to be forced into marriage she basically assaults the stable boy in full view of the stable master And then she's so surprised her father is going to whip the poor boy who might also lose his position that she faints The other reason I was completely baffled by the characters' actions is that they just don't act in the way real people do When there is a Big Tragedy the affected characters all have very weird and unrealistic reactions James is the only one who actually shows any sense but even this doesn't last long as he proceeds to take Thea's virginity at a totally inappropriate time As much as I disliked the Thea I also didn't appreciate the way James viewed her as payment for services rendered He never really gives up seeing her as an object; when he realises he cares for her the reasons that are given are basically her body and her suitability as a colonial wife Then there is the book's lack of regard for the realities of the Regency Era I mean I'm no Georgian scholar but I'm pretty sure random ex convicts can't get vouchers to Almack's And then there's Thea The book opens with her asking her father if she can have a position on the board of their bank because she wants to have a career Dowling justifies this by referencing the fact that the famous Regency character Lady Jersey was the primary shareholder in her grandfather's bank but I'd argue that it's one thing for a married Countess and social arbiter to be involved in banking and another for the young unmarried daughter of an Earl The idea of Thea having a 'career' is odd It is surely anachronistic for a young woman to aspire to such a thing especially in something like banking instead of say writing Supposedly Thea's desire to be a career girl comes from Mary Wollstonecraft whom her father included in her education That in of itself is a stretch but I was willing to let it slide But Thea's refusal to marry was based on a erroneous belief that Wollstonecraft never married and I couldn't believe that she would not have known this Even though Wollstonecraft had been dead for roughly 20 years she still lived on in the Ton's imagination because of the exploits of her daughter Mary Godwin later Mary Shelley whose affair with the married Percy Bysshe Shelley was grist for the gossip mill for yearsI'm happy for the people who liked this book but personally I have never been so glad that something was a novella

  5. says:

    I haven't read many stories about those who were transported for crime to a penal colony so I was especially interested in giving this story a tryThe story opens with Lady Thea plotting to extricate herself from the obligation of marrying to please her family She has read Mary Wollenscraft so desires to make something of herself as an independent woman Unfortunately she is given no choice but to conform to the norm for girls her age But that doesn't mean she can't think of a way to make herself unmarriageable materialJames Hunter has not only survived but thrived during his time in Australia where he served his time as a convict for a crime he didn't commit Now he is back in England a rich man and ready to claim what is owed to him He made the deal with the Earl to take the fall for his son in exchange for some money but also for his daughter as his bride James wants to be a part of the upper level of society in Australia but he needs a noble wife to give him that bit of extra for standing It will be a marriage of convenience but he can afford to be kind to a girl who had nothing to do with the past circumstancesThea is appalled by the deal her father made and even while she readies to accept her fate she is also scheming to find a way out of it But after spending time with James she is now not so certain of what she really wantsThe plot of this was kept moving right along and had a lighter tone considering the subject matter This was not surprising since this is a shorter piece and had to get to the point fast I like the basic premise of this story but I just couldn't get into it as much as I wanted to do I wanted to see the part dealing with the brother and father's weakness addressed but it was pushed aside and not addressed directly Later when something happens to the brother I didn't feel anything other than speculation about what that would mean for James because her brother's issues are merely a plot device or so it seemed The big reason though is that I wasn't really fond of Thea There were a couple of scenes where she was just so blindingly selfish or willfully naive which is hard to believe because she was educated and read the forward thinkers of her day She tried to use a stable boy to make herself tarnished goods The poor guy was just going about his business and she hauled off and kissed him She lied to the headgroom that the boy came on to her She knew the conseuences for what she did He would possibly lose his place and he would certainly be punished but that was okay if it got her out of marriage That wasn't uite how things panned out because at the last minute when the guy is set to get a whipping she finally comes clean but she didn't think about him when she set up that scheme I found the attraction between Thea and James a good thing though I had trouble with how fast she went from determined spinster to a wanton who wanted to experience the physical stuff Because of his origins James would be the one man she could marry and still retain some of that independence to pursue her goals That being said there wasn't much of an emotional connection for me with Thea until the end when she grew up and smartened up Now the end was really good I thought and particularly that scene on the pier It made me want to know of their story In the end I was glad to have read the story and would recommend it to those who enjoy steamy historical romance but reuire a shorter length storyThanks to NetGalley for providing my review copy of the book

  6. says:

    The highlight of this book was definitely the characters They had their own time of personalities although they also appeared flat at times Being a novella I think a whole book as a whole would have made the characters pop Everything about this story was rushed I didn't feel like I had time to really get into the story at all and everything just flew on by There was no build up to the romance it kind of just happened I was left feeling like I had a lot of uestions with no answersNote I received this book via Netgalley

  7. says:

    Marrying the enemy's daughterInteresting story I had read the convict wife which lead me to the other books in the series A bit short for me I would have liked a epilogue with there arrival and final home settingAlso she only takes one trunk but in book two has many gowns so maybe than one trunk would be better Or could you please release a second book where she describes life in Australia her arrival and problems as a lady farmer having children sending for her clothing? Including swimming riding encounters with wild animalsOtherwise I did enjoy your story just think there should be a part two

  8. says:

    Great ReadI enjoyed the characters the flow of the story I had to take the time to read all of the story at once and it was Halloween

  9. says:

    I really really wish this book had been longer I honestly think it would have been better if it was However this was a rather short story easy to get through but it fell a little short in the endThis is the story of James Hunter and Lady Thea Willers James was in prison for a crime he didn’t commit but now he is out and seeking his “payment” for being in prison in the first place the hand of Lady Thea Willers She however knows nothing of this bargain that her father made The story pretty much goes on uite expectedly from thereOne of the biggest problems I had with this book was pacing Everything seemed a bit to rushed and I was left scratching my head wondering how the two of them fell in love This book would have been so much better if it’d had to it There was just too much left unsaid and undone that it really tempered my enjoyment of this book It was all desert and no meal and just a bit to rushedI did however really get invested in the characters This was both good and bad Again I wanted from them but with this only being a short novella I was left wanting But still I enjoyed the characters mostlyand when they weren’t being annoying and wished a little building had gone into them Flat and uninteresting at times I was hoping they would change a bit However when I was enjoying them I was really really enjoying themOverall the concept of this book was good the idea was good but the story as a whole fell a bit flat for me I was left wanting to much information then I should have been that it didn’t make up for the good pieces throughout However still a short enjoyable read if you’ve got a few hours to kill on something romantic25 out of 5 starsI was provided a copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis and other reviews can be seen on my blog The Forbidden Library

  10. says:

    The Convict’s Bounty Bride is the debut novella by New Zealand author Lena Dowling At 59 pages it’s like a short story that is set in England’s regency period At first glance of the blurb the hero is said to be an ex convict and I made the assumption that the story would be set in early Australia Instead as I mentioned it’s set in England and it’s about the lead up to his return to Australia and whether he will have a bride in tow with him Lady Thea Willers has no plans of marriage In fact she intends to be a spinster so she can pursue her career and lead an independent life But when ex convict James Hunter takes a liking to this fiesty dogmatic young woman he has his own ideas about her future To settle her brother’s gambling debts Thea’s father enters into a contract of marriage for Hunter to his daughter Obviously Thea isn’t happy about this decision and I was glad when she didn’t succumb to this decision lightly and proceeded to collate a list of uestions to present to Hunter in order to decide whether marrying Hunter would be worth freeing her brother of if she should send him to the galleys Of course her path to gain some control over the situation is meddled by her attraction and curiosity of Hunter as a prospective sexual partner and husband When her brother’s debts are cleared via a family tragedy Thea and Hunter are faced with the decision to proceed with a marriage based on love or to simply part ways The Convict’s Bounty Bride is a short easy read I liked that Thea wasn’t a martyr and that her strong attitudes were challenged by Hunter He on the other hand saw no emotional or sexual value in marriage he just wanted a partner and he fully intended to find sexual pleasure elsewhere this too was challenged when he met Thea The story was a pleasurable read albeit not uite long enough for Thea and Hunter’s love to be completely believable but enjoyable nonetheless

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