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Mina’s well-ordered life is thrown into disarray when her father drops a bombshell on his deathbed: she has a brother she never knew of. Not only that, he is on his way to rescue her from the collapse of their school under a mountain of debts. A wild journey across country later, Mina finds herself thrown at the feet of the brutish William Nye, prize-fighter and owner of a Mina’s well-ordered life is thrown into disarray when her father drops a bombshell on his deathbed: she has a brother she never knew of. Not only that, he is on his way to rescue her from the collapse of their school under a mountain of debts. A wild journey across country later, Mina finds herself thrown at the feet of the brutish William Nye, prize-fighter and owner of a disreputable inn, The Merry Harlot. Respectable Mina is appalled to find herself obliged to wed this surly stranger! Forced to draw on reserves of inner strength she never knew she possessed, Mina uncovers perilous secrets and bravely carves herself a new life at the side of this man, as she proves herself a more than worthy partner for the prize-fighter.


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Mina’s well-ordered life is thrown into disarray when her father drops a bombshell on his deathbed: she has a brother she never knew of. Not only that, he is on his way to rescue her from the collapse of their school under a mountain of debts. A wild journey across country later, Mina finds herself thrown at the feet of the brutish William Nye, prize-fighter and owner of a Mina’s well-ordered life is thrown into disarray when her father drops a bombshell on his deathbed: she has a brother she never knew of. Not only that, he is on his way to rescue her from the collapse of their school under a mountain of debts. A wild journey across country later, Mina finds herself thrown at the feet of the brutish William Nye, prize-fighter and owner of a disreputable inn, The Merry Harlot. Respectable Mina is appalled to find herself obliged to wed this surly stranger! Forced to draw on reserves of inner strength she never knew she possessed, Mina uncovers perilous secrets and bravely carves herself a new life at the side of this man, as she proves herself a more than worthy partner for the prize-fighter.

30 review for A Bride for the Prizefighter

  1. 4 out of 5

    ren ♡ [hiatus]

    I don’t think I’ve read many historical romances that are focused on the lower and middle classes, so this was such a breath of fresh air! Who knew a romance between a publican and a former schoolmistress could be this riveting! Both the hero and the heroine were unique and memorable characters I grew to love. While they seemed like an unlikely pair at first, I found the gradual development of their relationship believable and very wholesome. I also enjoyed seeing them both pull their weight to I don’t think I’ve read many historical romances that are focused on the lower and middle classes, so this was such a breath of fresh air! Who knew a romance between a publican and a former schoolmistress could be this riveting! Both the hero and the heroine were unique and memorable characters I grew to love. While they seemed like an unlikely pair at first, I found the gradual development of their relationship believable and very wholesome. I also enjoyed seeing them both pull their weight to make their marriage work. At the end of the day, marriage requires making certain sacrifices, does it not? I also found myself really enjoying the moments of domesticity and the mundaneness of their life. I love that they took time out of their busy day for walks along the beach. And who knew I’d enjoy reading about the heroine peeling potatoes and changing bedsheets… Who am I?? You know, I’ve never been quite sure where I stood with grumpy heroes – BUT I’M FULLY CONVERTED NOW! Especially ones with a sweet side (yum). I loved when the hero got all jealous and possessive; it was very cute and endearing, maybe a little overbearing for other readers, but I liked it! The only reason I deducted half a star was because I felt like we needed more of the hero's backstory and POV, especially since he's a man of few words. A Bride for the Prize fighter was very enjoyable and I will definitely be reading more from this author! If you're a bit tired of the extravagant lifestyles of dukes, rakes and the likes... give this one a go! Rating: 4.5/5

  2. 5 out of 5

    Giorgia ~ Reads

    3.5 stars I liked it, but I wasn't wow-ed by it. As per usual, I liked the characters, especially the heroine, but for some reason, the hero fell a bit flat for me. I needed more dialogue from him, more background, perhaps a bit of his point of view. Overall, this was a strong read. Well constructed plot, witty dialogue and well developed side characters. 3.5 stars I liked it, but I wasn't wow-ed by it. As per usual, I liked the characters, especially the heroine, but for some reason, the hero fell a bit flat for me. I needed more dialogue from him, more background, perhaps a bit of his point of view. Overall, this was a strong read. Well constructed plot, witty dialogue and well developed side characters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ira

    Oh, this is a good one! A really fabulous read ❤️. You better read it without knowing much and I can tell you this, if you love Alice’s books before, you will love this one too. She said, it’s a stand alone, but I would love to get the other fighters’s story too 😘. Go on, read this book! Ladies, I asked Alice on twitter if she will write a series from this book. She said, she might but it depends how well this book will sell. Go on ladies, buy and read this book, isn’t expensive and we will get more f Oh, this is a good one! A really fabulous read ❤️. You better read it without knowing much and I can tell you this, if you love Alice’s books before, you will love this one too. She said, it’s a stand alone, but I would love to get the other fighters’s story too 😘. Go on, read this book! Ladies, I asked Alice on twitter if she will write a series from this book. She said, she might but it depends how well this book will sell. Go on ladies, buy and read this book, isn’t expensive and we will get more fabulous stories. ❤️ And I want Jeremy’s book too! 😳😘😂 ❤️❤️❤️

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lau Novas

    A Bride for the Prizefighter is a marriage-of-convenience Victorian romance between a prizefighter/publican and a teacher. I had never read a HR about middle classes before, but I’m happy to say it was a pleasant experience, way more realistic and interesting than reading about balls and dukes. Even though it’s really slow paced and most of the time it's about the heroine doing her daily chores, I found myself not wanting to stop reading. I don’t know how the author managed to do that, but I was A Bride for the Prizefighter is a marriage-of-convenience Victorian romance between a prizefighter/publican and a teacher. I had never read a HR about middle classes before, but I’m happy to say it was a pleasant experience, way more realistic and interesting than reading about balls and dukes. Even though it’s really slow paced and most of the time it's about the heroine doing her daily chores, I found myself not wanting to stop reading. I don’t know how the author managed to do that, but I was totally caught in the story, probably because the writing and the heroine’s POV were relaxing and pleasant. Mina (h) is a sensible, quiet and patient woman who doesn’t get angry easily, yet doesn't let anybody mess with her. “No one know as well as I where my husband spent the night,” Mina said calmly, but with a hint of steel in her voice. “I beg you will not embarrass yourself any further in front of my guests.” Nye is a quiet alpha hero, who doesn’t hesitate to protect his woman and emanates possessiveness. However, he was talkative, even a bit sweet-ish, when it was the time to be. “Come and sit on my lap, Mina. I want my treasure in my hands”, he said warmly. They suited each other perfectly, but Nye was too quiet for my taste. They had their first real conversation around 35% of the book, I had started to think they would have sex before talking… I know the heroine loved him that way, but I wanted to scream for the lack of dialogue. My other tiny problem was the fact that the story was centered in the heroine, and I think the hero’s POV would have added a lot more to the story. Tbh, I didn’t mind as much because I was enjoying just reading about the heroine doing her chores -don’t judge me-, but the romance part would have been better that way. This is my first book by the author, but it won't be my last -I'm currently reading the next on in the series. I prefer a story that makes you want to keep reading more than having a lot of things happening, so her style works for me. A Bride for the Prize Fighter is perfect if you love grumpy, alpha heroes; sensitive heroines and don’t mind a simple plot and internal dialogue. It reminds me a bit of Mariana Zapata’s style, but a bit less slow burn and more full of scenes about the heroine’s life that I don’t think added anything to the romance. (Also, Nye reminds me of Aiden, from The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, but in a Victorian version🙌) Rating: 3.75/4

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    I enjoyed this. Mina and Will, an unlikely couple - she, a well-bred Miss, he, a brutish prize-fighter and owner of a disreputable inn. Not a match made in heaven to be sure but they worked. "I don't give a fuck if he's the Lord Mayor of London ..." Will had a dirty mouth! Loved him! He even blasphemes in a church, may God forgive him!! As for the glimpses she caught of the coastline, they were tantalizingly lovely ... Lots of secondary characters who were enjoyable to read about. I wonder I enjoyed this. Mina and Will, an unlikely couple - she, a well-bred Miss, he, a brutish prize-fighter and owner of a disreputable inn. Not a match made in heaven to be sure but they worked. "I don't give a fuck if he's the Lord Mayor of London ..." Will had a dirty mouth! Loved him! He even blasphemes in a church, may God forgive him!! As for the glimpses she caught of the coastline, they were tantalizingly lovely ... Lots of secondary characters who were enjoyable to read about. I wonder will she write a book about some of the others? “Get up to bed,” he said. “I’ll join you later.” When next she woke, it was to the sound of raindrops on the windowpane. This was my first time reading this author and I did enjoy it. I felt maybe it dragged a little bit towards the end ... but, you know me, I have to complain about something!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    SWEETY

    ONE CAN NEVER GO WRONG WITH Alice Coldbreath She’s the queen, I’ll happily worship the floor she walks on. I loved this book. After Lisa Kleypas, when it comes to HRs my second choice is always Alice Coldbreath. Her dialogue can be a little modern at times, but it’s something I can easily overlook. Her plus point are her heroes. They’re the perfect mix of churlish Alpha a-holes and teddy bears. How does she do it? I only have one complaint, it’s the lack of Male PoV. I loved reading Mason’s ONE CAN NEVER GO WRONG WITH Alice Coldbreath She’s the queen, I’ll happily worship the floor she walks on. I loved this book. After Lisa Kleypas, when it comes to HRs my second choice is always Alice Coldbreath. Her dialogue can be a little modern at times, but it’s something I can easily overlook. Her plus point are her heroes. They’re the perfect mix of churlish Alpha a-holes and teddy bears. How does she do it? I only have one complaint, it’s the lack of Male PoV. I loved reading Mason’s PoV in Her Baseborn Bridegroom, I wish we got Nye’s PoV here too, but other than that I’ve got no complaints. Im so happy that this book wasn’t about a Lord, a Duke or a Rake. The fact that Nye was a publican and Mina a school teacher made this all the note better. The working classes of the past are just as interesting as the lords and ladies. I’m so happy to know there are more books to come in this series, even a book for Jeremy and his meddlesome self. I hope someone meddles in his life.

  7. 5 out of 5

    OLT

    I've been a horrid person lately, writing one- and two-star reviews of books I've just read. It's so great to be able to say, "Hey, I really liked this one!" Alice Coldbreath has been a popular romance novelist for a while now. I've tried some of her faux-medieval HRs and found them to have a certain charm, but they and I never quite clicked, especially when I read things such as characters leaving the castle or stronghold to take a carriage ride to town to go clothing shopping. But this one, set I've been a horrid person lately, writing one- and two-star reviews of books I've just read. It's so great to be able to say, "Hey, I really liked this one!" Alice Coldbreath has been a popular romance novelist for a while now. I've tried some of her faux-medieval HRs and found them to have a certain charm, but they and I never quite clicked, especially when I read things such as characters leaving the castle or stronghold to take a carriage ride to town to go clothing shopping. But this one, set in what seems to be early Victorian times, is right up my alley. It has fun and feels and, although divorce seems to be as easy as filling out some paperwork in Las Vegas, is not especially anachronistic. For the first half of the book we are witness to the loneliness and sadness of our heroine Mina after the death of her father. He left her nothing but debts and no place to live or wherewithal for her survival. But he did leave her a big surprise: She has a half-brother of the peerage and her father had requested him to come and take care of her after his death. So, yeah, Lord Faris does come to take her away, but he's three sheets to the wind, apparently his normal state, resents her, and, instead of settling her in his own home, takes her to The Merry Harlot, a disreputable inn, and arranges her marriage to the innkeeper there. The innkeeper, Will Nye, is our prizefighter of the title of the book and he's also a half-sibling of Lord Faris. Okay, that all sounds a bit squicky but it's not. Faris and Nye share a father, Faris and Mina a mother. There's a careless regard for the state of holy matrimony here, what with divorces, remarriages, and hanky-panky in their parents' lives. Nye is a rough, gruff, grouchy, earthy, taciturn brute of a man. Mina is a former schoolteacher, rather prim and proper, kind and friendly, and oh-so-civilized. He's not nice to her but she soldiers on, making lemonade out of lemons, by making friends with people at the inn and spending her hours cleaning up its pigsty condition and helping out the cook. I became exhausted just reading about all the work she was doing to make her life more bearable. So he's an under-educated prizefighter/innkeeper/smuggler. She's straitlaced and genteel. Oil and water, you might say. So, just sit back and watch their successful emulsion. I loved their relationship. It developed beautifully. And the characters were well-drawn, more complex than usual in an inexpensive HR. The book had feels galore for me. All the characters, secondary and main, were fun and most had very redeeming qualities. Even Lord Faris, whom I truly hated at the beginning, showed himself to be a complicated, complex guy. There is good writing here. Interesting plot development. Even some intrigue. This marriage of convenience story felt a bit like Daphne du Maurier's JAMAICA INN meets Beauty and the Beast. For those readers who don't like lots of sex in their stories, the author warns them that there is a good bit of sexy time. She's right. I usually don't go for lengthy and detailed sex scenes, but they worked here as we watch earthy, lusty Will turn prim and proper Mina into his perfect mate. At the same time, outside the bedroom, prim and proper Mina has her own civilizing influence on him. So now I have to criticize something since I don't want anyone to think I have become a nice, uncritical reader. Good grief about the proofreading. Or I guess I mean the lack of proofreading. Punctuation, especially commas, for example. Was there a surcharge on their use that the author didn't want to pay? There were other proofreading problems here. This appears to be common in Coldbreath books. So, dear Author, please take more care with your editing and proofreading and you could end up writing a 5-star book. (If you're careful.)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    5 STARS Another winner from Alice Coldbreath. I have yet to read one of her books that I haven't loved. Such fantastic heroines, and such sulky, brooding, sexy heroes. I just loved the premise and the backdrop for this story. Mina is a respectable lady, a school teacher, a model of moral aptitude. And then she is thrust into a marriage with none other than a crude, surly pugilist who presides over a less than respectable establishment The Merry Harlot, located on a desolate coast of Cornwall. She 5 STARS Another winner from Alice Coldbreath. I have yet to read one of her books that I haven't loved. Such fantastic heroines, and such sulky, brooding, sexy heroes. I just loved the premise and the backdrop for this story. Mina is a respectable lady, a school teacher, a model of moral aptitude. And then she is thrust into a marriage with none other than a crude, surly pugilist who presides over a less than respectable establishment The Merry Harlot, located on a desolate coast of Cornwall. She has recently lost her father, and her only remaining family happens to be a less than caring, drunken half-brother, whose idea of doing his duty by her is to marry her off to the first man who'll have her. So, with her job and school lost, her father's debts leaving her penniless, what choice does she have? “Give ‘er a kiss then, Nye!” called out a raucous voice. “Fuck off, Jeb,” came her new husband’s surly reply, as he turned away and stalked back down the aisle, leaving her open-mouthed and deeply shocked at his profanity in a sacred place. Loved Will's character. So boorish and crude, but with an undeniable tender side. And that mouth of his... *fans self* what's not to love? I say, that carriage ride near the end.... left me speechless. “There’s no need to be crude,” she said, pressing her lips together. He gave a soft laugh.  “That prim look doesn’t work when I’m buried between your thighs, Minerva.” Yeah... I have nothing bad to say here. I'll definitely be looking for a sequel for this one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sometime

    I love everything Alice Coldbreath writes. This book is a standalone about Mina, a schoolteacher who is left penniless after her father's death. Her father wrote to her half brother (that she knew nothing about) to come and take care of her. When her brother Jeremy, Lord Faris arrives, he is drunk and unkind. He whisks her off and decides to marry her off to his bastard half brother Will Nye, a prizefighter and owner of a seedy tavern. (Neither H nor h are related, they are each from a different I love everything Alice Coldbreath writes. This book is a standalone about Mina, a schoolteacher who is left penniless after her father's death. Her father wrote to her half brother (that she knew nothing about) to come and take care of her. When her brother Jeremy, Lord Faris arrives, he is drunk and unkind. He whisks her off and decides to marry her off to his bastard half brother Will Nye, a prizefighter and owner of a seedy tavern. (Neither H nor h are related, they are each from a different parent of Jeremy). And so begins our story of Mina trying to find her way in this strange world she has suddenly been thrown into (and let's not forget that she is still grieving her recently deceased father). What follows is a somewhat slow-burn romance with several endearing secondary characters. The book has its problems. Several typos, repeated phrases, and her brother Jeremy gets a redemption that didn't quite feel earned. But you know what? I don't care one bit. I loved this book so much I ate it up with a spoon and stayed up until 2 am reading. Nye comes off as rather rough and gruff. He was raised at the tavern and then left to become a boxer. Sometimes it feels like the H and h fight more than they get along. But you can see how devoted the H is to Mina and that she is just what he needs. She doesn't take his crap and she jumps in and works hard to make her life a success. And the H is trying to be a better man to deserve her. I really loved this book! Safety(view spoiler)[ h is a virgin, H is not. We know he's led a wild life but no details are given. He does admit to having experience but never being in love or having a relationship. It didn't bother me much because as it was written, it didn't cause any angst and it comes as no surprise that the H would be experienced. Once they are married, she is the only one for him. There is no OW drama, the H didn't get his jollies close to home so the h doesn't have to deal with any part of his past. The book was pretty steamy with several sex scenes. (hide spoiler)]

  10. 5 out of 5

    Petra

    Wonderful story. Plus a good little mystery at the end. The story is set among the lives of regular people in the middle of 19th century and not among nobility. It was a refreshing read because of it. I love love every Alice Coldbreath book. She truly has a way with overbearing heros and her heroines are always such a unique personalities. Mina keeps calling him “nasty brute” and it quiet suits him. He thinks she is a prude but through the story it is revealed that there is no one better they co Wonderful story. Plus a good little mystery at the end. The story is set among the lives of regular people in the middle of 19th century and not among nobility. It was a refreshing read because of it. I love love every Alice Coldbreath book. She truly has a way with overbearing heros and her heroines are always such a unique personalities. Mina keeps calling him “nasty brute” and it quiet suits him. He thinks she is a prude but through the story it is revealed that there is no one better they could ever be with. However there is another character that stolen the book for me. Jeremy, Mina’s half brother. Every time he showed up it was like a breath of fresh air. I felt for him. I wish there will be story about him too. Reason why I’m taking one start down, which really, really pains me, is because Mina had to work too hard. This is absolutely my subjective point of view because I feel tired of working chores right now :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    3.5 stars. Quite an enjoyable read. I tried this book a while ago and couldn't get drawn in, but on this second attempt, I pushed though and was somewhat surprised I actually ended up liking it. The writing has some annoying modernisms and some odd grammatical constructions. But the characters and storyline were fresh, different and interesting. A story about the middle to lower classes, which makes a nice change for a historical romance. Not a duke to be seen. And Mina and her prizefighter were 3.5 stars. Quite an enjoyable read. I tried this book a while ago and couldn't get drawn in, but on this second attempt, I pushed though and was somewhat surprised I actually ended up liking it. The writing has some annoying modernisms and some odd grammatical constructions. But the characters and storyline were fresh, different and interesting. A story about the middle to lower classes, which makes a nice change for a historical romance. Not a duke to be seen. And Mina and her prizefighter were actually quite lovely together. I will now try again with some other books by this writer.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves

    3.75* For all the tea in ... Penarth. From one tea drinker to another - You are an addict, girl. I love this newer HR author and she writes the bestest, hottest mocs between complete or relative strangers. But this book works only in bits and patches. And the good is reaaaally good while the not-so-good is kinda .... well, boring. The good parts are when both the h/H are on the page. When the H's away, things get dull. And I don't mean because of the sexy bits (which are darn hot!); just the guy's 3.75* For all the tea in ... Penarth. From one tea drinker to another - You are an addict, girl. I love this newer HR author and she writes the bestest, hottest mocs between complete or relative strangers. But this book works only in bits and patches. And the good is reaaaally good while the not-so-good is kinda .... well, boring. The good parts are when both the h/H are on the page. When the H's away, things get dull. And I don't mean because of the sexy bits (which are darn hot!); just the guy's presence lifts the book. The inn/pub owning (I wasn't aware they're called publicans) prizefighter and the newly destitute schoolteacher marry under the strangest of circumstances. I do wonder why the h didn't put up any/more of a fight and just went along with the flow/wedding. That's strange. For a strong, spirited woman she just folded there. Still, the story is good, the beginning is promising but then things go into dull mode for almost 30% of the book and the H remains incommunicado and the new ignored wife potters about the dubious establishment, helping cleaning and cook... and drink tea. Of course, more than pub-ing and prize-fighting is going on at the place. The book keeps hinting, sleighting. The track about the h's and H's mutual half-brother is intriguing. I liked the guy despite his obvious shortcomings. Curious bits (Colfax?) are thrown in about his private life that remain unresolved. Will he be getting a book? Even Clem seems promising.

  13. 5 out of 5

    AℳY♔Teens against YA♔ GET IT LET IT ROLL

    Sweety chan is my friend she reads the best books she recommends this book I previously read and really enjoyed by this author ergo sum I. Need. This. Guuuuysss this one isn't KU, but considering all the money I saved thanks to the KU elite and that this is Only $2.99 I'll purchase with a joyful heartfeeling click♥ Sweety chan is my friend she reads the best books she recommends this book I previously read and really enjoyed by this author ergo sum I. Need. This. Guuuuysss this one isn't KU, but considering all the money I saved thanks to the KU elite and that this is Only $2.99 I'll purchase with a joyful heartfeeling click♥

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lucia✍

    Nye started off as the strangest type of husband, my goodness 😂 but I knew I would love him sooner or later. That scene where Mina went out of the inn running to the beach almost had me laughing aloud. As the book went on, I couldn’t help laughing aloud. Nye and Mina were hilarious. Alice Coldbreath has a way of writing gruff, uncommunicative and awkward male characters that you just fall in love with. As much as I loved their banter, there were times I wished for less of it and to just see them Nye started off as the strangest type of husband, my goodness 😂 but I knew I would love him sooner or later. That scene where Mina went out of the inn running to the beach almost had me laughing aloud. As the book went on, I couldn’t help laughing aloud. Nye and Mina were hilarious. Alice Coldbreath has a way of writing gruff, uncommunicative and awkward male characters that you just fall in love with. As much as I loved their banter, there were times I wished for less of it and to just see them be calm and sweet to each other. Often times, they seemed like an old bickering couple and I had to remind myself that they were just 24 and 28 years old. The first half of the book was also a bit slow with lots of cooking and cleaning but I understand it’s to boost our excitement for when the hero and heroine come together. I liked seeing the change in Jeremy even though I wish it was more fleshed out, and was surprised to find out who the villain was -even though I’m not really into mystery. Altogether I really enjoyed this. 3.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lissa

    I have loved every Alice Coldbreath novel I have read...before this one. I was really looking forward to this book, but it just didn't do it for me. The main reason was because the whole story was told from Mina's eyes entirely. One of the things that I enjoy the most about Coldbreath's other novels is that she uses the heroine and hero as equal points of view. It gives the reader a huge insight into the hero's head; otherwise, most of them would just appear to be gruff and angry all of the time I have loved every Alice Coldbreath novel I have read...before this one. I was really looking forward to this book, but it just didn't do it for me. The main reason was because the whole story was told from Mina's eyes entirely. One of the things that I enjoy the most about Coldbreath's other novels is that she uses the heroine and hero as equal points of view. It gives the reader a huge insight into the hero's head; otherwise, most of them would just appear to be gruff and angry all of the time. And I love reading how something that appears to be totally innocent in the heroine's head is actually significant to the hero (or vice versa). But this book is only told from Mina's point of view, so we are left with absolutely NO IDEA what is going on in the hero's eyes for the entire book. That left me wondering who the heck he even was, since his character didn't feel very fleshed out and we only heard a few things about his background. I had no idea what was motivating him, what he was feeling, or what he was thinking until the very end of the book. This also left the book to drag, because since we were seeing thing as Mina did, there was not a lot of good stuff going on for the first half of the book. I remember looking down at my page count at one point and thinking - I'm 43% into this book and I'm still just reading about all of the cooking and cleaning she is having to do instead of some romance unfolding already? (view spoiler)[It's even worse, really, because the heroine doesn't think she's attractive at all and no one will ever look at her as anything interesting. Since she sees herself in such a poor light, that means that I was left wondering if the hero even LIKED her for most of the book. This plot device usually works REALLY well in Coldbreath's books with a dual perspective, because we can see that the hero is definitely not looking at the heroine in a platonic way...but...with only the one, it felt very, very flat. I was kind of confused why Mina even liked Will in the end, because all she pretty much got from him was 1) rough sex with virtually no kind or tender words (until the very end) to show any sort of affection, 2) glowering and/or angry looks (I'm normally all for the brooding looks, but throw me some tenderness once in a while, please), and 3) lots and lots of cooking and cleaning duties in her present and future. (hide spoiler)] Also, let me talk about Jeremy. (view spoiler)[I think he needed a LOT more redemption before I could buy into the "I actually don't hate my sister" thing. He handed a grieving sister off to his own half-brother (the H/h were not related by blood) who is a COMPLETE stranger to her and just leaves her. The hero just leaves her standing in the church, by the way. So everyone leaves her in a seedy tavern. And he comes off as kind of...mercurial in temper, shall we say. And then he just dismisses it as a "depression freak" or something of the sort (I can't remember the exact phrase) brought on by a bender on alcohol and really he likes both of them. That just didn't feel right to me. I wanted Jeremy to REALLY have to work to gain any trust, because he did not start out well, especially with Mina. And obviously Will wasn't a huge fan of Jeremy either at the beginning, because he didn't like him just showing up at the tavern, and that was even before he realized why. (hide spoiler)] I am definitely going to be reading the books this author puts out in the future. I just hope that those books have a dual point of view, because having just the one, especially from a character with such issues about how plain and unattractive she is for 90% of the book, didn't allow the same intriguing story to develop. I want to see things from the hero's perspective, too!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Somia

    A well-bred school teacher finds herself with no choice but to marry a brutish and broody prize-fighter who owns a rather disreputable inn. The heroine Mina makes this book; I liked the fact that she tried to make the best of things without rolling over and just taking crap. Mina's brother Jeremy was an ass at the start of this, contrite at the end I still wish some ice-cold water had been thrown on him more than once. Would have loved dual POV, getting Will's view in this would have added a fab d A well-bred school teacher finds herself with no choice but to marry a brutish and broody prize-fighter who owns a rather disreputable inn. The heroine Mina makes this book; I liked the fact that she tried to make the best of things without rolling over and just taking crap. Mina's brother Jeremy was an ass at the start of this, contrite at the end I still wish some ice-cold water had been thrown on him more than once. Would have loved dual POV, getting Will's view in this would have added a fab dimension to the story. A nice read although not one I see myself re-reading unlike Coldbreath's other books.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Inna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Reread… 3.5, maybe even 4 stars. I got the audiobook of this story and decided to give this book another chance. I previously considered this to be one of my least favorite AC books, but I really did enjoy the story more this time. I still didn’t totally love the ending, I prefer when bad guys get their comeuppance and suffer for their misdeeds. Original: 3 stars. This book is very much not my favorite by this author. It’s still an ok read, and there were parts that kept me engaged. Still, a lot Reread… 3.5, maybe even 4 stars. I got the audiobook of this story and decided to give this book another chance. I previously considered this to be one of my least favorite AC books, but I really did enjoy the story more this time. I still didn’t totally love the ending, I prefer when bad guys get their comeuppance and suffer for their misdeeds. Original: 3 stars. This book is very much not my favorite by this author. It’s still an ok read, and there were parts that kept me engaged. Still, a lot of the book was pretty boring and it took me a very long time to finish reading. I first attempted to read this book back when it was first released, but quickly grew bored of it and stopped. Since I recently finished re-reading nearly every other book by this author, I decided I wanted to give this one another shot. Several weeks later, I’m officially finished and underwhelmed. The idea behind this book wasn’t a bad one... but the execution was just blah. I was especially miffed when I got to the end and some of the “mysteries” that were previously discussed weren’t ever unwound. We never really found out about what happened with Mina’s mother to warrant a divorce, we never found out what was happening with Lord Farris and his wife and his servant, and we got a pretty sad resolution to the smuggling plot line. It seemed like there was more time devoted to Mina scrubbing every room of the inn instead. As can be imagined, it doesn’t make for an exciting read. Also, I really didn’t understand the connection between the hero & heroine. They just didn’t work together imo. She was wayyyyy too prim and proper and I couldn’t wrap my mind around her being ok with him. The ending wasn’t even all that great, imo. I expected more, considering this author is usually fantastic at writing the HEA portion. I just didn’t feel it. Safe; heroine was a virgin. Hero had his share of women, but it is hardly touched upon. No om/ow drama.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Naksed

    HAIKU BOOK REVIEW: A Bride For the Prize Fighter, by Alice Coldbreath Neither Forced Marriage, Smugglers, Kidnappings, Nor Law can defeat true love.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Zeek

    I'm just getting to know Alice Coldbreath's historicals and I was not disappointed with her latest. I couldn't put it down. A forced marriage for an innocent but oh so clever blue stocking to a rough prize fighter who thought he was getting another man's leavings. These two have a time of it before they truly get together (its a bit of a slowburn) but once they do- whoo boy. But honestly its just as much about her life in his disruptable Cornish Inn as it is about their love story. She's a woman I'm just getting to know Alice Coldbreath's historicals and I was not disappointed with her latest. I couldn't put it down. A forced marriage for an innocent but oh so clever blue stocking to a rough prize fighter who thought he was getting another man's leavings. These two have a time of it before they truly get together (its a bit of a slowburn) but once they do- whoo boy. But honestly its just as much about her life in his disruptable Cornish Inn as it is about their love story. She's a woman of honor and from a respectable family, but not a meangirl snob because she jumps right into the scullery, exactly as she pleases. And the man she married? He sees her for who she is. A woman to be desired. Alice Coldbreath may write historicals but she knows what modern girls want in their love stories. I want more from this author!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Keri

    This was a bit of a unique romance, where Mina was a lady of quality, but was a teacher in her dad's school and Will was a bare-knuckle fighter who inherited his step-fathers tavern. Mina's dad passes away, but before he does, he sends for Mina's half-brother. Jeremy arrives half toasted and stays that way, until he gets Mina married to his other half-brother! Now before you start cringing and wringing your hands, Mina and Will aren't blood related. Jeremy and Will share a dad, but Mina and Jere This was a bit of a unique romance, where Mina was a lady of quality, but was a teacher in her dad's school and Will was a bare-knuckle fighter who inherited his step-fathers tavern. Mina's dad passes away, but before he does, he sends for Mina's half-brother. Jeremy arrives half toasted and stays that way, until he gets Mina married to his other half-brother! Now before you start cringing and wringing your hands, Mina and Will aren't blood related. Jeremy and Will share a dad, but Mina and Jeremy share a mom. Jeremy got a worm in his brain and wanted to bring his family together in his own twisted, drunken manner. He got Will to agree to it by giving him the house that his dad had promised to him on his deathbed and Mina had no where else to go and didn't think she had a choice. (I hope Jeremy gets his own book, because he turned out to be a nice guy in the end.) Will is rough and raw around the edges and it takes awhile for Mina and us to warm up to him. He is a bit one dimensional at first. As Mina throws herself in the running of The Harlot, the name of the inn/bar/hotel, she begins to become fascinated with her big, brash, dirty mouthed husband. (She secretly loves the naughty talk, who doesn't? )Eventually they manage to make it a real marriage despite outside forces who seem to want to tear them a part. This was a fun read overall and I am looking forward to see what else Ms. Coldbreath comes up with in the future.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lubnaa (Romance Library)

    4.5 stars A Bride for the Prizefighter is a Victorian romance about a middle class schoolmistress who is forced to marry a publican/prizefighter. Mina is quickly thrust into unfamiliar surroundings when her half brother arranges her marriage to William Nye. The marriage is unwanted on both sides, but neither Will nor Mina had a choice in the matter. Mina is a starchy, prim, and proper schoolmistress who now has to reside in a pub named The Merry Harlot. Will is a big, grumpy, and foul-mouthed pub 4.5 stars A Bride for the Prizefighter is a Victorian romance about a middle class schoolmistress who is forced to marry a publican/prizefighter. Mina is quickly thrust into unfamiliar surroundings when her half brother arranges her marriage to William Nye. The marriage is unwanted on both sides, but neither Will nor Mina had a choice in the matter. Mina is a starchy, prim, and proper schoolmistress who now has to reside in a pub named The Merry Harlot. Will is a big, grumpy, and foul-mouthed publican and prizefighter 🥵 “'I'll cure you of that respectability yet, Mina Nye,' he rumbled ominously.” Mina is a woman of her time. Given her position in society, she knows that she has no choice but to marry Will. And what does she do? She makes the best of it and puts in an effort to adapt to her new environment and to befriend the people around her. I loved the setting of a pub because we meet all kinds of characters! One thing that pleasantly surprised me about Mina is that she is not a snob. She may be starchy and proper, but she respects everyone regardless of their status. The romance takes time to develop, which really increased my anticipation level. I had heart palpitations anytime Will and Mina interacted. The romantic build up is perfectly paced and it is absolutely delicious. The chemistry between proper Mina and dirty-mouthed Will is 🔥 And the steam level?! Way higher than I was expecting it to be!! 🔥 And I just LOVE that Will cannot fall asleep unless Mina is with him. “Everyone knows you keep me on a short fucking leash, woman. Oh yes, you do. And I don’t give a fuck who knows it.” A Bride for the Prizefighter was an incredibly immersive marriage of convenience romance. I love that we spent time with Mina as she goes through the day to day tasks in her new life. It was never boring and I really enjoyed immersing myself completely in the setting of a public house. This is the first historical romance I've read where the hero owns a pub and I need more 😂 I really like the way the author builds chemistry. The smut is also perfection 🔥 especially for a historical romance 🥵 And I like the focus on middle class characters, which is a rarity in this genre. Basically, this book checks off all my boxes in a marriage of convenience/arranged marriage romance. I loved every single thing about the romance. What I didn't necessarily love: ✖️ The story is only told from Mina's POV. I really wanted some chapters from Will's POV, especially toward the end. ✖️ Odd writing style and grammatical structure, with lots of run-on sentences. I eventually got used to the odd writing style and grammatical structure. I think it took me longer than usual because I had never read anything by this author before. I love her storytelling style though. The romance was perfection. The climax was good, but it did get a bit convoluted in the end. I can't resist another marriage of convenience romance, so I'm picking up the next book immediately 😂

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emilia Redington

    2.5☆☆☆ Well, for me this book was a big let down. It's hard to rate it, I'm between 2 and 3 stars. What I didn't like: - For most of the book Mina talks and does scrubbing and cleaning. - there is only the heroine's POV - we never know what the Hero is thinking or doing when he's not with the heroine - Nye is present in about 20% of the book due to previous point - both of them talked so little and done so little together that I found it hard to believe their love. There were some things I liked, the 2.5☆☆☆ Well, for me this book was a big let down. It's hard to rate it, I'm between 2 and 3 stars. What I didn't like: - For most of the book Mina talks and does scrubbing and cleaning. - there is only the heroine's POV - we never know what the Hero is thinking or doing when he's not with the heroine - Nye is present in about 20% of the book due to previous point - both of them talked so little and done so little together that I found it hard to believe their love. There were some things I liked, the premise was a good one, but there was so much scrubbing and so little hero that for me it was meh in the end.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Izzie d

    It's a good story. I did get a bit bored and ended up skimming. The Hero is brooding. The heroine can be quite outspoken at times so they are interesting to a point. They marry quite quickly at the start of the story. He only has eyes for her though at the start he has misunderstood her situation so is not keen on her. The Hero has been with others but it's only mentioned when she asks about his past and someone has mentioned he will be with other women after they marriage, which he assures her will n It's a good story. I did get a bit bored and ended up skimming. The Hero is brooding. The heroine can be quite outspoken at times so they are interesting to a point. They marry quite quickly at the start of the story. He only has eyes for her though at the start he has misunderstood her situation so is not keen on her. The Hero has been with others but it's only mentioned when she asks about his past and someone has mentioned he will be with other women after they marriage, which he assures her will not be the case. No other woman drama, just gossip. No intimate scenes other than the Hero and heroine. The heroine overhears suggestive talk and hears noises from other couples. The Hero is madly possessive and jealous. HEA. I felt the couples story got lost in all the extra goings on in the book which lost my interest.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mei

    As usual AC's books are excellent for their characters growth and it's like that here too. But... I'm sorry to say, I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others. Don't get me wrong - it's still an excellent HR, but I just couldn't love the MCs. They're both too headstrong, quarrelsome and cantankerous to be truly likable. Even when they admit their feeling for each other they argue and almost offend each other! Maybe I'm deeply romantic in my heart, but when I love someone I try not to offend... As usual AC's books are excellent for their characters growth and it's like that here too. But... I'm sorry to say, I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others. Don't get me wrong - it's still an excellent HR, but I just couldn't love the MCs. They're both too headstrong, quarrelsome and cantankerous to be truly likable. Even when they admit their feeling for each other they argue and almost offend each other! Maybe I'm deeply romantic in my heart, but when I love someone I try not to offend... For me this was a 3,5 stars rounded to 4 because even if I didn't like the MCs the story was inetersting and well written.

  25. 5 out of 5

    ♥Sharon♥

    I ended up really enjoying this one. It did start off a bit slow for me but by the halfway mark things were heating up! Boy oh boy was Will Nye a dirty talking brute of a man that you couldn't help swoon over. His marriage to Mina did not start off as one that was made in heaven that is for sure. When he finally truly 'claimed' Mina as his wife there was no stopping his complete inappropriateness that drove Mina harried at times. God knows she wouldn't out rightly express that she had the same d I ended up really enjoying this one. It did start off a bit slow for me but by the halfway mark things were heating up! Boy oh boy was Will Nye a dirty talking brute of a man that you couldn't help swoon over. His marriage to Mina did not start off as one that was made in heaven that is for sure. When he finally truly 'claimed' Mina as his wife there was no stopping his complete inappropriateness that drove Mina harried at times. God knows she wouldn't out rightly express that she had the same desires for him. Oh no...a classy well breed woman would never do that. ;) I loved Mina. She jumped into her new life with both feet and didn't look back. She had no misconception about what and who Will Nye was. Though it didn't take long for her heart to change course. I mean who could resist Nye? Great secondary characters too. Jeremy and Edna rounding things out nicely. That is about all I will say though. Grab this little gem soon! It isn't one you will want to miss.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aou

    I love Ms. Coldbreath's MCs, especially Hs who were totally besotted fools. I love Ms. Coldbreath's MCs, especially Hs who were totally besotted fools.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessa

    Super loved this one. Reluctant marriage of convenience + grumpy hero with a heart of gold.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ramsiya

    Another winner from the author, i can assure you this Author always win my heart with different plot.. We will not be getting any doormat Heroine she will be naive but not empty head. A true fighter always... And what i can say when my Hero will be grumpy, moody, brooding, possessive Alpha male along with Kind heart... Absolutely Delicious Oh i forgot to mention a Bodice ripping romance... this one is one of my favorite

  29. 5 out of 5

    Henrietta

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another superb book from Alice Coldbreath! Well-rounded characters and a grumpy H who only turns to mush for his h! Safe

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    Rating: 3 stars What I Liked: I thought this was quite a simple, easy read. The plot is not overly complex and trips along nicely. It’s quite fast paced and never feels slow or repetitive. The heroine, Mina, was quite an interesting one. I appreciated how she was determined to make the best of her situation and how she stood up for herself at all points across the story. I liked the hero, Nye, more as the story went on. I thought the pair of them were good together and they had some sweet scenes as Rating: 3 stars What I Liked: I thought this was quite a simple, easy read. The plot is not overly complex and trips along nicely. It’s quite fast paced and never feels slow or repetitive. The heroine, Mina, was quite an interesting one. I appreciated how she was determined to make the best of her situation and how she stood up for herself at all points across the story. I liked the hero, Nye, more as the story went on. I thought the pair of them were good together and they had some sweet scenes as well as some hot ones. I also liked the side characters and how they interacted with Nina - I like the recurring theme in Alice Coldbreath’s works of a grumpy servant who becomes incredibly loyal to the heroine, and I liked that in Edna here. Overall, I enjoyed reading it and found it a good distraction. I didn’t enjoy it as much as her medieval fantasy works, but it was engaging enough. What I Didn’t: I found Nye’s interactions with the heroine, particularly regarding sex, a bit aggressive at points. It’s nothing too bad, it just wasn’t to my tastes. I think the writing wasn’t as strong as I’ve found her work in some of her other books, in the sense I think it just needed a good edit. It was just there were occasional words that repeated a lot, phrases that repeated, etc. but I find her writing very readable - once I started the book I couldn’t stop. Would I Recommend It?: Yes, if you want a fairly light historical romance with an alpha male hero. Would I Read Something By The Author Again?: Yes. Content Warnings: (view spoiler)[Forced marriage (view spoiler)[The heroine is forced to marry the hero by her brother. (hide spoiler)] , sexual harassment, kidnap, violence, attempted murder, dubious consent (view spoiler)[The hero is occasionally a bit rough and aggressive during sex scenes. (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

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