First Comes Marriage
Against the scandal and seduction of Regency England, New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh introduces an extraordinary family--the fiery, sensual Huxtables. Vanessa is the second daughter, proud and daring, a young widow who has her own reason for pursuing the most eligible bachelor in... show more
Against the scandal and seduction of Regency England, New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh introduces an extraordinary family--the fiery, sensual Huxtables. Vanessa is the second daughter, proud and daring, a young widow who has her own reason for pursuing the most eligible bachelor in London. One that has nothing to do with love. Or does it?
The arrival of Elliott Wallace, the irresistibly eligible Viscount Lyngate, has thrown the country village of Throckbridge into a tizzy. Desperate to rescue her eldest sister from a loveless union, Vanessa Huxtable Dew offers herself instead. In need of a wife, Elliott takes the audacious widow up on her unconventional proposal while he pursues an urgent mission of his own. But a strange thing happens on the way to the wedding night. Two strangers with absolutely nothing in common can't keep their hands off each other. Now, as intrigue swirls around a past secret--one with a stunning connection to the Huxtables--Elliott and Vanessa are uncovering the glorious pleasures of the marriage bed...and discovering that when it comes to wedded bliss, love can't be far behind.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: 24-02-2009
Pages no: 388
Edition language: English
, British Literature
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Romance
, Womens Fiction
, Chick Lit
, Regency Romance
Series: Huxtable Quintet (#1)
I would give this an enthusiastic 3.5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed the slow-growing relationship from this new-to-me author. I will be reading her catalog!
I’ve read some Balogh before, but I wanted to go through an actual series. I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would, based on a number of friends’ enthusiastic responses.
Re-read by audiobook As I was listening to this book I started remembering more and more. I realized I liked it more when I read the book as opposed to listening to it. I'm glad narrators are hired at Audible but sometimes when you've heard them so often, . . . I'm going to lower this rating ...
I've read other Mary Balogh books and found this to be one of her least engaging. The plot of the story called for an arranged, mostly romance free marriage. Supposedly, they fell in love with each other during the last 2 thirds of the book, but I found the romance scenes to be quite passionless, ev...
Vanessa Huxtable Dew in her green Regency dress, who is decidedly prettier when she smiles.Artist: Gilbert Stuart, circa 1802-1804*★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Again, Anne Flosnik does a nice job of narrating in this, the first of the Huxtable Quintet. She doesn’t sound as stilted a...