First Comes Marriage

First Comes Marriage

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Dell, 2009
ISBN: 9780440244226
0440244226
Characteristics: 388, [18] p. ; 18 cm

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EljayJohnson
Jul 27, 2019

I read my first romance the summer I was 15, and I have read several a year ever since. Romances are my guilty pleasure, though I really don't feel guilty about them. But I don't read them constantly - it would be like a steady diet of chocolate and red licorice; both a great treat but sickening if indulged in constantly. This was my first title by Mary Balogh though she's written many. She fits in perfectly with my other favorite romance writers: Jude Deveraux, Julie Garwood, Judith McNaught and those ladies who started it all like Rosemary Rogers, Valerie Sherwood, Kathleen Woodiwess.

This is the first of a series about the Huxtable family and its heroine is Vanessa, the second oldest sister. Like the best romance heroines, she infuriates, confuses, and enraptures her one true love, the Viscount Lyngate. There is plenty of humor, a little intrigue, a great proposal scene, and a luscious time in a field of daffodils. I will definitely read the next Huxtable novel.

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jwjamer
Mar 11, 2014

I very much enjoyed the book. I thought that it was a refreshing story with an original theme. It hooked me so much that I sought out to get the rest of the series. 5 in all. I do disagree with the 2011 comment. I like the heated love scenes, and found nothing to complain about, and that is saying something because I really liked the 50 shades series. Now that is some seriously descriptive love scenes.

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Sarah1984
Nov 09, 2011

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, even the "honeymoon scene." Not recommended for someone who enjoys a real "love" story, as I didn't feel the love in this story. In the back cover description it says this is the first in a quartet of regency romances, hopefully the others are more engaging.

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tigerjan
Dec 08, 2011

Vanessa & Elliott, Duke of Morland. Vanessa's brother Stephen becomes the heir of an Earl.

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