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First Comes Marriage Audiobook

First Comes Marriage: Huxtable Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Against the scandal and seduction of Regency England, New York Times best-selling 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.

Need more romance? Listen to the rest of Mary Balogh's Huxtable Series.

©2009 Mary Balogh; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    karen 08-04-16
    karen 08-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrator is terrible"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the narrator. I have read everything from Mary Balogh at audible . the only books left were narrated by AF. I just could not stand listening to her, but loved Mary Balogh so much I got the book.
    The story was good,but once again a book narrated by AF was not...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Con Huxtable. He seems interesting and very complex.


    What didn’t you like about Anne Flosnik’s performance?

    She has a very nasal sound to her narration. Anything with an "h" or an "f" sounds odd. Her voice has a bit of a pretencious quality that makes me dislike the character just for the way some words are pronounced.
    I don't understand the reviews that say she is a good narrator. I can't believe I am so off the mark . thank goodness there are others that agree with my issues.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    The story was good, but a little boring. I am getting tired of the marriage of convenience TROPE , and then the h/h fall in love because she is so good and he is emotionally damaged, but her goodness repairs him.


    Any additional comments?

    There were some funny scenes i.e. the proposal, but the bad narration made it seem flat. AF does not deliver humour very well. It takes a certain intonation and timing. AF is not good for plots that have humour.

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    Lucille Drinkall 02-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    I really enjoyed the book and the development of all of the main characters. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

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    Angeloca A. Boudreaux 01-24-16 Member Since 2015

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    the woman accent is exactly what I expected for tell such as this. simply amazed

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    Kathleen Anderson 10-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Just bad!"

    Tedious narrating. Uninteresting story. I have enjoyed other Mary Balogh books but not this one. I cannot finish it.

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    Elizabeth 09-30-15
    Elizabeth 09-30-15 Member Since 2012

    I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must

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    "Alright....but could have been better"

    All I kept thinking through this whole book was "how can Vanessa be so hideous" I mean the author goes overboard reminding us that she is not at all attractive. I got tired of it. That's really the premise...Vanessa constantly telling everyone she isn't the least bit pretty.
    It really is the main underlying theme. I expected Elliot to start realizing features about Vanessa that were beautiful in their own way and then we see her as a "different kind" of beauty. But he just likes her eyes. I don't like stories where I can't picture the character. The picture I kept coming up with for Vanessa wasn't good.

    There was no real depth to the plot. I LIKED all the characters. I just didn't like the story they were in. I kept listening because I expected some twist to show up....but just never did.

    I liked it well enough...I think the other books may be better. Because I see the character potential I will keep listening.

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    Caroline 03-10-15
    Caroline 03-10-15
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    "Too Hard to Get into"
    What was most disappointing about Mary Balogh’s story?

    I can not get past the first chapter, I don't know if it is the narrator or the story but not good and far from interesting. I got the book based on the reviews but once again I can get even get into it.


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    Arlene Two rivers, WI, United States 01-10-15
    Arlene Two rivers, WI, United States 01-10-15 Member Since 2014

    Doing the right thing is the hardest thing you will ever do" but one must try.. everyday. I thank my parents and heavenly father for the faundation of my life. I continue to build on it every day with the help of all my great friends and family. Love is a great faundation for life and Books are like a great meal that one must enjoy slowly ;)

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    "Well narrated, it's a human story very little sex"

    Great wonderful book, the narration is absolutely marvelous such a great performance of the narrator! Wow it made me enjoy the book endlessly and place me with in the story. Thank you !

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    Paula Coastal New England 09-08-13
    Paula Coastal New England 09-08-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Boring and repetitive"

    I hate it when I keep hearing the narrator repeat the same exact phrase over and over again throughout a book. It seems to me that this is easy enough to avoid, the English language is filled with multiple words that can mean the same thing, it's also why we have Thesauruses, perhaps this author should try employing one. The story would have been okay except that it is fleshed out with boring, pedantic mewling dialogue. The heroine this time is NOT the most beautiful woman our hero has ever seen, in fact, she's quite plain. Well, she certainly is written that way and in case you missed it the first or second or third time, it's repeatedly drubbed into the reader throughout the book. Okay, we get it. The thing is that this could've been an interesting perspective but she is also a scold and somewhat delusional because she keeps repeating how she can "make" people like her because she just can, it's what she does. Nowadays we'd put someone like her on meds. This one is just ridiculous. Most romances are somewhat unbelievable, but at least they can be fun so that we want to suspend our disbelief. This one makes me feel like I just spent 2 hours in detention for being naughty in catechism class.

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    Cynthia 05-08-13
    Cynthia 05-08-13
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    "Unlikable hero and slow pacing"

    I normally like Mary Balogh, but this book disappointed me. I found the hero to be self-centered and dull, but kept hoping he would improve as the book went forward. Unfortunately, that did not happen. The heroine, while somewhat more likable, was tedious. I was unable to see what these two saw in each other beyond convenience.

    Anne Flosnik's narration seemed unusually formal and stiff, but perhaps she was taking her cue from the humorless tone of the book. I normally don't have a problem with her performance.

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    Therese Sun City Center, FL, United States 01-30-12
    Therese Sun City Center, FL, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Spell-binding"
    Would you consider the audio edition of First Comes Marriage to be better than the print version?

    I was so pleasantly surprised! I chose all 4 in the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The romance descriptions without the


    Have you listened to any of Anne Flosnik???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my 1st Mary Balogh's books, but not my last.


    Any additional comments?

    You renewed my pleasure in romance novels, Mary. Also, Anne Flosnik did a great job of narrating.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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