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First Comes Marriage: Huxtable Series, Book 1 | [Mary Balogh]

First Comes Marriage: Huxtable Series, Book 1

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?
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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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    Ruth M. Penson Los Angeles, CA United States 09-20-13
    Ruth M. Penson Los Angeles, CA United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2006

    Ruth

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    "Silly, stupid, pass this one!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    some starry-eyed love struck person!!!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    a mystery


    What aspect of Anne Flosnik’s performance would you have changed?


    She was as good as she could have been with this ridiculous material!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disbelieve that anyone would publish something so dumb. This book should have been rejected by any publisher. It's an insult to an intelligent reader!!!


    Any additional comments?

    skip this one!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Watsonville, CA, United States 05-08-13
    Cynthia Watsonville, CA, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2010
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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 2008
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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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    Debbie Campton, KY, United States 09-05-11
    Debbie Campton, KY, United States 09-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Very disappointed!"

    I have listened to over 250 audiobooks and this was the first one I couldn't even finish. It just didn't hold my interest, I wont purchase any more of this authors books.

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    LeSLiE Hillsborough, NC, United States 04-07-11
    LeSLiE Hillsborough, NC, United States 04-07-11 Member Since 2007

    QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!

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    "Good Story with a Great Twist"

    I bought this book a LONG time ago. So long, that I almost forgot about it. Now, I am really glad that I found this book, turns out I really liked it. (makes me wonder how many other books in my library I have overlooked......)

    OK, back to my review:

    One of the reasons that I found this book so interesting is that the heroine isn't you typical "the most beautiful woman in the world" that we find in so many of the other books in the romantic genre. No, she is plain, but because of her outlook on life, and her personality, she becomes one of the most beautiful characters that I have ever had the pleasure to discover through my "reading" of a book.

    I would really recommend this book. It was like a breath of fresh air.
    Enjoy!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Beckley, WV, United States 06-22-10
    Emily Beckley, WV, United States 06-22-10
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    "Horrible Bad Bad Bad"

    Oh my this book was a waste of time. I only made it thru half it's completely confusing. I still can't figure out who the main character was.

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    Kelly Chicago, IL, USA 03-10-10
    Kelly Chicago, IL, USA 03-10-10
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    "Good writing, good characters, good plot"

    Loved it.

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    Kathleen Vallejo, CA, USA 02-21-10
    Kathleen Vallejo, CA, USA 02-21-10
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    "Reminded me of Pride and Prejudice"

    I see a couple of pretty harsh reviews for this book so felt I needed to add another perspective. This book reminded me a lot of Pride and Prejudice...not to say it's the same story or the same quality but the character interactions are similar, there are even a few scenes that seemed reminiscent of P&P. I did find this book a little slow in parts but overall I really enjoyed it. I loved the Conn character but can't figure out if he shows himself in one of the other books in this series...it would be great to see his issues resolved. The "dowdy" heroine was a little strange but it was interesting to see it play out....that too reminded me of Mr. Darcy's first commentary on Elizabeth.

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    Lily C. Baker San Jose, CA USA 02-03-10
    Lily C. Baker San Jose, CA USA 02-03-10 Member Since 2009

    toddler mom

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    "See Karen of Issaquah's review"

    I couldn't have said it better: slow, pedantic narration, plodding, pedantic writing. ick.

    And this from a master of Regency! I would say this is her rare slip up and anything from her is worth reading or listening to, except by this narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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