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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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    Nikki Katy, TX, United States 05-04-09
    Nikki Katy, TX, United States 05-04-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Nice and easy reading!"

    Bought the book for listening in the car during a daily commute to work and back home.The book certainly served the purpose!The narrator is great,very artistic and with a plesant voice, the story is easy to follow, the characters are amiable, and in general a very pleasant read.If you do not have place for a romance in your heart,the book is not for you though.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    katie GOSNELLS, Australia 07-21-09
    katie GOSNELLS, Australia 07-21-09 Member Since 2009
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    "first comes marriage"

    Loved this book and the whole Huxtable series very entertaining and the narrator is excellent

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Triangle, VA, United States 04-02-12
    Carol Triangle, VA, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Entertaining romance"
    Would you listen to First Comes Marriage again? Why?

    Yes - I enjoy the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The easy flow


    What about Anne Flosnikā€™s performance did you like?

    Her voice


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


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    This story was not brain surgery but it did offer a very entertaining escape to a different time. You knew how the story was going to end but the getting there was very enjoyable. I enjoyed it so much I immediately listened to the second episode.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carly PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 01-04-14
    Carly PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    I kept waiting for this book to take off and move at a more rapid pace. It never did. The characters have all the makings of being enjoyable, but they can't overcome the slow-moving plot. In addition, the author does everything in her power to denegrate the main character, and though we are able to see her through the hero's eyes, even he looks down on her for most of the book. Obviously it's somewhat refreshing to encounter a more "normal" heroine than what we often see in romance novels, but the way the author berates the heroine by belaboring the fact that she is plain and somewhat ugly is a bit overdone.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kerry Australia 12-18-12
    Kerry Australia 12-18-12
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    "Enjoyable light reading"

    Easy book to listen to whilst driving. Yes predictable story but aren't all historical romances! Good scene setting for the following books in the series. Which were just as enjoyable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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