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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 04-07-11

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 Member Since 2016
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 2014

    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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    katie Albany WA 07-21-09
    katie Albany WA 07-21-09 Member Since 2014
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    "first comes marriage"

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

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nikki Katy, TX, United States 05-04-09
    Nikki Katy, TX, United States 05-04-09 Member Since 2014
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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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    Carol Triangle, VA, United States 04-02-12
    Carol Triangle, VA, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2011

    Carol

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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 Flosnik’s performance did you like?

    Her voice


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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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    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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