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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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    Cha 03-07-17
    Cha 03-07-17
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    I loved the entire story. It was quite entertaining, and kept my interest from beginning to end. It was emotionally charged throughout, whether happy or utter irritation with the characters. This author was brilliant in her presentation of this book. I am looking forward to listening to more of her works.

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    Ann 01-10-17
    Ann 01-10-17
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    Fetter14 11-26-16
    Fetter14 11-26-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great classic romance story"

    I enjoyed this whole series! They give just enough overlapping from story to story. If you like classic romance I recommend it. It was an easy "listen" and kept me pleasantly interested.

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    Yarnspinner13 09-02-16 Member Since 2002

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    "Really enjoyed this book"
    What made the experience of listening to First Comes Marriage the most enjoyable?

    I have always enjoyed Mary Balogh's books and am happy to find them on Audible now. This is a nice, light historical romance and I enjoyed both main characters very much. I looked forward to getting back to the story every chance I could and that, to me, is the sign of an enjoyable book. It's not deep or laced with intrigue, just a good listen while calming down from the day.


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    karen 08-04-16
    karen 08-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    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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    Kanderson 10-25-15
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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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    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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