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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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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

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

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

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?


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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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.

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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 2 people found this review helpful