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Tempting the Bride

Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
Series: Fitzhugh Trilogy, Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (188 ratings)
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This Story Is Seductive

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In this new masterpiece of historical romance from the acclaimed Sherry Thomas, a headstrong beauty is rescued by the notorious rake she has always despised....

Helena Fitzhugh understands perfectly well that she would be ruined should her secret love affair be discovered. So when a rendezvous goes wrong and she is about to be caught in the act, it is with the greatest reluctance that she accepts help from David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings, and elopes with him to save her reputation. Helena has despised David since they were children - the notorious rake has tormented her all her life. David, on the other hand, has always loved Helena, but his pride will never let him admit the secrets of his heart. A carriage accident the day after their elopement, however, robs Helena of her memory - the slate is wiped clean. At last David dares to reveal his love, and she finds him both fascinating and desirable. But what will happen when her memory returns and she realizes she has fallen for a man she has sworn never to trust?

©2012 Sherry Thomas (P)2013 Recorded Books

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Jenny Sterlin delivered an outstanding performance narrating this unique story. Her voice expressed outrage, tenderness, compassion, understanding, and confusion as she brought life to the various characters.

Was the hero a bit too good to be true? Perhaps -- but the author gifted him weakness as well as strength and I liked him very much indeed. His devotion to his little girl was wonderful.

I thought Helena had a lot to learn about people. I would have actually liked David to have found someone else to love.

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  • Karen
  • Southern United Starex
  • 06-07-14

I couldn't stop listening

I couldn't pull the headphones out of my ears. It was funny, charming, sad and exhilarating. The hero and heroine are so human they could exist today. I liked that the heroine was a strong self sufficent woman and the hero was equal measure of proud and vain. Together they struggle to find happiness together. Can't wait to read another book by Ms. Thomas, I was thoroughly pleased.

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  • Kimberly
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 07-04-19

Lovely enemies to lovers story

Setting: London 1896
Genre: Romance
Despite his having married 6 months after they met, Helena has been in love with Andrew Martin for years. And in spite of his marriage, they maintain a close friendship. Very close. Her family, worried that she may ruin herself thus, dragged her out of the country (see: Beguiling the Beauty) then, upon their return, sets a watch on her. Until the day she gets away to meet Andrew at a hotel. Unbeknownst to her, David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings has gleaned that it is a trap set by Andrew’s sister-in-law and he goes to save her reputation. David is Helena’s twin brother’s best friend so she has known, and hated him, for half her life. So it is with great reluctance that she allows him to claim they are married when Andrew’s s-i-l shows up, after shoving Andrew into the en-suite bathroom. David has loved Helena since he met her, but has hidden it by disparaging her over the years. Anyway... a couple of days later Helena gets in a pedestrian vs. horse cart accident and 3 days later wakes with the past 13-14 years wiped from her memory. The memory loss allows David a fresh start. So the rest of the book is about the relationship that is slowly developing between Helena and David. But what happens when she remembers how things really were, and what she gave up?
As with every Sherry Thomas novel I have read, this left me quite satisfied. Her prose is well written and her characters are fully fleshed out. If I have one complaint about this book (and really, it’s the only thing to complain about) it is the switches in point of view. It wasn’t as bad in this novel as the previous ones, but it means you have to read the entire trilogy to get the backstory on all the characters.
I am quite pleased with Jenny Sterlin’s narration. She gives each character a unique voice, differentiates well between genders and ages, and is consistent throughout.

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A Jewel

This book is a treasure of wit, heart, substance, and elegance. Wonderful narration crowns a story of vulnerable characters in a tightly woven plot. Highly recommend.

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Didn’t like this one as much as the others from the Fitzhugh series

The heroine seemed very stubborn and stupid for most of the story. Didn’t have the same heart wrenching feel of the other books.

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Funny and good

The storyline was very nice. I liked her a lot more after she lost her memory and I absolutely adored him. Some very funny parts. The love scenes could have been more detailed and less rushed.

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My Favorite

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is Sherry Thomas at her best, witty, funny, romantic with a smartly written story and most emotional mature hero. Having just finished listening to this book for the second time, I can honestly say this is my favorite romance novel. Jenny Sterlin did an outstanding narration. You won't be disappointed.