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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,702 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Balogh Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monchilde | 2/11/2014

    " It's funny. When you're reading a book where the main characters, and especially the couple, have obstacles to face that seem to go on to the point where you just want them to get past whatever it is and get together already! you think that you wish things were not so dire. But this book proved to me that you only *think* you want that, because it's the difficulties that make the story interesting. As frustrating as it is when characters don't communicate or speak up and misunderstandings keep people apart, that frustration is part of your investment in the story. This book avoids all those frustrations and as a result, stirs up little passion for the characters in the reader. It wasn't bad, nor a total loss. The writing is pretty good, and I admit I'm intrigued by what may happen to some of the other characters who were introduced (this being the first book of a series). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ~Sara~ | 2/7/2014

    " This story was good, but I was put off by the constant reference to how ugly the heroine was thought by almost everyone, including the hero. Only her sister and brother tell her she is pretty. Then, miraculously and with no explanation, the hero has a change of heart and decides she is at first pretty and then beautiful after all. If he thought she was merely plain then I might believe it more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 2/7/2014

    " I read this in one day liked it a lot. Got to get a good romance novel in every once in a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jasmin | 2/6/2014

    " for me, it was enjoyable, however, this book lacked a proper climax. it had it's moments, but I was waiting for something bigger, but it never came. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joel Scoville | 2/2/2014

    " It was a guilty pleasure that I purchased at the Grocery store of all places. I have reread several parts repeatedly to make sure I really did enjoy it. Yes, I did. I even read parts to my husband. Imagine Mr. Darcy as a naughty boy...misunderstandings have never been so good and hooray for the plain janes of the world! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shy | 2/1/2014

    " First Comes Marriage is basically a retelling of Austen's Pride and Prejudice only without a fascinating, witty heroine and any sparks between the two main characters. I suppose that this book does have potential if I judged it from the storyline alone but the combination of a Mary Sue type of heroine, an unlikeable, cold, arrogant hero and a rather repetitive writing just didn't cut it for me. As the first book in a series, it surely is off to a poor start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne Salzwedel | 1/30/2014

    " new Earl, learn to love, good story lines, 1st in a series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LorettaLynn | 1/7/2014

    " Very good like the others i read...But i think i should have tryed to read them in a dinffernt order :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 11/14/2013

    " I did enjoy the pompous Elliott and watching him react to the country setting of Throckbridge. The Huxtable family is a sweet group of three sisters and one brother who have been fending for themselves for some time. The plot tended to stall at times, which is why I only gave it 3 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flitterkit | 10/20/2013

    " Cute. Nothing particularly striking, but a nice read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 9/20/2013

    " Historical fiction that would appeal the fans of Phillippa Gregory. Very well done and most entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 9/5/2013

    " I like the Bedwyn's better than the Huxtables so far, but I'll still probably finish the series. I listened to the audio book and I didn't love the narrator which is maybe coloring my opinion somewhat. It was a sweet story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Epeeblade | 8/12/2013

    " Lovely breezy read. Interesting characters and setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 7/20/2013

    " I continue to enjoy Mary Balogh, for some reason I like it when the hero and heroine start out thinking that they don't like each other. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Merrin | 7/8/2013

    " A prime example of telling and not showing, also containing quite a few sentence fragments. Also, I got SUPER tired of hearing about how ugly and insufferable the heroine was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 3/7/2013

    " See my review for "Then Comes Seduction" and paste it under the title of every Mary Balogh book in collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 7/30/2012

    " A nice historical romance. Looking for to reading the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AzuresHeart | 1/3/2012

    " I was so happy to hear her new series was out. I felt like it was a good story but could be better. I know stories can be redone but I wanted something to make this really stand out and that didn't quite happen. But I will definitely be waiting for the next one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherri | 1/1/2012

    " Solid Mary Balogh - 3.5 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 12/26/2011

    " Should have waited for the beach. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorie | 10/23/2011

    " I am new to this author, decided to try one after her latest got a good riview in Booklist or LJ...I listened to the audio, pleasant story of Regency Era romance, some rather explicit sex scenes I wasn't expecting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Síafra | 8/6/2011

    " There is a sort of sweetness to Elliot and Vanessa's relationship that I haven't found anywhere else. It's lovely and perfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noor | 4/27/2011

    " i liked the story however the people in the story were to nice to play out the hate/love thing to its best... still i loved it, it was cute "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 4/11/2011

    " Liked this. Probably a 3.5 because the beginning was a little confusing as the author introduced most of the main characters for the entire series. It was enjoyable one it became clear who /this/ story was about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Merrin | 3/19/2011

    " A prime example of telling and not showing, also containing quite a few sentence fragments. Also, I got SUPER tired of hearing about how ugly and insufferable the heroine was. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra | 3/19/2011

    " A predictable Victorian Romance but an easy read. The first in a series of four. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/17/2011

    " Re-reading this series to get to the point where I can truly enjoy the final book, Con's story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillian | 3/13/2011

    " I found myself getting very involved/invested in the lives of these characters and I loved the growth and development of the two main characters and am excited to see the growth and development of all the others through the other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tricha | 3/3/2011

    " This is a great book for someone who loves historical romance. Can't wait to read the rest of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorinda | 2/28/2011

    " Can not put the book down, you want to keep reading it to just find out waht happens to the family after find out they are very important. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 2/8/2011

    " A great story of love and romance. The first 2 chapters started out slow and were a little confusing, but I was soon transfixed by the story of Vanessa and Elliot. I also added some new words to my romance reading vocabulary :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loretta | 1/25/2011

    " Very good like the others i read...But i think i should have tryed to read them in a dinffernt order :) "

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About the Author
Author Mary Balogh

Mary Balogh grew up in Wales, and after graduating from university moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English. Her first Regency love story, A Masked Deception, was published in 1985. She has written more than seventy novels and almost thirty novellas since then, including the New York Times bestselling Slightly sextet, the Simply quartet, and the Huxtable quintet. Her novel Simply Magic was a finalist for the Quill Award.

About the Narrator

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including three AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has twice been an Audie Award finalist. She is an accomplished actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.