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Husband List [Mass Market Paperback]

V Alexander
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July 27 2000 Avon Romantic Treasure

An Unexpected Husband

Against her better judgment, Lady Gillian Marley needs to find herself a husband -- and quickly. To claim her uncle's unexpected bequest she must marry by her next birthday, which leaves only two months to find a malleable mate. Topping her list of eligible candidates is the honorable Earl of Shelbrooke, yet one look at the very handsome but enigmatic nobleman and Gillian knows that cajoling him into a marriage of convenience will be hardly convenient at all.

A Marriage of Inconvenience

Far from immune to Gillian's entrancing charms, the last thing Richard Shelton is about to bind himself into is a chaste marriage. Though the inheritance is more than and tempting, Richard knows the lady herself is the real prize and isn't about to allow Gillian to deny the burning fervor that sparks between them. Now he has only two months to convince her to be his wife in full ... before his mysterious secret is revealed and their lives explode irrevocably into scandal.


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Alexander (The Wedding Bargain) has a marvelous ear for witty dialogue and creates winning characters. Unfortunately, the plot of this otherwise terrific Regency rides includes twin clich?s: a will with an outrageous stipulation and a hero masquerading as another man (think Scarlet Pimpernel). Widowed Lady Gillian Marley persuades friends to draw up a list of bachelors so she can fulfill the condition of her uncle's will that she marry before her 30th birthday to inherit ?600,000. The money would augment her small income and enable her to fund a home for deserving female artists. Topping the list is the impoverished Earl of Shelbrooke, Richard Shelton, once a rake, now living a double life (he's an oil painter, a shocking calling for an aristocrat), trying to shore up the little that's left of the family fortune and provide dowries for four sisters. Will the earl lower himself for cold, hard cash? Will the lovely Gillian settle for a loveless marriage of convenience? The sex gets hot and heavy before the final answer in this delightful read. (Aug.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted Romantic Comedy May 2 2004
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The widowed Lady Gillian Marley never intended to remarry, but circumstances now lead her to search London for a suitable mate. A rather unconventional condition of her late uncle's will states she must be married, before her thirtieth birthday in two months, in order to inherit a sizable fortune. Her inheritance would include 600,000 pounds, eight ships, and land in America. Certainly an amount no one in her right mind would ignore.
Gillian turns to her two closest friends, who happen to be male, for assistance in choosing an appropriate husband. They each draw up a list of candidates for her to consider. She quickly decides upon the impoverished Earl of Shelbrooke, Richard Shelton. Inviting him to a gathering in her home, she proposes marriage, but in name only. Richard is stunned, but refuses to agree to a chaste marriage, no matter how badly he and his family could use the money. He wants to have children to carry on his name and title, and he quickly recognizes the spark of desire between he and Gillian.
But Richard has a deep, dark secret. He's been earning money by painting in oils under an assumed Frenchman's name. A great scandal for an aristocrat should his secret be revealed. During their courtship, Richard becomes curious to the extent of Gillian's feelings for him. To find out, he poses as the French painter (himself) and invites her to pose for him. What will the wicked Earl discover about his lady fair?
This was my first read by Ms. Alexander, but it won't be my last. THE HUSBAND LIST was a cute, warm, and humorous story. It's refreshing to sometimes read lighthearted romances that are just plain enjoyable, and don't send you on an emotional roller coaster.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun, Entertaining Regency Sept. 23 2002
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In order to receive an enormous inheritance of six hundred thousand pounds, land in America and some ships, Lady Gillian has to marry by her thirtieth birthday. She asks her two best friends, Robin and Kit to make her a list of suitable husbands. Number one is the honorable Richard Shelton, Earl of Shelbrooke. Not being one to beat around the bush, Gillian outright proposes to him and offers him half her inheritance in exchange for a marriage of convenience where they both have separate lives.
Richard really needs the money the marriage will bring to him. His father gambled away the whole family fortune, and he has an estate and four sisters to take care of. But he also wants heirs and a wife to share his life with, so he is reluctant to enter into this marriage. What follows is a very engaging courtship where both Richard and Gillian get to know one another and fall in love.
I liked that both the characters are blunt with each other regarding their feelings, and there are no misunderstandings or games hampering the story. The secondary characters are also funny and endearing without dominating the story. The Husband List is a must for those who like their regencies to have some comedy to them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but perfunctory Dec 12 2001
By camille
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While this is not Alexander's best book, it is a good read if you are stuck home with a miserable cold as I was the day I read it. The widow Gillian (daughter of a duke) wants to marry before her 30th birthday, 2 months away, in order to inherit a sizable fortune and not be dependent upon her family's largesse. To that end and with the help of her 2 best friends (male) she draws up a list of eligible nobleman and after one meeting decides on Lord Richard Shelton and quickly proposes marriage to him. She wants a marriage in name only out of loyalty to her deceased husband, he wants a real marriage (with sex and children). Unbenownst to art-lover Gillian (but known to her brother, Richard's best friend), Richard is financing his estates and family by oil painting under an assumed French name. Richard decides to masquerade as that painter (i.e. himself) in order to get close to Gillian and find out what she truly thinks of himself (Richard). Following this? Well, it all comes out in the wash. The by-play between the characters and witty dialogue was great fun and I especially enjoyed the arguments between Gillian and Richard and the scenes in which Richard is masquerading as himself. The plot is a little weak, but suspend your disbelief and enjoy it. A major flaw are the love scenes, which are perfunctory and routine. There are also some anachronisms that point out flaws -- Richard responds to Gillian's French conversation with a "Huh?" -- not a phrase used during the Regency period. Also -- wouldn't he have known at least school-room French given the standard education for the nobility at this time? Another anachronism is the main characers' approach to their sexual behavior -- it was far more appropriate to a contemporary romance than a Regency period book. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars not that great Sept. 6 2001
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So if you had only 2 months in order to pick a husband and convince him to marry you in name only, and he would not ever have you in his bed, without telling him why you must marry before the 2 months is over, what would you do? It's quite simple. Make a list of eligible men, or if you're not sure who to place on a list have your friends do it for you. And that is exactly what Lady Gillian Marley does so that way she may receive a HUGE inheritence from an uncle that recently passed away. Well who better to marry than Richard Shelton, Earl of Shelbrooke? The Earl has a great, old, noble title, but is in need of funds to undo the damage his father did before he died. Surly he will say yes once he hears about it all right? NO! Richard knows that he needs the money but refuses to marry for convenience. So he proposes to court Gillian for 2 months and see how things go once they know each other better.
If you were like me and expecting tons of excitment like the first book throughout the entire book I'm afraid you'll be greatly disappointed. The majority of the book was quite honestly boring. Most of the exciting action was in the last 4 chapters. Now I'm not saying that this was a HORRIBLE book because it wasn't. It just was far from great. In this book I couldn't get into the characters at all where as in the first book I was there with them by the end of the first chapter. If it wasn't part of a series that I really wanted to finish then I would've put it down and probably not have picked it back up.
Better luck next time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars--Charming read
I really enjoyed this book. I've been reading romance novels for over 15 years now and was fascinated to find something different in this one. Read more
Published on June 20 2004 by V. Seaton
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book
This is the second Victoria Alexander book I have read, and I will be reading more in the future. Her writings are witty and warm, and I am so happy when I get to meet my heroes... Read more
Published on Dec 10 2003 by Just a Dreamer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Husband List by Victoria Alexander
Wonderfully warm and entertaining story of two people afraid to fall in love for very different reasons. Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2002 by Jody L. Schoth
2.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Silly
If you've read Georgette Heyer or Amanda Quick you'll be disappointed, as I was. The inconsistencies and the intrusion of modern thinking in a historical romance made it just... Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars The Husband List
Not as good a the Wedding Bargin, but it was still ok.
Published on Sept. 22 2001 by "zoey26"
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing.
The plot is rather simple and I will spare you yet another summary of it. The plot is not that original. Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2001 by K. Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars a nice afternoon read
...The story was interesting, quite original and funny. The characters were well developed, especially Richard and I liked the way he refused to marry her just for the money and... Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2001 by Fani
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming
A very enjoyable read. It has an interesting twist on the "Heiress" plot, some believable characters, and a lot very witty dialog.
Published on June 30 2001 by TooManyHobbies
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining!! My idea of a romantic hero!
Richard of Shelbrooke is my idea of a romantic hero. A great read....After I read it the first time, I had to go back and read this again. Lots of fun and twists and turns.
Published on May 3 2001 by rossetti_stunner
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