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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (June 9 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060774738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060774738
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #584,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Laura Lee Guhrke graduated from Boise State University with a business degree. After seven years in advertising, a stint as a caterer, and several years managing the offices of her parents' construction and development companies, she decided writing was more fun. She has written eight historical romances and has been honored with the prestigious RITA Award from Romance Writers of America. Laura lives in Idaho with a golden retriever named Sam, wholoves chasing tennis balls and digging up her garden.


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When those in society talked about Lord and Lady Hammond, there was one conclusion about the viscount and his wife no one bothered to dispute: They couldn't stand each other. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KMont on Oct. 15 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well, I knew this would be an emotional tear jerker before I'd even turned the first page. What is it about characters and stories that go so horribly wrong at some point, and you just know you're in for a rocky, emotional read, but you go ahead and punish yourself anyway? Because, for me at least, it is so worth it when the characters reach a beautiful reconciliation. So, yeah, I'm willing to shed a few tears and mope for the hero and heroine, cry, laugh and cheer them on because that sort of reaction is what makes a book worthy in my opinion. When you feel strongly for the characters, you know you've found a winner.

John Hammond knew he'd be inheriting a viscountcy one day, but the yoke of responsibility was never one he worried about. Why worry when he has a relative to rely on for such boring things as an heir? When the unthinkable happens to his beloved relative, John is again faced with the fact that he must have an heir. Thankfully, he already has a wife...now he just has to convince her to let him back in her good graces after almost nine years of being out of them. Lady Viola has gotten on with her life after her husband trounced her heart in a most unforgivable manner. She no longer needs the unscrupulous man, but when John enters her life once more, demanding she do her wifely duty, her carefully constructed world comes crumbling down around her. What is she to do in the face of the one person whom she thought she could trust with her happiness? John is determined to claim his wife again, but the real question is has he learned anything from his past mistakes?

As wretched as I felt for both the hero and heroine, I just could not stop till I had completely finished their tale. John and Viola are the type of historical romance couple readers will either love or hate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Sims TOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 24 2012
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Lord John Hammond and his wife Viola have been estranged for nine years. Shortly after their marriage Viola discovered that John had a mistress during their courtship. At the time they married John had ended his association with the mistress, paying her off with the purchase of a necklace. John had been forced to marry an heiress due to the state of his finances. Viola is the sister of a duke, and came with a large dowry. When Viola discovered the existence of the mistress and the expensive gift purchased, with as Viola saw it her brother's money, she was furious.

Viola had always been her brothers favourite, he had doted on her all her life. She had insisted on marrying John against her brothers wishes. She was madly in love with him, and thought he loved her. Obviously that was not true. So at seventeen years old, she is alone. John having left the house after a month of Viola denying him the marital bed.

This arrangement remained until John's circumstances radically altered. His cousin and heir Percy and his son, have suddenly died. Now faced with no suitable heir to the estate, John is forced to make viola reconcile with him, and produce his own heir. But viola has no intentions of a reconciliation with John.

First read for me by this author. This is a very well written story. What I found interesting was how little women of this period had so few rights. Viola would have happily divorced John but that option was not open to women at this time. Whereas John could easily divorced Viola if he so chose. Viola has had to bear the constant gossip of John's dalliances, in the years since he left her. Making her the subject of idle gossip. But because he's a man no one ever thought he was in the wrong.
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By rosewood on Aug. 17 2014
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Good book portraying how a marriage can be rebuilt when 2 people still love each other
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53 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Really 3 1/2 stars -- Fascinating premise but falters a bit in the execution July 8 2005
By ellejir - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It is a challenge to write a historical romance with a serial adulterer as the hero, but Laura Lee Guhrke *almost* pulls it off. The hero of "The Marriage Bed" is Lord John Hammond, a charming, handsome rakish heartbreaker who has been estranged from his wife, Lady Viola Hammond for eight years at the beginning of the story. Six months after their wedding, romantic young Viola had been stunned to learn that John had been keeping a mistress all during their courtship while simultaneously professing his love for Viola. Sickened by his duplicity and realizing that he had only married her for her money, the headstrong Viola had locked John out of her bedroom and refused to listen to his (actually, rather lame) explanations. Fed up with her behavior and accusations, John left her after a month and over the years has had a string of mistresses. Viola, meanwhile, has devoted herself to charity work since divorce is not an option.

When his cousin's death unexpectedly leaves John without a trustworthy heir to his title and property, he approaches Viola with a demand to again live as husband and wife in order to produce a son and heir. Viola is unenthusiastic about the plan since he broke her heart as a young bride and since then has humiliated her for years with his series of mistresses. John proceeds to try to charm and seduce his way back into a reluctant Viola's life.

John is certainly a charmer, but his careless treatment of the women in his life certainly is a less than heroic quality. More fatally for his character (IMO), he lacks any sense of self-awareness--he does not seem to know what a jerk he is. I tend to like flawed heroes and heroines, and I liked John fairly well although he remained a bit too selfish and immature for most of the book for my taste. Viola is a reasonably good heroine--a proud woman trying desperately not to fall for the same lines and act that she had when she first fell in love with her husband.

I thought that the premise had a lot of potential for exploring issues of betrayal and forgiveness within a marriage, and when the book concentrated on these themes I liked it a great deal. ("Do you love me?" "Of course, I adore you." This exchange from their courtship is burned into Viola's mind as a symbol of John's duplicity.) I liked less the scenes of John trying to seduce and sweet-talk his way back into Viola's life as if the past eight years had not happened. I had a lot of trouble believing that she would fall for the same old routine from him, particularly since she knew that his seduction was motivated by a desire for an heir this time and not by rediscovered love.

The story is engaging with the focus fully on the hero and heroine and their attempts to rebuild their failed marriage. I liked this book and admire the author's willingness to take on a very controversial topic.

Recommended to historical romance readers who enjoy character-driven romance with flawed heroes and heroines (with warnings to those for whom adultery is a major turn-off in a romance novel.)
44 of 52 people found the following review helpful
An aggravating read Nov. 3 2007
By Mae Adamson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This book should have been titled Foolish. Because that is what the herioine is for accepting this degenerate masquarading as a "hero" and that is how I felt after wasting my time with this book. I liked the character of Viola from her appearances in other books by Guhrke. I hoping for something wonderful for her. Instead, the writer chose to attach the herioine to one of the worst male leads(he is no hero)ever. Lies, manipulation,infidelity, disrespect,emotional detachment and, oh yes, a bastard child. Is there no end to the humiliation Viola will endure for the love of John? And what does John bring to the table? He's witty, charming, a great lover(lots of experience) and, only after his biggest transgression has been revealed, his "love". I take that the reader is left to surmise that John's reaction to his daughter is proof that he has grown to value family and no longer looks upon Viola as his brood mare. Condraduatlations, jerk.

John is a man with absolutely no respect for women. He is a character unworthy of a fine heroine like Viola. And this is a book that was unworthy of my time. Unless you are sympathetic to doormats or think neglect and emotional abuse are attractive, steer clear of this one and save yourself the aggravation.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I hate the hero too March 24 2011
By digruntled reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
oh my gosh, I seriously hate the hero too. He's lame and a loser. He's not sorry for anything he's done to the heroine. Spoiler. He's just like oh I cheated, I'm not going to apologize for any of that because it's in the past and I can't change it (of course that would mean everything bad he did is fine in his mind because it's happened already and thus is in the past and unchangeable). He's actually like a real life cheating husband except worse because after he tries to tell her that all those other women didn't mean anything to him and that it was all just S-E-X he mentions that he only really cared about or had a deep relationship with one of the women he cheated on her with. I wish she could have gotten a divorce from him because I could see her a lot happier with some other guy than forever stuck raising her idiot husband and his mistress's son. The hero never see's things from her point of view. He's like a tiger woods except with a wife that can't legally leave him.
32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Sure, Go Ahead and Make Me Cry. March 27 2006
By KMont - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well, I knew this would be an emotional tear jerker before I'd even turned the first page. What is it about characters and stories that go so horribly wrong at some point, and you just know you're in for a rocky, emotional read, but you go ahead and punish yourself anyway? Because, for me at least, it is so worth it when the characters reach a beautiful reconciliation. So, yeah, I'm willing to shed a few tears and mope for the hero and heroine, cry, laugh and cheer them on because that sort of reaction is what makes a book worthy in my opinion. When you feel strongly for the characters, you know you've found a winner.

John Hammond knew he'd be inheriting a viscountcy one day, but the yoke of responsibility was never one he worried about. Why worry when he has a relative to rely on for such boring things as an heir? When the unthinkable happens to his beloved relative, John is again faced with the fact that he must have an heir. Thankfully, he already has a wife...now he just has to convince her to let him back in her good graces after almost nine years of being out of them. Lady Viola has gotten on with her life after her husband trounced her heart in a most unforgivable manner. She no longer needs the unscrupulous man, but when John enters her life once more, demanding she do her wifely duty, her carefully constructed world comes crumbling down around her. What is she to do in the face of the one person whom she thought she could trust with her happiness? John is determined to claim his wife again, but the real question is has he learned anything from his past mistakes?

As wretched as I felt for both the hero and heroine, I just could not stop till I had completely finished their tale. John and Viola are the type of historical romance couple readers will either love or hate. Both have been wounded by the other and simply cannot come to terms with their differences and so they trade hurtful barbs and cutting remarks for years. The reason they worked for me, I confess with no small amount of glee, is that John does have a remarkable revelation about his character, his utter disregard for the feelings of the women in his life. He was a lier, he was a cheater and he broke hearts. In a way, this historical is unique because it tells of the awakening of a typical "rogue" and how he comes to realize how his actions have hurt others, especially his estranged wife. I just love it when a character like his gets what's coming to him. In this case he got an in-the-face dousing of pure and simple reality. It just took the love of an exceptional woman like Viola to help him accomplish it. Did he deserve her? No, not really. But did they deserve a chance at happiness? Absolutely, and that is what this book is all about. I just love it too when I find a new author to read and I am planning to backtrack to her previous titles before this one. Many interesting secondary characters - i.e. Viola's brother Anthony and his wife Daphne, their mutual friend Dylan - all have their own stories prior to this one. (See "His Every Kiss" and "Guilty Pleasures") Despite the heartache this one evoked I give it five stars for being an absolute pleasure to read.
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Such wonderful writing, you just need to understand some things Sept. 26 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Let me preface this by saying: I married young to a man I placed high on a pedestal and he fell flat on his face after one glorious year. I think Laura Lee Guhrke has done an outstanding job of writing the main characters. Remember that when they marry, Violet is all of 16. She doesn't have the maturity to understand men or the physical side of life and her hurt blinds her to everything else. I am shocked at how much readers thought the feelings were so unbelievable. When I read this book, it was like walking into my life (except 200 years ago). I hero worshipped my husband and he failed my expectations miserably. But we worked it out and I love him more now then ever before because I realized that no one is perfect. I don't blame myself and that is not at all what Ms. Guhrke was trying to portray (which another reviewer wrote). She was writing both sides of the story.
Also, clearly some readers do not understand this time period. Men had mistresses. Period. The fact that he had one before and not after his marriage (when they first marry) is a testimate to the fact that he was did feel strongly for Violet and was trying to make their marriage work.
Contrary to other reviews, I think John is absolutely one of the best male historical characters I have ever read. He is so human! I don't want a hero who is the most handsome, sensitive, caring, Perfect man in the world. How boring! How unrealistic! John was a flawed man who has never learned to love and because of this, he lost the adoration of his wife. So many times I read romance novels that describe the male character and I wonder how, if he is so perfect, how can he still be so pure and not swarmed by women (please). This book is about two real flawed characters and their attempt to forgive and start over in order to carry on the family title (make heirs).
Violet was written almost as well as John. She was a stubborn daughter of a Duke who is used to having everything her way. She loved John from nearly the first moment she saw him and is absolutely devestated when he falls from the pedastal she placed him on. Such understanding and insight is given to Violet's character and yet she isn't seen as the perfect wife, either. She has her flaws and her own part in their seperation. Ms. Guhrke is not saying that it is Violet's fault and whoever thinks that is not reading this book thoroughly.

Warning: if you are offended by cheating husbands who try to reform, do not read this book. He has slept with other women and freely admits doing so. I know this can sometimes be offensive to women.
Usually, I am the kind of reader who will stop reading a book if the hero does not give up his mistress after he marries the heroine. I like my rakes reformed :-) but this book is different. This starts 8 years after the marriage has fallen apart and tells the story of how 2 people who made a lot of mistakes try to put it all back together again.
I could re-read the playful bantering as John tries to win back Violet over and over it was so entertaining. For the reviewers who didn't believe he could try to woo her again, what the heck was he supposed to do?! Bringing back the positive memories, the reason they fell in love in the first place is the best thing a man can do. Did you want scenes where he is begging on his knees, crying into her skirt, swearing his undying love forever and ever?! How about a realistic charming man who realizes his mistakes, tries to win back his wife slowly and surely, and makes her happy at the end. I'll take this story anyday over a sweetened love-sick swain professing his un-tested love to some immature young girl. The characters are flawed and I love them the more for it.
Anyone can write a story about perfect characters with a light villian and a happily ever after. It takes talent to make a cheating husband and betrayed wife come together and Laura Lee Guhrke does it beautifully.

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