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The Husband List Mass Market Paperback – Aug 1 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
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.)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on June 20 2004 by V. Seaton
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 morePublished on Dec 10 2003 by Just a Dreamer
Wonderfully warm and entertaining story of two people afraid to fall in love for very different reasons. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2002 by Jody L. Schoth
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 morePublished on Oct. 1 2001
The plot is rather simple and I will spare you yet another summary of it. The plot is not that original. Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2001 by K. Hill
...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 morePublished on Sept. 10 2001 by Fani
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