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The Husband List (Effingtons #2)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  1,746 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
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
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2000)
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Aug 14, 2015 Julianna rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Lighthearted Regency Romance
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"3.5 stars" Like it's predecessor in the Effington Family & Friends series, The Husband List is a light-hearted Regency romance. It didn't tickle my funny bone quite as well, but it did have it's moments. It basically takes place concurrently with the first book of the series, with the same family gathering for the Roxborough Ride coming into play. In this one, we have Gillian, cousin to Pandora from the previous book, who is a widow. She loved her husband dearly and
Jan 29, 2016 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
This book started slow but towards the end I got pulled into the story and wasn't able to put the book down. I liked Gillian a lot, she's a terrific character. Richard was ok too although I really wanted to slap him in some parts of the story. The secondary characters were very likable too.
It was fluffy, quick read, nothing exceptional about it, but not bad either.
Gillian proposes to Lord Slelbrook (Richard) to meet the requirements of her inheritance. She needs a husband with a title and he needs her money to restore his family's wealth that was squandered away by his father. In the beginning, it all seems like a simple business arrangement until they both realize their hearts are involved. I liked the premise of this story, and overall enjoyed the book. I only gave it three stars, because the theme of "Does he/she love me in return" was very repetitive ...more
Sophie ♥
Another boring historical lacking in depth and steam... I really hope Victoria Alexander's other books don't follow the same patterns as this one does... Although I kept suspect they will. How disappointing.
Aug 01, 2015 Sharyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is happening simultaneously with The Wedding Bargain. Book 2 in the Effington saga, Lady Gillian, a widow for 8 years finds she must marry in 2 months to receive a very large inheritance . The man at the top of the list is an impoverished Earl. There are many interesting facts to this story, all centered around artists. Nobles aren't supposed to be artists and neither are women. Many must keep their secrets. The best one is that the Earl pretends to be a French Artist and then gets jea ...more
Apr 15, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Gillian Effington Marley has been a widow for 8 years. She had no plans on remarrying until she found an Uncle left her a fortune, but she had 2 months to be married.

Her two best friends, men, helped put a list together. She did not know they were not serious. She chose the one man on the list who seemed she could marry, Richard Shelton, a reformed rake.

She approached him on the idea of a business marriage but he wanted the full marriage.

Etienne, an up and coming french painter, makes her f
This is the first book by this author that I've read. It was a completely random selection, and as a result, I'll definitely be seeking out more of her books. I thought that the characters were well-drawn, even the minor ones, although I felt that sometimes, the motives of the H&H were somewhat muddled and their decisions rather hurried.

All in all though, it was a good read. The sex scenes weren't especially graphic, but that didn't diminish their impact, and there was definitely a lot of he
Jan 10, 2017 Manal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jan 06, 2017 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 - it would probably be a 4, but the "seduction in disguise" part was just too silly.
Oct 01, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I usually really like the marriage of convenience storyline, so when at 75% I still was not feeling this book I was disappointed. This was more like... dating with possibility of marriage, and to be honest I didnt feel like there was any real reason to keep going. 77% dnf.
Judy Goodnight
Haven't read this one since I got the book back when it came out in 2000. By 2000 standards, it was a pretty good read. It's dated by current historical romance standards.
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Juliana Philippa
A delightful and enjoyable read - would be perfect if last three chapters were rewritten

Gillian is an almost-30 year old widow and is a wonderful heroine - intelligent, witty, strong-minded, and compassionate. Richard is an endearing hero - for five years he's been working hard to pull his family back from the brink of financial disaster that his father brought them to. He's mysterious, reserved, brooding, but also sweet, straightforward (usually), and friendly. Both characters were well-written
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
"Era nel suo sangue, nella sua anima. La voleva al punto tale da non distinguere più il bene dal male, l’onore dall'inganno. La amava e la voleva."

Ed anche il secondo della serie Effingtons si è rivelato un libro scorrevole e molto carino ;D Gillian è una donna che ha già conosciuto il Vero Amore e che l'ha perso tragicamente perciò comprensibilmente è spaventata e reticente a donare nuovamente il suo cuore. Richard è un uomo che per amore delle sue giovani sorelle, rimaste orfane, ha rinunciato
Jan 04, 2011 Nath rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010, historical
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I wish I had tried to remember this book a little bit more before I bought it. This was never one of my favorites in the Effington series though it is a perfectly serviceable read.
The very beginning of the book has Gillian proposing marriage to Richard Shelton, Earl of Shelbrooke. She has been left an inheritance of magnificent proportions but can only receive it if she is married before she turns 30, which is in two months.
Richard is astonished, but intrigued. Gillian is his best friend's sist
The second book in the Effington series was not as enjoyable as the first one.

The Husband List is the story of Lady Gillian; the cousin of Pandora Trent (Effington) and the daughter of the Duke of Roxbourough, and Richard, the earl of Shelbrooke, who is penniless but yet an honourable man.

The plot was interesting: Gillian has a list of suitable husbands and Richard tops it. She proposes to Richard in the hopes of getting an inheritance from a long distance dead relative. But even though the penn
Mary Gramlich
Jan 13, 2013 Mary Gramlich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE HUSBAND LIST by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly

One should always make a list!

Caroline is searching for a love match as is her mother, problem is they have their sites set on different men. Caroline has always loved Jack Culhane an American millionaire as opposed to her mother’s choice Lord Bremerton, a titled Englishman.

When you are an independent woman regardless of the time period there is always someone to try and stop your forward motion. Caroline’s mother is determined to have a titled
Lady Gillian Marley was widowed very young after a love match. Very independent, she hates depending on family for support. When an uncle in American dies and leaves his inheritance to her, it's a dream come true, except she has to marry by her 30th birthday - 2 months to claim it.

Richard Shelton is Earl of Shelbrooke & poor. His father left massive debts he's trying to pay off as well as caring for his 4 younger sisters and estate. He's painting under a French name and making slow headway.

Jul 25, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This was a fun read! Although it wasn't written in a style that was "British" enough for me, I liked the story and the characters. While widow Gillian has no desire to get married, a wealthy kinsman's will leaves her scrambling. The frequently mentioned "husband list" that Gillian makes, lists the Earl of Shelbrooke at the top. Although his father squandered the family fortune, he himself is a reformed bad boy and has worked hard to restore the family name. Along with gracing the top of her list ...more
Princess Thuy
Aug 06, 2016 Princess Thuy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm making my way through Victoria Alexander's Effington Family stories and this is the second book in the series. I liked this one much better than the first one because there wasn't as much angst as the first one. Their feelings were pretty straightforward even if it did take them a while to realize they were both in love. The hero Richard is pretty amusing, what with him being jealous of himself. You'll have to read the book to know what I'm talking about. But my favorite part of the story wa ...more
Jun 16, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, effingtons
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An Odd1
Oct 30, 2014 An Odd1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xrate
Seduction? or courting? Pages of wiffle waffle, his and hers, skip. He didn't even smile in public, now they chuckle wildly together. And more. "And looked forward as well to a little hard work and a good deal of practice" p 366. Effington series means many friends and relations visit and chitchat.

He fakes a French accent, so his painting is done under alter ego. But when she exercises her continental lessons, he goofs, replies "Huh?". A little mask can never hide appearance, walk. Of course Ri
Nov 15, 2011 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-challenge
I loved Gillian's independence and how she approached Richard and proposed to him. It was an good read on the romance side, I loved how Richard was living two lives as it were and how it ended with Gillian confusing him and playing with his mind! I didn't give this a 5 out of 5 because I felt something was wanting in the intensity of the romance. It was sweet but not as intense or as emotionally powerful as I wanted. I did love the twist at the end about the special paintings Gillian had though ...more
Sep 12, 2011 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, loved Richard, Earl of Shelbrooke. He was this impoverished lord, through no real fault of his own, and he is trying to do the best he can for his four sisters and aunt. He, with the help of his friend Thomas, have made a fake persona for him that is an artist. His paintings are selling well, but still not enough to repair his estate, etc. I loved the description of him on his roof fixing the shingles.
I liked Gillian, but she seemed too wishy washy. But they were great together a
Mar 29, 2013 Mariela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into Barnes and Nobles one day completely at random to find a book. I went to the romance section because I knew I wanted a sappy, romantic, good feel, tell him you love him and can't live without him types of book. I was just in that mood! And this book fulfilled all that with adventure. It was really good. The main characters aren't over whelmed with love and affection- more like lust and curiosity. And at the end they stop pretending and give in to it.
Jul 19, 2014 Lynetta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Change the person of Gillian to Pandora and the Earl of Shelbrooke to the Earl of Trent and wa-la! you feel as though you're reading The Wedding Bargain (Effingtons, book 1). Adding to that feeling, there is word for word copy of Pandora and the Earl of Trent's geese scene near the lake in book two as was told in book one. This story was too familiar and lacked originality. Considering that this is only the second book in a lengthy series, I fear a waste of time may be had with book three.
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Gillian is a widow who needs a husband before her next birthday to gain an inheritance. Richard is a poor earl who is desperate to regain his family's honor, and of course the money his father lost frivilously. She has a list of potential husbands and Richard is at the top. At first it was meant to be a marriage in name only and a business arrangement, but the more they get to know each other love finds its way in. Golold read!!
Jul 16, 2010 Patria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Diane Peterson
Rarely would I call a book "cute," but that is the word that comes to mind with this book. The plot was weak with gigantic holes in it. The flow of the story wasn't quite right. BUT you gotta love Gillian, Richard and his perky sisters! This author's great talent is clearly lively, fun dialogue. Gillian and Richard teased and taunted their way through the story in a very cute, endearing way. Not a great book, but I really LIKED it.
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New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

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Effingtons (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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