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Married in Haste (Marriage #1)

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  1,338 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
A scandalous gamble . . .

With her exceptional beauty, heiress Tess Hamlin has been dubbed "the Incomparable" by the lords of the ton. Though she can have her pick of suitors, Tess has no desire to wed. She'd rather delight in the intoxicating effect she has on men when she enters a room. But when she makes a daring wager and must secure a marriage proposal in one evening,
ebook, 368 pages
Published November 14th 2006 by HarperCollins e-books
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Liz F
May 12, 2012 Liz F rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the worst frickin book I've ever read. I would use stronger frickin words but I don't know if we're allowed to cuss on GoodReads.

This book sucked so much butt that I didn't even read half of it. SPOILERS will follow but don't worry; you won't want to read this crap anyways.

So there's Tess Hamlin. She's a rich heiress. And there's the Earl of Merton. He's broke. So he's come to London to find a rich wife. They meet at a ball and there is attraction. There's a to-do about Tess getting all
Dec 07, 2011 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
More like "Finished in Haste" AMIRIGHT?

I thought the book started out great, but the end was just so rushed, and I felt like there was an awful lot of action that should've happened to make it completely satisfying. It really felt almost like a novella, but perhaps the follow up books continue the story a bit? Fingers crossed I guess.
Sep 06, 2012 Ririn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
i read this book after i read 'the marriage contract' - the last in the series. i didn't know that 'the marriage contract' is a part of a series until the epilogue. since i like it well enough, i searched for the other two books and decided to read the first one.

i think the book reflects its title - 'married in haste'. it was good but lacks some depth.
3.5 stars

Married in Haste is a fairly run-of-the-mill marriage-of-convenience story in which both protagonists enter into the arrangement under completely false pretences.

Tess Hamlin is an acknowledged beauty and despite having been out for several seasons, has not yet accepted any of the numerous proposals of marriage she has received. She likes to have a string of admirers, but has not yet found a man she can like or respect enough to entrust with her future. In fact, she isn’t at all sure sh
When I put this book on my TBR on Goodreads, I noticed some of the more recent reviews of Married in Haste by Cathy Maxwell, weren't all that good. So, I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this one. Published in 2006, this regency period historical romance, centers around an heiress, named Tess. She has put off marriage as long as possible, hoping for more from life than just marriage and children.
Brenn Owen, of Welch decent has recently been given an title. He is the owner of Er
Jan 25, 2013 Shirley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

This was a free book that I got from Barnes & Noble.

This was an easy to read fun story of Tess Hamlin and her journey to finding true love. Tess rushes into marriage with someone she doesn't know and ends up falling in love.

I really didn't get the low ratings this book recieved. Why not 5-star worthty, I found the book told a story and concluded an HEA.

The reason for the 3.5 rating is that I felt Maxwell could have done alot more with the story. World-building was minimal and and
I am gonna give it 4.5
At first , I read some previous previews and most of them didnt encourage me but then I said that I have to give it a try. Glad that I did that. It was great read where misunderstanding played a huge part of the story. I Liked how the character of Tess changed to hold into whats really important to her.
May 22, 2013 Ahmad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Ahmad by: No one
Good reading if you have nothing else to read better.

The story was interesting in the beginning and started losing my interest midway. Towards the end it became very predictable. Then the author puts a light drama. Of course it does not help at the end of story which lasts not more than couple of pages.
Melissa Callaway Adams
This was a Nook Free Friday book, so I didn't have high expectations...but it was a cute quick read...a little soft porn in places, which seemed really out of place in an otherwise interesting story. The author could have easily left that out and still had a successfull book....I hope this isn't a new trend we will start seeing thanks to the success of Fifty Shades....
Jun 04, 2009 Nya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I usually don't said this sort of thing's about book , bur this book is bad, not really bad, but bad.
It has no flow, no really motivation.
Bad just Bad.
If you don't have nothing more to read the maybe give it a shot, but only if desperate.
I really enjoyed the simplicity and the charm of the story and the characters. Highly recommend this to all historical romance readers who wants to take a breather from all the complication real life has to offer ;)
Feb 17, 2015 Hafize rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ben sevdim bu hikayeyi :)
hemen serinin ikinci kitabına geçiyorum :)
♡PıNaR DeğiRmeNci ♡
Yeni bir seri ile geldim
Kitap çok iyiydi bu yazarın bir kitabını okumuştum onu da beğenmiştm buda gerçekten güzeldi
Bir partide yan yana gelen kızlar aralarında bir anlaşma yaparlar ve buz prensesimiz atar tabii ortaya bunu bu gece ilk kim evlenme teklifi alacak olayıdir
Tabi o sırada herkes is başına düşüyor kızımız ise evlenmek istemiyor adı çıkmış bu anlamda herkesle oynayan ama evlenmeyen biri
Ama kahramanımızı görünce etkileniyor tabikisi
Oyunu öğrenen kızımızin abisi eline geçen bu fırsatı de
Juliahoney Kamenker
very nice romantic fiction
Feb 08, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Married in Haste by Cathy Maxwell is an Adult Historical Fictional Romance. The setting is London, 1814 and later on the setting changes to Wales. The story was written in some language of the times with the "My Lord" and "My Lady" as well as the mindset back then where women were basically mindless creatures with the only purpose of living is to please their husband and provide him with children.

We are introduced to the main character Tess Hamlin at the very beginning of the story. Tess is at
Feb 22, 2013 HÜLYA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yıldırım Nikahı-Cathy Maxwell
Üç yakın arkadaşın hikayesinin anlatıldığı üç kitaplık Evlililik Serisinin ilk kitabı Yıldırım Nikahı2nda Tess'in hikayesi vardı..Ne yalan söyliyeyim ben bu kitap da aşkı pek hissedemedim..Tamam kurgu yönünden fena değildi..Konuyu yazar güzel yaklamıştı ama nedense işleyememişti..BU hikaye çok güzel bir aşk ile taçlandıralabilirdi..Maalesef olmamış..

İki tarafın çaresizliği ikisinin de birbirlerine muhtaç oldukları sahneler çok iyidi..Ama ama istediğimi çok da alamadı
Elis Madison
Tess Hamlin is the toast of the ton. Again. She's beautiful, and whoever marries her will be rich as Croesus. Thing is, she's not keen to be married for these reasons, and that seems to be all people see. She wants something more, which is why she's refused so many suitors she's been dubbed the Ice Maiden.

Brenn Owen is the new Earl of Merton, come to London in search of an heiress. He's reputed to be a wealthy man—which is all to the good—but while he's inherited a once-fabulous estate and a lot
I don't think I have every been so conflicted on rating a book before. Because I thought the beginning was pretty good, the middle weak with all the lies on both ends but the last 100 pages or so? PERFECTION. So I guess I'll give it a 3.5 star rating overall. (I'm not even going to tell you how long it take me to reach that conclusion. Anyways...)

What I liked so much about this book was that we got a chance to see how different Tess and Brenn were after they got married and how they struggled an
Amanda Hamilton
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Not what I was expecting in a historical romance about a 'rich' incomparable debutant who is pushed into a quickie marriage when she gets in trouble again because she pushes the limit of what a young unmarried lady is allowed to do.
Rich, beautiful and popular Lady Tess Hamlin can marry anyone in London high society, all she has to to is to point her beautiful smile and bam! the Lord falls at her feet and pops the question. But she doesn't want to marry just anyone, until she waits too long and
Cathy Maxwell, what can I say...I love her stories, they aren't particularly mind blowing works but they are yummy in a nostalgic way. And every now and then it feels wonderful to treat yourself to one of her novels. This one is quite lovely, I tittered about the pillow stick analogy and the tight Satin breeches. The mixup before and after the wedding was silly but not totally unbelievable, given that communication between bride and groom was not encouraged or expected before the wedding in an a ...more
Jan 09, 2017 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tess was an heiress. She spent season after season flirting and manipulating suitors. When they offer for her she has her brother cry off. Her brother was married now and her sister-in-law did not like her. After her parents had died she and her brother were close but now her brother's wife was expecting and it would be best if Tess married. A newly minted Welsh earl came to London to find a rich wife. To liven up the dull rout Tess gets the debutantes excited about playing a game. The first deb ...more
Denise Barney
There is a class of books a previous co-worker called "chewing gum for the eyes." This is one of those books. i started it last night, finished it this morning, thoroughly entertained and not at all challenged

"Married in Haste" is a Regency Romance, but spicier than Georgette Heyer. The heroine, Tess Hamlin, is a gorgeous, headstrong, intelligent heiress. Brenn Owen is a dashing earl, wounded in the war. She has money, he has a title--but not all is as it seems

They arre married within a week o
Jul 06, 2012 Jilly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The story was a little on the cliché side. I did enjoy certain aspects of the story but at the same time it wasn’t the most creative of stories and plot development didn’t seem a forethought in Maxwell’s mind.

Tess is an interesting character because she isn’t the typical timid character. She is naïve and sheltered which is almost expected for the time period of this book but at the same time she doesn’t have a problem speaking her mind which is refreshing.

Brenn is also interesting but all the in
Kate Dirty Girls' Good Books
Brenn, the new Earl of Merton, has come to London to find a bride...a rich help him rebuild his estate. The estate has been in tatters for 200 years and he is currently living in a small cottage.

Tess Hamlin has been the belle of the ball for a few seasons now. But an heiress can afford to be choosy, can't she? When she finds out her inheritance is gone, she must marry quickly before society finds out about her financial state.

Married within a week, neither Brenn nor Tess knows the oth
Mar 17, 2013 Katelyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Before jumping back into the more serious books I had next on my list, I thought I would knock out a quick romance novel. The plot was pretty predictable, and the story wrapped up rather quickly. The most enjoyable part of the novel happened after the marriage, when the main characters took time to get to know one another and started actually falling in love. There were some parts I skimmed over--I don't need to know every intimate detail of what goes on between characters--but after a certain p ...more
Nook Free Fridays Book

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was just what I needed, a very cute story with a touch of welsh magic. I was surprised by how quickly they figured out a solution, after harping over their big problem and finally admitting it to eachother, they figured out a solution in about 2 pages... and then delt with other stuff. On the other hand I did enjoy how the story took place over a few months. While I can live with love at first sight (if it's done well) sometimes w
Jill Twigg
May 26, 2015 Jill Twigg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story intertwines with Welsh folklore of today. Socialite Tess Hamlin makes a pact with her friends at who can get the first marriage proposal at an event. Little does she know, her brother in a hurry to marry her off takes it to heart and accepts one for her. Her suitor, a newly appointed Lord needs her wealthy dowry to rebuild his home. Secrets ensue as each has their own to bare.

I like it when a story has the protagonists having to learn to like each other and then love; them leaving th
Jan 14, 2013 Olivia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook
A nice story with nothing really to recommend it. Tess and Brenn marry for the others' money, but surprise, neither has money. Ho hum. . . .

My big complaint is that I hate covers where the heroine is pulling up her skirt to show her legs. What is up with that? How many women drag their skirt to their waist to run across the street/room/etc? Hey publishers, stop drawing those covers. The heroines look stupid. I guess it sells books, otherwise you wouldn't see them on historicals everywhere.
Jo Notary
Jan 23, 2016 Jo Notary marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelfari-regency
384p Brenn Owens, the new Earl of Merton, has come to London to choose a bride. The broad-shouldered war hero has his pick of the season's debutantes, but once he gazes upon Tess Hamlin, he knows he won't rest until he's made her his own. But behind Tess's light-hearted facade is desperation. She has no choice but to marry quickly, before news of her family's ruin becomes common gossip, so she accepts Brenn's sudden proposal 14without letting him know the truth. He offers her days and nights of ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 09, 2015 10:24AM  
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CATHY MAXWELL spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, "Why do people fall in love?" It remains for her the mystery of life and the secret to happiness.

She lives in beautiful Virginia with her children, horses, dogs, and cats.
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Other Books in the Series

Marriage (3 books)
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  • The Marriage Contract (Marriage, #3)

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