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Uygun Bir Eş (Regencies #8)

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,259 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
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Ruthven Lordu Philip, aşkın pençesine düşmek için dayanılmaz bir istek duyuyordu. Tam bu sırada, Philip’in çocukluğundan beri tanıdığı ve çok yakın olduğu genç leydi Antonia, annesinin ölümünün ardından bir süreliğine Philip’in malikânesine misafir olmuştu. Antonia aşkın tehlikelerinden kendini koruyarak tamamen mantık üzerine kurulu bir evli
288 pages
Published 2011 (first published 1997)
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
To be totally honest, I had a real hard time finishing this one. It's not that it's irritating or badly written, but just sort of dull. In fact, I started it over a month ago and just finally got around to finishing it. The MC's are... Well, they're difficult to relate to. They're both so repressed and depressing. And dull. Antonia is not real likable because she doesn't really have much of a personality. There's also a certain redundancy to the writing that grated on my nerves. I swear, at leas ...more
This is a nice and gentle historical romance. In fact, 'nice' and 'gentle' are the operative words that best describe the story. Philip and Antonia are pleasant and gentle with each other and with the other characters. When the inevitable misunderstanding between the two occurs, they are civil and gentle in their interactions until such time as the conflict is resolved. The resolution itself occurs without any great dramatics. In fact, the carriage chase and the incident with the two coachmen at ...more
Sheila Melo
Nice Couple, Story is Only Pedestrian

"Being Philip's wife was what she wanted to be, had always wanted to be, she had not come to Ruthven Manor seeking love."

THE STORY: Philip Marlowe, Baron Ruthven is thirty-four and knows that it is time to find a wife but hasn't seen any woman who seems suitable. Just at that juncture, Miss Antonia Mannering comes back into his life. Antonia is his stepmother's niece. They haven't seen one another for eight years because after Antonia's father's death, her mo
I was pleasantly surprised! I'm so used to Ms. Laurens' later work, which seems more explicit and which seems to rely heavily on thesauri to state and restate key (and some not so key) thoughts and moments. This story was tender (no sex 'til the end and even that was only alluded to - not graphically described and certainly not prolonged), and the male protagonist was not as high-handed as I'm used to from Ms. Laurens. The female protagonist likewise was no wallflower but wasn't so overly indepe ...more
Jun 15, 2014 Cruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, regency
Author: Stephanie Laurens
First published: 1997
Length: 297 pages
Setting: Regency London
Sex: Frequent interludes with closed door almost-conquests. Basically clean.

A gentle romance without the expected angst and tragic airs. Antonia and Philip do have The Talk, try and understand each other's povs, and work on creating a marriage that will last.

Solidly told showing the growth of Laurens within the Harlequin stable, as well as her understanding of the Regency genre, "A Comfortable Wife" is A Good B
Oct 11, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful romp through Regency expectations and constraints in the social world, this book brings the Regency period to life, at least up to the end when all restrictions are thrown aside and it reads more like a modern romance. The rest of the book is wonderful. The only plot errors that I saw were at the end. Antonia manages to harness two horses to a phaeton in less time than it takes Ruthven to follow her to the stables which is just not possible. He would have had plenty of time to catch ...more
Elaine Mcdonald
Normally, I enjoy Laurens books more. It was ok, not her best work.
Cynthia Miska-bacon
I liked it at first. Fast read for first quarter of book. I got sucked into the budding romance, I felt emotion for the characters, then... It lost steam. The plot was thin. The tension between the characters was not enough to keep me interested. I finished it, hoping it would take a turn for the better, the end was just ok. As far as romance novels go, eh. As far as period piece, eh. As far as storytelling, the writer has skill with words, I wish there was more of a hook, twist or ride. Oh well ...more
Jan 15, 2013 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 16, 2015 Gaile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
I love Ms Lauren's books. In this one, the heroine doesn't expect much. She has loved Phillip since she was a child and thinks she will make him a comfortable steadfast wife. Thinking he thinks of her as a sister, she accepts his stepmother's invitation to stay with them a while, never dreaming things will be Oh, so different! There is also a sub plot here in which two lovers beg help in getting married. Well written for regency lovers.
The end of this book saved it for me and prevented it from getting two stars. Most of the book was rather boring and quite slow. Nothing of interest happened and the romance was drawn out much more than necessary. The ending, as I mentioned, was my favourite part and definitely worthy of the extra star. Although the story itself was disappointing, the two main characters were nicely developed. I particularly liked the strength of Antonia, the wit and flirting which took place and their chemistry ...more
Helene Harrison
Review - I did love Philip Lord Ruthven, and Antonia Mannering. They seemed to fit together really well, and their clashes and arguments kept the book alive. Sometimes Laurens's characters are so inspired, and I think this was one of those occasions. I wanted to know more about Miss Dalling and the Marquess, as their story seems to end unresolved. Not the best Lester book. I think the story did let her down, as it dragged out without too much actually going on. A worthy end to the series, but I ...more
Sylvia Harris
May 08, 2014 Sylvia Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Different and enjoyeable. An astute gentleman but smart enough to know what was being offered and planned would suit him very well. The interaction between him and his future bride was like a chess move. Each encounter required an evaluation and maybe an adjustment before the next move.
Jun 19, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the cover and reviews on the back I was hoping for something very Heyer-esque. Mostly it hit the mark but there were a few too many heaving bosoms to really be what I was hoping for.
No violence, a bit of swearing, sex and makeout scenes.
Barbara Literski
Must read

Another great book written by Stephanie Laurens. I always look forward to reading her books when they are published. I enjoy how she will write about a character that you met in another book.
Feb 13, 2014 Adele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this novel but it wasn't one of Laurens best. Philip and Atonia were excellent characters, the plot was simply a bit lack lustre. I'd still read the rest of her novels though, I think it just wasn't the time to read this book.
Jan 24, 2015 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a tedious read. I thought Antonia could have done much better and was trying a bit too hard to attract Phillip.
Apr 23, 2013 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Antonia decides she will convince Phillip Ruthven that she will make him a comfortable wife. The problem is, she's not sure she can be the kind of wife the ton expects. So, she holds off their engagement and does her best to act the way she thinks he wants. Phillip's not too sure what's going on with Antonia, but he plays it cool . . . until he realizes Antonia's taking her cues from him. Then he decides he needs to change his tactics.

Sub-plot going on with a young couple whose aunts are trying
Jul 08, 2016 Andrea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I usually like Stephanie Laurens. But this book was boring and hard to finish. Tedious read.
Feb 10, 2016 Donna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Historical Romance - Boring!
Jun 07, 2015 Dina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Was just kind of boring
This book was a bit steamy for my taste. I don't mind a little steam if it is integral to the story, but rarely do you really need to explicitly describe what is going on in my personal opinion (I know many don't share this). Enjoyable read regardless though. I like how the female main character grows during the story and the lead male just has utter moments of confusion as to what she's doing but sallies forth anyway.

Rating: R
Rationale: When they do the deed it isn't explicit but all the before
Jan 29, 2015 LibraryDanielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Kind of boring
Sep 29, 2012 Ilka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was in the middle with this book. I liked the plot. It was a great story. I just didn't like the way it was written. There were several areas that I was completely lost as to what was going on. I had to read it several times. It was too frustrating but yet I wanted to keep reading because I wanted to find out what was going to happen to the characters. Again great story, great characters but crappy writing. I would have finished it sooner if I didn't have to stop so many times to reread passag ...more
May 10, 2015 Diane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just a book to pass the time, nothing special.
Oct 29, 2014 Diva rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So So..
Jan 22, 2014 Meaghan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story
A good read. The hero and heroine are mostly likeable, and the ways they spark against each other are very fun to read. The cast of secondary characters is colourful and balanced -- and Laurens' admiration of Heyer really comes through in that with them, she's basically taken a bunch of Heyer's stock characters and freshened them a bit. I'll call it homage and enjoy it.
Brenda Margriet
Enjoyable read. Interesting twist on the old friends who fall in love, in that the woman plans to marry the hero even though she doesn't love him, and he falls in love with her first.

I like the hero, because he was willing to let her find her place in society before they got married, even though that was a risk as he didn't know she loved him at the time.
Apr 23, 2013 OhWell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
The first two thirds of the story are very slow-paced . The last third picks up a bit, and there’s some conflict and tension. Philip and Antonia were likable enough, but it’s Antonia’s brother who has real spark. I might have given it 3* if not for the same expressions repeated over and over again.
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