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Los Maridos También Se Enamoran (Essex Sisters #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  6,676 Ratings  ·  319 Reviews
Una chispeante comedia romántica de enredo. Casarse cuanto antes y casarse bien: ésa es la meta de la joven huérfana Tess Essex. Sólo de esa forma, podrá encontrar los maridos más adecuados para sus tres hermanas: la hermosa Annabel, la romántica Imogen y la pequeña Josie. Sin más dote que un caballo de carreras, con el único apoyo de un tutor tímido y borrachín y los "sab ...more
Paperback, 485 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Punto de Lectura (first published December 28th 2004)
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I enjoyed this one. It had some touches which made it more enjoyable than most, although the plot was somewhat predictable.

Things I liked:
- The four sisters are like real sisters. They love each other, but also drive each other nuts, argue, sulk, bitch and complain a bit. This is soo much better than all those romances where sisters just love each other and think the the sun shines out of each other's #@!*. Nope. Sorry. I've never met sisters who are like that. There's always tension there, and
Jacob Proffitt
Jan 20, 2014 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, steamy
This was a very fun Regency romance. Tess and her three sisters find themselves orphaned and thrown into the wardship of a kind, though indolent Duke. The obvious solution is that one of them should marry well, quickly, so that the others can be presented under her auspices. Tess, being the oldest, feels this responsibility keenly and begins looking about her for suitable candidates. Naturally, their guardian's friends are first up for consideration.

The book's scope is pretty limited, really, be
Mmmm, it was okay. Sort of bland, honestly. There didn't actually seem to be any major central conflict in this book. And the secondary characters were all largely flat and 2 dimensional... with Annabel being the only *possible* exception (and that's really a stretch, honestly). I know this series carries on and follows each of the sisters as they fall in love, but I am so uninterested in the sisters that I don't imagine I will read the others. Maybe Annabel's book. But frankly, I find Imogen (s ...more
Series opener, each book featuring one of four orphaned Scottish sisters: Teresa (Tess), the eldest at age 25, Annabel, 22, Imogen, 20, and Josephine (Josie), only 15. This is Tess's book. The last half is top notch, beginning with her marriage to Lucius.

Susan Duerdan narrated this audiobook. Great job!! And a British accent is suitable for this riff on Much Ado About Nothing (it reminded me more of Alcott's Little Women -- an old fave). Also, horses play a big role in Much Ado, bringing to min
Hmm. Conflicted about this one in some ways. Silly me, who should really know better, believed what the description said, especially this line: "one of London's most infamous rakes. Lucius Felton is a rogue whose own mother considers him irredeemable!" which led me to having incorrect expectations. (It also turns out I forgot some of the description when I got around to reading the book! That one's my fault.) He . . . doesn't seem to be a rogue at all and that's not his mom's problem with him.

Much Ado About You
3 Stars

Following the death of their father, the four Essex sisters become the wards of the Duke of Holbrook who soon realizes that they re not the demure children he was expecting. The eldest, Tess, has her hands full keeping exquisite man-magnet Annabel, foolishly romantic Imogen and highly intelligent Josie under control, so it comes to as no surprise when all hell breaks loose and Tess finds herself married to someone completely unsuitable in order to save her family from di
Jan 14, 2014 Krystle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have not had time to write any reviews as of late but I had to on this book. Let me just say, I read this book from this author because they were promoted by an author I enjoy a great deal, but from now on I will only be enjoying that authors books and not taking their reccomendations because this book killed me...SLOWLY!! I made absolutely no connections with the characters and the ones I found a semi conncection were not even the main two. She was setting up her series and instead of making ...more
First of all, I have to take my hat off to Susan Duerden for pulling off something which, to my mind, would have been quite a daunting task. In Much Ado About You, there are four (possibly five) principal female characters and four principal male characters as well as various servants and other secondary characters. She managed to voice them all reasonably distinctly and clearly. Almost all those eight principals will appear in the other three entries to the series too, so I imagine a lot of tho ...more
Miranda Davis
Apr 22, 2013 Miranda Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-4-stars
I read this and was delighted by the author's wit and voice. And I really slipped into the time period, thanks to her command of Regency realities (or her completely convincing interpretation of them). There were many, many sharply observed moments I enjoyed. But...

The characters took me a while to warm to, though I did understand their different personalities with the fair/dark, romantic/mercenary, gorgeous/even more gorgeous/pudgy, etc. differences between the sisters delineated a number of ti
DNF @ 52%
= no stars...

I really REALLY tried to stick it through until the end...Alas, I could not.

I don't see Lucien and Tess as a couple at ALL...yeah sure they made out a couple times but there was no connection. They both had that "out of sight, out of mind" mentality but once they were in each other's company..ALONE, then they would be all over each other.

Tess was an alright character...nothing too special which made her boring.... She was the oldest of all of the sisters but she had no char
Elis Madison
If I could've called it, this book would've been titled Something Wanton. You'll see why in a bit.

The Essex sisters are orphans. Their mother died years ago, and their father, an avid horseman, took a fall and died a rather more lingering death. His madness for horse racing has left the young ladies penniless—their only dowry is his stable—each of them has a prize-winning Thoroughbred as her portion.

And their guardian is Rafe, the Duke of Holbrook, who agreed to take them on in exchange for (wh
Sheila Melo
FINAL DECISION: This book started out slowly because there are so many characters and situations to set up as this book kicks off the Essex Sisters series. Once the story focused on Tess and Lucius, however, I loved how it went. Took too long to get there, however.

THE STORY: When their father dies, the four Essex sisters become wards of the Duke of Holbrook. The duke means well, but he is a drunkard and a bit clueless about what to do with his four unexpected wards. The oldest sister Tess realiz
Jan 26, 2015 Aishwarya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genteel

I must confess to having enjoyed the "Why Heroines need sisters/best friends" afterword much more than the book itself. Tessa is about as fun as a limp dishrag and Lucius doesn't figure much. I get why Eloisa James spent so much time describing the sisters' relationships rather than the romance between the hero and the heroine. But in the end, when you look back, you realize that they actually don't know much about the other person. And that they fell in love because they really enjoy bumping ug
Nov 29, 2015 kris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tess Essex is the oldest of four absolutely stunning sisters. Lucius Felton is the richest non-titled dude in all of England. They both end up at the Duke of Holbrook's estate for different reasons and sparks fly! After Tess's convenient groom-to-be disappears, Lucius steps up to the plate and then tries to convince everyone that somehow only having sex at night means he's a shallow monster that can never feel love. What will happen when the sex creeps into the daylight???

1. No, seriously: Luciu
Erica Chilson
Loved the book. Read the majority of it when I should have been sleeping. Couldn't put it down. What made it a 4 star vs a 5 star book for me was the lack of contact and connection between the 'heroine' and the 'hero' because of the amount of POV change-ups. If you can call the change of narration when it was in 3rd person a POV change-up. A better way to describe it: there were too many people being narrated about, taking away from the main characters. Yes, I want to connect with the characters ...more
Mar 16, 2008 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
It's the start of a fun new series from James, as a bachelor duke suddenly finds himself the ward of four orphaned sisters, one of whom is preparing to marry for practicality's sake and another desperate to marry for love...
Much Ado About You was another story that I really wished that I ended up loving. It had everything I love about a historical romance, but the execution (maybe it was the character that made up its story) just turned this story off for me from the beginning to almost the end.

After having finished A Gentlemen Never Tells I couldn’t wait to jump into the next Eloisa James story that tickled my fancy. I figured that I would start at the very beginning of the Essex Sisters series since A Gentlem
Jul 01, 2016 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I enjoyed this book a lot, even though the writing gets a little messy towards the end.

What I Liked:
The narration was spot on. Better than most I've listened to.

I enjoyed how the beginning of the book is introducing all the players for the series, with multiple POV's. You're getting to know everyone, and it's fun trying to figure out who will be paired with who.

I liked both the H/h; Tess isn't an overbearing or bossy older sister, which you might expect from not only the eldest girl, bu
Jul 07, 2015 sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun Regency romance that manages surprising depth despite its formulas. I really enjoyed the inclusion of strong, realistic female friendships between Tess and her sisters. How often do you see a heroine in a romance with any women friends, much less three different fully developed relationships with three different (fully developed) women? Every scene where the Essex sisters are interacting with each other was engrossing, particularly their dialogue with each other. The romance between the tw ...more
Perdani Budiarti
Cerita dengan banyak tokoh, empat saudari yang di"waris"kan kepada saudara jauh mereka setelah ayah keempat gadis tersebut meninggal. Tess sebagai yang tertua mendapat beban lebih untuk meneladani adik-adiknya yang punya karakter berbeda-beda.

Seperti biasa, untuk menyelesaikan masalah keuangan dan agar mendapat status, Tess harus menikahi seseorang yang dianggap potensial, tak lain Earl of Mayne. Namun kenyataan tidak seindah harapan saat pria tersebut meninggalkan Tess di altar. Untung saja ada
I like how this book started out with describing the Essex sisters and how they are all different. Series which have lead ladies with different personalities are always fun reads for me. (Wallflowers anyone?)

I don't mind when it becomes apparent right off the bat who the heroine is going to fall in love with, in fact I kind of enjoy how giddy I get when they are about to meet or are meeting for the first time. When Lucius is about to walk into the dining room and meet a slightly tipsy Tess the
Aug 21, 2014 Thenia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable, as are all the author's books! The characters are vivid, flawed and likable, the relationships painfully realistic and the plot engaging.

I liked Tess and admired her patience. Siblings can be very frustrating and hers were exceptionally so, but she managed to hold her temper in situations where I know I wouldn't be able to.

I liked Lucius even more, with his laconic and mysterious ways. Just because he appears to be cold and unfeeling it doesn't make him so and I loved seeing behi
I am really liking reading Eloisa James's historicals. Desperate Duchesses was my intro to her work, and it hit so many right notes I'm digging into more in that series, and other series as they come to my attention.

I'm not sure of the exact timing of this book, but probably early 1800's. No, wait, there's mention of Waterloo. So, sometime after 1816 then. No panniers and powdered wigs, anyway. There is a lot of talk of horses - breeding them, racing them, riding them, betting on them. Horses a
Aug 19, 2013 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flight read, and I was so pissed the book was longer than the flight - I kept whipping it out whenever I could. And got frustrated when my luggage came so damn fast. Seriously, airport? Seriously?

Charming, mostly funny and definitely fun story about four Scottish sisters, 15-22, who end up as wards of an English Lord. Within a week, there are engagements and feelings where there ought not to be. Miss Pythian-Adams was hilarious: "I have done my best to repel my fiancee. I have learned reams of S
Liz F
Apr 09, 2012 Liz F rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
**** SPOILERS *****

Liked it. Wasn't blown away. Ended a little abruptly. Maybe I missed something. Weird story. The girls are "orphaned" but since they're in their 20's for the most part, they go to live with a guardian they don't know. Guardian is a drunk but is still a good, sweet man. Tess is betrothed to one guy but then he bails. The guy she REALLY likes steps in and marries her but tells her he isn't capable of love, yadda yadda. After lots of great sex they fall in love with each other. H
Aug 25, 2016 Connor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
... alright, Lucius won me over eventually. It took 75% of the book, but he managed it in the end.

(Although the fact that he looks like a Malfoy and has the name Lucius Felton still sends me into paroxysms of laughter.)
This one is really for adults only, but it's my favorite Regency novel for a long time. It's as much a family novel as a romance, and the characters are all fabulous. I loved the romance - such fantastic chemistry between the hero and the heroine! even some of the most technically innocent scenes were among the most sexy I've ever read because of the glittering tension between them and their perfect dialogue - but I equally adored the relationships between the heroine and her three younger siste ...more
Oct 10, 2008 Addicted2Luv rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This beginning of the Essex Sisters series was a good read. Good premise of four sisters becoming wards of a unprepared and inebriated lord before unknown to them. This book is primarily about the eldest sister finding a husband. Great characterizations. Being a fan of sensual love scenes, I had to wait until the final third of the book before things heated up, but when love did come, it was believable. I enjoy Ms. James' writing and will be following up on the Essex sisters.

Another note...the l
Hmmm, my Eloisa James obsession cools a bit with this entry. Not to say it isn't heads and tails above the other romancey stuff I've read lately, I just feel like the heroine was a bit boring. Nice twists and turns in the book OTHER than that, and some fun parts with other characters. I don't think this author could ever bore me, I think I've just gorked out on the genre a bit. And the Duchess series is so much naughtier :)

I'll read the rest of this series though for sure! Stuff is set up here
(The new shelf is for the sake of my own, odd humor.)
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“He had told her that he would never care deeply for her, that he was incapable of strong feelings. Tess would - would /spit/ before she believed that nonsense.” 1 likes
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