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Wedded Bliss

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  248 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Robert Rothmore, Earl of Rockford, thinks Alissa Henning is simply delightful-exactly the kind of woman who'd make the perfect mother for his sons. But Alissa swore she'd spend the rest of her life scraping pennies together rather than wed the insufferable earl and become a glorified governess. Still, she couldn't very well let her own children starve-and there was no doub ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 2nd 2004 by Signet
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Jul 22, 2012 Rane rated it really liked it

Lack of sleep notwithstanding, I couldn't help but smile and sigh as I reach the ending of this fun little book. Barbara Metzger penned down a delightful Regency, with some very typical and not so typical situations that were very prominent in the time. Such as leaving your kids to be raised by someone else until of an adult age where they can take over the reins in the household, or groomed to take over their rank. In the case with Rockford and his two sons Hugo and Billy. A widower twice over
It took time to finish the book. Though, I should admit that I had not much time and being in a reading slump didn't help me either.

Although, I was in a reading slump, somehow I didn't DNF it and could keep reading. I like author's sense of humor and vivid description of events and dialogs. The plot was well-paced and she had ability to processing of a crowded group of characters. Each of them were fleshed out to add a depth to the storyline.
Last quarter of the book was very enjoyable and high o
I've just finished this book with a smile on my face :) It's an absolute gem; sweet and funny and filled with great characters.

The hero starts out as your typical Regency hero - handsome, rich, titled and arrogant - but right from the start, it's obvious there's something missing in his life and that he's aware of it but has no idea what it is. He's a widower twice over and has two young sons, one by each of his wives, but he's not at all involved in their lives; in fact, he suspects that neithe
Jul 20, 2013 Yackie rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf

I was enjoying this book. I found it funny and liked the writing and the characters, even the Earl. He was cold and kind of a jerk but I thought he had potential.

That was until he left his new bride in the country on their wedding night without consumating the marriage and he returned to London to continue his life as a bachelor. At first I thought it was just gossip so I continued reading. Until it was confirmed that he was humiliating and embarrassing his new bride by having h
Dec 14, 2014 Lyuda rated it it was amazing
Wonderful regency story. On a surface our hero, Earl Rockford, is a handsome, educated aristocrat who is valued by Prinny for his knowledge of languages and diplomatic work. But closer examination revealed a more troubled man. Lord Rockford is a widower twice over. One of his wives died while running away with her lover, the other one in a childbirth while whispering a name of another man. They left Earl with one son each but he is not sure the children are his. And now, his 40 years old spinste ...more
4 - 4.5 rating

Oh boy well I loved this one it was hilarious, endearing and a feel-good read.

The Early of Rockford's see if I get this right. He's clueless when it comes to taking care of his sons. He's floundering and out of his element. After all, he wasn't raised with his father around as much. Why should he be so ever present in his sons life...William (a.k.a Billy) has, at every point in seeing him, managed to soil some garment or the other. Clearly, he was not meant to be in
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Alissa Henning is a widow with very little means to support herself and her two young sons. Robert Rothmore, Earl of Rockford, is a widower twice over with a son from each of his wives. When his spinster sister runs off with the thieving bailiff of his Rock Hill estate he rides there to find out where his youngest son is. When he finds William ensconced with Alissa, Rockford mistakenly believes she is, at the most dastardly, holding William hostage for money or, at the least, extorting money fro ...more
Nov 15, 2012 Grace rated it liked it
This book is actually one of Metzger's better ones. The sad thing is, for some reason, her books are so unmemorable to me that I reread this one without realizing it. It wasn't until the very end of the book with one incredibly humorous phrase "courage of a lion and the brains of a slab of bacon" that I realized I had read this book before. That's kind of sad, right?

I think the reason is that while Metzger's plots are humorous and complicated, her characters are not. Complicated, that is. They'r
Elizabeth Bennet
Mar 25, 2015 Elizabeth Bennet rated it did not like it
Where have all the real men gone? Lately it seems to be my very question. I can't believe so many people fed into this rubbish! The only romance was the love Rockford felt for himself. Rockford is everything I can't stand in a H. He is a pompous arse , neglectful Father,adulterer ( yes, that's right he never gave up his mistress after his marriage).

In fact, the author wrote the book in such a way that he threw up her low breeding and made it clear that she was not to get jealous or interfere wit
Author: Barbara Metzger
First published: 2004
Length: 4525 locations
Setting: England, Regency-ish
Sex: Not frequent. Door half closed. First time very unsatisfactory.
Heroine: Poor widow with children. Loved her husband but married young.
Hero: Earl. Widower (two previous wives). Intelligent - knows many languages and acts as diplomat for Prince. Has two children but is distant father.

I felt like I was reading two books.

In the first 3/4 we had a light regency romance with a strong woman fighting for
Nancy Crayton
Dec 15, 2014 Nancy Crayton rated it really liked it
I laughed throughout this book. The humor is sometimes farcical, sometimes sweet and poignant, sometimes wickedly risqué. I know I will read this book again and again when I need to lift my spirits.

It is romantic in the sense you have a wonderful hero, a bit flawed since he had two marriages in which he believed his wives to be unfaithful and his children to belong to their lovers. Remember, he is not perfect. It has colored his view of women in general.

We have a wonderful heroine; a young wido
Anyone acquainted with Metzger's droll wit will see immediately that the title, "Wedded Bliss", is ironic and an indication of humor to come. Which is true: This is one of the funniest Regencies I've read in a long time.

Rockford is not your standard Regency hunk; he is handsome and rich, yes, but also has an ear for foreign languages and is fluent in many, so he has been working for years on Prinny's behalf as court translator, most recently as personal translator for Princess Helga Hafkesprink
Dec 19, 2013 Christine rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I'm not actually sure why I finished this book. It was short, so there's that. And it wasn't badly written. It was just kind of flat. I didn't care for Robert at all, not did I buy his transformation from a man who did not even recognize his own son on sight to a loving father and husband.
Meg Benjamin
Jan 02, 2010 Meg Benjamin rated it it was amazing
Classic Metzger. The comedy of sexual frustration, with the added delight of a clueless hero and a long-suffering heroine.
Aug 14, 2014 Nenya rated it did not like it
Like Yackie (see review above), I really cannot stomach cheating in romances. It's not romantic in any way, and if the h can forgive the H, that doesn't mean I have to. I assumed as well, that the rumors were just that, until we find out that the H was actually sleeping with OW, on the prince's orders or whatever (for king and country, what a tough job! bleh). I did manage to finish the book and the H redeems himself somewhat (I think). I can't really remember, and I don't wnat to bother to read ...more
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Jan 27, 2013 Melody May (What I'm Reading) rated it really liked it
Well, I have been trying to get through some books, but I felt I needed to talk about a book. I figure I could tell you about a book I read a couple years, which was Wedded Bliss by Barbara Metzger. The first time I read this book, I thought it was alright. However, since I didn't have many books, I decided to re-read it again. On the second go around I really liked. Here's a glance of what the book is about:

Robert Rothmore, the Earl of Rockford, comes home to find his boys are missing and have
Mar 30, 2013 Mary rated it liked it
This book had a lot more depth than the average Metzger and a welcome change of pace from her rip-roaring tales of general bedlam. This is a story of two widowed people with two kids from previous marriages each.

Rockford (which is the lamest name ever because it gets contracted to 'Rock'), a product of generations of paternal neglect, couldn't care two hoots where his offspring reside and it just so happens that Alissa (the heroine) has taken the youngest one in despite her humble circumstances
Dec 18, 2015 Susan rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, regency
The ending was just a little too farcical.
Maria Ines Alvarez
This was a very funny book, but i found it lacking in the love department.

"The marriage you are proposing is so... cold."
"So is winter without coal to burn."

Will held out a hand that had been feeding pieces of apple to the donkey. Rockford sighed and shook it. It occurred to him for the first time, far too late, that he was not gaining a mother for his two sons. He was gaining two more blasted brats to raise.

... He smiled at her, and she blushed and missed her footing. He might have to be more
Mar 12, 2013 Alexa rated it it was ok
Shelves: fab-13
I don't why I keep picking up these regencies. I think I must have imprinted on Georgette Heyer at an early age. They're comfort reads, and sometimes they hit the spot perfectly, and sometimes they just leave me wishing I'd exercised a bit more restraint. This was sort of in the middle; it had its funny moments but I'm left wondering why I bothered.
Dec 31, 2012 Annastarfish rated it it was amazing
This book got me hooked on reading romances. It's one of my favorites, a very sweet story. If you like romances you will enjoy this book--the characters are lovable and the story is great! I couldn't put it down.
Susannah Carleton
Jul 16, 2013 Susannah Carleton rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It's an intriguing and humorous look at family dynamics.
Nov 19, 2012 Jenna rated it really liked it
Cute story line! Will definitely read more by this author.
Apr 29, 2016 Nora rated it really liked it
Re-read ebook March 2016
Mar 26, 2016 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.30 stars - r-lite
Aug 18, 2013 Suzanne rated it really liked it
A hilarious regency romp!
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Barbara Metzger is the author of over three dozen books and a dozen novellas. She has also been an editor, a proof-reader, a greeting card verse-writer, and an artist. When not painting, writing romances or reading them, she volunteers at the local library, gardens and goes beach-combing and yard-saling.

Her novels, mostly set in Regency-era England, have won numerous awards, including the Romance
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