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Tempting the Bride (Fitzhugh Trilogy #3)

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In this new masterpiece of historical romance from the acclaimed Sherry Thomas,a headstrong beauty is rescued by the notorious rake she has always despised...

Helena Fitzhugh understands perfectly well that she would be ruined should her secret love affair be discovered. So when a rendezvous goes wrong and she is about to be caught in the act, it is with the greatest reluc
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ebook, 304 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Berkley
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Didi
The more I read from this author, the more I'm convinced she's amazing and brilliant with the use of language. This is a wonderful series, filled with emotion and intensity beyond a typical HR. I feel the characters plights and their longings, I understand their fears and hopes and I especially feel the beautiful romance that bleeds off the pages.
We get Lord Hastings story here. His unrequited love for Helena Fitzhugh was pure anguish for him. He'd loved her most of his life and never once felt
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new_user
Oct 18, 2012 new_user rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I feel like Ms. Thomas got too much whining from readers about too much angst in her books, and this Fitzhugh series is the result. They're light on everything... Short. I would have liked some more good times between Hastings and Helena, maybe learn more about them, get more profound moments. As it is, he was really sweet, especially with daughter Bea, although it is either pompous or cowardly to confess one's love via manuscript.
TJ
4.5/5.0
I tend to have a schizophrenic relationship with Sherry Thomas books. I absolutely adore her writing style and voice while simultaneously loathing some of her infuriating characters and ridiculously unbelievable plot-lines. This one seems to meld the two into a delightfully acceptable compromise.

For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine.
Feminista
Jan 03, 2014 Feminista rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am losing my love for Sherry Thomas.

I find Hastings a hypocrite. That he should make Helena feel bad about wanting to be with Andrew, when he has had mistresses over the year and sired a child with one of his mistresses. This is what he says:"Apparently she thought him the sort of man who entertained himself by ruining unmarried young ladies from good families." So he isn't that kind of a man. But it's okay for him to ruin unmarried young women from families not as good? Or is it okay for him
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Caz
4.5 stars (And better late than never!)

I thought this final book in the Fitzhugh trilogy was another winner from Sherry Thomas. She takes a couple of my favourite tropes – the marriage of convenience and the bickering couple who fall for each other – and puts a slightly different spin on them, especially on the latter.


David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings and Helena Fitzhugh have appeared in the earlier two books in this trilogy – Beguiling the Beauty and Ravishing the Heiress, and spent all the

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Kinga
Aug 26, 2013 Kinga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now, that’s Sherry how I like her. And check this out – she used amnesia in this book without making it sound too ridiculous. I told you she could pull off anything she liked. I’m waiting for her to do something with amnesia AND a long-lost twin sibling!

In ‘Tempting the Bride’ we have a ludicrously proud hero and ever since ‘The Pride and Prejudice’ proud heroes have been my drug of choice. Hastings fell in love with Helena when they were teenagers and he went about it the way teenage boys often
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Kelly22
4.00 Stars - Historical Romance/1895 England.

David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings, loved Helena Fitzhugh all his life. She in turn has an outrageous liaison with another married man she always loved. When a clandestine rendezvous with the said man goes wrong, David happens to be the only man who can help to put matter into rights by sprouting a false tale of her eloping with him! But since childhood, they have an odious relationship in which Helena heartily hated David, and David energetically
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
I have a few serious reservations about this book, the major one being that I can't stand character stupidity at the sake of their own happiness, and this book's premise sort of hinges on that very thing. But I think Thomas did a decent job explaining why it was necessary and actually kind of believable. I had a harder time liking Helena, but once she has amnesia, she's a much pleasanter person and she was actually somewhat endearing. Then, when she remembers David, she actually takes the time t ...more
Keri
May 25, 2016 Keri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful end to a great trilogy. I loved the word byplay between Helena and David. I thought the way the story played out and this book had a sexier, more erotic edge then her prior books. I REALLY liked it! Wish it would have been a little longer though as I loved reading about H and D admitted their love for one another. I would say you could even read this book without having read the other two in the trilogy and not be lost as to what is going on.
Mary
Ms. Thomas continues to write wonderfully romantic and tender love stories with a dark and sexy twist. "Tempting the Bride" is the perfect ending to the the Fitzhugh trilogy. Through out the first two books we witness the strained relationship between Helena and David. The couple has know each other since they were very young. David fell in love at first sight..and Helena couldn't stand him. Everyone else in Helena's family knows that David is in love with her, but she doesn't have a clue. In th ...more
Brenda
Ahhhh I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

David and Helena has an angst-love always been rude and
nasty with each other and of course David aka Hastings has love
her for almost his life and she otherwise is "in lovu" with Mr. Martin.
Poor Hastings, I was serious rotting for him but he did not help!!!!!!!

And the BOOM DA DISS Helena suffer an accident and cant remember her
previous life. Well, NOW Hastings was acting like a lover and I felt too like
him what qould happen when she gain
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Dangermousie
"Sometimes people fall in love with those who do not return the same strength of feelings. It is as it is," he said with quiet intensity. "What I give, I give freely. You owe me nothing, not love, not friendship, not even obligation."

Oh, what a lovely, lovely book! It's pretty much a perfect mix of wistfulness, hopefulness, angst and romance.

David, Lord Hastings has loved our heroine, Helena, since they were both 14 years old. However, she was utterly indifferent and he resorted to the trick of
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Miss
Dec 25, 2012 Miss rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sherry Thomas! You just gave me Fitz and Millie, I know you can do better than this. :( Ugh why did David have to be such a dick, like I understand getting stuck in bad patterns with certain people but at some point you have to grow up and break them, preferably before you've irredeemably cemented yourself as a douchebag in my eyes. :< Post-amnesia Helena and David were nice enough but it didn't make up for his unrelenting awfulness in the first half of the novel. Honestly I was offended, I'm ...more
Mimi
Aug 13, 2016 Mimi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.8
How painful an unrequited love must be, for Sherry Thomas portrays these incredibly well. I ache with our characters. If there is anything that this author does well, it is making us love her characters, making us feel the way her characters do - be it feelings of joy or feelings of despair. This was a lovely story of love and it's heartaches, of being honest and being vulnerable; however, in comparison to the previous Fitzhugh book which shares similar themes, I felt that the previous book
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Germaine Lefebvre
E' un piacere tornare a leggere romance quando c'e' un'autrice che attira. E poche cose mi attraggono piu' di un romanzo di Thomas.
Delizioso e inaspettato, come l'evoluzione, anzi il ritrarsi del carattere sardonico e sudicio del protagonista, un Hastings che aspettavo dai libri precedenti, mai docile, ma dolcissimo.
La seconda possibilità, tema portante dei libri di Thomas, qui è data non tanto da una ripartenza di una relazione o di un matrimonio, ma dal carattere e comportamento di Helena, ch
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Mandi Schreiner
David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings has loved Helena Fitzhugh for most of his life. When he was just a kid, he would make fun of her, pull her hair, the types of things boys do when they like a girl but are not mature enough to process their feelings. The problem is, as Hastings got older, he never stopped making fun of her. He loved her so much and was so afraid of his feelings, he would rather put her down or anger her to get a rise out of her, than own up to how he really feels.

Helena can’t
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Lizzie
I take back all the mean thoughts I had about this book while reading Ravishing the Heiress. Despite several problems, this book hooked me far more strongly than its two predecessors. Thomas masters the classic amnesia trope (a guilty favorite of mine since I read Until You in middle school) and delivers a surprisingly compelling, if brief, story of antagonism sliding into mutual appreciation. Yes, the beginning of the book is infodump for the previous two installments. Yes, it is hard to unders ...more
Elis Madison
As a teenaged boy, David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings, wanted to impress fair Helena Fitzgerald… so he slipped amphibians into her knickers.



They're adults now, and nothing's changed except what he's trying to slip into her knickers. Since the two of them began to "blossom," he's been fantasizing like mad—and if he's not painting his more innocent fantasies on the walls of various rooms in his house, he's trying to paint more salacious images in her head. As in telling her that the way to mak
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Tinsoni
Jul 19, 2015 Tinsoni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is only one idea that sums up this book for me 'Lake Sahara.' I have an aversion to extreme cheesiness in romance novels...it just does not agree with my reserved personality. But cheesiness in this book was done with an underlying of darker emotions such as possessiveness and jealousy. I loved it. My heart went out to the hero. I definitely recommend this book...one my favorite of Thomas' books.
Elizabeth May
May 20, 2016 Elizabeth May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sherry Thomas's books have such panache, I've never read anything like them. I don't know how she manages to make the most ludicrous plots work so damn well. So I keep buying her books like a helpless addict!


Caz
I've given this a B+ for narration and A- for content at AudioGals, so that's a solid 4.5 stars

The third novel in Ms Thomas’ Fitzhugh Trilogy , Tempting the Bride is the story of Helena Fitzhugh (twin sister of Fitz from Ravishing the Heiress) and David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings. The pair has appeared in secondary roles in the previous books and has the sort of antagonistic relationship which is most definitely NOT one of those “we-bicker-but-only-because-we’re-trying-to-hide-our-mutual-a
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Dija
This was published on my birthday. Should've read it then, as a bday present to myself. :)
Ash
Sep 29, 2015 Ash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Thomas's writing is so eloquent and free-flowing that it is so easy to get lost in one of her books. However, the romance in this particular one didn't feel organic to me. The amnesia storyline made it hard for me to really sink into the story. The accident and the subsequent loss of memory felt like it was a convenient solution to Helena's hatred. If it weren't for the accident, I doubt the relationship would have bloomed at all.

However, that is not to say that I didn't enjoy the other parts of
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Malin
Oct 12, 2012 Malin rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books
This is technically the third book in the Fitzhugh-trilogy, where each Fitzhugh sibling gets their own book. This book stands fine on its own (and frankly, I wasn't overly fond of the other two books - hence no reviews), though there may be spoilers for the two other books in the series.

What if you could have a second chance to make a first impression? David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings, has loved Helena Fitzhugh since they were both fourteen years old. Her older sister Venetia is the legend
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RomReader *Spoiler Giver*
27yo book publisher can’t remember her husband as well as her siblings’ spouses. Hero feels both despair and relief about the temporary amnesia she has due to an accident. He is astonished at how she’s considering him without her usual expressions of disgust & irritation that she’s displayed towards him in the 13 years since they’ve known each other. As she’s getting re-acquainted with him, she feels niggles of emotions that something is not quite right. Hero sees this time as his chance to ...more
Wicked Incognito Now
I would give this book three stars due to my feeling that this wasn't all that I wanted it to be. However, Sherry Thomas is still a cut above most other HR writers, so I still lean toward a higher rating. Most HR novels these days bore me out of my mind. I've DNF'd many this year. ST still knows pacing and readability. I read this in a few hours.

But this novel was the equivalent of expecting a creamy hot fudge sundae and getting a low-fat watery bowl of ice cream instead. There just wasn't as m
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Emma
Oct 19, 2012 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous characters, fabulous story. I was both eager and scared to read this book. Scared because high expectations often translate in big disappointment, for me at least.
Sherry Thomas DID NOT disappoint. The whole thing was fabulous and so real and easy to believe in. The dialogs were fantastic. These two are such smart people even their bickering was delightful. They were both complexe and yet so easy to understand.
Again, not a single thing I disliked about this book. Can't wait to reread it
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Christy
4.5 stars
I love Sherry Thomas's writing and, despite some soap opera-ish elements, I really, really enjoyed this book. Not a very helpful review, I know!
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
I'm a big Sherry Thomas fan but I found this one lacking. It contains one of my least favorite setups - the loss of memory. Add to that - the heroine angrily accuses the hero of something she initiated and insisted upon. I felt like throwing my hands in the air. Although it is resolved fairly quickly, it reinforced my growing unfavorable opinion of the heroine. Then it the book just - ends.

Jenny Sterlin is adequate as a narrator and even rates in the high fours for me at times. But she makes her
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 28, 2015 08:59AM  
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  • Ask Adam (Tanner Siblings, #2)
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Sherry Thomas writes both historical romance and young adult fantasy.

On the romance side, she is one of the most acclaimed authors working in the genre today, her books regularly receiving starred reviews and best-of-the-year honors from trade publications. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award.

On the young adult fantasy side, there isn't much to say
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Other Books in the Series

Fitzhugh Trilogy (3 books)
  • Beguiling the Beauty (Fitzhugh Trilogy, #1)
  • Ravishing the Heiress (Fitzhugh Trilogy, #2)

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“I’ve always loved you,” he said, his eyes a blue that was almost violet. “You know this.” She swallowed a lump in her throat. “I only wonder whether I deserve such devotion.”
“Sometimes people fall in love with those who do not return the same strength of feelings. It is as it is,” he said with a quiet intensity. “What I give, I give freely. You owe me nothing, not love, not friendship, not even obligation.”
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“Why allow all the old memories to have supremacy? Make new ones, memories of such luster and beauty that, should the old ones come back, they would be pallid and impotent in comparison.” 7 likes
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