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...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2012)
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new_user
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
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...more
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...more
Kinga
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...more
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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Keri
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
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...more
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
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-at...more
Dija
This was published on my birthday. Should've read it then, as a bday present to myself. :)
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...more
Malin
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...more
RomReader
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
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...more
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...more
Miss
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
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...more
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
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!
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Cha
“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.”

Sherry Thomas is one of my favorite romance author and this is the story I've been dying to read since I started the series - and my expectations were met. Ms. Thomas made an amazing love story of a man who can't say the right words to the woman he wanted for a l...more
Janga
This is the third book in Thomas’s Fitzhugh trilogy, following Beguiling the Beauty (Venetia’s book) and Ravishing the Heiress (Fitz’s book). The pattern of a Fitzhugh past the first blush of youth finding the love of her/his life with someone who has loved her/him from a young age is sustained in this book. Despite this similarity, each story is unique. In this one, Thomas takes some of the conventions and tropes I dislike in romance and weaves them into a story that I loved, regardless of my...more
Barbara
While never overly fond of the amnesia plot, it really works in this story. Helena and Hastings are sooo locked into their personal (very bad) dynamic, that it takes something drastic to shake them up and break the pattern. And the amnesia doesn't last a really long time, either--Helena doesn't lose her self-identity, she just loses about the past 10 years. This time frame is plot necessary, so that she doesn't remember how awful Hastings was when they were both teenagers. It was rather fun to w...more
Amy Raby
I feel like Sherry Thomas is that author determined to prove that any romance novel trope can work if the author is sufficiently skilled. This novel's heroine begins the book willingly and knowingly trying to have an affair with a married man. And you know what other crazy trope we have in here? Amnesia!

I would never in a million years have thought this book could have worked, but I bought it anyway on the strength of its reviews and because I've read everything else by Sherry Thomas and I know...more
Ana T.
I was curious about Helena and David's story after reading about them in the previous books of this trilogy. But I wasn't in a rush to start their story seeing as how I didn't grade those books very high. However this Tempting the Bride was a nice surprise that I read almost in one sitting. I didn't particularly like Helena in the previous books and truth be told I didn't particularly liked her here either. David, however, is a completely different story.

David has been in love with Helena since...more
Belinda
This review is from: Tempting the Bride (Mass Market Paperback)
I truly wanted to read this book by Sherry Thomas. Because this book was in a series, I expected a lot more than the author gave. I know historical romances are fiction, but to have the main heroine get amnesia was totally ridiculous. Helena Fitzhugh was acting like a spoiled brat and was trying to have a love affair with a married man. The married man was weak and worthless. Since there was no sex between them, I felt they were bot...more
Michelle (Michelle&Leslie's Book Picks)
I am not a fan of the amnesia plot but I really enjoyed Tempting the Bride. Loved both Hastings and Helena and how they got together. There were a lot of sweet moments between them. But I especially rooted for Hastings--he really was his own worst enemy. I cheered when Helena finally got to see him beyond the jerk facade he shows her. I also loved the scenes with his daughter, Bea.

It was great seeing Millie and Fitz too, because I felt that their story ended a little abruptly in Ravishing the He...more
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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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