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Lord Carew's Bride (Stapleton-Downes #4)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  1,814 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
Samantha Newman is getting older, but though she is beautiful and courted by a large number of gentlemen, she is restless and unhappy. While she is staying in the country with her friends Jennifer and Gabriel, she takes a walk alone and wanders onto the property of the reclusive Marquess of Carew. She meets him far from the house and mistakes him for a landscape designer. ...more
Paperback, Signet Regency Romance, 224 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Signet (first published 1995)
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Jan 13, 2016 Daniella rated it it was amazing

Yes, you read that right. 7 times. This is the 7th time I've read this, and I still loved it. Heck, I think I will always love Lord Carew's Bride. LOVE in caps lock and bold, italicised, underlined letters, just in case you can't see how intense my feelings for this book are. (Now you do.)

I'm not even ashamed to admit that this glowing, shining 5 star rating is mainly due to Hartley, our hero. I don't know about you, but I'm a hero-centric reader, so it's the main guy who makes or breaks a b
Sep 13, 2011 Dina rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dina by: seton
This was a charming Beauty and the Beast tale, which is a favorite theme of mine, mixed with a "love at first sight" story.

Hartley Wade, the Marquess of Carew, was the self-titled "Beast". Crippled by a riding "accident" at the age of six, he walked with a limp and had a crooked and useless right hand. Despite that - or, should I say, because of that - he'd grown up to become one of the most confident and emotionally strong heroes I've met. He was nice, caring, supportive and, wonder of all wond
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 01, 2016 Jacob Proffitt rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, unfinished
This book is so full of suck, it could cold-start an 18-wheeler from the tailpipe. And yes, I am a minority opinion on this, but I think I know why.

To begin with, the main couple are just heartbreakingly naïve. How they let this Lionel fartweasel dance rings around them is just unbelievably stupid. They, both of them, know from deep and personal experience what a slimemonkey he is and that they let him jerk them around at all breaks new ground in the idiocy frontier. This just drives me up a wal
BUR 2012
Jul 05, 2016 BUR 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-romances
Upon a re-read, Carew nearly took my heart with his within the first few chapters of the book. The unfailing kind, poor soul who believes that he may never find someone to truly love him (and this fear is entirely reasonable in his situation) who then experiences a miracle of an angel professing her love for him, albeit initially for different reasons.

Ah, what an emotional journey this was for me. I can't recall the last time I rooted for a hero this wholeheartedly and was so glad for his new-f
Samantha Newman was first introduced in the DARK ANGEL. Six years ago she had made her debut with the ton. She also had met and was kissed by the villain Lord Lionel Kersey. There was so much more that happened, and for this important reason, you need to start with that story first.

Fast forward to the opening of LORD CAREW'S BRIDE. Samantha is a four-and-twenty beautiful young woman with no intention of ever marrying. She is currently spending time with her dear friend Jennifer and her husband G
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)

I never thought I would ever confess to enjoying a book where the h is in love/lust with another man, and the H is a definite beta- medium heighted, nondescript and disabled as well. Hs with disability/limps/scarring usually exude an intriguing aura but not this H. He apparently has nothing much to offer a woman but his title as a Marquess and his enormous wealth.

But then Mary Balogh is a very talented writer and just lures you into this almost tale of ‘beauty and the beast’. It is so beautifull
This is a somewhat unusual Regency romance for two reasons. Firstly, the hero isn't an emotionally damaged Adonis, and Secondly - not very much happens! But that's not a bad thing at all - in fact it's rather refreshing. There's no big "misunderstanding" or evil relative trying to get hold of the hero's/heroine's title or fortune; instead this is the story of a young woman who is determined to play safe when it comes to love. Samantha had her heart broken several years before and at the ripe old ...more
You know you're reading a Balogh romance when:

*The main drama involves family drama for the hero - his father doesn't love him, he has an angsty situation with a cousin who resents him, something like that.

*The married sex involves zero foreplay but is extremely copious, the husband lifts the edge of the nightgown and "works in her" two-three times a night and the wife really enjoys it and is never like "Come on, again?!?" Also, as a reader... uh, it makes me cringe quite a lot.

Probably other
Sep 16, 2014 kris rated it really liked it

Samantha, burned by "Love", runs into a hobo I MEAN LANDSCAPE GARDENER while trespassing on the Marquess of Carew's property. They strike up an unusual friendship while they discuss possible projects for Carew's estate.


1. I AM PROBABLY SO BIASED BUT OMFG I LOVED HARTLEY. DREAMBOAT. He lost some of the use of his right hand and foot after a horse-back riding accident when he was 6, and he's so strong
Jan 03, 2016 Leona rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, regency
I'm in the minority on this one, but I was a bit disappointed with the story. I was expecting something much stronger. It started off with a bang, but then it just fizzled out. There were also a couple of places where things went in the wrong direction.

I liked the heroine, but at times she acted childish for a 24 year old that had been through several Seasons. Most of the time, she was attracted to the wrong man. She was much more frivolous and self-serving than is typical of Balogh's heroines.
Oct 08, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
Recommended to Katie by: kris
When I started this, I just kept thinking what a NICE book this was. Pleasant. Only not at lukewarm as those words might sound!

Just a really simple story, which I WANT in my love stories.

I really liked Samantha's fear of love, though I thought some aspects of it could've been dealt with better. (view spoiler)
After her cousin Jennifer's fiance, Viscount Kersey, used her in a scheme that wounded her and and her cousin's feelings quite deeply, she's decided that the volatile nature of love is emphatically not for her. Six years after her London debut, and her disastrous run-in with Kersey, Samantha Newman is quite happily unmarried. Now visiting her cousin in the country, she decides to take a long walk to put some space between herself and the happy young family. She encounters a charming landscape ar ...more
Oct 15, 2014 Hallie rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This was a bit of a slow-starter for me, because it seemed to be Heyer-influenced in a way that didn't do much for me. And also because Samantha wasn't the brightest spark in the fire, emotionally speaking. But Hartley was so sweet and so freakin' needy, and he won me over pretty quickly. (view spoiler) The very richly deserved comeuppance scene w ...more
Sep 17, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
It is 2 AM right now, which is all Kris's fault.

This was so, so sweet, and emotional, and actually believably realistic. It felt a little slight, but that's probably from the absence of unnecessary drama. I loved how Hartley and Samantha were both good people. They were confused, and hurt, and they made mistakes, and made up for them. THEY WERE SO FABULOUS.

I'm half asleep and barely coherent, so see Kris's review for actual content. But yeah. If your policy in life is not "read what Kris recomm
Aug 08, 2010 Janet rated it really liked it
I liked the hero more than the heroine. She seemed less strong than many Balogh heroines, at least initially. Once she decided to fight for her marriage though, she really stepped up! Again, ghastly villain. What a toad.
Nov 22, 2016 Katharina rated it really liked it
A typical Balogh- sweet, well written and fairly entertaining. Nothing to complain about but nothing to rave about either. A bit too shallow to engage my heart deeply yet good enough for a lazy sunday.

Ach (as we in germany would say) ach, whom am i kidding? This book had a quiet force which only hit me some days later- 4 well deserved stars :)
Genieve Ong
Nov 20, 2016 Genieve Ong rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-read
It's so. wonderful that it made my eyes tear a bit.... "I am in love and married to my dearest friend, my special companion. " - Samantha Carew to Hartley Carew... ( awwww) lovely way to end the story
Mar 06, 2010 Tina rated it really liked it
Great sequel/follow up to Dark Angel.

Six years have passed since Jenny and Gabriel's marriage and Samantha, who had been involved in the awful happenings that surrounded their needing to marry, has always nursed an awful guilt. She was Jenny's cousin and best friend and yet, she could have headed off some of the terrible scandal that resulted is she hadn't put her own interests first.

But now, Jenny is happy, in love and a very contented countess with her own children. But Samantha, still an inco
Feb 19, 2015 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, romance
Wow I can't recommend this one enough. I love Mary Balogh, and I feel like often when I finish one of her romances, I'm left feeling that it is my favorite of hers so far. But this time, with Lord Carew's Bride, I think it may actually be the case. For the time being, this is my favorite Balogh novel and my favorite romance novel period.

Lord Carew's Bride is everything I could ask for in a romance. It is a sweet, gentle read, with winning characters, a compelling story, and a hero and heroine I
Oct 10, 2016 Sabrina rated it liked it
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Anna Marie
Nov 30, 2013 Anna Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually got this in a two-books-in-one format, but I only wanted to read "Lord Carew's Bride". I didn't realize that it was the follow-up to "Dark Lord", and even after I understood that, I *ONLY* wanted to read "Lord Carew's Bride". I'm stubborn that way. BUT... there's something about Mary Balogh. You have to understand: I *love* Mary Balogh books. I've recently bought over a dozen of her books for 50¢ at a library sale (but haven't touched them). And upon reading "Lord Carew's Bride"... NO ...more
Dec 09, 2015 Rhapsody rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: regency romance readers
Shelves: romance, fiction
Samantha had a bad experience during her first Season in London and decided not to marry, ever. Six years later, while visiting her cousin out in the country, she encounters Hartley, a Marchess. Hartley's leg and arm were crippled due to a riding accident when he was six, and he walks with a heavy limp. As they become friends, he lets Samantha continue to think that he's just a gardener on the estate, not wanting their friendship to be spoiled by her suddenly having designs on his fortune. When ...more
4 stars. It was probably more like 3.5 but I just liked the plot of this and how it was so easy to watch the two of them fall for each other that I'm rounding up. The only part I didn't like was (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 20, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it
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Mar 14, 2016 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Regency romance with sex. The 4rth in the series. You should read #3 before this one to get a history of the characters. This is a favorite reread.

Hartley, our hero, is new to this series. He's the Marquess of Carew, who also landscape gardens as a hobby. He's an all around nice guy. Crippled as a child by his evil cousin, Lionel, Lord Kersey. Lionel made an evil appearance in Dark Angel as Samantha's cousin Jennifer's fiancé.
It's been 6 years since Lionel cast Jennifer off & Samantha is
Dec 03, 2015 Hasnamezied rated it it was amazing
We all want people to love us for who we really are, Don't we ? It is the same for lord Carew, he is richand earl and disfigured. He knew that women will love him for his title and money but never for himself. Samantha is young beautiful woman who doesn't want to get married. Both of them meet in unusual circumstances. Both started to enjoy talking and walking together. Then , LOVE comes knocking.

Love it .
Nov 10, 2013 Camille rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-regency, 2013
I would say read the first novel Dark Angel first, not required, but I highly recommend. The first novel really sets you up to hate the antagonist. This novel follows the "beauty and the beast" theme and was a rather enjoyable read.
Oct 13, 2011 Ning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Maybe 3.5, but rounding up because overall I really enjoyed this.
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Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curl ...more
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