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Not Quite a Husband (The Marsdens #2)

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Their marriage lasted only slightly longer than the honeymoon—to no one’s surprise, not even Bryony Asquith’s. A man as talented, handsome, and sought after by society as Leo Marsden couldn't possibly want to spend his entire life with a woman who rebelled against propriety by becoming a doctor. Why, then, three years after their annulment and half a world away, does he tr ...more
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Published May 19th 2009 by Bantam (first published 2009)
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It was 370 miles from Gilgit, where he’d been peacefully minding his own business, to Leh, that much again back
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UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

It’s such a treat to pick up a book by an author I’ve never read before and fall in love with their writing, their characters, and the entire world they create. Such is the case with Sherry Thomas and Not Quite a Husband. It was not just a book, but an adventure that took me to another time, one we don’t often read about – late 19th/ early 20th century in the British Indian Empire, also referred to as the British Raj. This is one of those epic novels that had me questioning exactly what it means
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
Apr 26, 2011 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who love second chance romances and dark, complex romances
Recommended to Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~* by: new_user and Quinn
4.5 Stars - Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den

Sherry Thomas’ books have been highly recommended to me by my Goodreads friends new_user and Quinn – Thank you both! I decided to start with Not Quite Husband because I saw that the We Love Lisa Kleypas Group had read it as a Group Read and also… because I thought I’d read the red covered one to "pop my Sherry cherry”. LOL Plus, the cover is pretty sexy!

I wanted to say thank you to Beanbag for urging me to not get distracted from reading
What can I say? I LOVE SHERRY THOMAS! Okay, I love her work and because of that I love her. She has the most beautiful prose I think I've ever read. She writes so evocatively, making you feel things and understand emotions so true and so pure. I loved this book! It was not only a HR, but featured an older woman/younger man, which I normally don't enjoy that much but ST makes it worth reading. It had two people so in love with each other but because they lacked communication, their marriage broke ...more
4.5 Stars

”You were the moon of my existence; your moods dictated the tides of my heart.” ...Sherry Thomas

Not Quite A Husband is a brilliantly crafted, deeply emotional love story. It’s an engaging tale of betrayal, forgiveness, and finding the courage to trust again. And It's one of the BEST HR I've had the pleasure of reading.

The book opens with a prologue told from the heroine’s POV, giving small details of the wretched condition of her short marriage to Leo Marsden; how it came about and the
It's this time of the year again when I had to read some girly porn.

Sherry Thomas is one of my favourite girly porn writers. She is actually quite clever, and she spends a little more time building her characters than your average romance writer.

"Not Quite a Husband" is all about forgiving and trusting, because even dashing romance heroes make mistakes. It's also about expecting nothing short of perfection from your other half and how it will make you unhappy eventually (an idea that avid roman
Sherry Thomas is an extraordinarily talented author. Her prose is letter perfect, and her study of a fractured relationship is second to none. She is a master of the slow-reveal, feeding the reader the pieces of the puzzle with a brilliant sense of timing, steadily drawing the reader in, engaging their emotions exquisitely and placing them firmly and personally within the hidden, private depths of a broken marriage.

In Not Quite a Husband, Sherry will lead you to question your notions of right an
Beanbag Love
The main two reasons I bought this book were the good reviews and it wasn't an anti-free market price fix by one of the greedy publishers that have become my arch nemeses. After a few chapters, however, I wondered what I'd gotten myself into.

The first part of the book is very staid. A married couple who simply can't communicate. A heroine you want to drop off a cliff she's so bitter and hurtful. It takes a tad too long to find out why she behaves the way she does. I really had developed a strong
May 20, 2009 seton rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mary Jo Putney fans
Sherry Thomas pretty much writes my favorite type of romance -- an angsty read written in elegant concise prose -- so this book suited me to a T.

Some parts - reunited married couple working out their past against an exotic backdrop - reminded me of Mary Jo Putney's SILK AND SECRETS. The part of the hero, Leo, being fascinated/in love with the older heroine all his life reminded me of a bit of Jude Deveraux's THE INVITATION. I am just glad that the heroine Bryony NEVER baby-sat Leo and changed h
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Initially, I didn't think this book would be a page turner. I’m a quirky reader. I usually read the beginning & the ending first, ‘cuz I can’t stand the suspense =)~. I read the 1st 40 pages & the Epilogue, both didn't really grab me, so I switched to another book. Boy, was I wrong. I ended up loving & savoring ST’s luminous prose. Older heroine / younger hero is 1 of my fav themes.

The perilous journey of 2 people ( in love yet disillusi
This story evoked such deep and strong emotions that my written account of it could not do it justice. While reading this book I truly felt pain for the hero and heroine and I yearned for their story to have a happy ending. Much of the time I would find myself thinking that I would have reacted the same way to their different circumstances, making it even more painful as their mistakes became my own in a sense.

The marriage between Leo Marsden and Bryony Asquith was over before it even began. The
Jane Stewart
I did not like it. I wanted it to be over.

Leo did one stupid thing which Bryony saw. She assumed he did it all the time which was not true. And then she was cold and frigid to him but never told him why. She had their brief marriage annulled. She then ran away to a remote area of India to practice medicine. Four years later her father is ill. So Leo travels to India to tell her and bring her back to England to see her father. Leo has always loved Bryony and does not understand why sh
4.5 stars - historical romance

Not Quite a Husband is a third Sherry Thomas novel which concentrates on two ex-lovers who had a disturbing past of miss-understanding and confusion which was somewhat due to their lack of communication.

Leo Marsden who was four years junior to Bryony Asquith was her neighbor throughout their childhood. While growing up Leo nurtured intense feelings for Bryony which she never was aware of. After Leo grew up he became a gifted mathematician and distributed his experti
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I will say that I agree with a previous review regarding the fact that this book sometimes seemed like two books - both a romance and a history lesson. However, despite this I really enjoyed this book.

The heroine and hero were such unique characters, and I enjoyed their gradual "unveiling" by the author. Yes, the heroine seemed unusually unfeeling, but because the author had introduced her in the prologue with such skill,I trusted that her seeming heartlessness would be explained in good time.
Up. Down. Sideways. No, I'm not talking sex here. I'm talking the emotional ride on this book. First I didn't like the heroine. Then I didn't like the hero. Then they both annoyed me. In the end, I almost weeped. Almost. It wasn't due to the happy ending, it was the whole disastrous events of the relationship were so sad.
4.5/4.75 stars
Sherry Thomas' writing is smart, sassy and sexy - but this story is also sad. A failed marriage is not something one usually thinks about as a "romance novel." Not Quite a Husband is a story of two flawed people - Leo and Bryony - both highly intelligent, beautiful, upper-class individuals, who actually loved each other before they married. Unfortunately, as in real life, sometimes love is not enough. The problem with second-chance romances is all the baggage - the regret, the gu
Not Quite A Husband was my first book by Sherry Thomas.
I was a little wary at first because I'm simply not a fan of the getting-back-together plot. There are a lot of good reviews, though, and I decided to give it a try.

I'm glad, I did!

Bryony Asquith and Leo Marsden married without even knowing each other. The feelings were there but they were not voiced. Both of them developed insecurities about their relationship until the situation made Bryony ill and she put an end to their marriage. Towar
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I liked this romance.

Very angsty, kind've dark, lots of yearning and regret for what could have been.

Leo and Bryony are an estranged English married couple from the late 1800's. There is a lot of hurt and betrayal on both sides that they need to work through.

Bryony is a doctor (unusual in regencies) and has fleed to India after an annulment. Leo comes to get her because her father is dying. While in India they get caught in a rebellion and have to confront their past and each other.

The setting o
Great story about two people who married without getting to know each other, and how holding back issues can lead to disaster in a marriage. While discovering what Leo and Bryony each went through, my heart broke for them over and over. Poor Leo, although he did the worst possible thing (before the marriage) because Bryony was unable to communicate, he had no idea what he was doing wrong in the marriage. The storyline could have really put me off this book, but it was so well written that I was ...more
Oh my God! How can two people be in love and hurt each other so much? To me this book was tragic, made even more so by the fact that they both truly loved each other. (view spoiler). I wanted to yell at Leo: "You did that, you brought this to yourself", but Bryony wasn't blameless either. So yeah, I didn't find t ...more
AS new_user said, even better than Private Arrangements.

I think I'm a sucker for romances with a second chances theme, mostly because the characters have a history together, and overcoming mistakes you made yourself is always the hardest.

I love Sherry Thomas' inconvential heroines, both in their profession and interests, but also in their personalities. I also love how her characters make true mistakes that are very hard to overcome. Relationships take work and a lot of communication, and the pe
I have DEVOURED this book. It was simply breathtaking. I don't think I've ever cried AFTER finishing a book but with this one I did. I simply can't say enough good things about it.

Bryony was the perfect heroine in my book, strong and smart but with emotions she kept hidden from those close to her because of some things that happened both during her upbringing and right before her marriage to Leo. At first I couldn't understand why she was so withdrawn and cold but once the reason came out, my h
5++ Stars Historical Romance

I have never before read a story by Sherry Thomas and this one proved to be a delightful find with the sensations that coursed through all of me when I lost myself in Leo and Bryony’s story. I decided to give this delectable read a try, or rather grabbed the chance to read this book upon reading a thread on Amazon’s Romance Discussion forum which helps me to separate out my books into the “must-read, read-if-you’ve-got-nothing-else & do-not-read” piles.

This book
It's a fact: I love how Ms. Thomas writes!

This is a very unusual story where the MCs are already married and had their marriage annulled.

They meet again when Leo, after a strenuous journey, come to get Bryony home because her father is ill.

Bryony is still in love with Leo and Leo is still in love with Bryony, but she's bitter because of something (that I will not reveal here because it would spoil the book badly!) hat happened before the actual wedding.

The story is about them getting together ag
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''Sometimes I think the spaces between the stars are filled with your silence.'' See, I didn't expect sentences like this in a historical romance, did you? Sherry Thomas somehow in my eyes made an evolutionary step into unknown, mayhem I say, mayhem. And it happened to me because rarely, as in two times so far, did I had to stand up from my bed, shake it off and say to myself, dark, is it possible that this book is really that dark, I am not imagining things, right.

What I find priceless is how
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
I just can't believe I've taken so long to read this author. She's been in my TBR pile for over a year, and for some reason I resisted reading her. I'm a bit stupid I think, I've said that about so many of my now fave books.

Well, I'm so glad I finally got around to it. I picked this book up and must admit, I put it down again for a few weeks, then remembered about it and picked it up again, thinking it was a bit slow and hadn't gotten me in yet, but what the hey, I'll carry on and see where it
This book was a true rollercoaster: Thomas, by slowly revealing facts from their past, keeps changing the portrayal of the heroes, and when you think you know all about them, pulls another card out of her sleeve and throws you out of balance once more:)

Bryony and Leo were married for about a year before their marriage was annulled. 4 years later, Leo goes to India to bring her an urgent message from her sister about her father. Bryony reluctantly agrees to travel with him so that she can take a
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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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