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Royal's Bride (Bride's Trilogy #1)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  1,275 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Though he is a tilted nobleman, Royal Dewar is singularly unlucky…forced to choose between his soul mate and his salvation.

After years abroad, Royal has returned to Bransford Castle to find his father dying and the family treasury nearly empty. Then the old duke wrests a final promise from his guilt-ridden son: that Royal will marry heiress Jocelyn Caulfield and restore th
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Mira (first published August 18th 2009)
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Ashley Oxford
Jun 06, 2012 Ashley Oxford rated it liked it
Shelves: historic-romance
This was my first time reading a Kat Martin novel and I enjoyed it. There were some holes in the story that bothered me however an overall satisfactory read. I did wish Royal would grow a pair a few times. It is difficult for me reading historic romance novels sometimes when the heroes get so wrapped up in honor and duty. Obviously these are qualities romance novels enthusiasts expect to see in the Duke or Viscount or whoever but about two thirds of the way through I wanted to shout at Royal "YO ...more
Apr 29, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it
Set in 1855 - Arriving home to discover their father, the current Duke of Bransford, on his death bed, each of the brothers (Royal, Reese and Rule) all pledged to a dying wish. A year after their fathers death, Royal knew he could wait no longer to start fulfilling that wish. He could not return Bransford Castle to it’s previous glory without money and he could not get money until he married Jocelyn Caulfield, the women that his father had arranged for him. All she wanted was the title of duches ...more
♥ Miss Jennifer ♥
Great book! i love Kat Martin! Royal was the older brother of three and when his father lay dying on his deathbed he promised his father to marry a woman his father chose, Jocelyn, in order to restore their home. Lily is Jocelyn's cousin and acts more like a servant rather than family. Lily arrives at the Dukes place first to make sure everything will please Jocelyn and her mother. But on her way up there their coach is attacked and Lily and her coachman are thrown from the coach. Well Royal is ...more
Royal the eldest son of the sixth Duke of Branford was sent home from Barbados, because of his ailing father. Coming home after seven years was a suprised to Royal due to Branford's decaying empty castle.

Upon the Dukes deathbed his dying wish is for Royal to marry Jocelyn an heiress of incredible fortune who'll rebuild their fortune, and the condition of once been the grandest house of England in exchange to his title, since Jocelyn wanted to become a Duchess.

Royal's willingness to marry Jocelyn
Oct 23, 2009 Daneesha rated it really liked it
i really enjoy kat martin's books. this book was really good. it was totally predictable. some parts annoyed me. you know like when the nobility marry for money but fall in love with someone poor...then they acknowledge on every page that they can't marry the poor person because of a stupid vow to a dead person or some other person and they have to "restore" everything to rights.
the main character, Royal utters this to his heroine Lily for like the entire book. and yet they keep having great sex
Feb 14, 2011 gina~* rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the heroine in this book.. She dreams of owning her own hat shop and is a companion. I love when my heroines are on the poor side instead of perfect, titled and beautiful. So the book was good in that way and the premise is really quite good. I love a good Film-Flam except for some reason this one just seemed boring. It never hooked me as they usually do. I will probably try to read the others in this series but I'm not going out of my way for them. 3.5 stars but just couldn't bring myse ...more
Anne OK
Jan 01, 2010 Anne OK rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
Just finished the first book of Martin's "Bride" trilogy. Am captivated. Love the characters, both primary and secondary. Great storyline and wonderful dialogue. Have Book 2 and will be starting it immediately. Can't wait for the 3rd due out April 27th. All around great historical read.
Jun 01, 2010 Libra_rian rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This is a better than average Regency romance, but I'm still looking for a writer who equals Georgette Heyer in that genre.
Marla Jo
May 02, 2012 Marla Jo rated it really liked it
I hope we see more of the Oarsmen too!
May 27, 2013 Nikoleta rated it really liked it
Πολυ καλο, βασικα ενα απο τα καλυτερα στο ειδος του. σου κραταει το ενδιαφερον, τα εχει ολα, ιστορικες αναφορες, περιπετεια, σασπενς, ερωτα και παθος. Το συνιστω.
Sandy M
Jul 26, 2011 Sandy M rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
I’ve not read many Kat Martin books, but the ones I have gotten to have been satisfying reads. They haven’t blown me away, but, as with this book, I end up with a good story and characters I wouldn’t mind visiting with again if Ms. Martin had a mind to include them in another story down the line, which I’m hoping is the case in her latest trilogy.

It’s been years since Royal has been home to England, choosing instead to stay in Barbados on the family plantation he’s turned into a resounding succe
Feb 24, 2014 Becca rated it liked it
While this was not a book I'd want to read again and again, it was gripping. So gripping in fact, that I gave myself a stomach ache worrying over the welfare of the characters! This was a unique premise that I enjoyed reading, but in my opinion, because of the subterfuge, it was a less romantic romance. I had some issues with the characters sneaking around to be together when they were supposed to be upstanding, caring people. I get that romantic feelings can be strong, but to cause them to betr ...more
Oct 05, 2009 Bookaholics rated it really liked it
Royal’s Bride by Kat Martin
Historical Romance- August 25th, 2009
4 stars

This book light regency is one that Kat Martin readers will be sure to enjoy.

Royal is the suffering hero who loves another, Lily the ultimate good girl and Jocelyn the spoiled, selfish heiress that you just want to punch. Then there is the usual cast: the guy’s best friends who would do anything for the hero, the old crazy aunt who is the Fairy Godmother, the aforementioned slimy bad guy, and the girl’s only last remaining
Elis Madison
Think The Sting meets historical romance.

Royal Dewar is summoned home to his dying father, who extracts a promise. The Dukedom's wealth is gone—a number of poor investments depleted it. Royal is to marry one Jocelyn Caulfield, an heiress whose dowry should help put things right.

Problem is, Royal is more attracted to Jocelyn's penniless cousin/companion, Lily Moran. When her parents died of cholera, Lily lived for a time with her con-artist uncle before coming to the Caulfield home to serve as J
Sep 25, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it
I read this book after reading the second in the series, Reese's Bride. I enjoyed this one a bit more. The insistence on the arranged marriage rung true to the times, although most of us today would have trouble with this concept and get frustrated that Royal didn't realize that love is worth more than money, especially when he would be getting a hard-working woman rather than a lazy, spoiled one (the latter concept is the one I had more trouble with, since I would have thought Royal would pick ...more
Haley Osborn
Jun 27, 2009 Haley Osborn rated it it was amazing
Royal's Bride was an amazing book for many different reasons. I was a nice change from having the hero be so dark and brodding to a hero that is brodding but in a sweeter gentler way like Royal. Rather than being dark he is a lot lighter in character which i found refreshing. Another thing that I found very refreshing about this particular book is that everything is well passed throughout the book and takes its time to build without going to fast or too slow to have the intrest waine. The charac ...more
Dec 06, 2009 Paula rated it liked it
I read this for a book challenge I was doing this year. I normally like Martin's books and this one was not bad but not as good as some of her others I've read.

On his deathbed, Royal's father makes Royal promise he will marry the girl his father has chosen for him. Her family has money but no title and Royal is a Duke. It would be advantageous for both parties and Royal could bring Bransford back to it's glory.

While out riding one day Royal discovers an overturned carriage with a woman thrown ou
Aug 29, 2009 Courtney rated it really liked it
This was really cute! I have enjoyed Kat Martin's contemporary romance books for awhile now, but I've never read any of her historical romances before. I'm so glad I picked this one to start with. It's a new series she is starting about three brothers named Royal, Reese, and Rule Dewar. I don't even know where to begin gushing about this book. The characters were completely lovable and I really enjoyed learning about Lily's con artist background. Can't wait for Reese's story next. I also hope sh ...more
Cristina Contilli
"Royal colto da un impeto di amore e di stima per il suo coraggio, la prese per mano e recitò tra sé una preghiera di ringraziamento per la fortuna di averla trovata in mezzo alla neve."

Chi di noi non vorrebbe amore e stima dall'uomo di cui è innamorata?!

A parte questo il romanzo in alcuni tratti mi è sembrato poco chiaro nel suo sviluppo anche se ammetto di averlo iniziato, passato a mamma e poi una volta che lei l'ha terminato l'ho ripreso in mano... il che non aiuta, però, anche se ho cerca
May 26, 2010 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical Romance Readers
What a fun read. One of my favorite movies is "The Sting", and I was delighted to find the H/h pull a con in this novel. I must read the next two in the series.

Reese's Bride (Bride's Trilogy, #2) by Kat Martin Rule's Bride (Bride's Trilogy, #3) by Kat Martin

The secondary characters are highly developed and the pace of the story moves swiftly. Never, never dull. I'm hoping Ms. Martin will write a series on the Oarsmen, especially Savage!
Amy Grossman
Sep 28, 2009 Amy Grossman rated it liked it
This story started out with a great premise - Royal Dewar, Duke of a bankrupt Dukedom, accepting a promise from his dying father to marry Jocelyn, who would restore their name with her wealth and beauty. He ends up falling in love (and saving) Jocelyn's poor cousin Lily Moran, a former pickpocket and thief, turned businesswoman. The story kept me intrigued, as they had many adventures. However, the ending was a slight disappointment. I love when it builds up to a great ending, but this one felt ...more
Sep 12, 2010 Virginia rated it it was ok
A unique plot with characters that were reasonably likable should've been far better than this flat offering. The main fault lay in the dialog. I read Regency-era romance novels for the wit and banter. Unfortunately, these characters dumped all their secrets out immediately, went on and on with exposition, and lacked any type of zip or fun. Even the con was told rather than shown.

In fact, the ancillary characters of Jocelyn and Christopher were far more interesting because there was some reserv
Chihara Banana
Feb 24, 2013 Chihara Banana rated it really liked it
I remember when i used this book for my Book Report project in English and when i passed it with my papers , I don't know why my teacher read it and find it interesting .. then one day she talk to me and said that this she love this book and i really have a good choice.

I'm so flattered and answered that I do love this book also but it's just too young for me that time to understand it much.

But now , when i read it again. I was like " Oh okay , So that's how it is .. So that's why my teacher re
Nov 02, 2010 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
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Jun 22, 2010 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Set in England, 1854 the penniless Royal Dewar, Duke of Bransford is about to marry the wealthy Jocelyn Caulifield arranged by their fathers when he meets her cousin the penniless Lily Moran and is immediately attracted to her. I liked the characters in this book they were all interesting, the story keeps you turning the page to see what's going to happen next. This is the first in a series and I know I want to read the next one.
Mar 07, 2012 penelopewanders rated it really liked it
Received from a bookobsessed friend as a RABCK. Read this mainly on the train back from Paris. This is the first novel I've read by this author, and I quite enjoyed it. Of course it's wildly predictable from the outset, but Lily's background is amusingly unusual, and the sting is fun. I'll have to look for others in this series.
Sep 15, 2009 Kassie rated it it was amazing
Courtney....this is soooo good, i'm on page 145...where Lily is going to meet her uncle and Royal......can't wait to get back to it.!!!!

Finished!!!! Oh! It was such a neat book!!! Will have to get the rest of the series when they are available!!!! The intrigue kept me in suspense and made it hard to put the book down!!!!! Plus, of course,
the romance was superb!!
Feb 23, 2012 L8blmr rated it really liked it
It's been a couple of years since I read one of Kat Martin's historical fiction trilogies and this book reminded me that I normally enjoy them. As it is almost impossible for me to begin a trilogy without finishing it (particularly when there is a teaser about the next book in the epilogue) I will probably be looking for the second in the series very soon.
Apr 20, 2010 Melissa rated it really liked it
Royal's Bride is about a duke whose dying father had arranged for him to marry a weathy woman joyclen. The duke falls for Joyclens' cousin Lily. There are a few suprising twist and turns but the ending is predictable like most romances. It is a very enjoyable story though and I look forward to reading the next in the series.
Feb 28, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing
OMF. I FINALLY finished this book. It was so good!! I loved it. Mainly because I love that time frame and the whole forbidden-love between classes thing going on~ I'm not much of a romance novel person, they're usually to cheesy and have odd ways to describe the scenes but this one was excellent and it was repetitive at all in my opinion.
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Kathleen Kelly Martin (aka Kathy Lawrence, Kasey Mars)

Kathleen Kelly was born on 14 July 1947 in the Central Valley of California, USA. She obtained a degree in Anthropology and also studied History at the University of California in Santa Barbara. She was a real estate broker, when she met her future husband, Larry Jay Martin. A short time after the two became acquainted, Larry asked her to read
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Other Books in the Series

Bride's Trilogy (3 books)
  • Reese's Bride  (Bride's Trilogy, #2)
  • Rule's Bride  (Bride's Trilogy, #3)

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