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Reese's Bride (Bride's Trilogy #2)

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Wounded in battle, Major Reese Dewar returns to England—but his injuries are nothing compared to his shattered heart

Years ago, love-struck Reese departed his home at Briarwood with a promise from raven-haired Elizabeth Clemens that she would make a life with him upon his return. But mere months later, she married the Earl of Aldridge, attaining wealth and status...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Mira (first published 2009)
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Emma
4 1/2 really. I enjoyed reading this book A LOT. It had all the drama I love in a historical romance. I love the lovers-reunited storyline and this one didn't disappoint. Things were definitely tricky for Reese and Elizabeth and their HEA didn't come easily. But what a satisfaction when it did ! The epilogue braught a huge smile on my face.

The only thing that (really) annoyed me was the constant reference to Reese's state of arousal (like another reviewer mentionned). It was very painful for ME...more
DarienMoya
A good addition to the series. I love Kat's writing and I always enjoy her leading men.

The thing that peeved me is the whole lovers reuniting storyline. I just am one of those people who enjoys characters meeting for the first time and falling in love.

It does offer up a great romance, really solid characters and cleverest matron to walk the streets of London. All historical fans will like: the love can heal all wounds theme, a budding relationship between a man and his son, and the take down of...more
Bookaholics
Reese’s Bride by Kat Martin
Historical Romance – Dec. 29th, 2009
3 ½ Stars

Reese’s Bride by Kat Martin is the second novel in the exciting bride trilogy which features the interesting and compelling Dewar family.

Reese’s Bride tells the story of Major Reese Dewar who years ago was in love with Elizabeth Clemens and left with a promise from her to marry when he returned. Unfortunately a mere month later when he returned he found her already married to a more wealth suitor. Now years later when he’...more
Bronwyn
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Kit
This is definately a romance that is better appreciated if you have read Royal and Lily's story first. Reese (Royal's brother) comes into the story with Elizabeth having broken his heart. Just when you think "enough already" with the truth not coming to the forefront, the story picks up. There is a sweet secondary romance running through the plot with Annabelle and Travis and all is wrapped nicely to entice you want to read the youngest brother's,Rule Dewer's story
Deborah Necessary
When Elizabeth Clemens is 18 years old she promises to marry Reese Dewar, but Reese is not ready to be married, he wants to join the calvary and go to war. When he returns, after bring wounded in battle, he finds that Elizabeth has married, has a young son and is now a widow. Reese is shattered. He feels so betrayed and thinks that Elizabeth married the Earl of Aldridge partly for the wealth and status he could provide her. When Elizabeth's life and that of her son, is threatened she shows up on...more
Romancereviewer
In 1855 England, Elizabeth Holloway, the widow of the abusive Edmund Holloway - the Earl of Aldridge, must seek refuge with a former beau for protection from her evil brother-in-law.

Major Reese Dewar, despite his anger that Elizabeth married another man, decides to take in Elizabeth and her young son Jared. She must face the wrath of Reese's aunt, a stern woman who is protective of her nephew.

After an attempt on her life, Reese determines that the best course of action is to marry Elizabeth. It...more
Sandy M
Ms. Martin has given us another solid read in her Bride trilogy, continuing with Reese, the middle Dewar brother. I actually like this book a little better than the first, though part of the story we’ve all read before but the author makes it work with her characters and the surrounding storyline.

Reese is home after being injured during his latest military stint, and it looks as though he won’t be going back for any further duty. So he’s determined to keep his promise to his father to finally ma...more
Debbie
Being forced in to giving up his life in the military and become a gentleman farmer may have been his fathers dying wish, but for Reese Dewar just being in the same area as the woman who had broken her word and his heart was going to be his worst nightmare. Widowed and now in danger, Elizabeth Holloway had nowhere else to turn and no one else she knew she could trust, so she went to the only man she had ever loved and played on his sense of honor to protect her and her son from the in-laws that...more
Maria
Well written and about a period of history that I do not know well (1850's), there are several references to the Crimean War. Most of the story concerns a mother and her son reuniting with the father of that son, but there is a major subplot where Reese's best friend is first accused of treason and when exonerated decides to get married after a life-time of avoiding it. It is more complex than this, of course, and I enjoyed both plots, although I would have preferred the subplot to be a bit less...more
Carrie Olguin
DNF.

Got past chapter two before I gave up. I've read too many stories with so many similar elements as to almost be cliche.

The wounded hero returns from war (yeah he's got a bad leg and he uses a cane), sees the woman he loved and lost and *after eight years* still intensely hates her for marrying another man.

Get a life man. It's been eight years! She's a widow with a son now. She's obviously moved on. So should you.

The heroine was forced to marry a man not of her choosing (nothing specific ment...more
Cherise
This is the second book in the Brides trilogy starring the Dewar brothers.

Once upon a time and Elizabeth were in love. While they waited for her father’s approval of their relationship they made plans for the future with every intention of being married. Then Reese went off to war and when he came back 3 short months later on leave it was to discover Elizabeth married to another man. He has never recovered, nor has he forgiven her. 8 years later Elizabeth is a widow and she shows up on his doors...more
Judith
A very engaging historical romance by an author who certainly has an impressive portfolio of published work. As is so often the case, the reality of war intrudes on relationships and the wounded soldier returns to find his true love not only married to someone else, but now widowed and with a child. The lady in question has never told him that she was expecting his child when he went off to war, her dad ordered her to not have anything more to do with her soldier boy, she must marry someone of w...more
Kelly
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RomReader
Widowed heroine asks her recently-returend ex-fiance's protection from her in-laws who she suspects is trying to hurt her so they can get custody of her son, the future heir. Hero reluctantly agrees & is still dealing with the hurt caused by her marrying someone else wealther & higher titled than him 6 yrs prior while he was away.

Mixed review for Martin's book. Sexual chemisty & love scenes were good. Overall writing was ok. But I couldn't stand the heroine. She was emotionally weak...more
Joy Petrilli
I don't typically read historical romance books, but the first book of this trilogy came in from my book club and hooked me. Reese’s Bride by Kat Martin is the second novel in the exciting bride trilogy. I enjoyed this book and found it a solid read. If you are a fan of historical romance you should give Kat Martin’s Bride Trilogy a try. Although this is a trilogy you do not have to read the first book to follow along.

Kat Martin does an excellent job of developing the characters of Reese and El...more
Erin W
I really enjoyed reading this book, nice fun light romance.
Loved the characters history, I felt that it brought a lot to their present day relationship. I felt like I could connect with all of the characters. I think my favourite character would be their son, I loved seeing him open up and begun to trust people. I liked how there were side plots with other characters and their romantic problems, but at times when I felt like there was too much other stuff going on, this didn’t bother me when I...more
Elizabeth
Errors in writing. Story drags. So many characters it is hard to keep track of them all. This was a disappointing read from an author I have enjoyed in the past. I think this should have been read through and more edits made before this one went to publication.
Kirsti
An engrossing read. Elizabeth has made all the wrong choices up until now, and obeyed her father's wishes. But when her life and the life of her beloved son is threatened, then she must turn to the one man who still sets her pulse racing. Unfortunately, the love that once blossomed between them has crumbled into hate and confusion, and it will take time for them to come together and trust each other completely.

I enjoyed the actual story behind this one, as well as the romance. Jared, the son, wa...more
Linda
I enjoyed Reese and Elizabeth's story , found it more intresting than the first book in the series.
Reese. Returns from war after being injured and settles in to take care of his estate and farm to have Elizabeth who jilted him years before come back into his life with her son. He finds himself trying t fight falling in love with her again and at the same time trying to protect Elizabeth and her son Jared . Thrown in to stor is a second plot line with a friend from the military some continuing i...more
Jackie
Standard romance novel nothing super special
ReadingWench
You need to read the first in this series, ROYAL'S BRIDE, to enjoy this one. This book doen'st have the strong storylines as the first in the series, and a bit long, but still a good read.

Once again Kat Martin has written a steamy book. Although, as one reviwer has said "The only thing that (really) annoyed me was the constant reference to Reese's state of arousal (like another reviewer mentionned). It was very painful for ME to read about it again and again". I couldn't agree more.
Courtney
I love Kat Martin's books. I started reading her contemporary romance novels a few years ago and just recently started in with her historical romances. This series is so great. I adore the Dewar brothers and their wives. The story moves quickly, has great characters, and had a slight twist to the end. I can't wait for Rule's story to come out and finish the trilogy. I would like to see some of "The Oarsmen" get their own books too. Especially Jonathan Savage! :)
Alixendra
This book was sooo sad!! I was angry that the heroine did what she did, if I was Reese I would've gone straight to her as soon as I found out she had listened to her father, shot her husband/ fiance and punched her dad in the face!! Seriously, Reese was just as much of a coward as his former fiance was...*sniff* WHAT. A. BITCH!!! That's all I have to say...bitch bitch bitch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
penelopewanders
Second in this series, the first of which I read a while ago. Good read, interesting characters... ever so slightly predictable - at one point I went, "ah, here comes the kidnapping" but no, the little boy did NOT get kidnapped (sorry if that's a spoiler)... anyway, fun holiday read. I realized this had a bookcrossing label I missed when I mooched it, so I'll have to set that straight when I have the original BCID with me.
Paula
I liked the storyline in this book, it kept the pages turning but whoever edited this book needs some lessons!

Reese, the second of the DeWar brothers sees an old flame with her 7 year old son. They were to get married after he returned from the war, but after he left, she married someone else. She is widowed now and although he still has feelings for her, he can't get over how she broke his heart.
Fionn Jameson
A formulaic romance, which nonetheless, satisfies. Could've really cared less about the secondary romance, though. It would've been nice to see the secondary romance turn into the main romance in another book, as this aspect of the book felt quite rushed and somewhat unrealistic.

Then again, who reads historical romance from Kat Martin no less for something realistic and true-to-life?
Melissa
Reese's Bride is the second book in the bride trilogy. It is about Reese and his old love Elizabeth who betrayed him. It involves Elizabeth going to him fearing for her life and her son's. This series is turning out to be very addicting. I could hardly put the book down. Some of the twist I figured out before it was revealed but I didn't guess all the suprises.
Carrie Hinkel-Gill
This was a great roller coaster ride of all of my favorite elements! Beside romance, there was crime, mystery, intrigue, suspense and heat!

I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading Royal's Bride and Rule's Bride!

For my complete review see:
http://moonlightlacemayhem.blogspot.c...
Marla Cohen
I finished this book a while ago. Just finished the sequel Rule's Bride.
While I sometimes like trilogies or quartets, if I don't personally own the books and go back to read them, I usually forget the previous plot.
The sequel as the prequel have some holes and less developed plot lines. Kat Martin does spin a good yarn.
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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 History from 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 an unpublis...more
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