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

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  993 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
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 Reese coul
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Published December 29th 2009 by Mira (first published 2009)
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Feb 04, 2010 Emma rated it really liked it
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
Jan 08, 2011 DarienMoya rated it really liked it
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
Mar 17, 2010 Bookaholics rated it really liked it
Reese’s Bride by Kat Martin
Historical Romance – Dec. 29th, 2009
3 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’s
Jul 04, 2011 Bronwyn rated it did not like it
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Dec 26, 2009 Kit rated it liked it
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
Jul 20, 2014 Deborah Necessary rated it liked it
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
Kate Vale
Jul 27, 2015 Kate Vale rated it really liked it
This is the second in the trilogy that focuses on the Dewar brothers and their brides. Major Reese Dewar is still dealing with his wounded leg when he comes home to take up where his father left off running Briarwood and the farmland surrounding it. The woman he proposed to before going off to war didn't wait for him. But Elizabeth had her reasons, or at least one, that she doesn't dare share with him. Unfortunately, the feelings each had for the other have returned and now she needs Reese's pro ...more
Haley Osborn
Mar 30, 2016 Haley Osborn rated it really liked it
Kat Martin didn't let me down in the second installment of the Bride Trilogy. I was really excited to read Reese's story after what I learned of him and his previous relationship with Elizabeth from Royal's story. I wasn't disappointed! I loved Reese and Elizabeeth and their story! I was very touching becuase the love was still there no matter how much either would deny it (mainly Reese). The turht was it only grew and matured as they did. Reese is definately a hero as he proves in this book. I ...more
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
Sandy M
Jul 25, 2011 Sandy M rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
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
Jun 02, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it
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
Sep 26, 2011 Maria rated it liked it
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
Mar 02, 2013 Carrie Olguin rated it did not like it

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
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
Jan 27, 2012 Judith rated it really liked it
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
May 19, 2011 Kelly rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
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Jun 03, 2011 RomReader *Spoiler Giver* rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
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
Joy Petrilli
Sep 21, 2011 Joy Petrilli rated it liked it
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
Erin W
Jul 18, 2011 Erin W rated it liked it
Shelves: z-2011
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
Jul 10, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
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.
Apr 24, 2012 Kirsti rated it really liked it
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
Aug 13, 2015 Mindy rated it it was amazing
the 2nd in the trilogy and I am hooked. Love, Love and really love them, and really beautiful dresses.
Onestamente non mi aspettavo che la storia mi sarebbe piaciuta (sono ancora sorpresa lol) dato che l'Harmony in generale non mi fa impazzire. Però devo dire che tutto sommato il libro è scritto e sviluppato molto bene, anche se credo di non aver mai letto così tanto la parola "capezzoli" in nessun altro libro ahahahahah (buttiamola sul ridere vah) XD
Feb 18, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
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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
Jul 09, 2014 Jackie rated it liked it
Standard romance novel nothing super special
S Miller
Jun 11, 2016 S Miller added it
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Used - Very good
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.
Feb 01, 2010 Courtney rated it it was amazing
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! :)
It was okay..a bit boring in parts. I don't find a lot of personality in her heroes and heroines.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 14, 2015 01:16PM  
  • A Most Scandalous Engagement (Scandalous Lady, #2)
  • The Bargain Bride
  • Taming Rafe (Bancroft Brothers, #2)
  • Irresistible (Banning Sisters, #2)
  • A Gentleman Always Remembers (Willowmere, #2)
  • Almost a Lady (Almost, #3)
  • Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman (London's Greatest Lovers, #2)
  • A Dangerous Love
  • Never Deceive a Duke (Neville Family, #2)
  • Tempted At Midnight (Mayhem in Mayfair, #4)
  • Never Love A Lawman (Reidsville, #1)
  • The Sins of Lord Easterbrook (Rothwell #4)
  • Tempting a Proper Lady (Brides of Nevarton Chase, #1)
  • Bridal Favors (Bridal Stories, #2)
  • The Viscount's Wicked Ways
  • A Wicked Lord at the Wedding (Boscastle, #8)
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)
  • Royal's Bride (Bride's Trilogy, #1)
  • Rule's Bride  (Bride's Trilogy, #3)

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