At Last Comes Love (Huxtable Quintet #3)
Step into a world of scandal, intrigue, and enthralling passion as New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh sweeps us into the lives of an extraordinary family: the Huxtables. Margaret, the eldest, embarks on the most risqué adventure of her life and agrees to marry the most notorious man i ...more
Labeling a romance unromantic ma ...more
I was on a historical romance kick last week and read three Mary Balogh books in quick succession. This was my favorite of the three* because of the flirty dialogue between the rogue Earl of Sheringford and the seemingly prim Miss Margaret Huxtable. Margaret runs into the earl when she is trying to escape from an old flame at a ball, and the earl holds her and says, "What is your hurry? Why not stay and dance with me? And ...more
1. I enjoyed the first half of this. Margaret and Duncan were very forthright with one another and their banter was pretty excellent. I thought the wooing was an interesting premise, and wanted more of it.
2. But basically, once they got engaged and then mar ...more
Margaret Huxtable is nearly officially a spinster. And with the return of her ex-beau (who also married, had a child with a Spanish lady, and later been widowed), her unmarried state has become an embarrassment. To save face against ex-beau, she fabricates a fiance and gets herself betrothed to a man w ...more
Three petty annoyances:
(1) Two or three times Balogh has the heroine - who is by no means one of those annoying weepy ...more
The third book in this series was going along well with that theme and I was enjoying it until about page 342 when my suspension of disbelief hit the wall. Margaret (Maggie) jumped to some very inobvious conclusions and I stopped liking her very much when her emotionalism took over her brai ...more
This is the story of Margaret Huxtable, the older sister of the Huxtables, the one that stayed home to take care of her siblings and that by doing that had to refuse an offer of marriage of her childhood friend, Crispin Dew, and despite them having an understanding she later discovered he had married while fighting in Spain.
When the story opens Meg has finally deci ...more
A match made in heaven, do you think? Not really. It takes lots of work on both protagonists’ parts to bring their courtship to a satisfying conclusion and the inevitable L word. Of ...more
I rather liked how they decided to become more intimate with each other. However all their discussions regarding their feelings and how to help those grow felt really cold-blooded and as unromantic as could be.
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**MINOR SPOILERS BELOW**
Margaret is now 30, and knows that her chances for marriage are slipping by quite quickly. Her romantic history is somewhat tragic; Crispin Dew, the elder brother of Vanessa’s first husband, went away to war, vowing to remain faithful to Margaret. She stayed behind to look after her siblings, instead of marrying him right then and there and ...more
Review type: Quick whips + slight character analysis + small spoilers.
Another sweeping story from Ms. Balogh. This was a well-written book with driven characters and a tremendous romance at hand. My only wish was there were more on Duncan’s reason behind his eloping with his supposed bride’s sister. I wanted to know more of his five years with her. Duncan clearly didn’t have to explain that to Meg, but I was really waiting for a more... pressing story on the elopement, at least in Duncan’s third...more
But he is thirty years old. Multiply those years by three hundred and sixty-five and even if you ignor ...more
The plot of the novel contains many surprises and the characters, most especially the hero Duncan, was very interestingly structured. Nothing is as it may appear in regards to this male lead. One of ...more
I detest reading books out of order, but I read it anyway and was very glad that I did. I think Mary Balogh will become a favorite Regency au ...more
Margaret/Meg/Maggie is the oldest sister and the oldest sibling in the family. She has been more mother than sister to the others since their real mother died. Due to that, she put her own life on hold.
Finally, her two sisters are married and her brother has reached his majority. Margaret decides it is time to finally accept the offer of marri ...more
The twists regarding Toby were a little much, I think; they just continued and CONTINUED to unfold. I pretty mu ...more
Margaret, ditinggal sama tunangannya perang dan melajang sampai jadi perawan tua demi adik adiknya, di book ini giliran Margaret yang mulai mencari kebahagiaanya sendiri. Dua adik permepuannya sudah menikah di dua book sebelumnya dan adik lelakinya sudah cukup dewasa, jadi dia udah gak punya tanggung jawab lagi buat jaga adiknya ...more
I started re-reading the _Slightly_ series and got onto a Mary Balogh kick. Unfortunately, the Huxtable series has so far disappointed. I got sidetracked away from the first one in the series (_First Comes Marriage_) because the excerpt for _At Last Comes Love_ was so funny. However, most of the book is not funny. Even the scene the excerpt came from was far less funny in context.
The story is of Margaret Huxtable, eldest of the Huxtables, who was left in reduced circumstanc ...more
So, I sort of have a thing for marriage of convenience narratives. This book has one of those, written extremely well, with characters who I would totally hang out with in real life (assuming the existence of time travel, etc.). On top of that, the secondary characters aren’t just background – the heroine’s family are a big part of her life, and important to the progression of the story.
But what really set this book apart for me was that even though the ...more
I also liked that Elliot laughed and joked in this book. I like that Balogh is continuing the other stories in a way. I like that she is showing how he is still changing.
Something I really didn't like, was when Margaret got mad at Duncan at the end, and she ...more
Bored me to tears. Repetitive. Historical inaccuracies. Heroine was a complete Mary Sue and hero was her Gary Stue and EVERYbloodyONE sang her praises. Can two fictional characters, main ones at that, be more bland? Nay.
I kept waiting for things to get better, for the writing to not drag, for the author to not repeat every freaking detail ad nauseam. Never happened. Good god, the hero was freaking boring. How that's possible with such an interesting backstory, I'll never know.
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He had thought himself done with romantic love. He had thought himself an incurable cynic.
He was not, though.
He was only someone whose heart and mind, and very soul, had been battered and bruised. It was still - and always - safe to give since there was a certain deal of control to be exerted over giving. Taking, or allowing oneself to receive, was an altogether more risky business.
For receiving meant opening up the heart again.
Perhaps to rejection.
Or even heart break.
It was all terribly risky.
And all terribly necessary.
And of course, there was the whole issue of trust...”