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The Earl's Intended Wife (Harlequin Historical, #793)

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Hebe Carlton had no idea of her own charm until Major Alex Beresford arrived in Malta. His attentions made Hebe blossom, and her stepmother began to entertain hopes of a wedding... Then a letter arrived. The proposal Alex had made to another before meeting Hebe had been accepted. But Alex could only contemplate marrying one person - and it wasn't his betrothed...
Paperback, 299 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Harlequin Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jacqueline
I really enjoyed this story set during the Napoleonic Wars. There is a bit of angst which I like. This was more of a traditional regency as the people acted correctly for their times and did not hop in and out of bed with impunity. Well written with good feel for the times, very clear descriptions etc. The plot made sense and the pacing etc., was good. The hero was very noble and I quite liked him and the heroine was a charming sensible girl.

thanks, willaful for the recommend.
Steamywindows♥♫
I loved this book up to 80%. Then I hit the wall with the "death of a good story" plot device of the Big Misunderstanding. Up to then, it was charming, humorous and one of my favourite story lines, a plain Jane who is a lovely, kind girl who is viewed by the males in environment, as just a friend, that is until our dashing hero enters the picture. Her confidence is boosted, he is smitten. The last 20% has the heroine suddenly going from a perceptive, clever mature woman to a girl blinded by her ...more
Gloriavirtutisumbra
Did i enjoy the novel, oh yes, well done. This is one of those regencies that straddles two worlds, historical fiction and harlequin romance. I was completely impressed at the first 3/4ths of the novel, and how excellently the plot, the characters, and the historical setting was handled. It felt real. The scene with the french soldiers felt downright menacing to me, and the aftermath was written with details that were not romantic at all, and gave the whole story a harsh light that made the stor ...more
Madigan McGillicuddy
The thing that I absolutely adored about this book was that the male character was not your standard jerk-off Alpha Male, ready to dominate every situation, and the female protagonist was not a blushing virgin who was all, "Oooh, dominate me now!"

Alex was a perfect cross between Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley - bright, happy, perfect at smoothing over an awkward social situation, but at the same time, devastatingly wealthy and a bit intense in his role as a British spy.

I disliked the name Hebe, and I
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Dancer
Would she be his bride?

Hebe Carlton had little idea of her own charm until Major Alex Beresford arrived on the island of Malta. She made no attempt to cast out lures and treated him with warm practicality, showing an insight and ability to read him that few others had managed. His attentions made Hebe blossom, and her stepmother began to entertain hopes of a wedding.

Then a letter arrived for Alex. The proposal of marriage he'd made to another before ever meeting Hebe had been accepted at last. H
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Janice Liedl
Old school with some classic tropes: heroine Hebe is a bit bookish but beautiful underneath it all. The hero, Alex, is a spy AND a noble scion. Hijinks and misunderstandings ensue. Their initial setting and interaction helps to elevate the book above the sometimes overwrought elements of the storyline. I did NOT like the plot twists in the last half to keep them apart. It seemed to me as if the author ran out of steam on real plot and inserted some half-baked elements to extend the tension long ...more
Katherine
This is an enjoyable novel. The scenes were never sluggish, and they were embellished with clear details. Their world came alive by the writing: the conversations were real and interesting, the relationship between Alex and Hebe (however delicate) took turns that were unexpected, and I ended up rooting for their future. Hebe seemed a little detached towards the end, but just when I thought I should give up on a happy ending, it turned the tides for a very acceptable finalization. The way Hebe re ...more
Nicole
I found Hebe to be a wonderfully original character. I liked how she thought for herself and didn't bow to the restrictions that society tried to place on her. Her reactions to the situations in which she found herself were refreshing and not at all what one might have expected to happen in this book. While the subject matter isn't lighthearted, there is a deftness to Ms. Allen's writing that made it easy for me to read this book straight through, without needing a break.
Angie
I really enjoyed this book. I was in the mood for a light romance and this story delivered. I would have given it a 5 star rating but I had to deduct a star for the too often used romance story device where the hero and heroine love each other, but believe it is unrequited, and never show their feelings under a misguided sense of honour or pride. But until the ending you are taken on an entertaining journey, especially when the couple are shipwrecked.
Stacie
Jul 14, 2009 Stacie added it
Alex proposed to another woman and then met Hebe Carlton. He falls in love with her and has to find a way to get out of his engagement to be with Hebe.
Carito Cárdenas guevara
estuvo interesante, pero fue muy trágico, le doy un 3,65
Donna
Great book.
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This author also writes under the name Francesca Shaw.

I have had my nose buried in a history book - fact or fiction - for as long as I can remember, but even more important to me are the places and the objects that conjure up the past. My first attempt at historical fiction
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