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A Most Unconventional Match (Wellingfords #3)

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Regency. Hal Waterman's calling on the newly widowed Elizabeth Lowery is the caring act of a gentleman. And with her household in turmoil and a young son to support, she is certainly grateful for his help. Hal finds Elizabeth even more lovely than when they first met, but knows that she will only ever see him as a kind and often taciturn friend.

Elizabeth finds comfort and...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Harlequin Special Releases
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willaful
A huge, inarticulate guy who's shy with women -- how could I not want to read more about Hal Waterman, after he was introduced in The Wedding Gamble?

Hal is instantly smitten with his best friend Nicky's new sister-in-law, Elizabeth -- which is why he instantly runs. The son of a noted ton beauty, he has no interest in having yet another selfish, demanding woman in his life. Besides, such an exquisite woman could never be interested in a big lout like him.

But when Elizabeth is widowed seven year...more
Kathleen
Loved this smexy regency romance (but no sex till the end, after the relationship grows and the chemistry simmers).

Sigh. I adore Hal Waterman, a financial genius who stutters and mumbles, with no town bronze, but still a member of ton society, with some highly placed good friends. He's also a decent sportsman. His superficial mother is overtly ashamed of him, even though he is polite and good looking. Appalling -- how she treats him.

Hal has loved Elizabeth Lowery for years, even before her firs...more
MRB
I feel like this was a three star book with a five star hero.

Hal is a delightful reminder that heroes can be thoroughly kind and decent without being the least bit wimpy or dull. He has a speech impediment that's made him self-conscious, but he's not a quaking, insecure mess. In fact, he's actually quite emotionally healthy given that his superficial shrew of a mother is not exactly reticent in expressing her profound disappointment with our hero. Sure, Hal may be strong, smart, insightful, and...more
Jane Stewart
4 stars for neat characters. 2 stars for too much internal pondering and doubt.

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I really enjoyed the characters. Elizabeth did not care to be part of society - the ton. She did not want to have “a season,” and she found someone to love and marry without going through the parties. She did not care about clothes. She was happy to wear prior year styles. She loved to draw and paint. Hal had a speech problem. He spoke in phrases. He was brilliant in business - like a venture capitalist - find...more
Harlequin Historical
The hero, Hal, has always been a disappointment to his mother because of his manners but since he is so rich she is still able to find many debutantes willing to marry him. Only he has managed to avoid all of her attemps to get him married. He has few true friend in his life so when he discovers that the sister of his best friend's wife needs help, he is willing to do all he can even if it is a struggle for him. He is highly attracted to Elizabeth but knows there is no future for them. No way sh...more
Liz
The characters make this a really special regency romance. Hal Waterman stuttered as a child and has a beautiful mother who frequently makes disparaging remarks about him and tries to "improve" him. New widow Elizabeth Lowery is extremely shy and allowed her older husband to manage all aspects of their life together and now not only has no idea how to cope with finances and servants but is extremely naive about a "friend" of her husbands who keeps calling. This is a lovely story of two good peop...more
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Katherine Bone
This book captivated me from the start. Hal Waterman is a man's man, however he has a most disagreeable handicap - he stutters. Never before have I read a hero like this. From the beginning of the book, I was mesmerized and wrapped around Hal's finger. I felt his desire for love and normalcy, as well as his pain.

Widowed Elizabeth Lowery tenders sympathy as she tries to raise her young son without a father. Though suitors offer for her hand in marriage, Hal convinces her she can secure her futur...more
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
"Hal attirò Elizabeth tra le braccia, guardandola con un’intensità che la sconvolse. «Sogno» mormorò. «No. Nessun sogno è bello come questo» mormorò a sua volta lei, attirando a sé il suo viso per un altro bacio."


Una storia molto dolce e delicata, con un protagonista un po' atipico: non abbiamo il solito eroe tenebroso, o l'alfa bastardo, ma un uomo goffo, timido e paziente...diciamo che per una volta la spalla ha conquistato la bella! XD E di pazienza dovrà mettercene parecchia Hal, perchè dall...more
Elinor
Plutôt 2,75. Pas mal, pour une fois les malentendus sont bien gérés et les héros se font plus confiance. J'ai bien aimé Hal, Elizabeth et David mais ça ne restera sans doute pas une lecture mémorable non plus.
Jeske
Meh. Writing style not extraordinary. Liked the book better at the beginning, as it was decent and focussed on the main characters and their developing personalities as they got to know each other more and more. But i became highly disappointed with it when the story was nearing the end and started to become annoyingly explicit. I guess when historical romantic books are written by contemporary authors, one cannot escape the vulgarities of this time and age. I'm done with this cheapness and will...more
Diane Morris
I found this to be an enjoyable story with decent people (and some not-so-decent) who do their best. Hal is wonderful but Elizabeth isn't lacking either. At first, she's a bewildered widow but with Hal's faith in her, her confidence grows. Not an adventurous story, they deal with rumor and self-doubt, sneaky servants and sneakier 'lords and ladies of the ton' rather than spies or finding the lost goblet of Merlin or some other treasure. The ending seemed a bit rushed and the confrontation with H...more
Mymyworm
Je dois dire qu’il m’a manqué une touche plus prononcée de sensualité à cette histoire pour qu’elle me transporte réellement. Néanmoins, elle reste agréable à lire. Les personnages secondaires y sont pour beaucoup d’ailleurs. Tantôt attachants (le petit David), tantôt horripilants (la mère de Hal), ils contribuent à rendre Hal et Elizabeth un peu proches du lecteur à force de compassion pour eux.

Ma chronique ici : http://songedunenuitdete.com/2013/08/...
RIF
The beginning grabbed me - a big ol shy handsome hero can grab me anytime! Ultimately though there was too much repetitive introspection on the heroine's part. It was frankly boring after the first act, and unfortunately just a tad too much fatalism on his part meant the story couldn't be saved for me. Not bad, but that's not high praise, I know..2.5-3 stars
Cherise
Enjoyable read with a shy self conscious hero that's sweet, honest and caring. Was a bit annoyed with the heroine for over half the book for being so totally naive and ignorant, felt like two totally different persons when she started to grow. The love scene is very well described.
Dawn ♥ romance
I like when hero has always secretly desired heroine and his speech impediment tugged at my heart.
Karen Wilson
Very very straightforward and simple plot. Rather forgettable.
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Julia Justiss grew up breathing the scent of sea air near the colonial town of Annapolis, Maryland, a fact responsible for two of her life-long passions: sailors and history! By age twelve she was a junior tour guide for Historic Annapolis, conducting visitors on walking tours through the city that was a hotbed of revolutionary fervor. (Annapolis hosted its own tea party, dispensing with the cargo...more
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