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Preview — A Belated Bride by Karen Hawkins
A Belated Bride (Rogues #2)
She'd Never Marry Him!
The last man Arabella Hadley ever wishes to see again is Lucien Deveraux, the handsome, dissolute Duke of Wexford -- who broke her innocent heart years ago and disappeared to London. So when she finds an unconscious man on her deserted country road and sees that it's Lucien, she's tempted to leave him there. But even more appalling than his presence i
This is an enjoyable read but I found my attention wavering from time to time as it does drag slightly in places. But in saying that the amusing secondary characters of the aunts, the endearing crippled brother, the spoiled sister-in-law and even the villains are all well put-together. It was a romantic and amusing read at the same time, and I have to read the rest of the series now!
Lucien Devereaux, Duke of Wexford loves Bella, but he had to marry someone else. He is on a mission for the crown and government in Yorkshire and had had hopes to get through his childhood summer home anonymously because he wants to avoid Bella.
They h ...more
We first met our hero in the first book of the series -- The Abduction Of Julia. It isn't necessary to read that book before this one, but I'm glad that I did. That one left me wanting to hear more from Lucien and Nick (featured in book 3).
Arabella Hadley (our heroine) was in love with Lucien Deveraux, the Duke of Wexford (our hero) when she was younger. He was also in love wi ...more
Though I should make a few things clear. The summary led me astray. It made me think that Arabella and Lucien would be married quite early in the book. That disappointed me because everything else leading up to that point seemed to be filler. There ...more
I don't know what wasn't working for me. I don't think it is written poorly. I do not mind the so-called "second change romances" all that much (though admittedly I am no fan.) The hero was ok, a handsome and rick duke, what is wrong with that? The heroin is ok too. I hate a shrew of a heroin and she is not one of th ...more
I'm kind of on the fence with this one.
I definitely like Karen's writing style.
The characters are really interesting and you can't help but love them, especially Lucien. It is easy to see early on that he loves Arabella, though lord knows she can't. Lucien and Arabella have a past though, so that makes it easy to understand wh ...more
When Arabella discovers Lucien unconscious on the side of the road, she takes him back home.
A fun romance that is filled with smugglers, a missing family treasure, and a couple that was once estranged re-igniting their affair.
Hawkins' strength is characters, and this is a tale that will give you that twinge of angst right behind your breastbone because these two characters obviously love each other so much and ...more
While serious, this book definitely had its funny moments.
There's a part where the Arabella and the Lucien have sex and her aunt bursts into the room. She says that she heard a dying cat and she wanted to come check on it!
In the beginning, Arabella's aunts check out Lucien's package while he's unconscious...and one says h ...more
Overall a wonderful read