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A Belated Bride (Rogues #2)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,182 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 9th 2001)
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Tammy Walton Grant
I'm going to have to learn that when a book is "re-issued" 10 years after publication, with a foreward by the author that she "re-worked" the HEA to make it EVEN HAPPIER!!! that I should seek out the original. Too much sugar makes one feel ill, you know. I'm off to find some crackers to settle my stomach, lol.
Maureen Feeney
Seems I have done it again, just unknowingly started reading a series out of order.AAARGH.

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!
Caron Pescatore
Oct 10, 2015 Caron Pescatore rated it it was amazing
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Arabella Hadley should have married her first love years ago, but he abandoned her four years ago and married someone else. So when Bella literally runs into him with her carriage in the middle of the night, she hesitates taking him home with her.
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
Jun 24, 2009 Aileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual it was another wonderful book to read, however I find myself bored at times reading this book. Regardless, the secondary characters were awesome and I kinda knew who Robert Hadley (Bella's brother) would end up long before she came in to the picture. It was a cute, romantic scene between Robert and his ladylove, Liza, and the way they bickered was just a prelude to their bubbling (IMO) feelings for one another. Suffice to say, Lucien and Bella's story were also cute and romantic; when L ...more
Barbara Rogers
Jan 06, 2016 Barbara Rogers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE Karen Hawkins books -- they all tell a good love story, but they are also all laced with wonderful bits of humor.

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
Mar 05, 2014 Rema rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the first historical romance I've read and while not the best, A Belated Bride has been a novel I've been waiting for a long time to read. I'm happy to say that it did meet most of my expectations-at least in the lead characters and their romance.

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
Evelyn Rivera
I have to admit that for the first half of the book I wanted to forget about it and choose another book. The story was some how slow at the started but them it took a faster pace with better twist, laughter, and romance making the end more enjoyable.
Julie Eichelberger-ford
I love Karen Hawkins' books. She never disappoints with love and laughter. This is the story of Arabella and Lucien. When they were younger, they fell in love and thought that it would last forever but life threw them a curveball. Years later, Arabella is doing everything including smuggling cognac to support her family. Lucien is working for the Home Office searching for smugglers that are smuggling jewels. They cross paths one night that throws them together in which they must overcome danger, ...more
Sep 12, 2015 Zoe rated it it was ok
It took me 1 month to finish this book. My mother says I am a "bookeater" because I am a fast reader. The fact that it took me so long to finish the book says a lot about this book.

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
Andrea Guy
I read a review of one of Karen's latest books from Addicted To Romance so I went to the library and found this one, to see how well she stacked up to her most recent book.

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
Stephanie Bolen
I liked how he never forgot her, but the smuggling was unneeded. The love story would have been just as good if he went back for her and through clever management she would have been barely surviving. But the whole danger, smuggling, Home Office thing was interesting I just thought the book was complete enough and interesting enough without it. That aspect of the plot just felt added on.
Cecilia Rodriguez
The story is set in 1814, Yorkshire. Ten years ago Lucien, the Duke of Wexford abandoned Arabella Hadley without a word.
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.
How to start... I read it last week and not much it is memorable. The proud but poor heroine is really getting trite. The back story fascinated me more than the story. However, I enjoyed it enough to finish it. What really provoked me to give it only 2 stars is the author's apparent ignorance of how to write dialogue. I was continually confused about who was actually speaking. She would have a character say one sentence. Then she would have the next sentence be a new paragraph even though it was ...more
Jan 25, 2015 Carey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!! The heroine is an independent, strong woman & I love when the heroine is like that!! the book has a few surprises & twists in it that you probably won't see coming!! It kept me entertained the entire time & I never wanted to put it down!!! A book worth reading!!
Jul 27, 2014 Lacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad glad to see the happy ending just wished the epilogue was about the jewels and maybe more about Robert and him becoming the man of the house.... And why is the series about other characters? Can it still be called a series if the story doesn't continue ... Just wondering
Tiffany Day
I'm especially disappointed in this book, as Hawkins was undertaking a story not often seen in the genre: the H/h had been in love 10 yrs earlier, the h was not a an inexprienced virgin and there was a smuggling mystery. Usually, it's gerat to get something different... but the first half was SO s-l-o-w. It was full of extremely repetitive filler and read as though the author was simply trying to make a word count deadline. I only continued plugging away because I was bedridden and needed someth ...more
Angela Brown
Sep 07, 2014 Angela Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable! Had me laughing so hard my eyes watered. Loved the characters antics and was sad to finish the book, for I so fell in love with the characters that I wanted more. Romance and laughter what a great combination. Brings a change to the everyday trudges.
Sally Kilpatrick
This is what historical romance should be. Arabella Hadley and Lucien Devereaux fell in love ten years ago, but Lucien stole her virtue and left her without explanation. Now she's turned to the smuggling business to keep her family afloat. Pirates, treasure, smugglers, and meddling aunts--what more do you need?

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
Apr 23, 2015 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-2015-read
A fun historical romance with humor, mystery, and suspense. I enjoyed it very much and recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romances.
May 21, 2009 Daneesha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Juicy! Hilarious! Riveting! I loved the story of Arabella and Lucien. They have a history. He loved her and left her 10 years before. Now, he's back and they both have secrets.

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
Aug 25, 2013 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Karen Hawkins book I read - I picked it up on a whim at a thrift store. I was not disappointed and this started me on obtaining all of Karen's books. Lucien and Arabella are perfect for each other and their situations are hilarious. The beginning where Arabella discovers that the unconscious person on the road is her love from years ago who broke her heart is an "oh crap, I have to help him" moment just starts this great story. Karen writes witty dialogue and great characters. ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story of a duke who returns, by accident, to the woman he loved (and ruined) ten years earlier. She's having nothing to do with him while running a business smuggling cognac off the coast of Yorkshire to keep her family estate afloat - barely. His charms and that old thing called passion just won't let her stick to her guns. Before she knows it, he's wormed his way back into her heart. While trying to expose a traitorous jewel ring, can he also save her from the someone that's trying to kil ...more
Dec 26, 2008 Dancer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucien Deveraux, the Duke of Wexford, is found hurt along a road. His rescuer is Arabella Hadley, a woman he loved and left ten years ago. He married Sabrina for her money because his father left the estate in dire straits. He worked hard to regain the estate's standing, without using Sabrina's money. Sabrina has been dead for 3 years. Lucien quickly finds out Arabella is involved with smugglers, the only way she can save her own home. They have both sold their souls to the devil, so to speak, t ...more
Sam Atkinson
Jan 31, 2016 Sam Atkinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usual enjoyable read from this author
Carlie Hamilton
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the first book in this series. In fact I put it down for a while because I needed a break - I felt like I already knew what was going to happen. And well, I did finish it and it was an easy read, but there were no real surprises. I like that Hawkins includes servants in her stories and the side stories are interesting but do not threaten to take over the book like other romance novels I have read. Overall this was an enjoyable book and I'll read the ...more
Mar 06, 2016 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Karen Hawkins!
Mary Dulaney
Jun 20, 2016 Mary Dulaney rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hist-rom
It was OK... just OK. Very slow in many places, the characters really didn't hold my interest.
Lynne Tull
The story was somewhat interesting, but tedious to wade through the tug of war between the H/H. I really like the Hero, but the Heroine was a bit to "independent" for me. She played coy most of the time which certainly kept the Hero guessing. This was a typical "happily ever after" story for all the characters. It had one of the formula "Heroine gets kidnapped and Hero rescues her" endings. I hope I like the last on the series better than this one. The Hero saved the book for me.
This is my second book,liked this one also,Lucien-Arabella both have a past history,he broke her heart but he had his reason and now after 10 years he has got the second chance to win Arabella back and show her he is a changed man and this time he is here to stay forever.Arabella still loves Lucien but she has her fears,after many hurdles Lucien-Arabella manage to get their HEA

Overall a wonderful read
Recommend it
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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Karen Hawkins is known for her wonderfully humorous and emotion-tugging historical and contemporary romances. The author of over 30 novels, Karen writes for a living between shopping for shoes, playing around on Facebook and Pinterest, looking for fun items for Hawkins Manor, and napping, although usually not at the same time. Sometimes, for fun, sh ...more
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