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The Marriage Bed

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Everyone in society knows that the marriage of Lord and Lady Hammond is an unhappy one. Everyone knows they have barely spoken to one another in over nine years. But what no-one in society knows are the reasons why ...

Lady Viola Courtland was a romantic and impulsive young girl when she fell instantly in love with the handsome and dashing Viscount Hammond. Unbeknownst to V
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Mass Market Paperback, 374 pages
Published June 28th 2005 by Avon (first published June 2005)
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Chem&Comp she might not answer you...but as for me..i read this like 6 years ago and never after then read, even previews, any of her book. this is just exceedi…moreshe might not answer you...but as for me..i read this like 6 years ago and never after then read, even previews, any of her book. this is just exceedingly terrible book i did even imagine at one time that maybe her husband cheated on her as well and have a kid with partner.(less)

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sraxe
One month. One month. ONE fucking MONTH.

Her tears and hurt had been met with no understanding, only his biting, sarcastic wit. Her closed bedroom door had not made him realize the error of his ways. There had been no admission of guilt, no words of love, and no apologies. Instead, he waited a month for her to relent, and when she hadn't, he walked out on her without a second thought.




But, of course, he's the victim -- having to put up with her tears and having to sleep alone and all.

"I waited a m
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Dinjolina
This was a badly written book.
So,eeew to the cheating.
But to be frank? It did not bother me as much as it should.
On the other hand, there are times when fiction crosses the lines and becomes pure fantasy. How? We can have unreasonable and we can have pure imposible.
This book had a lot of the impossible. Also, when I finished it, I was more confused then while reading it, because it seem that nothing was really resolved and the feelings of the characters never got to me. I never understood them a
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Shawna
5 stars – Historical Romance

I really disliked John and his arrogant, selfish, horndog, cheating, unrepentant, emotionally aloof, clueless, callous ways (up until about the last 100 pages or so that is) and the feminist in me totally sympathized and sided with headstrong, spirited Viola, but I was still completely engrossed in their story and wanted so much for them to reconcile and achieve love and happiness together. The Marriage Bed is full of drama and emotional tug of war and at times wasn’t
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KatieV
This one is hard to rate. I'm going to go with a 3 since I thought it flowed well and was an interesting character study and probably a more realistic look at marriage between aristocrats at the time.

Did I enjoy it? Nope. It's not a light and fluffy type of romance nor is it an old school romance where you love to hate the hero and get drawn into the 'oh, no he didn't' factor either. The hero was just a man. He did happen to be good looking and titled, but he wasn't extraordinary in the way you
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Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)


This book was absolutley fantatsic ! From its tear-jerk worthiness to its downright hilarity,if one excluded the romance and the lust factor that is,well then this book defiantly had it all ! ♥

Honestly speaking,i don't think i could have picked a better book than The marriage bed to have fulfilled my need for a good angsty Historical novel.



Even after reading the books summary and a few reviews from my fellow GR mates.i was still kinna reluctant to actually pick it up and go ahead rea
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Booklover
What do i say i just cannot rate this book,i have read many cheating books,i read them cause i wanna see how characters they accept their mistakes and redeem themselves but here the hero i really wanted him dead,he is irredeemable in my eyes,even when Viola is ready to make effort and be a good wife wants faithfulness from his that also he says he does'nt knows whether he can be faithful,i just could'nt see the reason why Viola was still with him,even when his last mistress comes with their baby ...more
Lucy Qhuay

Ah, shit! I'm not strong enough for this shit.

John was a hypocrite, selfish, cheating, callous, unfeeling asshole and I would have never taken him back if I were Viola.

I can't believe the pain and humiliation he put his wife through. And to make everything worse, he thought he was a freaking saint and that it was Viola's fault their marriage was in shambles.

No! Just no! Hell to the no!

And that little twist in the end? That would have been the fucking end of everything. How dare he? HOW DARE HE?

I
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Fre06 Begum
Hated the male lead he was a cheating rat and to top it off he has a child with another woman that was too much of a no no for me!
Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
I read this book in the way of rubbernecking. It has some very mixed reviews, which I read–spoilers and all. Wading in, knowing and prepared for what a jerk the H was, I actually enjoyed the story a lot. I felt the h’s heartbreaking angst and also her bracing pride as she lives through her husband’s continuous and prolific womanizing right in front of her and the ton, and I liked the h a lot. This H was as unfeeling, unrepentant and blasé as they come. He feels the h has to fall in line when he ...more
Lady Wesley
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amz-rev
I enjoyed this story, as I have done virtually all of Laura Lee Guhrke's titles.

The story is quite simple. A young Viola falls madly in love with Lord John Hammond and marries him soon after meeting him. He has professed his love for her (apparently only when she asked him, "Do you love me?"), but in reality he married her primarily to get the money he needed to restore his estates, which had been run to ruin by his irresponsible father. For a few months they are supremely happy, but then Viola
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Vintage
Enough reviews have discussed the plot so I'm going to skip over it.

Dealing with a potentially reformed cheater is a tough one as the hero has had several mistresses and for no good reason than because he can and because his wife kicked him out. According to the era, he's no better or worse than any other man.

The need of an heir is the only thing that brings him back which is depressing, but there is a redemptive arc once he and the heroine start communicating instead of doing their usual dance
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Daisiemae
May 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. Having read both positive and negative reviews on it, I figured I would either love it, or hate it.
With this book there is no in between. Either you will get on the Hero's side and root for him and Viola, or you won't.
Yes, the hero is a rogue. Yes, he hurt his wife by his indiscressions. But, she overeacted to the situtation at first. It wasn't an uncommon occurance for men to have mistresses. He gave her up to be faithful to Viola when th
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Aspoon
Jun 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
First something positive, I loved the fact the author brought back some of my favorite characters...Anthony Duke of Tremore and Daphne his duchess. I wonder how life continued for them.

Now for the negative, I know this is just a book, however having been where Viola has been, it was just depressing reading about how her husband treated her. And it's such a shame that women in that era had to endure that. But she had a damn good idea about going to American and starting a new life and I think she
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Kinga
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: pub-2005
Ok. This definitely was the LAST historical romance I'm reading. Can I please have my brain back?

What is going on? What is this unhealthy binge?

It is quite ironic that I'm reading all of that because of work stress which is literally caused by the members of the British aristocracy I need to work with.

Talking about cognitive dissonance.

Now, what to say about this book. I chose this because the premise of estranged spouses which reminded me of Sherry Thomas's "Private Arrangements" which is my f
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Jackie
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Laura
Feb 17, 2009 rated it did not like it
No, no, NO.
Oh God No.
I did give it a chance, read some, then skimmed. To me, the heroine was completely unreasonable and I couldn't stand her. I guess I've read too many regency novels and Viola is supposed to be a young naive miss, but even in the most romantic novels the hero has had mistresses. And I thought it was common knowledge that a piece of jewelry is the customary gift that ends a mistress' contract. On every single page, the hero says things about how "we" hurt the marriage, when I w
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Gemma
Jan 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Both characters drove me so nuts I wanted to beat my head against a wall.
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Jan 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Guhrke's Girl Bachelor series of historical romances - set in the late Victorian period, which makes a nice change - so I've been keeping an eye out for some of her other books. This is actually the third in another series, but I didn't know that when I started reading it and frankly it doesn't make any difference.

Eight years ago, Viola, the beautiful young sister of a Duke, married the man she fell in love with at first sight, Lord Hammond. After the first blissful months, her
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Heather
Aug 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Unlike most of the other reviews, I disliked this book because of the leading lady, Viola. I agree that the hero was not the best, but when you consider the time period of the book I believe his actions are realistic & forgivable given what happens in the story. I admit I would have liked it the hero apologized for hurting Viola, but I did feel that his character evolved & that he made amends in his own way. If the story took place in modern times my reaction would be quite different. Viola mean ...more
Insh
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
" 'Fear no more the heat o' the sun;
nor the furious winter's rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
home art gone,
and ta'en thy wages…'"
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Izzy
I remember reading this a long time ago when I was getting into historical romance novels. This was a horrible book. I really liked the h, she didn’t give in but then she did and I thought a lot about it.

What would you do if divorce wasn’t an option and you really did love your husband despite his horrible actions and even after resisting him for so long, he was going to get you back to his house by threatening the law/house of lords?

I don’t know the answer to that.

But I feel like the h shoul
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Crista
May 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so this book is about an unfaithful husband and a broken marriage. If either of these topics are off limits to you..pass this book up. If you're like me, the premise was a bit intriguing.

I love books that are about second chances. The idea that no matter how "messed up" a person or a situation is...there can be healing and restoration. This book taps into that premise.

John Hammond and his wife Viola have been estranged for many years. Living separate lives, both have consummed themselves
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Karen
Aug 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
John Hammond is guilty of cheating on his wife. He didn't do it once, he did it again and again. Now he needs an heir. That should have been a simple matter to take care of. He already had the wife. Now all he needed to do was to convince the wife to do her duty and produce the heir. Not an easy prospect when said wife wouldn't spend more than five minutes in his presence, never mind their marriage bed.

Viola Hammond has spent the last 9 years avoiding her husband. She loved him with all the pas
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*MariaA*
Sep 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cheat-jerks
the only reason why i am giving this 1 star is because such unfaithful husbands are not my for my sensibilities and then the mistress's baby in the end, i felt empathetic towards viola's character.
All in all it was a well written book but there should have been more written towards viola's feelings changing.
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Lorka
Jul 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
I love other books by this author, but this particular book... I thought the lady was a real witch and the guy was a cheater. Hard to relax and fall in love with the book when they are not likeable characters.
Gloria
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one is hard to get through because it's so painful to see this married couple reconcile. So much hurt between them, but you really hope they will make it! Full of angst, but in a good way. I really enjoyed it. ...more
Tanya Sridhar
Me through most of this book:

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Only LLG's writing, which is always superb (even with shitty heros) made me finish this book and give it a two star. And despite a slightly well done ending and grovelling on the heroes part, I still couldn't leave thinking they were best suited to each other, and deserved each other. I found msyself thinking that Viola easily deserved to be loved without any doubt, without any betrayal and without the residual pain of his line of mistresses. Despite John's change i
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Jan
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, regency
2.5 to 3 stars. Another book that I *liked* but didn't *love*. Sigh. Maybe I'm too picky? IDK. But it seems there are so many HRs out there that just don't grab me enough.

At the moment I'm going through a stage of trying quite a few HR authors I hadn't read before (including Laura Lee Guhrke). I've read some reasonable books amongst them, but so far no five stars (or even four stars??) So far the new (to me) author I've liked best is Grace Burrowes and her Windham series, but even those I've mo
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LuvBug (*Formerly Luvgirl)
I read this book a few years ago and always felt that I should have liked it more than a 3 star rating, so I gave it another try to see if I would have gotten that WOW factor that I missed the first time. While I did feel that it deserved a higher rating than when I read it the first time, I still saw the same problems that bugged me before.

The biggest problem for me is that I didn’t buy that the hero fell in love with the heroine in the end. I just didn’t see it. I don’t know why he fell in lov
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EmpK
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hard to describe how I feel about this book. On one hand I loved how well it was written. On other hand, maybe a little bit too true to life and hard to read.

It captures the naïveté of a young heiress (and duke’s sister) Viola falling in love with and marrying a man, Viscount Hammond, who mostly married her for her money. She finds out he’s a total philanderer and locks him out of her bedroom six months in. He takes up with a string of other women. Finally he comes back to her nine years later
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