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Tempting the Bride

(Fitzhugh Trilogy #3)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  3,029 ratings  ·  321 reviews
In this new masterpiece of historical romance from the acclaimed Sherry Thomas, a headstrong beauty is rescued by the notorious rake she has always despised...     

Helena Fitzhugh understands perfectly well that she would be ruined should her secret love affair be discovered. So when a rendezvous goes wrong and she is about to be caught in the act, it is with the greatest
Mass Market Paperback, 278 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Berkley Sensation
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
1 Fuck no Stars

Major Spoilers Ahead and lots of ranting!

OMFG........... So I have never read Sherry Thomas before, and I won't be reading her again. Which is sad because she writes amazingly. Too bad she writes the most unlikable, selfish, stupid qweefbags I have ever had the misfortune to read. See I have always had a love/hate relationship with historical romance. When I first started really reading romance my sister-n-law gave me a huge box of her old romance books. Which were of course hi
The more I read from this author, the more I'm convinced she's amazing and brilliant with the use of language. This is a wonderful series, filled with emotion and intensity beyond a typical HR. I feel the characters plights and their longings, I understand their fears and hopes and I especially feel the beautiful romance that bleeds off the pages.
We get Lord Hastings story here. His unrequited love for Helena Fitzhugh was pure anguish for him. He'd loved her most of his life and never once felt
Jan 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
I am losing my love for Sherry Thomas.

I find Hastings a hypocrite. That he should make Helena feel bad about wanting to be with Andrew, when he has had mistresses over the year and sired a child with one of his mistresses. This is what he says:"Apparently she thought him the sort of man who entertained himself by ruining unmarried young ladies from good families." So he isn't that kind of a man. But it's okay for him to ruin unmarried young women from families not as good? Or is it okay for him
Sam (AMNReader)
It's weird I don't have a jackass shelf, considering the jackass hero is one of my favorites. By jackass I mean in a fond, ridiculous way "selfish and / or immature asshole" *winks at Jack Talent & Joshua Templeman*

Friends, they are my favorite kind. The stupid, immature oddly sensitive yet super defensive heroes. (Or some of my favorite anyway). The ones with their who would die for their beloveds but make her think (or sometimes out of fear I suppose) his head is shoved so far up his ass h
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
I feel like Ms. Thomas got too much whining from readers about too much angst in her books, and this Fitzhugh series is the result. They're light on everything... Short. I would have liked some more good times between Hastings and Helena, maybe learn more about them, get more profound moments. As it is, he was really sweet, especially with daughter Bea, although it is either pompous or cowardly to confess one's love via manuscript.
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I tend to have a schizophrenic relationship with Sherry Thomas books. I absolutely adore her writing style and voice while simultaneously loathing some of her infuriating characters and ridiculously unbelievable plot-lines. This one seems to meld the two into a delightfully acceptable compromise.

For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine.
4.5 stars (And better late than never!)

I thought this final book in the Fitzhugh trilogy was another winner from Sherry Thomas. She takes a couple of my favourite tropes – the marriage of convenience and the bickering couple who fall for each other – and puts a slightly different spin on them, especially on the latter.

David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings and Helena Fitzhugh have appeared in the earlier two books in this trilogy – Beguiling the Beauty and Ravishing the Heiress, and spent all the

Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Now, that’s Sherry how I like her. And check this out – she used amnesia in this book without making it sound too ridiculous. I told you she could pull off anything she liked. I’m waiting for her to do something with amnesia AND a long-lost twin sibling!

In ‘Tempting the Bride’ we have a ludicrously proud hero and ever since ‘The Pride and Prejudice’ proud heroes have been my drug of choice. Hastings fell in love with Helena when they were teenagers and he went about it the way teenage boys often
Jacob Proffitt
This is third in the series and both David and Helena are strong presences in both previous novels. Having read those ones, you know the personalities involved and should consider carefully whether you want to make the leap forward because it turns out they are even worse than you suspected.

Here's the thing. We've seen Helena's immensely stupid crush on the milquetoast Martin for two books, now. And we've seen that she is irrational and self-destructively willful about him. Which might not be a
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
When I snagged this via the Audible Romance Package weeks ago -- and promptly forgot it in favor of several re-reads -- I didn't realize it was part of a series. I likely would have attempted to start at the beginning first, but I was already on a Thomas binge, re-reading the Lady Sherlock books the last two days, when I finished A Conspiracy in Belgravia while at a stoplight on my way home, so I just clicked on the next one in my queue. And here we are. I must say, Sherry Thomas can do no wrong ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a romance requiring the rebooting of the H/h relationship. It's not a spoiler to say that amnesia plays a big part in this story. I'm not a big fan of the amnesia trope (OK, I hate it) but it works in this case because the relationship between the H and h was so messed up that nothing but a wipe-out of it all and a reboot could be as efficient a fix in a 278-page book.

This is a very good romance, but it's my least favorite in Thomas's Fitzhugh family trilogy, probably because I found the
4.00 Stars - Historical Romance/1895 England.

David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings, loved Helena Fitzhugh all his life. She in turn has an outrageous liaison with another married man she always loved. When a clandestine rendezvous with the said man goes wrong, David happens to be the only man who can help to put matter into rights by sprouting a false tale of her eloping with him! But since childhood, they have an odious relationship in which Helena heartily hated David, and David energetically
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I wanted to read this trilogy and put it on my e-reader, but I got confused with the reading order and strated from the end! LOL

But that didn't detract from my enjoyment: Ms. Thomas is such a gifted writer!

I loved this enemies to lovers story!

Helena hated David since childhood.
David loved Helena since childhood.
Now they're grown up and Helena is getting herself in big, big trouble all by herself!

The twist, her loosing her memory due to an accident, wiped the slate clean for Helena to see David i
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Sherry Thomas! You just gave me Fitz and Millie, I know you can do better than this. :( Ugh why did David have to be such a dick, like I understand getting stuck in bad patterns with certain people but at some point you have to grow up and break them, preferably before you've irredeemably cemented yourself as a douchebag in my eyes. :< Post-amnesia Helena and David were nice enough but it didn't make up for his unrelenting awfulness in the first half of the novel. Honestly I was offended, I'm ...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have a few serious reservations about this book, the major one being that I can't stand character stupidity at the sake of their own happiness, and this book's premise sort of hinges on that very thing. But I think Thomas did a decent job explaining why it was necessary and actually kind of believable. I had a harder time liking Helena, but once she has amnesia, she's a much pleasanter person and she was actually somewhat endearing. Then, when she remembers David, she actually takes the time t ...more
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful end to a great trilogy. I loved the word byplay between Helena and David. I thought the way the story played out and this book had a sexier, more erotic edge then her prior books. I REALLY liked it! Wish it would have been a little longer though as I loved reading about H and D admitted their love for one another. I would say you could even read this book without having read the other two in the trilogy and not be lost as to what is going on.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I like Sherry Thomas' writing style very much, but this book felt a bit shallow/lacking in some way. The Hero pines for the heroine from start to finish. The unrequited love was deliciously angsty and yummy at first, but after a while it kind of, well, got dull, to be honest. Also, he was a perfect gentleman after her accident: he treated her beautifully, told her the absolute truth/didn't lie to her, gave her everything she could possibly want. There was literally no reason for her to loathe hi ...more
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I think I may have enjoyed this novel best of the three of her trilogy, which surprised me because I thoroughly enjoyed Ravishing the Heiress and expected it to be the best. I particularly love the late Victorian era as it holds so much promise for women. Helena benefits from being able to attend university, which was beginning to be a possibility for women around the turn of the century, and the novel has strains of emergent feminism that is well displayed in the characterization of Helena and ...more
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Thomas continues to write wonderfully romantic and tender love stories with a dark and sexy twist. "Tempting the Bride" is the perfect ending to the the Fitzhugh trilogy. Through out the first two books we witness the strained relationship between Helena and David. The couple has know each other since they were very young. David fell in love at first sight..and Helena couldn't stand him. Everyone else in Helena's family knows that David is in love with her, but she doesn't have a clue. In th ...more
Elis Madison
As a teenaged boy, David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings, wanted to impress fair Helena Fitzgerald… so he slipped amphibians into her knickers.

They're adults now, and nothing's changed except what he's trying to slip into her knickers. Since the two of them began to "blossom," he's been fantasizing like mad—and if he's not painting his more innocent fantasies on the walls of various rooms in his house, he's trying to paint more salacious images in her head. As in telling her that the way to mak
Mandi Schreiner
Sep 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings has loved Helena Fitzhugh for most of his life. When he was just a kid, he would make fun of her, pull her hair, the types of things boys do when they like a girl but are not mature enough to process their feelings. The problem is, as Hastings got older, he never stopped making fun of her. He loved her so much and was so afraid of his feelings, he would rather put her down or anger her to get a rise out of her, than own up to how he really feels.

Helena can’t
Katherine 黄爱芬
Bagaimana caranya memenangkan hati wanita yg sdh sangat lama kau puja, yg sangat keras kepala menyatakan mencintai pria lain yg salah?

David, Viscount Hastings telah membuktikan dirinya sbg hero idaman hati saya. Dia selalu gigih mengejar dan membayangi Helena, menutupi perasaannya dgn berpura-pura tengil, kurang ajar, mengejek, menghina dan segala perbuatan yg bisa dilakukan utk membangkitkan kejijikan Helena kpd dirinya.

David tidak hanya berbakat membuat sebal Helena, ternyata dirinya memiliki
"Sometimes people fall in love with those who do not return the same strength of feelings. It is as it is," he said with quiet intensity. "What I give, I give freely. You owe me nothing, not love, not friendship, not even obligation."

Oh, what a lovely, lovely book! It's pretty much a perfect mix of wistfulness, hopefulness, angst and romance.

David, Lord Hastings has loved our heroine, Helena, since they were both 14 years old. However, she was utterly indifferent and he resorted to the trick of
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I take back all the mean thoughts I had about this book while reading Ravishing the Heiress. Despite several problems, this book hooked me far more strongly than its two predecessors. Thomas masters the classic amnesia trope (a guilty favorite of mine since I read Until You in middle school) and delivers a surprisingly compelling, if brief, story of antagonism sliding into mutual appreciation. Yes, the beginning of the book is infodump for the previous two installments. Yes, it is hard to unders ...more
Ahhhh I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

David and Helena has an angst-love always been rude and
nasty with each other and of course David aka Hastings has love
her for almost his life and she otherwise is "in lovu" with Mr. Martin.
Poor Hastings, I was serious rotting for him but he did not help!!!!!!!

And the BOOM DA DISS Helena suffer an accident and cant remember her
previous life. Well, NOW Hastings was acting like a lover and I felt too like
him what qould happen when she gain
4.5ish. I'm always a little hesitant when it comes to an amnesia trope, but I loved the way this all played out.
Wicked Incognito Now
I would give this book three stars due to my feeling that this wasn't all that I wanted it to be. However, Sherry Thomas is still a cut above most other HR writers, so I still lean toward a higher rating. Most HR novels these days bore me out of my mind. I've DNF'd many this year. ST still knows pacing and readability. I read this in a few hours.

But this novel was the equivalent of expecting a creamy hot fudge sundae and getting a low-fat watery bowl of ice cream instead. There just wasn't as m
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There is only one idea that sums up this book for me 'Lake Sahara.' I have an aversion to extreme cheesiness in romance just does not agree with my reserved personality. But cheesiness in this book was done with an underlying of darker emotions such as possessiveness and jealousy. I loved it. My heart went out to the hero. I definitely recommend this my favorite of Thomas' books.
Elizabeth May
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sherry Thomas's books have such panache, I've never read anything like them. I don't know how she manages to make the most ludicrous plots work so damn well. So I keep buying her books like a helpless addict!

This was published on my birthday. Should've read it then, as a bday present to myself. :)
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Because actual world domination is too much trouble, USA Today-bestselling author Sherry Thomas decided that her goal is life is to write every kind of book she enjoys reading. Thus far she has published romance, fantasy, mystery, and a wuxia-inspired duology. Her books regularly receive starred reviews and best-of-the-year honors from trade publications, including such outlets as the New York Tim ...more

Other books in the series

Fitzhugh Trilogy (3 books)
  • Beguiling the Beauty (Fitzhugh Trilogy, #1)
  • Ravishing the Heiress (Fitzhugh Trilogy, #2)
“I’ve always loved you,” he said, his eyes a blue that was almost violet. “You know this.” She swallowed a lump in her throat. “I only wonder whether I deserve such devotion.”
“Sometimes people fall in love with those who do not return the same strength of feelings. It is as it is,” he said with a quiet intensity. “What I give, I give freely. You owe me nothing, not love, not friendship, not even obligation.”
“Why allow all the old memories to have supremacy? Make new ones, memories of such luster and beauty that, should the old ones come back, they would be pallid and impotent in comparison.” 8 likes
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