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Wedded Bliss

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  430 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Robert Rothmore, Earl of Rockford, thinks Alissa Henning is simply delightful-exactly the kind of woman who'd make the perfect mother for his sons. But Alissa swore she'd spend the rest of her life scraping pennies together rather than wed the insufferable earl and become a glorified governess. Still, she couldn't very well let her own children starve-and there was no doub ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 2nd 2004 by Signet
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Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
One hears a lot about BM’s writing skills and this book sure proves it. It’s humorous, poignant, sad and uplifting all at the same time.
All pages (if not each line) are full of tongue in cheek wit, which make you read on even when you don’t agree with the story or a character.
One minute you are laughing and the next tears prick your eyes.

I loved the h – she’s a spunky but practical woman who knows refusing the earl’s proposal would be foolish in the extreme. When impoverished hs in historicals h
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it

Lack of sleep notwithstanding, I couldn't help but smile and sigh as I reach the ending of this fun little book. Barbara Metzger penned down a delightful Regency, with some very typical and not so typical situations that were very prominent in the time. Such as leaving your kids to be raised by someone else until of an adult age where they can take over the reins in the household, or groomed to take over their rank. In the case with Rockford and his two sons Hugo and Billy. A widower twice over
Jul 19, 2013 rated it did not like it

I was enjoying this book. I found it funny and liked the writing and the characters, even the Earl. He was cold and kind of a jerk but I thought he had potential.

That was until he left his new bride in the country on their wedding night without consumating the marriage and he returned to London to continue his life as a bachelor. At first I thought it was just gossip so I continued reading. Until it was confirmed that he was humiliating and embarrassing his new bride by having h
I've just finished this book with a smile on my face :) It's an absolute gem; sweet and funny and filled with great characters.

The hero starts out as your typical Regency hero - handsome, rich, titled and arrogant - but right from the start, it's obvious there's something missing in his life and that he's aware of it but has no idea what it is. He's a widower twice over and has two young sons, one by each of his wives, but he's not at all involved in their lives; in fact, he suspects that neithe
It took time to finish the book. Though, I should admit that I had not much time and being in a reading slump didn't help me either.

Although, I was in a reading slump, somehow I didn't DNF it and could keep reading. I like author's sense of humor and vivid description of events and dialogs. The plot was well-paced and she had ability to processing of a crowded group of characters. Each of them were fleshed out to add a depth to the storyline.
Last quarter of the book was very enjoyable and high o
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm sorry, but Rockford ruined this book for me. I just couldn't like him. His condescending opinions about Alissa, Eleanor and females in general was irritating. I didn't really mind at the beginning since the story was (supposed to be) about him changing his ways and be a better man. But when it went on and on, and he's still a pompous ass I started lose interest. I know those were common opinions for that time period, but he's the 'hero', and I expected more from him.

When I thought it couldn'
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful regency story. On a surface our hero, Earl Rockford, is a handsome, educated aristocrat who is valued by Prinny for his knowledge of languages and diplomatic work. But closer examination revealed a more troubled man. Lord Rockford is a widower twice over. One of his wives died while running away with her lover, the other one in a childbirth while whispering a name of another man. They left Earl with one son each but he is not sure the children are his. And now, his 40 years old spinste ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
3.75 stars
Very funny story with sweet likeable heroine and selfish unlikeable hero!

The story is rather light so you won't really mad to him when you read after he married the heroine, installed her and the kids in the country he continued his philandering life in London.
He only change after he fell in love with the heroine and she made him a better man. The heroine was very forgiving, sigh. What can I say maybe that's why he crazy about her later in the story. But no, she is not a pushover, onl
BM has a wicked sense of humor which I came to love and I am piling her books more and more.
I found this book on a cheating list somewhere on GR. It was entertaining, funny and quirky for 85% of the story, and then it devolved into a comedy of errors, that wasn’t all that entertaining.

I must be reading too many infidelity stories, the cheating seemed inconsequential, more of a plot device to move the story along. It was a strange situation, he wasn’t all that interested, treating it as part of diplomatic work. He marries for the 3rd time to provide a mother for his boys and to protect
4 - 4.5 rating

Oh boy well I loved this one it was hilarious, endearing and a feel-good read.

The Early of Rockford's see if I get this right. He's clueless when it comes to taking care of his sons. He's floundering and out of his element. After all, he wasn't raised with his father around as much. Why should he be so ever present in his sons life...William (a.k.a Billy) has, at every point in seeing him, managed to soil some garment or the other. Clearly, he was not meant to be in
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Regency period. 2 baddies equaled 1 antagonist too many.

The author's trademark wit was mostly MIA this time. MCs
Robert & Alissa, both widowed, both with 2 sons, 'met cute'
due to his unwarranted assumptions. Precise, overconfident,
overindulged Robert, a diplomat/ linguist earl put his job
ahead of knowing/ parenting his sons. Another HR hero who
greatly disliked/ distrusted women based on 2 bad
experiences + an impulsive older sister.

The story implied Robert seduced a 'plump countess' as part
What a delightful book. I enjoyed it so much. Billy made this book. I adored him. Mind you I am very happy I didn't have a child like him but from afar I loved him. Robert and Alissa were a match made because Robert didn't know how to be a father and he didn't want to be bothered to learn. This suited her just fine as she need a home. I loved her putting the DISCOVER SEXY KAMA SUTRA POSITIONS: THE ART OF MAKING LOVE under his pillow because he was a wham-bam thank you kindly Mam. 😂😂 I laughed at ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a lovely amusing regency romance romp! I truly enjoyed this book and found myself trying to read slowly just to delay the ending.

Sigh 🥰
Flounced for a while. It was cute. The H was neglectful and a cheater in the beginning. Still ended with a big ol’ bow.
Anyone acquainted with Metzger's droll wit will see immediately that the title, "Wedded Bliss", is ironic and an indication of humor to come. Which is true: This is one of the funniest Regencies I've read in a long time.

Rockford is not your standard Regency hunk; he is handsome and rich, yes, but also has an ear for foreign languages and is fluent in many, so he has been working for years on Prinny's behalf as court translator, most recently as personal translator for Princess Helga Hafkesprink
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is actually one of Metzger's better ones. The sad thing is, for some reason, her books are so unmemorable to me that I reread this one without realizing it. It wasn't until the very end of the book with one incredibly humorous phrase "courage of a lion and the brains of a slab of bacon" that I realized I had read this book before. That's kind of sad, right?

I think the reason is that while Metzger's plots are humorous and complicated, her characters are not. Complicated, that is. They'r
Elizabeth Bennet
Mar 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Where have all the real men gone? Lately it seems to be my very question. I can't believe so many people fed into this rubbish! The only romance was the love Rockford felt for himself. Rockford is everything I can't stand in a H. He is a pompous arse , neglectful Father,adulterer ( yes, that's right he never gave up his mistress after his marriage).

In fact, the author wrote the book in such a way that he threw up her low breeding and made it clear that she was not to get jealous or interfere wit
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Alissa Henning is a widow with very little means to support herself and her two young sons. Robert Rothmore, Earl of Rockford, is a widower twice over with a son from each of his wives. When his spinster sister runs off with the thieving bailiff of his Rock Hill estate he rides there to find out where his youngest son is. When he finds William ensconced with Alissa, Rockford mistakenly believes she is, at the most dastardly, holding William hostage for money or, at the least, extorting money fro ...more
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I'm not actually sure why I finished this book. It was short, so there's that. And it wasn't badly written. It was just kind of flat. I didn't care for Robert at all, not did I buy his transformation from a man who did not even recognize his own son on sight to a loving father and husband.
Meg Benjamin
Jan 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Classic Metzger. The comedy of sexual frustration, with the added delight of a clueless hero and a long-suffering heroine.
Denise M.
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
When I started reading this mystery , I wasn't sure I was going to like it. I thought about stopping a few times, but glad I continued to read it.
The characters are believable + I was eventually drawn in.
I liked that the book had an ending even though it's part of a series.
Sandra Keaton
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wedded Bliss Indeed!

What a wild romp. Kids, dogs, relatives and a new wife all disturb the quiet life of Lord Rockford. A humorous tale about married life. This was my first book by Barbara Metzger and I am looking forward to the next.
Debra Martin
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great surprise!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was completely engaged from the first page to the last. I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes a good romance with laugh out loud moments. I will read this again I'm sure.
Mrs P
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A worldwide of zaney happenings to beach member of the family

Very good really rather a comedy amongst serious love interests. The author is rather like c beat on with escapades.
Yukari Watanabe
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Metzger's unique sense of humor.

Another formula story by this author. The differences were, four boys instead of only one and four dogs instead of only one. Everything else remained the same.
Sandi aka Maudley
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hist-rom
Light entertaining tale featuring memorable characters.
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Wonderful my new fav
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Barbara Metzger is the author of over three dozen books and a dozen novellas. She has also been an editor, a proof-reader, a greeting card verse-writer, and an artist. When not painting, writing romances or reading them, she volunteers at the local library, gardens and goes beach-combing and yard-saling.

Her novels, mostly set in Regency-era England, have won numerous awards, including the Romance

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