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Happily Bedded Bliss

(The Rakes of Cavendish Square #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  882 ratings  ·  119 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bedding Proposal comes a seductive new novel about the most devilishly dangerous men in London...

When Lady Esme Byron happens upon a gorgeous naked man sleeping beside a secluded country lake, she can’t resist the impulse to sketch him. But when her highly improper drawing is mistakenly revealed at a party, she finds her on
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Signet
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Having not read the others in the series or other books by this author, the beginning of this with all the past characters from other books gave it a really rough start for me; the huge cast dominated and stole away from the hero and heroine.
The hero was probably a more realistic man of his times than we sometimes see in romance and I do think the relationship with the heroine changed him for the better but we never really got to see that. Sometimes his older man of the world clashed uncomfortab
*5 beautific the drought is ovah! stars*

Oh man did this take my breath away and I honestly wasn't expecting it. Finally FINALLY. A book I devoured in 2 days and kept fighting to put down. Huzzah! I totally forgot how that feels, it's been that long. And characters that get to you so much you feel kind of (really) envious and sighing over how wonderful the story is. I HAVEN'T FELT THAT WAY IN SO LONG. I have not given a 5 star rating in a loooong time so this should say enough.
He was
Nov 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, too-graphic
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DNF at 51%

In all fairness, I didn't make it past the first 50%. This is not a reflection on the quality of the writing, I just had several issues with the way the story was executed! I tend to be really picky and abandon books easily if I don't feel like putting up with the characters, not even to see if they redeem themselves. This was a buddy-read with Becca (who also DNF-ed this; you can find her review here: and Kyraryker (she gave it 3 stars, check
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been eagerly awaiting Happily Bedded Bliss since I read the first book in Tracy Anne Warren’s Rakes of Cavendish Square series (The Bedding Proposal) last year. That book was a compelling read that was quite dark in places, given the treatment doled out to the divorced heroine, both by her ex-husband and society at large, so I was hoping for something equally gripping in this second novel. Probably because of those expectations, I came away from this book rather disappointed – but that ...more
With my re-read, I am downgrading from 5 to 4 starts; but this is still a good story. It is my favorite of the trilogy.

Lady Esme Byron is a delightful heroine. Although she is young and a bit foolish (which forces herself to get married in the first place), she is kind and loyal. She believes in communication, and elicits a promise of fidelity from her betrothed. She will settle for nothing less than love. She doesn't give up and makes many wise decisions after she is married.

Gabriel, Lord North
Lover of Romance
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

Happily Bedded Bliss, is the second book in this fabulous new series of Warren. Now I have always been a fan of this author, and she pulled me right into this, which was a relief since I recently came off of a book slump. And what a story this one was. It begins with our heroine, now Lady Esme is the youngest daughter, and with seven over protective brothers, she has her hands full and most of the time she shrugs them off and does what she
This was just okay for me. I never really bought into the is so unlikely that a man would be staying by himself at a friend's estate, go skinny dipping, and then decide to lay in the grass and take a nap completely in the nude. (Um, itchy much?) It is also incredibly unlikely that at exactly that moment, a young woman would see him and instead of running away, sit and sketch him. Then, people at a house party had to beg to see her drawings, and instead of getting them herself and hi ...more
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Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was absolutely delightful! I remarked to a friend about a quarter of the way into this book that is was so fun and clever that I could only hope I wouldn't grow disappointed. I didn't. It stayed as witty and true all the way to the epilogue. It's the kind of book that makes you wish for more, for it not to end. Not the kind, however, to leave you dissatisfied with said ending.

Esme was a perfect mix of strength and innocence. She knows her mind, knows what she wants. Sometimes, because of he
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
A solid story. 1) I’m glad no one tried to kill anyone, I kept waiting for it to veer sharply into that type of melodrama, praise be I was spared. 2) The uncle was very well written in all his malice. I felt very uncomfortable when he was in a scene. 3) I like how much time passed in this book. 4) I like the portrayal of vegetarianism as her shtick. 5) Lots of focus on food here. It was described in detail, and made me hungry until I started just skimming those food rambles when I found them pop ...more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I adore a good marriage of convenience story. This book was steamy, emotional, passionate. Hero was your typical womanizer who doesn't want to fall in love but he can't resist his sweet, warm wife. I loved seeing him jealous possessive and insecure! He deserved to suffer a bit and realize how much Esme meant to him!
Lady Wesley
I am giving this book 3 stars for the story and 0 for the narration. Possibly the worst I have ever heard and destined for my Never Again Narrators shelf.
Penny Black
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: byrons
What should an unmarried lady of good family do if she finds a man, sleeping by the lake at her neighbor's estate? A prudent thing to do would be to walk away. But, the heroine, Lady Esme, the youngest of the Byron siblings, is neither prudent nor sensible. Instead of leaving, she draws him in all his naked glory and puts the sketch into her sketchbook for anyone to find. During a house party, the resulting scandal is a foregone conclusion.
It falls to the unsuspecting hero, whose only transgress

Well, I really took one for the team on this one. This is the first time I've given a narration an F grade. Yep - it really is that bad. You have to feel sorry for the author whose work has been so badly mangled. I gave the content the same grade I gave the book (B) because the crappy narrator is not at all the author's fault.

I enjoyed Happily Bedded Bliss when I read it a couple of months ago and was looking forward to listening to the au
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
I really enjoyed this second book in Tracy Anne Warren’s Rakes of Cavendish Square series, which features one of my favourite tropes where two strangers end up being compromised and are forced to marry under less than auspicious circumstances.

Lady Esme Byron is the youngest of the Byron siblings and her family have always supported her unconventional lifestyle, allowing her the freedom to pursue her love of drawing and painting as well as her penchant for rescuing and caring for sick and wounded
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a very cute, fluffy book with a very likeable heroine, for sure. I wish that I had read this book when I had a few days off from work so I could have just read it thru without stopping and would have been able to enjoy it more. As it was, I came home from work too exhausted each night and could only manage to get a few pages in before passing out :( But, I was able to curl up in the hammock today and finally finishing reading it, yeah! I hate to admit that I almost gave up on the book 1 ...more
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I adored Happily Bedded Bliss the second in Tracy Anne Warren’s, The Rakes of Cavendish Square series, so much so that I read it in a few sittings and then read the first book, The Bedding Proposal immediately afterwards and enjoyed it even more. Although both books can be read as standalones, I highly recommend reading the series – just because!

When the youngest of the powerful Byron family, Lady Esme, takes a walk one fine day and stumbles across a beautiful, sleeping, VERY naked Adonis, how c
Angie Elle
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Thank you to Signet for providing a print copy of this book in exchange for a review.

After finishing the first book in this series, I was so excited to read Happily Bedded Bliss. Unfortunately, this one didn’t live up to its predecessor. The first thing that that struck me was how many secondary characters there were. A bit of research indicated that most of these people had books of their own that were part of another series, and I do think if I’d read that series I’d have been able to keep the
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Coffee Dates with Happily Bedded Bliss

First date: In the wood, He is naked. She has a sketchbook. A house party, improper sketches, a notorious rake, a Duke, and five angry brothers equal wedding bells. Oh, what fun this first date was and Esmé is simply delightful. She has a whole brood of animals, speaks her mind and does not conform. It was only a matter of time before this happened. Personally, I would not survive Regency London. I would be shackled within a week! Siblings, friends and di
Rose Maria
I read the first chapter of this book at the end of the 3rd book of this series.... And frm that moment onwards it got in my mind.
I loved how innocent the heroine was..,and how wicked the hero Gabriel is.
Loved the passion hero has for heroine... I think Tracy Anne Warren has this special ability for writing beautiful love scenes.
Very glad I got to read this book
Mary Gramlich
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lady Esme wanted nothing more than to live out her life among family, friends, and especially all the animals she loved. Her passion for painting always drew her into a bit of a scrap now and again but nothing that she could not get her way out of as it was always harmless adventures she sought in the pursuit of her beloved art. However, the day she decided to sketch an unknown male laying au natural everything went from how she wanted her life to go into how it was going to be from now on. Gabr ...more
(Nat) Reading Romances
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it

This is the second book in The Rakes of Cavendish Square series, following The Byrons of Braebourne series. It can be read as a standalone. I was confused at first with so many characters since I didn't read the previous books, the Byron family is a HUGE one. I loved the dialogue between them, Leo and Lawrence were my favorites!

I read it in a few sittings, it started slow but picked up the pace when the marriage happened. I enjoyed Tracy Anne Warren’s writing and how mature this plot is. Esme wa
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Vikki Vaught
I have been a fan of Tracy Anne Warren since I read the Husband Trap years ago. Her romances are light-hearted, yet have an underlying compelling story. Happily Bedded Bliss is the second book in her Cavendish Square series, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The story is fast-paced and grabbed my interest from the first scene and kept me vastly entertained until the happy ending. Me. Warren’s turn of phrase gives this book and very authentic setting. Her vivid descriptions dropped me into the country
Originally reviewed at The Book Adventures.

Happily Bedded Bliss should have been my particular brand of historical romance catnip. The hero and heroine are forced to marry when it is discovered that the heroine has created a rather scandalous artistic picture of the hero (which is my delicate way of saying the young heroine sketched the hero naked, without his knowledge). Of course this revealing sketch is discovered and of course, everyone jumps to the wrong conclusions. Ah, a good old compromi
Heather andrews
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Gabriel is a cheeky little devil, I loved how attentive he could be and how patient if you want to call it that, he was with his wife, he has no problem flaunting what his body is going through, “yes, but it is you who are wearing it.” 15 Unable to resist, he slid his arms beneath her cloak, placed his palms on her bottom and pulled her close. She gave a sharp little inhalation as he pressed her up against the erection he made no effort to hide." I really did like Gabriel he took care of his wom
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
With a family like his, it is no surprise Gabriel is more than a little hesitant about engaging his heart. What he is beginning to learn; however, is that Esme has enough care, compassion, and love to make up for his short-comings. She is a truly adorable young lady, whose total lack of artifice is wonderfully fresh and compelling. If the rest of the women in this series are anything like Esme, these rakes are in big trouble.
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Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Honestly so enjoyable and OMG lot o' steamy sex scenes. I love Esme's spunk throughout the book and how she wouldn't give up, despite Gabriel's decisions. I also like the progression of his character after he settled down with Esme from the scandal at the beginning of the story.

Yes, there are loads of cliche bits they have definitely been seen before in historical romance. Yes, I highly enjoyed it, all the same.
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

Happily Bedded Bliss. Something Lady Esme and her reluctant husband Lord Northcote must fight for...fiercely. Theirs isn't an easy romance or one that's particularly sweet or romantic but it was touching, hard won and in the end had me sighing in relief that these two had figured things out. And oh the things they had to figure out...whew!

The quick of it is that Lady Esme can't always help herself. Some things are just too damn tempting and stumbling on a
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a delightful read this is, we start by witnessing a scandal and end with a heartfelt love story. The hero and heroine are intriguing and the author adds humor and playfulness onto the pages to create an entertaining romance.

Lady Esme Byron is from a large rambunctious family who dotes on her. She enjoys her life, she loves taking care of her animals, both given to her and those she rescues from various predicaments. She also loves to draw and paint, frequently filling up sketch books. Unfor
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Tracy Anne Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of ten Regency historical romance novels, including At The Duke’s Pleasure and The Husband Trap. Her books have appeared on the USA Today Bestsellers’ list and the Borders’ Group List of Bestselling Single Title Romance Paperbacks. She has won numerous writing awards, including Romance Writers’ of America’s prestigious RITA® Award, the Nat ...more

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“I am an artist. I draw things that interest and intrigue me. When I happened upon you there at the lake, I felt compelled to capture your likeness."
A slow smile spread over his face. "So I interest and intrigue you, do I?"
"Only from an artistic point of view, nothing more. You might have been a particularly fine ram or perhaps a goat who had strayed from its flock. You were there, so I drew you."
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