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You May Kiss the Bride

(The Penhallow Dynasty #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  976 ratings  ·  178 reviews
In an unforgettable debut, Lisa Berne introduces you to the Penhallow Dynasty—men destined to marry, but hesitant to love.

Wealthy and arrogant, Gabriel Penhallow knows it’s time to fulfill his dynastic duty. All he must do is follow “The Penhallow way”—find a biddable bride, produce an heir and a spare, and then live separate lives. It’s worked so well for generations, cer
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Avon
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Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book via a Goodreads Giveaway.

Gabriel Penhallow needs a wife and when he finds himself kissing Livia Stuart in the garden--quite unexpectedly, OBVIOUSLY--he figures she's as good as the blonde one he was supposed to wed. Except then makeovers happen and Livia learns to be a Proper Lady from his Grandmama. This is antithetical to all his boners. And thus follows the longest engagement of your life.

1. I LIKED THIS. The writing was so very good and instead of putting it down to eat
Sophie Jordan
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! So of my top reads of 2016 - if not the TOP read! I'm certain I'm going to wither away in longing until I get the next book. ...more
Tracy T.
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Slow long story. FANTASTIC SUPERB WONDERFUL NARRATION BY Carolyn Morris! (audible review)

This was a very long slow story. Sigh... I felt so sorry for Livia all the time. She just got dumped on constantly. I waited and waited for her backbone to show up tell some of these people to go hang. She got close a couple times but never really did. Gabriel Penhallow was sort of a jerk to be honest and had his head up his grandmama's butt. "The Penhallow way" Whatever, I was so over them and their proprie
Lover of Romance
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary
Gabriel Penhallow, is part of a long and noble blood line and knows that it is time to marry and have an heir. It is his responsibility and he never shirks in his responsibilities. He has been raised knowing what his future would be. His bride has already been picked out for him...Lady Cecilia. A woman of good birth and standing in society. But there is another that draws his eye, and while at a ball he find
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
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I've given this an A- for narration and a D+ for the content at AudioGals. The narration grade should bump the grade up, but I'm leaving at 2 stars because the story really is poor.

I admit that I picked up You May Kiss the Bride for review solely because of Carolyn Morris. Reviews for this début historical romance, the first in Lisa Berne’s Penhallow Dynasty series have been mixed, but I knew I’d at the very least enjoy the narration, so I decided it give it a go. In the end, my opinions about
Jen Davis
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Eh. This book didn’t do much for me one way or another. I didn’t dislike it necessarily, but I found it pretty superficial. It didn’t make me feel anything…though I did roll my eyes a few times.

Livia is an orphan who was raised on the charity of an aunt and uncle who never really cared about her. No one has ever really cared about her. For some reason, her snotty, beautiful neighbor has made her into a charity case, but she uses every opportunity to remind her of her low social station. Anyway,
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Author Lisa Berne had a great idea creating a series revolving around a wealthy and influential family without a peer in the mix. Her début ,You May Kiss the Bride is a throwback to the classics where characters like Mr. Darcy were a catch without a title in front of their names. Unfortunately the author’s inexperience shines through more than her unique ideas, with poorly rendered characters and a rather juvenile storyline.

Livia Stuart is constantly making the best of the circumstances she’s be
Tales Of A Bookbug
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
A really good historical romance that I enjoyed reading!Gabriel isn't interested in marrying, but he will do it since that is what is expected of him and though his grandmother has chosen the Lady Cecilia for him, there is just something about Livia that makes him kiss her.And obviously they're caught and now have to marry.

Livia's parents died when she was young, so her uncle is more than happy to wash his hands off her.Livia isn't that interested in marrying this arrogant cad, especially one wh
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, I am so glad that I decided to pick this book up and read it despite the odd 3.55 GR rating. I really do not understand why it would be so low... (Especially with all of the new contemporary romance books I see out there with the covers of shirtless men and the stories basically have zero plot except dominating sexually starving heroes and they have 4.10 ratings!)

This book was written soooo well. I felt like it challenged me intellectually as a reader, the author has a great voca
Jun 13, 2021 rated it did not like it
Yikes. You know those books where you dislike every single character? And there isn’t a single redeeming quality to them, the plot, the ~drama~, or the resolution? Yeah.
Dawn West
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

How much bad news can one person take?

Livia isn't your typical lady. She doesn't wear the finest gowns or have the best mannerisms. In fact, she'd rather be a scullery maid than become permanently attached to a stuffy gentleman. Yet, that's exactly what's about to happen. When found in a compromising situation with Gabriel, the two are forced to turn their moment of lust into a full-blown engagement. Yikes.

This book started off so well
Jessica Grogan
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it
This was indeed a great debut novel, but still could've used some improvements.

I loved Livia, but didn't get much of a chance to know Gabriel. Honestly, neither did she. They spent very little time together throughout the entire story and it was hard to tell what they liked about each other other than the physical.

I didn't feel like there was much of a plot here and so I found myself skimming at the end of the story (I skipped at least one chapter and didn't feel like I missed anything). Still
May 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
yeah this author is not for me. The biggest and best moments were anticlimactic and meh. Seriously.
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
>>>>> My Synopsis (My review immediately follows) <<<<<
"I am afraid that life simply isn't fair. A disagreeable fact, but what can one do?"

Livia Stuart had finally reached her boiling point. After years of being forced to endure visits with The Honorable Miss Orr--and her mother--the Right Honorable Viscountess Glanville she'd had enough of biting her tongue and sitting there like she have a clue as to what they were truly doing. Their visits came under the guise of being charitable, but masked
Janine Ballard
Jun 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017-releases

A good friend recommended the third book in Berne’s Penhallow Dynasty series, The Bride Takes a Groom, to me. Since I’m anal about reading series in order, I decided to instead start with this, book one.

The plot concerns a forced marriage between Gabriel Penhallow, an heir to a fortune and the scion of a long-lasting dynasty, and Livia Stuart, a sweet and spirited girl trapped in her indifferent aunt and uncle’s house.

Gabriel’s grandmother has picked out a bride for him, but before he can get
Biddable. Regency man’s code word for mousy, non-questioning, pretty enough to engender other men’s admiration without actually impinging on my desire to continue my life as I choose, without interference or influence by the chosen woman. And it tells me that everyone will be bored to tears, or resentful, and thus continue to prove that marriages in the tonne are on the whole, unfulfilling. And Gabriel wants biddable, and there are few heroes that I have been introduced to who deserve the aftere ...more
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Fantasy, reality, life. Livia found her world changing with the simple act of a single kiss.

I found that I could not help but love Livia. Gabriel at first had my sympathy then that changed to wanting to beat him to loving him again. He just could not understand how just wanting to kiss the chit turned in to her now becoming his wife. He did not want to want her but began to want her more when he saw she was becoming more and more unlike what drew him to her in the beginning. Their chemistry was
Holly Bryant-Simpson

It was just okay.

The chemistry between Gabriel and Lisa didn't click with me and almost everyone they interacted with was insufferable and mostly inconsequential. There were so many characters, many of which seemed very one-dimensional. The only character I really liked was cousin Hugo and he was there only briefly.

I realized that with about 100 pages left, the black moment was coming, but I felt no dread, because I really didn't care about these characters. As a matter of fact, I had abou
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bur-2017
A delightful debut, Lisa Berne has created a couple that we follow through their journey of self-discovery and learning what truly matters in life. While they share the loss of their parents and being orphaned that is where the similarities end. She is taken in grudgingly by an aunt and uncle and money is scarce and affection and attention are nonexistent. He becomes the ward of his grandmother who while she takes an interest in his life, it is to dictate and orchestrate.

Livia Stuart is the rec
Suze Lavender
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Livia isn't an interesting marriage candidate because she doesn't have a dowry. Her uncle has taken her in, but isn't happy with her presence, she wears secondhand gowns and other girls in society are looking down on her. When she makes a stunning appearance at a ball Gabriel Penhallow can't help himself and kisses her. Gabriel is an eligible bachelor, a rich member of the ton. Because they are being caught he now has to do his duty and marry Livia. Livia has no say in the matter and is being se ...more
Maureen Lubitz
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on You Have Your Hands Full

I picked up You May Kiss the Bride when the Kindle edition was on sale., and I added the audio as well. This is the first book in Lisa Berne’s Penhallow Dynasty series of Regency-set romance novels.

Gabriel Penhallow is supposed to marry the perfect girl from the right family, a young woman well-versed in the nuances of Proper Society. And he has every intention of proposing to Cecily; he doesn’t know her at all, but his grandmother says that she is t
Gwyn Plummer
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Although arranged/forced marriages are common during these times, Gabriel and Livia were probably the last two people who needed to wed. They bicker from the moment they meet…he’s arrogant and high-handed (so she thinks), and she’s defiant and rude (so he thinks). But nonetheless, their strong physical attraction to one another lands them in hot water.

Gabriel is taken by Livia’s bright green eyes the moment he sees her. Although she’d hang before admitting it out loud, she is also taken in by hi
3.5 stars. Parts of this book I really liked and parts I did not like at all so it was very hard to give this story a rating. I thought the narration was fantastic (I listened to the audio book) as the narrator gave everyone very distinctive voices. I actually really liked the first part of the book that takes place in Wiltshire and introduces "poor Livia", her drunken uncle and listless aunt, and the evil mean girl Cecily Orr. We are also introduced to the arrogant Gabriel Penhallow and his ove ...more
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
2.5 Stars

I feel like I’ve had a string of disappointing reviews lately, and sadly this one is no exception.

It started off so strong! A Cinderella-like take, a spunky heroine, a bored hero, a nosy grandma – all good things! But somewhere in the middle it lost a lot of its charm.

It dragged ferociously near the end – another case of too many plots, not enough time. All the drama of the Hall came out of nowhere and really could have been left out, it added nothing but chaos to the plot.

In fact, t
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, romance
When I go into a romance novel, I'm fully prepared to suspend my disbelief. It's one of the things I really enjoy about reading them: true love forms quickly and it's always pure. However, I struggle to believe in that love when the protagonists don't spend sufficient time together.

I had heard great things about this novel, and went in with my hopes up. But I left feeling as though the reader was deprived of some of the moments where the hero and heroine got to know each other. The author gave
Ana Ramirez
Jul 14, 2021 rated it liked it
I liked some parts, others annoyed me. Mainly the miscommunication. I also hated he made all the decisions for her without even talking to her. I did laugh and enjoyed the book. I think it was missing some groveling in the end. The conflict was anticlimactic because it ended in the same chapter.
Eh, 2 stars because it was okay. Even the characters point out in the end that had they just talked to each other, the miscommunications would have been avoided.
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book reads like it was written by two different people.
Jan 31, 2019 added it
This was a really long and slow book without a lot of moments that truly connect the hero and heroine to make the reader want to root for them and their happily ever after. It wasn't necessarily a bad book, the premise was good, but the execution and the "romance" wasn't what I was hoping for. ...more
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Lisa Berne is a bestselling author of historical romance whose witty, heartfelt, beautifully written books are published by Avon/HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan and in translation throughout the world. Says BRIDGERTON author Julia Quinn: Lisa is “one of the most exciting new historical writers in a long time.” To learn more about Lisa and her delight in all things bookish (as revealed in her blog), y ...more

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“I want to kiss you.”
It was rather magical, she thought, how those five simple words, said in his lovely deep voice, could set her aflame, like a lamp tipped over and burning up everything in sight. She said:
“Well, kiss me then.”
“How imperious you are.” He smiled, came close, and set his hand gently under her chin. He bent and touched his lips to hers, lightly, sweetly, and it was as if her whole being rushed to meet him in his kiss. It was light, sweet, tender, caressing, demanding, and fiery hot all at once. How did he do that? There was absolutely no doubt about it. He was an excellent kisser. She could easily get used to this.”
“It was time to take action, to change her own story, to take life into her own hands.” 1 likes
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