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The Bride Takes a Groom

(The Penhallow Dynasty #3)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  377 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Lisa Berne’s Penhallow Dynasty continues with a pair of star-crossed childhood friends who meet again years later—and find love where they least expect it...

Katherine Brooke may be a fabulously wealthy heiress, but she’s trapped, a pawn in her parents’ ruthless game to marry her into the nobility. Then Captain Hugo Penhallow—so charming, as handsome as a Greek god—comes in
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Avon
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May 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: d-n-f
Review posted on Got Fiction?

I know, I know. 1 star. Guys, I never give 1 star to books. Buckle up. It's about to get bumpy.

In this book, Katherine is in a terrible position. Her parents have an obscene amount of money, but money can't buy class, isn't that the saying? Her parents have given her the best education money can buy, but she was caught making out with a teacher, he of course blamed her, and her poor young teenage heart learned that lust is bad (more on this later).

Her parents left he
Barbara Rogers
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: iblog, edelweiss
Series: The Penhallow Dynasty #3
Publication Date: 4/24/18

World’s coldest heiress meets world’s most likable hero – how in the world can this ever work? It can, and it is lovely to see. This is a well written and well-plotted book with a lovable hero and a heroine you will love to hate – at least for a fair amount of the book.

Hugo Penhallow is a much-loved member of the prestigious Penhallow family. He’s not a peer, but his family name is so revered that he might as well be a duke. Hugo’s immedia
Apr 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars?

I loved the idea of a marriage contract slash childhood friends to more story. I was especially excited after seeing several high reviews already posted. Sadly this one was disappointing.

I didn’t like Katherine. She’s a spoiled brat and definitely acts like one. I understand that her home life is arguably horrible, but I would have thought it made her nicer towards people, not so hateful. Hugo has potential, but he’s so laid back and it came across as not caring about anything. Even w
Sissy's Romance Book Review
The Bride Takes a Groom by Lisa Berne is book three in The Penhallow Dynasty series. This is the story of Katherine Brooke and Captain Hugo Penhallow. I have read the previous book but feel you can make this a standalone book if you choose to do so.
Katherine and Hugo once where childhood friends and Katherine loved his family, but then he went off to school and into service. In addition, her father inherited money from the death of her grandfather which set off a chain of events that changed he
Jessica Grogan
Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it
The first half of this book was excellent which is why I gave it three stars. It went off the rails for the second half, however, and made it a much more tedious read in the end.

The plot in the blurb was resolved around the 40% mark. Part of what kept me reading up to that point was my curiosity as to whether Katherine became a better person or not. I was looking forward to watching Katherine and Hugo get to know each other again and fall in love. Somehow I felt robbed of that.

Katherine is bey
Bambi Unbridled

The Bride Takes a Groom is the third book in the Penhallow Dynasty series, and my first read by this author. Penhallow is an esteemed and revered name in London society, and the family bucks tradition by marrying for love and maintaining close relationships throughout the family lines. I really liked everyone in the family, even Aunt Henrietta, who is a reformed stuffy matron sort.

Captain Hugo Penhallow has been in America fighting a war for the past 10 years or so, and has returned home after b
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

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A spoiled heiress and a self-sacrificing hero were quite the fiery match in The Bride Takes a Groom, which was basically a friends to lovers *and* a marriage of convenience trope. After a very rocky beginning, this pair ended things on a wonderfully romantic note with a lovely HEA for all involved.

I’ll be honest: even though I loved Lisa Berne’s writing style and the overall storyline in this book, I struggled to get through the f
Diane Peterson
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a hard book to review. Lisa Berne shows excellent writing skills, but somehow the story just didn't fully engage my emotions. The premise was good; a nice twist on the marriage of convenience trope. My biggest complaint was the minimal amount of Hugo's point of view. I really liked him at the beginning, but the book failed to show the development of his feelings toward the heroine. As a result, Hugo seemed vague and indecisive. I felt sympathy for Katherine, but she went a long time with ...more
Adria's Musings
May 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Originally posted on Adria's Musings and Reviews (Blog post MAY have additional content such as playlists, interviews, giveaways, etc).

* A copy of this book was and provided by the publisher via NetGalley/Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. All conclusions are my own responsibility and I was not compensated for this review.

What’s it About? Katherine Brooke has it all, looks, wealth, and youth but she is still just a pawn in her parents’ ruthless plans to marry her off to the nobility.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

I have to admit I really struggled with this book. I picked it up and put it down several times simply because the heroine really rubbed me the wrong way. Katherine has had a tough upbringing, there is no denying that. However, I have to say she is certainly lucky Hugo and his family are so kind hearted to give her a chance and believe there is something more beneath the surface. I'd have to say with a majority of other people she would have been dismissed as being a royal PITA because
Aug 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Wow. I loved the first book in this series, the second book ... not so much. But this book!! The heroine was such a cold, snobbish, ... bitch. And the hero was extremely laid-back and nothing ruffled his feathers. Two of my least favorite types of H/h. I jumped ship on this book early on, especially after reading some of the other reviewers comments. There are just too many bitchy girls in this world already, I don't want to spend a few hours reading about one, that's just not relaxing :) ...more
Jun 20, 2018 added it
2.5 stars? i did like it....but it didnt?
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a book that will make you and cry. Two people, one broken in body the other broken in spirit. It starts out with action and ends with love and action. Well worth the read. This is my first time to read anything by Lisa Berne, I'll be looking forward to reading more of her work. ...more
Deana Smiel
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lisa Berne has a unique style that didn't grate like some stream of bizarre conscience books can. I liked the relationship. Hugo was a man's man but not arrogant or autocratic in any way which I enjoyed. His family is just darling all the way around. I enjoyed this one and while I want to read the next one I don't think I'll go back and read the first two. ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story ends with plenty of good fortune and luck. I was also wondering what happened to her family in the end although it didn't seem relevant. Overall, those parts are not that realistic but I'm a sucker for a happy ending and I will never complain about a too happy ending.

Bonus point for hero making sure about consent all the time. I like seeing that change in HR. No more of those "I know you want me and I will make you realize" heroes.
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Have to admit that I almost didn’t finish this book. Katherine was very unlikable in the beginning, so much so that I thought there’d be no redemption for her. Thankfully that wasn’t the case. Though I don’t think having readers hate the heroine first thing is a great idea.
The book is enjoyable, however I could have done without the random French, as well as going to secondary characters’ pov.

May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really solid book, with a heroine who learns to love herself and becomes part of a family. Marriage of convenience between childhood friends, an heiress and a Captain.

Full review here:
I'm not sure what my review will add, as my criticism seem to be pretty typical for readers of this book, the third in the Penhallow Dynasty series.

My expectations for this book were high, as the situation/tropes presented in the summary were right up my alley: childhood friends in a marriage of convenience, and I enjoyed the earlier books in the series. I also found Hugo to be an enjoyable and sympathetic character in the previous book. However, right off the bat, it's not exactly the presente
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Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm surprised to see this book got so many low ratings! I actually really liked it. It's definitely my favorite of all of the Penhallow books. As with all of Lisa Berne's books, the writing is really great. I thought that the plot moved along at a nice pace in this one. Also, I liked that the characters had some realistic flaws. My favorite historical romances are those in which the characters behave in a somewhat realistic manner (after all, people usually don't say and do exactly the right thi ...more
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently I skipped one but it doesn't really matter. This is the story of Katherine Brooke, who has spent her childhood bribing her maid to bring her books and chocolate, and has worn a metal corset that makes her back bleed. Katherine grows up in a cold and emotionally-abusive household. When she reconnects with her childhood friend and neighbor, handsome Hugo Penhallow, she sees a way out. Hugo returns from military service in the Americas to find that his family fortunes have vanished. Kath ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an enjoyable historical romance with a refreshing twist - our hero, Hugo is marrying the wealthy heiress Katherine for her money! The couple are very upfront about his, and Katherine is especially happy to get out of her intolerable life with her selfish vain parents. Hugo and Katherine grew up together until her parents became wealthy and moved to build a show off house. Having fond memories of Katherine, Hugo hopes this will be a good solid marriage in addition to providing him finances t ...more
Julie Eichelberger-Ford
The Bride Takes a Groom is the third in the series but can also be read as a stand alone. This is a story of marriage of convenience, a rich bride and a groom with a famous family name. Katherine's family's wealth comes from mining so they weren't accepted by the haut ton. Her parents were constantly trying to push her to find a titled husband so that they would be accepted. Hugo has been away serving in the Army in America until he is injured, as he arrives home he learns of his family's financ ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
A difficult heroine proposes a marriage of convenience to her former childhood friend who has come back from soldiering in Canada in need of money to support his mother and younger siblings. Very unusual to have such an unlikeable heroine, who continues to be unlikeable for so long into a story, which made this intriguing for me. Katherine is so prickly and stand-offish, even in the face of the genial hero's equally genial and offbeat family. But finally by book's end, she starts to admit that s ...more
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This author is new to me, and after this book, I will definitely be reading more of her writing. I just loved it. The heroine broke my heart with her loneliness, her difficulty being herself and connecting with people, her awkwardness and her self-containment. The hero broke my heart with his kindness, his love of his family, his patience with the heroine and his sensitive soul in a big, strong body. I loved the hero's family and how they accepted the heroine despite her tough shell. It just hit ...more
Sandy Frediani
Aug 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm finished... as in I gave it two chapters and gave up. Normally, I won't leave a review on a book I don't finish, or in this case can't finish. The writing, at least in the first two chapters, is nothing but tell tell tell tell, a dash of insipid dialog, and back to tell tell tell. Then there are the info dumps which aren't needed and don't advance the story. There's proper words and complete sentences and they fall flat. The characters aren't even two dimensional. Nothing about this engaged ...more
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I finished the third book The Bride takes a Groom by Lisa Berne and I’m very impressed by it especially the second half. It is again a slow read and I think now this is just the author's style of writing. However, again here the heroine is extremely interesting and I liked the characterization of the hero and all the secondary characters as well. Halfway through, I was wondering what the story was about. However, it was in the second half that we see the growth in the heroine's character. It is ...more
Sarah Wilkerson
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! It was different than most historicals that I've read.

I really enjoyed that the heroine didn't really know who she was yet, and we got to read about her discovering herself. It was also refreshing to read a historical hero that was so happy! He wasn't tortured and rakish with demons he was trying to get over.

I really enjoyed the couple marrying so early in the book and then the rest of the book being about them falling in love with each other and learning how to be complete pe
Liz Clappin
Dec 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Honestly just skimmed the last 75 pages or so, because I couldn't force myself to finish it. The heroine was so irritating and idiotic that I couldn't force my way through another page. I get that the author leaned heavily on colorful secondary characters to spice up the story but they just made it feel cluttered and chaotic. The protagonists had very little chemistry, and as previously noted I had zero respect for the heroine. Shame because the cover is really beautiful. ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fave new author for sure. This is such a deft romance, which is equal parts a character study and a romance.

I love, love, love the romance in this: childhood friends, grown apart in a marriage of convenience. And it features my fave type of romantic hero - the sweet, charming, non-rake. And on top of that the heroine is amazingly characterized and gets one of the most interesting arcs in any romance I've read.

Also some excellent love scenes, wooh!
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