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Her Highness, My Wife

(Effingtons #5)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,065 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Women never said no to the dashing Lord Matthew Weston and he never said no to them. But this was the first time he found one tempting enough to impetuously say "I do." Was it any wonder he awoke to discover her gone? And when Matthew learned the enchanting creature he'd married was of royal blood -- and would abandon their marriage bed without a second thought -- he vowed ...more
Paperback, 362 pages
Published July 30th 2002 by Avon HarperCollins (first published 2002)
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Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Lighter Historical Romance
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I’m now five books into Victoria Alexander's Effington Family & Friends series, and I have to say that while I do derive some enjoyment from these books, for the most part they haven’t been stand-outs for me. Her Highness, My Wife is my least favorite of the series so far. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it at all, but I did see a lot of missed opportunities for deepening the plot and character development that would have made it a much more engaging read. When I picked it up and found
Oct 25, 2010 rated it liked it
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Susan Wyno
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it
3 1/2 ⭐'s

I hate that goodreads doesn't have 1/2's
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Charming characters, but the story took a long time to evolve beyond banter and dating behavior. Thankfully, there is a villain and danger, but it comes about halfway through. Then, the adventure truly begins.
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
The problem that kept coming up for me is how much I could NOT bring myself to like Tatiana. She lied constantly, put the people around her in danger, and had no patience with Matthew, who was still hurt by her actions long ago, simply because she briefly apologized in passing and thought he should be over it. Read this book if you're like me, and have to collect every book in the series. Otherwise...skip it.
Mar 15, 2011 rated it liked it
I didn't like this book nearly as well as the first three in this series. I just really never liked Tatiana. She was dishonest, devious and distrustful and was never very appealing to me. I had trouble with buying into a romance between two people who never really trusted each other. The ending was also merely average. I'm hopeful the next books improve back to the quality of the 1st three.
May 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Too much time in this romance was spent with unneeded dialogue instead of action or character development. A European princess falls in love with a minor noble and sets out to save her country's symbol so she can be free to continue her marriage to him.
Oct 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
The heroine was a cold hearted snob. Who wants to read about that?! DNF
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I actually loved the way this book played out. And I love how all the characters are intertwined. Can't wait to start the next one.
An Odd1
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: x-rate
After only six days together in Paris, quick marriage, pair are "love at first sight" type. Matt wanted to fly balloon, but Tatiana keeps secrets and wants lost royal jewels, pursued by evil beautiful cousin.

"This means nothing to me." "Nor to me." p 109 while panting style repartee repeats for 'humor'. So many Effingtons bog pages down, so if a series, I've had enough now. I'm really tired of cutesy "bit her bottom lip" p 79 women, so if that's an author Alexander tradition, I'm off her.

Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I finished the book a little late, but the book was great. A wonderful read. I definitely loved the banter between, Tatiana and Matt, but you could see that they got along like a married couple who has been married for years. I would like to have seen Dimitri play a prolong role in the book as well as Valentina, but I still like the way the book played out.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The sad truth is, I am still curious to know more about the Avalonia Brandy... and could it work to fuel the hot air balloon? As for Matthew and Tatiana? They had their ups and downs... kinda more downs than ups, but they work it all out in the end, this is, after all... historical romance! *grin*
Oct 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Fiction : Romance : Historical
England, Regency,
She marries him, abandons him, finds him, uses him, and then it all works out?? He understands, get real!
Betsy Gray
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the banter between the hero and heroine.
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Jan 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
i really did it this time. i recently got around 8 books from the library,and i dont even need to read them to know they suck.
i've gotten to page 16 &i'm already certainly doesn't draw you in or make you interested in the story. i mean it sounds like tatiana &matthew were lovers. &she was married sometime but apparently isn't now.i just don't get it and it's too heavy for me. i've never read a book like this before-where they used to be lovers.
i also feel that th
L.   (The Great Book Slump Of 2019)
This is one of those Almost But Not Quite kind of books. I was expecting the same old same old (which I did get), but I was surprised that the heroine, Tatiana, was one step above what you usually get in this genre.

In a whirlwind week in Paris (that we don't really get to experience other than being mentioned), Tatiana of Avalonia and Englishman Matthew Weston meet, have a sizzling affair, get married, and then she leaves him. Fifteen months, three weeks and four days later, she's back. I like
Sara ♥
Dec 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Apparently this is Book FIVE of the Effington Family series by Victoria Alexander. I had no idea.

Before this, I'd never read any historical romances with royalty in them. It was interesting--reading about a fictional royal family from a fictional country. Avalonia. (Avalon with an "ia" at the end?)

Anyway, I really liked it. I LOVE the name Tatiana, so the heroine was automatically on my good side. The fact that she was very intelligent, witty, and totally lied about getti
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Effinton series continues with Alexei's sister, Tatiana. She had met Matthew Weston 15 months earlier in Paris. As a Balloonist he had taken her up in his balloon and after 6 days and nights of passion they had married. And then she was gone leaving only a note that duty called.

Tatiana reappears in Matt's life and asks for his help and to pretend that he is her husband. She don't tell him she is looking for her country's lost jewels or that a crazy cousin is on the loose in Engla

Women never said no to the dashing Lord Matthew Weston and he never said no to them. But this was the first time he found one tempting enough to impetuously say "I do." Was it any wonder he awoke to discover her gone? And when Matthew learned the enchanting creature he'd married was of royal blood and would abandon their marriage bed without a second thought he vowed to put her out of his life forever.But even a princess makes mistakes. And now Tatiana's back, asking for the kind of help only

Nov 21, 2007 rated it liked it
I liked this book, but it took me a little time to get really into it. The main characters weren't as humorous as those in The Prince's Bride, but I did enjoy the story once I had the opportunity to sit down and read it.

The main character, Princess Tatiana, has a two-part mission on her mind. The first mission is to find the long-lost "Heavens", three jewels that symbolize her family's right as rulers of Avalonia and avoid her evil cousin who is looking for them also. The second miss
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I don't have high literary expectations of romance novels-I just want to like the characters enough that I care about what happens to them.

This novel failed on that point-some of the dialogue could have been engaging but because Tatiana and Matthew were so two-dimensional it wasn't enough to give any depth to this story. And again, I'm talking about "depth" in terms of your average romance novel.

The fact that Tatiana was from some made-up country called "Avalonia" just ma
Mar 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Lord Matthew Weston is happy spending his days in a warehouse trying to make balloons fly. Not stoked about that part of the story, it felt a little forced. But the whole "I married a woman after two days of lurv-making and then got pissed because I found out she was a secret princess" part of the story? I liked that. Matthew thought that Tatiana was out of his life but she's back! It seems that this princess from Avalonia needs help finding her family's famed "Heavens" in order to help her brot ...more
Jul 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, effingtons
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Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lord Matthew Weston was practically irresistible to all women but he had finally found the one that was irresistible to him. To his great surprise he awoke to find his new bride had vanished. Princess Tatiana makes mistakes, and marrying Matthew Weston was only one in the line. Now she needs his help but she doesn't know if he will ever trust her again.

I think i liked Matthew's character more than Tatiana's, I understood him more. The intrigue of the story was interesting and kept the reader on
Michelle Tucker
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Victoria Alexander once again proves herself a great historical romance author. I have loved every one of this series, and I'll bet the rest of them are as good. Matthew and Tatiana are a pair that you would never think would work together, her being a princess and him "working for a living", but somehow love conquers all. I love the plot regarding the heavens in this book. However, the ending wasn't quite what I was expecting. A good read over all.
A delicious Regency read!! Engaging characters and an entertaining plot line. Nice amount of steam to keep the story popping!

They really are quite a pair! Such an entertaining tale, much farce!

I love a lively historical with all the pomp and circumstance! Really enjoyable read!

A fun series.
The whole time I was reading this book, I had the feeling I had read it before. I don't actually think that I had. However, it was your standard regency romance. That is neither good or bad, but being standard, it just reminded me of other books.

I think this is the first book I have read by Victoria Alexander. I really don't know if I will try another one.
Jane Mercer
Mar 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: going-to-ebay
Boring sorry but that's my opinion I didn't get past the second chapter, the couple had originally met in Paris fallen in love, had a couple of days together then Tatiana had run out on Matthew with a short note, now she needed his help. Premise sounded good enough just could not get into it.
Diane Sallans
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one! Continues with the characters from the Royal House of Avalonia who's story continues in another of the books in the series.
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New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

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Effingtons (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • The Wedding Bargain (Effingtons, #1)
  • The Husband List (Effingtons, #2)
  • The Marriage Lesson (Effingtons, #3)
  • The Prince's Bride (Effingtons, #4)
  • Love With the Proper Husband (Effingtons, #6)
  • The Lady in Question (Effingtons, #7)
  • The Pursuit of Marriage (Effingtons, #8)
  • A Visit From Sir Nicholas (Effingtons, #9)
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“You and I have found something few people ever do.Do you not understand, Matthew? I refuse to let your misguided nobility keep us apart.My life as a princess, or a peasant, is not worth living without you in it."
"And mine is without you? I'm willing to go to Avalonia and be your blasted lapdog, if that will keep you in my life. Damn it all, Tatiana, I love you. I have loved you from the moment you went up in my balloon. From the moment I saw the tilt of your smile and the spark in your green eyes. From the first lie to the last, I have loved you. And I love you now!"
"Then do stop screaming at me!"
"I am not screaming! I am..." He stopped abruptly and blew a long, frustrated breath.
"I suspected as much." The corners of her lips twitched as if she were about to laugh.His heart leapt.
He stared at her for a long moment. "Can you forgive me?"
"Never." She shrugged. "Perhaps. Possibly. Someday.Years from now."
"After a great deal of groveling, I imagine?" He raised a brow. "Begging, beseeching, pleading and so forth as well, no doubt?"
"Without question."
"And how long do you expect the groveling, begging, beseeching and so forth would continue?" He started around the table toward her.
"A lifetime should do." She cast him the look, and any lingering doubt he had vanished.
"I see. Exactly where will I be doing this groveling, begging and beseeching?" He reached her and pulled her into his arms and back into his life.
"Do not forget the so forth." She stared defiantly up at him.
"I would never forget the so forth." He bent and kissd the hollow of her throat. "The so forth has always been my favorite part.Now,where?”
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