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Preview — The Husband List by Victoria Alexander
The Husband List
A Marriage of Inconvenience Lord Shelbrooke, Richard Shelton, tops the widow's list, but refuses to be chaste, and shares a secret with a French artist.
"3.5 stars" Like it's predecessor in the Effington Family & Friends series, The Husband List is a light-hearted Regency romance. It didn't tickle my funny bone quite as well, but it did have it's moments. It basically takes place concurrently with the first book of the series, with the same family gathering for the Roxborough Ride coming into play. In this one, we have Gillian, cousin to Pandora from the previous book, who is a widow. She loved her husband dearly and hasn't been wit ...more
This book started slow but towards the end I got pulled into the story and wasn't able to put the book down. I liked Gillian a lot, she's a terrific character. Richard was ok too although I really wanted to slap him in some parts of the story. The secondary characters were very likable too.
It was fluffy, quick read, nothing exceptional about it, but not bad either.
Thankfully, this turned out to be a comedy of (deliberately) mistaken identity which was a zany read which was quite a lot of fun. Ms. Alexander continues to write breezy romances in the vein of comedy but she draws character with relata ...more
The very beginning of the book has Gillian proposing marriage to Richard Shelton, Earl of Shelbrooke. She has been left an inheritance of magnificent proportions but can only receive it if she is married before she turns 30, which is in two months.
Richard is astonished, but intrigued. Gillian is his best friend' ...more
Her two best friends, men, helped put a list together. She did not know they were not serious. She chose the one man on the list who seemed she could marry, Richard Shelton, a reformed rake.
She approached him on the idea of a business marriage but he wanted the full marriage.
Etienne, an up an ...more
All in all though, it was a good read. The sex scenes weren't especially graphic, but that didn't diminish their impact, and there was definitely ...more
I loved the courtship-seduction of Gillian by Richard, or was it the other way round?
A virile yet vulnerable man gave up his rogue-ish
ways to rebuild his family estate. He engaged in
physical labor IE roofing, harvesting. He assumed
the persona of an artist with the heroine & became
his own competition for her regard & affection.
Gillian is an almost-30 year old widow and is a wonderful heroine - intelligent, witty, strong-minded, and compassionate. Richard is an endearing hero - for five years he's been working hard to pull his family back from the brink of financial disaster that his father brought them to. He's mysterious, reserved, brooding, but also sweet, straightforward (usually), and friendly. Both characters were well-written ...more
Still a fun story with not too much drama or a drawn out conflict. Richard is an admirable reformed rake, although he is very tame when we meet him in the story.
I wish we could have known more about Gillian's brother Thomas and the Effington's. That would have made her sometimes brazen personality more believable.
June 15, 2014
This was a fun read! Although it wasn't written in a style that was "British" enough for me, I liked the story and the characters. While widow G ...more
An Unexpected Husband
Against her better judgment, Lady Gillian Marley needs to find herself a husband—and quickly. To claim her uncle's unexpected bequest she must marry by her next birthday, which leaves only two months to find a malleable mate. Topping her list of eligible candidates is the honorable Earl of Shelbrooke, yet one look at the very handsome but enigmatic nobleman and Gillian knows that cajoling him into a marriage of convenience will be hardly convenient at all.A Marriage of Inconven
The Husband List is the story of Lady Gillian; the cousin of Pandora Trent (Effington) and the daughter of the Duke of Roxbourough, and Richard, the earl of Shelbrooke, who is penniless but yet an honourable man.
The plot was interesting: Gillian has a list of suitable husbands and Richard tops it. She proposes to Richard in the hopes of getting an inheritance from a long distance dead relative. ...more
One should always make a list!
Caroline is searching for a love match as is her mother, problem is they have their sites set on different men. Caroline has always loved Jack Culhane an American millionaire as opposed to her mother’s choice Lord Bremerton, a titled Englishman.
When you are an independent woman regardless of the time period there is always someone to try and stop your forward motion. Caroline’s m ...more
Richard Shelton is Earl of Shelbrooke & poor. His father left massive debts he's trying to pay off as well as caring for his 4 younger sisters and estate. He's painting under a French name and making sl ...more
I liked Gillian, but she seemed too wishy washy. But they were great toge ...more
He fakes a French accent, so his painting is done under alter ego. But when she exercises her continental lessons, he goofs, replies "Huh?". A little mask can never hide appearance, walk. Of course Ri ...more
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.
Since the publication of her first book in 1995, ...more