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Love With the Proper Husband

(Effingtons #6)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,596 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Distressed over the current widespread disinterest in matrimony among their eminently marriageable offspring, the formidable matriarchs of the ton have taken matters into their own meddling hands with the formation of The Ladies' Society for the Betterment of the Future of Britain. Their first challenge: the Earl of Pennington.

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Paperback, 358 pages
Published March 25th 2003 by Avon (first published 2003)
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Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
3,5 stars.
It was a nice story with good secundairy characters.
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I'd say this is a 3.5 (I'd also like to say that I loathe goodreads' inability to have us give half stars.)

Anywho- I've read a fair amount of Victoria Alexander and I like her. I don't love her with the burning passion I have for JQ but she's generally consistent so that when I need a romance fix, I can pick her up and be content with the result.

This feeling remained status quo for this novel. The beginning of the novel scared me a bit because Gwendolyn Townsend was a rat
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Lighter Historical Romance
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Six books into Victoria Alexander’s Effington Family & Friends series, I can say that I’ve found some enjoyment in each of the books so far, but I’ve also found weaknesses that have kept all but one of the books from receiving keeper status from me. Love with the Proper Husband is one of the better books in that I really liked the hero, generally liked the heroine, except for one unwise decision she makes, and found their love to be sweet and heartfelt, if a little quick in coming abou
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-challenge
The only reason I gave it a 4 and not a 5 out of 5 is because the ending wasn't what I wanted! LOL However I really loved how the Mothers decided in the beginning to 'help' their children along to getting married, and I absolutely ADORED how Lady Pennington got her son to marry. VERY clever and I didn't see it for what it was until she admitted it. I really enjoyed how open Marcus was an how he didn't fight tooth an nail his feelings like most male romance characters do. Instead Gwen was the one ...more
Jesha Sandig
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I adore Victoria Alexander as a writer. She paints a very vivid image in each of her books. This book was enjoyable. The only problem I had was the logic behind the characters. The motivations weren't fleshed out or used properly in a manner that would have suited the story. For one, the Dowager Lady Pennington wasn't featured much in the book. This was the woman behind this scheme! Why wasn't she front and center? There would have been a whole other sequence had she been involved more. Then, th ...more
Angelica Morado-Young
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great story! The main character, Miss Gwendolyn is left penniless after her father’s death and then the shocking news that her father arranged a match for her with the Earl of Pennington. She is shocked and confused. So, she believes that she must spend some time with him and she has some conditions. It is at times funny how the two think and react to situations. I enjoyed it all!
Betsy Gray
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved the banter!
An enjoyable book with funny moments but it had a lot of cliches of the romance books. The characters were a bit sily but still likeable, especially Marcus.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
3+ stars
May Grider
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Not horrible but ultimately a DNF for me. Just needed more substance. Probably my last attempt at reading this author.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this light reading book - story a bit predictable but still worth a read when there is little else around at the time.
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Ladies’ Society for the Betterment of the Future of Britain has been formed to force marriageable aged children to actually marry and continue with there lines. Their first challenge: the Earl of Pennington. This book starts off with Gwen being called back by her late father’s solicitor from America where she has been working as a Governess. She fled England when the day after her father death she was told she was penniless and her home was going to her distant cousin who has inherited the t ...more
Kiki Z
Jan 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
One and a half stars. I read most of it, but I gave up the last 50 pages of the ebook. Let's break it down.

1) Marcus: not really likable to me. He's an ass at the beginning, he's ridiculous in the middle, and I still didn't care for him at the end.

2) This story is a quick read, mostly because there's no plot. Or it's a very long read if, unlike me, you weren't trying to avoid doing anything.

3) (And most importantly) A story about misunderstandings only works when there's
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Oct 25, 2010 rated it liked it
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Distressed over the current widespread disinterest in matrimony among their eminently marriageable offspring, the formidable matriarchs of the ton have taken matters into their own meddling hands with the formation of The Ladies' Society for the Betterment of the Future of Britain. Their first challenge: the Earl of Pennington. Miss Gwendolyn Townsend has seen her late father's estate go to a distant cousin she can't abide ... leaving her well-educated, able to make a perfect curtsy -- and penni

Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Marcus Pennington and Reggie Berkley have been in most of the books. As friends of Thomas Effington. Both Marcus and Reggie had paid plenty of attention to Marianne Shelton but she only had eyes for Thomas.

In this book Marcus finds that he is to be married within 3 months, by his 30th birthday, or he will lose his fortune. The bride he is to marry is Gwendolyn Townsend. A young lady who lost her mother early in life, her sister was 13 years older then her and then her father sent her
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those with a liking for light, humor-filled, delightful romantic tales
Recommended to Sarina by: Myself :D
This is a reread.
I read this long ago, back when I was not aware of Erotica or sensual romance. This book has some erotic elements, some regency romance, but has more to I don't know what genre to call it.
I had been then, and I've again been fascinated by this book....the love story woven between the main characters here is simply....delicious. I'll tell you why.
1. Swoon-worthy hero? Check.
2. Strong-willed heroine? Check.
3. Sweet kids? Check.
4. Great banters? Chec
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
I can't remember anything prominent event that occurred in the novel or anything that made me give it a three starred review. Which rather says a lot about the novel. It's also bad since I just finished it yesterday.

I've read more memorable books. Oh, I think something is coming to me now.

Trust. Yes, I liked the fact that Marcus trusted Gwen when he was informed about a certain suspicious situation that involved another man and his wife. Very good of him. Gwen was foolish. She's always run fro
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: effingtons, owned
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Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
I absolutely love historical romances and have rarely found one to rate less than four stars, however there had to be a first and this was it. The writing style was engaging and the story sound. But the hero was insipid and the heroine...annoying is too mild a word. So she was sent away to school at an early age - so were a lot of girls of that era. Her dad had little time for her growing up (again, typical of that era). It doesn't seem to be sufficient background to justify her repeated stupidi ...more
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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Miss Gwendolyn Townsend is penniless. Her late father's estate has gone to her counsin. She is shocked when she finds out an arrangement has been made between herself and Marcus Holcroft, the Earl of Pennington. She does not want to marry a man she just met, but what other choice does she have? Although, she cannot let him get everything he wants so easily, some rules will have to be met first.

Ah, the rules! It was a fun little squabble between Marcus and Gwen that kept coming up. I
Dec 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I give up. When you get 2/3 of the way through a book and you just really don't care what happens and you happen to be bored out of your mind, it's time to move on to something else. There was no chemistry between the characters--you only knew they were supposed to be in love because the text said so, but there was no evidence to support it. The hero was so perfect he was flat and unbelievable, while the heroine was so stubborn and distrustful it was downright stupid. I often feel this way about ...more
Jun 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Somewhat entertaining read but I have a feeling that it will prove to be particularly unmemorable after awhile. My absolute favorite in this series would have to be the first book and/or The Prince's Bride, but the other books in the series have been somewhat disappointing. The idea of mothers coming together to ensure the futures of their offspring is somewhat laughable but definitely relatable (asian mums... 'nuff said). Still, didn't particularly care for the heroine - the hero (Marcus) was adorabl ...more
In this book, it's Marcus Holcroft who is on the marriage block. The book starts with a group of women who have gotten together to try and match up the peers of the ton. It's an interesting conceit and I'm wondering why Alexander didn't choose to carry it through the rest of her stories.
The women concoct a scheme whereby Gwendolyn Townsend is told that she will receive an inheritance if she marries Marcus Townsend. Meanwhile, he will get a bit of land that he has been coveting. The two end up marry
Mar 18, 2011 rated it liked it
I could have loved this book if not for the detestible meddling by the mother. I hated that concept so much that it absolutely ruined this book!! Not only did Marcus' mother blatantly lie, forge documents and manipulate him into being bound for life to a complete stranger, she had the nerve to be pleased about it and state that it was his fault for not marrying earlier. I think the author ruined the book by instituting this plot device. I actually don't know if I can read any more of her books. ...more
Joanne Ike
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I totally love this book .infact it is one of my favorites. It's funny and romantic which is one of my favorite combinations. I
Love the way Gwen tried to take charge on their wedding night and the way Marcus let her take charge making it both funny and romantic. I think Marcus is sweet and dependable and Gwen is independent. The characters totally spoke to me. I also loved the way the mothers took charge to push their children into marriage. It was tricky and deceitful but it worked out.
Apr 16, 2010 rated it liked it
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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.
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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)
  • Her Highness, My Wife (Effingtons, #5)
  • The Lady in Question (Effingtons, #7)
  • The Pursuit of Marriage (Effingtons, #8)
  • A Visit From Sir Nicholas (Effingtons, #9)
  • When We Meet Again (Effingtons, #10)
  • Let It Be Love (Effingtons, #11)