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The Reluctant Husband

(Goddess-Blessed #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Is their marriage a blessing…or a curse?

Tom Drake wants nothing to do with his patron goddess. Her blessing has always been little more than a cruel curse. But when he finds himself disowned, disgraced, and on the verge of homelessness, he knows he can no longer afford to ignore her demands. He must marry. Sadly, his one marriage prospect is a pragmatic, stubborn man who o
Kindle Edition, 168 pages
Published June 7th 2019 by Smoking Teacup Books
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Lost in a Book
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars

How the hell was my heart breaking for Tom??? Tom?? The poor, kicked out on his conniving ass VILLAN in the last of this series, The Replacement Husband


Somehow Tom ends up Goddess-blessed AND redeemed and now I’m converted to his side while waving my Team Tom t-shirt. Color me impressed, Eliot Grayson. Random note but as any voracious reader, I used to stay up all hours of the night to read *before* having a kid. Work the next day was tiring but I could hack it. Now, I try not to lose
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: age-gap, ku, lgbtq, historical
*3,75 stars*

The second instalment of this series definitely had what book 1 was lacking – crackling chemistry and in-depth characters.

We met Tom as the unreliable and pretty horrible brother of Arthur in book 1, you know the one who let Owen down in the worst possible way. As always it is very gratifying to see a villain redeem himself.

Tom does that and more. And he gets quite a bit of nasty stuff thrown at him – quite a lot coming in the form of verbal abuse by Mal. I cringed on many occasions
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it

That was a much better laid out jaunt in this alternative Regency universe and a pretty decent redemption story for Tom.

He'd been absolutely dreadful in book one but this book goes into the whys and wherefores of his behaviour on a way which made sense.

I actually ended up feeling a fair bit sorry for him once his secret was revealed. I didn't warm to Mal as quickly as I'd loved Arthur in book one, he was an arse to Tom for a great deal longer than I thought was justified.

As with book one,
May 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
*Mouth wide open* Tom Drake was horrid in book #1. How in hell does he get goddess-blessed and redeemed? Colour me cautious....
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book of the Goddess Blessed series, which is Regency with Goddess flair in a time where all marriage is the same – whether same or opposite sex – except for the goddess blessed, who bring all good luck to those they love. In the first book, The Replacement Husband, Tom is a loathsome, awful person and I came into this book fully prepared to keep hating him because how could you not?
The book begins by showing where his behavior has taken Tom – he’s been thrown out of the famil
Funzee Shu
The story started with Tom who must lived penny by penny after being disgraced by his brother, Arthur and then ‘kicked out' by his wife after being ‘used’ for the needs. One night ‘mistake’ he did with Mal for money had brought him to another problem that soon will affect his destiny, because Mal accidentally know his secret. Mal then offer him a deal, marry him and help him save his dying cousin then he will never get starved again. Tom agreed marrying Mal and once again being ‘used’. But deep ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I started this book with a low expectation because I haven't read book 1 in this series (the summary didn't sound that interesting), and was a bit worried that things would be too confusing. But it turned out I understood everything just fine. I love Tom so much. He tugged all my heart strings with his backstory, and later with how cruel Mal was to him. But I get Mal, too. I understand why he is the way he is. And he makes it up to Tom in the end.

The plot is simpler than the last books I've read
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I read by Eliot Grayson and I was thoroughly captivated. I read this as a stand-alone, not realizing there was a book 1 before it. I would recommend reading book 1 first, as the main character of the second book apparently was a bit of a cad in the first and by the time I realized this my heart was invested in the 'cad's' happiness.

The writing is both period and easy to follow along with. The universe is well thought out and the mythology that Grayson comes up with is real
Lena Grey
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it

Marriage is trying at best, but if you get married for the wrong reasons, it can be one of the saddest things you can do. Malcolm and Tom, of ‘The Reluctant’ Husband’ by Eliot Grayson, marry because Tom is disgraced and penniless and Malcolm offers to give him what he needs if he will marry him. Malcolm needs the blessing Tom’s patron goddess will bring his family, hoping it will extend to his cousin, William, who is seriously ill.

Both are clear that their marriage is for show and nothing else.
💠Lovely! A True Romance!💠

Tom - The Desolate Rake
Mal - The Desperate Gentleman

Meeting Tom in, THE REPLACEMENT HUSBAND, I wasn't looking forward to his antics in this story. So, imagine my surprise when things were nothing like I imagined they would be.

So many lessons learned, for our dear Tom, who kept a secret hidden his entire life because his father made him feel ashamed because of it. What was meant to be a blessing from the Goddess, Tom only believed to be a curse, something to make him les
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, series
This is an interesting story than the previous one (I’m very Honest ) When I’ve read next book is about TOM I get so excited because I’ve a feeling that he was hiding something behind his evilness, cockiness, wickedness and very charming face because when his wife fainted in the previous book, Owen defines the fear on his face as a kid fear who looked upon his elder brother for guidance to make it all right and then it struck me he’s not a badass that he was trying to show and I was so shoc ...more
Natosha Wilson
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was just as good as the first book was. Just as with the first book in this series, I am not a person who enjoys a historically based book but this series I enjoyed. After book one I did not like Tom in the least because of the way he treated not only Owen but the woman he married, Caroline. But in this book I think a better portrayal of who Tom is was laid out. I am glad that this book was Tom’s book and that I got to know the real Tom. He is definitely a different type of person then ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 🌟 rounded up

This is the second book in this series, and I am hoping that a bit more backstory is given in the first book. This book can be read as a standalone, but I felt that some of the supernatural aspects could have been explained further.

There is a blurb and excerpt from the first book at the end of this story, which tells me that at least some of Tom's history is given in more detail more or less there. However, this book highlights enough of his exploits to get a pretty good picture.
Stephanie Anderson
Wow, just wow! I devoured both these books back to back in two days. I really enjoyed the first but god damn I fucking love Tom! O_o
Owen was such fluffy little sweetheart in the first book and I liked the character, but Tom... my god he's fascinating and his character determined to stick with me. A mark of a truly enjoyable book, the first was like popcorn it was tasty but when I was done I was ready to move on to the next thing. The Reluctant Husband is still tugging at my thoughts even hours a
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eliot Grayson can write an engaging, emotional roller coaster of a story like no one else. I loved The Replacement Husband and I so love this book as well.

Tom was considered 'the bad guy' in the last book, but is our man after redemption in this story. Writing an unlikeable character into a likeable one is extremely difficult to pull off, yet I fell for Tom without question. He wasn't perfect and he knew it. He wore the persecution of his past like a cloak, finally shedding it in the end.

Mal wan
Misty M
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, m-m, romance
The book I didn't know I wanted!

I loved the first book, and couldn’t wait for more. Then I read the blurb... TOM?!?!?! So I was hesitant to even start this one. I love, LOVE a really good redemption for an anti-hero, but they are so rarely well done that it’s made me gun-shy. No worries on that account, Grayson did it with flair. By the end I wanted everyone to just “FORGIVE TOM ALREADY”, and I’m not a forgiving person.

Now this one is probably not great as a standalone, as a lot of this world i
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Poor Tom. He's been so busy hiding things that everyone thinks that he's a total waste of space. The thing is that no one has ever bothered to try to actually get to know Tom, not his family, not his wife, no one. But then Mal proposes that Tom marry him, for reasons.

I really like Tom and felt so strongly for him. He's not nearly as bad as everyone seems to assume he is, and he has reasons as to why he did everything that he did, even if they aren't the reasons that you and I would choose. When
Patricia Hoffstaetter
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
It was a pleasure to read this outstanding, well-written MM romance with mythology undertones. It has an intriguing, well-paced story-line & a suspenseful plot. The characters are unique with complex personalities, one of the characters struggle with self-esteem issues and acceptance while other character has a devious yet desperate plan while they continue to develop throughout the story-line.
There is: a man blessed by a goddess but influenced by past memories has now resorts to selling him
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very cool story about Tom, who's marked by a goddess to bring blessings on whomever he surrenders himself to, and curses on those he's not true to.

Mal is searching for a marked person to help save his cousin, who's like a brother. So, the two agree to marry, Tom for financial need, Mal for the blessings. They hurl insults and the cousin, Will, continues to worsen. When they finally join, and start to build their relationship, the healing begins to work.

A nasty confrontation with a relative fin
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, historical, mm
Nice series sequel

I've read and enjoyed the first two books by this author and when I realized there was a new title coming up, on my TBR it went and not to while away there for long. I like Grayson's writing style, it's such that it's easy and fast to read. I enjoyed reading Tom's story, too. It offered a somewhat different view to his persona than previously, and it came out, he's got more to him that meets the eye in the series first title. There was a long-carried secret, life and death situ
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Foolish, reckless, and likely to end in disaster.

The details in this story were just beautiful. The author can paint a wonderful world that’s captivating, emotional and completely riveting.

Tom and Mal’s passion for one another was strong emotionally and I loved the back and forth the two had for one another mentally and physically.

I was so engaged and invested in Tom and Mal I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to find out if the two would ever have their HEA. I loved the ending. Ag
Joscelyn Smith
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've never seen two people fight the inevitable as much as Tom and Mal. They walked that razor thin line between love and hate and absolutely cut each other to pieces with it. Mal was such an ass, as much as he needed Tom you'd think he'd have treated him better. Tom wasn't perfect by far but I think a lot of past actions can be laid at his father's feet. This was such an intriguing storyline, the characters were engaging, and I thoroughly enjoyed following them on their rocky road to their happ ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars-a jaunty little read

I found this story to be a nicely written tale. It CAN be read as a standalone. The characters are likable, but they have an interesting dynamic. The plot is interesting, but I found myself able to put down and come back to it. All in all a good read
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
The story is good

But a lot of it seems to be written just so they can have sex, or almost have sex, or think about sex.

I liked the first book and this one is ok too. It gives more depth to the character of Tom but I got tired of the insecurities and the constant theme of sex.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Entertaining read

Kind of short (plotwise) but I enjoyed it. Pretty light read to have when you want to relax. Universe is like 18-19th century but with liberal marriage laws and I guess some guys have a literal blessing to be gay there XDD
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Regency MM romance, very sweet and surprisingly hot.
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