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Barely A Bride (Free Fellows League #1)

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The noblemen of the Free Fellows League have vowed to "avoid the inevitable leg-shackling to a female for as long as possible." But when Viscount Abernathy is called off to war, he must obey his father's wishes that he marry-and fast.

Abernathy is lucky to find Lady Alyssa as agreeable to a marriage of convenience as he is. But, two years later, scarred to his soul from t
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 5th 2003 by Berkley
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“It’s a gentleman’s world, my darling. And marrying well is your best way of succeeding in it. Being a spinster is no life for you—not if you wish to pursue those dreams of yours.” Alyssa frowned. “No need to make such a face at me. I’ve only your best interests at heart. You may believe there’s no reason for you to marry, but eventually, you’ll see the wisdom of it.” Lady Tressingham arched a brow at her daughter.

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Aug 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rane by: K. ODoharty
Griffin Abernathy, Viscount Abernathy is going to live his dream and be a solider, fight for his country and protect it’s people. With his Free Fellows League promise binding him at the age of 10 yrs old to avoid a leg-shackling wife in order to become England’s greatest hero along with his best friends and free fellows, Griffin is up for the task at hand. That is until his father orders Griffin to get marry and get her with a child before he leaves as being the old child, he’s duty bound. No M ...more
Lisa Kay
Lemon Tree
★★★★✩ This is a review of the audiobook, narrated by Virginia Leishman. I’ve never heard this reader before, and she does a nice job of it, doing the accents and voice inflections – English and Scottish, male and female, children and adults – quite nicely.

This book, the first in the Free Fellows League, wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be. I expected the hero, Griffin Abernathy, AKA Viscount Abernathy, to hastily do his duty and marry to please his father. Then he would happily h
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, regency
The beginning chapters of this book were so promising that I was willing to overlook the awkward prologue displaying the author's inability to write child characters. While there's nothing terrible special about Griffin, Viscount Abernathy, who needs to get himself a bride and an heir before he rides off to war, there's this puppy-dog earnestness about him that is refreshing in a sea of cynical rogues and jaded rakes, and the heroine Alyssa's passion for gardening gives a fresh angle on the pra ...more
Vikki Vaught
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the deeply emotional writing. I listened to the Audio, and the narrator is fabulous. Happy reading!
Sara Reads (mostly) LOTS of Romance
Rounding down to a 3.5, but leaning towards 4

Pleasantly surprised at this book! I had a few qualms, like the angst that felt like it was put there for the sake of just having angst in the novel, it literally served no purpose. Also, the whole free fellows thing was so dumb. Really? Keeping an oath yall made when you were 9. Super unrealistic and I can't believe they didn't forget about it. Lol I made promises when I was nine that I forgot about an hour after I promised it. So that was a big ann
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Where do I start!! Barely a Bride is one of the best Historical Romance stories I have read all year. It will go on my re read list. This was my first Rebecca Hagan Lee book and I am very impressed by her storytelling.

I fell in love with the Free Fellows League and I loved reading there Charter signed in blood. They are just the cutest 9 and 10 year old heirs to titles. They become friends at school and when one of them gets his feelings hurt by a very young female girl they come up with the Fre
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I missed an entire day of reading due to illness and I was wishing the whole day I had this book on audio. I fell in love with Griffin immediately. He is a happy, non-brooding character who is one of the most honorable gentlemen I've ever read about. 2/3s of the story are about his meeting Alyssa and their wedding and three days of honeymoon. Then he leaves to join his cavalry regiment in the peninsula. Hagan Lee needed few pages to set the stage for a man who has fallen in love with his wife an ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it liked it
It was a good story, nothing exciting though... I actually got bored half-way thru.
DNF at 50%.

Nobody talks this way. Even 200 years ago.
In Barely a Bride Griffin Abernathy is set to go off to war to fight against Napoleon in Spain. The problem from his parents point of view is that he is an only child and making him the heir to the family title. His father demands he find a bride and marry in the two weeks he has before he is to leave to join his regiment.

Only one woman will do and after negotiating with her husband and some breeding agreements, he get his bride, wedding and a few days of honeymoon before he leaves. The story th
Carole Rae
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book pleasantly surpassed my expectations. I was a little unsure thinking this was going to be the same ol' run-of-the-mill HR. Guy doesn't want marriage. Guy wants army life and freedom. Guy meets gal. Gal is independent. They fall in love and marry. Yes, yes, this is an HR and of COURSE, they get their happily ever after. However, it was a lot of work and a lot of time. WHICH I liked.

Griffin and Alyssa (stupids names - I'll rant about that later) are both super independent people. Griffi
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. This is my first read of this author and it won't be my last! I loved all of the details that were left in where most of the time they are left out. The planning of the wedding and the wedding itself were so interesting. Of course the best part was the love that grows between Alyssa and Griffin. I am really excited to read the next book in the series. This was really a 4.5 stars for me.
April Brookshire
Feb 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Good, but the actual idea of three grown men following a blood oath they formed as children when it dictates such important things in life like love and marriage is ridiculous. I mean, how can the ideas and minds of small children know what's best for them as adults?

While the passion was hot between the hero and heroine, the romance was lackluster. So there was good and bad parts.
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Liked this first in series, writing style good, leads excellent and ensemble cast has real potential.
Simone Collins
Jul 31, 2009 rated it it was ok
Alas, I wanted a nice escapist plot, and the plot in this book was more of an excuse to plug raunchy scenes than it was to weave something meaningful or particularly amusing together.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible-read
The moment I finished this book, I purchased the Audible version, and added the rest of the series to my wish list. Once I listen to the book again, I'll be purchasing the rest. I'm happy to find a new-to-me author this good!

The Free Fellows League was formed by three titled little boys stealing out of bed at boarding school. The Free Fellows swore a pact to only marry for convenience after they turn 30 and to never fall in love with their wives, along with other promises only a 9 year old boy w
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love's devotion

This is a witty, well written story about friendship, love and loyalty. The main characters and supporting characters are well developed and extremely likable. The story begins with four young boys who form a club declaring themselves to never become snared by the trappings of marriage and love...marriage only when absolutely necessary but to never love their wives...the boys were nine years old at the time. Griffin is the first to be married because he is the sole heir to the vis
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This took place in 1810-1811. Book #1.

Front & center we had 3 childhood brother-like friends
who created the Free Fellows League: Griff (viscount H)
Colin (Scots viscount) & Jarrod (marquess). They swore
never to marry, except when they had no choice or were
old, & when/ if wed to never love their wives etc.

The H + h wed to satisfy family obligations and before
Griffin served as a cavalry officer against Napoleon.
Heroine Alyssa's social climber mother thought only
the Duke of Sussex
Virginia Tican
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I find it so poignantly endearing that 3 unloved and unwanted boys can still remain unbowed by their shared sufferings and make a pack to protect and sustain themselves with integrity and not lose their dreams and ideals. Thus, was formed the Free Fellows League, with the inclusion in their august charter those parts of eschewing marriage and if ever they marry to not loving their wives etc... as only boys that age and in that timeline were inclined to profess and signed in their own blood for f ...more
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barely a Bride

Alyssa was a bit ahead of her time. She was more interested in innovative gardening and techniques in improving efficiency and newer better ways of doing things.

Her Mother however was more interested in her marrying a Duke, whereas her Father's interest lay in breeding horses and hounds.

Griffin wanted only to be a Calvary officer. Being an only child his Father was concerned with an heir to his estate and titles. Therefore he blackmailed Griffin into Finding a bride and Marrying be
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice read

I enjoyed this even though I usually prefer OTT alpha heroes, these two sweet characters kept my interest. The hero had a strong character and the heroine was no shrieking violet. She was independent, daring, witty and fun.
One of the things I found annoying was the "free fellow" club. When they got together they we're often childish in their plans and strategies. I mean in those days, who sends a bachelor to visit a married woman to cheer her up while the husband is away. Really? Tha
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is simply an historical romance which I know you will enjoy. I know I did. I found myself laughing at parts--these two were meany for each other but neither wanted a true marriage--they thought! They married--spent 3 days together before he went off to war. She realized that she actually did love him--but HE had made a pledge never to love a wife if he ever got married! When he returns from war and is feted as a hero--she is the only one who will make him whole again! He has seen too much a ...more
shirley fisher
What a great start

Love a.good series but sometimes book one does not always set the tone for rest, think this might. An intellegent woman and a father whose interest lie elsewhere.
Wouldn't know parenting unless it licked him in the face. Alyssa and Grif are truly made for each other. Just takes the guy a while (nothing new there) Story plays out well -except exceptionally long carriage ride! Also appreciate way soldier returning from war dealt with with honesty and understanding, and an epilog
Stacey Raymond
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I had a hard time getting through this one. I will admit that the writing was actually well done. I even liked the story for the most part. The biggest problem was that the story dragged on and on. And by the end I was just done. I didn't hate it, but can't say I liked it either. Also the PTSD didn't feel quite real. I mean at 1st it did, but as he came home from the war it felt like a sorry excuse and that it wasn't really a problem anymore. It wasn't quite realistic for me. I didn't quite conn ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the style of writing in this book, with both Griffin and Alyssa having journals and letters about their experiences.

The Free Fellows League is cute, but makes no sense for the men as adults, not falling in love or marrying. Colin and Jarrod are great friends to the couple, and of all people, so is the Duke of Sussex.

I love the twist near the end, when Griffin returns a hero from the war and is honoured by the Prince regent.

Good romance, some adventure, good read.
Ronda Blanke Geiger
Barely a Bride

Awesome! This is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. Alyssa and Griffin are a match made in heaven. Between the overbearing parents, a war and months apart their love was so great it could not tear them apart. The storyline was deep and developed, with characters that are vivid and real to life. I can't wait to read the rest of the Free Fellows League.
Jacqueline Driggers
The first 3/4 of this book is very good, and I enjoyed it a lot. Good characters and an interesting story. It's the last few chapters that I didn't care for. That's what kept it from getting 5 stars. Parts in the last few chapters that got somewhat gruesome. And, the author killed off a character that I thought it was a mistake to do.

It's a good book, but just be prepared for the last few chapters, as the book takes a downhill swing there. The last few chapters, the ending, just don't measure u
Julia Wharton
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So Sweet!

Such a sweet story!!! There's an old saying that goes "never say never" because when you swear off something , one day you might really want it. Griffin discovers this after marrying Alyssa! Griffin reminded me of Megan in Hercules when she says "I won't say I'm in love" but of course, we all know that love will always find a way!
Bigbear Woolliscroft
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
An entertaining Regency Romance with a feisty heroine and an independent hero. I enjoyed the first half immensely. But somewhere in the middle of the book things became a little bit too unlikely and the author was trying to introduce too many new themes/problems without having the time to adequately resolve them. Still, I am glad, I found this book. I made for a nice bank holiday.
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