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The Bridemaker (Maker #3)

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  156 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
She's called "the Bridemaker", but Hester Poitevant prefers to think of herself as the gentle facilitator of marital union. Hester's popular Mayfair Academy has helped teach many the awkward society miss how to find her way to the altar with the eligible bachelor of her choice. But while her students flirt and mingle, Hester possesses as a prim widow--rather than reveal he ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published November 18th 2002 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2002)
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Sep 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Hester Pointevante is the prim and proper 'widowed' head of a prestigious academy for young ladies who had been less successful in their previous attempts at catching eligible grooms. She has managed to transform her girls into desirable brides while still maintaining her own comfortable position in the background, where she is more than happy to remain under the radar of most men. Adrian Hawke is an American businessman with Scottish roots, who arrived for the society wedding of his cousin. He ...more
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Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: top-list
#4 Stars ~ Miscommunications, matchmaking and mischief!

I absolutely love historical romances..... its takes you to a time that to me feels whimsical!

Hester Poitevant 'The Bridemaker' has survived on her own for too many years to want or need a husband, she's disguised herself as a widow to protect herself from love while helping hopeful debutantes make their match.

Adrian Hawke ~ Rich, ridiculously rich. Everyone wants to either marry him or be part of his business. Adrian has no time for the
Denise Kettering
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
This book is a pretty standard romance novel with nothing particularly special to recommend it. In fact some of the language of domination used in the book seems to run counter to the attempt that is made to make the main character out to be an independent woman.

Hester Poitevant is a woman who portrays herself as a widow in order to avoid unwanted advances from men. She teaches deportment to young women in London. She meets Adrian Hawke, a young American, who is in London for the season. Adrian
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to read this book for the simple fact that I liked Hester. Like so much and I didn't want her to get hurt which I knew she would eventually. So I was sitting there reading a couple of pages and going something like "No! no don't talk to him don't even look at him don't fall for him" and then I would like take a sneak peak to the middle and be all like "your obviously going to do whatever you want aren't you" I 'd walk away then come back and read some more. And when I finally ...more
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
S hlavným hrdinom knihy Adrianom sme sa mali možnosť stretnúť, keď bol malým chlapcom v knihe Dohadzovačka a keď bol pubertiakom, ktorý nakoniec odišiel do Ameriky s hlavnými hrdinami knihy Nezkrotná dáma. Dnes ho stretávame ako dospelého muža, ktorý sa z Ameriky vrátil do Anglicka uzatvoriť zopár obchodov v jeho samostatnom príbehu.

Z Adriana vyrástol krásny muž, za ktorým sa nejedna deva otočí. Medzi debutantkami a vydajachtivými slečinkami rozčerí hladinu. Záujem oňho prejaví aj Dulcie Benneto
Lynne Tull
Jul 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: regency-romance
This is the first book that I have read by Rexanne far so good. I found her name in a cozy mystery by Barbara Colley. Both authors live in New Orleans, Louisiana. I found myself skipping over a lot of text because I am not really a patient person. I wanted to see what happened next...NOW! Evidently, the skipped text didn't add a lot because I never went back to reread it. I think I inherited the "impatient" gene from my Mom. She always read the end of the book first so she could enjo ...more
Jana Malachowski
Jan 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I was a memember of a book club for awhile and I ordered one of those book lots, you 4 for the price of 1. Well I received my four books and read them all. I had never heard of any of the authors ( I usually read Deveraux, Garwood, Small, Krahn, and Lindsey) but to say the least I enjoyed all of the books. I liked this one the best, but haven't been able to find alot of other books by her. I enjoyed the plot, it wasn't too cliche or sappy. It was the perfect historical romance....a f ...more
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First novel I have read of this Author and I LOVED IT! It was a bit slow to begin with but I eventually grew to enjoy it as the plot thickened. You have your yummy alpha male and our very independent heroine who has some sass. I will definitely read another one of the books in the series! I recommend to anyone who wants to dive into a classic historical romance. Overall the story was well conceived and the characters had substance, besides the steamy scenes helped too!
Sabrina Jeffries
Dec 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoyed Rexanne's other Regency-set book, Dangerous to Love, you'll love this series, too. They're not your average family series. The heroines of the first and second books are half-sisters. The hero of the third book is the illegitimate nephew of the hero of the first book. And the upcoming fourth book features the two half-sisters' half-brother. It's less complicated than it sounds, and oh, are these books delicious!
Jan 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
favorite phrase: "flaming sword of erotic possession." chew on that!

after reading "dangerous to love", i just knew i had to find more books by this author. i liked this book a lot. it was sweet. the plot wasn't as juicy as i would have liked. i didn't like that the heroine was pretending to be prim, proper and matronly. luckily, the hero saw right through that.

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i found it boring and skimmed it. it was a typical romance. had good love scenes though! i did like the characters and her descriptions of clothing etc was very good. probably won’t read anymore of her books.
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Rexanne Becnel is the author of more than twenty historical romance and contemporary mainstream novels, many of which appeared on the USA Today bestseller list. With the publication of her first novel, My Gallant Enemy, Becnel won the Waldenbooks Award for Best First-Time Romance Author and the Romantic Times Award for Best Medieval Romance by a New Author. While growing up, Becnel lived for a tim ...more
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