Tempting the Bride

Tempting the Bride

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by Sherry Thomas
     
 

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ONE OF LIBRARY JOURNAL'S BEST ROMANCES OF THE YEAR

In this new masterpiece of historical romance from the acclaimed, USA Today bestselling Sherry Thomas, 
a headstrong beauty is rescued by the notorious rake she has always despised...

      Helena Fitzhugh understands perfectly well

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ONE OF LIBRARY JOURNAL'S BEST ROMANCES OF THE YEAR

In this new masterpiece of historical romance from the acclaimed, USA Today bestselling Sherry Thomas, 
a headstrong beauty is rescued by the notorious rake she has always despised...

      Helena Fitzhugh understands perfectly well that she would be ruined should her secret love affair be discovered. So when a rendezvous goes wrong and she is about to be caught in the act, it is with the greatest reluctance that she accepts help from David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings, and elopes with him to save her reputation.

       Helena has despised David since they were children—the notorious rake has tormented her all her life. David, on the other hand, has always loved Helena, but his pride will never let him admit the secrets of his heart.

       A carriage accident the day after their elopement, however, robs Helena of her memory—the slate is wiped clean. At last David dares to reveal his love, and she finds him both fascinating and desirable. But what will happen when her memory returns and she realizes she has fallen for a man she has sworn never to trust?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The final installment in Thomas's Fitzhugh trilogy (after Ravishing the Heiress) provides a sizzling series conclusion as romance ignites between an independent businesswoman and a nobleman. Helena Fitzhugh, sister of an earl, is a college-educated 19th-century English-woman who owns a publishing company. David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings, has loved Helena since their childhood; he proves it by interrupting a tryst between Helena and her lover, Andrew Martin, right before Martin's wife shows up, but Helena is none too pleased that the rescue involves Hastings kissing her just as the door bursts open. Hastings's suggestion of a rushed marriage is derailed when Helena is hit by a carriage and suffers amnesia, but he relishes the chance to convince her of his love before she remembers that she hates him and his acerbic wisecracks. Helena's self-possessed intelligence makes her a standout heroine, and Thomas has an exquisite ability to transport the reader into the outstanding story. Agent: Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"With lush sensuality, intense emotion, lyrical writing, and exquisitely realized characters, Thomas has delivered another unforgettable winner." (Starred Review) —Library Journal

Praise for Tempting the Bride:
~Chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of 2012~
"Sizzling....Helena's self-possessed intelligence makes her a standout heroine, and Thomas has an exquisite ability to transport the reader into the outstanding story."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Thomas’ splendidly nuanced characters and emotionally compelling plot give the third book in her latest lushly sensual, exquisitely written historical trilogy... a rare richness and depth readers will treasure." —Booklist
"Exquisitely beautiful prose...heartwrenching emotion....A profoundly beautiful romance that I absolutely adored." —All About Romance [Desert Isle Keeper]
Praise for Sherry Thomas:
“Thomas’s lyrical writing is really the star of the show.  There are writers who can tell a great story, and writers who can tell a great story with beauty and artistry. Thomas is in the latter category, and her writing is, quite simply, a cut above.” —All About Romance
"Searing, tender, and filled with passion, her writing is nothing short of a revelation."—Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author“Thomas…has made a name for herself with her exquisite use of language.”—Library Journal

Library Journal
Hopelessly enamored of a married man, publisher Helena Fitzhugh has successfully hidden their affair—until a vicious gossip (the sister-in-law of the man in the equation) lays a trap for the pair that backfires with unintended consequences for everyone concerned. A quick-thinking rescue saves Helena's reputation but plunges her into a faux marriage with her childhood nemesis, David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings. When a carriage accident robs Helena of her memory, the story takes an unexpected but ultimately rewarding turn. VERDICT Characters who rise from the pages, sensuality that takes readers to a delectable, erotic edge, and lush, mesmerizing language give the classic amnesia plot refreshing new life and result in another off-the-charts winner for Thomas. The hero's "smutty love letter," The Bride of Larkspear, plays a central role in this romance and is available in its entirety as an ebook. Thomas (Ravishing the Heiress) lives in Austin, TX.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425251027
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for Tempting the Bride:
~Chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of 2012~
"Sizzling....Helena's self-possessed intelligence makes her a standout heroine, and Thomas has an exquisite ability to transport the reader into the outstanding story."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Thomas’ splendidly nuanced characters and emotionally compelling plot give the third book in her latest lushly sensual, exquisitely written historical trilogy... a rare richness and depth readers will treasure." —Booklist
"Exquisitely beautiful prose...heartwrenching emotion....A profoundly beautiful romance that I absolutely adored." —All About Romance [Desert Isle Keeper]
Praise for Sherry Thomas:
“Thomas’s lyrical writing is really the star of the show.  There are writers who can tell a great story, and writers who can tell a great story with beauty and artistry. Thomas is in the latter category, and her writing is, quite simply, a cut above.” —All About Romance
"Searing, tender, and filled with passion, her writing is nothing short of a revelation."—Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author“Thomas…has made a name for herself with her exquisite use of language.”—Library Journal

Meet the Author

The USA Today bestselling Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed historical romance authors writing today, winning the RITA Award two years running, and appearing on innumerable "Best of the Year" lists, including those of Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Dear Author, and All About Romance. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and sons.

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Tempting the Bride 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
bookladygran More than 1 year ago
I can perhaps understand the negative comments if this book were read only as a standalone.   I read the books in the trilogy about the Great Beauty and her younger brother and sister one after the other: Beguiling the Beauty, Ravishing the Heiress and then Tempting the Bride.  By the time I reached this, the third book, the basis of the relationship between Helena and Hastings was understandable and their situation both humorous and heartfelt.   In fact, in each book, the author gives insight into the characters and the stories have more emotional depth than the typical historical romance.  I found the trilogy to be exceptional, with each subsequent book building on the foundation established in the others.  I loved them all, and Sherry Thomas is one of my "must read" authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poor my writtn. Editor ought to fired story line weak and charaters superficial. Not even a goog cozy read.
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Loved it-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed two of the other books in the series, so i bought this one thinking the author would weave her magical plots, and boy was i disappointed. First off, there is nothing likeable about Helena. What a stupid woman for constantly pursuing a married man. I coukd not get past that. There was nothing believeable about her change in character to warrant the ending, either. And because she was so stupid and self righteous, i could not believe why Hastings loved her...other than being obessed (bordering on stalking). So, i would say save your money, and do not buy this book. They cant all be five stars!
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ElkeO More than 1 year ago
Oh my! I was dying to read Helena and David's story the moment I read their first encounter. So fiery and naughty! The book did not disappoint even with taking a turn I didn't see coming. A wonderful story of hope, and second changes and a whole a lot of passion. Loved it!
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1VAReader More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book very much. This love hate relationship was amusing.
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Sorry. The characters had no charm nor redeeming qualities Not particularly entertaining or memorable. Plodding storyline. Don't bother.
starH More than 1 year ago
Definitely NOT "a masterpiece of historical romance"! A long, boring story told in a pedantic prose. Dont waste your time and money!
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I read this book in one sitting with my heart in my throat. The characters were beautiful, and flawed. This is a poignant love story.
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