Barely a Bride

Barely a Bride

by Rebecca Hagan Lee

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Can a lady tempt a Free Fellow to surrender his heart?

As a founding member of the Free Fellows League--a group of four gentlemen who signed a pledge to never wed when they were lads--Griffin, Viscount Abernathy, swears that he will put off marrying as long as possible. But when he is suddenly called off to war, he has no choice but to obey his father's wishes and find a wife...

Just days later, he marries the lovely Lady Alyssa. For a man committed only to his freedom, she seems a perfect--and perfectly undemanding--bride. Intelligent and self-sufficient, Alyssa craves her independence just as much as Griffin loves his. But as the irresistible attraction between them flourishes with every look and touch, they discover there is something they desire even more than a loveless marriage of convenience--the passion they find in each other's arms...

Book 1 of the "Free Fellows League" Series, which includes BARELY A BRIDE, MERELY THE GROOM, HARDLY A HUSBAND, TRULY A WIFE, A BACHELOR STILL and CLEARLY A COUPLE (a novella from TALK OF THE TON)

"Barely a Bride is wonderfully charming! A must have!"--Romance Reviews Today

"Superb!"--The Best Reviews

"Historical romance fans are fortunate to have a treasure like Rebecca Hagan Lee."--Affaire de Coeur

"Every Rebecca Hagan Lee book is a tender treasure! She warms my heart and touches my soul."--Teresa Medeiros, New York Times bestselling author

"Sparkling romance and passion that sizzles...Rebecca Hagan Lee taps into every woman's fantasy!"--Christina Dodd, New York Times bestseller

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150908239
Publisher: Amber House Books
Publication date: 06/29/2015
Series: Free Fellows League , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 2,481
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

After arming herself with a degree in fine arts and experience in radio, television, and film, Rebecca Hagan Lee wrote her first novel Golden Chances. Since then, she’s published numerous bestselling and award-winning novels and three novellas.

She’s won a Waldenbooks Award, a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award, several Romantic Times awards, been nominated for an RWA Rita Award and has been published in nine languages.

She currently lives in Georgia with her husband, her two beloved Quarter Horses, and a miniature schnauzer named after literary icon Harper Lee.

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Barely a Bride 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a cliffhanger. This is one of those romances when there were real royalty who ruled for centuries. The story is based upon the oath sworn by three boys. They wrote a charter to not marry until they were 30, but if they had to marry younger, they would not marry for love. Enter Alyessa who did not want a life as society's wunderkind but a gardener and a good mistress. She did not want to be dependent and needy. She wanted to be able to better her world without the restrictions that hemmed her all her life. This was an excellent adult novel. I enjoyed the storyline, the romance, and the potential stories of the others in their circle of life. I recommend this novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was magnificently beautiful! Thank you for writing such a wonderful book. I cried for Hughes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a heartwarming story. I loved this amazing book. I can't wait to read the other books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story it was a nice romance with some war added to it I would recommend it to any obe!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Predictable but good book. There's a lot of page filler details that one might want to skim through. Frankly; I gave it 4 stars because it was free. I wouldn't buy a book by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great beginning of a series
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
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 and there is that danged pledge!
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Kept you turning page after page, such a great book and author!
whitreidtan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Regency-set historical romance featuring a marriage of convenience is nothing new. A hero who has sworn not to marry until duty forces it of him is also nothing new. A heroine who is unlike the other girls of the ton, wanting to have the freedom to pursue her own interests is, you guessed it, still nothing new. And yet Lee has managed to create a rather charming story with these common elements.Griffin and his cronies at school formed the Free Fellows League vowing to not only stay unmarried as long as possible but to never let a wife interfere with their desire to serve their country or to worm her way into their hearts. To this effect, they drew up a contract and each signed it. Fast forward years to a short time after Griffin has accepted a commission in the Guard to go and fight Napoleon. His father, the Earl of Weymouth, demands that he marry and at least attempt to sire an heir before he goes off to be shot at. Griffin gives in to this request unwillingly but he eventually meets and appreciates Alyssa, the youngest daughter of the Earl of Carrington, who is completely uninterested in marriage and all its trappings. Alyssa just wants to be left in peace to design and care for gardens but her parents are determined to marry her off. She and Griffin have an immediate attraction. She has no objection to the idea of her new bridegroom heading off to war and he has a large neglected garden in need of rejuvenation. A match just waiting to be made. A large part of the book deals not only with the two of them getting to the altar, but also with them learning all about each other in the brief space of their two week marriage. They find that they have been serendipitous in their choice of each other both in terms of physical attraction but also in their similar thinking. And then Griffin goes off to war, experiences the horrors he never imagined, and realizes that he only wants to go home and love and be loved by his wife. But love was never in the bargain they made.It was refreshing to read a story where the conflict between the characters was not an issue of misunderstanding or lack of communication. And although neither character wants to admit to their love for the other because of the Free Fellows' pledge (which Alyssa is not supposed to know about but does), their hearts are always obvious. The Free Fellows' League was a bit of a silly conceit but perhaps there's more substance to it in the following two books of the trilogy. Also, the charter itself was a bit sophisticated in understanding for boys of their age and would have been more likely to come from almost teens but that's a negligible complaint. I was pleased to see that the villain in this book was not a cut and dried villain and one who did not wish either the hero or heroine bodily or emotional harm and who actually turned out to be a decent guy. The fact that Lee neatly sidesteps many of the common plot devices found in Regency-set romances these days made this an enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I almost didn't get this even though it was free because of a couple reviews, so very glad I did. I loved it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the relationship and the growing affection but there didn't seem to be much reason for the story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the war aspect as much as the love story. Often most regency romances start with the wounded war hero already home. This gives the whole picture. Couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the storyline. Strong heroine! ?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read with engaging characters. Throws you immediately into the regency peiod of England. Throughly enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. To the point where i wish it didnt end and i sat there thinking about it even after i was finished. I read it in one day but, mind you, i stayed up till after midnight because i just had to finish it. On to the rest of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading. Hard to put down, love the characters with honor, dignity and strength.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book cant wait to read the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful read
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