Love with the Proper Husband (Effington Family & Friends Series)

Love with the Proper Husband (Effington Family & Friends Series)

by Victoria Alexander
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Love with the Proper Husband (Effington Family & Friends Series) by Victoria Alexander

Distressed over the current widespread disinterest inmatrimony among their eminently marriageable offspring, the formidable matriarchs of the ton have taken matters into their own meddling hands with the formation of The Ladies' Society for the Betterment of the Future of Britain. Their first challenge: the Earl of Pennington.

Miss Gwendolyn Townsend has seen her late father's estate go to a distant cousin she can't abide ... leaving her well-educated, able to make a perfect curtsy — and penniless. So imagine her shock when it's discovered that a match had been arranged between herself and Marcus Holcroft, the Earl of Pennington — one of the most eligible members of London society. Marcus constantly leaves her breathless and confused ... and though she's hesitant to marry a man she's just met, in the end she has no choice. But she makes some conditions first ...

Marcus cannot believe that the bride who has been foisted upon him is insisting on rules to their wedding ... and bedding! He's a man who has never had to tempt any woman into his arms. But even more surprising is that Gwendolyn is clearly hiding something — and it shocks him to think that their exquisite kisses — followed by his lessons in passionate lovemaking — wouldn't be enough to make his wife tell him her every secret. After all, he's promised to be a proper husband — isn’t it fair to also expect a proper wife?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060001452
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/05/2003
Series: Effington Family & Friends Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 680,014
Product dimensions: 6.54(w) x 11.06(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award-winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was more fun than real life. She is the author of thirty-one novels, and her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Victoria lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her long-suffering husband and two dogs, in a house under endless renovation and never-ending chaos.

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Love with the Proper Husband 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I agree it dragged on a bit and Gwen really did manage to frustrate me, I did enjoy the book as a whole. Reggie really made the parts that he was in enjoyable and I am looking forward to reading his story. Marcus had a very good base as far as development but something was missing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first good regency I've read in some time. The heroine was well scripted and even though Marcus was not characterized in-depth, the passion between the two was quite evident. The storyline concerning the nieces was a bit off-mark at times but did not really lessen my reading pleasure. Highly recommended if only for the steamy bedroom scenes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I usually love her books, but this one was terrible. I never finished it; yes... that bad. It dragged on and on, without action or excitement. This is one of the worse romance novels I have read. I would recommend 'Her Highness, My Wife' if you like this author. Trust me, 'Love with the Proper Husband' is terrible. I wish I had never bought it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I do like this author, and this story ended up being reasonably enjoyable, but man, did it drag a lot, especially in the beginning. For example, we know the premise, Gwen and Marcus must marry, and there should be a reasonable amount of dialogue to explain all this, but why did the author go on and on and onnnnnn about it? One example was when Marcus and his mother discussed the topic. Way too much dialogue was devoted to the reasons for and against the marriage, which we knew didn't matter in the least! It made me want to skip a few pages. Also, I liked the best friend Reggie more than Marcus. Marcus really didn't have much of a personality; one could certainly tell he was a fictional character. Reggie was much more interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miss Gwendolyn Townsend saw her late father's estate go to a distant cousin. Penniless, she sailed to America for employment as governess. When summoned by her late father's solicitor she returned to England to learn she HAD been left a small income and would not have to seek employment any longer. ............. Marcus Holcroft, the Earl of Pennington, would reach the age of thirty within a few months. The solicitor informed Marcus that he must wed by then or lose his current fortune. Marcus wanted Gwen as his bride but had no clue as how to convince her. She claimed she would never marry! ............ Gwen soon learned that her sister and brother-in-law had died and entrusted the care of their three daughters to her! Gwen never knew she had three nieces (now between the ages of ten and fourteen) or how to care for children. After all, her time as a governess showed her that she did not get along well with children. It did not take long to begin adoring them though. Problem was that her small income would not support them all. It was time to make a bargain with an Earl. ........ ***** THIS ONE IS A SHEER DELIGHT! You won't have any boredom while reading this story. Author Victoria Alexander has written a winner that will create many new fans of her writing skill. Highly recommended reading.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Five years ago, teenager Gwendolyn Townsend learns she has nothing to live on so she flees for America to earn a living as a governess. Perhaps it was the grabbing males, but she quickly realizes she stinks at her job. Her deceased father¿s solicitor Mr. Whiting funds her passage home to inform her she has a small inheritance that she could live on but if she married she would have quite a dowry and that her dead sister left behind three nieces. Marcus Holcroft is broke unless he marries the daughter of his deceased neighbor rather quickly. He offers a marriage of convenience to Gwendolyn, but she rejects it until she meets her unhappy three nieces. Marriage to Marcus will provide her the cash to care for her needy relatives. As Marcus and Gwendolyn become acquainted after they marry they fall in love, but will this duo recognize how lucky they are? Though in many ways, this delightful historical romance is a typical marriage of convenience tale, the three nieces provide depth and an extra spin to the plot. The lead couple is an intrepid charming pair, but the behavior of the unholy threesome make for fine entertainment for sub-genre fans whom read Victoria Alexander¿s latest novel. Harriet Klausner
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely a great read.The main characters are absolutely delightful in how they are with one another,meaning,that they are not used to caring and being cared for.I love Marcus and hope that besides my hubby they are more like him out there.Enjoy!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first victoria alexander book I've ever read and judging from this book, I don't think I'm ever gonna buy one of her books again. The summary was good but the story itself wasn't really that good. The story, as the other reviewers said, was dragging. I also didn't like the characters in this story. All in all it was a big disappointment for me....