The Marriage Bed (Seduction Series #3)

The Marriage Bed (Seduction Series #3)

by Laura Lee Guhrke
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The Marriage Bed (Seduction Series #3) by Laura Lee Guhrke

Everyone in society knows that the marriage of Lord and Lady Hammond is an unhappy one. Everyone knows they have barely spoken to one another in over nine years. But what no-one in society knows are the reasons why ...

Lady Viola Courtland was a romantic and impulsive young girl when she fell instantly in love with the handsome and dashing Viscount Hammond. Unbeknownst to Viola, John Hammond had already given his heart to the only woman he would ever love—his cousin's wife—but he was in dire financial straits and desperately needed to marry a wealthy heiress. In Viola, he thought he had found the perfect woman—beautiful and rich with a sweet nature. But Viola was neither practical nor sensible when it came to marriage, for she fully expected her husband to love her and was determined to settle for nothing less. Soon, however, John's secret was unwittingly revealed, but by then they were married and it was too late. Until one day, John finally came to his senses and prayed it wasn't too late to win back the love of his very own wife.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061737077
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Series: Seduction Series , #3
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 72,205
File size: 627 KB

About the Author

Laura Lee Guhrke spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Laura has penned more than twenty historical romances. Her books have received many award nominations, and she is the recipient of romance fiction's highest honor: the Romance Writers of America RITA® Award. She lives in the Northwest with her husband (or, as she calls him, her very own romance hero), along with two diva cats and a Golden Retriever happy to be their slave.

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The Marriage Bed (Seduction Series #3) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The basis for this book was really solid, and I was excited about the possibilities for this story. I ended up being very disappointed. While the couple is estranged, the husband, John, has numerous relationships with other women. I felt like the heroine, Viola, was more of a doormat than a herione for accepting this behavior for years. I had no respect for her or him which made it hard to enjoy the book. Also, the ending was horrible with John's former mistress giving up their baby to the reunited couple. Reduce the number of liasions during separation and do not create children with mistresses!
StephLB More than 1 year ago
I could barely make it through this book. I've liked several of Laura Lee Guhrke's books, which is why I picked up "The Marriage Bed," but it was really disappointing. I couldn't like the main character, John Hammond, no matter how much I tried. The fact that he kept multiple mistresses during their marriage kind of made me sick. I didn't care that he felt Viola's neglect permitted him to do it. One month of totally justified coldness just doesn't equate to years of adultery, no matter how I try to look at it. This is one book where I actually wished the heroine would abandon her supposed "hero." If I were her, I would of left without looking back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want a feel good story...don't read this. I understand it takes a strong woman to stay with an adulterer...but when do we change from strong to doormat? Yes they have a hea in the end. But the hero was a self-centered jerk 99% of the book. He was very...end justifies the means. I would have left him years earlier. Whoopie. He's becoming responsible now. 5 mistresses, a baby, and a sudden epiphany was all it took. That being said, the writing was great and definitely provoked feelings. Although, not the kind I wanted.
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I just loved this book...kept me on the edge of my seat! Great author!
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Lenaloo More than 1 year ago
Okay i will admit that the first time i tried to get through this book i found it tedious and the hero not at all likeable, so i speed through it with furious zeal just to get it over with. However i could not bring myself to get rid of the story just yet, which by the way is usually my automatic reaction in being disappointed with a book.I usually just give it away to someone else in the hopes that they will appreciate the story in a way that i couldn't. But i kept this one for some reason and i was glad i did. What i missed on my first try of the book i picked up on the second read and i found that there was indeed a story there, that the characters deserved notice and their story some patience from its perspective reader to watch it build, and it does grow on you in time if you have the patience to get past the hero's title of the philandering husband. The characters were human i felt for them, they were full of faults and doubts like anyone else. They also made mistakes and were imperfect. i think a reader should know this from the beginning that this is definitely not the average romantic love story. The characters needed to grow up in many ways to get past old wounds and the like. They also needed to work through all their issues to repair their cold non-existent relationship first before they could even think about rebuilding their empty marriage. It took effort on both their parts to establish trust and work through their problems one step at a time.It wasn't easy and sometimes you will be detested by the hero and his previous actions but however they both do indeed have some redeeming qualities. I found that i enjoyed this story more the second time around, emotions are there, human qualities are there and so is the redeeming aspects. This story is different and i enjoyed it.
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jacobi More than 1 year ago
i liked this book. i did not love it because i did not like the way that the hero feels after all he did, as if everything he did was right. but i liked the heroine, she was strong and stobborn maybe a little to much but i liked her.
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