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Step into a world of scandal, intrigue, and enthralling passion as New York Times best-selling author Mary Balogh sweeps us into the lives of an extraordinary family: the Huxtables. Margaret, the eldest, embarks on the most risqué adventure of her life and agrees to marry the most notorious man in London...

Only desperation could bring Duncan Pennethorne, the infamous Earl of Sheringford, back home after the spectacular scandal that had shocked even the jaded ton. Forced to wed in 15 days or be cut off without a penny, Duncan chooses the one woman in London in frantic need of a husband. A lie to an old flame forces Margaret Huxtable to accept the irresistible stranger's offer. But once she discovers who he really is, it's too late - she's already betrothed to the wickedly sensual rakehell. Quickly she issues an ultimatum: If Duncan wants her, he must woo her. And as passion slowly ignites, two people marrying for all the wrong reasons are discovering the joys of seduction - and awaiting the exquisite pleasure of what comes after...

Need more romance? Listen to the rest of Mary Balogh's Huxtable Series.
©2009 Mary Balogh (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Bern Hudson
  • 10-05-2009

Best in the series so far

The first 2 books of the series dealt with the stories of the 2 Huxtable sisters: Katherine and Vanessa. We've also been introduced to the eldest sister Margaret (Meg) who sacrificed her happiness to fulfill a promise she made on her father's deathbed when she was only 17 years old to raise her brother and sisters until they reached maturity. As a result, she tells her sweetheart at the time, Crispin Dew, that she will wait for him to return to her when he finishes his military service, only to find out accidentally that he married someone else and did not even bother to inform her himself. Book 3 is Meg's story and I am delighted to say (after giving 3 stars to the last book) that it has been the best one in the series so far. Duncan was a great match for the self sacrificing, compassionate, honorable and level headed Meg. He was also a cynic who no longer believed in love but was seeking to marry out of necessity. Their first exchange is one of the highlights of the book and carries Mrs Balogh's traditional signature humor and sarcasm. The main theme of their story was trust and being faithful to one's conscience in my opinion. This book featured what I have always expected of Mrs Balogh: humor, exquisite dialogue, sarcasm and lots of heart. The 2 villains were somewhat one dimensional, but the secondary characters (grandfather, Duncan's mom, Sir Ingraham and Tobby) were very likeable and had a lot of depth to them. Stephen has also matured in this book and we are obviously being prepped for his upcoming story. Yet, I cannot wait for Constantine's book because he is the most complex character in the series. If you are reading Mrs Balogh, please give us Con's story. To audible listeners, download this book and enjoy. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Shay
  • 30-05-2009

A JOY!

I am a big Mary Balough fan and love this series! I purchased this book first and have gone back and downloaded the others. The Huxtable's are worth hearing about in any order, and i enjoyed Anne Flosnik's narration a great deal. A lovely way to spend a rainy day!

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  • Lee
  • 30-06-2010

Good

Was a good read even though I have not read the first two books in the series. Cute and entertaining. Good narroration.

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  • Deanne
  • 11-03-2012

Love Anne Flosnik

The book is really entertaining but made more so by the narrator. I always enjoy listening to Anne Flosnik.

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  • katie
  • 21-07-2009

at last comes love

Loved this book and the whole Huxtable series very entertaining and the narrator is excellent

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  • Karen
  • 29-09-2009

Yawn

I love audio books, especially historical romances but this series is as dull as it gets. The narrator is boring and the story drags on so long that you lose interest before it finishes, *yawn*.

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  • Beth
  • 17-06-2009

Thumbs up

I really enjoyed reading the first 2 books of this series, so I ventured to listen to this one. It is worth the listen, but I wonder if it is as good as the first 2 or if I was simply disappointed because I listened to it instead. I will still read or listen to the next and would still recommend this one.

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  • bebe
  • 20-05-2018

Fate, Karma, Destiny - it was meant to be

Interesting and enjoyable story. Maggie runs into Shelly, literally, at a ball. They are total strangers and they both have urgent reasons for getting married to somebody - anybody. Within minutes the two strangers are engaged to marry. It was no accident or coincidence. They were destined to be together. There are many obstacles to overcome. Shelly, an Earle, has a terrible reputation for something he did five years ago. Maggie is 30 and has never been married. She gave her life to taking care of her brothers and sisters, who are now grown and independent. Maggie would love to have children but she is considered an old maid - yet she is lovely. Maggie was dumped by her secret fiancé years ago. He married a Spanish woman while he was at war in Spain. There is an evil woman, Caroline, in Shelly's life who he dumped at the alter five years ago. He ran off with her married sister in law, Laura. There is a young boy, Tobias, that came from Shelly's union with Laura. Evil Caroline is now married to Shelly's cousin who is next in line to Shelly's title. The people from the past come back into Shelly and Maggie's lives to cause further pain.

Maggie has a hard time reconciling Shelly's past. She hopes he is not such a bad person because she really does want to marry him and start a family. Throughout the book new things come to light that help explain Shelly's actions. This is a great story with plenty of people to love and plenty to hate. The main characters and their families are well developed likeable characters. The author does a great job developing the next in line to Shelly's title, Randolph Pennythorn. He is an obnoxious pontificating self righeous character that you can really get into hating.

Narration is very good. All in all it is a top notch 5 star book that held my interest from start to finish. In fact, I listened to it twice. Highly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-2017

What Honor?

What did you like or dislike?
I really liked the basis for the story.
I really disliked the flow of the story. The plot was all too obvious, so there was no real tension.
There was not enough material to justify the length
i.e. this story could have been better told in half the time.

***Spoilers****
I really did not like the code of honor that the Hero lived by it was not ethical. He essentially allowed everyone that cared about him to believe a lie that really caused them pain there is no honor in that.

Then there is the stigma of raising a child in regency England as a bastard when they are not and thereby keeping them from the life that is theirs. There had to be a better resolution, that is what real fiction is about coming up with creative resolutions to the multitude of circumstances one encounters.
****End of Spoiler****

Why did you choose that rating?
The concept was great and the narration was wonderful. I loved the honesty of characters barring the spoilers.

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  • Ann
  • 12-01-2017

Never assume

Are Sherringford's transgressions to be forgiven or not?

Does Meg have to marry Crispin or Duncan?

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  • Paula
  • 03-07-2011

Poor sound quality

Everything was fine but the sound quality of this file was pretty poor. Let's hope part 2 is better. 4/10

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