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London Spring 1818. An Unexpected Husband Lady Gillian Marley has two months before her thirtieth birthday to claim a hefty bequest from a distant American relative. A Marriage of Inconvenience Lord Shelbrooke, Richard Shelton, tops the widow's list, but refuses to be chaste, and shares a secret with a French artist....

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The Husband List Reviews

  • Saleh MoonWalker
    2018-12-03 00:14

    Onvan : The Husband List (Effingtons, #2) - Nevisande : Victoria Alexander - ISBN : 380806312 - ISBN13 : 9780380806317 - Dar 370 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2000

  • Julianna
    2018-12-09 04:19

    Reviewed for THC Reviews"3.5 stars" Like it's predecessor in the Effington Family & Friends series, The Husband List is a light-hearted Regency romance. It didn't tickle my funny bone quite as well, but it did have it's moments. It basically takes place concurrently with the first book of the series, with the same family gathering for the Roxborough Ride coming into play. In this one, we have Gillian, cousin to Pandora from the previous book, who is a widow. She loved her husband dearly and hasn't been with any man since his death. She finds herself named heiress to a large fortune, but it comes with the condition that she must marry before her thirtieth birthday. In order to claim it, she enlists the help of her two best guy friends to make a list of potential husbands. The only one who appeals and seems suitable is Richard, Earl of Shelbrooke. His father frittered away all their money at the gaming tables, so ever since the man died, Richard has been struggling to get by. His family estate is in disrepair and he has four younger sisters to clothe, feed, and come up with dowries for. Gillian wants a marriage in name only, planning to split the inheritance with her groom to be, but when Gillian proposes to Richard, he surprises her by saying that he'll only go along with it if she agrees to share his bed. From there much back and forth ensues as she tries to figure out whether she can comply with his terms. Also unbeknownst to her, he's living a double life as a reclusive French artist to pay the bills and fears what she might think if she discovers the truth.I would say that for the most part I liked Richard, although he did a couple of things that kind of irritated me. I admired him for wanting more from Gillian than a marriage in name only. Even though he was pretty desperate for money, I felt like that showed from the start that he was genuinely interested in her and not just the inheritance. I also like that he was willing to seduce Gillian to convince her it would work between them. However, using his French artist alter ego in an attempt to accomplish that seemed like a poorly thought out plan right from the beginning. It simply didn't make much sense from a logical standpoint and my assessment was born out in spades as the ruse continued. The other thing that I greatly admired about Richard is that he could have taken the easy road by selling his sisters out, when his father died. After all, he already had a reputation close to matching his father's and his father had already arranged a betrothal of the oldest sister to a man old enough to be her grandfather. Instead though, Richard was willing to do whatever it took, including manual labor, to take care of his sisters and keep the manor house from falling down around their ears, as well as to see them married to suitable matches. However, on the downside, I didn't really care much for Richard's high-handed, chauvinistic manner toward female artists. In this way, he did follow in his father's footsteps by refusing to even entertain the notion of his oldest sister becoming a serious artist, simply because she was a woman. Now granted that may have been how things were back then and he could simply be said to be a product of the times, but as someone who also wouldn't have been taken seriously if his true identity was known, I felt like he should have had more empathy. So, overall, I'd say that Richard definitely had his good points, but he also had a few not so good points too.IMHO, Gillian's characterization was somewhat underdeveloped. We know that she's a widow who loved her husband and hasn't really been interested in any other men since is death. We also know that her two best friends are male, but they're only friends, childhood acquaintances of both Gillian and her husband. She's a lover of the arts, who enjoys throwing salon parties to promote art and artists. The one thing I really liked about Gillian is that she prefers deep conversation to inane chit-chat, and for that reason, she engineers her salons to encourage this type of discussion. However, it's little more than a mention, and we don't really get to see this side of her in action much. I can't recall any particularly deep discussions she had with anyone, except maybe one with Richard's sister, Emma, about how the work of a certain painter really called out to her when she was in the depths of despair, following the death of her husband. Other than that, her conversation pretty much seemed the opposite of what she purportedly preferred, just light-hearted banalities. Gillian was also a creature who didn't seem to know her own mind to a near frustrating degree, although I suppose the same could be said of Richard. I did like her innovative idea of helping female artists by giving them a place to practice their craft and helping them make a name for themselves. I also liked that she was smart enough to figure out Richard's secret identity and the way she got back at him was pretty cute, although I felt maybe she took the ruse a bit too far. In general, Gillian was sweet and likable, but I felt like there were opportunities to build her character a little more fully that weren't realized.One of the main reasons I marked this book down one and a half stars is that I felt the connection between Richard and Gillian was rather shaky most of the time. His masquerade as the French painter muddied the waters quite a bit, because it only served to confuse Gillian when she experienced feelings for both men. What really bothered me though, is that neither character even knows their own mind. Them constantly questioning their own feelings or how the other person feels or what their actions might mean diluted their connection. It made me feel like their emotions weren't strong enough to know anything for certain until very late in the story. Not to mention, the roundabout reasoning which passes for most of the conflict in the story seemed rather forced and overblown. It was just flat-out confusing to me most of the time and made my head hurt. The secrets, game playing, uncertainties, and inability to face or admit their feelings for one another drug on a little too long, also dampening that all-important emotional connection.From a technical standpoint, I found a few additional issues. First of all, Gillian's proposed inheritance of 600,000 pounds, plus land in America, plus a fleet of eight ships (more or less – ugh! I could have played a drinking game with that phrase.;-)) seemed like overkill for the Regency era. The money alone would be worth more than 20 million dollars in today's economy, and while it's not outside the realm of possibility for someone to be that wealthy back then, it did seem a bit unbelievable, especially for a male relative to leave that much to a woman, particularly one he barely knew. The author does give a brief explanation for this, but I felt like it was a rather weak one. If the author had left out the land and ships and made the amount more reasonable, perhaps $50,000 pounds, which still would have been a veritable fortune and more than enough for them to live on comfortably and still have plenty left over for charitable causes, especially if invested wisely, then this part of the story would have been more palatable for me. Outside of that, the story seemed a little dialogue heavy at times. As I demonstrated above, the author uses some repetition and some rather meandering discussions that I think were meant to be funny and/or cute, but mostly just annoyed me. However, nothing grated more than the plethora of questions these two constantly ask themselves in their introspections regarding their doubts, fears, insecurities, and simply what's going on in the other person's head. For the most part, it boiled down to passive narration (telling), when it would have been much more effective to “show” their emotions in a more active way.Overall, The Husband List was a readable enough book that wasn't a chore to finish. I mostly liked the characters, and it had some cute and sweet moments. However, I felt the narrative and the emotional connection were both sufficiently bogged down by all the questioning of feelings, as to take something away from the story, while also making me do a lot of eye-rolling. Therefore, it didn't quite make it over the hump to reach that four-star mark for me. I still plan to continue on with the series though. Richard's sisters were pretty adorable, and two of them, Marianne and Jocelyn, become the heroines of the next two books in the series. Marianne is a bookish sort and Jocelyn dreams of a Cinderella-style romance, both things that I can relate to, so that appeals. Also Gillian's brother and Richard's best friend, Thomas, who was a fairly likable guy as well, is paired with Marianne in the next book, The Marriage Lesson. I think these two could make an interesting pairing, so I look forward to giving their book a try.

  • Elaine
    2018-11-26 22:55

    3.5 starsThis book started slow but towards the end I got pulled into the story and wasn't able to put the book down. I liked Gillian a lot, she's a terrific character. Richard was ok too although I really wanted to slap him in some parts of the story. The secondary characters were very likable too. It was fluffy, quick read, nothing exceptional about it, but not bad either.

  • Valerie
    2018-12-12 07:17

    Gillian proposes to Lord Slelbrook (Richard) to meet the requirements of her inheritance. She needs a husband with a title and he needs her money to restore his family's wealth that was squandered away by his father. In the beginning, it all seems like a simple business arrangement until they both realize their hearts are involved. I liked the premise of this story, and overall enjoyed the book. I only gave it three stars, because the theme of "Does he/she love me in return" was very repetitive throughout the storyline and slowed down the forward momentum of the plot.

  • Sophie ♥
    2018-11-12 01:52

    Another boring historical lacking in depth and steam... I really hope Victoria Alexander's other books don't follow the same patterns as this one does... Although I kept suspect they will. How disappointing.

  • Brittany
    2018-11-27 01:12

    A slow read.

  • paperysoul
    2018-11-28 03:16

    Dnf @ 20% (read: 25/2/2017)

  • Nath
    2018-12-06 06:16

    Ms Alexander is a comfort author and I'm slowly reading through her backlist :) The Husband List was not her best work, but an enjoyable read nonetheless. I liked the characters and their maturity. I liked that Gillian thought long and hard before considering a marriage of convenience and that ultimately, the lure of independence was irresistible. It's no secret that it was hard to be a woman in those time and therefore wanting to be independent is totally understandable. As for Richard, I liked how he figured so quickly that he wanted a real marriage with Gillian. I also admire Richard a lot for the way he stepped up after his father's death, dealing with the debts, his four younger sisters... I liked that he thought outside the box and worked, even though anonymously, to come up with income. Something else I enjoyed was Richard's friendship with Gillian's brother and Gillian's friendship with her two childhood friends. It's just fun to see characters interact with their friends :PI thought the romance was okay. I enjoyed it, but hoped for more. I think it's unfortunate that Ms Alexander had to resort to a "secret identity" to move the romance along. I just wished the characters would have interacted more as themselves and work through their issues. However, like I said, an enjoyable read :)

  • Sharyn
    2018-11-15 22:59

    This book is happening simultaneously with The Wedding Bargain. Book 2 in the Effington saga, Lady Gillian, a widow for 8 years finds she must marry in 2 months to receive a very large inheritance . The man at the top of the list is an impoverished Earl. There are many interesting facts to this story, all centered around artists. Nobles aren't supposed to be artists and neither are women. Many must keep their secrets. The best one is that the Earl pretends to be a French Artist and then gets jealous of himself when he thinks Gillian is in love with the artist. I gave these books a 4 rating because I enjoyed the stories, the writing style, the dialogue and the way Alexander uses italics for interior dialogue. I hope to get the next book soon.

  • Judy
    2018-12-02 07:08

    Lady Gillian Effington Marley has been a widow for 8 years. She had no plans on remarrying until she found an Uncle left her a fortune, but she had 2 months to be married.Her two best friends, men, helped put a list together. She did not know they were not serious. She chose the one man on the list who seemed she could marry, Richard Shelton, a reformed rake.She approached him on the idea of a business marriage but he wanted the full marriage.Etienne, an up and coming french painter, makes her feel the same as Richard when he touches her. Quite confusing.Great story line and characters.

  • Caz
    2018-12-10 07:11

    This is the first book by this author that I've read. It was a completely random selection, and as a result, I'll definitely be seeking out more of her books. I thought that the characters were well-drawn, even the minor ones, although I felt that sometimes, the motives of the H&H were somewhat muddled and their decisions rather hurried.All in all though, it was a good read. The sex scenes weren't especially graphic, but that didn't diminish their impact, and there was definitely a lot of heat coming off the page between Richard and Gillian.

  • Chrissy
    2018-11-25 23:22

    I really like Victoria Alexander's writing. I am enjoying reading the Effington series, but a lot of the books seem to center around the "does he/doesn't he?" theme and after a while it all seems very high school-ish. I'd love to give the books more stars since I love all the witty banter and humor, but the themes are becoming redundant and less enjoyable as the series goes on.

  • Jean
    2018-11-21 22:58

    The Husband List was published in August 2000 and is in the Effington Family & Friends Series. I pulled her list of books from her website and found I have read seventeen of her forty-two books and novellas. Of course now I have found some more good books from her list to read. I ordered this book on Paperback swap and was delighted to find that it was a hard copy book with the original cover... see picture with pink roses. The new cover is a little more racey...Guy with open shirt.In The Husband List Lady Gillian Marley, a widow, needs a husband as her deceased uncle has left her a huge inheritance with one condition that she has to be married by her next birthday only two months away. Her friends Lords Weston and Cummings came up with a list of potential husbands for her. Thinking this was a great joke all the men on the list were really not acceptable except for Richard Shelton, the Earl of Shelbrooke who was a reformed rake and gambler and now very boring. They both didn't like him but thought Gillian would think it funny and put him at the top of the list. What they didn't think of was that he was entirely too handsome.When she asked him to marry her, she stipulated that she wanted a marriage in name only. Even though he really needed the money, Lord Shelbrooke told her that he wants to marry her in full-and get ALL the benefits of marriage.The story goes on with how he tries to show her how compatible they are and it doesn't hurt that when they are together the sparks fly. I found myself breaking out into laughter at the many hilarious things said and done. Victoria Alexander has a great sense of humor. If you want a little joy in your reading life, pick up this book. Great fun!There is something else I would like to share with you about Victoria Alexander. While on her website I found a section where she answers questions from her readers. People had asked her why she seems to have so many dead husbands named Charles. ( Lady Gillian's dead husband's name was Charles). She answered with this:"My husband, Chuck, has never read one of my books. That's why, in about my third book, I started naming dead husbands 'Charles', after my husband. I have dead Charles' now in most of my books. Sometimes they die quickly, and painlessly. Sometimes they die slowly, with a great deal of pain & suffering. It really all depends on how my life is going." There is more to her answer so to read the full answer go to www.victoriaalexander.com and look into her "extra" section.

  • HR-MovieLover
    2018-12-06 07:12

    A re-read from June 2017. A virile yet vulnerable man gave up his rogue-ish ways to rebuild his family estate. He engaged in physical labor IE roofing, harvesting. He assumed the persona of an artist with the heroine & became his own competition for her regard & affection.

  • Tanya
    2018-12-12 00:56

    BoringToo much prose. At some times the dialogue didn't make any sense. Too repetitive. It seemed the author had a hard time making the relationship between the two believable.

  • Manal
    2018-11-28 02:20

    amazing

  • Maura
    2018-11-11 02:11

    Widowed Effington Lady Gillian needs to marry before her 30th birthday in order to gain a massive inheritance and achieve financial independence from her uber-wealthy family. She made a husband list and Richard Shelton, Earl of Shelbrooke is at the top, so she makes her offer. Richard is in dire need of money, but has been making ends meet and paying off his family debt by painting (assuming the alter-ego of Etienne-Louis Toussaint). He keeps this a secret though. Richard says he'll consider the offer if Lady Gillian will agree to a real marriage and she agrees but only if they undergo two months of courtship during which she decides if she can actually go through with it. This book just kept dropping stars as it went. First there was the lack of purpose for Richard using his alter-ego to seduce Lady Gillian. His reasons didn't really make sense. He wanted to see if he could convince her to be able to have a real marriage under the guise of a rakish Frenchman, but if he was successful wouldn't it just undermine his own efforts as Richard. And I can't really respect a guy who is willing to listen to a woman's confidences about her feelings under false pretenses. The first time, maybe I could forgive it, but he second time, no. At this point, he might as well be reading her diary. All that aside, It started out decently enough, but somewhere around the 50% mark it began to falter as the characters became increasingly juvenile and dithered on and on about love, wondering "Do I love him?" and "Does she love me?" They ask everybody's advice and everyone tells them that it seems they love each other. But this apparently has no effect on them because they continue to wonder and doubt (and this seems to go on forever too). One even suggests the direct approach. When Lady Gillian finally has the gall to ask Richard about his feelings, he gets all evasive instead of being a man and being honest. They acted like idiots really.Then there was the discovery of the secret identity. Is Lady Gillian furious? No. She decides to make it give him a hard time about it and not let him off the hook too easily, but she's not really angry with him. So she shows up at the studio of Etienne (the alter-ego) and seduces him. Does Richard feel hurt and angry that the woman he loves was just unfaithful (in his eyes)? Nope. He gets all mopey that she loves his alter-ego instead of him. It doesn't even occur to him to get angry about her being unfaithful. He just accepts it. And the cruel bitch that she is lets him believe it that she's leaving him for way too long. I think I would have preferred a direct and angry approach to all of this with a bit of separation angst to all this juvenile game playing. Hope the next one's better or I'm not sticking with this series.

  • Juliana Philippa
    2018-11-12 01:17

    A delightful and enjoyable read - would be perfect if last three chapters were rewrittenGillian is an almost-30 year old widow and is a wonderful heroine - intelligent, witty, strong-minded, and compassionate. Richard is an endearing hero - for five years he's been working hard to pull his family back from the brink of financial disaster that his father brought them to. He's mysterious, reserved, brooding, but also sweet, straightforward (usually), and friendly. Both characters were well-written and are very real and accessible; the sexual tension between them was great. There was wonderful dialogue and Alexander wrote great secondary characters. I really liked Richard's sisters (though Jocelyn, the self-centered one, was slightly annoying) and I absolutely loved the friendship Robin and Kit had with Gillian - they were so sweet and I'm looking forward to reading Robin's story.CRITICISMS:When questions about love started coming up between Gillian and Richard I didn't feel they had interacted enough (especially since before the time when the book starts, they don't really know each other socially). Also, the constant obsessing about "Do I love him/her? Does she/he love me?" was a little excessive in my opinion. Also, Richard's opinion that the idea of a serious female artist was laughable really grated on my nerves and seemed incongruent with his personality.My main complaint is that the ending of the book wasn't as satisfying as I would have liked, especially since the rest of the book was so great - Richard wasn't jealous that Gillian had seduced Toussaint (his artist alter-ego) and the unveiling/all truths coming to light could have been done SO MUCH better!BOTTOM LINE:A definite read and I look forward to the rest of the family's stories. I would categorize this book a sure re-read, if only the ending were reworked a little.

  • Sabrina (Soter) Sally
    2018-11-30 03:57

    "Era nel suo sangue, nella sua anima. La voleva al punto tale da non distinguere più il bene dal male, l’onore dall'inganno. La amava e la voleva."Ed anche il secondo della serie Effingtons si è rivelato un libro scorrevole e molto carino ;D Gillian è una donna che ha già conosciuto il Vero Amore e che l'ha perso tragicamente perciò comprensibilmente è spaventata e reticente a donare nuovamente il suo cuore. Richard è un uomo che per amore delle sue giovani sorelle, rimaste orfane, ha rinunciato al suo dissoluto stile di vita e cerca di salvare le loro magre finanze con il suo talento artistico. Le quattro sorelle di Richard sono davvero adorabili, mi hanno ricordato le sorelle Bennett (o le piccole donne XD) *_* Devo dire che l'idea di Richard di corteggiare Gillian dalle sue duplici identità di gentiluomo/artista mi ha fatto un pò storcere il naso all'inizio, in questi casi la donna sembra sempre un'oca perchè non riesce a riconoscere il suo amante (e poi si fa prendere dai classici dubbi: come posso amare due uomini contemporaneamente? >.<) e l'uomo si frega da solo attirandosi la sua ira finale e auto-generandosi le turbe da ama-me-o-l'altro-me? XD Ma devo dire che l'autrice non ha esagerato con l'inganno, si è mantenuta leggera e mi piace come Gillian l'ha scoperto alla fine, prendendosi una piccola vendetta ma agendo comunque in modo positivamente imprevedibile ;D simpatici tutti i personaggi secondari, abbiamo anche rincontrato Pandora e Trent (la bellissima coppia del primo volume) in pieno (e spassoso) corteggiamento XD Questa serie prosegue in maniera davvero carina e nel prossimo toccherà al fratello di Gillian (e migliore amico di Richard) il futuro duca degli Effingtons! ^_^

  • Jessi
    2018-12-11 06:07

    I wish I had tried to remember this book a little bit more before I bought it. This was never one of my favorites in the Effington series though it is a perfectly serviceable read. The very beginning of the book has Gillian proposing marriage to Richard Shelton, Earl of Shelbrooke. She has been left an inheritance of magnificent proportions but can only receive it if she is married before she turns 30, which is in two months.Richard is astonished, but intrigued. Gillian is his best friend's sister, a widow (who refreshingly, seems to have had a quite normal sex life with her husband)who he has never been interested in. Actually, Richard has spent the last several years trying to recoup his family fortunes by painting under an assumed name (selling paintings, of course, being beneath the dignity of an earl). By marrying Gillian, he could get half of her fortune, save his family's crumbling home, pay off his father's debts and give his four sisters dowries. But neither is particularly interested in marrying without love. The story that ensues is fun but, as I mentioned in the beginning, not one of my favorite Alexander reads.

  • Priyanka
    2018-11-26 23:07

    The second book in the Effington series was not as enjoyable as the first one.The Husband List is the story of Lady Gillian; the cousin of Pandora Trent (Effington) and the daughter of the Duke of Roxbourough, and Richard, the earl of Shelbrooke, who is penniless but yet an honourable man.The plot was interesting: Gillian has a list of suitable husbands and Richard tops it. She proposes to Richard in the hopes of getting an inheritance from a long distance dead relative. But even though the penniless earl needs the money, he refuses to accept it. And thus begins their game of love and deception. I quite liked his sisters a lot, they are very lively and mischievious and love their brother a lot. Also Richard has a secret that only Thomas, the brother of Gillian knows. And Gillian sort of is attracted to another person as well, who is a very famous artist that none of the ton has ever seen him face to face. What happens when their 'secrets' comes out? Well, you just need to read the book to find out ;)Recommended to historical romance fiction lovers. 3/5.

  • Heather
    2018-11-22 05:08

    Update 5/31/17Still a fun story with not too much drama or a drawn out conflict. Richard is an admirable reformed rake, although he is very tame when we meet him in the story. I wish we could have known more about Gillian's brother Thomas and the Effington's. That would have made her sometimes brazen personality more believable. June 15, 2014This was a fun read! Although it wasn't written in a style that was "British" enough for me, I liked the story and the characters. While widow Gillian has no desire to get married, a wealthy kinsman's will leaves her scrambling. The frequently mentioned "husband list" that Gillian makes, lists the Earl of Shelbrooke at the top. Although his father squandered the family fortune, he himself is a reformed bad boy and has worked hard to restore the family name. Along with gracing the top of her list, Richard Shelton also receives a pretty tempting marriage proposal. There is some nice character development, but I would have to say that Gillian acts very uncharacteristically from how I believe a woman in the early 1800s would behave.

  • Mary Gramlich
    2018-12-11 00:16

    THE HUSBAND LIST by Janet Evanovich and Dorien KellyOne should always make a list!Caroline is searching for a love match as is her mother, problem is they have their sites set on different men. Caroline has always loved Jack Culhane an American millionaire as opposed to her mother’s choice Lord Bremerton, a titled Englishman.When you are an independent woman regardless of the time period there is always someone to try and stop your forward motion. Caroline’s mother is determined to have a titled daughter but he man with the title is not the love of Caroline’s life and her sights are set on Jack. Of course Jack is clueless until Caroline starts her pursuit and the pieces of a different life come into play and new possibilities emerge.The road of romance is never without complications but the pot holes Jack and Caroline maneuver are worthy of multiple reads. What a lovely ride we are taken on as readers, enjoy!

  • Debby
    2018-11-22 02:04

    Lady Gillian Marley was widowed very young after a love match. Very independent, she hates depending on family for support. When an uncle in American dies and leaves his inheritance to her, it's a dream come true, except she has to marry by her 30th birthday - 2 months to claim it.Richard Shelton is Earl of Shelbrooke & poor. His father left massive debts he's trying to pay off as well as caring for his 4 younger sisters and estate. He's painting under a French name and making slow headway.When Gillian proposes to Richard a marriage of convenience, he refuses unless it's a true marriage. The French artist gets into the triangle and all are confused. the two have fallen in love, but pride stops them from declaring it and their secrets.Nice read, more sex than normal for 1818, made ok because she's a widow and progressive.

  • Princess Thuy
    2018-11-17 02:53

    I'm making my way through Victoria Alexander's Effington Family stories and this is the second book in the series. I liked this one much better than the first one because there wasn't as much angst as the first one. Their feelings were pretty straightforward even if it did take them a while to realize they were both in love. The hero Richard is pretty amusing, what with him being jealous of himself. You'll have to read the book to know what I'm talking about. But my favorite part of the story was when Gillian found out his secret and turned the tables around on him. Absolutely loved it. Now on to the 3rd book :)

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-12 06:09

    Fun and fast paced. I was a little worried because I am not usually a fan of the whole secret keeping as a plot device thing, but this worked. I think I enjoyed it so much because while it did play a role it did not consume the whole story and because she was able to discover it on her own. Gillian's reaction to discovering the secret was charming and mischievous. I loved how their relationship grew as the book developed and that the Ride was again part of this story. It was well written, fast paced, and utterly enjoyable. I cannot wait to read more, hopefully about Richards' sisters.

  • An Odd1
    2018-11-17 00:52

    Seduction? or courting? Pages of wiffle waffle, his and hers, skip. He didn't even smile in public, now they chuckle wildly together. And more. "And looked forward as well to a little hard work and a good deal of practice" p 366. Effington series means many friends and relations visit and chitchat. He fakes a French accent, so his painting is done under alter ego. But when she exercises her continental lessons, he goofs, replies "Huh?". A little mask can never hide appearance, walk. Of course Richard kisses the same in any costume. Stretch belief and reading is fun.

  • Brittany
    2018-12-12 04:17

    I loved Gillian's independence and how she approached Richard and proposed to him. It was an good read on the romance side, I loved how Richard was living two lives as it were and how it ended with Gillian confusing him and playing with his mind! I didn't give this a 5 out of 5 because I felt something was wanting in the intensity of the romance. It was sweet but not as intense or as emotionally powerful as I wanted. I did love the twist at the end about the special paintings Gillian had though so that redeemed the story somewhat in what I thought was lacking.

  • Denise
    2018-11-21 02:53

    Loved, loved, loved Richard, Earl of Shelbrooke. He was this impoverished lord, through no real fault of his own, and he is trying to do the best he can for his four sisters and aunt. He, with the help of his friend Thomas, have made a fake persona for him that is an artist. His paintings are selling well, but still not enough to repair his estate, etc. I loved the description of him on his roof fixing the shingles. I liked Gillian, but she seemed too wishy washy. But they were great together and I am looking forward to continuing this series.

  • Mariela
    2018-11-18 06:06

    I went into Barnes and Nobles one day completely at random to find a book. I went to the romance section because I knew I wanted a sappy, romantic, good feel, tell him you love him and can't live without him types of book. I was just in that mood! And this book fulfilled all that with adventure. It was really good. The main characters aren't over whelmed with love and affection- more like lust and curiosity. And at the end they stop pretending and give in to it.