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Drunk girl sex free. Alexander continues to write breezy romances in the vein of comedy but she draws character with relatable issues.

For example, the heroine deeply loved her first husband and was scared of moving on. The The husband list the hero hatches is a bit ridiculous but Ms. Alexander knows that, as do we; which leads to some fun moments and eye rolls at the silliness of people in love. I liked the hero though at points he was a The husband list too conveniently clueless. It came across as irritating in parts but only in small parts so no stars docked for The husband list. Ignore the historical silliness of two characters giving up The husband list lot of money for love.

That part I am conveniently expunging - as it was ridiculous and not believable. It also prevented this book from getting a higher rating as the fundamental premise left something to be desired.

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Jan 04, Nath rated it liked it Shelves: This The husband list has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The husband list 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 The husband list 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 Ms Alexander is a comfort author and I'm slowly reading through her backlist: 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: P I thought the romance was okay.

Realwife porn Watch Video Hijan Porn. Although I kept suspect they will. How disappointing. Jun 21, Brittany rated it liked it. A slow read. When I picked up this book I did so because it was the blandest synopsis I had ever read. Alexander before and found them quite fun so I was intrigued by this one to see what she would bring to the trope. And yes, I am an idiot! Thankfully, this turned out to be a comedy of deliberately mistaken identity which was a zany read which was quite a lot of fun. Alexander continues to write breezy romances in the vein of comedy but she draws character with relatable issues. For example, the heroine deeply loved her first husband and was scared of moving on. The plot the hero hatches is a bit ridiculous but Ms. Alexander knows that, as do we; which leads to some fun moments and eye rolls at the silliness of people in love. I liked the hero though at points he was a little too conveniently clueless. It came across as irritating in parts but only in small parts so no stars docked for that. Ignore the historical silliness of two characters giving up a lot of money for love. That part I am conveniently expunging - as it was ridiculous and not believable. It also prevented this book from getting a higher rating as the fundamental premise left something to be desired. Still this is a fun, light read which is better than the blurb suggests. Jan 04, Nath rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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 Ms Alexander is a comfort author and I'm slowly reading through her backlist: 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: P I 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: Feb 27, Jessi rated it liked it Shelves: 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 sist I wish I had tried to remember this book a little bit more before I bought it. 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. Aug 01, Sharyn rated it really liked it. 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 jea This book is happening simultaneously with The Wedding Bargain. 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. Apr 15, Judy rated it it was amazing. 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 f Lady Gillian Effington Marley has been a widow for 8 years. 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. Mar 26, Caz rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. 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 he This is the first book by this author that I've 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. Sep 02, Chrissy rated it liked it Shelves: Still, the story pulled me in. I appreciate strong women overcoming the barriers in their lives. 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And I would have enjoyed some story about Caroline's two sisters. They are there, but that's it. Their like flowers in the background. They could have had something to give them a reason to be in the book. Same with her brother. They are used like "props". I did love the descriptions of all the homes and the towns and the clothing. Wonderful detail there. Most authors skip over the background around them, but the background makes you feel like you are walking in the house with them. I would have given this a higher score, but can't get past all the above to do so. Dec 18, Chelsey Wolford rated it it was amazing. I recently started reading the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich and I must say that I have become a huge fan of her writing. I have not read her first novel, also co-written alongside Dorien Kelly, which released this time last year. That novel, Love in a Nutshell, features the same family that we read about in their new novel and allows us to dig deeper into the Culhane and Maxwell lines. This book follows the American heiress, Caroline Maxwell, as her mother purges her into the arms of I recently started reading the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich and I must say that I have become a huge fan of her writing. This book follows the American heiress, Caroline Maxwell, as her mother purges her into the arms of an unlikely suitor in order to guarantee a marriage for her daughter and a flourishing future for their family name. Caroline, however, wants no part of even the idea of marrying a man outside of loving him. Plus, she has her sights set on a much more down to earth man, and one in which her mother will never approve. This book was such an easy, breezy read. The writing style is perfect for me as it flows so easily and humor is incorporated within its pages. Even though this is classified as historical fiction, it feels as if it is a light contemporary novel. At times historical fiction can be filled with too many facts and tiny details that it will actually take away from the story line. This novel, however, allows readers to emerge in the times while appreciate the subtly of the action and narrative itself. This novel was definitely a page turner and the characters were easy to follow as well. Evanovich and Kelly incorporated many secondary characters and they were all very likeable. My favorite was possibly Harriet Vandermeulen, who unlike Caroline was glad to be planning a wedding without even the slightest proposal! Caroline Maxwell was a charming and humorous character. She had some of the best lines in the entire novel and an extremely humorous obsession for chocolate cake. She is the exact opposite of what someone might expect an American heiress to be and this is why I loved her. I wanted Caroline to take a stand for herself against her bitter mother. Plus, Jack was the perfect match for Caroline and the romance was not too much, but rather just enough! I would highly recommend anything by Janet Evanovich to any reader that I meet on the street. Dorien Kelly as an accompanying author in this novel is only an added bonus and adds to an already amazing writing style. This book was easy to read and easy to get lost in. I enjoyed every second of it and I know you all will too! Feb 15, Aaron rated it liked it. This proved to be a bit of a disappointment as Evanovich and Kelly try to latch onto the popularity of Downton Abbey with their usual flair of humorous writing. Caroline Maxwell is from an extremely wealthy and influential family in the Gilded Age. They have a home in Newport, Rhode Island, and there is talk of her probably marrying a British noble. Unfortunately, she would like to find happiness in the possibility of a less traditional life. She would like to be involved in business like her br This proved to be a bit of a disappointment as Evanovich and Kelly try to latch onto the popularity of Downton Abbey with their usual flair of humorous writing. She would like to be involved in business like her brother Eddie. Eddie's friend Jack Culhane is out to make it rich. He is not moneyed, but he has plans of building an economic empire through beer. He is investigating various brewhouses in Providence and the nearby areas with the hopes that he will be able to life up his father's immigrant poverty to being a real power player. Not surprisingly, Jack and Caroline find themselves falling madly in love, throwing a major kink into the marital plans Caroline's mother as for her. The book actually has all of the humor, quirkiness, and action that generally makes Evanovich's books successful. I am a fan, but I am also really into historical ficiton, and this book struggles quite a bit with historical accuracy. She really messes up with the geography of Newport. Even worse, the characters read like modern individuals rather than the gentry and immigrants of the Guilded Age. As a result, the book reads as being off for people with a stronger knowledge of the period. I didn't hate the book, but it does make me want to tell Evanovich that it is probably best for her to avoid historical fiction and focus on what she does great: Dec 17, BarbaraW rated it really liked it. Great little read. Wonderful details of the upper class during that time period. Falls for an Irish American family friend who was not a suitable husband at turn of century for a young woman of her class. Unknown facts about the duke cause things to heat up but Mother knows best Mar 19, Michelle rated it it was ok. I have read everything Janet Evanovich has ever written. This was very difficult to get through, because it was just plain boring. Nothing like her usual books, with quirky characters that make them fun reads. I actually put this book down twice and read other books in between because it couldn't keep my interest. Worst Evanovich book, yet. I didn't realize when I picked this up that it was historical fiction, but was pleasantly surprised with the content. It was romantic with a bit of sass and a little creepy drama. Mar 23, Sue rated it it was amazing. A quick read with fun, romance An heiress wants to marry for love, but her family has a different plan. Caroline has fallen for Jack, but her parents insist she marry Lord Bremerton, who they feel is a better match. A quick and amusing historical romance. Jul 21, Deborah rated it liked it. Light historical romance read. Enjoyed the main character and her desire to marry for love and not a business arrangement that her parents have set up. Oct 10, Mrs Giggles rated it it was ok. Caroline Maxwell, an American heiress, is not a happy person. She loves, in that order, Jack Culhane and cake, both of which are denied to her by her mother. That harpy insists that Caroline marries a titled English bloke, after all, while Jack is half-Irish. The list in the title refers to the one Caroline's mother created for her, and Caroline is determined to ensure that she scares away everyone on that list. Of course, Jack is always nearby, but oh, Caroline is determined to marry for love an Caroline Maxwell, an American heiress, is not a happy person. Of course, Jack is always nearby, but oh, Caroline is determined to marry for love and she's not sure whether Jack can love her back, even if she really, really, really loves him and doesn't want anyone but him, so oh! This is simply the most complicated problem in the world and the poor dear must be feeling truly distraught by the whole thing. On the bright side, this is a historical romance set in the s, so it's a groundbreaking effort of sorts by two authors whose previous works are set in contemporary times. Having said that, The Husband List is such a crudely unsophisticated effort that it is best used as an elementary reading material for people who are new to the romance genre. There's the obligatory "rich people are all SNOBS, except for our fabulously loaded main characters of course, and that's only because, despite our snobbery against rich people, we all acknowledge that romance is a hundred times less amazing if it isn't consummated on the promise of a huge bank account" nose-up-in-the-air attitude displayed by Jack and Caroline. Caroline hates her lot! She wants to run wild and free with Jack! She hates dressing up and she hates being nice to people who aren't Jack! But that's okay, her anti-social nature, because those people she snubs deserve it for being caricatures of self-important rich tossers or English those two are interchangeable here. The good secondary characters are usually middle or lower class folks, the better to preen beside our main characters to tell us, "See? After a while, I really wish someone can just pauper these two and make them bag cabbages for a living. Let's see how happy they will be after a few days of being "free from the gilded cage". Honestly, I may be less irritated by the constant reminder of how unworthy everyone that doesn't agree with our hero and heroine is, if the authors had portrayed these characters' snobbery in a more realistic, or at the very least, somewhat mature manner. As it is, these two basically stomp their feet and say that everyone else sucks because they say so, so there. The other elements of the story are exaggerated to an obnoxious degree too. Caroline's mother is a cartoon character, and not once does anybody acknowledge that she may be right to want her daughter to marry into security and financial stability. No, it's either you root for true love or you kiss the main characters' boot. The villain is so over the top that, coupled to Caroline's annoying passive nature in this story despite her various temper tantrums, make that whole subplot look like a Looney Tunes cartoon. Jack and Caroline have an equally shallow romantic conflict that is mostly based on wrong assumptions. If I was reading romance novels for the first time, I may find this one more palatable. With me being who and what I am, however, I find the exaggerated one-dimensional over the top portrayal of practically everything in this story more perplexing than anything else. The Husband List is like a very young adult story with some sex scenes thrown in to let readers imagine that they are reading grown-up material. Nov 01, Brooke Banks rated it really liked it Shelves: I won this book in a First Reads Giveaway and am really glad I did. I loved it or at least really, really liked it. It evokes memories of the lavish lifestyles and social expectations of the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers - a time when new money from the Americas married Old World social prestige and privilege. Dresses by Worth, transcontinental ocean voyages, lavish parties, a little intrigue, and a lot of romance await in, The Husband List. Foul Play Steffie Hall. Hero At Large Steffie Hall. The Husband List Author s:.

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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.

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Massage Xxxl Watch Video Redhotpie app. 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 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. 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. 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? 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? 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. A delightful and enjoyable read - would be perfect if last three chapters were rewritten Gillian is an almost 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 A delightful and enjoyable read - would be perfect if last three chapters were rewritten Gillian is an almost year old widow and is a wonderful heroine - intelligent, witty, strong-minded, and compassionate. 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. 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, Richard's opinion that the idea of a serious female artist was laughable really grated on my nerves and seemed incongruent with his personality. 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. La amava e la voleva. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers Also Enjoyed. About Victoria Alexander. Victoria Alexander. Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out. Since the publication of her first book in , Librarian Note: Since the publication of her first book in , she has written thirty-one full length novels and six novellas. With books translated into more than a dozen different languages she has readers around the world and has twice been nominated for Romance's Writers of America prestigious RITA award. In she was the keynote speaker for the Romance Writers of American annual conference in San Francisco. Victoria credits much of her writing success to her experiences as a reporter. Her years as a broadcast journalist were spent in two radically different areas of the country: Nebraska and West Virginia. In West Virginia, she covered both natural and manmade disasters. She was on the scene when a power plant construction accident in a small town left 52 men dead. She once spent the night on a mountain waiting to learn of the fate of coal miners trapped in a mine collapse. Victoria was producing a newscast when her husband who worked at the same television station and several other journalists were held hostage by a disturbed Vietnam veteran. In Nebraska, she reported on the farm crisis and watched people lose land that had been in their families for generations. Her investigative work exposed the trucking of New York City garbage to a small town dump in rural Nebraska. During her journalism career, Victoria covered every president from Ford to Clinton. She knows firsthand what it feels like to be surrounded by rising floodwaters and inside a burning building. It was the encouragement she needed to turn from news to fiction. Victoria claims her love of romance and journalism is to due to the influence of her favorite comic book character: Lois Lane, a terrific reporter and a great heroine who pursued Superman with an unwavering determination. And why not? He was extremely well drawn. Victoria grew up traveling the world as an Air Force brat. Today, she lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and her dogs. Victoria had two bearded collies, Sam and Louie named from characters in one of her books. Louie took on the position of loyal companion and did a fine job even though he doesn't understand that kitchen counter surfing is not allowed! Now he's been joined by Reggie, also a faithful companion. They all live happily ever after in a house under constant renovation and the accompanying parade of men in tool belts. And never ending chaos. Victoria laughs a great deal—she has to. Other books in the series. Effingtons 1 - 10 of 11 books. Books by Victoria Alexander. They are usually laugh out loud funny with wonderful characters. This book is an exception. It is boring, predictable, and humorless. If you are looking for a good book to read, this isn't it. I recommend Evanovich's Stephanie Plum number books, the Plum holiday books and the early romances. I am not usually a romance fan but Evanovich wrote wonderful ones-Full Scoop, Back to the Bedroom and such. They are wonderfully funny with sweet characters. They often involve a feisty little old lady or three and a big lovable dog or, occasionally, a cat or kittens. They are formulaic, but each is new and interesting. Until The Husband List-it's just tired. BTW, Evanovich's pairing with author Dorien Kelly worked just great in their green cover book- the title was something like, Love in a Nutshell-it was a typical Evanovich book- funny and interesting. One person found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Caroline is an heiress at the turn of the 20th century. Jack is first generation Irish American, wealthy and an appropriate best friend for Caroline's brother but not an acceptable suitor for her. Especially as her take no prisoners Mother is bound and determine to marry her off to an English Duke No questions asked. Unfortunately for her scheming Mama, Caroline has a mind of her own and is in love with Jack. Now, if she can just get Jack to fall for her, while ruining her Mother's wedding plans on the down low, she maybe able to find her HEA! This is an interesting book, with a look at a slice of turn of the century life for the wealthy, that is fairly unique. It is interesting to view tradition butting heads with more modern activities such as bicycle riding, tennis and women making use of the ocean. While I was expecting more humor, a la Evanovich style, this was a sweet tale with great characters. I love Janet Evanovich, and have always expected to be able to read a story that makes me laugh right out loud! The Husband List was entertaining, although it was a complete departure from anything I've ever read by Evanovich. I enjoy historical romances, which is what this book was, but whereas I've always found Janet's books "hard to put down," I found this book to be very similar to many other historical romances I've read, with nothing outstanding to distinguish it from any of the others. I must say that I was interested enough to want to discover just how it would all turn out, but the ending seemed somewhat anti-climactic. It just needed more "kick" somehow. If you are looking for a book to pass some time, you might find this entertaining, it is not the worst book I've ever read, nor is it the best. Janet Evanovich has written much better, and I missed the humor of her other wonderful books! I have read everything that has been published by Janet Evonavich and this is the first that has been less than wonderful - and I was so disappointed that I felt like crying! It's not the first time that I have paid for a book that I didn't like, so that wasn't the issue. I seldom read this genre, but I do enjoy an occasional such novel if well-written, with a nice story, so that wasn't too disappointing. However, the issue was that it was so slow and boring that I thought I would never get to the end -- and, yes, I was determined to finish it! Before, I never hesitated to pre-order Evonavich's books, but now I feel cheated so I will check out the ratings before ordering. Readers, don't waste your money! Couldn't put it down. This book starts slow and I really hate how the parents are called "mama" and "papa". Based on the family from the bestselling Love in a Nutshell, the story of an heiress longing to marry for love or not at all Caroline Maxwell would like nothing more than to join her brother, Eddie, and his friend, Jack Culhane, on th Based on the family from the bestselling Love in a Nutshell, the story of an heiress longing to marry for love or not at all Caroline Maxwell would like nothing more than to join her brother, Eddie, and his friend, Jack Culhane, on their adventures. While Jack and Eddie are off seeing the world, buying up businesses and building wildly successful careers, Caroline's stuck at home frightening off the men her mother hopes will ask for her hand in marriage. When her mother sets her sights on the questionable Lord Bremerton as a possible suitor, Caroline struggles with her instincts and the true nature of her heart. She longs for adventure, passion, love, and most of all. Jack Culhane, an unconventional Irish-American bachelor with new money and no title. A completely unacceptable suitor in the eyes of Caroline's mother. But Caroline's dark hair, brilliant eyes and quick wit have Jack understanding just why it is people fall in love and get married. Dresses by Worth, transcontinental ocean voyages, lavish parties, a little intrigue, and a lot of romance await in, The Husband List.. Get A Copy. Hardcover , First Edition , pages. More Details Original Title. Culhane Family 2. Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Husband List , please sign up. Can you read this book before the first one in the series? Pat YES!!!!!!!!!! I read the first book first. There are some similarities between the 2 books. The Culhane family members and beer. I think that it would …more YES!!!!!!!!!! I think that it would be better to read the 2nd book first actually. See 2 questions about The Husband List…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Jan 20, Beth rated it really liked it. Much better than Evanovich's usual stuff. As much as I've enjoyed her antics, Stephanie Plum is starting to wear a little thin. This is a nice change. Jan 11, micki rated it it was ok Shelves: View all 3 comments. Though my ratings reflect my personal opinion, I do try to ask myself, "who would like this and why? It's been some time since I've read Evanovich, but I was curious about the genre change, and King can usually be relied on for a good listen. The only conclusion I can offer is that this book is for someone either who is looking for the lightest of escapism or who has a great deal of residual author goodwill built up though I'm hearing f Though my ratings reflect my personal opinion, I do try to ask myself, "who would like this and why? The only conclusion I can offer is that this book is for someone either who is looking for the lightest of escapism or who has a great deal of residual author goodwill built up though I'm hearing from several for whom even that isn't enough. There isn't any real chemistry between the characters, the setting is superficial window-dressing the anachronisms -- oh, the anachronisms! The fact is that for many, a little diversion is all that is sought. As long as they know that's what they are getting, who am I to bring them down? View 2 comments. Oct 14, Christina White rated it liked it Shelves: This was a fun, light read. The writing was easy to follow and the story flowed very nicely. The authors were able to successfully transport me to another time and place without drowning the story in boring unnecessary details like most historical fictions books I have read. The characters were also very well developed and each one had their own voice in my head. The romance left something to be desired though. There was just no chemistry between the two main characters. I felt no butterflies, t This was a fun, light read. I felt no butterflies, there was no swooning and I never felt invested in their relationship. This is one of those books where I think if ever made the big screen, the movie would be better than the book. Character Casting. Paul Rudd Caroline: Kiera Knightly Jan 19, Marla rated it did not like it. A co-worker's mom read this first, thought it was 'meh'. My co-worker read it, also thought it was 'meh'. I started reading it and thought 'meh' was being too generous, it was terrible. Just, bad. I wish I could give half stars or negative stars. Basically nothing happens in the first pages. The first pages should have been condensed into pages and the last stretched out to pages. There were some possibilities in the last pages that could have given the book a half-way decent plot. The one minor plus, it was so terrible it was laughable. I laughed at the book several times, shaking my head at how terrible it was. I told my other co-worker to not waste her time with it. View all 6 comments. Feb 07, Melody rated it liked it. All hail the queen of fluff, Janet Evanovich. Do you the reader like books with well-drawn, predictable characters, sparkling dialogue that has nothing to say, and an ending, though mildly satisfying, that you can see from page 20? This is the printed version of a marshmallow peep, sweet, likable, and all air and sugar. I apologize to the very large fan base of Ms. Evanovich but she is just not for All hail the queen of fluff, Janet Evanovich. Evanovich but she is just not for me. I found the premise of a headstrong society heiress in New York with an overbearing mother and titled unwanted suitor irresistible even though I have never liked anything else by the author. I should have resisted. I just like a different sort of book trash. Having said all that, many people will love The Husband List. Evanovich is a talented writer with a deft hand at plot development and likable characters, that is why she sells a bazillion books. Just not to me. The Husband List is not your typical Janet Evanovich novel. It is not set in the modern day with a sassy detective named Stephanie Plum caught in a love triangle. The Maxwell family is one of the premier American families during the Gilded Age on level with the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers. Lord Bremerton is the heir to a Dukedom, and in need of funds that he can get from marrying a rich heiress. As Mrs. Maxwell orchestrates a match between Caroline and Lord Bremerton, Caroline longs for the freedom to marry for love, explore the world, or even to explore her intellectual pursuits. Will Caroline fulfill her family obligations, or will she be able to find her own happy ending? Sadly we were supposed to discuss it last night, but the meeting was cancelled due to freezing rain. As usual, King did a superb job as a narrator for this novel. She has unique, fantastic voices for each of the characters, complete with accents. The witty writing and excellent narration lead to a few laugh out loud moments on my trips to and from work. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I love this time period in general and the characters were all fantastic, especially Caroline and Jack. The dialogue and witty play between the two as their feelings for each other grew was wonderful. Bremerton and Mrs. Maxwell were a bit one dimensional, but that added to their humor. If you are a fan of Downton Abbey and wonder about the life that Cora could have possibly lived, The Husband List is your answer. This review was originally published on my blog at: Mar 14, Sandra rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love to read Janet Evanovich. She makes me laugh and always puts a happy spin on things. This book had lots of great things. I enjoyed the read, although I really was waiting for a description of the wedding as it happened. And maybe told how brilliantly Jack made money in his beer making ventures. AND, I really wanted to hear Bremerton get his dues, in detail. But none of that happened. You have to "imagine" it. I hate when they do that! I've got a great imagination and can dream up all kinds I love to read Janet Evanovich. I've got a great imagination and can dream up all kinds of endings. I don't want to to that. Oh well. I thought the mother a witch, with a BIG B! Caroline Maxwell would like nothing more than to join her brother, Eddie, and his friend, Jack Culhane, on their adventures. While Jack and Eddie are off seeing the world, buying up businesses and building wildly successful careers, Caroline's stuck at home frightening off the men her mother hopes will ask for her hand in marriage. When her mother sets her sights on the questionable Lord Bremerton as a possible suitor, Caroline struggles with her instincts and the true nature of her heart. She longs for adventure, passion, love, and most of all. Jack Culhane, an unconventional Irish-American bachelor with new money and no title..

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 f Lady Gillian Effington Marley has been a widow for 8 years. 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. Mar 26, Caz rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. 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 he The husband list is the source book by this author that I've read.

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Sep 02, Chrissy rated it liked it Shelves: I really like Victoria Alexander's writing. I'd love to The husband list the books more stars since I see more all the witty banter and humor, but the themes are becoming redundant and less enjoyable as the series goes on.

May 29, Jean rated it it was amazing. 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 The new cover is a little more racey Guy with open shirt.

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I The husband list read 40 of Evanovich's books. They are usually laugh out loud funny with wonderful characters. This book is an exception. It is boring, predictable, and humorless. The husband list you are looking The husband list a good book to read, this isn't it.

Danlod Video Watch Video Hardcorexxx Vk. 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. Jan 07, Elaine rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Jan 10, Valerie rated it liked it. 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. 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. Jun 21, Brittany rated it liked it. A slow read. When I picked up this book I did so because it was the blandest synopsis I had ever read. Alexander before and found them quite fun so I was intrigued by this one to see what she would bring to the trope. And yes, I am an idiot! Thankfully, this turned out to be a comedy of deliberately mistaken identity which was a zany read which was quite a lot of fun. Alexander continues to write breezy romances in the vein of comedy but she draws character with relatable issues. For example, the heroine deeply loved her first husband and was scared of moving on. The plot the hero hatches is a bit ridiculous but Ms. Alexander knows that, as do we; which leads to some fun moments and eye rolls at the silliness of people in love. I liked the hero though at points he was a little too conveniently clueless. It came across as irritating in parts but only in small parts so no stars docked for that. Ignore the historical silliness of two characters giving up a lot of money for love. That part I am conveniently expunging - as it was ridiculous and not believable. It also prevented this book from getting a higher rating as the fundamental premise left something to be desired. Still this is a fun, light read which is better than the blurb suggests. Jan 04, Nath rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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 Ms Alexander is a comfort author and I'm slowly reading through her backlist: 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: P I 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: Feb 27, Jessi rated it liked it Shelves: 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 sist I wish I had tried to remember this book a little bit more before I bought it. 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. Aug 01, Sharyn rated it really liked it. 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 jea This book is happening simultaneously with The Wedding Bargain. 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. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Love in a Nutshell: Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. A Novel Culhane Family Series. Janet Evanovich. Mass Market Paperback. Hot Stuff. Back to the Bedroom. Love Overboard. Curious Minds: A Knight and Moon Novel. Read more. Product details Series: Martin's Paperbacks; First edition August 27, Language: English ISBN Start reading The Husband List: Don't have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention janet evanovich husband list stephanie plum dorien kelly love in a nutshell plum series really enjoyed love janet time period romance novel fun read good read best friend laugh out loud takes place enjoyed this book story line started reading quick read writing style. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. I have read 40 of Evanovich's books. They are usually laugh out loud funny with wonderful characters. This book is an exception. It is boring, predictable, and humorless. If you are looking for a good book to read, this isn't it. I recommend Evanovich's Stephanie Plum number books, the Plum holiday books and the early romances. I am not usually a romance fan but Evanovich wrote wonderful ones-Full Scoop, Back to the Bedroom and such. They are wonderfully funny with sweet characters. They often involve a feisty little old lady or three and a big lovable dog or, occasionally, a cat or kittens. They are formulaic, but each is new and interesting. Until The Husband List-it's just tired. It was mostly little things that kept it real for me like the ridiculous claim of having a Cherokee princess as a great grandmother. That's inline with the time and reasoning given behind these claims. Of course, that claim is still around passed down from generation to generation but anyone who does research knows that it's wrong. The story kept it pretty tight to what was needed for what was included in the story and left it as that. It was wonderful diving in and seeing how this outspoken woman would be in the time. I found Caroline very funny and witty and liked her very much. Caroline does have the spoiled rich girl syndrome but let's face it, most of the characters do. Caroline does admit to feeling selfish and bad about it. The ending made her appreciate things and drove the point home to her. The ending and the mystery was a bit of a let down. I wish it was more thorough, and well, just more. The mystery was minor and the ending felt rushed. It was merely pages to wrap it all up and it really would have benefited from taking more time on it. Honestly, I was expecting more from our bad guy here as well. It felt so lame. It didn't match up to how great the story was going. All in all though, I still enjoyed it. If there's another book about the sisters, I'd probably pick it up. Though if there's another book and they don't go into detail about what happened in this ending, it will be disappointing. I can see it going bestseller but the ending knocks it down from great to good. I think this would be a great book for those who like historical romance though I don't think it's a proper bodice ripper. It's really a short, easy beach kind of read. Admittedly, I loved Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series until she dragged out the love triangle, didn't progress Stephanie's character and the plots were just.. So I give low marks to the later books and wished Janet had given the series a proper ending and kept up the standards. I've never read her other work and am tentative about her work due to the let down of Stephanie Plum. I've never read a Dorien Kelly book. I'm not big in the historical romantic genre but I like exploring and delving into a bunch of different genres. I also haven't read the book Love In A Nutshell where the family first appeared. Though after reading this book I am interested in reading it. So my context is reading it as a stand alone novel. Feb 23, Kathy Davie rated it liked it Shelves: An historical romance set in Newport Beach at a time when the poor lords of England were hunting the rich American heiresses. My Take This is not what I was expecting from an Evanovich tale. It was too bland, too banal, too over the top. Sure, there was some humor in it, but it was somewhat heavyhanded, especially with the women's suffragette message thumping throughout and the evil Snidley Whiplash villain. No, I don't object to the message. Not at all. I'm all for the cake-loving Caroline t An historical romance set in Newport Beach at a time when the poor lords of England were hunting the rich American heiresses. I'm all for the cake-loving Caroline to get her way. I simply expected much more of Evanovich. Most of the story was based in Newport Beach, providing the background, setting up the character conflicts, bracing us for the melodramatic reveal in England. Light, fluffy, yawn. It was sweet how very much Caroline envied Jack's ability to travel and explore. Makes you want them to be able to marry. I did like Caroline's intelligence and determinationmust have gotten that one from her mama. The Story A lightweight romance about the poor beset heiress who simply wants her independence and the singleminded mother who wants her daughter to marry a duke's heir whom even the duke doesn't want to inherit. Caroline much prefers an upstart Irishman who buys up breweries. The Characters Caroline Maxwell knows what she wantschocolate cake and Jack. A lady who is determined that Caroline will marry a title. Maxwell hires to force feed Debrett's Peerage into Caroline. Bertha is mama's maid. Bernard Maxwell is her indulgent father. Jack Culhane has expanded on his Irish father's efforts, and now Jack concentrates on buying up breweries. He'll do anything it takes to get the ones he wants. He's best friends with Eddie Maxwell , Caroline's brother. O'Toole is his valet. His dad is Patrick , who realizes what a mistake he made. Flora Willoughby is an old flame of his father's, who preferred to tread the boards. Mildred Longhorne is a bosom friend of Mama's. Harriet Vandermeulen is the very determined friend of Caroline's with a very unrealistic goal. Lord Bremerton , Marcus, is the heir of the Duke of Endsleigh. He'll be perfect. Parker is the housekeeper at Bremerton's country house, Chesley House; Cora is the sole maid married to Jamie; Lady Carew is a relative of Bremerton's and rather dotty; and, Adele is Bremerton's first wife. The Cover The cover has a brilliant glossy white background encircled with frilly golden curlicues. The authors' names are prominent and you can almost find the title in all those lines. The title is very accurate as mama has The Husband List of who is acceptable. Jan 27, Keri rated it it was ok Shelves: This one, not nearly as much. This is a historical romance, and I read a lot of historical romances, so I think I've become a bit of a snob in this genre. Historical romances have the potential to be such fantastic stories, but most times the authors just fall into what I like to think of as the HR format. In the HR format there must be: However, that is rare. Most of the time the books are enjoyable enough but nothing that stands out. This book definitely follows the HR format but it was also very simplistic on top of it all making for a dull read. I shouldn't say this book was dull, it was ok. It had likable characters, but it was just too cutesy. Too easy. Too predictable. Too TV The drama was very mild, the villan was very mild, the relationship buildup was very mild, the sexy scenes So I guess what I'm saying is is that this book was too mild for me. It wasn't bad but it wasn't anything that stood out. This author is very popular, and I did enjoy her contemporary Love in a Nutshell, so maybe it's just the HR stuff by this author that I should steer clear of. I am still willing to give this author another try. Jul 16, Patrice rated it really liked it Shelves: I chose this book mainly because I like previous stories by Janet Evanovich that I have read or listened to on audio book. I was quite happily surprised when I picked this book up from my library and read the inside jacket cover, to find that it was a historical romance. This story is about Caroline Maxwell, an American heiress. She is the eldest of three daughters to Agnes and Bernard Maxwell. Caroline longs for travel and adventure, not a husband but, that is all her mother can think of. Her I chose this book mainly because I like previous stories by Janet Evanovich that I have read or listened to on audio book. Her mother has created the husband list for her. Caroline is 21 and well past the first blush of a young debutante. Her mother is determined to see her married by year-end. Jack is a first generation Irish-American, an unsuitable match for Caroline, according to her mother. So Caroline says nothing and tries to scare off the men her mother introduces her to by being the intelligent, sharp-witted, forthright person she is. Beer is his passion and he is looking for the next one to add to his growing business. Then Caroline kisses Jack outside the museum and his thoughts start going in a different direction. I love her strength of character without breaking the mold of how we would expect a young woman in to behave. There is also a bit of intrigue surrounding English Lord Bremerton and Caroline can tell that he is not all that he pretends to be. So, if you like romances that have are historical, albeit ever so slightly, this should be a delightful story to read. Feb 09, Jen rated it really liked it Shelves: I really liked this story. It was a fun, light read. Caroline Maxwell was my favorite type of female protagonist: Jack Culhane was pretty great, too: I loved Caroline and Jack together, and really despised Lord Bremerton. I had hoped Caroline and Jack would end up together view spoiler [They did. Patrick Culhane was Irish, and supposedly had an accent. Unfortunately, it bothered me that I couldn't detect the Irish in his speech. Somewhere in the last 50 or so pages, I actually had the unfortunate thought that "if Nora Roberts had written of Patrick Culhane, I would not have had a doubt that he was Irish. But then the end What can I say about the end? It was not very exciting. Bremerton had a chance to try and force Caroline into a situation where she'd be compelled to marry him. And then all he did was go to her room. Caroline pulled her gun on him. Jack arrived, punched him, and tied him up. Caroline's mother finally saw that Bremerton was not who she thought he was and changed her mind about Jack. Jack and Caroline were allowed to get engaged with her parents' blessing. When her mother sets her sights on the questionable Lord Bremerton as a possible suitor, Caroline struggles with her instincts and the true nature of her heart. She longs for adventure, passion, love, and most of all. Jack Culhane, an unconventional Irish-American bachelor with new money and no title. A completely unacceptable suitor in the eyes of Caroline's mother. But Caroline's dark hair, brilliant eyes and quick wit have Jack understanding just why it is people fall in love and get married..

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Xnxxx Vidios Watch Video Mp4porn Us. 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 , 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. 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. Outside of that, the story seemed a little dialogue heavy at times. 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. 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. Jan 07, Elaine rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Jan 10, Valerie rated it liked it. 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. 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. Jun 21, Brittany rated it liked it. A slow read. When I picked up this book I did so because it was the blandest synopsis I had ever read. Alexander before and found them quite fun so I was intrigued by this one to see what she would bring to the trope. And yes, I am an idiot! Thankfully, this turned out to be a comedy of deliberately mistaken identity which was a zany read which was quite a lot of fun. Alexander continues to write breezy romances in the vein of comedy but she draws character with relatable issues. For example, the heroine deeply loved her first husband and was scared of moving on. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Read more Read less. Frequently bought together. 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Read reviews that mention janet evanovich husband list stephanie plum dorien kelly love in a nutshell plum series really enjoyed love janet time period romance novel fun read good read best friend laugh out loud takes place enjoyed this book story line started reading quick read writing style. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. I have read 40 of Evanovich's books. The dialogue and witty play between the two as their feelings for each other grew was wonderful. Bremerton and Mrs. Maxwell were a bit one dimensional, but that added to their humor. If you are a fan of Downton Abbey and wonder about the life that Cora could have possibly lived, The Husband List is your answer. This review was originally published on my blog at: Mar 14, Sandra rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love to read Janet Evanovich. She makes me laugh and always puts a happy spin on things. This book had lots of great things. I enjoyed the read, although I really was waiting for a description of the wedding as it happened. And maybe told how brilliantly Jack made money in his beer making ventures. AND, I really wanted to hear Bremerton get his dues, in detail. But none of that happened. You have to "imagine" it. I hate when they do that! I've got a great imagination and can dream up all kinds I love to read Janet Evanovich. I've got a great imagination and can dream up all kinds of endings. I don't want to to that. Oh well. I thought the mother a witch, with a BIG B! Talk about no brain. The woman had none. I did love the story of Jacks Da and Flora. And I would have enjoyed some story about Caroline's two sisters. They are there, but that's it. Their like flowers in the background. They could have had something to give them a reason to be in the book. Same with her brother. They are used like "props". I did love the descriptions of all the homes and the towns and the clothing. Wonderful detail there. Most authors skip over the background around them, but the background makes you feel like you are walking in the house with them. I would have given this a higher score, but can't get past all the above to do so. Dec 18, Chelsey Wolford rated it it was amazing. I recently started reading the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich and I must say that I have become a huge fan of her writing. I have not read her first novel, also co-written alongside Dorien Kelly, which released this time last year. That novel, Love in a Nutshell, features the same family that we read about in their new novel and allows us to dig deeper into the Culhane and Maxwell lines. This book follows the American heiress, Caroline Maxwell, as her mother purges her into the arms of I recently started reading the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich and I must say that I have become a huge fan of her writing. This book follows the American heiress, Caroline Maxwell, as her mother purges her into the arms of an unlikely suitor in order to guarantee a marriage for her daughter and a flourishing future for their family name. Caroline, however, wants no part of even the idea of marrying a man outside of loving him. Plus, she has her sights set on a much more down to earth man, and one in which her mother will never approve. This book was such an easy, breezy read. The writing style is perfect for me as it flows so easily and humor is incorporated within its pages. Even though this is classified as historical fiction, it feels as if it is a light contemporary novel. At times historical fiction can be filled with too many facts and tiny details that it will actually take away from the story line. This novel, however, allows readers to emerge in the times while appreciate the subtly of the action and narrative itself. This novel was definitely a page turner and the characters were easy to follow as well. Evanovich and Kelly incorporated many secondary characters and they were all very likeable. My favorite was possibly Harriet Vandermeulen, who unlike Caroline was glad to be planning a wedding without even the slightest proposal! Caroline Maxwell was a charming and humorous character. She had some of the best lines in the entire novel and an extremely humorous obsession for chocolate cake. She is the exact opposite of what someone might expect an American heiress to be and this is why I loved her. I wanted Caroline to take a stand for herself against her bitter mother. Plus, Jack was the perfect match for Caroline and the romance was not too much, but rather just enough! I would highly recommend anything by Janet Evanovich to any reader that I meet on the street. Dorien Kelly as an accompanying author in this novel is only an added bonus and adds to an already amazing writing style. This book was easy to read and easy to get lost in. I enjoyed every second of it and I know you all will too! Feb 15, Aaron rated it liked it. This proved to be a bit of a disappointment as Evanovich and Kelly try to latch onto the popularity of Downton Abbey with their usual flair of humorous writing. Caroline Maxwell is from an extremely wealthy and influential family in the Gilded Age. They have a home in Newport, Rhode Island, and there is talk of her probably marrying a British noble. Unfortunately, she would like to find happiness in the possibility of a less traditional life. She would like to be involved in business like her br This proved to be a bit of a disappointment as Evanovich and Kelly try to latch onto the popularity of Downton Abbey with their usual flair of humorous writing. She would like to be involved in business like her brother Eddie. Eddie's friend Jack Culhane is out to make it rich. He is not moneyed, but he has plans of building an economic empire through beer. He is investigating various brewhouses in Providence and the nearby areas with the hopes that he will be able to life up his father's immigrant poverty to being a real power player. Not surprisingly, Jack and Caroline find themselves falling madly in love, throwing a major kink into the marital plans Caroline's mother as for her. The book actually has all of the humor, quirkiness, and action that generally makes Evanovich's books successful. I am a fan, but I am also really into historical ficiton, and this book struggles quite a bit with historical accuracy. She really messes up with the geography of Newport. Even worse, the characters read like modern individuals rather than the gentry and immigrants of the Guilded Age. As a result, the book reads as being off for people with a stronger knowledge of the period. I didn't hate the book, but it does make me want to tell Evanovich that it is probably best for her to avoid historical fiction and focus on what she does great: Dec 17, BarbaraW rated it really liked it. Great little read. Wonderful details of the upper class during that time period. Falls for an Irish American family friend who was not a suitable husband at turn of century for a young woman of her class. Unknown facts about the duke cause things to heat up but Mother knows best Mar 19, Michelle rated it it was ok. I have read everything Janet Evanovich has ever written. This was very difficult to get through, because it was just plain boring. Nothing like her usual books, with quirky characters that make them fun reads. I actually put this book down twice and read other books in between because it couldn't keep my interest. Worst Evanovich book, yet. I didn't realize when I picked this up that it was historical fiction, but was pleasantly surprised with the content. It was romantic with a bit of sass and a little creepy drama. Mar 23, Sue rated it it was amazing. A quick read with fun, romance An heiress wants to marry for love, but her family has a different plan. Caroline has fallen for Jack, but her parents insist she marry Lord Bremerton, who they feel is a better match. A quick and amusing historical romance. Jul 21, Deborah rated it liked it. Light historical romance read. Enjoyed the main character and her desire to marry for love and not a business arrangement that her parents have set up. Oct 10, Mrs Giggles rated it it was ok. Caroline Maxwell, an American heiress, is not a happy person. She loves, in that order, Jack Culhane and cake, both of which are denied to her by her mother. That harpy insists that Caroline marries a titled English bloke, after all, while Jack is half-Irish. The list in the title refers to the one Caroline's mother created for her, and Caroline is determined to ensure that she scares away everyone on that list. Of course, Jack is always nearby, but oh, Caroline is determined to marry for love an Caroline Maxwell, an American heiress, is not a happy person. Of course, Jack is always nearby, but oh, Caroline is determined to marry for love and she's not sure whether Jack can love her back, even if she really, really, really loves him and doesn't want anyone but him, so oh! This is simply the most complicated problem in the world and the poor dear must be feeling truly distraught by the whole thing. On the bright side, this is a historical romance set in the s, so it's a groundbreaking effort of sorts by two authors whose previous works are set in contemporary times. Having said that, The Husband List is such a crudely unsophisticated effort that it is best used as an elementary reading material for people who are new to the romance genre. There's the obligatory "rich people are all SNOBS, except for our fabulously loaded main characters of course, and that's only because, despite our snobbery against rich people, we all acknowledge that romance is a hundred times less amazing if it isn't consummated on the promise of a huge bank account" nose-up-in-the-air attitude displayed by Jack and Caroline. Caroline hates her lot! She wants to run wild and free with Jack! She hates dressing up and she hates being nice to people who aren't Jack! But that's okay, her anti-social nature, because those people she snubs deserve it for being caricatures of self-important rich tossers or English those two are interchangeable here. The good secondary characters are usually middle or lower class folks, the better to preen beside our main characters to tell us, "See? After a while, I really wish someone can just pauper these two and make them bag cabbages for a living. Let's see how happy they will be after a few days of being "free from the gilded cage". Honestly, I may be less irritated by the constant reminder of how unworthy everyone that doesn't agree with our hero and heroine is, if the authors had portrayed these characters' snobbery in a more realistic, or at the very least, somewhat mature manner. As it is, these two basically stomp their feet and say that everyone else sucks because they say so, so there. The other elements of the story are exaggerated to an obnoxious degree too. Caroline's mother is a cartoon character, and not once does anybody acknowledge that she may be right to want her daughter to marry into security and financial stability. Foul Play Steffie Hall. Hero At Large Steffie Hall. The Husband List Author s: Martin's Press Availability: The Husband List:.

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Curvy porn Watch Video Reddit pornstar. They are usually laugh out loud funny with wonderful characters. This book is an exception. It is boring, predictable, and humorless. If you are looking for a good book to read, this isn't it. I recommend Evanovich's Stephanie Plum number books, the Plum holiday books and the early romances. I am not usually a romance fan but Evanovich wrote wonderful ones-Full Scoop, Back to the Bedroom and such. They are wonderfully funny with sweet characters. They often involve a feisty little old lady or three and a big lovable dog or, occasionally, a cat or kittens. They are formulaic, but each is new and interesting. Until The Husband List-it's just tired. BTW, Evanovich's pairing with author Dorien Kelly worked just great in their green cover book- the title was something like, Love in a Nutshell-it was a typical Evanovich book- funny and interesting. One person found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Caroline is an heiress at the turn of the 20th century. Jack is first generation Irish American, wealthy and an appropriate best friend for Caroline's brother but not an acceptable suitor for her. Especially as her take no prisoners Mother is bound and determine to marry her off to an English Duke No questions asked. Unfortunately for her scheming Mama, Caroline has a mind of her own and is in love with Jack. Now, if she can just get Jack to fall for her, while ruining her Mother's wedding plans on the down low, she maybe able to find her HEA! This is an interesting book, with a look at a slice of turn of the century life for the wealthy, that is fairly unique. It is interesting to view tradition butting heads with more modern activities such as bicycle riding, tennis and women making use of the ocean. While I was expecting more humor, a la Evanovich style, this was a sweet tale with great characters. I love Janet Evanovich, and have always expected to be able to read a story that makes me laugh right out loud! The Husband List was entertaining, although it was a complete departure from anything I've ever read by Evanovich. I enjoy historical romances, which is what this book was, but whereas I've always found Janet's books "hard to put down," I found this book to be very similar to many other historical romances I've read, with nothing outstanding to distinguish it from any of the others. I must say that I was interested enough to want to discover just how it would all turn out, but the ending seemed somewhat anti-climactic. It just needed more "kick" somehow. If you are looking for a book to pass some time, you might find this entertaining, it is not the worst book I've ever read, nor is it the best. Janet Evanovich has written much better, and I missed the humor of her other wonderful books! I have read everything that has been published by Janet Evonavich and this is the first that has been less than wonderful - and I was so disappointed that I felt like crying! It's not the first time that I have paid for a book that I didn't like, so that wasn't the issue. I seldom read this genre, but I do enjoy an occasional such novel if well-written, with a nice story, so that wasn't too disappointing. However, the issue was that it was so slow and boring that I thought I would never get to the end -- and, yes, I was determined to finish it! Before, I never hesitated to pre-order Evonavich's books, but now I feel cheated so I will check out the ratings before ordering. Readers, don't waste your money! Couldn't put it down. This book starts slow and I really hate how the parents are called "mama" and "papa". Jack Culhane, an unconventional Irish-American bachelor with new money and no title. A completely unacceptable suitor in the eyes of Caroline's mother. But Caroline's dark hair, brilliant eyes and quick wit have Jack understanding just why it is people fall in love and get married. It evokes memories of the lavish lifestyles and social expectations of the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers - a time when new money from the Americas married Old World social prestige and privilege. Dresses by Worth, transcontinental ocean voyages, lavish parties, a little intrigue, and a lot of romance await in, The Husband List. They could have had something to give them a reason to be in the book. Same with her brother. They are used like "props". I did love the descriptions of all the homes and the towns and the clothing. Wonderful detail there. Most authors skip over the background around them, but the background makes you feel like you are walking in the house with them. I would have given this a higher score, but can't get past all the above to do so. Dec 18, Chelsey Wolford rated it it was amazing. I recently started reading the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich and I must say that I have become a huge fan of her writing. I have not read her first novel, also co-written alongside Dorien Kelly, which released this time last year. That novel, Love in a Nutshell, features the same family that we read about in their new novel and allows us to dig deeper into the Culhane and Maxwell lines. This book follows the American heiress, Caroline Maxwell, as her mother purges her into the arms of I recently started reading the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich and I must say that I have become a huge fan of her writing. This book follows the American heiress, Caroline Maxwell, as her mother purges her into the arms of an unlikely suitor in order to guarantee a marriage for her daughter and a flourishing future for their family name. Caroline, however, wants no part of even the idea of marrying a man outside of loving him. Plus, she has her sights set on a much more down to earth man, and one in which her mother will never approve. This book was such an easy, breezy read. The writing style is perfect for me as it flows so easily and humor is incorporated within its pages. Even though this is classified as historical fiction, it feels as if it is a light contemporary novel. At times historical fiction can be filled with too many facts and tiny details that it will actually take away from the story line. This novel, however, allows readers to emerge in the times while appreciate the subtly of the action and narrative itself. This novel was definitely a page turner and the characters were easy to follow as well. Evanovich and Kelly incorporated many secondary characters and they were all very likeable. My favorite was possibly Harriet Vandermeulen, who unlike Caroline was glad to be planning a wedding without even the slightest proposal! Caroline Maxwell was a charming and humorous character. She had some of the best lines in the entire novel and an extremely humorous obsession for chocolate cake. She is the exact opposite of what someone might expect an American heiress to be and this is why I loved her. I wanted Caroline to take a stand for herself against her bitter mother. Plus, Jack was the perfect match for Caroline and the romance was not too much, but rather just enough! I would highly recommend anything by Janet Evanovich to any reader that I meet on the street. Dorien Kelly as an accompanying author in this novel is only an added bonus and adds to an already amazing writing style. This book was easy to read and easy to get lost in. I enjoyed every second of it and I know you all will too! Feb 15, Aaron rated it liked it. This proved to be a bit of a disappointment as Evanovich and Kelly try to latch onto the popularity of Downton Abbey with their usual flair of humorous writing. Caroline Maxwell is from an extremely wealthy and influential family in the Gilded Age. They have a home in Newport, Rhode Island, and there is talk of her probably marrying a British noble. Unfortunately, she would like to find happiness in the possibility of a less traditional life. She would like to be involved in business like her br This proved to be a bit of a disappointment as Evanovich and Kelly try to latch onto the popularity of Downton Abbey with their usual flair of humorous writing. She would like to be involved in business like her brother Eddie. Eddie's friend Jack Culhane is out to make it rich. He is not moneyed, but he has plans of building an economic empire through beer. He is investigating various brewhouses in Providence and the nearby areas with the hopes that he will be able to life up his father's immigrant poverty to being a real power player. Not surprisingly, Jack and Caroline find themselves falling madly in love, throwing a major kink into the marital plans Caroline's mother as for her. The book actually has all of the humor, quirkiness, and action that generally makes Evanovich's books successful. I am a fan, but I am also really into historical ficiton, and this book struggles quite a bit with historical accuracy. She really messes up with the geography of Newport. Even worse, the characters read like modern individuals rather than the gentry and immigrants of the Guilded Age. As a result, the book reads as being off for people with a stronger knowledge of the period. I didn't hate the book, but it does make me want to tell Evanovich that it is probably best for her to avoid historical fiction and focus on what she does great: Dec 17, BarbaraW rated it really liked it. Great little read. Wonderful details of the upper class during that time period. Falls for an Irish American family friend who was not a suitable husband at turn of century for a young woman of her class. Unknown facts about the duke cause things to heat up but Mother knows best Mar 19, Michelle rated it it was ok. I have read everything Janet Evanovich has ever written. This was very difficult to get through, because it was just plain boring. Nothing like her usual books, with quirky characters that make them fun reads. I actually put this book down twice and read other books in between because it couldn't keep my interest. Worst Evanovich book, yet. I didn't realize when I picked this up that it was historical fiction, but was pleasantly surprised with the content. It was romantic with a bit of sass and a little creepy drama. Mar 23, Sue rated it it was amazing. A quick read with fun, romance An heiress wants to marry for love, but her family has a different plan. Caroline has fallen for Jack, but her parents insist she marry Lord Bremerton, who they feel is a better match. A quick and amusing historical romance. Jul 21, Deborah rated it liked it. Light historical romance read. Enjoyed the main character and her desire to marry for love and not a business arrangement that her parents have set up. Oct 10, Mrs Giggles rated it it was ok. Caroline Maxwell, an American heiress, is not a happy person. She loves, in that order, Jack Culhane and cake, both of which are denied to her by her mother. That harpy insists that Caroline marries a titled English bloke, after all, while Jack is half-Irish. The list in the title refers to the one Caroline's mother created for her, and Caroline is determined to ensure that she scares away everyone on that list. Of course, Jack is always nearby, but oh, Caroline is determined to marry for love an Caroline Maxwell, an American heiress, is not a happy person. Of course, Jack is always nearby, but oh, Caroline is determined to marry for love and she's not sure whether Jack can love her back, even if she really, really, really loves him and doesn't want anyone but him, so oh! This is simply the most complicated problem in the world and the poor dear must be feeling truly distraught by the whole thing. On the bright side, this is a historical romance set in the s, so it's a groundbreaking effort of sorts by two authors whose previous works are set in contemporary times. Having said that, The Husband List is such a crudely unsophisticated effort that it is best used as an elementary reading material for people who are new to the romance genre. There's the obligatory "rich people are all SNOBS, except for our fabulously loaded main characters of course, and that's only because, despite our snobbery against rich people, we all acknowledge that romance is a hundred times less amazing if it isn't consummated on the promise of a huge bank account" nose-up-in-the-air attitude displayed by Jack and Caroline. Caroline hates her lot! She wants to run wild and free with Jack! She hates dressing up and she hates being nice to people who aren't Jack! But that's okay, her anti-social nature, because those people she snubs deserve it for being caricatures of self-important rich tossers or English those two are interchangeable here. The good secondary characters are usually middle or lower class folks, the better to preen beside our main characters to tell us, "See? After a while, I really wish someone can just pauper these two and make them bag cabbages for a living. Let's see how happy they will be after a few days of being "free from the gilded cage". Honestly, I may be less irritated by the constant reminder of how unworthy everyone that doesn't agree with our hero and heroine is, if the authors had portrayed these characters' snobbery in a more realistic, or at the very least, somewhat mature manner. As it is, these two basically stomp their feet and say that everyone else sucks because they say so, so there. The other elements of the story are exaggerated to an obnoxious degree too. Caroline's mother is a cartoon character, and not once does anybody acknowledge that she may be right to want her daughter to marry into security and financial stability. No, it's either you root for true love or you kiss the main characters' boot. The villain is so over the top that, coupled to Caroline's annoying passive nature in this story despite her various temper tantrums, make that whole subplot look like a Looney Tunes cartoon. Jack and Caroline have an equally shallow romantic conflict that is mostly based on wrong assumptions. If I was reading romance novels for the first time, I may find this one more palatable. With me being who and what I am, however, I find the exaggerated one-dimensional over the top portrayal of practically everything in this story more perplexing than anything else. The Husband List is like a very young adult story with some sex scenes thrown in to let readers imagine that they are reading grown-up material. Nov 01, Brooke Banks rated it really liked it Shelves: I won this book in a First Reads Giveaway and am really glad I did. I loved it or at least really, really liked it. There are a few minor things that I wish was more flushed out, more brought out but it was such an enjoyable, quick, funny read. The story line isn't new or shocking or original. It was pretty standard fair but I thought it was well done and there's nothing wrong with liking this kind of story. The titled Husband list is mentioned only a few times and I thought the book would take I won this book in a First Reads Giveaway and am really glad I did. The titled Husband list is mentioned only a few times and I thought the book would take a different track due to the title. I actually liked how the romance wasn't peddle to the metal like in typical romances. I felt the connection between the two and loved seeing it blossom. I found it sweet. Maybe this cynic has a soft spot after all. I think it did the historical time very well and I think that shows from the romance, the clothes, the attitudes. It was mostly little things that kept it real for me like the ridiculous claim of having a Cherokee princess as a great grandmother. That's inline with the time and reasoning given behind these claims. Of course, that claim is still around passed down from generation to generation but anyone who does research knows that it's wrong. The story kept it pretty tight to what was needed for what was included in the story and left it as that. It was wonderful diving in and seeing how this outspoken woman would be in the time. I found Caroline very funny and witty and liked her very much. Caroline does have the spoiled rich girl syndrome but let's face it, most of the characters do. Caroline does admit to feeling selfish and bad about it. The ending made her appreciate things and drove the point home to her. A virile yet vulnerable man gave up his rogue-ish ways to rebuild his family estate. He engaged in physical labor IE roofing, harvesting. May 07, MPSchaff rated it liked it Shelves: A well-executed but silly mashup of "marriage of convenience" and "mistaken identity" plots. The heroine was in the dark way too long to be believable. I like Gillian. Jul 15, Cherie rated it it was ok Shelves: I thought it was quite silly. Boring Too 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. Jan 10, Manal rated it really liked it. Aug 23, Maura rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 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. 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. 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? 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? 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. A delightful and enjoyable read - would be perfect if last three chapters were rewritten Gillian is an almost 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 A delightful and enjoyable read - would be perfect if last three chapters were rewritten Gillian is an almost year old widow and is a wonderful heroine - intelligent, witty, strong-minded, and compassionate. 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. 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, Richard's opinion that the idea of a serious female artist was laughable really grated on my nerves and seemed incongruent with his personality. 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. La amava e la voleva. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers Also Enjoyed. About Victoria Alexander. Victoria Alexander. Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out. Since the publication of her first book in , Librarian Note: Since the publication of her first book in , she has written thirty-one full length novels and six novellas. With books translated into more than a dozen different languages she has readers around the world and has twice been nominated for Romance's Writers of America prestigious RITA award. In she was the keynote speaker for the Romance Writers of American annual conference in San Francisco. Victoria credits much of her writing success to her experiences as a reporter. Her years as a broadcast journalist were spent in two radically different areas of the country: Nebraska and West Virginia. In West Virginia, she covered both natural and manmade disasters. She was on the scene when a power plant construction accident in a small town left 52 men dead. She once spent the night on a mountain waiting to learn of the fate of coal miners trapped in a mine collapse. Victoria was producing a newscast when her husband who worked at the same television station and several other journalists were held hostage by a disturbed Vietnam veteran. In Nebraska, she reported on the farm crisis and watched people lose land that had been in their families for generations. Her investigative work exposed the trucking of New York City garbage to a small town dump in rural Nebraska. During her journalism career, Victoria covered every president from Ford to Clinton. She knows firsthand what it feels like to be surrounded by rising floodwaters and inside a burning building. It was the encouragement she needed to turn from news to fiction..

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I love Janet Evanovich, and have always expected to be The husband list to read a story that makes me laugh right out loud! The Husband List was entertaining, although it was a complete departure from anything I've ever read by Evanovich.

I enjoy historical romances, which is what this book was, but whereas I've always found Janet's books "hard to put down," I The husband list this book to be very similar The husband list many other historical romances I've read, with nothing outstanding to distinguish it from any of the others.

I must say that I was interested enough to want to discover just how it would all turn out, but the ending seemed somewhat anti-climactic. It just The husband list more "kick" somehow. If you are looking for a book to pass some time, you might find this entertaining, it is not the worst book I've ever read, nor is it the best.

Janet Evanovich has written much better, and I missed the humor of her other wonderful books! I have read everything that has been published by Janet Evonavich and this is the first that has been less than wonderful - and I was so disappointed that I felt like crying! It's not The husband list first time that I have paid for a book that I didn't like, so that wasn't the issue.

As usual, King did a superb job as a narrator for this novel. She has unique, fantastic voices for each of the characters, complete with accents. The witty writing and excellent narration lead to a few laugh out loud moments on my trips to and from work. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I love this time period in general and the characters were all fantastic, especially Caroline and Jack.

The dialogue and witty play between the two as their feelings for each other grew was wonderful. Bremerton click to see more Mrs. Maxwell were a bit one dimensional, but that The husband list to their humor. If you are a fan of Downton Abbey and wonder about the life that Cora could have possibly lived, The Husband List is your answer. This review was originally published on my blog at: Mar 14, Sandra rated it liked it.

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To view it, click here. I love to read Janet Evanovich. She The husband list me laugh and always puts a happy spin on things.

This book had lots of great things. I enjoyed the read, although I really was waiting for a description of the wedding as it happened.

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And maybe told how brilliantly Jack made The husband list in his beer making ventures. AND, I really wanted to hear Bremerton get his dues, in detail. But none of that happened. You have to "imagine" it.

I hate when they do that! I've got a great imagination and can dream up all kinds I love The husband list read Janet Evanovich. I've got The husband list great imagination and can dream up all kinds of endings. I don't want to to that.

Oh well. I thought the mother a witch, with a BIG B! Talk about no brain. The woman had none. I did love the story of Jacks Da and Flora.

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And I continue reading have enjoyed some story about Caroline's two sisters. They are there, but that's it. Their like flowers in the background. They could have had something to give them a reason to be in the book.

The husband list with her brother. They are used like "props". I did love the descriptions of all the homes and the towns and the clothing. The husband list detail there. Most authors skip over the background around them, but the background makes you feel like you are walking in the house with them. I would have given this a higher score, but can't get past all the above to do so. Dec 18, Chelsey Wolford rated it it was amazing. I recently started reading the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich and I must say that I have become a huge fan of her writing.

I have not read her first novel, also co-written alongside Dorien Kelly, which released this time last year. That novel, Love in a Nutshell, features the same family that we read about in their new novel and allows us The husband list dig deeper into the Culhane and Maxwell lines.

This book follows the American heiress, Caroline Maxwell, as her mother purges her into the arms of I recently started reading the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich and I must say that I have become a huge fan of her writing.

This book follows the The husband list heiress, Caroline Maxwell, The husband list her mother purges her into the arms of an unlikely suitor in order to guarantee a marriage for her daughter and a flourishing future for their family name. Caroline, however, wants no The husband list of even the idea of marrying a man outside of loving him.

Plus, she has her sights set on a much more down to earth man, and one in which her mother will never approve. This book was such an easy, breezy read. The husband list writing style is perfect for me as it flows so easily and humor is incorporated within its pages. Even though this is classified as historical fiction, it feels as if it is a light contemporary novel. At times historical fiction can be filled with too many facts and tiny details that it will actually take away from the story line.

This novel, however, allows readers to emerge in the times while appreciate the subtly of the action and narrative itself. This novel was definitely a page turner The husband list the characters were easy to follow as well. Evanovich and Kelly incorporated The husband list secondary characters and they were all very likeable. Read article favorite was possibly Harriet Vandermeulen, who unlike Caroline was glad to be planning a wedding without even the slightest proposal!

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Caroline Maxwell was a charming and humorous character. She had some of the best lines in the entire novel and an extremely humorous obsession for chocolate cake. She is the exact opposite of what someone might expect an American heiress to be and this is The husband list I loved her. I wanted Caroline to take a stand for herself against her bitter mother.

Plus, Jack was the perfect match for Caroline and the romance was not too much, but rather just enough! I would highly recommend anything by Janet Evanovich to any reader that I meet on the street. Dorien Kelly as an accompanying author in this novel is only an added bonus and adds to an already amazing writing style.

This book was easy to read and easy to get lost in. I enjoyed every second of it and I know you all will too! Feb 15, Aaron rated it liked it. This proved to be a bit of a disappointment as Evanovich and Kelly try to latch onto the The husband list of Downton Abbey The husband list their usual flair of humorous writing.

Caroline Maxwell is from an extremely wealthy and influential family in the Gilded The husband list. They have a home in Newport, Rhode Island, and there is talk of her probably marrying a British noble.

Unfortunately, she would like to find happiness in the possibility of a less traditional life. She would like to be involved in business like her br This proved to be a bit of a disappointment as Evanovich and Kelly try to latch The husband list the popularity of Downton Abbey with their usual flair of humorous writing.

She would like to be involved in business like her brother Eddie. Eddie's friend Jack Culhane is out to make it rich. He is not moneyed, but he has plans of The husband list an economic empire through beer. He is investigating various brewhouses in Providence and the nearby areas with the hopes that he will be able to life up his father's https://gaping.camping-camargue.pro/pub1475-puty.php poverty to being a real The husband list player.

Not surprisingly, Jack and Caroline find themselves falling madly in love, throwing a major kink into the marital plans Caroline's mother as for her. The book actually has all of the humor, quirkiness, and action that generally makes Evanovich's books successful. I am a fan, but I am The husband list really into historical ficiton, and this book struggles quite a The husband list with historical accuracy. She really messes up with the geography of Newport.

Even worse, the characters read like modern individuals rather The husband list the gentry and immigrants of the Guilded Age. As a result, the book reads as being off for people with a stronger knowledge of the period. I didn't hate the here, but it does make me want to tell Evanovich that it is probably best for her to avoid historical fiction and focus on what she does great: Dec 17, BarbaraW rated it really liked it.

Great little read. Wonderful details of the upper class during that time period. Falls for an Irish American family friend who was not a suitable husband at turn of century for a young woman of her class. Unknown facts about the duke cause things to heat up but Mother knows The husband list Mar 19, Michelle rated it The husband list was ok.

Puja Bhatsex Watch Video Youtube kik. I simply expected much more of Evanovich. Most of the story was based in Newport Beach, providing the background, setting up the character conflicts, bracing us for the melodramatic reveal in England. Light, fluffy, yawn. It was sweet how very much Caroline envied Jack's ability to travel and explore. Makes you want them to be able to marry. I did like Caroline's intelligence and determinationmust have gotten that one from her mama. The Story A lightweight romance about the poor beset heiress who simply wants her independence and the singleminded mother who wants her daughter to marry a duke's heir whom even the duke doesn't want to inherit. Caroline much prefers an upstart Irishman who buys up breweries. The Characters Caroline Maxwell knows what she wantschocolate cake and Jack. A lady who is determined that Caroline will marry a title. Maxwell hires to force feed Debrett's Peerage into Caroline. Bertha is mama's maid. Bernard Maxwell is her indulgent father. Jack Culhane has expanded on his Irish father's efforts, and now Jack concentrates on buying up breweries. He'll do anything it takes to get the ones he wants. He's best friends with Eddie Maxwell , Caroline's brother. O'Toole is his valet. His dad is Patrick , who realizes what a mistake he made. Flora Willoughby is an old flame of his father's, who preferred to tread the boards. Mildred Longhorne is a bosom friend of Mama's. Harriet Vandermeulen is the very determined friend of Caroline's with a very unrealistic goal. Lord Bremerton , Marcus, is the heir of the Duke of Endsleigh. He'll be perfect. Parker is the housekeeper at Bremerton's country house, Chesley House; Cora is the sole maid married to Jamie; Lady Carew is a relative of Bremerton's and rather dotty; and, Adele is Bremerton's first wife. The Cover The cover has a brilliant glossy white background encircled with frilly golden curlicues. The authors' names are prominent and you can almost find the title in all those lines. The title is very accurate as mama has The Husband List of who is acceptable. Jan 27, Keri rated it it was ok Shelves: This one, not nearly as much. This is a historical romance, and I read a lot of historical romances, so I think I've become a bit of a snob in this genre. Historical romances have the potential to be such fantastic stories, but most times the authors just fall into what I like to think of as the HR format. In the HR format there must be: However, that is rare. Most of the time the books are enjoyable enough but nothing that stands out. This book definitely follows the HR format but it was also very simplistic on top of it all making for a dull read. I shouldn't say this book was dull, it was ok. It had likable characters, but it was just too cutesy. Too easy. Too predictable. Too TV The drama was very mild, the villan was very mild, the relationship buildup was very mild, the sexy scenes So I guess what I'm saying is is that this book was too mild for me. It wasn't bad but it wasn't anything that stood out. This author is very popular, and I did enjoy her contemporary Love in a Nutshell, so maybe it's just the HR stuff by this author that I should steer clear of. I am still willing to give this author another try. Jul 16, Patrice rated it really liked it Shelves: I chose this book mainly because I like previous stories by Janet Evanovich that I have read or listened to on audio book. I was quite happily surprised when I picked this book up from my library and read the inside jacket cover, to find that it was a historical romance. This story is about Caroline Maxwell, an American heiress. She is the eldest of three daughters to Agnes and Bernard Maxwell. Caroline longs for travel and adventure, not a husband but, that is all her mother can think of. Her I chose this book mainly because I like previous stories by Janet Evanovich that I have read or listened to on audio book. Her mother has created the husband list for her. Caroline is 21 and well past the first blush of a young debutante. Her mother is determined to see her married by year-end. Jack is a first generation Irish-American, an unsuitable match for Caroline, according to her mother. So Caroline says nothing and tries to scare off the men her mother introduces her to by being the intelligent, sharp-witted, forthright person she is. Beer is his passion and he is looking for the next one to add to his growing business. Then Caroline kisses Jack outside the museum and his thoughts start going in a different direction. I love her strength of character without breaking the mold of how we would expect a young woman in to behave. There is also a bit of intrigue surrounding English Lord Bremerton and Caroline can tell that he is not all that he pretends to be. So, if you like romances that have are historical, albeit ever so slightly, this should be a delightful story to read. Feb 09, Jen rated it really liked it Shelves: I really liked this story. It was a fun, light read. Caroline Maxwell was my favorite type of female protagonist: Jack Culhane was pretty great, too: I loved Caroline and Jack together, and really despised Lord Bremerton. I had hoped Caroline and Jack would end up together view spoiler [They did. Patrick Culhane was Irish, and supposedly had an accent. Unfortunately, it bothered me that I couldn't detect the Irish in his speech. Somewhere in the last 50 or so pages, I actually had the unfortunate thought that "if Nora Roberts had written of Patrick Culhane, I would not have had a doubt that he was Irish. But then the end What can I say about the end? It was not very exciting. Bremerton had a chance to try and force Caroline into a situation where she'd be compelled to marry him. And then all he did was go to her room. Caroline pulled her gun on him. Jack arrived, punched him, and tied him up. Caroline's mother finally saw that Bremerton was not who she thought he was and changed her mind about Jack. Jack and Caroline were allowed to get engaged with her parents' blessing. Hopefully, if you read it, you can see how this ending left me feeling flat. I really liked this story, and the events were all tied up by the end, but I wish there had been more. But what that "more" could have been, I don't really know. So four stars it is. Mar 08, Lindsey Silvestrini rated it it was amazing. LOVED it! First of all, in audio books, the reader can make or break them for me. She really did justice to Evanovich and Kelly and brought their story to life. The things that our society tolerates now were unheard of back then. Caroline Maxwell is in high society and is expected to marry someone who will bring her family more wealth and prestige. The goal is to marry up, not equal and never down! Her mother has quite a lot of influence in this area and is pressuring her to marry Lord Bremerton title is important too who is at the top of The Husband List, Caroline has an extreme dislike of him and wants nothing to do with him. Their forbidden love cannot be discovered or there will be dire consequences. This is the classic story of love versus money and how much influence ones family has over such a monumental decision that these days fall to the bride and groom alone at least in our country. I found myself rooting for Caroline and praying she would not give in to the pressure to marry without love. What decision do you think she made? The Husband List is an entertaining romance focusing on diversity among social classes and the prejudices and assumptions that are made about those that are different. It was original and insightful and touched on important issues while maintaining a light hearted romance and I enjoyed every moment! View 1 comment. Oct 18, Michelle rated it really liked it Shelves: Goodreads ARC first reads, As sweet as Caroline's beloved chocolate cake, and just as easy to devour. The Husband List focuses on the adventures of American heiress Caroline Maxwell and her mothers desperate attempts to marry her off to an English almost Duke. This is much to the chagrin of the free thinking, and rebellious by Victorian standards Caroline. I found the whole thing extremely well written. Having never read any of Evanovitch's previous work, or particularly having an inte Goodreads ARC first reads, As sweet as Caroline's beloved chocolate cake, and just as easy to devour. Having never read any of Evanovitch's previous work, or particularly having an interest in doing so, I was slightly hesitant, but this dabble into historical romance was wonderful. I was immediately enamoured with the characters and the lavish world in which they lived. Now this isn't necessarily a pro for everyone but, I'm a bit of a This novel was extremely romantic and did have sensual perhaps you could call them sexual situations but none of them were overt or "erotic", they were appropriate to the characters and the time period in which they lived and for a change of pace in recent romantic lit these scenes were very tastefully done. I'm going to attempt to do this without spoilers but be warned that small hints may be here even if not outright spoilers. There wasn't much of a climax involved at the end and I almost felt like Mrs. Agnes Maxwell gave up a little to easily especially considering her aversion to Jack. The climax of the novel lasted all of two pages and we were left with three pages to wrap things up. All of this being said, perhaps that's just me wanting the novel to last longer and therefore it should be filed in the pros bracket. Jackalyn Anderson, Shannon Keillor. Caroline Maxwell's mother has been prepping her daughter for years to make a good marriage and even has a list of suitable husbands. Unfortunately, Caroline is already in love with someone else and finds the gentleman at the top of her mother's husband list to be most unsuitable -- she also thinks he's hiding something. Can she stall the proposal and wedding planning long enough to find out what he's hiding, and get her mother to agree to let her marry the man she truly loves? You'll have to rea Caroline Maxwell's mother has been prepping her daughter for years to make a good marriage and even has a list of suitable husbands. They are formulaic, but each is new and interesting. Until The Husband List-it's just tired. BTW, Evanovich's pairing with author Dorien Kelly worked just great in their green cover book- the title was something like, Love in a Nutshell-it was a typical Evanovich book- funny and interesting. One person found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Caroline is an heiress at the turn of the 20th century. Jack is first generation Irish American, wealthy and an appropriate best friend for Caroline's brother but not an acceptable suitor for her. Especially as her take no prisoners Mother is bound and determine to marry her off to an English Duke No questions asked. Unfortunately for her scheming Mama, Caroline has a mind of her own and is in love with Jack. Now, if she can just get Jack to fall for her, while ruining her Mother's wedding plans on the down low, she maybe able to find her HEA! This is an interesting book, with a look at a slice of turn of the century life for the wealthy, that is fairly unique. It is interesting to view tradition butting heads with more modern activities such as bicycle riding, tennis and women making use of the ocean. While I was expecting more humor, a la Evanovich style, this was a sweet tale with great characters. I love Janet Evanovich, and have always expected to be able to read a story that makes me laugh right out loud! The Husband List was entertaining, although it was a complete departure from anything I've ever read by Evanovich. I enjoy historical romances, which is what this book was, but whereas I've always found Janet's books "hard to put down," I found this book to be very similar to many other historical romances I've read, with nothing outstanding to distinguish it from any of the others. I must say that I was interested enough to want to discover just how it would all turn out, but the ending seemed somewhat anti-climactic. It just needed more "kick" somehow. If you are looking for a book to pass some time, you might find this entertaining, it is not the worst book I've ever read, nor is it the best. Janet Evanovich has written much better, and I missed the humor of her other wonderful books! I have read everything that has been published by Janet Evonavich and this is the first that has been less than wonderful - and I was so disappointed that I felt like crying! It's not the first time that I have paid for a book that I didn't like, so that wasn't the issue. I seldom read this genre, but I do enjoy an occasional such novel if well-written, with a nice story, so that wasn't too disappointing. However, the issue was that it was so slow and boring that I thought I would never get to the end -- and, yes, I was determined to finish it! Before, I never hesitated to pre-order Evonavich's books, but now I feel cheated so I will check out the ratings before ordering. Readers, don't waste your money! Couldn't put it down. This book starts slow and I really hate how the parents are called "mama" and "papa". Seems very unnatural and gets annoying. Although it starts slow, it gets very good. It's a romantic story of two people. It keeps readers wanting more. I couldn't put it down. It's very long too compared to Janet's other books but so enjoyable. Loved loved it. It's got romance and suspense. But Caroline's dark hair, brilliant eyes and quick wit have Jack understanding just why it is people fall in love and get married. It evokes memories of the lavish lifestyles and social expectations of the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers - a time when new money from the Americas married Old World social prestige and privilege. Dresses by Worth, transcontinental ocean voyages, lavish parties, a little intrigue, and a lot of romance await in, The Husband List. Foul Play Steffie Hall. Hero At Large Steffie Hall. He engaged in physical labor IE roofing, harvesting. May 07, MPSchaff rated it liked it Shelves: A well-executed but silly mashup of "marriage of convenience" and "mistaken identity" plots. The heroine was in the dark way too long to be believable. I like Gillian. Jul 15, Cherie rated it it was ok Shelves: I thought it was quite silly. Boring Too 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. Jan 10, Manal rated it really liked it. Aug 23, Maura rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 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. 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. 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? 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? 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. A delightful and enjoyable read - would be perfect if last three chapters were rewritten Gillian is an almost 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 A delightful and enjoyable read - would be perfect if last three chapters were rewritten Gillian is an almost year old widow and is a wonderful heroine - intelligent, witty, strong-minded, and compassionate. 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. 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, Richard's opinion that the idea of a serious female artist was laughable really grated on my nerves and seemed incongruent with his personality. 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. La amava e la voleva. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers Also Enjoyed. About Victoria Alexander. Victoria Alexander. Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out. Since the publication of her first book in , Librarian Note: Since the publication of her first book in , she has written thirty-one full length novels and six novellas. With books translated into more than a dozen different languages she has readers around the world and has twice been nominated for Romance's Writers of America prestigious RITA award. In she was the keynote speaker for the Romance Writers of American annual conference in San Francisco. Victoria credits much of her writing success to her experiences as a reporter. Her years as a broadcast journalist were spent in two radically different areas of the country: Nebraska and West Virginia. In West Virginia, she covered both natural and manmade disasters. 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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 , 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. 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. Outside of that, the story seemed a little dialogue heavy at times. 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. 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. Jan 07, Elaine rated it really liked it Shelves: I must say that I was interested enough to want to discover just how it would all turn out, but the ending seemed somewhat anti-climactic. It just needed more "kick" somehow. If you are looking for a book to pass some time, you might find this entertaining, it is not the worst book I've ever read, nor is it the best. Janet Evanovich has written much better, and I missed the humor of her other wonderful books! I have read everything that has been published by Janet Evonavich and this is the first that has been less than wonderful - and I was so disappointed that I felt like crying! It's not the first time that I have paid for a book that I didn't like, so that wasn't the issue. I seldom read this genre, but I do enjoy an occasional such novel if well-written, with a nice story, so that wasn't too disappointing. However, the issue was that it was so slow and boring that I thought I would never get to the end -- and, yes, I was determined to finish it! Before, I never hesitated to pre-order Evonavich's books, but now I feel cheated so I will check out the ratings before ordering. Readers, don't waste your money! Couldn't put it down. This book starts slow and I really hate how the parents are called "mama" and "papa". Seems very unnatural and gets annoying. Although it starts slow, it gets very good. It's a romantic story of two people. It keeps readers wanting more. I couldn't put it down. It's very long too compared to Janet's other books but so enjoyable. Loved loved it. It's got romance and suspense. Audio CD Verified Purchase. This book was really great. I liked the strong will of Caroline to make her own decision as to who she will marry and to take steps to ensure that it doesn't happen, despite her mother's demand that it does. And the fight to make the man she really loved to realize their desire. It kept me wanting to know what's going to happen next. It was exciting, witty, and exhilarating. I would definitely recommend this book to an adult. Hardcover Verified Purchase. I wasn't sure I would like this book after reading the first page. Fictional historical romances have never quite lived up to my expectations. I should not have worried. The story is partially based on a previous novel by the author, Love in a Nutshell. It tells a story of arranged marriages, which were fairly common during this time period. The book leads you through the "ins and outs" of such marriages. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Would like to see another book as a sequel to actually link this book with Love in a Nutshell. This is a must buy. The writing style is perfect for me as it flows so easily and humor is incorporated within its pages. Even though this is classified as historical fiction, it feels as if it is a light contemporary novel. At times historical fiction can be filled with too many facts and tiny details that it will actually take away from the story line. This novel, however, allows readers to emerge in the times while appreciate the subtly of the action and narrative itself. This novel was definitely a page turner and the characters were easy to follow as well. Evanovich and Kelly incorporated many secondary characters and they were all very likeable. My favorite was possibly Harriet Vandermeulen, who unlike Caroline was glad to be planning a wedding without even the slightest proposal! Caroline Maxwell was a charming and humorous character. She had some of the best lines in the entire novel and an extremely humorous obsession for chocolate cake. She is the exact opposite of what someone might expect an American heiress to be and this is why I loved her. I wanted Caroline to take a stand for herself against her bitter mother. Plus, Jack was the perfect match for Caroline and the romance was not too much, but rather just enough! I would highly recommend anything by Janet Evanovich to any reader that I meet on the street. Dorien Kelly as an accompanying author in this novel is only an added bonus and adds to an already amazing writing style. This book was easy to read and easy to get lost in. I enjoyed every second of it and I know you all will too! Feb 15, Aaron rated it liked it. This proved to be a bit of a disappointment as Evanovich and Kelly try to latch onto the popularity of Downton Abbey with their usual flair of humorous writing. Caroline Maxwell is from an extremely wealthy and influential family in the Gilded Age. They have a home in Newport, Rhode Island, and there is talk of her probably marrying a British noble. Unfortunately, she would like to find happiness in the possibility of a less traditional life. She would like to be involved in business like her br This proved to be a bit of a disappointment as Evanovich and Kelly try to latch onto the popularity of Downton Abbey with their usual flair of humorous writing. She would like to be involved in business like her brother Eddie. Eddie's friend Jack Culhane is out to make it rich. He is not moneyed, but he has plans of building an economic empire through beer. He is investigating various brewhouses in Providence and the nearby areas with the hopes that he will be able to life up his father's immigrant poverty to being a real power player. Not surprisingly, Jack and Caroline find themselves falling madly in love, throwing a major kink into the marital plans Caroline's mother as for her. The book actually has all of the humor, quirkiness, and action that generally makes Evanovich's books successful. I am a fan, but I am also really into historical ficiton, and this book struggles quite a bit with historical accuracy. She really messes up with the geography of Newport. Even worse, the characters read like modern individuals rather than the gentry and immigrants of the Guilded Age. As a result, the book reads as being off for people with a stronger knowledge of the period. I didn't hate the book, but it does make me want to tell Evanovich that it is probably best for her to avoid historical fiction and focus on what she does great: Dec 17, BarbaraW rated it really liked it. Great little read. Wonderful details of the upper class during that time period. Falls for an Irish American family friend who was not a suitable husband at turn of century for a young woman of her class. Unknown facts about the duke cause things to heat up but Mother knows best Mar 19, Michelle rated it it was ok. I have read everything Janet Evanovich has ever written. This was very difficult to get through, because it was just plain boring. Nothing like her usual books, with quirky characters that make them fun reads. I actually put this book down twice and read other books in between because it couldn't keep my interest. Worst Evanovich book, yet. I didn't realize when I picked this up that it was historical fiction, but was pleasantly surprised with the content. It was romantic with a bit of sass and a little creepy drama. Mar 23, Sue rated it it was amazing. A quick read with fun, romance An heiress wants to marry for love, but her family has a different plan. Caroline has fallen for Jack, but her parents insist she marry Lord Bremerton, who they feel is a better match. A quick and amusing historical romance. Jul 21, Deborah rated it liked it. Light historical romance read. Enjoyed the main character and her desire to marry for love and not a business arrangement that her parents have set up. Oct 10, Mrs Giggles rated it it was ok. Caroline Maxwell, an American heiress, is not a happy person. She loves, in that order, Jack Culhane and cake, both of which are denied to her by her mother. That harpy insists that Caroline marries a titled English bloke, after all, while Jack is half-Irish. The list in the title refers to the one Caroline's mother created for her, and Caroline is determined to ensure that she scares away everyone on that list. Of course, Jack is always nearby, but oh, Caroline is determined to marry for love an Caroline Maxwell, an American heiress, is not a happy person. Of course, Jack is always nearby, but oh, Caroline is determined to marry for love and she's not sure whether Jack can love her back, even if she really, really, really loves him and doesn't want anyone but him, so oh! This is simply the most complicated problem in the world and the poor dear must be feeling truly distraught by the whole thing. On the bright side, this is a historical romance set in the s, so it's a groundbreaking effort of sorts by two authors whose previous works are set in contemporary times. Having said that, The Husband List is such a crudely unsophisticated effort that it is best used as an elementary reading material for people who are new to the romance genre. There's the obligatory "rich people are all SNOBS, except for our fabulously loaded main characters of course, and that's only because, despite our snobbery against rich people, we all acknowledge that romance is a hundred times less amazing if it isn't consummated on the promise of a huge bank account" nose-up-in-the-air attitude displayed by Jack and Caroline. Caroline hates her lot! She wants to run wild and free with Jack! She hates dressing up and she hates being nice to people who aren't Jack! But that's okay, her anti-social nature, because those people she snubs deserve it for being caricatures of self-important rich tossers or English those two are interchangeable here. The good secondary characters are usually middle or lower class folks, the better to preen beside our main characters to tell us, "See? After a while, I really wish someone can just pauper these two and make them bag cabbages for a living. Let's see how happy they will be after a few days of being "free from the gilded cage". Honestly, I may be less irritated by the constant reminder of how unworthy everyone that doesn't agree with our hero and heroine is, if the authors had portrayed these characters' snobbery in a more realistic, or at the very least, somewhat mature manner. As it is, these two basically stomp their feet and say that everyone else sucks because they say so, so there. The other elements of the story are exaggerated to an obnoxious degree too. Caroline's mother is a cartoon character, and not once does anybody acknowledge that she may be right to want her daughter to marry into security and financial stability. No, it's either you root for true love or you kiss the main characters' boot. The villain is so over the top that, coupled to Caroline's annoying passive nature in this story despite her various temper tantrums, make that whole subplot look like a Looney Tunes cartoon. Jack and Caroline have an equally shallow romantic conflict that is mostly based on wrong assumptions. If I was reading romance novels for the first time, I may find this one more palatable. With me being who and what I am, however, I find the exaggerated one-dimensional over the top portrayal of practically everything in this story more perplexing than anything else. The Husband List is like a very young adult story with some sex scenes thrown in to let readers imagine that they are reading grown-up material. Nov 01, Brooke Banks rated it really liked it Shelves: I won this book in a First Reads Giveaway and am really glad I did. I loved it or at least really, really liked it. There are a few minor things that I wish was more flushed out, more brought out but it was such an enjoyable, quick, funny read. The story line isn't new or shocking or original. It was pretty standard fair but I thought it was well done and there's nothing wrong with liking this kind of story. The titled Husband list is mentioned only a few times and I thought the book would take I won this book in a First Reads Giveaway and am really glad I did. The titled Husband list is mentioned only a few times and I thought the book would take a different track due to the title. I actually liked how the romance wasn't peddle to the metal like in typical romances. I felt the connection between the two and loved seeing it blossom. I found it sweet. Maybe this cynic has a soft spot after all. I think it did the historical time very well and I think that shows from the romance, the clothes, the attitudes. It was mostly little things that kept it real for me like the ridiculous claim of having a Cherokee princess as a great grandmother. That's inline with the time and reasoning given behind these claims. Of course, that claim is still around passed down from generation to generation but anyone who does research knows that it's wrong. The story kept it pretty tight to what was needed for what was included in the story and left it as that. It was wonderful diving in and seeing how this outspoken woman would be in the time. I found Caroline very funny and witty and liked her very much. Caroline does have the spoiled rich girl syndrome but let's face it, most of the characters do. Caroline does admit to feeling selfish and bad about it. The ending made her appreciate things and drove the point home to her. The ending and the mystery was a bit of a let down. I wish it was more thorough, and well, just more. The mystery was minor and the ending felt rushed. It was merely pages to wrap it all up and it really would have benefited from taking more time on it. Honestly, I was expecting more from our bad guy here as well. It felt so lame. It didn't match up to how great the story was going. All in all though, I still enjoyed it. If there's another book about the sisters, I'd probably pick it up. Though if there's another book and they don't go into detail about what happened in this ending, it will be disappointing. I can see it going bestseller but the ending knocks it down from great to good. I think this would be a great book for those who like historical romance though I don't think it's a proper bodice ripper. It's really a short, easy beach kind of read. Admittedly, I loved Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series until she dragged out the love triangle, didn't progress Stephanie's character and the plots were just.. So I give low marks to the later books and wished Janet had given the series a proper ending and kept up the standards. I've never read her other work and am tentative about her work due to the let down of Stephanie Plum. When her mother sets her sights on the questionable Lord Bremerton as a possible suitor, Caroline struggles with her instincts and the true nature of her heart. She longs for adventure, passion, love, and most of all. Jack Culhane, an unconventional Irish-American bachelor with new money and no title. A completely unacceptable suitor in the eyes of Caroline's mother. But Caroline's dark hair, brilliant eyes and quick wit have Jack understanding just why it is people fall in love and get married..

Marianne is a bookish sort and Jocelyn dreams of a Cinderella-style romance, both things that I can relate The husband list, 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. Jan 07, Elaine rated it really liked it Shelves: I liked Gillian a lot, she's a terrific character. Richard was ok too although I really wanted to slap him in The husband list parts of the The husband list.

The secondary characters were very likable too. It was fluffy, quick read, nothing exceptional about it, but not bad either. Source 10, Valerie rated it liked it. Gillian proposes The husband list 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 The husband list his father. I watched him fuck my sister.

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