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February 1, 2014



Fitzhugh Trilogy #3
Sherry Thomas

Tempting the Bride (Fitzhugh Trilogy, #3)
 Mass Market Paperback, 279 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Berkley
ISBN 0425251020
 (ISBN13: 9780425251027)

Helena Fitzhugh
David Hillsborough

Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award (RT Award) for Innovative Historical Romance (2012), Library Journal: Librarian's Best Romance Books of the Year for Best Romance Books (2012

“I’ve always loved you,” he said, his eyes a blue that was almost violet. “You know this.” She swallowed a lump in her throat. “I only wonder whether I deserve such devotion.”
“Sometimes people fall in love with those who do not return the same strength of feelings. It is as it is,” he said with a quiet intensity. “What I give, I give freely. You owe me nothing, not love, not friendship, not even obligation.”

In this new masterpiece of historical romance from the acclaimed Sherry Thomas,
a headstrong beauty is rescued by the notorious rake she has always despised...
(from Shelfari)
Helena Fitzhugh understands perfectly well that she would be ruined should her secret love affair be discovered. So when a rendezvous goes wrong and she is about to be caught in the act, it is with the greatest reluctance that she accepts help from David Hillsborough, Viscount Hastings, and elopes with him to save her reputation.
Helena has despised David since they were children—the notorious rake has tormented her all her life. David, on the other hand, has always loved Helena, but his pride will never let him admit the secrets of his heart.

A carriage accident the day after their elopement, however, robs Helena of her memory—the slate is wiped clean. At last David dares to reveal his love, and she finds him both fascinating and desirable. But what will happen when her memory returns and she realizes she has fallen for a man she has sworn never to trust?
Ms. Thomas wrote a wonderful love story, full of romance, suspense, emotions and so much more. I didn't read the first two books in the series, of which I should have.  I might suggest that you do that if you are going to read her series.  Ms. Thomas didn't disappoint.  She delivered. I felt sometimes throughout the book that I could have taken some  of the characters and just shook them. You have David who is a real jerk to begin with.  He's been in love with Helena for years and yet, he doesn't quite have what it takes to tell her.  I don't know if I would want a man like that, but then you get to the bedroom scenes and "wow".  My mind might be changed. There is another redeeming quality of David.  His daughter, that he loves with his whole heart and would do anything for her.  He is gentle, caring, patient and does what is best for her. She is his illegitimate daughter.  That in itself would send a lot of men running, but not David.  He took responsibility and gave her a loving home.  He did everything that a caring father could do for a child that is 'special'. Then you have Helena, appears strong, intellectual and yet she's chasing after a married man. She was blinded by love and when the chance came, she snatched it.  She never even gave the consequences a second thought.  As they say, "Love is blind".  Who was there to save her reputation?  Was it David or did Andrew withdraw from the love affair? I knew right off that David was deeply in love with Helena when she lost her memory after the accident.  He cam clean with her about what a cad he had been to her for years. I guess that in the long run, that is what put the two who loved each other together.  Long way around the barn, but love is a strange critter.

The author wrote the amnesia of Helena into the plot in a marvelous way.  It seemed like it was a good way for David to stop acting like such of a jerk and really start to show Helena he cared. It was also a good way for Helena to discover that the man she thought she loved, wasn't quite the man she thought him to be.
I loved the book, but I sure did want to shake some sense into some of the characters. They all had their little oddities, just like all of us.  Ms. Thomas wrote them true to life. I also loved the way she used language of the times, even though a few times I had to figure out what the words meant.
I would advise parents that this is an adult read and should read before deciding to let your teens read.
So go get Book One, RAVISHING THE HEIRESS and start at the beginning.  Book Three was a fantastic read, so I know the first two have to be good too.

I was given a complimentary copy of TEMPTING THE BRIDE by Sherry Thomas from Manic Readers for my honest opinion.  No other compensation took  place.

I would give this book 4  STARS.
Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed romance authors working today. Her books regularly receive starred reviews from trade publications and are frequently found on best-of-the-year lists. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA® Award.

English is Sherry's second language—she has come a long way from the days when she made her laborious way through Rosemary Roger's Sweet Savage Love with an English-Chinese dictionary. She enjoys digging down to the emotional core of stories. And when she is not writing, she thinks about the zen and zaniness of her profession, plays computer games with her sons, and reads as many fabulous books as she can find.

Sherry Thomas writes both historical romance and young adult fantasy.
"Sherry Thomas is the most powerfully original historical romance author writing today."—Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author

“Thomas weaves a lush, intricate fantasy world around a gorgeous romance that kept me riveted until the very last page. What a breathtaking journey!” (Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series )
(Author photo by the lovely and talented Jennifer Sparks Harriman at Sparks Studio.)

BOOK #1                    BOOK#2 
Ravishing the Heiress (Fitzhugh Trilogy, #2)Beguiling the Beauty (Fitzhugh Trilogy, #1)
Sherry ThomasPrivate Arrangements The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy, #1)Not Quite a Husband

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