Review: First Comes Marriage by Mary Balogh

first-comes-marriageFrom the back of the book:

The arrival of Elliott Wallace, the irresistibly eligible Viscount Lyngate, has thrown the country village of Throckbridge into a tizzy. Desperate to rescue her eldest sister from a loveless union, Vanessa Huxtable Dew offers herself instead. In need of a wife, Elliott takes the audacious widow up on her unconventional proposal while he pursues an urgent mission of his own. But a strange think happens on the way to the wedding night. Two strangers with absolutely nothing in common can’t keep their hands off each other. Now, as intrigue swirls around a past secret – one with a stunning connection to the Huxtables – Elliott and Vanessa are uncovering the glorious pleasures of the marriage bed…and discovering that when it comes to wedded bliss, love can’t be far behind.

This is the first book in a 4-book series about a family of three sisters and their brother. Vanessa Huxtable Dew is the middle sister, the plain sister, and the widow sister. Elliott comes across as controlling and a little too overbearing. He sets out to propose to Vanessa’s oldest sister as a way to make it easier to introduce the sisters to the ton. Vanessa offers herself instead, so that her sister can find true love. Elliott and Vanessa have chemistry, but it first doesn’t seem like a good kind of chemistry. They rub each other the wrong way. I liked that Elliott and Vanessa don’t automatically fall in love, they have to work at it.

The only problem I had with this book, was Con, the Huxtables 2nd cousin. I can’t quite figure out where he fits in the story. We are told he is a bad guy, but doesn’t defend or explain himself. There is never any concrete evidence of why he is bad, just what Elliott thinks. I hope that he is in other books and we can find out his true story.

I can’t wait to see what happens with the other sisters and their brother!

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One Comment on “Review: First Comes Marriage by Mary Balogh

  1. I have this book right next to my bed here! I have a few to read then for sure reading this one! I think second book now out but third book is HC. I tried to reserve it at Library but can’t do that until its out. Great review!

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