She’d Never Marry Him!The last man Arabella Hadley ever wishes to see again is Lucien Deveraux, the handsome, dissolute Duke of Wexford — who broke her. Read A Belated Bride by Karen Hawkins by Karen Hawkins by Karen Hawkins for free with a 30 day free trial. Read eBook on the web, iPad, iPhone and. A Belated Bride. Karen Hawkins. Buy This Book. A Belated Bride had some wonderful comic moments. It featured likable characters and strong.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. She’d Never Marry Him! The last man Arabella Hadley ever wishes to see again is Lucien Deveraux, the handsome, dissolute Duke of Wexford — who broke her innocent heart years ago and disappeared to London.

So when she finds an unconscious man on her deserted country road and sees that it’s Lucien, she’s tempted to leave him there. But even more appalling than his presence i She’d Never Marry Him! But even more appalling than his presence is the brazen kiss he plants on her shocked lips and her response! So it would be totally insane to take him home to recover — wouldn’t it? Except For One Small Thing Lucien dares not reveal why he’s returned to his country estate — or why he abandoned the strong-willed beauty years ago.

Especially since Arabella clearly has secrets of her own. But when her scheming, marriage-minded aunts successfully compromise them, the two are forced to become man and wife.

Which makes it ever harder for both to battle the passion that never disappeared Paperbackpages. Published September 30th by Avon first published January 9th Arabella HadleyLucien Deveraux. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about A Belated Brideplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Sep 26, Inshirah Kamal rated it liked it Shelves: Too much sugar makes one feel ill, you brife.

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Detailed Review Summary of A Belated Bride by Karen Hawkins

Feb 01, Maureen Feeney bridee it liked it Shelves: Seems I have done it again, just unknowingly started reading a series out of order. This is an enjoyable read but I found my attention wavering from time to time as it does drag slightly in places. But in saying that the amusing secondary characters of the aunts, the endearing crippled brother, the spoiled sister-in-law and even the villains are all well put-together.

It was a romantic and amusing read at the same time, and I have to read the rest of the series now! It took me 1 month to finish this book. My mother belatwd I am a “bookeater” because I am a fast reader. The fact that it took me so long to finish the book says a lot about this book.


I don’t know what wasn’t working for me. I don’t think it is written poorly. I do not mind the so-called “second change romances” all that much though admittedly I am no fan. The hero was ok, a handsome and rick duke, what is wrong with that?

The heroin is ok too. I hate a shrew of a heroin and she is not one of th It took me 1 month to finish this book. I hate a shrew of a heroin and she is not one of those heroins who kaen throwing fits shows characters and strength. The plot is not so bad, albeit not great either. I just cannot get into belared story. I cannot put hawkisn finger on anything in particular that I really did not like. I just do not like the story and do not care what happens to the lead characters.

OK the guy left after sharing a passionate night. OK the girl has sufferred humiliation and self-doubt. OK now he is rich and can right the old wrongs.

OK she is now shouldering all the family responsibilities plus a handicapped brother. You see what I mean? I am just not impressed by anything in this story and cannot find anything or anyone that Hxwkins felt oh man I liked that in this book. I can only conclude that it is the writing style.

Everyone has different tastes in writing styles and Ms. Hawkins’ style does not speak to me. And with characters that I could not make connections with I do not want to discourage anyone from reading this book. I have read worse really. Just to give you some refenrences: Writers whose styles I respond well to, for example: This review has belatex hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.

I read this book many, hzwkins years ago LOL It’s one of those books that I have never forgotten. In recent years, I found myself thinking about this book over and over, but not being able to remember the title or the author, I wasn’t able to find it. Finally a few days ago, I thought to post a comment in the HR discussions section on Amazon. Within a day a wonderful fellow reader not only provided me with the title of the book, she also p I read this book many, many years ago Within birde day a wonderful fellow reader not only provided me with the title of the book, she also bellated a link to the product page.

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At the time the kindle version was. I immediately started to reread the book and, nride my goodness, it belatted a most sublime reading experience. Beautifully written, the story that unfolds is romantic, fun, lighthearted, and completely enthralling. Furthermore, the characters hride all so wonderfully drawn that they seemed to fairly come alive within the pages of the book! Lucien and Arabella Bella were sweethearts as young adults–Bella was 16, Lucien As the heir to a dukedom, Lucien was a little bit of a rakehell, spoiled, and well aware of his worth.

A sweet romance blossomed between the future duke and Bella who, despite being the daughter of a gentleman, is not a member of the aristocracy. Unfortunately, on that fortuitous day when the two become lovers, Lucien receives some unwelcome news; his father has died, and Lucien is now the new duke.


Lucien leaves abruptly without word to Bella. Even knowing this Lucien is still intent on marrying his beloved Bella—he calls her Bella mia, so sweet! Fast forward ten years later, hhawkins is where the story begins. When Bella realizes that it is Lucien who is lying unconscious in the middle of the road, she is tempted to leave him to the tender mercies of the night.

Unfortunately for Bella when her aunts first lay eyes on Lucien they form plans of their own. The result is a family conspiracy of epic proportions, one whose goal is to hawkinx Bella and Lucien married.

LOL These two sweet faced, manipulating females undertake all sorts of questionable tactics to keep Lucien at Rosemont. Lucien realizes that his behavior ten years ago was unforgivable—at the very least he should have presented himself in person and tried to explain the situation to Bella—thus he believes that there is no possibility of a future between them. At first all Lucien wants is to help Bella, by relieving her of the burden of some of the major concerns with which she is inundated; Bella takes care of the estate, her aunts, and her brother, Robert, who is wheelchair bound.

The more time Lucien spends with Bella, the more convinced he becomes that he wants her by his side forever. But winning back his ladylove is no easy undertaking.

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If Lucien wants Bella back in his life as his duchess, he will have to use every trick in the book, including deceit and trickery! Intrigue is added to the plot by way of a smuggling operation.

Lucien is in Yorkshire on an assignment for the Home Office; Bella is the head of her own smuggling ring—yes, a lady smuggler! FYI, this is not a clean romance. There are a couple of love scenes, which are fairly graphic, although not, IMO, overly so. Furthermore, no crude language is use. Arabella Hadley should have married her first love years ago, but he abandoned her four years ago and married someone else.

So when Bella literally runs into him with her carriage in the middle of the night, she hesitates taking him home with her. Lucien Devereaux, Duke of Wexford loves Bella, but he had to marry someone else.

He is on a mission for the crown and government in Yorkshire and had had hopes to get through his childhood summer home anonymously because he wants to avoid Bella. They h Arabella Hadley should have married her first love years ago, but he abandoned her four years ago and married someone else.