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Married in Haste [Mass Market Paperback]

Cathy Maxwell
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25 Jun 2013

New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell’s classic romance Married in Haste is a fan-favorite marriage-of-convenience tale that resonates with unforgettable passion and love.
Brenn Owens, The Earl of Merton, has come to London to choose a bride. A sexy war hero, he has his pick of the season’s debutantes, and once he spies beautiful Tess Hamilton no other will do.
But Tess has a dark secret she’s desperate to hide—she has no choice but to marry quickly before her family’s ruin becomes grist for the gossip mill. She accepts Brenn’s sudden proposal without telling him the truth, but can she really marry him without feeling she’s betrayed him—especially when he offers ecstasy beyond her wildest dreams? And will he see her subterfuge as a lie?
Cathy Maxwell’s Married in Haste is a historical romance to fall in love with.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (25 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380808315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380808311
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 10.2 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A scandalous gamble . . .

With her exceptional beauty, heiress Tess Hamlin has been dubbed "the Incomparable" by the lords of the ton. Though she can have her pick of suitors, Tess has no desire to wed. She'd rather delight in the intoxicating effect she has on men when she enters a room. But when she makes a daring wager and must secure a marriage proposal in one evening, she plays a dangerous charade with the first man who's ever set her pulse racing.

Leads to the most unexpected passion . . .

As the new, impoverished Earl of Merton, Brenn Owen needs to find a wealthy wife—and fast. He can think of no better woman than Tess. She's stunning, intriguing— and rich! Utterly captivated by Tess, Brenn vows to have her. When news of Tess's wager breaks, her brother, who hopes to avoid the ensuing scandal, accepts Brenn's offer to marry his sister—much to Tess's dismay. Now will a marriage made in haste lead to disaster . . . or the most blissful desire?

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars delightfully funny regency romance 22 July 1999
By A Customer
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In 1814, Tess Hamlin knows her carefree life as the belle of the Ton is over due to her sibling's idiotic investments costing the family fortune. Considered a wealthy heiress, Tess realizes she must marry a rich suitor to protect herself from society's scorn and save her family from ruin.
Brenn Owen has recently inherited the impoverished Merton estate. The new Earl needs a major influx of funds and to his own chagrin enters the aristocratic marriage mart. He proposes to Tess because she is pretty, intelligent, and has a large dowry. Desperate, Tess accepts, but hides the truth about her lack of fiscal funds from her fiancé, leaving her sleepless in London with a case of a bad conscience. As the twosome falls in love, both worry what will happen when the omissions of their true fiscal state surfaces to their relationship.
MARRIED IN HASTE is a genial Regency romance that readers will take much pleasure in reading. The story line is a typical sub-genre tale, but the skills of Cathy Maxwell bring a lively freshness to the jocular plot. Readers will enjoy the antics of the lead protagonists as they struggle with honesty and love in their newly merging relationship. Ms. Maxwell shows why she is one of the super leaders of the historical romance with this pleasant novel.

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5.0 out of 5 stars romance, lies and love 13 Oct 2008
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tess hamlin & brenn owen both deceive each other, she thinks he's a rich earl that owns half of wales & he thinks shes a 50,000 heiress. they marry quickly and then find out they have no money. he actually owns a shell of a manor house thats completely un-livable. they end up in a crofters cottage. this is another fantastic story by cathy maxwell. ive only read a few of her books and none have let me down. i like the way her sense of humour shines through. im a big fan of this author as i really like her style.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 14 Aug 1999
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This book is Cathy Maxwell at her best! Wonderful characters mixed with humor and true human emotions. Bravo, Cathy, bravo! Please don't miss it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Insults your intelligence mightily 1 Sep 2007
By J. D. Witt - Published on
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First off, marriage contracts are always signed BEFORE the marriage. And they aren't in Italian, unless the groom is too stupid to live. Which apparently this one was, so maybe he deserved to get duped. The middle of the book was more interesting if a bit simplistic. Tess accepts the challenge of building up the estate better than Brenn accepted getting duped, but her attitudes are naive and silly.

Then it could get interesting when a villain comes along threatening mayhem but Brenn just fires a shot over his head and he goes off with his tail between his legs. Right. As if Brenn could have done anything to him once he's back in London. So that was stupid.

But the worst offence was Tess' brother getting off scott free for ripping off her 50,000 pound dowry and inheritance. All Tess can bleat about is protecting her brother's good name. Why in the world would she want to do that when he and her sister-in-law frittered her inheritance away on their own greed? Sure they could be proud of themselves for making the best of things but fair is fair and the cheating brother is never mentioned again. Which made them both look like spineless dupes in my book.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Married In Haste Is Truly Romantic 19 July 2000
By "-renee-" - Published on
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Cathy Maxwell has produced a wonderfully well written story. I stayed up half the night to finish reading this book.
Tess Hamlin, is the reigning debutante in London society. She is an heiress who has been elluding marriage. She evens wagers some of the other debutantes to see who can get the first proposal of marriage. Her scheme leads to her ruin and forces her brother, Neil, to marry her off quickly. Tess refuses until she discovers that Neil has lost her fortune.
Brenn Owen, the Earl of Merton, is looking for a rich wife. He needs money badly to restore his estate to its former glory.
The two conceal their reasons for marriage from each other. Tess falls in love with her new husband and is incredibly happy until he discovers she is not an heiress.
Tess who is stranded in the middle of Wales decides to make the best of her new circumstances while ignoring her husband. Brenn and Tess lead each other on a merry chase as they find true love.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful regency 29 Feb 2000
By Bonnie Gilbert - Published on
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Tess Hamlin is the Season's leading debutaunte, an 'Uncomparable'. As the richest heiress of the ton, Tess has vowed not to marry until she is ready. This is her third season.
When her brother informs her that he has lost her fortune he is forced to take the first offer that comes along, the new Earl of Merton, from Wales.
Brenn Owen is in London for one reason, to find a wife. A very, very rich wife. When he offers for the wealthiest debutante he is surprised when his offer is accepted and a wedding is quickly thrown together. Little did he know that he was marrying Tess for her money and she was marrying Brenn for his. Money that neither had.
On the journey to Wales Brenn and Tess fall in love, but their love is shattered when it becomes clear that both married eachother for money only. Little by little the two repair the damage and build a home together.
Cathy Maxwell has written a delightful story of secrets and love. I highly recommend Married in Haste and urge the reader to read it's sequel A Scandalous Marriage.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Wager Leads to a Hasty Wedding 24 May 2004
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Tess Hamlin, being a rich and beautiful heiress, could have her pick among the eligible men, and in fact, has turned down several offers of marriage. No man has captured her interest or affections, until at a ball she meets handsome war hero, Brenn Owen, the new Earl of Merton. Brenn is equally enamored with the captivating Tess, plus he must marry a rich heiress in order to afford the cost involved with restoring his estate back to its original glory.
The circumstances that bring them to marry are most unusual indeed. As a lark, Tess makes a bet with her closest rival, which grows into a wager among several bored debutantes at the ball. Whoever garners the first marriage proposal wins. When the bet becomes public, Tess' brother insists she save her reputation by marrying Brenn, who has offered for her. Initially she refuses, but once she discovers her irresponsible brother has gambled away her fortune, she has no choice but to marry quickly in order to save face, and insure she ends up with a rich husband.
Tess and Brenn's mutual attraction and passion for each other leads to temporary happiness. Tess is unaware of his lack of finances, and the dilapidated state of her husband's home. Brenn is still in the dark that his rich heiress is now penniless. When they reach his Wales estate, the secrets are revealed. Will their secrets shatter their trust in each other, or will love conquer all?
Cathy Maxwell's books are a hit and miss proposition for me. One will be really good, and the next will be okay, but nothing special. Unfortunately, this book basically falls into the nothing-special category. It started off well with interesting, likeable characters. I enjoyed Tess' little wager and felt that was an original element of the story. In fact, the story was above average until Tess and Brenn reached Wales, and then it deteriorated. Especially when Tess became interested in the local folklore and the fairy folk. From there, the story became more unbelievable and felt rather forced.
If you've never read Ms. Maxwell before, I wouldn't recommend beginning with this one. Probably the best book of hers I've read thus far would be THE WEDDING WAGER, so that would be my suggestion to begin with. If you're a Maxwell fan, you may still find this worth checking out.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful easy read 9 Feb 2013
By Sue in CT - Published on
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Married in Haste by Cathy Maxwell is an Adult Historical Fictional Romance. The setting is London, 1814 and later on the setting changes to Wales. The story was written in some language of the times with the "My Lord" and "My Lady" as well as the mindset back then where women were basically mindless creatures with the only purpose of living is to please their husband and provide him with children.

We are introduced to the main character Tess Hamlin at the very beginning of the story. Tess is at the dance and the most experienced debutante. Truth be told, Tess really doesn't want to marry. A wager is made by Tess and a couple of other debutantes on who would be asked to marry first. Word got out about the wager and no one was pleased, least of all Tess's brother who her late father had trusted as her guardian and to look after her inheritance. Tess had met the Earl of Merton and to save the brother from being ruined and Tess too by her unwise decision to make such a wager, he asks her brother for Tess in marriage. The brother in his rage and state of over drinking agrees and announces the engagement despite Tess's objections. Once married the Earl of Merton (Brenn Owen) plans on taking Tess back to Wales to Erwynn Keep, the estate he had inherited.

I found Tess quite likable with a strong will. She didn't bow to the 'ways' things were done but rather questioned them (of course this trait was not favored upon by most). She held her responsibilities high and blood (her brother) high as well. She would do nothing to hurt or ruin him so a secret had to be kept. I also loved how Tess was so naive with sex and even after she was married she was shocked to see him naked. She was funny, interesting, and I love how she could cut like a knife with just the use of her tongue. She is witty and forgiving, a little too forgiving if you ask me.

Brenn was also interesting as a character. He was keeping a secret from Tess. I loved the games he played trying to understand her and get her to do as he wished. I also loved his reaction to her as she did things to get her way or get under his skin. He was quite the romantic one and I found him to be likable.

Now I don't want to go into detail and spoil it for you but I will say that the quote,, "Men are not meant to understand women or women men because if they did there would be no adventure" sure stands the test of time. It also describes this easy reading, delightful Adult book, an I enjoyed reading, I may add.
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