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You May Kiss the Bride: The Penhallow Dynasty by [Berne, Lisa]
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In an unforgettable debut, Lisa Berne introduces you to the Penhallow Dynasty—men destined to marry, but hesitant to love.

Wealthy and arrogant, Gabriel Penhallow knows it’s time to fulfill his dynastic duty. All he must do is follow “The Penhallow way”—find a biddable bride, produce an heir and a spare, and then live separate lives. It’s worked so well for generations, certainly one kiss with the delectable Livia Stuart isn’t going to change things. Society dictates he marry her, and one chit is as good as another as long as she’s from a decent family.

But Livia’s transformation from an original to a mundane diamond of the first water makes Gabriel realize he desperately wants the woman who somehow provoked him into that kiss. And for all the ladies who’ve thrown themselves at him, it’s the one who wants to flee whom he now wants. But how will he keep this independent miss from flying away?


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3513 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062451782
  • Publisher: Avon (28 March 2017)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HXK3BZK
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,457 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Livia Stuart isn't Gabriel Penhallow's type, but for some reason she somehow manages get under his skin. So much so that soon after meeting her he finds himself kissing her. Having no choice but to get engaged, Gabriel discovers there's no way he'll be able to stick to his plan of living separate lives after producing an heir. Can he find a way to prove to Livia that he's falling in love with her, or will the thought of becoming a Penhallow and all it entails make her run?

In the beginning, I struggled to get into this book. I thought the heroine was a brainless twit and the hero an emotionless robot due to their dialogue the first time they meet, but by the end I totally enjoyed this story. Because the more I read of it, the more I could understand why the hero and heroine are the way they are. They've never had tight family ties with both being treated like they are burdens, instead of people to be cherished by their loved ones. Can they both give each other the love they deserve?

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories and everything they go through on their journey to happy ever after. Livia suffers the wrath of her frenemy, Cecily, because of what the woman believes the heroine does to her. How is Livia supposed to be everything Granny Penhallow expects her to be with the rumors going around about her? Will she be able to prove the rumors wrong? Then there's the hero's Granny who is tough on Livia, which made me feel sorry for the heroine. It's not her fault she doesn't know half the things she should know. If only her Aunt and Uncle could have been more kind and caring. Really, it's understandable why the heroine is so independent and determined to do everything she can to help those that need it.
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Livia isn't an interesting marriage candidate because she doesn't have a dowry. Her uncle has taken her in, but isn't happy with her presence, she wears secondhand gowns and other girls in society are looking down on her. When she makes a stunning appearance at a ball Gabriel Penhallow can't help himself and kisses her. Gabriel is an eligible bachelor, a rich member of the ton. Because they are being caught he now has to do his duty and marry Livia. Livia has no say in the matter and is being sent to the Penhallow residence to live with Gabriel's grandmother, who will prepare her for a life as a high society woman.

Gabriel just wanted to kiss Livia because he was impressed by her enchanting presence and now he has to marry her. The Penhallows have enough money, so it is of no consequence that she doesn't have a dowry. However, Gabriel finds the situation infuriating and doesn't want to have anything to do with Livia. He will do his duty, but he doesn't have to like it. Will he eventually start to appreciate Livia or is their marriage doomed before it has even officially started?

You May Kiss the Bride is a fun romantic story. I immediately loved Livia. She has a good heart and she isn't afraid to speak her mind. I liked that she's both fiery and caring, which is a great combination. She doesn't entirely belong in the world she has now unwillingly entered, but she tries to make the best of it and I admired her spirit and determination. Gabriel is a difficult man to live with because he doesn't show his feelings and he hides behind a cold mask. His cool façade is mostly an act, he's actually a kind man with a gentle nature, but he doesn't let anyone come close. There's so much chemistry between him and Livia that he can't stay away from her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, historical romance, well-developed characters, nice story 2 May 2017
By Jo Anne - Published on Amazon.com
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Gabriel Penhallow, whose ancestors came to England with the Conqueror, has a dynasty to maintain, and he plans on continuing it the same way the Penhallow men always have – find a biddable bride, produce an heir and a spare, and then live separate lives. Very civilized, and very uncomplicated. When he kisses a young maiden in the garden at a ball, and they are discovered, he sees no problem in doing the right thing, and marrying her. After all, she did tempt him into that kiss, and one gentleman’s daughter is as good as another.

Livia Stuart is an orphan, raised by an uncaring uncle and an aunt who lives on laudanum cocktails. Livia is alone in this world, and virtually destitute. So when she falls into the ludicrous position of marrying well above her status, even though the match offers no love and no friendship, she is smart enough to know that being alone with a home, food, and safety, is much better than being alone with nothing, so she sets out to learn how to be a model lady wife.

But as Livia struggles under the tutelage of Gabriel’s stern grandmother, her steady and honest kindness unites staff and family, and a transformation begins. But sickness and outside problems threaten, and Livia realizes she cannot marry Gabriel without his love. This is a gently paced, but powerful, well-developed romance, a debut for this author. I’ll certainly be reading more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing romance ! 26 June 2017
By KP - Published on Amazon.com
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Multiple colorful well developed characters! Enjoyed the romantic tension between H & h & the relationship development into family of the characters Nothing truly bad happened but still suspenseful H & h were apart for short time periods only, brief misunderstandings, & quick reconciliation
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly enjoyable 11 July 2017
By Joano - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a truly enjoyable romance and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future. Livia was such a lively and fun heroine who deserved to find love. Gabriel was a stubborn hero and I enjoyed the romance between Livia and him.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading 28 June 2017
By Lady8ug9 - Published on Amazon.com
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The characters had the charismatic pull that's needed to guide the story along. But it drug along too slow in several places for me. Too much detail when things were happening so quickly. But overall..... It was good.
4.0 out of 5 stars You may kiss the bride 27 June 2017
By Narda Rose Torgerson - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a good book and i enjoyed reading it. I have never enjoyed reading detailed sexual relations, but rather enjoy romantic stories. Differences in classes is always interesting in historical romances.

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