Elizabeth knows what's expected of her - perfection. She's the daughter of an earl and expected to marry well and say and do the right things with a smile on her face when inside she's dying for a chance to escape. Thanks to an inheritance her godmother left her years ago, her chance will come with her next birthday.
Her hopes of escape abruptly end when Robert, her childhood nemesis whom she hasn't seen in over 14 years, comes back into her life and does everything he can to drive her out of her mind even as he steals her heart. He hated her. At least he tried to hate her, but it was so damn difficult to hate someone that he couldn't live without. He tried to ignore her, tried to focus on anything but her, but nothing worked. Somehow she made her way into his heart and started to make him want things that he never thought possible, made him smile and laugh even while she drove him out of his mind and started a legacy by turning him into...a Bradford.
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I have loved R. L. Mathewson's other books in this series as well as some of her other works.
The narrator Fran Jules is one of my favourites to listen too and I'm deeply sorry to say this ...
Do Not Buy This Book, the English accents are appalling so awful in fact they completely destroyed the story for me
This audio version is a bit off putting because of the incorrect English accents of the characters. Therefore although the books was well read (except for the criticism above) I would go with the printed version over this audio book
Yes, Her other books in this series have been well read.
"Great romantic comedy"
Hilarious, surprising, and a small glimpse back to how the Bradford's ended up in America. It's interesting to see familial traits all the way back to the 1800's. Great read. Laugh out loud funny. Great plot, storyline, and character development.
"GREAT FUNNY LOVING STORY. LOVED IT"
This is a really good story great narration. I love this series so much. Must have book. This is one I can listen to over and over again
"Fun, comedic romance"
I discovered this author last year and she has yet to let me down. Her writing ability is fresh and I love the story of the Bradford family. Most of the time the Bradford antics have me laughing out loud. This is an enjoyable love story of how the Bradfords came to. be. I bought it on sale it was well worth the $. While I listened to this particular story, I really do enjoy reading the light wit this author seems to bring alive with her stories.
"Love, Love, Love the Bradford Men"
This is one of my favorite series. The Bradford men crack me up. I love Mathewson's writing style and pace of the stories. I can't imagine anyone except Fran Jules performing these stories. Fran Jules ROCKS the Bradford Family.
The family trait of the Bradford's, including uncles and cousins is their ravenous appetites and love of food. Their antics against each other cause them to be banned from restaurants, food delivery services and of course all-you-can-eat buffets.
They tend to fall in love with women who are the opposite of what they envision to be their perfect wife. They also tend to bicker with and aggravate these women. I love how the Bradford men will take a statement or argument with their girlfriend/neighbor and turn it around to benefit them.
There's also a lot of sex. The Bradford men are extremely persistent in getting their way in the bed.
I go to these books after listening to an emotional draining story or dark suspense thriller or if I'm in a book rut. These stories also take on real life issues like being overweight, being a foster child, various medical issues but everything always works out with a HEA.
These books are well worth the credit or dollars.
This series is a mix of hot hilarious and sweet. I love how the story is told. Passing stories down though the family is the sweetest thing. I simply loved everything about the book. Heart warming!
"The most seductive neighbor!!!"
Yes H/H's behaviors are childish but it seems real to me. Sometimes some people get the worse out of you. This is one of those books that leave you thinking at the end of it. In a way you are happy because the H/H ended up together of course, but in other sad because their life had to be so hard for two people growing up in luxury and with families so well off. Also stories that move forward decades always gives one a sense of melancholy to see it all gone and replaced by the new. Loved the love scenes especially the first one in the orangery. Loved this book.
"Touching heart romance"
One of my favorite books with touching heart romance. This author's books have clever humor and brilliant love stories
"Such a great book"
I love this series...to hear how it all began and see characteristics in the first few books from the original Bradfords was amazing. I laughed so hard and cried tears of joy from the displays of love. The love these men have for their wives and family is heartfelt. Amazing book.
I've enjoyed each and every one R L Mathewson's audio books. I especially liked this one that goes way back when it all began!!! Click away on this one!!!!
"Great addition to the series :)"
**Fair warning, upon a reread of this review, I realized it might be considered slightly spoilerish**
What a great book! I loved Elizabeth and Robert and really enjoyed their story. This was a little different from the rest of the series because it's a historical but it has the same feel of the previous books in the series and integrated well.
Elizabeth is kind young woman living in society in London. Her parents want her to marry well but she doesn't want to marry unless it's for love and figured it's most likely she'll end up a spinster. She has an inheritance coming to her and she intends to live on one of the estates but plans to give the rest away to to underprivileged (opening schools and such) as she's a very kind woman.
Robert is the second son of an Earl but hasn't lived a life of leisure that's typical of most in his position in life. He had some unfortunate issues he had to deal with when he was younger that tested him but in the end his trials made him stronger. Robert took a small inheritance he received at the age of 18 and with investing, turned it in to a good amount of money which he used to buy an estate in America (in Massachusetts) which he's planning to leave for soon.
This story actually starts out as Jason and Haley (from book #1 Playing for Keeps) are getting ready to have their 5 years anniversary. Jason is making her a necklace (which is a family tradition and gets explained later) and while he's working on it, his dad tells the story of the "first Bradford".
Robert and Elizabeth lived very close together and their families were friends. When they were just kids, Elizabeth had a crush on Robert's older brother, James, and Robert teased her about it. This teasing took place in front of James and a bunch of others and it's highly embarrassing to Elizabeth. To get back at him, Elizabeth teases Robert about a problem he had at the time (wetting himself) and this gets around, causing Robert to be teased at school and his life ends up being a living hell for years because of this. Elizabeth doesn't realize just what she caused and just knows that Robert wont stop picking on her so she fights back and picks on him back. This causes a minor war between them that lasted through most of their childhood and had them both hating the other. Around the time Robert hit his teens he and his family started staying in London more, making sure he and Elizabeth wouldn't see each other. And they don't for many years until Elizabeth's last season in London. Elizabeth's parents aren't happy about Elizabeth's unwillingness to marry for reasons other than love (she's declined 55 offers of marriage much to her parents distress) and push her to go to all the balls and parties they can, hoping a man will catch her eye and they can push her in to a marriage. Elizabeth does so because she doesn't have much choice but looks forward to getting her inheritance on her next birthday and escaping London society (which she hates). One night, she's at a ball with her family but escapes outside to an Orangery (a big hot house for Orange trees) to sit to read. She is found by Robert but it's been so long since they saw each other (and they were both much younger and looked different) that they don't recognize each other. They start talking and both of them realizes that the other is very much the type of person they like and the physical attraction between them is strong. They end up in a tryst that takes her innocence and has them both wanting more. They know they have to go back in before anyone finds them so they separate, Elizabeth wanting not to know Robert's name as she wanted to keep the night as a special encounter she could treasure. Shortly there after, Robert and Elizabeth are back at the ball and are introduced properly and they both realize they've just been intimate with their childhood nemesis.
Once they each realize who the other is, they're both pretty shocked and not happy at all. Robert can't help but want Elizabeth but hates that he still wants her and is torn over his feeling for her. Elizabeth feels basically the same and they both spend the next few weeks at each others throats for the most part. Things aren't helped along by the fact that Robert's family's home burns down and his family ends up staying with Elizabeth's family for a while. Also, Robert's brother James needs a wife and both families are trying to push James and Elizabeth together. Robert isn't too happy about this but is unwilling to give voice to the confusing feeling in him. Elizabeth doesn't want James and kind of wants Robert but is convinced that he doesn't want her and is back to hating her so she still intends to become a spinster, although her parents and suitors are doing everything they can to change her mind. I really loved how Robert and Elizabeth had such problems coming together but yet they both started to feel more for each other and wanted it. I couldn't help rooting for them to find their way through the issues they faced. There's a situation that comes up, forcing the issue of who Elizabeth will marry. Things get a bit messed up and some unexpected (and slightly erroneous) news causes the rift between Robert and Elizabeth to widen and there's some painful times as they have to come to terms with each other and deal with the external issues coming from those around them. I loved how things work out, not that I liked the anger and problems between Robert and Elizabeth but I loved what happened when they decided to get past them and call their "truce". The story ends wonderfully as Robert and Elizabeth push past their troubles to make a new life for themselves and start their HEA.
I enjoyed this story greatly! I loved both Robert and Elizabeth and could totally understand their issues with each other as children but was glad they were able to move past them because once they did, they made a great couple. The storyline was really enjoyable and I didn't want to put the book down until I had it complete. I'm only sorry that the series is over. I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up! :D
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