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Rule's Bride Book three of the Bride s Trilogy The stories were typical love, hate, mystery, fluff for the most part Just what I needed for a break of everyday life as it is right now Kat Martin s books have always been entertaining and that is exactly what I got I will say that I like her later books much better since these were written 2009 2010. Rule s Bride by Kat MartinHistorical Romance May 1, 20103 1 2 Stars This is my first Kat Martin book, so I was pleasantly surprised when I was easily able to get into the story It started off capturing my attention because Violet Griffin, seemed to be a strong woman and I like my heroines to be strong Violet easily runs her father s business despite being abandoned by her husband Fortunately, Rule Dewar is Violet s husband in name only The only reason they married in the first place was to Rule s Bride by Kat MartinHistorical Romance May 1, 20103 1 2 Stars This is my first Kat Martin book, so I was pleasantly surprised when I was easily able to get into the story It started off capturing my attention because Violet Griffin, seemed to be a strong woman and I like my heroines to be strong Violet easily runs her father s business despite being abandoned by her husband Fortunately, Rule Dewar is Violet s husband in name only The only reason they married in the first place was to placate Violet s dying husband.Since theirs isn t a true marriage, Violet believes that Rule would not object to an annulment Because she really wants to marry Jeremy, a man who truly cares about her Violet is determined to find Rule and dissolve their marriage But to her dismay Rule suggests giving their marriage a try Violet is shocked because for the 3 years of their marriage Rule has not taken the time or effort to truly get to know her But what Violet doesn t realize is that Rule suddenly discovers how irresistible she is and he wants a chance to show her how determined he can be, too I thought the premise of the story was very believable, but I think that the relationship between Violet and Rule could have coveredground Because Rule had been so indifferent to Violet I wanted him to really work for her And I would have enjoyedscenes where Violet could have put through Rule a loteffort to earn her love That being said, I do feel that the chemistry between them is very steamy and I liked both of them I just needed to read about an event, or situation that would convince me that Rule deserves Violet, and that he loves her above all else That maybe just the romantic in me, but the ending seemed a little anticlimactic.This was a solid Regency with characters that were easy to read but I wantedromance Reviewed by Sophia from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club Let me preface by saying I ve haven t read the first two books of this series or anything else by Kat Martin Perhaps if I had, I would have liked this book , though I doubt it.First and foremost, I did not like Rule He started off as a self centered jerk wad just out to get laid As the story progressed, he turned into a moronic jerk wad just out to get laid that needed to grow upthan just a little Every time he possibly redeemed himself, he then went and proved himself to be, yet a Let me preface by saying I ve haven t read the first two books of this series or anything else by Kat Martin Perhaps if I had, I would have liked this book , though I doubt it.First and foremost, I did not like Rule He started off as a self centered jerk wad just out to get laid As the story progressed, he turned into a moronic jerk wad just out to get laid that needed to grow upthan just a little Every time he possibly redeemed himself, he then went and proved himself to be, yet again, self centered, moronic, or both By comparison, Violet seems like a very likable and sensible character But she up and decides she s in love with Rule because he looks good and has moment of quasi heroism My estimation of her continued to decline each time her common sense was warped by hormones.So, basically, these two deserve each other given how idiotic they both are Their relationship, which seems to consist of sex and jealousy, hits an impasse, then they go whining about to someone else, said confidant tells them what to do, they go back to their shallow relationship, rinse and repeat This is really a cautionary tale about two strangers jumping into a relationship together very vapid and aggravating Plus the whole resolution to Rule s supposedly inability to love, and all because he didn t have a mommygive me break I don t want to toss out a spoiler, in case someone actually wants to read the book, or else I d really rant about the ending.Most everything else about the book wasn t enough to get me past the above gripes Lots of too many minor characters that I didn t care about, which turned into so much clutter A suspenseful plot that I couldn t pay attention to, annoyed as I was by the characters In short, nothing much to recommend this.But I did enjoy Caroline and Luke s side story quite a bit Oh, how I wish the author had chucked Rule and Violet entirely and just written a book about Caroline and Luke There was a true romance, there were well rounded characters I eventually gave up on Rule and mostly read their story What a waste of potential 3 1 2 starsThis the 3rd book in a trilogy about the Dewar brothers I have not read the first two of the series and did not feel as though I missed out on any of the story in this book because of it I also do not feel the need to go back and read the first two, although I would like to get to knowabout Royal and Reece.Rule is the youngest of the Dewar brothers His mother died when he was born, so he has never known a mother and does not understand the love of a woman He enjoys women, bu 3 1 2 starsThis the 3rd book in a trilogy about the Dewar brothers I have not read the first two of the series and did not feel as though I missed out on any of the story in this book because of it I also do not feel the need to go back and read the first two, although I would like to get to knowabout Royal and Reece.Rule is the youngest of the Dewar brothers His mother died when he was born, so he has never known a mother and does not understand the love of a woman He enjoys women, but he never plans to love one He made a business arrangement to marry Violet Griffen to care for her after the death of her father He left her in Boston while he returned to London He had promised to returned for her when she was 18, but he did not want to be tied down with a wife, so he let it go longer than he planned When she arrives in London a year after he had promised to go to her, he is surprised, but finds her quite attractive and plans to take advantage of his husbandly rights Violet, on the other hand, has no plans to be his wife, but plans to make a business deal of her own.I enjoyed the story of Rule and Violet and their search for what love really means The juxtaposing of Lucas and Caroline with them was interesting, but I would have liked a bitfrom them I found myself wanting to readabout both Lucas and Caroline while not being as interested in Rule Violet She was a willful character, but I also found her a bit weak at times He relationship with Jeffrey was odd and I was a bit frustrated with the development of his story Violet should have been a bitsuspicious of him in my opinion.The plot was well developed, but the character relationships needed a bitdevelopment Overall, I liked this book and plan on going back and reading the first two books in the series to learnabout Rule s brothers I received this book from netgalley.com RULE S BRIDE Antihero, Hero, or Just a Jerk s the hero in this twisty Victorian Romance I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted I was very conflicted on this book and did not want to write about it I respect Kat Martin s research, the cross cultural aspect and the issues raised by abolitionism, and the way her heroine in this novel was int RULE S BRIDE Antihero, Hero, or Just a Jerk s the hero in this twisty Victorian Romance I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted I was very conflicted on this book and did not want to write about it I respect Kat Martin s research, the cross cultural aspect and the issues raised by abolitionism, and the way her heroine in this novel was intelligent and not a shrinking violet, but I despised her love interest who was just a noble with good business sense and drive.Wealthy, good looking and the possessor of a courtesy title, Rule was respected by Violet s father, an American armaments manufacturer, enough to contrive their marriage when Violet was just a teen with the proviso that they do not consummate until Violet is of age Rule leaves Violet hours after their marriage and returns to London She hears from him rarely over the next three years And, when she shows up unexpectedly, to get an annulment, she discovers he has not told anyone about their marriage So, SUDDENLY, faced with the loss of her as a wife or the business he loses he suddenly wants her And she wants an annulment to pursue a real marriage with another.But, of course, she is fair and gives him a chance And, the other she is interested in marrying is not exactly what he seems.The story offers good research I liked how the different property laws in the US and England are explained If the marriage is not consummated he loses the business In England it would already have been hos In America, at the time, I guess, women were allowed to own property.But what I did not like was coercive behavior from Rule, who I disliked from about three minutes into the book He was a pig mistresses who don t hold his interest, and a typical Victorian male not so different from a Regency male except the women was probably underrestrictions while the guy was free to do whatever he wanted Divorce was still very hard to obtain and annulment was impossible once the marriage was consummate Her goal is to get free and his is to consummate She says no and he pushes over time She s nineteen and he is an older,worldly man With his good looks, charm and experience this young woman hasn t a chance Violet is strong, amazing really, but Rule turns her into a victim Rule s victim of seduction, her father s or just the period of time but a victim The anti hero versus Violet s hero is an interesting, if unbelievable, twist I don t understand why we, that is women, keep writing this and making the coercive man attractive Yes, it is just a novel, but it still sends a message that this is okay, that it s romantic.There are many business and moral variables, as well as plots, sub plots and red herrings in the story And that s where it gets interesting.Caroline, Violet s cousin must be featured in the next book or was an end to tie up otherwise her romance arc is extraneous.Maybe the guy she wants isn t what he s cracked up to be, but the man she married isn t either The stretch is whether he ll grow as a person And, when he s framed for murder even being the son and brother of a Duke won t save him It must be a humbling experience for the character.As far as the narration Parker Naples does a great job with the accents but the emotional aspect felt off She does an especially great job with Violet s cousin, Caroline With Violet, though, the narraction is stilted and a bit too breathy.The upshot Interesting historical period and issues, okay narration, but the coercive nature of Rule s seduction is really annoying Cheesy, sappy, and pretty predictable although the author did manage to surprise me with a fun twist near the end this was exactly the type of fluffy brain candy that I needed right now Sometimes I just need to read some fun trash 3.5 Stars While I enjoyed this last installment in the trilogy, I felt like some of the tension was too contrived and the resolutions too easy Anna Parker Naples has issues with American accents but still did a nice job overall While there were a few things that didn t work for me quite as well in this final installment, I did enjoy Rule and Violet s story Highlights Character Development Rule VioletOne common trait in all the Dewar brothers has been their loyalty to t 3.5 Stars While I enjoyed this last installment in the trilogy, I felt like some of the tension was too contrived and the resolutions too easy Anna Parker Naples has issues with American accents but still did a nice job overall While there were a few things that didn t work for me quite as well in this final installment, I did enjoy Rule and Violet s story Highlights Character Development Rule VioletOne common trait in all the Dewar brothers has been their loyalty to their family Each brother made a promise to the father on his deathbed and each kept it I thought it was interesting the way KMartin had Rule keep his promise and I appreciated that although he d made some questionable choices, Rule did prove himself as loyal, honorable, and able to love I ve enjoyed the independent streak in all the heroines of this trilogy and Violet was nothing if not independent Being American gave her a little leeway very little but she was smart and very determined I admired her commitment to her values and her father s legacy Plot Sub plotsEven though there were elements in the sub plots that didn t work for me on the whole specifically the reason behind Rule s determination not to fall in love and the angst between Caroline and Luke the plots and sub plots wove together well to create a compelling story I think had Rule s reasoning for avoiding love been exploredthoroughly, it would have hadof an impact on his character I feel that same of Caroline s and Luke s characters If they d been developed a bit , they d have haddepth Because of this, I felt the tension feltcontrived I did appreciate the inclusion of the impending Civil War in America and how KMartin wove that element in I also liked how she created the tension and suspense even though I did figure out a portion of the mystery RomanceWitnessing Rule work at winning over Violet was fun Although she realized she d given her heart to him early on, she still didn t make things easy for him She wanted love and she taught Rule how to love that he had the capacity for it despite his belief otherwise I also delighted in watching Rule fall without ever realizing that was what was happening KMartin once again gave us a secondary romance this time between Violet s cousin, Caroline, and Rule s best friend, Luke Neither felt they wanted marriage but after circumstances demand it, their fall was angsty yet heartwarming NarrationAs I ve mentioned previously, Anna Parker Naples range for male voices is a little limited and I continued to notice this in Rule s Bride She also struggled with her American accents However, her ability to do a range of British accents is amazing and even though those few things niggled at me, I still found her narration her pacing, and her ability to convey the emotion required to be brilliant My introduction to KMartin and Anna Parker Naples was a pleasure I ll be on the hunt forfrom them both. Boston, 1857.Rule,the youngest son of a duke ,is 24 and works for Howard Griffin,owner of Griffin munitions factories.Griffin, still a young man in his 40s is dying from a liver malfunction.He wants to see his 16 year old daughter Violet married at once.Rule agrees to marry the girl and wait for 2 years to make the marriage true.Then he leaves for England.London, 1860.Rule is pursued by matchmaking mamas Nobody not even his brothers knows he is married.Rule now owns half of Griffins, as his Boston, 1857.Rule,the youngest son of a duke ,is 24 and works for Howard Griffin,owner of Griffin munitions factories.Griffin, still a young man in his 40s is dying from a liver malfunction.He wants to see his 16 year old daughter Violet married at once.Rule agrees to marry the girl and wait for 2 years to make the marriage true.Then he leaves for England.London, 1860.Rule is pursued by matchmaking mamas Nobody not even his brothers knows he is married.Rule now owns half of Griffins, as his father in law died soon after the wedding.Now Rule books a passage to Boston, to fetch Violet.Violet 19 decides to come to London herself, with her cousin Caroline Lockhart.Nobody expects hershe is a Lady now.Volet has been running the Boston plant for the last two years, under another name.She wants an annulment, expecting to marry another man Jeffrey.She also wants to sell the plants, as she doesn t want to be involved in upcoming conflict between North and South.Rule is in shock upon finding Violet at his place.Now he has to come clear with his brothers Royal ,the Duke of Bransford, and Reese, ex military, and their wives.So Violet is presented to the society.She wants to see the London office of Griffins, asks Rule for a job there There are several buyers, one of them being Jeffrey,who is associated with J.P.Montgomery, a man from American South.Jeffrey refuses to accept that Violet is lost to him.Another romance is in progress between Caroline and Rule s friend Luke.The pair is found kissing in public, so they marry ,but won t admit their love.Two murders occur and Rule is arrested as a prime suspect and thrown into Newgate prison.Family and friends decide to investigate the matter by themselves.Just who is behind the murders and why Why is Jeffrey after Violet I haven t read the first two books in the series, but this one got me interested in reading them Rule s Bride is the third book in Ms Martin s Bride trilogy, I have not read the previous two books, Royal s Bride and Reese s Bride When the book opens, Rule is employed in a weapons factory in Boston, and his boss calls him into his office and offers him a deal that could change his life His boss, Howard Griffin, is dying, and he s concerned for the welfare of his 16 year old daughter, Violet Howard wants Rule to marry Violet, in name only until she turns 18, at which time he can exercise Rule s Bride is the third book in Ms Martin s Bride trilogy, I have not read the previous two books, Royal s Bride and Reese s Bride When the book opens, Rule is employed in a weapons factory in Boston, and his boss calls him into his office and offers him a deal that could change his life His boss, Howard Griffin, is dying, and he s concerned for the welfare of his 16 year old daughter, Violet Howard wants Rule to marry Violet, in name only until she turns 18, at which time he can exercise his husbandly rights At that time he will also become half owner of Griffin Manufacturing, the company Violet will inherit at her father s death Rule is hesitant at first but ends up accepting the arrangement.Fast forward three years, and Rule is a year late coming to claim Violet He s living back in England, got a well earned reputation as something of a lady s man, and no one, not even his family, has any inkling that he s married When Violet shows up on his doorstep he is shocked not only did he not expect to see her, but he s noticing that she went from a gawky tomboy at age 16 to a knockout at age 19 and he likes what he sees The problem is, Violet is in love with someone back in Boston, Jeffrey, and she s come to England to ask Rule for an annullment so she can marry Jeffrey He doesn t want to disolve their marriage, he thinks she s beautiful and he wants her to stay He convinces her to stay for one month, but she makes it clear she ll not be bedding him Things are moving along slowly, when Rule takes Violet to the theatre and a fire erupts They barely escape with their lives and in the rush of adrenaline and thankfulness to be alive they consumate their marriage Violet is devastated, she ll have to get a divorce now instead of an annullment, and she s not even sure Jeffrey will still want her after this Little does she know Jeffrey has a secret he s in cahoots with a gentleman who wants to buy Violet s company and use it to arm the Southern States before war in the United States breaks out Jeffrey knows Violet is anti slavery but thinks he can change her mind after they re married When Jeffrey arrives and Violet tells him she s consumated her marriage to Rule, he is disappointed but doesn t give up.As Rule and Violet are trying to sell their company, there are a few buyers, but Violet makes it clear whomever buys the company may not use it to arm the Southern States Then one of the buyers is killed and Rule is caught on the scene and thrown in jail While trying to find the real killer, she discovers children working in horrible conditions and endeavors to save them while also trying to free her husband.This book really didn t do it for me The romance was flat and I found it difficult to work up any feelings for Violet or Rule I was not impressed by the fact that Rule was supposed to go back for Violet after two years but by the time she came to him he was already year late Then he decides he wants her His reputation didn t bode well as far as a lasting relationship he sounds like a serial seducer he sticks with one lover for awhile and then moves on to the next when he s done No wonder Violet was paranoid he d eventually leave her.I also thought the love triangle was weak Jeffrey was such a wet noodle He seemed to be such a pushover and he claimed he loved Violet while working with another man against her to get control of her company.I did like the angle about the Southern states trying to buy the armament to outfit the Southern States with weapons on the eve of the Civil War, and the lengths some men would go to in order to preserve their way of life As a whole, though, I found this book could not keep my interest and I give it 2 out of 5 stars Unrepentant rake Rule Dewar is living the good life when a most surprising event occurs he falls in love with his wife After their strategic marriage of commerce three years ago, Rule quite forgot about Violet Griffin, the teenage heiress to a Boston manufacturing fortune He simply spoke his vows, took over her father s business and returned to England to resume his usual pursuits high priced wine, high stakes gambling and highborn womenYet when Violet, now a sophisticated woman, unexpectedly appears at Rule s London town house, husbandly duties no longer seem so odious he can t wait to take his stunning bride to their marriage bed Violet, however, is not so easily led she has her own ideas and is seeking an annulment to marry another But as Rule attempts to win her over, someone else is determined to frame him for murder and keep him out of the way for good


About the Author: Kat Martin

Kathleen Kelly Martin aka Kathy Lawrence, Kasey Mars Kathleen Kelly was born on 14 July 1947 in the Central Valley of California, USA She obtained a degree in Anthropology and also studied History at the University of California in Santa Barbara She was a real estate broker, when she met her future husband, Larry Jay Martin A short time after the two became acquainted, Larry asked her to read an unpublished manuscript of an historical western he d written Kat fell in love with both the book and the author Then, after doing some editing for him, she thought she d try her own hand at writing She moved on to become a full time writer.Published since 1988, she singed her books with her married name, Kat Martin, but she also used two pseudonyms Kathy Lawrence for a book in collaboration with her husband Larry Jay Martin, and Kasey Mars for her first contemporary romances The New York Times bestselling writer, among her many awards, has won the prestigious RT Book Review Magazine Career Achievement Award To date, Kat has over eleven million copies of her books in print She has been published in seventeen foreign countries, including England, South Africa, Spain, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Bulgaria, China, and Korea.Currently residing with her husband, a Western writer and photographer, in Missoula, Montana, USA But when they are not writing, they also enjoy skiing and traveling, particularly to Europe I ve always loved books I was an avid reader, with any number of my own stories rolling around in my head Writing them down seemed a logical step I love anything old, Kat says I love to travel and especially like to visit the places where my books are set My husband and I often stay in out of the way inns and houses built in times past It s fun and it gives a wonderful sense of a by gone era.


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