When Garrett Lynch bursts the glittering Raynewood ballroom a Wild mail, a hapless footman clinging to each powerful arm, Lucinda Devering is equally appalled and impressed. How uncivilised! How barbaric! How... stirringly strong and manly! Then she learns he's the long-lost heir of the Duke of Raynewood–and that it's her job to transform him into a proper Englishman. AndWhen Garrett Lynch bursts the glittering Raynewood ballroom a Wild mail, a hapless footman clinging to each powerful arm, Lucinda Devering is equally appalled and impressed. How uncivilised! How barbaric! How... stirringly strong and manly! Then she learns he's the long-lost heir of the Duke of Raynewood–and that it's her job to transform him into a proper Englishman. And if she fails this impossible task, the duke will reveal her desperate secret, ruining her forever.Lucinda Devering may be the loveliest woman Garrett's laid eyes on, but her eternal rules and regulations about proper behaviour are enough to drive a man mad. Which should he believe? That stiff spine, or those soft curls and big brown eyes? One thing is certain: that lush, prissy mouth needs loosening up–and he knows just the way to do it! But soon he wonders which is more important: winning this game, or winning, Lucinda's hand?...
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A Necessary Husband Reviews
Enjoyable romance where prim and proper English widow meets a charming and teasing American sea captain / heir to a dukedomI have just recently discovered Debra Mullins' books and of the three of hers that I have read so far, A Necessary Husband is my favorite. The other two I read were Just One Touch, which I liked and would recommend, and Scandal of the Black Rose, which I didn't and wouldn't.SUMMARY:At the age of 18, Lucinda Northcott let her foolish trust and young love for Malcolm Devering, Viscount Arndale, lead her to an indiscretion and an unhappy marriage ... When her father, General Northcott, discovers she and Malcolm embracing, he insists that the proper thing be done. Arndale's father, the Earl of Witting, does not want his heir to marry the daughter of a mere general, however, and so instead plans are made for her to marry Malcolm's younger brother, Harry. The marriage is a loveless one and after the first year, Lucinda and Harry lead separate lives, no longer sharing a house nor a marriage bed.When the story takes place, Lucinda is 29 years old and has been a widow for a year, her husband having died in a scandalous manner in his mistress' bed. Ever since the fateful night of her indiscretion, Malcolm has pursued her with an almost obsessive fervor, wanting to finish what they started despite the fact that she became his sister-in-law. Harry's death left behind a mountain of debts that Lucinda has no way to repay, having already sold their country home, her widow's pension, and almost all their worldly goods. By rights Malcolm should pay the debts since he was Harry's brother, but he blackmails Lucinda and says he won't pay them until she becomes his mistress. Lucinda will do anything to avoid this fate ...Society knows nothing of what triggered Lucinda's marriage to Harry, nor does the ton know that she is financially destitute - all they see is a woman whose husband's behavior was shameful and who is thought of as a "paragon of dignified propriety," an image she has done much to cultivate ever since her recklessly giving in to passion led to her unhappy marriage. This reputation has led the Duke of Raynewood to "hire" her to help with the come out of his newly arrived American granddaughter, Meg Lynch (22) - he didn't so much hire her as blackmail her, saying that if she doesn't help in making Meg a success, he will let people know about her financial situation; if she does succeed, however, he will pay off Harry's debts.Captain Garret Lynch (30) wants nothing to do with his grandfather, from whom his family has been estranged all his life - ever since his father married his mother, a young Irish woman whom the Duke didn't approve of, and moved to America. However, he has no choice but to sail for England when news of his mother's death reaches him while he is on one of his six ships, for he learns that following their mother's death, Meg left America to meet the grandfather they have never known. He intends to go there, pick up his sister, and depart immediately, however even the best laid plans can go awry ...Though neither the Duke nor Meg seem tos happy with his arrival once they learn why he is there, Garrett is more focused on the attractive prim and proper young widow who is residing with them, Mrs. Lucinda Devering. The Duke's older son has died without heirs, leaving Garrett as his only chance to continue the family line, and although the sea captain is determined to spurn his English heritage and remain American through and through, the Duke is equally determined to see otherwise and adds him as one of Lucinda's charges (not much teaching really occurs and although the back summary leads one to believe that's what their interactions mainly consist of at the beginning, it's not accurate).And so the battle begins, for what is a handsome and charming American sea captain to do when faced with a proper and reputation-obsessed young English woman but try to seduce her? The battle of wits and teasing that takes place between Lucinda and Garrett is highly entertaining and they do have chemistry, though IMO this is not Mullins' strong suit.COMMENTS (praise and criticism):~ Lady Agatha, the Duke's sister, is a great character and definitely adds to the book; I wish that she had had a larger role as I would have liked to see more of her.~ Malcolm is an effective and well-done villain.~ Mullins often includes a secondary romance and the one in this book was entertaining and had great potential, but Lady Penelope was a vapid, boring, and somewhat mindless character, which (what a surprise!) detracted from it.~ I'm highly partial to epilogues and Mullins never includes them; since her novels end somewhat too abruptly for me, they could definitely be useful.~ I was *extremely* bothered by Lucinda's determination to marry in order to secure her future and her opinion that she has no other options. When Garrett points out that she is being somewhat mercenary and could always work, she responds that that would ruin her family's name and reputation - very irksome! Fortunately, part of the evolution of the story is her transformation in realizing that society's opinion and one's so-called reputation should not be uppermost in her mind and finally decides they are not as important as she once thought them to be.SIMILAR BOOKS:Other historical romances that use the theme of the heroine having to teach or instruct the hero in some manner (though like I said, this book shouldn't really fall into that category) include: The Proposition by Judith Ivory, Where Dreams Begin by Lisa Kleypas, and Rules of Surrender (Governess Brides, Book 1) by Christina Dodd - three of my favorite historical romances of all time; and My Fair Temptress (Governess Brides, Book 7) by Christina Dodd - the only one of these books I have not yet read.BOTTOM LINE:A Necessary Husband is an enjoyable read and I would recommend it. I hate to add a but ... but (lol): In the three Debra Mullins books I have read, even though I found two of them enjoyable there is a certain spark, an indescribable something, that I find missing in her work. The relationships she writes do not have the depth or complexity that I prize in Mary Balogh's work, nor do they have the chemistry and sensuality that I love in Lisa Kleypas'. I love these types of plots though (kind of on-the-shelf woman who thinks she's unattractive is charmed and teased by straight-forward rogue), so I would say that this book is definitely worth a weekend afternoon.
Lucinda is kind of working for the Duke of Raynewood to bring his estranged granddaughter out into society. In return for the granddaughter, Meg, making a good match, the Duke will pay off her dead husband's debts that she's been left with. Garrett Lynch, the Duke's estranged grandson shows up to haul his sister back to Boston, since he wants nothing to do with England or his grandfather. But he spies Lucinda, discovers she's a widow and figures she's fair game for seduction. But Lucinda has plans to marry, as soon as she finds a suitor, and cannot be burdened with the scandal that such an affair would cause. So even though she's sure she wants Garrett, she cannot afford to let her desires have control. Especially since Garrett has made it clear he doesn't want marriage and he certainly has no intention of hanging around England any longer than it takes to convince his sister to return with him. I'm torn on this. I liked Lucinda and that she was willing to stick to her guns. The relationship between Garrett and Lucinda was fairly interesting and pretty passion-filled. Even though Garrett was something of an immature womanizer who selfishly pursued what he wanted, I could still see why Lucinda would find him attractive and endearing. I did struggle to like Garrett for those reasons actually. It irked me that, despite Lucinda making it quite clear what she wanted and didn't want that Garrett had difficulty hearing it. Or at least respecting it. At one point, when another man appeared to be pursuing Lucinda, Garrett actually got territorial, but not because he had feelings, but because he'd staked a claim before he did, so he figured he'd get her in his bed first. Which was pretty despicable. I most definitely appreciate that Lucinda managed to drive home a point that really needed to be made - using his sister as an example, Lucinda asks him if a guy was interested in making her Meg his mistress this way, whether it'd be okay. He say that of course not, because Meg is worth more than that. To which she responds, "And I'm not?" Touche and well played. It's really only the last 5% of the book that it went downhill. The sort of shenanigans at the end where Malcolm is concerned was a bit too dastardly to feel realistic, but it pales in comparison to how abruptly this book ends. This desperately needed an epilogue. Still a solid 3 book and I'll most likely be giving this author another read.
I sat down to read this book and was finished just over three hours later. During that time I was completely involved with the characters and the story.A NECESSARY HUSBAND is more than just a story between a man and a woman, although Lucinda and Garrett are worthy adversaries in the game of love. It's a story about a man coming to terms with his past and facing the possibilities of his future. It's also a story about a woman determined to restore the honor she feels she's lost due to a youthful folly. These insights into Garrett and Lucinda's personalities add depth to a well-crafted plot and make this typical Regency story anything but typical.Though the story line is somewhat typical of a Regency, Debra Mullins keeps it fresh through the relationships of several of her key characters, especially the lead protagonists. Lucinda's vow to never cause harm to her family name after the way her father looked at her in 1805 battles with her desire to make love with the wild Garrett, whose attitude is damn the torpedoes full speed ahead in his quest. Regency readers will find A NECESSARY HUSBAND a charming read that never steps out of the box.This is an engaging tale of an American heir to a dukedom, Garrett Lynch, Marquess of Kelton, unwillingly being forced to acknowledge his title and a poverty stricken widow of respectable birth, Lucinda Devering, who is guiding his sister through a London season. The story flowed very comfortably and kept me interested all the way to its happy conclusion.The passion between the main characters seemed very real and not at all forced. The hero was very intriguing and came with genuine obstacles to a happy ending just falling into place. Our heroine also came with her fair share of problems, including a lecherous relative in sexual pursuit of her.The book read very smoothly and enjoyably. Wonderful passion between the leads, many engaging secondary characters and believable circumstances that prevent complete happiness until the ending, all contributed to make this a very worthwhile read.I thoroughly recommend this novel.
Lucinda, yang menjadi janda, mendapati dirinya terlilit hutang2 suaminya. sayangnya, kakak iparnya yang seorang earl, menolak membantunya menutup hutang2 tersebut kecuali jika Lucinda bersedia menjadi simpanannya. Lucinda, memilih mencari sendiri jalan keluarnya dengan membantu duke Raynewood mengajar etiket kepantasan dalam masyarakat bangsawan Inggris pada cucunya yang berasal dari Amerika, Meg. sayangnya kakak Meg, Garret, sekaligus pewaris gelar duke kakeknya menentang kemauan sang kakek dan adiknya sendiri. ia bertekad untuk membawa adiknya kembali ke Amerika. Ketika ia bertemu dengan Lucinda, ia akhirnya mau bersikap lunak dan bersedia tinggal di Inggris selama Season bagi adiknya dengan tujuan agar bisa merayu Lucinda.Lucinda menolak segala rayuan Garret, ia bahkan terus terang mengatakan ia sedang mencari suami. Meskipun garret tidak berniat menikah, ia tetap bertekad mengejar Lucinda untuk mejadi kekasihnya. kemudian ia mesti berhadapan dengan seorang pesaing, seorang kawan lama ayah lucinda berniat untuk menikahi gadis itu. belum lagi kakak ipar lucinda yang licik juga berniat untuk memiliki lucinda.nampaknya debra mullin tidak mau terlalu repot memberikan narasi yang memadai, ia lebih suka menggambarkan keadaan para tokohnya dengan dialog. ada beberapa hal lucu digambarkan di sini. semisal kekesalan Garret yang tidak biasa berurusan dengan seorang valet (pelayan pribadi) dimana tugasnya salah satunya memakaikan pakaian pada masternya. sayangnya ending ceritanya terkesan seperti sebuah cerpen. dan masih banyak hal yang sepertinya belum terselesaikan.
Lucinda Devering’s future rides on the success of her protégée, young Meg Lynch. The Duke of Raynewood has hired Lucinda to train his American granddaughter to fit in with the nobility and position due her as a lady. However, Meg’s sea captain brother shows up with other plans. He wants to take Meg home to Boston but delays their voyage at his sister’s pleas. In the meantime, the Duke instructs Lucinda to tame this ruffian who is his only heir. Can Lucinda accomplish this difficult task when Garrett Lynch makes her heart beat faster and her hidden desires flare into life? Garrett finds himself drawn to his sister’s mentor against his will. He doesn’t want to like this life in England or take his role as Lord Kelton. But the longer he stays, the deeper the danger that Lucinda will tempt him to remain.
I don't read cheesy romance. I read A Necessary Husband.