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Publisher's Summary

Rebecca Hagan Lee is a best-selling and award-winning author. She writes engaging historical romances that are packed with intrigue. Barely a Bride introduced the wealthy bachelors of the Free Fellows League. In this second novel of the series, Colin McElreath, Viscount Grantham, is being forced into a marriage - one intended to protect the League and the Viscount's good name.
©2004 Rebecca Hagan Lee (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
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4 out of 5 stars
By Christine Rautenkranz on 04-24-10

Great Book, Great Narrator, Poor Sound Editing

I greatly enjoyed this book. I have listened to several narrated by Virginia Leishman and have found her to be talented and greatly added to the telling of the tale. The characters are likable, relatable, and I found myself sad to hear the story end. The love scenes are steamy without being over the top. The only negative thing I will say is that it seems to have been poorly editied. You can hear too much of the narrator's breaths, sighs, teeth clicking, etc. But this seems to be unique to this series of novels. I have heard this narrator perform several other audiobooks and this was not an issue. If you can get over that, you will have a lovely story to enjoy.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Edwina "I Love books" on 12-16-16


Would you try another book from Rebecca Hagan Lee and/or Virginia Leishman?

Not Sure

Has Merely the Groom turned you off from other books in this genre?

The storyline is ridiculous and unbelievable

Have you listened to any of Virginia Leishman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The same. Her performance was good!1

What character would you cut from Merely the Groom?

Gillian Davies the heroine!!

Any additional comments?

Merely the Groom is the most Ridiculous, Unbelievable story I have ever read!! I loved bk1 Barely a Bride and gave it 5 stars. But this story is a absolute Disappointment!! After BAB bk1 I was hoping Colin Viscount Grantham would marry a women like Alyssa in bk1. Instead he marries the stupidest women I think I have ever read. The story is not believable. The author Ms. Lee would have readers believe that a Viscount heir to an Earldom would marry a women who eloped to Gretna Green with another man she barely knew. Gave up her Maiden Head/Virginity to a man she thought was her husband, but not. He steals her jewels and money and leaves her stranded with nothing in a cheap dockside Inn the Blue Bottle were all sorts of unsavory men stay. On top of that Gillian my be pregnant by this Bigamist. The Bigamist husband also is asking Gillian's father the very rich but recent lowly titled merchant for 50 thousand pound ransom. Come On this is unbelievable!!

I really love Colin in bk 1 and wanted to see so much more for him. His father the Earl has gambled away there fortune and all Colin will inherit is a title and a mountain of debt. So he goes along with Baron Davies, Gillian's father scheme and marries her. No title as old as Colin's would jeopardize giving his title to a child that wasn't his blood heir. Colin had his friends and the Free Fellows. He also, was a spy at the war office. So he was not totally bankrupt. He had managed to invest an make some money. The story makes Colin look so weak and less of a man. Gillian is just and idiot and I could not recover any respect for her and what she had done!! So why would the author write such an unbelievable story? I think I will return this story. Not worth my money.

I Cannot Recommend Merely the Groom Sorry!!

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