• Title: And Then Came Love
  • Author: Roberta Leigh
  • ISBN: 9780373100682
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Paperback
  • And Then Came Love They were an ill assorted pair Stella Percy cool aloof lady of leisure with every quality needed to live a life of luxurious elegance except money and Matthew Armstrong bluff honest Yorkshire wh
    They were an ill assorted pair Stella Percy, cool, aloof lady of leisure, with every quality needed to live a life of luxurious elegance except money and Matthew Armstrong, bluff, honest Yorkshire, who believed in calling a spade a spade, but had plenty of brass which he was proud to think had all been earned by his own hard work.From the first he had made no secret oThey were an ill assorted pair Stella Percy, cool, aloof lady of leisure, with every quality needed to live a life of luxurious elegance except money and Matthew Armstrong, bluff, honest Yorkshire, who believed in calling a spade a spade, but had plenty of brass which he was proud to think had all been earned by his own hard work.From the first he had made no secret of his attraction to Stella, and when she accepted his proposal she was at least honest enough to admit that it was for the sake of his money So began their curious relationship.With so much honesty all round, it might well have succeeded and as Matthew had hoped, love might have grown between them eventually if Stella could only escape from the memory of Charles Heyward, the symbol of her former life.

    One Reply to “And Then Came Love ”

    1. 4.5 stars.I seem to have liked this one more than most other reviewers.Both the heroine and hero have some real life flaws in this older HP by Roberta Leigh.For the heroine it's a marriage of convenience to supply funds for her younger brother to study music. For the hero, it was love at first sight and he marries her knowing she does not love him.This book reminded me of the movie version of North and Southby Elizabeth Gaskell - the setting, the factory, the rigid controlling family member (mot [...]

    2. I have mixed feelings about this story. There were many things found interesting and different. The H was the same height as the h and was described in the beginning as stocky. He was also crude compared to her, a self-made man who earned his riches. He was dripping with faults but you still liked him better in the beginning because the h came off as snooty and pretentious. You don't totally hate her though cause you could see that some of how she was was just her society. But then our boy goes [...]

    3. This is one of those stories that he cheated but wait he didn't, but did he? The main characters came from very different backgrounds, a socialite and a factory owner; add a disapproving mother, a spoiled brother, a malicious sister in law, OW, and OM and you know they have a rough road ahead of them. I found them to have no chemistry due to cheating both emotionally and physically and the constant bickering.

    4. This was a very different read from the norm. To me, the hero is almost too crude/low-class to seem attractive, he came across as somewhat oafish. Likeable, but not very swoonworthy. Nonetheless, overall I thought the story worked and was very entertaining because it was so different from the norm. Definitely a besotted hero, which I love, and by the end he had grown on me despite his clumsy ways.One warning: (view spoiler)[the hero does cheat on the heroine, so if you can't get over that this m [...]

    5. Stella was a refreshing character; an ice princessy snob(a dying/dead breed in romance), she also was not in love with the hero, while he was in love with her. Which now begs the question of why he slept with the mistress, is his love so fickle that it crumbles at the first obstacle? If he wanted to get value(her love or affection) for the money he paid for her he should of, at least, gotten rid of his sister. He just dumps her in his dreary house and expects her to gobble down brown stews, stea [...]

    6. This was the least Harlequinny Harlequin I have ever read. The "hero" is a bumbling oaf, one of those self-made millionaires who are loud, brash and proud of it. The heroine is your basic Posh Spice. Think of pairing up the Queen of England with the King of Queens and you'll get the picture. I know the author wanted to highlight the differences between the social classes of H and h, but they came off as caricatures rather than real, living, breathing people.The main conflict between the h and H [...]

    7. 3.5. I was drawn to this because I was in a cheating-hero mood, plus someone described it as North and South AU. So of course I had to try it out (it took forever to hunt down, btw!) What I like is that the hero is not the typical leading man, and that it really did have a N&S vibe. The things that dated the story tripped me out though, like the chain-smoking heroine (who was supposed to be the height of class) with nicotine stained fingers.

    8. it changed from other books where the heroine was always plays the good samaritan. in this one, stella was a snob and mean not like your usual heroine at all. she hurt the hero so many times by feeling superior to him and his relations. it was a great change and i was amazed to find it in one of the older harlequins while in the new ones, you are encounting submissive ninnies lol !! what i did not like was that stella appeared frigid sexually. she did not seem interested in sex and even the cons [...]

    9. Four stars for not being a usual harlequin where hero is tall and dashing and the misunderstandings seem contrived. I really enjoyed this book and though the hero was a bit uncouth for my taste I ended up liking him for his honesty and loyalty.

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