You May Kiss the Bride (Penhallow Dynasty Series #1)

You May Kiss the Bride (Penhallow Dynasty Series #1)

by Lisa Berne

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A Publishers Weekly Best of the Year Pick!

In an unforgettable debut, Lisa Berne introduces you to the Penhallow Dynasty—men destined to marry, but hesitant to love.

Wealthy and arrogant, Gabriel Penhallow knows it’s time to fulfill his dynastic duty. All he must do is follow “The Penhallow way”—find a biddable bride, produce an heir and a spare, and then live separate lives. It’s worked so well for generations, certainly one kiss with the delectable Livia Stuart isn’t going to change things. Society dictates he marry her, and one chit is as good as another as long as she’s from a decent family.

But Livia’s transformation from an original to a mundane diamond of the first water makes Gabriel realize he desperately wants the woman who somehow provoked him into that kiss. And for all the ladies who’ve thrown themselves at him, it’s the one who wants to flee whom he now wants. But how will he keep this independent miss from flying away?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062451781
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Series: Penhallow Dynasty Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 506,701
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Lisa Berne read her first Georgette Heyer novel at fourteen — it was the effervescent Lady of Quality — and was instantly captivated. Later, she was a graduate student, a grant writer, and a teacher — and now writes historical romance for Avon Books, with her stories set mostly in Regency-era Britain. She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

Please visit Lisa on the web at . . .  and say hello on Facebook! LisaBerneAuthor

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You May Kiss the Bride 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story catches your attention and you care about the couple.. Enjoyed reading it even as at times their lack of communication irritated me.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
You May Kiss the Bride is book 1 in The Penhallow Dynasty series. This is a new author for me since it's her debut book and I wound up really enjoying the author's writing style. I already know I'll have to grab book two when it is released. This novel is a rags to riches type trope and I adored the leading lady immediately. We start off meeting Livia Stuart, an orphan living in her Uncle's humble care with frequent visits from her "friend" Cecily and Cecily's mother. In one of those visits we learn that a wealthy gentleman (Gabriel Penhallow) is traveling to meet Cecily in hopes to marry her. And since this book isn't about Cecily we quickly see everyone going to a ball and one horribly timed moment leads to Gabriel and Livia caught in a situation that can't be explained away. So now our couple are pretty much forced to get married and boy do they wind up having issues along the way. Livia is whisked off to Bath with Gabriel and his Grandmother in order to teach her how to be a proper lady. I loved seeing both Livia and Gabriel slowly growing feelings for one another. Then drama would unfold with a misunderstanding between the two and those scenes really kept my interest. I kept rooting for them and hoped they would figure things out before one did something they would both regret. You May Kiss the Bride is a promising start to a new series. I enjoyed how independent Livia was and came to appreciate Gabriel's character as well. I think my favorite bits had to be Livia coming to know what she wants and who she is. Her character really blossomed and it made for an enjoyable read. All in all, if you're a fan of Historical Romance with a rags to riches feel I think you'd love this book.
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Romwrit More than 1 year ago
Although arranged/forced marriages are common during these times, Gabriel and Livia were probably the last two people who needed to wed. They bicker from the moment they meet…he’s arrogant and high-handed (so she thinks), and she’s defiant and rude (so he thinks). But nonetheless, their strong physical attraction to one another lands them in hot water. Gabriel is taken by Livia’s bright green eyes the moment he sees her. Although she’d hang before admitting it out loud, she is also taken in by his handsomeness. The first kiss comes out of nowhere; but that’s what made it good. No one (including Livia) sees it coming. The beginning of this story captures and holds my attention. There’s a hint of Cinderellaism; but Livia is not doormat. She stands up for herself – to a certain degree, and when giving half a second, she has a tendency to let works slip that probably wouldn’t been better left unsaid. Grandmama (Gabriel’s grandma) is a royal mess. She’s picky and condescending, but I must admit, I had more than a few laughs when she was in a scene. The chapters are quite long, and unfortunately, Gabriel and Livia are rarely together during most of the story – their meetings are sporadic, as he chooses to live elsewhere until the wedding- so I was a little disappointed by this. I found myself anxious to get to a scene with the two of them, so the relationship development was somewhat of a struggle for me. There are quite a few interesting characters, and plenty of narrative and good descriptions. Cecily is the typical ton brat, and I was glad when Livia was the one to come out on top. Overall it was a good story. A tad too much in some places, but still a good story.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
You May Kiss The Bride is my first book by Lisa Berne. Ms. Berne has delivered a well-written book. Her storytelling abilities impressed me. Gabriel and Livia's story is loaded with drama, humor, a bit of adventure and of course, the sexy bits. I give Ms. Berne kudos for her cast of characters, they were totally amazing. I enjoyed You May Kiss The Bride and look forward to reading more from Lisa Berne in the future. You May Kiss The Bride is book 1 of The Penhallow Dynasty Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I won from Goodreads.
sharonrCA More than 1 year ago
**I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.** This book was a HOOT!! Really I beyond LOVED it!! It starts out fairly slow as it introduces you to the two main characters. And its very Cinderella like at first with Livia the lively but beyond poor, neglected relation. She gets invited to a ball and given old dresses to attend. Where her cousin is to get engaged to Gabriel. But things do not go well. Instead Livia ends eup stealing the groom. Then it gets very Pygmalion like when Gabriel leaves Livia with his snooty grandmother who seeks to domesticate, educated and refine Livia. Well what happens is pure fun and some of the scenes I could not stop laughing. Now most of the book was wonderful. Really reminded me of books written by Julia Quinn. However the second part of the boook got kind of strange. Not bad strange just the tone of the book really changed. It was funny and romantic and Livia starts to feel loved and needed by Gabriel and Granny. But then when they move to the family estate, it was like the main characters all just changed. Not until the last part of the book do you see them revert back to what they were in the first part of the book. This is a debut book and I really enjoyed it. I loved the authors humor and I really fell hard for Livia. She really steals the book
Theardentreader More than 1 year ago
Being as this is a debut novel, I was not expecting a very well done thing. I was expecting a first novel. I was completely wrong! Ms. Berne writes like a seasoned author! I was happily surprised! The depth of character in this novel is wonderful! Livia Stuart is an orphan. Taken in, reluctantly, by her relatives. She has been provided with just enough to live. Food, threadbare clothing, and nothing else. And then to realize how lucky she is to have had that. Her "Frenemy," Miss Cecily Orr, points out what Livia is lacking at every opportunity. I truly hate people like Miss Orr. They put others down so they can feel better about themselves. Truly a nasty thing to do! I really wanted to punch her in the nose! She is rich and has had everything that Livia has not. But I am sure that is what the author was going for! Miss Orr has set her sites on Gabriel Penhallow. He is from one of the most aristocratic families. One who NEVER marries for love. A family who men have generally married, produced an heir and then never saw their spouse, unless it was by accident it seems. Sad to think these types of families actually existed, but I am sure they did! Gabriel is pretty sure he will be happy to marry someone with breeding and wealth and then go about his life in the same way as always with no consideration for this "wife." Poor Gabriel didn't expect Livia at all! Before we know it, there is an incident and things change for both our parties. Reluctant and unsure they move forward and let providence take over! I loved this story! A poor girl from nowhere and with no one can make good and a rich snob can be brought down out of the clouds and see the "real" things in life! The author brings emotion and intrigue and I enjoyed every minute of it. I look forward to the next book in the series and hope for many more to come. There are so many interesting secondary characters as to keep me seeking the stories to come. Congratulations to the author on her debut novel, one for the "re-read"self for certain! *Received courtesy copy with no expectation of review*