This book was good in fact one of Jo Beverley’s best written story of ‘an arranged marriage’. Though I did not care for Lucian hitting Beth, I did understand were. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jo Beverley has won the Following the highly-acclaimed An Arranged Marriage, “An Unwilling Bride” is. Twenty-some years ago, a Dukes wife had a one time affair with an old flame while her husband was away. She gets pregnant & her husband realizes the child.

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Company of Rogues 2 Members. She is afraid of the Marquess, that he could be violent towards her as well as having power over her as her husband. I decided to start with this one. Is there any common ground at all?

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My review is based on one unfortunate scene, I don’t normally write long-ish reviews, but I feel like I need to defend my rating. She could have eloped with another man. I’ll admit I like this device, as artificial as it is; I typically really enjoy the often-slow process of overcoming the various obstacles, getting to know each other, falling in love.

Everything in its time I say. He’s the heir to a dukedom and has been raised in privilege all of his life; she’s been raised by her “aunt” in a girl’s school and passionately supports the feminist ideals of Mary Wollstonecraft.

An Unwilling Bride (Zebra Historical Romance)

I had been disappointed in The Secret Wedding part of her Malloren series in the past, so I had thought to keep only to her traditional Regencies. Zebra Books- Fiction – pages. Open Preview See a Problem?

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The only thing that made it sorta okay in the end was that, to me, he seemed to be beating himself up about it more than she was. This story has made me think. Anyway, the book was okay, but there was nothing that really engaged me beyond wanting to get to the next in the series.

I did really enjoy that the last line he says to her is about her spirit and her strength and how she is his friend for life. But that was ridiculous.

bveerley This one I found to be more enjoyable. An Unwilling Bride follows the evolution of an arranged marriage as it becomes a love match. She is a budding feminist who, despite not wanting to be forced to marry a stranger and act as a broodmare for the de Vaux family, agrees to exac I wish I could like this book better than the previous one, but unfortunately it too falls flat.

You love a good battle of literary quotations, forced marriage stories entertain you, or you’d love to see more interesting secondary characters in romances. He squeezes her arm hard so hard she sits down in shock, for speaking two words in a tone he didn’t like. Usually Regency is not so much used for the theme of possession, so I sense the reason for Beverley splitting her sagas in two periods here in the early works.

If it happens onceā€¦.

Burn it with fire! So, I decided to reread a few of the historical romances that I read years ago and loved. Yeah, way to support feminin rights you hussy. Before he hit her they told each other they loved each other, which was necessary because Beverley was so talentless that she could not show that, ever, and had it happen in the summarised events that happened beveroey scenes.

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You can probably read this one without the first, but you’d miss quite a bit of the characterization. The duke and duchess round out the cast, and even they have a small romance. I am interested in further books from this author, especially Nicolas and Elanor’s Clarissa, up until then a timid, silly young girl, is the only person who actually reacts appropriately to the situation.

The same year, she completed a regency romance, but it was promptly rejected by a number of publishers, and she settled more earnestly to learning the craft. Yet bevdrley she began to find pleasure in Lucien’s company-and his worldly kisses-she summoned all her sharp wits to keep from bowing to his arrogant will, or surrendering her well-guarded heart!

Beverley tries to support it by bringing in some of the more outspoken feminists of the day, particularly Mary Wolstencraft. I really enjoyed this series then but was disappointed in the re-read of the first book in the series.

There’s a couple explicit sex scenes, but one is with the mistress, Blanche.