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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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I simply adore how it forces people into trying to learn to coexist and how that tips over into love no matter how hard they try to stop it.

So it is not that the hero is too dark. Songs of Love Lost and Found. The Raven and the Rose. Detailed plot synopsis reviews of An Unwilling Bride Twenty-some years ago, a Dukes wife had a one time affair with an old flame The other thing that Beverley claims now and in later books is that Beth runs around in rags and hobnobs with servants when she never SHOWED her do anything like that.

Anyway, quite close to the end, the protagonists are declaring their love for each other. That lasts more than many other things. Quotes from An Unwilling Bride. Annoying, unnecessary and so obviously an excuse by the author to put off the consummation till later in the story.

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As I predicted, the book lost some of its shine, but it’s still quite good. It contains all of her trademark period details and rich, lush, descriptive writing.

I had forgotten how much I hated book 1. This fuels her earlier lie to him beverlwy she was a hussy, and he’s enraged. They fight like cats, because they lack any belief that the other person is actually interested in them, so everything that can be misconstrued, is. Furthermore, there’s this side plot with Lucien’s parents that felt really unresolved.


The Duchess of Belcraven committed a folly, and bore her husband another man’s child.

Yolande de Vaux, Duchess of Belcraven. She looked up and their eyes clashed. For the life of me, I have no idea why they’d think to pretend to be hookers in order to sneak into the house and get out again, but never think to just hire actual hookers. It is a shame really since it was entirely unnecessary, and the rest of the book was rather entertaining.

CD Audiobook 0 editions. Or, maybe I’m a very backward type of woman who as I’m sure some readers will be thinking is failing the feminist cause by beevrley buying into the whole “sisterhood at all costs” motto.

Years after writing this, the author defends it and says she wouldn’t change a thing because it reflects the violent nature of the era and the war environment they were living in. The hero unwilling a bit hard to like, but then so is the heroine.

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View all 8 comments. Everything in its time I say. They already have two twin boys, so he already has his heir taken care of. Share your thoughts with other customers.

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When her professional qualifications proved not to be usable in the Canadian labour market, she raised their two sons and started to write her first romances. Or that at least they felt a little lust. Okay, to be honest, why would a man prefer a combative, prickly, opinionated, plain forced-upon-him wife over a warm, understanding, undemanding, good humoured and beautiful mistress?

She quickly attained a position as a youth employment officer untilworking first in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, and then in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire. Here are my main issues with how this was handled afterward: I liked the I would say this book gets a 3. But there’s also violence. The moments where the antagonism between Beth and Lucien dragged on became a little trying ofer time, but ultimately I really enjoyed this book. Then for most of the book, she wants to tell him the truth, that she is a nervous virgin, but she keeps chickening out.


Two strong people manage to find a way to love each other. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. And I thought it was weird that his best friend fell in love with Blanche and wanted to marry her, and there were things said about her becoming his mistress unwillinv he could beverlye her to marry him.

The excellent writing and vivid characterizations of Jo Beverley are on full display here. Worse, she was a very well-drawn example of a smart person being their own worst enemy thro This book is a real mess, but at least it wasn’t obnoxiously so as the first in the series was.

Lucien, having more experience with his father, mostly settles for pouting and grim resignation. That’s my take on the heroine of this novel and it’s a large part of why I disliked this story so much. Even more so today than when originally published, this episode shocks and alarms women.

Bevdrley was always a questionable character ji me for his oft-threatened and once enacted violence. This Earl is on Fire.

I think it had a great deal of potential, with many of my favourite elements: Click here to see the rest of this review.