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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So anyway, things bump along with a series of misunderstandings and reconciliations, in which both of them are alternately cranky or contrite, but never quite at the same time.

Everyone else acts as if the casual spousal abuse is nothing serious. I didn’t remember reading this before, but a few pages in, I recognized the story. Sadly they lack all the charm and edge of the original. They ynwilling felt terrible about it, but you know what? When I pick up one of her books, I kn Ahhhh There is no magical understanding between them, no trust, no love. Yet, after a harrowing meeting with the elderly Duke of Belcraven, Beth found herself forced into wedding his heir, the dashing Lucien de Vaux.

And she laughed, though she was sad to lose him.

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She tried to make herself unattractive to him and then was hurt when he said he found her unattractive. Anyway, quite close to the end, the protagonists are declaring their love for each other.

When I pick up one of her books, I know that I can almost always just lose uo into the experience. Lucien uses a casual violence on Beth to get his way.

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. 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. Furthermore, there’s this side plot with Lucien’s parents that felt really unresolved. Why did I dislike this particular execution, then? I am interested in further books from this author, especially Nicolas and Elanor’s Anyway, the book was okay, but there was nothing that really engaged me beyond wanting to get to the next in the series.


Jo Beverley’s historicals always set the perfect tone for the period, with the impeccably detailed settings, the lively cant and jargon, and the mannerisms at all levels of society.

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For the pervy factor, there’s a pretty good build up of tension throughout the book, but note that there’s only one sexytimes scene, and it’s kind of halfway-opened door. I liked that Lucien’s mistress, Blanche Hardcastle, kicked Lucian to the beide after she found out he got married.

European Historical Romance Review Bridw It made no sense, and was a pretty stupid and silly ending to a ridiculous book.

I would have liked to see either the Duke or Duchess deal with Lucien in the aftermath, but instead the closest thing we get is Blanche asking Lucien if he’s okay, after hitting his wife. Clarissa, whose story was written later and who made me anticipate the hitting, is seen as stupid and shallow here, another convention of all Regency romances of these times, just as Eleanore’s marriage keeps shining more and more glowingly, with admonissions that Beth will have to work on hers to reach that happiness.

Seriously, people, this is big agency publishing here! He’s the opposite of the heroine: Honestly, she wonders why he threatens her with violence? He squeezes her arm hard so hard she sits down in shock, for speaking two words in a tone he didn’t like. Not only does she behave like a “rebellious” A.

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That’s more a convention of historical romances like Woodiwiss, one that deadens the heart. Plus I didn’t appreciate the fact that the author needed to stereotype the heroine by making her unattractive; was it so hard for the author to create a radical feminist who is actually pretty?

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Things are said and taken not in the intended way all the uwilling. He didn’t know that she, with her fiery independence and sharp intellect, was what he needed in his life, and she didn’t know she even wanted him, with his aggressive alpha shtick and confident charm, in her life.

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Of course he will hit her again. This is their HEA? I didn’t really warm up to the heroine, in that, yes she was “wronged”, but she just never engaged my sympathy. It’s an interesting story with well shaped but flawed characters.

unwjlling I know I’m supposed to feel sorry for her but she just annoyed me too much because I couldn’t identify with her at all. Aug 18, Kate rated it it was ok Shelves: I didn’t think they were suitable for each other and the H was like a sniveling little boy instead of a sexy adult male.

But it is jarring to read about, and I was bothered by Beth’s non reaction.

Had those words been a sign of shock? The story basically is character driven as we see them navigate their prickly relationship, which starts on not-too-stable grounds when Beth tells a scandalous lie in her efforts to force the marquess’s hand to renege on the arrangement. In defiance, she refused to act the part of an aristocrat, rejecting even brids family jewels!

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I simply adore how it forces people into trying 4. I understand how Beverley has explored this. I am not even gonna waste time writing about the rest of the storyline.