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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They were both highly intelligent, which would, ultimately, unite them. And this woman especially rankled him–she was a nobody, a commoner–yet on a twist of fate she was the only link to continuing the bloodline unwil,ing the de Vaux.

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I like to switch it up. The school teacher wanted nothing more than to live her life free of the shackles of matrimony. To ask other readers questions about An Unwilling Brideplease sign up. But the thing is, if I knew these people in real life, I would be surprised.

I guess this will appeal to a lot of female readers but it just didn’t appeal to me personally. GoldenDarter Sep 15, Lucien de Vaux, Marquess of Arden and heir to a dukedom, is about to offer marriage to a young lady when his father stops him. Dragged a little at the very end, but overall Beveley liked it.

As an aside, I really liked the duke and duchess relationship, just lovely. Content with her independent life as a teacher, free from the bonds of matrimony, Uhwilling Armitage suddenly finds herself trapped in a betrothal to the rakish Lucien de Vaux, Marquess of Arden, who must marry to secure his inheritance.

Why did I dislike this particular execution, then? I’m glad I decided to read her again after this one. Worse, I think, is the reaction of all and sundry when they know about his abuse.


Lord of my Heart.

An Unwilling Bride (Company of Rogues, #2) by Jo Beverley

It went from being an adequately realistic if depressing domestic romance to being an over-the-top farce. Common terms and phrases Arden arms asked Beth Beaumont beautiful Belcraven Bern’s Beth felt Beth found Beth knew Beth bgide Beth thought Beth’s Blanche cheek Clarissa cravat dear Debenham door dress Drury Lane duke and duchess duke’s Eleanor Elizabeth eyes face father fingers footman friends Frogmorton frowned gave gently girl glanced glass gown Greystone grin hair hand head heir hope horse husband kiss lady laughed lips live Lord Deveril Lucien maid Mallory’s marquess marriage married Mary Wollstonecraft matter Middlethorpe milady milord mind minuet Miss Armitage Miss Mallory never Nicholas Delaney night Perhaps Phoebe Redcliff remembered Robin rose seemed servants shook shrugged sighed smile softly Sparra stared stopped strange supposed sure Swinnamer tell There’s thing thought Beth took touch turned Vaux walked wedding Westall wife wish woman wondered words young.

Number of sex scenes: This one I found to be more enjoyable. While the “romance” between Lucian and Beth wasn’t really full of chemistry or sexual tension, I did enjoy their battles of wits, and the injustice of having to give up everything you’ve ever wanted in life because of the whims hnwilling someone more powerful.

But later on, after confessing his love for her, for him to fly into a sudden rage because unwipling a hat, bevegley him to actually strike her Instead the couple gets along intellectually.

I didn’t love uniwlling one as much as the first book in the series because though I admired Beth’s views on the rights of women and the clever back and forth between her and Lucien, I thought their relationship was not as developed as I would have liked and their love was so suddenly declared and I didn’t feel it grow throughout the book.

The villains were suitably vile, the servants were cheekily full of character, and the other roguish young men who clearly have other books in this series were dashing. I liked some of the points made, but it could have been better. 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 uwilling society.


An excellent sequel to the Rogues series.

Beth was beyond merely prickly and was outright self-destructive. And she laughed, though she was sad to lose him. There were a lot of fun moments in this story that lightened up the darkness that was often between Beth and Lucien as they had been forced together.

Watching as they try to accept the marriage and each other was like watching a dance. Not only does she behave like a “rebellious” A.

An Unwilling Bride (Company of Rogues, book 2) by Jo Beverley

Buy from our partners. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! Beverley does build support for this being an extreme and singular instance and I buy that explanation as much as Beth does. The build up to the sexytimes is pretty drawn out. There are some of these dialogues that are amazing to read and its like watching tennis match. It is a shame really since it was entirely unnecessary, and the rest of the book was rather entertaining.

Dangerous Joy Company Of Rogues. Elizabeth ArmitageLucien de Vaux. Especially after feeling so much jealousy towards her after seeing Lucien gazing at her with a smile on his face.

Some are upset with Arden striking Beth, and honestly I did not like that particularly but it was one small part of the whole.