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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You know when you re-read and skim I can’t think this was a good idea. All her supposed intelligence and you don’t see an inch of it. How each heroine has to suffer mental and physical anguish all alone, the adults around her unapproachable or even laughingly forcing her into non-consentual relationships, and once that is over they are suddenly the most tender friends and allies. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Sir Stephen Ball, M.

Lucien, having more experience with his father, mostly settles for pouting and grim resignation. Then the two older boys drowned, leaving disaster.

I think this is one of Jo Beverley’s best books – maybe her best. A follower of Mary Wollstonecraft, she believes in equality for women, which in her mind precludes marriage. I kept this for a long time and then purchased the Kindle edition so definitely a favorite. I might have try and read it again and see if I like it better the second unwillin, since I fell in brids with the Company of Rogues after reading Forbidden.


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Emily and the Dark Angel. I also love the Rogues, I think I read all the book at some point and by and large I did like them.

Books by Jo Beverley. Read more Read less. This book was no exception, and I really enjoyed seeing the characters and their relationship grow.

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I loved how the characters seemed very much well-suited for the time period. Don’t know why I keep expecting these to be good. Still good till the strong independent 24 y. Worse, she was a very well-drawn example of a smart person being their own worst enemy through unchallenged assumptions and arrogance.

Yolande de Vaux, Duchess of Belcraven. That’s my take on the heroine of this novel and it’s a large part of why I disliked this story so much. She moves into the Belcraven home and finds her new life oppressive. And I mean this in a good way mostly This is not a fluffy regency with a romancing hero and a sweet lovable heroine.

She was determined to despise her betrothed, but when Arden decided to seduce her, she needed all of her strength to keep from surrendering her heart. This unwlling I found to be more enjoyable. Her maid is upset, and beveerley her try to hide the evidence.


So good characterization, but not exactly in a good cause. I actually like the plot of how and why the plain bluestocking and the blond Adonis are forced on each other. I like heroines who are strong but who are also soft, feminine and pretty.

Now, over twenty years later, the duke learns he has a legitimate daughter—Beth Armitage, a child of bevreley blood—and he compels Lucien and Beth to marry.

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. I did not find this an easy or always pleasant read. View all 13 comments. The way the hero and the heroine are being thrown together and basically blackmailed into marrying is not pretty.

Heck, they don’t even like each other. Things are said and taken not in the intended way all the time. This one starts out with a promising device — the arranged marriage between two unwilling protagonists.