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An Arranged Marriage (Company of Rogues #1)

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Eleanor Chivenham didn't put much past her vile brother, but even she had not anticipated his greedy scheme to dupe a rich earl into mistaking her for a lightskirt! With her reputation in shreds and her future ruined, a defeated Eleanor was forced to agree to a hasty wedding. But marriage to the mysterious Nicholas Delaney, with his casual elegance and knowing smile, was m

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Published August 28th 2009 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published 1991)
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Elis Madison
OK. This was me at various points in the book



…when I wasn't



Here's the basic story—maybe you'll see what I mean.

Eleanor Chivenham is in a bad situation that just keeps getting worse. Before their parents died, her brother Lionel persuaded them to make him her guardian. She can't claim her inheritance unless she either marries with his consent or turns 25 without shaming herself. She's stuck in his house, with two more years on her sentence, since she’s not meeting anyone worth marrying among Lion
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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Tammy Walton Grant
So I'm home sick with a terrible cold and thought to myself, self, you need to read something pleasant. Perhaps a re-read of a book you love? Nope, did that yesterday with Goddess of the Hunt. Aaah, LOVE that book. Maybe I'll try one I bought last week at the used book store. Like this one, "An Arranged Marriage". Sounds promising.

My first inclination that this book was going to be a BIT different was the rape at the beginning. Notice I said rape, not forced seduction. This is a drugged, forced
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Dina
May 11, 2009 Dina marked it as to-avoid  ·  review of another edition
From K. @ Ami:
'I spent all night working and "torturing myself" listening to Jo Beverley's "An Arranged Marriage." I think I stuck with it so long because my 50% audiobooks were turning out to be a lesson in "you get what you pay for," and I didn't want ALL of them to be one huge waste of money. This book was just flat out awful. If I sat down and wrote out a list of plot devices that I would despise in a romance novel . . . this book would contain them all.
1) Top of the list: Cheating! However,
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Beth F.
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Natalie
Don't Hate... :D
Not sure about this one yet. I am a big fan of arranged marriage books, not sure why! This one did have some aspects that I liked and some that I really didn't. The part I hated the most was the fact that he had to be a Man-Ho for the government. What was that?? That just made me feel weird and didn't start me off with a good vibe for the whole relationship. I think I would've liked the book a lot more without that whole thing in there. Don't even get me started on the whole rape
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Ilze
Horrible story. It starts off with the heroine being raped by the hero's brother, who was drugged by the heroine's vile and useless brother, after which the hero agrees to marry her for honour or something, although it's advertised to others as an elopement. The hero then spends most of the book in an affair with a French whore because he's some sort of a spy and has to have sex with her constantly in order to uncover some plot involving Napoleon. It's never really explained why the only way he ...more
Christine
I'm glad I picked up a couple of the later books in this series before I read this one, because had I read this one first, I'm not sure I would have read further. As it is, I got two in from the library at the same time and will quickly move on, beliving that "An Arrnged Marriage" is a fluke. I've enjoyed other books by Jo Beverley as well, so I know I often like her stuff.

This one, though...it was off from the start. Eleanor's reprobate of a brother hatches this elaborate and senseless plot to
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_inbetween_
I'd give minus points if I could. Considering this first book in Beverley's Rogues series was actually the third she wrote for it, it's all the worse - badly (under)written, badly plotted, badly executed. Pushed into 350 pages by an author who has no shame in rushing through the most dramatic storylines by telling rather than showing anything about her paper-thin characters, and not even including (because seemingly not knowing) any historical details, this is yet another huge disappointment.

Be
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Mara
Trying to tidy up my TBR list, I decided to tackle some books that have been there for a while. I should have known better, damn me.

If there were minus point for a book I would probably award them to this book. It's not one of the hateful or hideous one. But you really wonder how it could win any prize. The hate for the heroine and her total lack of worth is all mine, but there's no way to deny that this book is all over the place. It has an incredibly stupid plot, with a totally uneven pacing,
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K.
Jo Beverly - “An Arranged Marriage”
(Audiobook: Narrated by Jill Tanner: Reader rating = 2* (very little voice change between characters, men sound like women!)

(Review at the “I’m currently reading . . . “ thread (Amazon Romance Forum) that Dina had copied to Goodreads (I didn’t even know it at the time! Handy though -- saves me a lot of work that I probably would not have done. ;)

From K. @ Ami:
'I spent all night working and "torturing myself" listening to Jo Beverley's "An Arranged Marriage."
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Caroline
This was the first book I've ever read by Ms Beverley and I was unfamiliar with either her name or her work when I picked it out at random. So, no expectations (apart from an enjoyable read) and no preconceptions.

The rape of Eleanor in the first few pages was unpleasant and confusing. This confusion grew with the circumstances of her improbably speedy recovery from the trauma -- even allowing for her being drugged during the ordeal -- and the facile appearance of a handsome and dashing gallant w
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Steamywindows♥♫
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Ana T.
I'm particularly fond of marriage of convenience stories and so I've been looking forward to this one for a long time now. Especially because I've read almost all the others in the Company of Rogues series.

Eleanor Chivenham didn't put much past her vile brother, but even she had not anticipated his greedy scheme to dupe a rich earl into mistaking her for a lightskirt! With her reputation in shreds and her future ruined, a defeated Eleanor was forced to agree to a hasty wedding. But marriage to t
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Dangermousie
In this start of her Rogue series, our regency hero marries the woman his brother raped out of noblesse oblige and falls for her but he is also a spy and has been ordered to sleep with an eeeeeeeeeeeeevil Frenchwoman (for England!!!) to get info out of her. My advice to heroine would be to get an STD panel asap.

Sounds insane yet I love it and it's oddly not particularly melodramatic. Actually, it is such an utter delight. I think it's going to be my favorite Beverley book by far. But then I oft
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Minh
I picked up the Rogue series through a recommendation on Julia Quinn's message boards. The recommendation either listed under the, 'Virgin Male' section or in the top 100. Now that I think about it, it probably was the top 100. lol but the Virgin Male section sounds better. I... like this series! The characters are often incredibly dense and make me want to scream but the progression of it all makes up for it a little.

The thing about the Rogue novels is that all the couples in the book are inev
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grumpyoldbird
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a good old historical novel. There were a few typos, which for a book that has been around for as long as this one, you'd expect they'd have been ironed out by now.

After reading it I did have a look at some of the other reviews and to be honest am a bit confused. I think some peeps have reviewed it using the standards that we have today, in the era that this novel was set, then the options and decisions taken were appropriate. The saying 'British stiff uppe
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Breezy *Lover of all things Alpha Male*
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Tishke
I feel like I've been violated. Ms. Beverley has ignored a very basic tenet of romance writing. Readers are supposed to believe that "love has conquered all" and that these two people have found a "once in a lifetime love." Isn't that why we buy a romance? But what we got was rape, adultery, and abandonment. This book doesn't deserve to be called a romance.
Cecilia
I picked this up because I keep hearing how amazing Jo Beverley books are, and I've never been more than lukewarm to her, but I keep hoping to come across the one that will help me feel the love, too.

This didn't do it for me. The hero at times is almost manically charming, but for huge swathes of the book he's offstage shagging a French woman for King and Country, or being ridiculously distant from his wife because it's too painful to be nice to her.

The heroine, meanwhile, other than trying to
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Judy
*MAJOR SPOILERS* The reviews on this book are proof that readers have completely different tastes in their "romance" novels. Note the parentheses around the word "romance." I, for one, didn't consider this book to be about romance.

To anyone thinking about reading this book, please be aware that the main characters, Eleanor Chivenham and Nicholas Delaney, enter into an arranged marriage because Nicholas' twin, Christopher Delaney, the Earl of Stainbridge (Kit), rapes Eleanor at a party held by El
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Shelby
In some ways this was a strange re-read for me. Keep in mind the first time I read this book I was in high school/college somewhere…aka it’s been over 10 years. I remember loving this series and the entire Company of Rogues. Other than that thought I remember little to nothing about this series, thus my excitement to read this one again. Now I’m left in something of a quandary. I enjoyed my read well enough, the story does flow along, but there are a number of plot devices/character quirks in th ...more
Julie
This book didn't work for me on pretty much any level. The hero is so unlikable (he's cheating on his pregnant wife for most of the book. But it's all for some supposed espionage plot that he's trying to uncover, so that makes it all okay.) He is quite conceited, treats Eleanor badly and hopes she'll get over it someday. He doesn't even really make an effort to get to know her, but gives her a few presents and hopes that makes it all better. Eleanor, the heroine, is so flat as a character it was ...more
Natalie
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Highland-dreamer
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Abby
I love the premise of arranged marriages in romance novels, so of course the title caught my attention. I downloaded this from Audible and started listening to it while I doing my chores and walking my dog.

...I hope nobody was watching my faces as I reacted to the story. *cringe* First - the reprehensible brother's plot to get his sister's inheritance by drugging her and having her raped. *"What!?"* Second - passing the heroine off to a twin brother. Third - the French mistress *scoff*.

Okay, o
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Noelle
Eleanor (h) is living with her brother, their parents have died and he is in control of her and her inheritance. When he comes up with a plan to get her portion of the inheritance, she finds herself drugged and raped. Thinking to end it all, she heads out to drown herself but the. runs into the man who raped her....or was it his twin brother. She's offered an option that doesn't include doing herself in but rather a marriage of convenience. She jumps at it.

Nicholas (H) doesn't know what to thin
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Dawn
This is the story of Eleanor and Nicholas. Not an easy story to read, but, in the end, satisfying. It begins with Eleanor being raped by Nicholas's older twin. For reasons never fully explained, he didn't want to marry her, but was concerned for her reputation. So he convinced Nicholas to marry her. Nicholas didn't hesitate. It took the entire book for there to be even a hint of an HEA. But, there was. It was a complex story line involving espionage in an attempt to bring Napoleon back from Elba ...more
Kate
With a rape to start it off, this romance had no place to go but up. Unfortunately, the contrivance to get the heroine married to the hero marred the whole story. A woman at the mercy of her slimy brother is raped by a man who then feels guilty when he finds he on the verge of suicide and convinces his brother to marry her. The brother goes along with this (Why???) and then we get a slight spy thriller where he has to submit to disgusting (we are told) sex with a French whore, all while our marr ...more
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Mary Josephine Dunn was born 22 September 1947 in Lancashire, England, UK. At the age of eleven she went to an all-girls boarding school, Layton Hill Convent, Blackpool. At sixteen, she wrote her first romance, with a medieval setting, completed in installments in an exercise book. From 1966 to 1970, she obtained a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire, where she met her ...more
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