An Arranged Marriage (Company of Rogues #1)
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...more
…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 ...more
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 ...more
'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, ...more
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 ...more
This one, though...it was off from the start. Eleanor's reprobate of a brother hatches this elaborate and senseless plot to ...more
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, ...more
(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." ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The thing about the Rogue novels is that all the couples in the book are inev ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
...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 ...more
Nicholas (H) doesn't know what to thin ...more