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Slightly Married (Bedwyn Saga #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  9,094 Ratings  ·  489 Reviews
Meet the Bedwyn : six brothers and sisters—men and women of passion and privilege, daring and sensuality…Enter their dazzling world of high society and breathtaking seduction, where each will seek love, fight temptation, and court scandal and where Aidan Bedwyn, the marriage-shy second son, discovers that matrimony may be the most seductive act of all.

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Paperback, 342 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Dell Bantam Random House
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Christina Blume Correct. This book is Aiden's story and book 1 in the series.
Wulfric's book, called Slightly Dangerous is the last book in the series.

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Jan 08, 2012 Dina rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dina by: BJ Rose
I've yet to find a book by Ms. Balogh that I didn't love. Her writing always sucks me into the story right from the start, with slightly (no pun intended) imperfect characters that I can't help but feel strongly about. Taking this book as an example, my eyes were already misty when I finished reading the 1st Chapter, and I had just met the heroine Eve...

Slightly Married is a beautifully slow paced story, completely focused on Aidan's and Eve's emotions and the loving relationship that grows betw
May 03, 2015 Susanne rated it it was amazing
4.5 beautiful stars!


Ms Balogh is a remarkably talented author who makes the writing come alive. The wonderful cast of characters will charm your pants off. You can see the bluebells and feel the water, the sun and the love.


I have a soft spot for the Pygmalion theme and this one did not disappoint! It is a marriage-of-convenience between two people from vastly different classes. Eve is a coal miner's daughter who has adopted a household of misfits. She is adorable, sparkling and can hold her
May 22, 2010 K. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance period film and book lovers
One thing you can say about Mary Balogh's writing: It consistently delivers that PBS/BBC period film feel! "Slightly Married" was no exception. I certainly envisioned the panoramic shots of England's town and country of the early 1800's without a problem, as well as the pacing of the story - flowing out like a nice, captivating BBC production. I think a lot of that feel can be attributed to her trademark "emotion-centered" romances that give a consistent viewpoint from both the hero and heroine ...more
4.5 stars

Wow! Slightly Married is one of the best Mary Balogh books I've read and an excellent start for the Bedwyn series.

The Bedwyns have always held a special place among historical romance lovers and I know I'm late in reading this, but better late than never I suppose.

What I love about Mary Balogh's writing is how realistic it is. I know, going into a Mary Balogh book, that I won't read about a modern couple that looks out of place. Mary Balogh knows her material and she never fails to take
Lover of Romance
I have been meaning to read this series for the longest time. Years ago, when I first got hooked on romance, I read Slightly Dangerous but for some reason I never continued the series. But I am thrilled to get back to it. What we have happening in Slightly Married is Aiden is a military man. When his close friend is killed on the battlefield he made him a dying promise that he would protect his sister: no matter what. So when he goes to her to deliver the news of her brother, he finds out that h ...more
Cassandra Dexter Colby
Estaba entre cuatro y cinco estrellas, pero no me ha puesto totalmente ñalskfkdñflfjkggj, aunque la evolución de Aidan me ha gustado. Aún así, me la he bebido en dos días. Muy agradable :)

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This was such a nice surprise!

The first book i've read by this author and i loved it!

I've just finished it, and i've this big stupid smile on my face, because the story was that cute, and interesting, and the final pages had just the right amount of sweetness!

“There is something infinitely better than happily-ever-after. There is happiness. Happiness is a living, dynamic thing, Eve, and has to be worked on every moment for the rest of our lives. It is a far more exciting prospect than that sill
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 23, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy
While a serviceable romance, I had two problems with the book that greatly hindered my enjoyment. This is an earlier Balogh than the Survivors Club and, indeed, I recognize one of the characters in this one from there so there's some crossover, it appears.

My biggest annoyance was that you could cut half the novel if either character had bothered to actually talk with the other. I kind of hate that, and find it both unattractive in the characters and manipulative by the author. It's a shame becau
I think, it is very hard to not like a Mary Balogh's book.
She is a real gem, imo.
I like her writing style, her MCs, story development and how almost all of her books make me feel. I want to give this book a 5 stars too but then I'm thinking what if I come across another book of her and like it much more. :)
I had very good time and I liked every part of it.

I certainly read all other books in the series.
It was full of enjoyment and at the end contentment.
Kimberly Carrington-Fox
Me esperaba más de mi debut con Mary Balogh. La historia me ha gustado pero no cómo está contada (para mí, poca pasión y sentimiento, con frases cortas, todo como muy aséptico). He conectado poco con los personajes principales aunque reconozco que ya he le echado el ojo a un Bedwyn que tiene toda la pinta de volverme tarumba. De todos modos sí me han quedado ganas de seguir conociendo a la familia, a ver si en los siguientes logro conectar más con esta escritora
Buddy read with Aly

Colonel Lord Aidan Bedwyn made a promise to one of his dying soldiers, a promise to protect the man's sister, and he takes his vows very seriously. He travels to Eve's home to break the terrible news but is surprised to find a strong and independant woman who has no need of his assistance. She is more than capable of running her household and she has a whole group of people who she can rely on for friendship and help.

Just as Aidan is about to leave, believing his duty to be fu
Anna D.
Jan 25, 2013 Anna D. rated it it was amazing
After reading the Bedwyn Prequels, it was odd to be introduced to the Bedwyn series with Aidan since we didn’t meet him at all in the two Prequel books.

From reading some reviews, I was all set to love this family and though they are supposed to be a haughty aristocrat family.. I LOVE them, I DO! Balogh writes them so that readers don’t view them as the rest of England views them. Their comments and actions may seem cold, but we know from the way they interact with each other that they really are
Jan 02, 2016 Ashley rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ashley by: Lady Melissa
Shelves: bookboyfriends
What a sweet, heartwarming story! The hero and heroine were honorable, unassuming, believable people. Not once did Balogh seem to bend their firmly established personalities or behavior to suit the plot. These were consistently good, decent characters who deserved their happy ending.

As much as I love reading about heroes and heroines who are tortured and flawed, it was quite nice to read about people I would want to have as friends myself. The words 'cozy' and 'real' come to mind when I think b

I've enjoyed MB's books before, she's good at writing marriage of convenience stories, but this was very slow and definitely not as good as others I've read by her. I found the hero, Aidan, to be overly brooding and taciturn. By the end I guess he loosened up a bit.

It was slow moving most of the time, only a few scenes that I thought, finally! But then it'd get boring again. I normally love the marriage of convenience trope, so this was disappointing. By 85% I was done. I ended up skip
Aly is so frigging bored
Sep 21, 2015 Aly is so frigging bored rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
3rd read September 2015
Buddy read with Maru and Sarah
Sou novata nestas andanças de atribuir estrelas.
O que nos impele a atribuir 5* a um livro ou 2* a outro? E da mesma forma que um livro é cotado de 1 a 5 por diferentes leitores? São perguntas que prefiro deixar em aberto, até porque não tenho uma resposta conveniente nem satisfatória.
Tenho tentado saber mais sobre o que me faz discriminar os livros com estrelas. Não olho para os livros - nem os analiso - com um olhar crítico, como muitos leitores ávidos fazem, inclusive pessoas formadas em Lit
Lady Wesley
Jul 21, 2014 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-o-c
What can I say? I'm a sucker for Mary Balogh's books.

After reading the last of this series first -- Slightly Dangerous (because it was the highest rated on GR) -- I'm now going back to read the entire series. This family is that compelling.

And, this is not just another marriage-of-convenience story; there are external as well as personal pressures that lead the characters to find love with one another. Along the way, we're introduced to the entire Bedwyn family, and they are a handful, to say t
3.5 stars. I actually got choked up from all the repressed feelings of these two, which I know isn't everyone's thing, but it is mine!!!! ok!!!!! I like LONGING AND PEOPLE WHO ARE AFRAID TO VOICE AND SHOW THEIR FEELINGS FOR FEAR OF GETTING HURT OK!!!!!! I CAN RELATE!!!!!

So like such an emotional response I had, you would think I would give this one 4 stars, but I'm a terrible sucker for drama and I WISHED there was slightly more drama in this. And ok as much as I loved how this whole book and r
Juliana Philippa
First in the Balogh's Bedwyn family series - I read it after most of the others, but is definitely one of the best!

Slightly Married is the first in Mary Balogh's Bedwyn family series, though when I read it I'd already read Freyja's (#3), Morgan's (#4), and Wulfric's (#6) stories, as well as A Summer to Remember, which introduces the Bedwyn family. This is definitely one of my favorites of the series and of Balogh's works and I would highly recommend it.

Both of the
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Feb 12, 2012 Madu rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
I liked the book...Then you may ask, why just 3 stars?
I kind of disliked Eve(a lot)..I don't like this kind of heroine..She reminded me of Isabel from Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord .... The" Oh I am so good I take care of people and bla bla bla " ... I don't particulary love this kind of heroine
Also, the book was too slow for me in some parts...I don't know, it felt like I was waiting for smth to happen but never did
I truly loved Aidan and his family and I think that the rest of the
Nov 28, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What a good book! A well done marriage of convenience plot is one of my favorite things, and this one was touching, romantic, and beautifully written. I liked both the hero and heroine, and the secondary characters with whom they were surrounded were interesting as well, especially the hero's family, the Bedwyns. This is the first in a series of books about them and I'm looking forward to reading more.
Regan Walker
Sep 25, 2016 Regan Walker rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency
Marriage of Convenience Leads to a Regency Love

This is the story of Aidan Bedwyn, a colonel in the British Calvary, and the brother of the Duke of Bewcastle, who makes a promise to a dying soldier who saved his life to look after the soldier’s sister. Upon his return to England, he travels to Ringwood Manor in Oxfordshire only to discover a strange provision in the will of the dead soldier’s father that the sister must marry—within days—to save her home.

Eve, a coal miner’s daughter, has been wai
Oct 21, 2015 Hero rated it really liked it
4.2 I'm a sucker for marriage of convenience stories and this is one of the best I've read. It's different from other similar stories I've read in that it is not the rake trying to marry to gain his inheritance but rather the hero in this case is the one trying to help the heroine inherit hers.

I love the portrayal of Aiden who starts out as a military man with a hard narrow face, a hooked nose and thin, cruel lips. An austere man who never smiles or cracks jokes. Yet the reader is drawn to him
Tempo de Ler
Apr 15, 2013 Tempo de Ler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«Eles eram de mundos diferentes. (…) Mas não eram mundos, eram universos.»

O coronel Lord Aiden Bedwyn está habituado a esconder-se por detrás de uma dura fachada militar, mas se é severo e, aparentemente, desprovido de humor, Aiden é também um homem de palavra…e quando o capitão Morris, a quem Aiden deve a própria vida, cai em batalha no sul de França, o coronel não tem outra opção senão prometer-lhe três coisas: 1) dará pessoalmente a notícia da morte de Morris à sua irmã, Eve; 2) não a deixará
Jul 13, 2015 Zoe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hello Ms. Balogh, always a pleasure.

This is a re-read for me. I read the Bedwyn saga years ago. I don't think I loved them but I did not dislike them either. I also seem to remember a great deal of them. Slightly married is the story of the second son, Aiden, and his wife, Eve, in a marraige of convenience. I think this is the second best of the story in the series, with Wulf's story being the best.

I won't go to great length describing the story. This is a well liked book and many reviewers di
Vanessa Montês
Pensamento das primeiras páginas: "Damn it, o livro não me está a prender nada..."
Pensamento a meio do livro: "OMG, omg!! Kiss, kiss, kiss!!"
Pensamento no fim do livro: "Nnnnããããooooo!!! Quero mais Aidan fofinho!!"

Aromas de Cor
May 10, 2016 Aromas de Cor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mais uma saga familiar de romance histórico. Confesso que depois dos Bridgerton não pensei simpatizar com outra família como esta, mas bastou ler as primeira páginas e fiquei rendida.
Esta história de amor começa com um sentido de dever apurado de Aiden Bedwyn, dever de comunicar à irmão do seu melhor amigo que ele tombou no campo de batalha e acima de tudo de honrar a promessa de a proteger acima de tudo.
Aidan vê-se envolvido num enredo familiar e com uma mulher que não tem “berço nobre” já que
Dec 20, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it
I had to reread the whole Slightly series because I reread Slightly Dangerous recently, and one thing/book led to five more. It's all Wulfric's fault.

I enjoyed Slightly Married much more lo these many years after I first read it. In particular, I loved Eve's delcaration of her feelings for Aidan; it is one of the best "I love you" speeches I've ever read. So many times it falls upon the hero to deliver a swoon-worthy passage of how much the heroine means to him, but here Eve (once again!) beats
Vera Neves (Sinfonia dos Livros)
Foi o primeiro livro que li desta autora tão conhecida entre nós leitoras ávidas por romances de época. Sendo uma autora assim tão conhecida admito que tinha as expectactivas lá no alto, no entanto, ao terminar de ler este livro senti que lhe faltava algo. Não é que não tenha gostado da história em si, isso gostei e até esperava que ao longo do livro as coisas fossem “aquecendo” e houvesse alguma coisa que me fizesse suspirar ou até mesmo suster a respiração de expectativa. Estava enganada. As p ...more
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Mary Jenkins was born on 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high-school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curl ...more
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“I have read somewhere that we often spend a lifetime searching for what we already have.” 29 likes
“What sort of man could you love for a lifetime?" he asked her.
She was silent for a while. He guessed that she was considering her answer.
"A kind man," she said. "When we are young and foolish we do not realize how essential a component of love kindness is. It is perhaps the most important quality. And an honorable man. Always doing the right thing no matter what."
His heart sank-on both account.
"And a strong man," she said. "Strong enough to be vulnerable, to take risks, to be honest even when honesty might expose him to ridicule or rejection. And someone who would put himself at the center of my world even before knowing that I would be willing to do the same for him. A man foolish and brave enough to tell me that he loves me even when I have hidden all signs that I love him in return."
"Eve-" he said.
"He would have to be tall and broad and dark and hook-nosed," she said. "And frowning much of the time, pretending he is tough and impervious to all the finer emotions. And then smiling occasionally to light up my heart and my life."
Good God!
"He would have to be you," she said. "no one else would do. Which is just as well, considering the fact that I am married to you...”
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