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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, plus previews Slightly Wicked, Slightly Scandalous, bio, 342 pages
Published April 2003 by Dell Bantam Random House (first published 2003)
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Christina Blume Correct. This book is Aiden's story and book 1 in the series.
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Jan 08, 2012 Dina rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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 4 of 5 stars
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
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
Anna D.
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
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
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
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
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Tempo de Ler
«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
Lady Wesley
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
“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."

I think this hit all my warm fuzzy places where I needed them most right now. I'm not sure I would have loved this even three years
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!!"

Depois de um interregno de leituras durante quase dois meses, devido a compromissos da faculdade, sabe bem pegar num livro e devorá-lo num dia. Este livro de Mary Balogh é um doce, daqueles que nos deixa com um sorriso nos lábios depois da sua leitura (e por isso mesmo leva 5 estrelas). Dento dos romances do género tem algum enfoque para a época, apesar do romance ser obviamente o principal condutor da história.

Os personagens principais são bem construídos, sendo que o destaque vai para a person
buku mary balogh pertama yg ku baca & ternyata aq suka
tp eng ing eng ternyata series lagi.. duh kenapa semua buku bagus pasti berseri???

bercerita ttg Colonel Lord Aidann Bedwyn yg karena merasa berhutang budi pd captain morris karna demi menolongnya capt. morris kehilangan nyawanya akhirnya lord. adrian, anak ke 2 late duke of bewcastle & adik dr current duke.
karna janjinya pd capt. morris membawa lord aidan ke ringwood manor menyampaikan pesan terakhir capt. percy morris kepada adiknya
This is my first book by this author and I found it based on the Goodreads recommendation feature. I'm really glad that I decided to give this one a try because now I have a whole slew of books that I can read and enjoy.

The heroine in this story is Eve, and she has just received news that her brother has died while enlisted with the military. She is distraught and to make matters worse, it's a stranger delivering the news. Colonel Lord Aidan Bedwyn is the son of a Duke and is hand delivering the

Este livro é simplesmente adorável.

Adorei o personagem principal masculino, o coronel Lord Aidan Bedwyn. Aliás, toda a família Bedwyn é muuuito interessante.

Mas aquela Eve Morris é uma insossa! Ai que ela faz e desfaz pelos mais desfavorecidos, é um anjo de pessoa, uma doçura de estragar os dentinhos

Gosto das personagens imperfeitas. Não sei porquê mas parecem mais reais.

A única coisa que não me fez "ir aos arames" com esta personagem, foi o fato de a autora lá ter criado um antigo amor que p
This was a wonderful story about a marriage of convenience. Beautifully written in such a way that I almost feel like I'm watching the story unfold before me in the form of a movie rather than a book. It was so nice to get to know the Bedwyn family a little better, this story being about Aidan Bedwyn, the second oldest son. When I first met the Bedwyn's, in A Summer to Remember, I couldn't possibly see how they were hero/heroine worthy characters, but now I'm seeing that there is much more to th ...more
Wow! Just wow.... Hopefully I will regain my wits again later to do a better review.
This was my first read for 2013 and also my first Mary Balogh that I did not love. Sigh. That's the problem with high expectations - eventually they come crashing down. That's not to say it wasn't beautifully written - it was, as all of her books are, and I always enjoy her style and delivery. It may just be my preferences; specifically I don't like marriage-of-convenience themes. Plus, when a couple both find themselves in a situation and they keep repeating to themselves in words or substance ...more
This is one of my favorite Baloghs. I tend to forget how much I love it until I reread it. There are several things that really appeal to me about it. WARNING--for the few who havent read this, spoilers.

First, the hero and heroine are just so likeable--they always put other people first, they are innately honorable. Second, these very traits are both what binds them in a marriage of convenience and what makes it difficult for them to turn that marriage into a real marriage--neither one wants to
Rachna R
One day I need to go through my books and shelve them by trope - this would on the top of my marriage of convenience list. or near the top. let me distance myself from this, I'm really happy right now.

I'm worried that when I say certain books are really quietly thorough about how they piece people and their stories together, it seems like I'm calling them slow and unemotional and clinical, but I don't think mechanical writing is a bad thing if they're dealt with well, and I definitely don't thin
Breezy *Lover of all things Alpha Male*
Ah...the Bedwyn family. How I adore this series of books by Mary Balogh! She is the reason I read historical romance novels to be honest. This is the first official book in the series,although there is a prequel if you will. This is the story of Aidan & Eve.

Aidan is perfection. Tall, with dark eyes and dark hair and a British accent. Noble in every way including in keeping his word, which is exactly how he gets married to Eve. He keeps his word to a man who saved his life years before. A man
Grade A-

Slightly Married gives a twist to the marriage of convenience trope. What Aidan does out of duty and honor, thinking it would never have to be known, becomes more and more complicated for everyone involved. Unforeseen consequences of the quick marriage cause Aidan and Eve to rethink all their plan for the present and perhaps the future.

The characters were well written and didn't follow the usual. Aidan was imposing and regal, but not handsome. His demeanor was somewhat grim and he never
I love and adore this book. I don't know how MB does it again and again - she has me blubbering from chapter 1. How can she?
Her books are so full of emotion and passion, they make me want to meet the hero - and what a hero Aidan is. Not really handsome hero, but I adore him all the same.
This book made me really emotionally charged with wishing he was mine - in another time.
5+ *****
Lisa Kay mentioned to me that Mary Balogh's voice doesn't speak to everyone. I can certainly understand that.
She has a very different style and I wish I could articulate what it is. Words like subtle, complex, evocative and a bit formal...come to mind.

That said, this was a great story with unique characters and a (almost painfully) slow build to a believable romance. (I kept looking at the % marker on my kindle to see how much longer I'd have to wait for them to declare their love!)
I loved Eve,
Review later, but this was GREAT.

Okay, so now that I'm not on my phone, the GREAT thing stands, but I can say more about it that will probably sell certain of you on it, namely Katie and Grace. Because this is a marriage of convenience that ends up being more story and it's SO well done. I mean, yes, sort of fast, but I personally am more accepting of that in historicals and it's tied up in the fact that they wanted each other before they realized that it was more than that and in that they were
Steph Su
Oh, I was not really a fan of Eve and Aidan for the longest time. :( Never have I read a historical romance with such incompatible love interests. I *know* that's what this story is about--how a marriage for convenience eventually grows into one of true love--but I guess they're just not my cup of tea. Eve is angelically good and lovely; Aidan and his siblings are all a little too stiff and cruel for my taste. Balogh is a great writer, that's for sure; I guess this particular series of hers is n ...more
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MEH. No fue lo que esperaba, la relación entre ambos no me convenció y lo admito él me cayó mal. Ya se que estamos en el 1800 algo y que los hombres eran así pero I can't help myself, no me gusta (culpo a Courtney Milan por escribir feministy historical romance) aunque sumo puntos que la protagonista fuera sorprendentemente independiente (and I like that).
*Dreamy sigh* How in the hell did this historical romance kick happen to me? I blame Noa and Kitt (and Mary Balogh - wow these are well done books!)

This book put me through an emotional wringer. I'm trying to figure out if there are no tropes in Mary Balogh's books or if there are just different tropes in this genre and I'm so new to it that I don't know them yet. Either way, it seems pretty refreshing to me and I'm glad of it.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Bedwyn Saga (6 books)
  • Slightly Wicked (Bedwyn Saga, #2)
  • Slightly Scandalous (Bedwyn Saga, #3)
  • Slightly Tempted (Bedwyn Saga, #4)
  • Slightly Sinful (Bedwyn Saga, #5)
  • Slightly Dangerous (Bedwyn Saga, #6)
Slightly Dangerous (Bedwyn Saga, #6) A Summer to Remember (Bedwyn Prequels, #2) First Comes Marriage (Huxtable Quintet #1) Slightly Scandalous (Bedwyn Saga, #3) Slightly Wicked (Bedwyn Saga, #2)

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“I have read somewhere that we often spend a lifetime searching for what we already have.” 26 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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