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Heiress in Love (Ministry of Marriage #1)

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Love. The one thing she can't afford…

When the Ministry of Marriage arranges a match, all that matters is power, wealth and prestige. In the business of marriage, there is no room for love. But even the most prudent plans can go awry…

A Convenient Marriage

Jane, Lady Roxdale, has endured one marriage of convenience decreed by the Ministry of Marriage. While she deeply regrets
ebook, 368 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published June 27th 2011)
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Juliana Philippa
A simply delightful romance; leading characters were wonderful and their relationship absolutely lovely (5 stars)

This was a lovely romance and I'm so glad that I decided to take a chance and buy it. This is the first book by author Christina Brooke, and trying a new author is always a gamble. The fact that she doesn't have a track record can be helpful, because I have no expectations going in - which is why I'm almost worried to gush about the book as much as I want to, because then that will ra
Sep 11, 2011 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Catherine by: Juliana Philippa
*3.5 Stars*

Well, Juliana, I now know why you were so unhappy with the beginning stages of the relationship between Constantine and Jane. How very aggravating it is when authors have the characters instantly lusting after each other for no logical reason! He saw her through a window at a distance and fell into lust with her? Uh huh. And she was just as bad. Why were they attracted? And why did they stay attracted? These are things I really need to know if I’m expected to care about the characters
Nov 06, 2011 SheLove2Read rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
It's probably not a good recommendation for a book when you think "I wish they'd get the hell on with this story" followed shortly thereafter by "why am I still reading this?". Both sentiments apply to this book. While I adore the gorgeous cover art and the story PLOT was intriguing, the author seemed to take forever to get around to it, and frankly I got bored. Halfway through the book, I decided to skim the rest, and I'm so glad I did.

The pros of this book are that the cover art is gorgeous. T
Jun 29, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


At twenty-three years of age, Jane, Lady Roxdale is a widow. Married for six years to Frederick and with no children from the union, the title and estate passes to Frederick's cousin, Constantine Black. But instead of leaving the entire estate to his cousin, Frederick has stipulated the title and lands are Constantine's, but Jane inherits all the wealth and funds needed to run the estate. And worse, he has given the guardianship of Luke, his young six year-old relation over to Constantine,
When the Ministry of Marriage arranges a match, all that matters is power, wealth, and prestige. In the business of marriage, there is no room for love. But even the most prudent plans can go awry.

Jane, Lady Roxdale, has endured one marriage of convenience decreed by the Ministry of Marriage. While she deeply regrets her late husband's death, she is relieved to be free at last. But when a dissolute rake threatens everything Jane holds dear, she must contemplate marrying a second time.

All right, I'm not going to lie and say I didn't have high expectations for this book based on the cover (yes, I judge a book by its gorgeous cover) and then the back cover blurb later on because I did. And wow am I happy that it lived up to those expectations. Just an absolutely wonderful, sexy, touching romance novel.

Jane, Lady Roxdale, has already endured one marriage of convenience brought forth to her from the Ministry of Marriage, where one of the prominent members is her childhood guardi
The reason people love romance!
*Some scenes to skim or skip if one doesn't like heat*

For a complete review, visit Affaire de Coeur magazine, online - - or hard copy, July 2011 issue.
Lucy Ibn al-Rashid
Sep 12, 2014 Lucy Ibn al-Rashid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romance fans; fans of stories where the heroine is "the cold one"

What a lovely author's first read!

I picked up this book expecting something light and easy to read, after all the stress I had the past few weeks.

That wasn't what I got.

Heiress In Love is a fabulously intense book, with an emotional plot and deep, tortured characters and it simply caught my attention in such a way that I couldn't stop reading.

And my emotions? Scattered all over the place.

I went through the entire range. From amused to pissed off to happy to sad to hopeful to anguished and so

During the course of reading this book i found the title unfitting of the story. I do believe "Pride and Prejudice: The hero is not Mr. Darcy, nor is the heroine Lizzie; but they share some similarities and it's rather fitting of a title". Too Long. How about this " Trust and the Regency Romance". No. Sounds too much like a non-fiction title. How about "To trust a rake and other stuff". Shorten it down to "To Trust a Rake" and i think we found a winner. Because truthfully the heroine was actua
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Jul 28, 2011 Lisarenee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jane's first marriage was set up by the Ministry of Marriage. To say she and her husband didn't suit would be an understatement. For all that, she didn't hate her husband, and would never have wished him dead. She just came away from the marriage with a bitter taste and no desire to ever marry again.

Married for seven years to a man she didn't love, she thought she would finally be free. Upon his death, however, guardianship of their ward, whom she had raised and loved as he
A misunderstood hero, who's ugly past keeps sticking to him like glue and a somewhat stiff and proper heroine who isn't easy to like. For me, that makes for interesting reading.

So we have a puppet master, the Duke of Montford. He has "collected" orphan children of kins over the years and then sets them up for advantageous marriages to further his agenda to enlarge the family prestige and coffers.
Or something like that. They are basically his wards.

The heroine came to him when she was 8 years
Dec 21, 2011 nurmawati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, hr, buku-eng

ini quote buku nya :

When the Ministry of Marriage arranges a match, all that matters is power, wealth, and prestige. In the business of marriage, there is no room for love. But even the most prudent plans can go awry.

anggota inti ministry of marriage itu 3 orang yang sangat kaya, berkuasa dan bangsawan.....
buat menjaga harta keturunan keluarga mereka gak kemana2..maka mereka menjodohkan anak/keponakan/sodara mereka....

kali ini tokoh utama nya adalah....

*lady jane roxdale : janda lord roxdalle ya
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
“Clever, lush and lovely – an amazing debut!” – Suzanne Enoch

“One of the most compelling heroes I’ve read in years.” – Anna Campbell

With such praises from two of the most respected authors of the genre, Heiress in Love certainly piqued my interest. It’s my first book by Christina Brooke and, although there were some flaws, overall I really enjoyed it.

What I loved about the book

I enjoy very character-driven romances and this book really scores in that respect. Constantine and Jane and their growi
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I entered a contest on the web and won a copy of Heiress in Love[Image] by Christina Brooke. I really enjoyed the book so it is getting a post here on my blog “When the Ministry of Marriage arranges a match, all that matters is power, wealth, and prestige. In the business of marriage, there is no room for love. But even the most prudent plans can go awry.”

There is a very good explanation for the Ministry of Marriage on Christina’s web site. I recommend that you read it before you start the book.
Connie Fischer
Aug 14, 2012 Connie Fischer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Jane Roxdale has recently been widowed by Lord Frederick Roxdale. Theirs was a marriage of convenience and an unhappy one. Frederick was a bitter man who treated Jane cruelly both verbally and mentally. Frederick had a ward, Luke, whom Lady Jane loved dearly. Frederick had left Jane a large part of the estate's money with the stipulation that Luke be brought up by the new Lord, not Jane. Enters Lord Constantine Black, the new Lord Roxdale. Frederick had made many foolish decisions regarding ...more
Aug 01, 2015 Sharyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the second book 1st and wondered who all these people were. Luckily found the 1st at the library. Enjoyed the story, especially knowing how happy they were in the 2nd book! The whole Ministry of Marriage was a strange set up and I hope the Duke finally gets his whole set up. I liked Constantine, but his sense of honor was held on maybe a little too long! Also, a surprise twist at the end that I really liked. I am glad I found Christine Brooke, and will look for more of her books.
Jul 06, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of historical romance
Recommended to Anna by: Goodreads friends
I can't believe this is a debut novel! Wow. Ms. Brooke is a talent! It's so exciting to find a new author that is so good--she is an auto-buy for me now.

Loved this story. Jane, the heroine, was married as a very young (17) innocent girl to a a man her guardian has selected for her. Her husband is also a friend she has known for years. Unfortunately there is no sexual attraction between them, and the husband does not make her first sexual experience easy for her--in fact, he hurts her and consequ
Trudy Miner
Apr 14, 2014 Trudy Miner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After enduring an unhappy marriage, Lady Jane Roxdale, is now a widow and unwilling to remarry. Unfortunately the terms of her late husband's will left her with the money but her husband's cousin, Constantine Black, a disgraced libertine, with the estate and, even worse, guardianship of Luke, Fredrick's ward. Now the two of them are faced with an unpleasant choice, marriage; for Constantine, to get the money needed to keep the estate and Jane, to keep Luke whom she loves like a son. Enter the Mi ...more
I enjoyed this book, but here's why it lost two stars:
1. There was some difficulty in me to relate to the characters and their attitude, which includes the way they acted when there was a hurdle in their path, idk I guess the H showed himself to be different from the way he acted towards the h, a heroin which he knew was a little skittish to put it mildly, something she overcame with him, its just food for thought on their flaws.
2. I was just not into the whole ministry of marriage, I mean, med
Jun 02, 2014 Cameran rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
When Frederick, Lord Roxdale, dies without children his entailed estate is to pass on to his cousin, Constantine, who is known by English society to be a rake. Meanwhile, Frederick’s widowed wife, Jane, is left to wonder what will become of the place she has considered home in the hands of a man with such a scandalous reputation, along with her worry for the ward she has taken on and who has somehow been included in the divisions of Frederick’s will. Things are complicated and soon it becomes qu ...more
Diane Peterson
3.5 Stars. This debut book by Christina Brooke had a lot to recommend it. Good characters, a pretty good story. Brooke's writing had some very nice moments, but there were times that I just did not follow the motivations in dialogue or the movement of the story. The "Ministry of Marriage" story arc was fairly unrealistic to me. I think Brooke has a lot of potential and will probably improve in subsequent books.
Jul 31, 2011 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one awesome book Christina I savoured every word and I fell head over heals for Constantine what a hero and Jane such a great heroine they were truly mean't for ech other.

This book is a real page turner thank you so much for hours of reading pleasure, can't wait for the next one.
May 24, 2011 Bonnie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Won this on Goodreads First Reads!! Thanks!!!
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Publication Date: June 28th, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 0312534124
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Romance/Regency
Lootability: ***

The Ministry of Marriage is an organisation started by the Duke of Montford, caretaker of 6 of his young family members,that organises the marriages, and at times prevents them, of the English aristocracy.

What I Liked: The women in the Ministry of Marriage books are dynamic and enterprising, they have strong (and passionate) o
I won this book through First Reads. The story takes place in 1814 Regency England. It is the first in the Ministry of Marriage series and is the author's debut novel. Lady Roxdale is recently widowed from Frederick after an unsatisfying 7 year marriage. She believes she will lose her home and inheritance as she did not produce an heir. Instead she learns that she will inherit all the money, but that her husband's cousin will inherit the land and properties (with no money to maintain them.) It i ...more
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The Window Seat
When I see a book, my first thought is always whether or not it is a part of a series. If it is, and I am interested in it, I will usually not read it, but will go back and read the beginning of the series. For one thing, I hate being caught in the middle of the story not having all the necessary facts. For another, if I like it, I will rarely go back and read the previous books. Instead, they usually sit around in my TBR pile (or Kindle folder in my case) and they rarely get read. I go forward, ...more
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"Heiress in Love" by Christina Brooke

Jane, Lady Roxdale has just lost her husband that she married when she was seventeen. Jane does not feel any loss for her husband as she resents him for all of the cheating he did while he was alive. Jane must now act like the sad widow in front of her friends and family. If only her friends and family really knew what her husband Frederick was like during their marriage. Now that her husband has died, Jane must now sit and listen to the reading of the will
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 21, 2015 12:59PM  
  • The Portrait
  • The Devil in Disguise (Regency Rogues, #1)
  • Ruthless Heart (Heart, #1)
  • The Matchmaker (Maker, #1)
  • Compromised
  • Romancing the Countess (Romancing, #1)
  • Seduction & Scandal (The Brethren Guardians, #1)
  • How to Marry a Duke (How To #1)
  • Ripe for Pleasure (The League of Second Sons, #1)
  • Too Wicked to Wed (Lords of Midnight, #1)
  • Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman (London's Greatest Lovers, #2)
  • The Improper Bride (Sisters of Scandal, #5)
  • By His Majesty's Grace (The Three Graces, #1)
  • One Night Is Never Enough (Secrets, #2)
  • Midnight's Wild Passion
  • More Than a Stranger (Sealed With a Kiss, #1)
  • How to Dance with a Duke (Ugly Ducklings, #1)
  • Forever and a Day (The Rumor, #1)
Christina Brooke writes witty, sexy historical romance novels set in Regency England.

Her first series for St. Martin's Press, The Ministry of Marriage series, focuses on the aristocratic and powerful Westruther family.

Orphaned or abandoned as children, six cousins came under the guardianship of the Duke of Montford and grew up together under his roof. Each of the three girls, Jane HEIRESS IN LOV
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Other Books in the Series

Ministry of Marriage (3 books)
  • Mad About the Earl (Ministry of Marriage, #2)
  • A Duchess to Remember (Ministry of Marriage, #3)

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