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Confessions from an Arranged Marriage (The Burgundy Club #4)

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They couldn't be more different—but there's one thing they agree on...

In London after a two-year exile, Lord Blakeney plans to cut a swathe through the bedchambers of the demimonde. Marriage is not on his agenda, especially to an annoying chit like Minerva Montrose, with her superior attitude and a tendency to get into trouble. And certainly the last man Minerva wants is B
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Avon
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Minerva Montrose had gone to lie down to alleviate her migraine never knowing that her life would forever be changed by the simple act. She is flabbergasted to wake up to a man's head beneath her skirts--and not just any man. Oh no. Only the most unreliable, most insufferable man in all of London, Lord Blakeney. Realizing what must happen after they are discovered, the couple agrees to marry and attempt to make it look like a love match. Ha! The mutual loathing between Minerva and Blake is deep ...more
Silly title notwithstanding, I really enjoyed Confessions From an Arranged Marriage, fourth in The Burgundy Club series by Miranda Neville. I've read book 3, but I suspect some of the characters in this story are from earlier books in the series.

Minerva Montrose is a young woman with political ambitions. She hopes to make a match with a man of similar tastes, a man who will help carry out her ideas of reform. The last man she has in mind is carefree dolt - and ducal heir - Lord Blakeney. But wh
Manda Collins
Really enjoyable match up a previously (in earlier book) unlikable hero and a beloved (in previous books) heroine. I thought Blake and Minerva ended up being excellently well matched, though at the beginning I had my doubts. Neville did a great job of explaining some of Blake's bad behavior. And I appreciate that she isn't afraid to let her characters be real people with faults who grow and change as they go through life. Loved it.
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Expected Release Date: March 27, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Edelweiss
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, The Burgundy Club
Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone
Steam Level: Steamy

This is my first Miranda Neville book, but it will not be my last. Full of chemistry, a surprising amount of humor, and some very sweet romance, I lo
Lynne Tull
The first and the last books of this series were the best. In between was okay, but not in the 'really liked it' category. I am overlooking Blake holding onto his 'secret' until the last few pages of this book. If I think about it, the 'secret' was hovering around in the first book and came to a conclusion in the last book. While I sympathize with Blake for holding it close, I think he could have shared it a little bit earlier in this least to his wife. No, I am not going to share the ...more
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Miranda Neville has become one of my favorite historical romance authors with her sexy and unique Burgundy Club series. I have thoroughly enjoyed her fun twists on romance cliches and how she makes classic plots her own. That being said, I was a little hesitant about Confessions From An Arranged Marriage. The hero, Lord Blakeney, has not been shown in the best light throughout the series especially in his treatment of his cousin in The Dangerous Viscount. In my opinion, it takes a skilled writer ...more
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Booklover, Indianapolis
(June) Huh - read the whole book - thought something felt familiar - discovered I'd read another in this series (The Amorous Education of Celia Seton). I liked that book ok, definitely enjoyed this one more. (and I don't recall Minerva or Blake in the other book at all - guess I forget more details than I thought!) Other reviews complained about this book being too political - I disagree. I hate politics, would run screaming from a book about historical politics - but while politics definitely p ...more
Minerva’s deepening respect for the man Blake is empowers him to become more, and he is able when she needs him most to be commanding and powerful, every inch the duke with generations of dukes behind him. Perhaps the greatest evidence of the changes in Blake is his acceptance of what he is and what he is not, a self-acceptance tempered by his regret that he cannot be the man Minerva wants. And Minerva’s response to his self-acceptance is a lovely reminder that these two have grown into two peop ...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Minerva is different than the regular young miss coming out to the ton. She is beautiful and knows her manners, but instead of frivolity, her interests lie in politics. Her dream is to marry a man with political aspirations and help him effect change. But those hopes were dashed when Lord Blakeney confused her for another woman at a party. As she slept off a migraine in the library, he drunkenly thought she was someone else and put his head up her dress. Of course, that was the moment other peop ...more
Lover of Romance
I am a bit sad to see the series concluded now that I have read the last and final book. I have really enjoyed seeing the variety of sets of stories that have been put in place in this series.I found that the first half was alright, didn't exactly completely draw me into the story, but once I got about halfway, that is when it started to really pick up. Despite the slower start, I definitely had fun with this one.

Minerva has always had ambition and has a passion for the political arena. She want
I picked this up on a whim last week because it was new (No, really. 9 times out of ten the small library by my house has only old and well worn paperbacks and sometimes it's icky) but I'm glad I did because this book was good. Minerva Montrose and Lord Blakeney have known each other since they were children, their family country homes are within 3 miles of each other. Although with a ten year age difference and the fact that Blake will someday be a Duke, their paths haven't really crossed. Unti ...more
Really, really annoying heroine - her sense of entitlement to her dream of becoming a "great political hostess" was completely over the top. Has anyone, anywhere, met a 19-year-old girl whose dream in life is to be a "political hostess" and power-behind-the-throne??? The villain in the story was not consistently characterized, especially his final evil deed at the end, which was silly and seemed tacked on. However, the hero was terrific and his approach to his problem seemed believable to me, bu ...more
An outstanding romance, a great plot, great characters. The title is misleading, it's not my idea of an arranged marriage, it's more like an accidental marriage.

Setup: Lord Blakeney returns to London after a two-year absence to enjoy himself, but his parents require his attendance at a come-out ball for Minerva Montrose. A delicate incidents occurs which requires marriage between Lord Blakeney and Minerva. The bulk of the book is about what happens after their marriage, but I don't want to spoi
Karen Wheless
The last few books I’ve read have been unconventional romances. This story is much more conventional - but it was still completely enjoyable. This book shows that a well constructed story and well written characters can still surprise and delight, even in 2012. Blake’s “secret” was fairly predictable (almost a cliché by this point in romance) but the political setting was unusual, and the characters made the traditional story come alive. Even the love scenes felt special, not just the same-old-s ...more
Well, this book came as a surprise for me. I never expected to like it so much. i think the factor of making this a great read for me was the characters. The plot was simple, there were hardly any drama or twists and it maybe a tad bit predictable. But it was the characters that won me over.

The heroine is sweet and innocent and I love her passion for politics. Knowing this gave me a dimensional view of her. Unlike other heroines, she has substance other than being beautiful. She has flaws, too
I'm very surprised MN isn't as popular as some of my other favourite authors eg Tessa Dare or Maya Rodale. She is really quite a brilliant writer of beautiful love stories that are funny and sweet. I loved Min and Blake's loath-to-love story. After reading Diana's story, I'm sure most of the readers had nothing good to say about Blake but after discovering his secret and piecing together things that happened in the Dangerous Viscount, I felt sorry for all the hardships and wrongs that he had end ...more
I'll give it a 5. Maybe it could be docked down to 5-, 'cause the conflicts between H & H kindof annoyed me at times. The kind of problem which would be easily overcome if they'd just talked to each other a bit.

There's also lots of sex. And a variety of that, too, which is more sophisticated than the average.

But I do like this book for the Hero suffering dyslexia, and the struggles he has from that.
The novel's Heroine is Minerva, Book #2's Heroine's little sister. She's not quite as loveable
Roza Dimka
Okay so I know I've been on an HR spree and I've read some really bad HR books since but this one takes the cake. How could two people be so annoying? The girl was a maniac. Not even a workaholic a pathetic maniac and if the guy points it out of course there is nothing else to do but curse him and torture him with her vile words. And of course the guys not dumb he's dyslexic but of course he can't tell anybody. A six year old kid can't not tell his parents he has problem reading clearly. And tha ...more
I read a lot of historicals and so many of them are the exact same plot in a slightly different package -- I'm always pleased to find a book whose author has found something unusual to write about and Miranda Neville did just that with Confessions from an Arranged Marriage. Our hero, who has been written off by many as being stupid and barely able to read or write, has dyslexia. His struggles to manage in a world where learning disabilities are completely unheard of and his fight to keep his dis ...more
This is my first historical romance book and it was a big big biiiig huge SUCCESS. This definitely one of my favorite books of the year!
The heroine, for someone who reads A LOT, she is quite stupid, annoying and very much bitchy!
On the other hand, i liked the hero though.
The hero honestly made me feel for him because of how he felt about his lacking, his many insecurities for his future responsibilities and his yearning to not be rejected or ridiculed for his inability was nicely portrayed.
However, the arrogance of the heroine (though that period of time people have little knowledge on the hero's "problem" ) over her own knowled
Verodarling Melani
3.5 stars.
It only took me a few hours to finish this book, but I confess I skipped some paragraphs because I found them boring. I've always loved books with court intrigue in the plot, but this book had just - and I'm sorry to repeat myself - boring politics.
I never warmed up to Miranda. She often seemed self-righteous and even obsessed with the damn politics. Blake, apart from his insecurities - which cause him to do misguided things in the beginning, is a good man. I tend to think he's to goo
3/5. Politically ambitious and precocious 19 yo Minerva was compromised by rakish, hedonistic Blake, heir to a powerful dukedom, in a case of mistaken identity. Forced to marry, these two quarrelling long term acquaintances slowly grew more appreciative of one another. Blake had greater depth than Minerva gave him credit for initially, and Minerva, well she really is as ambitious and power-hungry as he thought, only it became an attractive quality somehow - to him, not to me. She continuously ev ...more
I *adored* this book. Oh, it made my heart hurt along the way, but the ending was more than satisfying.

This was a most unusual Regency. On the surface, it looks like a plot that's been done to death: fiery, intelligent, reformer female lead; rakish, handsome, sports-mad, wastrel male lead; history of despising each other, the inevitable accidental compromising position and BOOM, they are forced to wed. In the stereotypical version of this plot, they'd fall wildly, passionately in love with the p
I wanted to give this book 4 stars, but just couldn't. My problem was with the heroine, Minerva. The book points out that there is about a 10 year age difference between Minerva, and the hero, Blake. Minerva wants to be a political hostess, the power behind. She wants reform in the time period, and is will to do just about anything to support her cause. As a former political-wannabe when I was 19, Minerva missed some of the most important points of politics--the undercurrents. I one scene, her i ...more
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Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
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I would have loved to rate this HRN five stars, because I liked it and I believe the premises for a riveting romance were there. Yet, despite the great potential provided by the interesting main characters and their issues, the first half of the book falls short of all the very things that make a romance novel appealing: the romantic tension is lacking, the characters too tame. At some point the storyli
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I really wanted to like this book. This was one of those books I was greatly looking forward to and it just did not meet my expectations. In previous books the sparks between Minerva and Blake were explosive and when I found out they were going to be each other's HEA I was ecstatic. I couldn't wait for the insults and the back and forth bickering that would turn into explosive sexual chemistry. Sadly none of that occurred in this book.

While I
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Miranda Neville grew up in England, loving the books of Georgette Heyer and other Regency romances. She now lives in Vermont with her daughter and an immensely talented cat who made a book trailer for her novel The Importance of Being Wicked. Her historical romances published by Avon include the popular Burgundy Club series, about Regency book collectors, and currently The Wild Quartet.

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