Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “An Infamous Marriage” as Want to Read:
An Infamous Marriage
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

An Infamous Marriage

by
3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  252 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Northumberland, 1815

At long last, Britain is at peace, and General Jack Armstrong is coming home to the wife he barely knows. Wed for mutual convenience, their union unconsummated, the couple has exchanged only cold, dutiful letters. With no more wars to fight, Jack is ready to attempt a peace treaty of his own.

Elizabeth Armstrong is on the warpath. She never expected fide
...more
ebook
Published November 5th 2012 by Carina Press
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about An Infamous Marriage, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about An Infamous Marriage

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 722)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Jill

4.5 stars

Major-General Sir John (Jack) Armstrong is sailing home to England. With the hostilities between England and America finally at an end, Jack is returning to his farm in Northumberland and his wife, Elizabeth. For Jack, a career military man, peace time does not rest easy with him. Neither does the prospect of seeing his wife for the first time in five years. For their marriage was one of convenience, duty and honour.

Elizabeth, briefly married to Jack's best friend Giles, gave her word
...more
Caz
This is easily one of the best historical romances I’ve read. The story of a marriage of convenience is not an unusual one in the genre, but what I really liked about this one was the fact that at least a third of the book is taken up with showing us what life is like for the protagonists after they have made a go of their marriage and admitted their love for one another. In many books, that’s more or less the end of the story, but not here.

The characterisation in the novel is excellent. Jack an
...more
Rane


Susanna Fraser has yet to let me down when it comes to her very earthy regencies with their more character driven plot and characters that never come across as two dimensional sexual creatures that have more modern tastes then someone from that time and era.
Fraser hits the right note when it comes to the infidelity portrayed in this story. It's not an easy subject and not one to take lightly, but Fraser shows all angles of those in the marriage that are affected by the infidelity and the stren
...more
willaful
Fraser's third novel confirms my opinion of her as a go-to writer for Regency romance that is actually set in the Regency rather than in that Never-Neverland mash-up that's been dubbed "The Recency" or "Almackistan." It's a gracefully written, authentic feeling story.

Soldier Jack Armstrong is too honorable to ignore a deathbed promise, and so he dutifully marries his best friend's widow just before heading back to the war. But his resentment about being forced to marry a "dull, cold mouse" leads
...more
Mimi Smith
3 stars

"The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war."
-John Lyly


If there is one thing John Armstrong knows, it's war. He's wanted to be a soldier all his life and has done his best to become the best he could be. But, love... Love might be harder to gain. Especially since he's been married for 5 years to a woman he barely knows as a result to a pledge made to his dying friend. Fortunately he's spent those five years away at war. Unfortunately, he now has to get back to his ball and chain
...more
Rose Lerner
I loved this book! It's one of those books where the more I think about it, the more I love it: the hero and heroine, the story, the tone, how everything is dealt with. I could go on AT LENGTH, so I'll just make a short list of two of my favorite things:

1. I love the hero and heroine. Normally part of the
wish-fulfillment fantasy of a romance for me (as a reader AND a writer) is imagining myself as a more heroic and dramatic PERSON, if that makes sense--like, "What if I were as fabulous as this h
...more
Kathie (katmom)
Thank you NetGalley and Carina Press for giving me the opportunity to read AN INFAMOUS MARRIAGE.

First, I need to say that infidelity in a ROMANCE tends to squick me out. I've stopped reading other books that have this element in them.

Having said that, THIS book made both of these characters human in their acts and reactions.

General Jack Armstrong felt badly the first time he broke his vows. And then figured that his wife, Elizabeth, back in England while he was in Canada, would never find out.
...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
I don't like infidelity in a romance, but if it has to be there, then this is how it should be done.

Very solid 4/5 stars, with a full review to follow.
Ruth
I am a bit of a stickler for accuracy in the historical romances I read. To come across some mistake which could have been avoided by a 30 second browse through Wikipedia, or a quick read of one of the many easy guides to life in the past (like Jane Austen's England) strikes me, to be honest, as a bit lazy or sloppy in an author.

Then you come across romances, like this one, provided by the publisher through netgalley, in which the accuracy and detail is not only really solid, but beautifully wo
...more
Lady Wesley
Five++ Stars!

I am a big fan of Carla Kelly's historical romances, so I can pay Susanna Fraser no higher compliment than to say that An Infamous Marriage is very Carla Kellyesqe. The plot, the pacing, and the characterization are all excellent. The story of how this marriage of convenience becomes a love match is deep and moving.

Actually, the plot is rather simple. Around 1810 newly knighted Major General Sir John (Jack) Armstrong returns to his family home in Yorkshire after years with the Army
...more
Dorothea
I'll start by saying that the only reason I didn't enjoy this story completely is because of a personal story-reading taste of mine that I think most people don't share -- and the very incident that poked me in this sore spot was later resolved in one of the nicest parts of the whole novel -- so now I think it was all worth it.

An Infamous Marriage has one of my very favorite kinds of romance: the kind in which there's some sort of marriage of convenience that begins when the parties are (at best
...more
Michele ~ la Smoocherina
3.25 Stars.

There was some great parts in the middle, where he was earning back her trust and she was striving forward, but all of the society stuff and battles takes away from it. I couldn't wait for the book to be over.
Jennifer
If you like Carla Kelly, I think you'd really like Susanna Fraser. Practical heroine, career military hero. My only quibble was the faux conflict at the end, it seemed sort of trite compared to...war.
Sonya Heaney
I bought this on a whim a couple of weeks ago, based solely on a comment on a blog. On the lookout for a Regency with some weight to it, this seemed to fit the bill for me.

Boy did it ever.

I know a lot of people don’t like reading about cheating in their romances. However I’ve seen more than one person comment that if you’re going to have cheating in a book, Susanna Fraser does it the best way. I absolutely agree with that, and would tell people for whom this is a deal-breaker to give the book a
...more
RoloPoloBookBlog
An Infamous Marriage by Susanna Fraser
4/5 stars
Source: Netgalley

General Jack Armstrong’s life is planned; he will live and die as a member of the military and there will be no one to get in his way. If only the universe had been aware of Jack’s plans then he wouldn’t find himself returning home to a woman he hasn’t seen in five years and only married as a means of fulfilling a death-bed promise made to his best friend. Elizabeth Armstrong never thought she would find herself married, widowed, ma
...more
(Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
An Infamous Marriage by Susanna Fraser
Historical Romance
Ebook
November 5, 2012
Carina Press
Obtained through Net Galley

Favorite Quote: “He may not earned the right, but he meant to live worthily of his extraordinary wife from this day forward.”

Jack Armstrong has spent his whole life on the battlefield, but nothing prepares him for battle he will have to fight in his own home. Jack married Elizabeth for convenience, then returned to the front lines. With the marriage left unconsummated and only a h
...more
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
I enjoyed An Infamous Marriage quite a bit, due to the strength of the protagonists. The first quarter of the book was wonderful, and the couple wasn’t even on the same continent! With the emphasis on the war against Bonaparte at the end of the story, I thought that the book covered new ground, too. I liked that we were given a first hand account of both Jack and Elizabeth’s wartime experience, fretting with them both as they struggled to maintain a sense of calm amidst the chaos surrounding the ...more
Farrah
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

Loved this book! The romance was sweet and passionate and the characters felt so real. The emotions that each character felt were so well depicted that I feel every one. And Infamous Marriage is a spectacular historical romance.

Elizabeth and Jack promised to marry for a deathbed wish. Elizabeth's husband, who was one of Jack's closest friends, made Jack promise to marry her so that he new she would be taken care of. O
...more
steph
Solid 4 stars.

This book was really, really good. It's a bit different then the romance novels I usually read. Most, I am not ashamed to it, are full of fluff and consists of attractive men and women meeting, falling in love/lust, conflict occurs that could easily be reminded by a simple conversation they never have, angry words are exchanged, someone is held hostage/or kidnapped/or almost killed by a wayward bullet/crazy madman until both parties realize how much they love each other and ride of
...more
Tala
I received this book free from NetGalley for an honest review.

I need to tell you that I usually do not like historical romance, but I absolutely loved this one. It’s well written both the romance and the military aspects. I fell right into it. Read it straight through and got to bed around 3 a.m.

Jack is a soldier that is rarely home. On one of his rare trips back home he makes a deathbed promise that nets him a wife. A wife he doesn’t want or find attractive in any way. He leaves the country da
...more
Bakudis
Cheat its not easy matters for me, unforgivable but in this story i quite understand why H cheat.

So H is an war soldier and h is plain, mouse creature woman.
They married because request from Elizabeth dying husband.
This story about betrayed, process to know each other and forgiven.


I think first impressions Jack is rather immature for people aged like him (30 years old). He doesn't want to marry Elizabeth, he feel like trap to married with plain ugly woman just because friend death bed promise.
...more
Carrie
*Warning slightly spolierish*

A deathbed promise to his best friend, Jack finds himself with a wife. A wife that he really doesn't want. To him she is no beauty and rather plan actually. He has no desire to be tied down, and has no plans to change how he lives and acts.

Elizabeth doesn't want to be married to Jack, she wants to be mourning Giles, her late husband. Who made both her and Jack promise that they would be wed once he is gone. He wanted her to be looked after and Jack being his best fri
...more
Kelly
Bottom line: An Infamous Marriage is a good historical romance. Folks who love a little war-time drama with their romance will be quite happy. Folks who can’t stand unfaithful heroes might want to be cautious in approaching this one, but the resolution between the characters was solid enough and the ending sweet enough to satisfy me.

This book starts with a very short prologue, which is almost as good as not having a prologue at all. Unfortunately, it turns out that the prologue is set in the pre
...more
Stephanie Collins
Jack doesn't want to be married but a deathbed promise to a childhood friend finds him married shortly before he is to return to Canada for his military service. He's a solider after all and not in any hurry to fulfill his familial obligation to carry on the name. He marries… leaves her for Canada and forgets about her other than the short letters he writes and reports he receives from her about his properties. He's still leading his old life and enjoying it as if he was a single man and not the ...more
rameau
Dec 30, 2012 rameau marked it as did-not-finish
The first quarter of the book was spent setting up the broken marriage of convenience and it was the most boring historical romance set up I've read in two weeks. Two weeks, because that's long how I tried to get through it. If the purpose of this was to garner some sympathy for the faithful wife, it failed. I wished the cheating husband had continued his cheating ways and stayed far away from England. When Jack finally shows up and the fireworks are supposed to erupt all we get is a lukewarm sh ...more
Michelle (Michelle&Leslie's Book Picks)
I'm a sucker for the marriage of convenience/second-chance romance plot and it was very well done in Susanna Fraser's AN INFAMOUS MARRIAGE. I really like the heroine, Elizabeth, and the hero, Jack. I liked how Elizabeth grew up in the novel to be an even more stronger heroine. I was unsure of Jack in the beginning but you can't help but like the guy. I enjoyed reading about Elizabeth and Jack's road to their happily ever after. Excellently written.
Darlene
Fraser's on my "watch" list among Regency authors and her third book is another winner. She writes about people who seem very real and somewhat ordinary, and the problems they work through are real world problems--infidelity, absence, building a solid relationship. The writing is solid and the characters are well drawn. Her novels should appeal to fans of Carla Kelly and Mary Balogh.
Eileen
I'm so glad that it was told more from her point of view and that the woman Elizabeth wasn't a doormate for her husband Jack. For the time it wasn't unheard of for men to go off and have affairs. I'm glad she didn't take it sitting down. I'm glad she made him wait and earn her trust and love.
Anna


Review originally posted at Books to Brighten your Mood

An Infamous Marriage is a decent historical romance, one that was incredible in the beginning only to be dragged down by a really slow second half.

Like I said, when I started reading An Infamous Marriage, and throughout the first half of the book, I was quite certain that I had a winner in my hands. I mean, up to the point that Jack gets back home to a wife he doesn't want I was in love with this story. I liked the setting, the characters, e
...more
Julie
I've really enjoyed the two previous romances in this series, but this wasn't nearly as good, I'm afraid. I really like this author, but this one didn't seem to have any oomph to it. The first part of the book is the background of why they got married in the first place and then their separation while Jack is in Canada and Elizabeth receives all sorts of reports about his affairs from gossiping neighbors. Once Jack return from Canada, he is instantly attracted to Elizabeth and there wasn't enoug ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 24 25 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Lord of Secrets
  • Sweet Disorder (Lively St. Lemeston, #1)
  • A Gentleman Undone (Blackshear Family, #2)
  • Marrying The Royal Marine (Channel Fleet, #3)
  • Practically Wicked
  • A Waltz at Midnight
  • A Worthy Wife
  • For the Love of a Soldier
  • It Happened One Midnight (Pennyroyal Green, #8)
  • Checkmate, My Lord (Nexus, #2)
  • Seven Nights to Forever
  • Reforming the Viscount
  • Never a Gentleman (The Drake's Rakes, #2)
  • The Parfit Knight
  • When You Wish Upon a Duke (Wylder Sisters, #1)
  • Fool Me Twice (Rules for the Reckless, #2)
  • Song For Sophia (Rougemont, #1)
A Marriage of Inconvenience (The Arringtons and Wright-Gordons, #1) The Sergeant's Lady (The Arringtons and Wright-Gordons, #2) Christmas Past (Entangled Ever After) A Dream Defiant A Christmas Reunion

Share This Book

“Mirrors are liars. They tell us what we expect to see.” 7 likes
More quotes…