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Unwed and Unrepentant (Armstrong Sisters #5)

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PRETEND ENGAGEMENT

Burned by love and fearful of being trapped by marriage, headstrong Lady Cordelia Armstrong is furious when her father manipulates her into a betrothal with his business partner, and her one-time lover, Iain Hunter.

Understanding Cordelia's reluctance, Iain proposes a pretend engagement. For now they will make believe, but there is no need to fake the at
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Paperback, Harlequin Historical #1184, 368 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2014)
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Kinga
Mar 29, 2014 Kinga rated it liked it
Unwed and Unrepentant – just ponder a little at the brilliance of this title.
Alliteration is common among historical romance titles, see: ‘Tryst with Trouble’, ‘Dancing with the Duke’, ‘To Defy a Duke’, ‘How to Master Your Marquis’ etc. etc. These playful titles go to show that the authors don’t take themselves and their novels too seriously, so don’t you even start with ‘anachronistic this’ and ‘anachronistic that’. Let’s accept that these books take place in an alternative universe called Vic
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Wendy
Jan 08, 2014 Wendy rated it it was amazing
I have received an advance copy of Marguerite Kaye's novel, 'Unwed and Unrepentant' in return for an honest review. I have to say that this was no hardship! This is an absolutely perfect ending to the intriguing family saga of the Armstrong sisters. Although each novel stands alone there are a few surprises in this final book which answers some questions which were not even apparent. One of Ms.Kaye's particular talents, ideas occur to her as she writes, and she includes and intertwines as if the ...more
Rebecca
Apr 17, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it
'She could not have said what drew her attention, only that it was drawn, almost as if she were compelled to look at him. He was dressed somberly, in a black coat and trousers, black shoes. His hair was cut short. Deep auburn, it was burnished by the silver-yellow rays of the setting sun filtered through the darkening clouds, giving him the look of a fallen angel.'

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My Book Addiction and More MBA
UNWED AND REPENTANT by Marguerite Kaye is an intriguing Regency Historical Romance set in 1837 London and Arabia. #5 in "The Armstrong Sisters" series, but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would recommend reading the others in this amazing series, of the Armstrong Sisters. See, "Innocent in the Sheikh's Harem","The Governess and the Sheikh", "The Beauty Within", and "Rumours that Ruined a Lady".

Meet, Lady Cordelia Armstrong and Iain Hunter and follow them on their quest or journey towar
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Alison
Mar 17, 2014 Alison rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received an ARC of this book from the author in return for an honest review. This novel is the final volume of the Armstrong Sisters books and the heroine is Lady Cordelia Armstrong, the hero – a working class Scot – Iain Hunter. Both are unusual business people with very strong opinions, despite their diverse backgrounds!

As in the previous books, Cordelia’s father has a hand in arranging a marriage for her whether she likes it or not. The difference being in this book is that she had previous
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Farrah
Feb 20, 2014 Farrah rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, this didn't turn out good for me. I didn't dislike this book, but neither did I like it much. But, the story was fine and it was an overall okay read.

Cordelia was a frustrating heroine. I liked that she was independent and wanted to live life on her own terms. However, I didn't like that she could be infuriatingly stubborn about all the wrong things and had a serious problem with assuming things about other people (i.e: Iain) that made her push them away. I got annoyed with her m
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Lisa
Jan 31, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: ouab-2014
Lady Cordelia Armstrong is beautiful, head strong, independent and refuses to kowtow to her father’s wishes and manipulations. She takes matters into her own hands and strikes out on her own. She made decisions for her life that have left her alone and feeling lonely. During her time away from her family she has amassed financial independence, which surprises her father.

Iain Hunter is a steam ship builder. He is strong willed, confident, smart and does not suffer fools or manipulations well. Wh
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Trudy Miner
Apr 05, 2014 Trudy Miner rated it really liked it
This is the story of the youngest sister in the Armstrong family. Lady Cordelia Armstrong has returned home ten years after eloping only to find that her domineering father has maneuvered her into marrying Iain Hunter a Scottish shipbuilder he hopes to have build ships for him. However, unknown to Lord Armstrong, the two of them had a one-night fling a year previously when she returned from the Highlands. Now, the two of them pretended to be strangers for each of their own reasons as they played ...more
Judy
Mar 02, 2014 Judy rated it it was amazing
Unwed And Unrepentant by Marguerite Kaye
The Armstrong Sisters Series Book 5
Lady Cordelia Armstrong was not going to marry someone of her father's choosing. She could make the best choices for herself, or so she thought. After ten years of separation from her family, she decided to come home to England. To face her biggest fear, her father.

Iain Hunter was a shipbuilder. He needed Lord Armstrong's connections to go and talk with Arabian prince about building ships for them. What he didn't expect w
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Dottie
Apr 01, 2014 Dottie rated it it was amazing
A sumptuous feast for the imagination, this story takes readers from London society to the colorful lands of Arabia! Taken from my review on RomanceJunkies.com:

Lady Cordelia Armstrong did not want her father to choose a husband for her after witnessing his attempts at finding a husband for her sisters. She has managed to get by her father in the past by appearing to go along with him and then doing what she wanted to do all along. So when her father leaves on a trip, leaving Cordelia with her au
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Landslide
*I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Unwed and Unrepentant is the fifth book in a series from which I've only read the previous book but, like I mentioned in my opinion of that book, each story is independent enough to allow for an isolated reading.

The protagonist is Cordelia, the last of the Armstrong sisters to have her story told. In the previous book the author had already hinted at the fact that Cordelia had run away from home and no one knew her whereabouts
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Amanda
Apr 16, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
First book by Marguerite Kaye this year. I just say I had been looking forward to this for some time for many reasons. Her superb way of telling stories is definitely one of them.

Unwed and Unrepentant is set around the time when Queen Victoria first took the throne. It was a transition time in all aspect. The story kind of give me a sense of that, too, for it span from Glasgow, London, to Arabia, and covered from horses to paddle steamers. Suddenly we no longer stay just in British Isles. Our ce
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Hilary Mack
Mar 23, 2014 Hilary Mack rated it really liked it
When I reached the end of this book, I craved something I rarely want: an epilogue. I just didn't want to have to say goodbye to Cordelia and Iain.

To be honest, the book should not have appealed to me at all. For one thing, it's set in 1837, 20 years after my favourite period for historical romances. It's about a couple who travel abroad, when I prefer my romances involving British people to be set in Britain. And... they're going to Arabia, and (historical or modern) I'm really not sold on des
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Maura
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Mandy Hemmings
May 26, 2014 Mandy Hemmings rated it really liked it
"Unwed and Unrepentant" is the fifth book in Marguerite Kaye's Armstrong Sisters series - I have read two others, The Beauty Within and Rumours That Ruined a Lady. I have very much enjoyed them all!

Lady Cordelia Armstrong has been estranged from her family for several years since her elopement, but returns to her father to see if she can build bridges, as she so very much wishes to see her sisters. She is deeply angered when he manipulates her into an engagement with his business partner, Iain H
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Clare O'Beara
Lady Cordelia Armstrong runs away from her father's London home to escape his plans to marry her off to a man she detests. Her father of course merely sees it as his duty to make advantageous matches for his daughters, so when Cordelia returns nine years later he wants to put her in what he sees as her place.

Cordelia has learnt some life lessons by now and met some men, calling herself an ordinary widow. She's been travelling and producing guidebooks for lady travellers. In her father's office
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Tina
This is the fifth and final book in the Armstrong Sisters series. I did not read the first two books in the series and do not think it’s necessary to read them in order unless you are someone who prefers to read any series in order. I’ve been waiting for Cordelia’s story and did not want to put the book down until the end.

Lady Cordelia Armstrong went her own way years ago, but she is finally back and asking her father to let her see her family. Her father has his own plans for her. Will she give
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Nicolette
Apr 21, 2014 Nicolette rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I received this book from Marguerite in exchange for a honest review.

Having received the book, I realised it was part of a wider series, one which I had not read, but that didn't ruin the reading of this one. Unwed and Unrepentant is a beautiful standalone romance, with an amazing heroine, Cordelia. No fainting, pathetic female here! Cordelia is indeed a feisty lady, determined to stand up to her father. The hero, Iain, is a stand up guy, hard working and noble, even if the blood in his veins is
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Susan
May 01, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
I just finished reading Unwed and Repentant,by Marguerite Kay, let me began by saying I have read the other books in this series The Armstrong Sisters. I must say that I enjoyed the others very much, especially The Beauty Within, plus lots of other books by her, I just went to her page and realized that I have read more books of hers that I realized! But I digress, I must confess I thought the story a bit slow moving, but to be truthful it was essential to the story-line; (I have ADD and tend to ...more
Kai
Apr 13, 2014 Kai rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
Unwed and Unrepentant starts with the prologue of Lady Cordelia Armstrong meeting Iain Hunter. It was a one-night stand. A few years later, Cordelia met Iain Hunter at her father's home to reconcile her relationship with her father and to be able to see her sisters and her youngest brothers.

During her meeting with her father, her father tried to manipulate her to marrying Iain Hunter. She wasn't too keen with that thought but when Iain proposed a pretense proposal, she accepted the proposal in
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Amanda
Apr 05, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-keeper
I always look forward to a new MK book and have been waiting impatiently for Cordelia's story since I started reading the Armstrong Sisters books.

It's fabulous. What can I say? Feisty heroine who isn't too snooty to say the word 'arse' and other bottom related adjectives. To me, Cordelia is simply delightful. Iain (love the extra i) is gorgeous, Scottish, a bit rough around the edges but makes love with the same gusto as he lives his life. The couple come together and their passion is just white
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Charlotte Mcfall
May 31, 2014 Charlotte Mcfall rated it it was amazing

This is the fifth book in Marguerite Kaye’s Armstrong Sister series and for me it was the best one. Cordelia Armstrong the youngest daughter had eloped rather than bowing to her fathers wishes. When she returns years later Her father Lord Armstrong is determined to put Cordiela back in her place.

She isn’t the person he thinks she after learning worldly lessons whilst she was traveling abroad. Making her become betrothed to ship builder Iain Hunter a person Cordelia is already familiar with. Yet
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Kelly
Apr 21, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing
There's a reason Marguerite Kaye is one of my favorite romance authors. She writes her characters with such sensitivity and nuance and with an awareness of the impact of social issues both on those (fictional) historical characters and on her readers. The result: stunning and interesting historical romance novels that I just want to hug and hug and hug for all eternity. I particularly loved Unwed and Unrepentant because it takes a risk: it asks -- in a histrom -- why marriage needs to be the end ...more
Arianna
Apr 07, 2014 Arianna rated it liked it
Let's start saying that Marguerite Kaye is possibly the nicest authors on earth. She provided for me this book (a real, autographed book!) plus chocolate. Really, how did she knows that I have a sweet tooth? So now I know that Scottish chocolate is goooood. .. and I like to learn new things, lol. So. This is the end of the Armstrong sisters saga. So sad. The story came full circle ending where it started, in Arabia, my favourite place. Brownie points for this. The heroine is strong willed and in ...more
SuperWendy
Jun 13, 2014 SuperWendy rated it really liked it
Not my favorite, but a nice way to wrap up this series - which I have largely enjoyed. I loved that the heroine was "ahead of her time" and quite "modern" - but didn't feel out of place in early Victorian England. She's not an anachronism, which I appreciated. I also really liked that the hero was a self-made man. Was less enamored with the set-up of the conflict, which hinges considerably on coincidence (heroine's father just happens to have business dealings with hero, who just happened to hav ...more
lorelei
Apr 13, 2014 lorelei rated it it was amazing
As a Regency romance fan I was very enthusiastic to read this book, even though I haven’t read the first 4 books of the series. And I really liked it: Lady Cordelia and Ian are very independent, unusual, and stubborn even, but lovable characters, the story is partly set in Arabia, which gives it an exotic charm, there is a little bit of everything in there – strong emotions, passion, family drama… As I am not an English native speaker, I also found the language richer and more authentic as in an ...more
Harlequin Books
"Kaye offers up another sexy romp, this time with characters who stay with fans long after the last page. From the first explosively intimate encounter through the resulting misadventures, both Lady Cordelia and Iain navigate a web of physical longing and the desire to outwit their common enemy, until continuing the deception means losing their chance at love. In between the staid shores of England and the searing Arabian Desert, Cordelia and Iain’s passion ignite into a choice between passion a ...more
Angela Eldershaw
Apr 18, 2014 Angela Eldershaw rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book and fully expect to read it again and again. I was carried along with the struggles of the heroine and the other female characters to find their place in a time where women were expected to be decorative and obedient to the men in their lives. Marguerite Kaye has written another touching story with strong characters who learn to make a place for themselves and who, of course, get their happy endings without necessarily getting every single thing they want or ev ...more
Alethea A
Apr 20, 2014 Alethea A rated it really liked it
Ah! Found this really entertaining. The bit about Iain's accent I found a bit confusing, though the author's note explains more. I almost wish that note had been at the beginning of the book. I liked Cordelia--she's spunky and resourceful. Iain is a bit geeky but his attraction to Cordelia has an infectious quality. I enjoyed this! Full review tk.
M-n
Aug 09, 2016 M-n rated it it was ok
too much goings on that messed up the pacing of the story and historical inaccuracies. Even if you were engaged you would not be allowed to travel to arabia with your fiance unchaperoned for months..just saying
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 25, 2015 08:54AM  
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  • Betrothed to the Barbarian (Palace Brides #3)
  • Portrait of a Scandal
  • Warrior of Ice (Warriors of Ireland, #1)
  • A Debt Paid in Marriage (Business of Marriage #1)
  • The Dissolute Duke (Wellinghams, #4)
  • The Scarlet Gown
  • The Blacksmith's Wife (The Danby Brothers, #1)
  • Mistress to the Marquis
  • To Deceive a Duke
  • Captive of the Border Lord (Brunson Clan Trilogy #2)
  • Captured Countess
  • The Wrong Cowboy
  • Some Like to Shock (Daring Duchesses, #2)
  • Ravished by the Rake
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Marguerite Kaye writes hot historical romances from her home in cold and usually rainy Scotland. Featuring Regency Rakes, Highlanders and Sheikhs, she has published almost thirty books and novellas.

When she’s not writing she enjoys walking, cycling (but only on the level), gardening (but only what she can eat) and cooking. She also likes to knit and occasionally drink martinis (though not at the
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Other Books in the Series

Armstrong Sisters (5 books)
  • Innocent in the Sheikh's Harem (Armstrong Sisters #1)
  • The Governess and the Sheikh (Armstrong Sisters #2)
  • The Beauty Within (Armstrong Sisters #3)
  • Rumors that Ruined a Lady (Armstrong Sisters #4)

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