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Forbidden (Company of Rogues #4)

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Finally freed from a cruel, depraved husband, Serena Riverton wants nothing more to do with men or marriage. Then, without friend or fortune, in a moment of recklessness, Serena seduces a handsome lord. Lord Middlethorpe's life is planned and orderly, including marriage to the rich and suitable Lady Anne Peckworth. But now he is haunted

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Hardcover, Large Print, 523 pages
Published June 2nd 2004 by Wheeler (first published 1994)
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Elis Madison
Serena Riverton, a new widow, is determined not to marry again. Her first husband was quite enough for one girl, thank you.


So when her greedy, heartless brothers inform her that they're offering her in wedlock (or maybe out of wedlock; since she's barren, they might get higher offers from men who want a mistress than those who need an heir) to the highest bidder, she has no choice. She runs, taking only the few coins she can steal without detection and the clothing on her back.

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Dangermousie
ummm, it was better than St. Raven? Heroine is a widow of evil dude who kept her in sexual slavery, and she decides to escape her evil brothers who want to sell her to another man like that, runs into hapless hero and rapes (about it more later) him, seeking to become his mistress, she gets preggers, they marry, discover true love, barf barf the end. Part of my problem with this book arises from the fact that I recently realized I hate the set up of 'a person is forced to marry another.' There a ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Fourth in the series and yeah, you probably need to read the rest. Having done so, you know mostly what to expect, which is sad because this one has some interesting twists on gender expectations that didn't really pan out very well.

Which isn't really true, I suppose. The twists are interesting and Serena and Francis are engaging people for the most part. I mean, having the guy be a virgin and the girl have all the leet skillz was an interesting way to go for the genre/era. Even more so in that
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Alba Turunen
Este libro me estaba gustando bastante hasta el final, pero las últimas 30 páginas me han hecho replantearme seriamente su puntuación. Mentiría si dijera que no me ha gustado, sí lo ha hecho, pero el final me ha parecido muy forzado e inverosímil, no me he creído la actitud de los personajes, ni su forma de solucionar sus problemas y sus diferencias, suena como si la escritora hubiese estado deseando terminar el libro y no sabía cómo, y le ha salido un batiburrillo de emociones que no casan con ...more
Kody Keplinger
Jul 16, 2010 Kody Keplinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite in the series so far.

Francis is a fantastic hero. He's sweet and loving. He's also a unique hero of this genre because, we find out early on, he's a virgin at the start. On the otherhand, the heroine, Serena, is far from innocent. She's been in a very unhappy marriage since she was 15 to a man that used her. Usually in this genre, its the hero with experience and the heroine that's an innnocent. The twist here, discover at the start of the book, is really interesting.

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Janet
I don't think I can do this book justice. It's so unusual: a virgin hero, an abused widow on the run -- how cliched does that sound? The hero is a crack shot, one of the Company of Rogues, Nicholas Delaney's best friend. Serena is both complicated and simple: a young woman possessed of a sultry beauty capable of "shooting an arrow straight to a man's heart", she wants to be a wife and mother. Her tart interior monologue is wryly humourous, the advice Francis receives from Nicholas and Lucien is ...more
Cecilia
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Writerlibrarian
Better than Unwilling Bride and as good in a different way as Christmas Angel. This novel of the Rogues series is actually the first one Beverley wrote years before she was first published. Francis, Lord Middlethorpe is a quirky and unusual male lead for a romance novel. I liked Francis for his honesty, his drive and his goodness. It's not true that good guy finish last. Not in this case. Serena, I dislike that name, is more of a classic romance heroine, bad brothers, rotten, wicked dead husband ...more
Dueep Jyot
Dec 26, 2014 Dueep Jyot rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I began the book halfheartedly and the sheer gag factor kept me going for the first few chapters. When the virgin hero is raped by the heroine in his sleep because she wants to be his mistress and she is barren, groan number one. I know when she is going to turn up pregnant. She does,right when he is going to offer for suitable maiden. Surprise, surprise. So still gagging I turn to the end. He is hit by her, he belts her back,she hits him again. Hurrah for domestic peace. So she has 2 brothers w ...more
Anna
Dec 18, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! A really different twist on the usual Regency period romance--featuring an experienced woman and an inexperienced man. Serena found herself in a desperate situation and her path crossed that of Francis, Lord Middlethorpe, one of the Company of Rogues who is known to readers of the series. This one kept me up to finish--I had to see how their story worked itself out, as well as an additional story line of a related relationship. Looking forward to seeing how this couple fares as ...more
Carol Storm
Jun 08, 2011 Carol Storm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Serena -- vulnerable and voluptuous. Francis -- fearless and innocent. Jo Beverley takes all the traditional male/female roles in a romance novel and turns them upside down. She is the cynical seducer. He is the virgin with principles. The sex is unbelievably hot, the emotions raw, the ending real and believable. This is an all-time keeper of a book, as well as being one of the rare historical romances that completely rejects formula.
Arlenis
Jun 10, 2016 Arlenis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No me gusto. Los diálogos fueron estúpidos. La historia prometía pero término decepcionando mucho. La verdad que esperaba más ya que el libro tres de la serie me g mucho. Pero este fue patetico. Ningún personaje me gusto realmente y sinceramente termine de leerlo por in.erc.ia no por placer
Ilze
May 24, 2011 Ilze rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Borderline keeper for me. Detested the heroine's brothers and the hero's mother, as well as the never-ending miscommunication and misunderstandings between all of the main characters. On the other hand, I couldn't put it down ...
Cecilia London
Mar 27, 2015 Cecilia London rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A remarkable book. I followed it up with An Unwilling Bride, which is an equally stunning read. Both of them stayed with me for days.
Mackenzie
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Lin Stepp
Jul 13, 2012 Lin Stepp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully entertaining Jo Beverly title - one of my favorites!
Serena Riverton came from a cruel and bullish father and a brawly bunch of brothers, no better.
Her father married her to an old, lecherous man for money ... and after his demise, her brothers plan more of the same. Especially after wasting every penny of her inheritance. When she learns they are actually auctioning her off for another marriage to the highest bidder ... she runs for her life.
And, sweetly, finally finds her life and
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A. R.
Apr 07, 2015 A. R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my third of the Company of Rogues series that I have read. I'm picking these up for $.99 on Bookbub.com. (If you haven't checked out that site, and you have an ereader, it's well worth looking into for free or inexpensive books....Okay, enough of that free advertising.) And of the 3 I have read, this was probably my favorite.

Forbidden follows the romance of Serena, the former Lady Riverton (she's widowed) and Francis, Lord Middlethorpe. Their relationship is filled with similar misunders
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Greta
Feb 03, 2013 Greta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading Jo Beverley's Georgian romances recently, but this is part of a Regency series, A Company of Rogues. I've read a couple of others in this series and liked them, but I had a hard time with the hero in this one - he seemed amazingly obtuse and always imagining the worst about the heroine. Quite frankly, I'm not sure why she put up with him at all, let alone fell in love with him. Her dark past was interesting but glossed over, and her anger at the end seems forced, if long overdu ...more
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Serena the siren or the slut? I'm hard pressed to decide. Lady Anne Peckworth is the loser here. Just like nice guys, nice girls finish last. Fortunately Anne is gracious, if hurt. Francis shouldn't have led her on. Sure Serena and Francis didn't want to hurt Anne, but they did anyway.
Jenny
Well-written book, but MY GOD are these people stupid. So many misunderstandings and contrivances that could have been ended within a paragraph if ANY of the characters had exercised some damn common sense.
Kathy
Mar 23, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Michael
May 13, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite in the Company of Rogues series to date. Liked both the hero and the heroine
Andrea
Feb 09, 2014 Andrea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Heroine rapes hero at the beginning of the book. And everyone acts like this is ok? WTF?
Cruth
Author: Jo Beverley
First published: 1994
Length: 5095 locations
Setting: England. Regency.
Sex: Reasonably frequent. Often unsatisfactory. References to Serena being (effectively) a sex slave to late husband.
Cheating: Francis is almost betrothed when he meets Serena.
Hero: (view spoiler).
Heroine: Widow. She was married at 15 (sold by her father) and is now 23. She believes herself barren.
Trigger: Rape. Serena is kept as a sex slave by her late husband and forced to witness and
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Andita
Oct 16, 2016 Andita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an...

Interesting tale. I did not like her brothers. Which was more than likely to be expected. I thought she was very naïve but it went with his gallantry. I'm looking for the next book in the series.
Sharon Eikenberry-Deary
Oh what a tangled web we have and to decieve others. What will it get them. When Serena was at the Ms Mallory's school her father had basically sold her to Riverton. She was only 15 at the time and he was old and had certain thoughts about what a wife should be. She lived this life for 8 yrs until he died. This is when she learned from her brothers she was sold and was going to be sold again to another man. The brothers had spent all the money she acquired from Riverton's death now they were sel ...more
Karenfaith
The h here is a widow. She was sold to her first husband (who was so cruel to her) by her family at 15 where she remained without much contact to the outside world. Now that they were planning to repeat it she runs away. No money and no place to go she makes a bad decision to become someone’s mistress when she was almost spotted by her brother. She meets the H on her way and they share a room due to a storm.

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Sombra
Una historia cortita, pero que no me ha enganchado tanto como las anteriores. Francis es un personaje que en los libros anteriores prometía mucho, pero al llegar al suyo, me ha faltado algo según iba leyendo.
La historia no tiene tramas muy rebuscadas, y como normalmente en libros de esta autora, uno de los protagonistas ha tenido algún problema o trauma pasado, en este caso le toca tenerlo a Serena, la protagonista, que sufrió maltratos por parte de su marido hasta que este murió y ahora sus he
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Barbara Rogers
Book 4 of the Company of Rogues continues with it's very dark stories. I'm not saying don't read the book -- just know that it definitely isn't my favorite in the series.

Francis was featured in the first 3 books and he was portrayed as the sweetest and gentlest of all of the rogues. So, I was looking forward to reading his story to see how he was going to become the hero of some desperate damsel in distress. In this book, they kept talking about how sweet and gentle he was, but -- all I saw was
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Mary Josephine Dunn was born 22 September 1947 in Lancashire, England, UK. At the age of eleven she went to an all-girls boarding school, Layton Hill Convent, Blackpool. At sixteen, she wrote her first romance, with a medieval setting, completed in installments in an exercise book. From 1966 to 1970, she obtained a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire, where she met her ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Company of Rogues (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • An Arranged Marriage (Company of Rogues, #1)
  • An Unwilling Bride (Company of Rogues, #2)
  • Christmas Angel (Company of Rogues, #3)
  • Dangerous Joy (Company of Rogues, #5)
  • The Demon's Mistress (Three Heroes, #1; Company of Rogues, #6)
  • The Dragon's Bride (Three Heroes, #2; Company of Rogues, #7)
  • The Devil's Heiress (Three Heroes, #3; Company of Rogues, #8)
  • Hazard (Company of Rogues, #9)
  • St. Raven (Company of Rogues, #10)
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