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An Arranged Marriage (Company of Rogues #1)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  2,733 Ratings  ·  248 Reviews
In the tradition of Amanda Quick, New York Times bestselling author Jo Beverley has won the hearts of readers everywhere with her historical romances set in the Georgian and Regency periods. "An Arranged Marriage" is the first of Beverley's beloved tales that began her popular "Company of Rogues" series.Eleanor Chivenham didn't put much past her vile brother, but even she ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 351 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Zebra (first published 1991)
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Elis Madison
OK. This was me at various points in the book

…when I wasn't

Here's the basic story—maybe you'll see what I mean.

Eleanor Chivenham is in a bad situation that just keeps getting worse. Before their parents died, her brother Lionel persuaded them to make him her guardian. She can't claim her inheritance unless she either marries with his consent or turns 25 without shaming herself. She's stuck in his house, with two more years on her sentence, since she’s not meeting anyone worth marrying among Lion
Tammy Walton Grant
So I'm home sick with a terrible cold and thought to myself, self, you need to read something pleasant. Perhaps a re-read of a book you love? Nope, did that yesterday with Goddess of the Hunt. Aaah, LOVE that book. Maybe I'll try one I bought last week at the used book store. Like this one, "An Arranged Marriage". Sounds promising.

My first inclination that this book was going to be a BIT different was the rape at the beginning. Notice I said rape, not forced seduction. This is a drugged, forced
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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May 11, 2009 Dina marked it as to-avoid
From K. @ Ami:
'I spent all night working and "torturing myself" listening to Jo Beverley's "An Arranged Marriage." I think I stuck with it so long because my 50% audiobooks were turning out to be a lesson in "you get what you pay for," and I didn't want ALL of them to be one huge waste of money. This book was just flat out awful. If I sat down and wrote out a list of plot devices that I would despise in a romance novel . . . this book would contain them all.
1) Top of the list: Cheating! However,
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 24, 2016 Jacob Proffitt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, steamy
I cannot say how glad I am that this wasn't my first experience with Jo Beverley. What a dismal story! The interesting thing is that her general craft and characterization are okay, but the plot is a great big pile of suck that distorts every other element into the suck-pit of amazing suckitude.

I mean, if you're going to have a hero that you claim is smart and a natural leader and all, then having a story where he's run ragged by a floozy for months on end, interfering with his relationship with
Mar 31, 2014 Julie rated it did not like it
This book didn't work for me on pretty much any level. The hero is so unlikable (he's cheating on his pregnant wife for most of the book. But it's all for some supposed espionage plot that he's trying to uncover, so that makes it all okay.) He is quite conceited, treats Eleanor badly and hopes she'll get over it someday. He doesn't even really make an effort to get to know her, but gives her a few presents and hopes that makes it all better. Eleanor, the heroine, is so flat as a character it was ...more
Aayesha Khatri
Dec 14, 2011 Aayesha Khatri rated it did not like it
One of the heaviest and most brutal books I have ever read. Heroine gets raped by hero's gay brother, to prove that he's a hetero, and forced to marry hero in case of 'consequences'. And soon after their marriage, there is another scene where the hero practically rapes the heroine, because if she does get pregnant, the child could be her husband's, so they could rest easy knowing that. Ugh. I don't know how I read the story after that, but I did. It was several years ago.

This put put me off Beve
Beth F.
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Sep 13, 2011 Ilze rated it did not like it
Shelves: jo-beverley, dnf
Horrible story. It starts off with the heroine being raped by the hero's brother, who was drugged by the heroine's vile and useless brother, after which the hero agrees to marry her for honour or something, although it's advertised to others as an elopement. The hero then spends most of the book in an affair with a French whore because he's some sort of a spy and has to have sex with her constantly in order to uncover some plot involving Napoleon. It's never really explained why the only way he ...more
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jan 20, 2017 ᴥ Irena ᴥ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

This is one of those times I should have read all the damn spoilers. I could have spared myself. One can never know. I won't tell everything that happens here but I won't bother marking anything as spoiler either. Be warned. I wish I had been.

I am too lazy to list all the things that are horrible in this book and I don't think it deserves more than a reminder of why I hated it. I'll just mention some of the worst.

The hero cheats on his wife almost the whole book. I'm sorry, but it stops being
Sep 03, 2008 Natalie rated it it was ok
Don't Hate... :D
Not sure about this one yet. I am a big fan of arranged marriage books, not sure why! This one did have some aspects that I liked and some that I really didn't. The part I hated the most was the fact that he had to be a Man-Ho for the government. What was that?? That just made me feel weird and didn't start me off with a good vibe for the whole relationship. I think I would've liked the book a lot more without that whole thing in there. Don't even get me started on the whole rape
Apr 24, 2008 _inbetween_ rated it did not like it
I'd give minus points if I could. Considering this first book in Beverley's Rogues series was actually the third she wrote for it, it's all the worse - badly (under)written, badly plotted, badly executed. Pushed into 350 pages by an author who has no shame in rushing through the most dramatic storylines by telling rather than showing anything about her paper-thin characters, and not even including (because seemingly not knowing) any historical details, this is yet another huge disappointment.

Jun 16, 2014 Mara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Trying to tidy up my TBR list, I decided to tackle some books that have been there for a while. I should have known better, damn me.

If there were minus point for a book I would probably award them to this book. It's not one of the hateful or hideous one. But you really wonder how it could win any prize. The hate for the heroine and her total lack of worth is all mine, but there's no way to deny that this book is all over the place. It has an incredibly stupid plot, with a totally uneven pacing,
Mar 16, 2011 Christine rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I'm glad I picked up a couple of the later books in this series before I read this one, because had I read this one first, I'm not sure I would have read further. As it is, I got two in from the library at the same time and will quickly move on, beliving that "An Arrnged Marriage" is a fluke. I've enjoyed other books by Jo Beverley as well, so I know I often like her stuff.

This one, was off from the start. Eleanor's reprobate of a brother hatches this elaborate and senseless plot to
I feel like I've been violated. Ms. Beverley has ignored a very basic tenet of romance writing. Readers are supposed to believe that "love has conquered all" and that these two people have found a "once in a lifetime love." Isn't that why we buy a romance? But what we got was rape, adultery, and abandonment. This book doesn't deserve to be called a romance.
Aug 05, 2009 K. rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks
Jo Beverly - “An Arranged Marriage”
(Audiobook: Narrated by Jill Tanner: Reader rating = 2* (very little voice change between characters, men sound like women!)

(Review at the “I’m currently reading . . . “ thread (Amazon Romance Forum) that Dina had copied to Goodreads (I didn’t even know it at the time! Handy though -- saves me a lot of work that I probably would not have done. ;)

From K. @ Ami:
'I spent all night working and "torturing myself" listening to Jo Beverley's "An Arranged Marriage."
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In this start of her Rogue series, our regency hero marries the woman his brother raped out of noblesse oblige and falls for her but he is also a spy and has been ordered to sleep with an eeeeeeeeeeeeevil Frenchwoman (for England!!!) to get info out of her. My advice to heroine would be to get an STD panel asap.

Sounds insane yet I love it and it's oddly not particularly melodramatic. Actually, it is such an utter delight. I think it's going to be my favorite Beverley book by far. But then I oft
Alba Turunen
Jan 14, 2016 Alba Turunen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terminado, y mi opinión final es que me ha gustado bastante, pese a saber lo que ocurría. Quizás lo he disfrutado más porque iba advertida de lo que iba a ocurrir. Admito que no es una historia fácil de digerir y por eso no guste en general. A favor suyo tiene que la prosa es muy amena, fácil y rápida de leer, de Jo Beverley he leído los primeros cinco Malloren, y son algo más descriptivos y farragosos, quizás por eso pueden hacerse algo más pesados, pero con "Una boda impuesta" eso no ha ocurri ...more
In some ways this was a strange re-read for me. Keep in mind the first time I read this book I was in high school/college somewhere…aka it’s been over 10 years. I remember loving this series and the entire Company of Rogues. Other than that thought I remember little to nothing about this series, thus my excitement to read this one again. Now I’m left in something of a quandary. I enjoyed my read well enough, the story does flow along, but there are a number of plot devices/character quirks in th ...more
Jan 18, 2014 Judy rated it it was ok
*MAJOR SPOILERS* The reviews on this book are proof that readers have completely different tastes in their "romance" novels. Note the parentheses around the word "romance." I, for one, didn't consider this book to be about romance.

To anyone thinking about reading this book, please be aware that the main characters, Eleanor Chivenham and Nicholas Delaney, enter into an arranged marriage because Nicholas' twin, Christopher Delaney, the Earl of Stainbridge (Kit), rapes Eleanor at a party held by El
Jul 20, 2015 Zoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I know it is hard to like this book because of the unusual plots. It rubs people the wrong way and I can well imagine why it pushes people's boundaries just a tad too much. My problem with the book however, was not with the rape or the infidelity. I think it is a book with good writing but poor plot development and characterization.

As I read on I actually appreciate Jo Beverley's writing. But writing about such explosive plots, the book is shockingly bland. I have read reviewers who talk about
Madhulika Liddle
Aug 11, 2016 Madhulika Liddle rated it did not like it
The title of this book was what drew me to it (I’m a sucker for ‘marriage of convenience’ plots). Then, there was the fact that I’ve read a few Jo Beverley novels which I thought pretty readable.

An Arranged Marriage starts off dark and sleazy. Eleanor is orphaned and dependent upon her vile brother Lionel (to whom she will forfeit all her inheritance if she either marries, or leaves his household before she’s twenty-five, still a long way off). Lionel holds nightly orgies at his house, and Elea
Ana T.
Jan 29, 2008 Ana T. rated it really liked it
Shelves: georgian
I'm particularly fond of marriage of convenience stories and so I've been looking forward to this one for a long time now. Especially because I've read almost all the others in the Company of Rogues series.

Eleanor Chivenham didn't put much past her vile brother, but even she had not anticipated his greedy scheme to dupe a rich earl into mistaking her for a lightskirt! With her reputation in shreds and her future ruined, a defeated Eleanor was forced to agree to a hasty wedding. But marriage to t
Dec 27, 2011 Caroline rated it liked it
This was the first book I've ever read by Ms Beverley and I was unfamiliar with either her name or her work when I picked it out at random. So, no expectations (apart from an enjoyable read) and no preconceptions.

The rape of Eleanor in the first few pages was unpleasant and confusing. This confusion grew with the circumstances of her improbably speedy recovery from the trauma -- even allowing for her being drugged during the ordeal -- and the facile appearance of a handsome and dashing gallant w
Blue Falcon
Nov 26, 2016 Blue Falcon rated it did not like it
Shelves: tbr-master-list
This review is of “An Arranged Marriage”, book #1 in “The Company of Rogues” series by Jo Beverley.

The book begins with the heroine of the book, Eleanor Chivenham, hiding in her room. Eleanor lives with her brother, Lionel, though not by choice. (After their father passed, his will left Eleanor under Lionel’s “protection” until she either turns 25-she is 23 when the book begins-or marries.) Lionel is a debauched reprobate, and for his latest act, he arranges for Eleanor to be raped by Kit Delane
Complicated. Controversial. Commendable. Complex.

These four words summarize An Arranged Marriage and yet still don't do this book justice.
Eleanor is a heroine tempered by the fires of all she endures. She suffers various atrocities and is a true survivor. Yet she never stumbles into bitterness or self-righteous ingratitude. Her trials forge her strong character into something more. She is no saint and she knows it, and by the end of this novel, you cheer with all your heart for her HEA.

Jul 08, 2010 Minh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I picked up the Rogue series through a recommendation on Julia Quinn's message boards. The recommendation either listed under the, 'Virgin Male' section or in the top 100. Now that I think about it, it probably was the top 100. lol but the Virgin Male section sounds better. I... like this series! The characters are often incredibly dense and make me want to scream but the progression of it all makes up for it a little.

The thing about the Rogue novels is that all the couples in the book are inev
Eleanor (h) is living with her brother, their parents have died and he is in control of her and her inheritance. When he comes up with a plan to get her portion of the inheritance, she finds herself drugged and raped. Thinking to end it all, she heads out to drown herself but the. runs into the man who raped her....or was it his twin brother. She's offered an option that doesn't include doing herself in but rather a marriage of convenience. She jumps at it.

Nicholas (H) doesn't know what to thin
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a good old historical novel. There were a few typos, which for a book that has been around for as long as this one, you'd expect they'd have been ironed out by now.

After reading it I did have a look at some of the other reviews and to be honest am a bit confused. I think some peeps have reviewed it using the standards that we have today, in the era that this novel was set, then the options and decisions taken were appropriate. The saying 'British stiff uppe
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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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