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Slightly Married

(Bedwyn Saga #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  13,793 ratings  ·  884 reviews
Meet the Bedwyn: six brothers and sisters—men and women of passion and privilege, daring and sensuality…Enter their dazzling world of high society and breathtaking seduction, where each will seek love, fight temptation, and court scandal and where Aidan Bedwyn, the marriage-shy second son, discovers that matrimony may be the most seductive act of all.

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Mass Market Paperback, 342 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Dell Bantam Random House
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Christina Correct. This book is Aiden's story and book 1 in the series.
Wulfric's book, called Slightly Dangerous is the last book in the series.…more
Correct. This book is Aiden's story and book 1 in the series.
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May 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dina by: BJ Rose
I've yet to find a book by Ms. Balogh that I didn't love. Her writing always sucks me into the story right from the start, with slightly (no pun intended) imperfect characters that I can't help but feel strongly about. Taking this book as an example, my eyes were already misty when I finished reading the 1st Chapter, and I had just met the heroine Eve...

Slightly Married is a beautifully slow paced story, completely focused on Aidan's and Eve's emotions and the loving relationship that grows betw
Al George
It was a definite four star but kicked up to a five. Because, well, Rosalyn Landor


If you're in to the audio book thang, and I most certainly am, you know what I'm talking 'bout, Willis. If you don't know, look it up and then don't look back. #lifechanger

NOTE: read for New Years 2017 Reading Challenge Regency Romance. Challenge Logs

Setting / Time / Genre: Regency

Series: The first in a series.

Sexy times:Yes, steam factor 2 in comparison to a Joanna Shupe being a Regency Steam Factor 4.

Plan on r
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 beautiful stars!


Ms Balogh is a remarkably talented author who makes the writing come alive. The wonderful cast of characters will charm your pants off. You can see the bluebells and feel the water, the sun and the love.


I have a soft spot for the Pygmalion theme and this one did not disappoint! It is a marriage-of-convenience between two people from vastly different classes. Eve is a coal miner's daughter who has adopted a household of misfits. She is adorable, sparkling and can hold
Aug 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance period film and book lovers
One thing you can say about Mary Balogh's writing: It consistently delivers that PBS/BBC period film feel! "Slightly Married" was no exception. I certainly envisioned the panoramic shots of England's town and country of the early 1800's without a problem, as well as the pacing of the story - flowing out like a nice, captivating BBC production. I think a lot of that feel can be attributed to her trademark "emotion-centered" romances that give a consistent viewpoint from both the hero and heroine ...more
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read. Strong heroine who did not put up with any of the bullshit of the ton and aristocracy that she married into...

On holidays. Normal schedule should resume next week!!!

Stacey is Sassy
The sacrifices you make...

I thought it was supposed to be "a marriage of convenience"? Well, in Slightly Married it was more like a marriage of inconvenience. These two knuckleheads were going to get to ...until death do us part... from old age before they acknowledged their feeling and admitted to them.

I could listen to this narrator read the back of a cereal box and I would be thoroughly entertained. Rosalyn Landor really is the best narrator when it comes to historical romance. Her ability t
4.5 stars

Wow! Slightly Married is one of the best Mary Balogh books I've read and an excellent start for the Bedwyn series.

The Bedwyns have always held a special place among historical romance lovers and I know I'm late in reading this, but better late than never I suppose.

What I love about Mary Balogh's writing is how realistic it is. I know, going into a Mary Balogh book, that I won't read about a modern couple that looks out of place. Mary Balogh knows her material and she never fails to take
A lovely read. I love the strict, stern, dour Colonel Lord Aiden Bedwyn, who rarely smiles and has followed the path of duty for all of his adult life. And Eve with her 'bleeding heart' and her genuine kindness towards the lame ducks of the world.

Aiden marries Eve out of his strong sense of honour and duty, and his promise to a dying soldier to protect his sister. Neither of them expect to fall in love. It's done beautifully. Both of them had someone else they were expecting to marry, and this c
Lady Wesley
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-o-c
What can I say? I'm a sucker for Mary Balogh's books.

After reading the last of this series first -- Slightly Dangerous (because it was the highest rated on GR) -- I'm now going back to read the entire series. This family is that compelling.

And, this is not just another marriage-of-convenience story; there are external as well as personal pressures that lead the characters to find love with one another. Along the way, we're introduced to the entire Bedwyn family, and they are a handful, to say t
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: steamy, romance
While a serviceable romance, I had two problems with the book that greatly hindered my enjoyment. This is an earlier Balogh than the Survivors Club and, indeed, I recognize one of the characters in this one from there so there's some crossover, it appears.

My biggest annoyance was that you could cut half the novel if either character had bothered to actually talk with the other. I kind of hate that, and find it both unattractive in the characters and manipulative by the author. It's a shame becau
Lover of Romance
I have been meaning to read this series for the longest time. Years ago, when I first got hooked on romance, I read Slightly Dangerous but for some reason I never continued the series. But I am thrilled to get back to it. What we have happening in Slightly Married is Aiden is a military man. When his close friend is killed on the battlefield he made him a dying promise that he would protect his sister: no matter what. So when he goes to her to deliver the news of her brother, he finds out that h ...more
☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
I can't decide how to rate this. I really enjoyed how non mushy this was despite of it being a romance. It was all very sensible and despite it managed to be quite sweet? Definitely no insta-love that's for sure.
Joanna Loves Reading
3.5 to 4 stars

This book featured many themes/tropes I typically enjoy. It is a marriage of convenience. It features a war hero, and the heroine is independent and fills her home with lost souls. I enjoyed all the elements and thought it was well done. I thought the h/h were well suited to each other and thought the last part of the novel enjoyable as they realize they just like being with each other. I appreciate the pomp and circumstance Balogh gives the Bedwyn family, reminding us readers that
This was such a nice surprise!

The first book i've read by this author and i loved it!

I've just finished it, and i've this big stupid smile on my face, because the story was that cute, and interesting, and the final pages had just the right amount of sweetness!

“There is something infinitely better than happily-ever-after. There is happiness. Happiness is a living, dynamic thing, Eve, and has to be worked on every moment for the rest of our lives. It is a far more exciting prospect than that sill
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
3.25 stars.

Ms. Balogh's characters are amazing, they are all different, you don't fell the similarities between them. I read quite a bit of her books now and I can tell the difference between her heroes, not just physical but mentally too. Not like many other authors who write typical alpha males heroes which usually all the same except their names.

So, in this subject I like the cold Aidan and Eve too.
What I didn't like from this book?
The push and pull storyline.
Oh excuse me, the push, push, pu
I think, it is very hard to not like a Mary Balogh's book.
She is a real gem, imo.
I like her writing style, her MCs, story development and how almost all of her books make me feel. I want to give this book a 5 stars too but then I'm thinking what if I come across another book of her and like it much more. :)
I had very good time and I liked every part of it.

I certainly read all other books in the series.
It was full of enjoyment and at the end contentment.
Juliana Philippa
UPDATE: Originally rated 5 stars when I read it in 2008; reread it in 2017 and rating it 4/4.5 stars. Still terrifically good, but seemed a bit too slow-building this time around. I remember this was one of the reasons I liked it, but I wish there had been just a few more sweet moments, sweet lines, hot exchanges, etc. Still love though!

First in the Balogh's Bedwyn family series - I read it after most of the others, but is definitely one of the best!

Slightly Married is the first in Mary Balogh's
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This marriage of convenience made me laugh and left me feeling hopeful. Promises and vows are still upheld by the noblest of people.
I've given this an A+ for narration and an A for content at AudioGals.

Tantor is following its reissue of Mary Balogh’s Simply Quartet with new recordings of the Slightly series, six novels about the Bedwyn siblings which have been on the wish list of many a romance audio fan for some time, starting with Book 1, Slightly Married. Anyone who has read or listened to the Simply books will already have met most of the Bedwyns and be aware of who ends up with whom, but that doesn’t take anythi

I've enjoyed MB's books before, she's good at writing marriage of convenience stories, but this was very slow and definitely not as good as others I've read by her. I found the hero, Aidan, to be overly brooding and taciturn. By the end I guess he loosened up a bit.

It was slow moving most of the time, only a few scenes that I thought, finally! But then it'd get boring again. I normally love the marriage of convenience trope, so this was disappointing. By 85% I was done. I ended up skip
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
I really wanted to like this more than I did. I had high hopes in the beginning, because the leads didn't meet and immediately want to jump in bed. It took them time to fall in love. However, in doing so, they were incredibly dull. Hardly anything interesting happened in the story, and by the last few chapters, I was more than ready for it to be over. Usually I don't mind if the leads don't communicate, but for some reason it really annoyed me here. (view spoiler) ...more
We begin on the battlefield in Toulouse, year 1814. Colonel Lord Aidan Bedwyn surveys the carnage; he’s very grim, very stoic, very cold. Not the military man you want to mess with, for sure. Also he’s probably not your ideal pick for Romantic Leading Man:
He looked broad and solid and powerful and menacing. He had a harsh, weathered face, its darkness accentuated by black hair and eyebrows It was a grim face, with hard, nearly black eyes, a great hooked nose, and thin, cruel-looking lips.

Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ashley by: Lady Melissa
Shelves: bookboyfriends
What a sweet, heartwarming story! The hero and heroine were honorable, unassuming, believable people. Not once did Balogh seem to bend their firmly established personalities or behavior to suit the plot. These were consistently good, decent characters who deserved their happy ending.

As much as I love reading about heroes and heroines who are tortured and flawed, it was quite nice to read about people I would want to have as friends myself. The words 'cozy' and 'real' come to mind when I think b
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful slow burn romance. I did like that it wasn’t love at first sight or lust, they didn’t randomly give in to bodily urges.

I like that the main characters were both honorable and good people who came together in a marriage of convenience out of loyalty and duty.

I won’t go into the details since others have done so, except to say that I really enjoyed the book, it kept my interest and I have lots of warm happy feeling for their happy ever after.
This was okay. I actually liked the hero - he was a well-done rendition of the "silent brooding type". The heroine was a little over the top with her desire to help and save everyone. But nothing too bad.

Overall an enjoyable read, but having read it a little while ago I barely remember anything about it.

The Bedwyns are supposedly a tight-knit family, but the author failed to make me curious about any of their stories except one. The Duke (older brother of the hero) was such an asshole I wanted
Anna D.
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After reading the Bedwyn Prequels, it was odd to be introduced to the Bedwyn series with Aidan since we didn’t meet him at all in the two Prequel books.

From reading some reviews, I was all set to love this family and though they are supposed to be a haughty aristocrat family.. I LOVE them, I DO! Balogh writes them so that readers don’t view them as the rest of England views them. Their comments and actions may seem cold, but we know from the way they interact with each other that they really are
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had no doubt that I would enjoy the Bedwyn Saga series after I was introduced to many of the siblings in the prequel, Summer to Remember. But, that said, meeting the taciturn Colonel Lord Aiden Bedwyn and the eccentric, big-hearted coal-miner's daughter, Eve Morse in their marriage of convenience story was sheer delight.

Slightly Married is book one in the Bedwyn Saga with loose connections to the two prequels. It can be read behind the others, as the first or even as standalone. The Bedwyns ar
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hello Ms. Balogh, always a pleasure.

This is a re-read for me. I read the Bedwyn saga years ago. I don't think I loved them but I did not dislike them either. I also seem to remember a great deal of them. Slightly married is the story of the second son, Aiden, and his wife, Eve, in a marraige of convenience. I think this is the second best of the story in the series, with Wulf's story being the best.

I won't go to great length describing the story. This is a well liked book and many reviewers di
Buddy read with Aly

Colonel Lord Aidan Bedwyn made a promise to one of his dying soldiers, a promise to protect the man's sister, and he takes his vows very seriously. He travels to Eve's home to break the terrible news but is surprised to find a strong and independant woman who has no need of his assistance. She is more than capable of running her household and she has a whole group of people who she can rely on for friendship and help.

Just as Aidan is about to leave, believing his duty to be fu
I read about the Bedwyn siblings in "A Summer to Remember" and I didn't like them one bit, Intrigued maybe but they were all cold witty with sharp tongues, I am not sure I can picture them as protagonists. Well , Atleast that was what I thought until recently.

This is kind of difficult to rate, It is not the usual Virgin h who is some sort of angel and H who needs redemption precisely a Rake. And we expect the protagonists to be Ideal and noble , definitely not someone cold as Ice and stranger t
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Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curl ...more

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“What sort of man could you love for a lifetime?" he asked her.
She was silent for a while. He guessed that she was considering her answer.
"A kind man," she said. "When we are young and foolish we do not realize how essential a component of love kindness is. It is perhaps the most important quality. And an honorable man. Always doing the right thing no matter what."
His heart sank-on both account.
"And a strong man," she said. "Strong enough to be vulnerable, to take risks, to be honest even when honesty might expose him to ridicule or rejection. And someone who would put himself at the center of my world even before knowing that I would be willing to do the same for him. A man foolish and brave enough to tell me that he loves me even when I have hidden all signs that I love him in return."
"Eve-" he said.
"He would have to be tall and broad and dark and hook-nosed," she said. "And frowning much of the time, pretending he is tough and impervious to all the finer emotions. And then smiling occasionally to light up my heart and my life."
Good God!
"He would have to be you," she said. "no one else would do. Which is just as well, considering the fact that I am married to you...”
“I have read somewhere that we often spend a lifetime searching for what we already have.” 32 likes
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