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Slightly Married

(Bedwyn Saga #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  15,599 ratings  ·  1,028 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
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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
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy
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
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
Luana ☆
Apr 12, 2021 rated it liked it
Oh my, this book has one of the most beautiful love declaration that I have seen in a long while. Just for that it was worth finishing this!

I need to be honest, I did not like this book until maybe a little over halfway through, I only loved the Duke until then... (almost even cried with some reactions he had about certain things) then the book started getting better but it only turns excelente in the last 10%

This is a marriage of convenience story but I thought it was a bit boring their r
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
Sam (AMNReader)
Pleasant, smooth and romantic series so far. Really enjoying it--and I'm a bit surprised in a way! ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
Gorgeous story, wonderful characters and just the right level of angst. The H is a military man moving towards becoming a general. The h's future seemed sure, on her country estate where she supports her 'family of lame ducks'. Both their futures change when they meet, and he realises the peril she faces. I liked that this was about a mature couple who save each other as they fall in love. 10 stars and more. ...more
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.
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.

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
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
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.
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! I loved this...... what a great book. ♥️
Serial Romance Librarian
I went into this expecting nothing special but I was so pleasantly surprised. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and now I know what I’ve been missing. This writer does a great job with pace and setting. There was a good amount of angst and it is due to the characters guarding their emotions. There were some plot twists but nothing overly-suspenseful or complicated. Our h was pragmatic and smart, if not a bit overly-stubborn but her motives made sense. Aiden is such a wonderful H. T ...more
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
Heather *Undercover Summer Goth*
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

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
About five to six years back, I bought a bunch of "classic" aka popular/former bestseller romance novels at my local used bookstore (and by bunch, I mean around twenty to thirty of them in one go) and have barely touched them since because I am a raccoon who is only attracted to shiny things. Pulled this one out of my TBR Jar, though, early in January, and it did feel nice to finally get around to it. And it was fine! Utterly normal, nothing surprising. It also didn't really pull me in emotional ...more
Place holder review.

Gruff and honorable H marries generous and honorable heroine in a ploy to keep her estate as well as (entertainingly) keep it from her horrible and heartless cousin.

Slow burn romance with some amusing moments where the more plebeian born heroine holds her own with the exceedingly SNOBBY and highborn family of the hero.

Intriguing and seemingly cold Duke is enough to keep reading the series even if it weren’t a Mary Balogh series.
Overall: 3.5 rounded to ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Plot/Storyline: 📖📖📖📖
Feels: 🦋🦋🦋
Emotional Depth: 💔💔💔💔
Sexual Tension: ⚡⚡⚡
Romance: 💞💞💞💞
Sensuality: 💋💋💋
Sex Scene Length: 🍑🍑 to 🍑🍑🍑
Steam Scale (Number of Sex Scenes): 🔥🔥🔥 (though the third is on the short side)
Humor: Yes, a bit

(These are all personal preference on a scale of 1-5, except the steam scale which follows our chart in The Ton and the Tartans facebook group)

Book 1 of the Bedwyn Saga, but there are 2 prequel novels that come before this. I think I enjoyed this
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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...”
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