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An Unwilling Bride

(Company of Rogues #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  3,193 ratings  ·  274 reviews
The Duchess of Belcraven committed a folly, and bore her husband another man's child. Only a third son, however, so all was patched over. Then the two older boys drowned, leaving disaster. Now, over twenty years later, the duke discovers that he has a daughter, a child of his blood, and he compels the two to marry -- the arrogant ducal heir, devastated to learn for the fir ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 351 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Zebra (first published February 1st 1992)
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Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Ahhhh...*sigh*...Jo Beverley. It's like...coming home. Reading one of your novels is like wrapping myself up in a cozy blanket and sipping some hot cocoa and marshmallows while snuggling up with my teddy bear. They are just comfy, cozy, feel good reads.

I really liked this story. Jo Beverley's historicals always set the perfect tone for the period, with the impeccably detailed settings, the lively cant and jargon, and the mannerisms at all levels of society. When I pick up one of her books, I kn
Ivy H

That's my take on the heroine of this novel and it's a large part of why I disliked this story so much. She's portrayed as a stereotypical radical feminist who is starchy, unfeminine, unattractive and a bit obsessed with her "cause". I guess this will appeal to a lot of female readers but it just didn't appeal to me personally. I like heroines who are strong but who are also soft, feminine and pretty. I don't expect anybody to understand this and yes, I know it is a bit shallow of me, but that's
Jacob Proffitt
This book is a real mess, but at least it wasn't obnoxiously so (as the first in the series was). It's a bit of a problem that it's tied as tightly to the first as it is. You can probably read this one without the first, but you'd miss quite a bit of the characterization.

Part of my trouble is that I didn't really like either main character. Beth was beyond merely prickly and was outright self-destructive. Worse, she was a very well-drawn example of a smart person being their own worst enemy thro
Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
Okay done with #2
And I liked this book till almost the end but then ….

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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This was my first Jo Beverley and I was underwhelmed. Too bad, because I love the arranged marriage/marriage of convenience theme, and I do like my bluestocking heroines. I'm glad I decided to read her again after this one. I didn't like Lucien at all, and I found Beth rather cold. I wasn't buying the romance in this one, and I felt like I never got pulled into the story. But I do have to say that Beverley is a great writer, because I did finish the book. I liked that Lucien's mistress, Blanche ...more
Jun 26, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommended to _inbetween_ by: Writerlibrarian
Very long commentary, but I think it is an example of this writer's progress and various genres and gender conventions:

uptoandincluding18: He finally backhanded her so she is thrown bruisingly against the wall (verbatim). I've anticipated this event with as much anticipation as she did her deflowerment, which still hasn't happened and won't take much space from the few pages that are left. Before he hit her they told each other they loved each other, which was necessary because Beverley was so t
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
I’m not sure how many books of Beverley’s I’ve read – three or four including this one – but I always have the same reaction: dismay. I’ve read so many glowing reviews of her work, and I really enjoy traditional regency romances, so it seems weird to not enjoy her books.

This one starts out with a promising device – the arranged marriage between two unwilling protagonists. I'll admit I like this device, as artificial as it is; I typically really enjoy the often-slow process of overcoming the var
Jess the Romanceaholic
I LOVE the angst involved in arranged/forced marriages, and in that aspect, this book was a joy. While the "romance" between Lucian and Beth wasn't really full of chemistry or sexual tension, I did enjoy their battles of wits, and the injustice of having to give up everything you've ever wanted in life because of the whims of someone more powerful.

However, the fact that we get the same level of explicit detail (which, I admit, isn't all that much) when the hero schtups his mistress as when he d
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
I had forgotten how much I hated book 1. Actually, I didn't realise this was book 2 at all.
It was slightly better than the first, but not by much.

All her supposed intelligence and you don't see an inch of it. Yes, she has wit and learning, but brain??? No, not much.
All her hate for the other victim, and never for the culprits.
She doesn't act the way she supposedly feel once. You know, it wouldn't be proper to offend the duke and that idiot of wife of his. *Facepalm*

I didn't see them falling
Jane Stewart
Just ok, not emotionally entertaining enough. I liked some of the points made, but it could have been better.

I wasn’t pulled in to the characters. I didn’t see how they fell in love. There was a lot of emotional coldness and distance for a long time. She tried to make herself unattractive to him and then was hurt when he said he found her unattractive. She lied to him, making him think she had had many lovers and that his touch bored her. When he touched her breast, she said to him “must you mak
Jan 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
I don't normally write long-ish reviews, but I feel like I need to defend my rating.

I'm disappointed this book has such high ratings. As a whole, it's a bit of a mess. The characters are inconsistent, the story doesn't make a whole lot of sense on it's own (you'd probably need to read the first in the series to understand), and there's a lot of asshole-ery (yes, not a word, I know).

While annoying, none of this is enough to warrant a one star review. My review is based on one unfortunate scene,
Apr 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"He backhanded her. She was thrown against the wall, her brief cry silenced by shock."

And it happens after they are married. After they declare their love. After you have seen them come to care about each other.

Just...there is nothing romantic in the heroine having to go about lying about how she got a bruise to her cheekbone. Nothing.
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
This has raw and uncomfortable moments for the reader. A forced marriage, both are very unhappy. The H tries to charm her, and she lashes out due to fear and her horror at her situation. Her words take on a life of their own, and cause mistrust and damage their relationship. I struggled to like the heroine at first, she was so prickly, and so sure in her righteousness. I also didn't like the H, until he really saw and admired her as a person, and after a terrible night, he lost control and found ...more
OMG! Burn it! Burn it with fire! Seriously.

First of all, let me say that, in all fairness,the reason I probably didn't enjoy this book so much was because it wasn't at all what I was expecting. It was 3 in the morning, I thought it would be cute and fluffy with kissing bits. Needless to say, there was no kissing -apart from that scene which left me with a vague feeling of rape- and even less fluffiness.

Okay so the theme is marriage of convenience . The son to a duke, discovers that the rea
Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Meh. Don't know why I keep expecting these to be good. The plots are creative for romances, but who needs a creative romance plot? Characters you can like, that's the ticket, not this weird-almost-creepy relationship stuff Beverly puts out. This time the hero (who is not the son of his "father") and the heroine (who is the daughter of the hero's father but not by the hero's mother, got that, no incest here) are being pressured into marriage but despite the absurdity of it historically, legally, ...more
I couldn't get past the fact that Lucien hit Beth and she was extremely forgiving and cavalier about it. She didn't rake him across the coals at all! Plus, I really hate when the hero has mistresses and is sexually experienced and then acts enraged if he suspects the heroine isn't a virgin. Furthermore, there's this side plot with Lucien's parents that felt really unresolved.
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good book but the heroine got on my nerves for the majority of the book. I am going to read book 1 of the series now.
I hate hate hate hate it, when I love a book and near the ending it becomes pure crap!

This book was perfect... A handsome rake paired with a a feminist hero, not spineless and no doormat.
Well, that was the premise of the story.

Handsome Lucien is the heir of de Vaux duchy, and Elizabeth is the illegimate daughter of the duke. The duke thought it would be a great idea to have his daughter marry his wife's son, so his grandson will be still inherit...
It all starts with a hate to love plot. Elizabet
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I did not find this an easy or always pleasant read. And I mean this in a good way mostly This is not a fluffy regency with a romancing hero and a sweet lovable heroine.

The way the hero and the heroine are being thrown together and basically blackmailed into marrying is not pretty. And the thing is, it never really gets pretty and takes a long time to even get bearable for them.
What that does it gives a lot of character insight. These two just don't get each other at all. Things are said and
Aug 26, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This should be renamed the "Unwilling reader".. I only was able to make it through this story by flipping furiously ahead. First, there wasn't any romance.. not one iota..nada..nothing. The H and HE didn't even have a slightly romantic scene until 70% into the book.
The Duke heirs all pass away, and all he has left is his younger son, whom is not really his. The Duke finds out he has sired a daughter with a one night stand, and then contrives to have them marry. He threatens them both and they m
4.5 stars

So, I was having a difficult time getting into a book lately, tried a few but couldn't get to the end of the sample, my picks simply didn't draw me in and I was getting desperate (and yes, not reading a book for two days does tend to have that effect on me :D). So, I decided to reread a few of the historical romances that I read years ago and loved. I decided to start with this one.

Marriage of (In)Convenience is one of my favorite tropes. I simply adore how it forces people into trying
It's been interesting to re-read this so many years later. I really enjoyed this series then but was disappointed in the re-read of the first book in the series. This one I found to be more enjoyable. Lucien has his moments where I wanted to smack him for his aristocratic stupidity, but then again Beth has her moments of ridiculous stubbornness too.

There were a lot of fun moments in this story that lightened up the darkness that was often between Beth and Lucien as they had been forced together.
I would say this book gets a 3.5 from me. I didn't remember reading this before, but a few pages in, I recognized the story. I think it had a great deal of potential, with many of my favourite elements: a sizzling hero, a long standing family angst, and a woman who is past her "prime", having reached the ancient age of 24, unmarried and from the wrong side of the blanket...
I didn't really warm up to the heroine, in that, yes she was "wronged", but she just never engaged my sympathy. I liked the
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Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
To produce a pureblood heir two illegitimate offspring must marry each other. I didn't love this one as much as the first book in the series because though I admired Beth's views on the rights of women and the clever back and forth between her and Lucien, I thought their relationship was not as developed as I would have liked and their love was so suddenly declared and I didn't feel it grow throughout the book. As an aside, I really liked the duke and duchess relationship, just lovely.
I own everything Jo Beverley has written and this is my favourite. Such a compelling h/h.

And here I am re-reading it for the umpteenth time. You know when you re-read and skim ... I hardly ever skim An Unwilling Bride.
This one just didn't do it for me,I'm not sure why but I just didn't care for either the H or h.
Lady Wesley
Review of the audiobook

I have never read any of the Company of Rogues series, but this book was free via Audible Escape, and I always like a marriage-of-convenience story, so why not?

I liked it quite a lot, once I got past the ridiculous premise for the old duke wanting his son and heir (of whom he is not the biological father) to marry his illegitimate daughter - to keep the ancient bloodline alive. The interaction between Lucien and Beth during their betrothal and the early days of their marri
Author: Jo Beverley
First published: 1991
Length: 5488 locations
Setting: England, 1815
Sex: Fade to black.
Cheating: With mistress after betrothal but before marriage.
Hero: Just found out he is a bastard. Very aware of his pomp and circumstance.
Heroine: Just found out she is a Duke's daughter. Previously a teacher.
Series: Book 2
Includes: Excerpts from Christmas Angel andForbidden Magic by Jo Beverley

WARNING: This book contains violence by the H on h including hitting her in anger such that she has a
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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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Company of Rogues (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • An Arranged Marriage (Company of Rogues, #1)
  • Christmas Angel (Company of Rogues, #3)
  • Forbidden (Company of Rogues, #4)
  • Dangerous Joy (Company of Rogues, #5)
  • The Dragon's Bride (Three Heroes, #2; Company of Rogues, #6)
  • The Devil's Heiress (Three Heroes, #3; Company of Rogues, #7)
  • Hazard (Company of Rogues, #8)
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