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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,366 ratings  ·  165 reviews
A notorious rake is about to make the ultimate faux pas—fall in love with his own wife.

Gil Truman has eyes only for the beautiful Tilly—until he is forced to marry plain, sickly Rose Davenport to reclaim the lands his father foolishly gambled away. After a disastrous wedding night tainted with his bitterness, he deposits Rose at his remote Northumbrian estate, soothing hi
ebook, 1st edition, 300 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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First off, how does this book have a low rating?! I can guess the possible reasons, but I LOVED IT. I cried so much, I'd say about 85% of the time I was either misty eyed or had tears running down my cheeks. It was a very emotional, heart wrenching, distressing yet lovely book. The characters were so well fleshed out, I felt every painful nuance and every emotion like it was coming off the pages.
Gilbert Truman is given the bleak choice of marrying the young and plain Rose Davenpo
3 1/2 stars. It can be difficult for me to read a book or write a review objectively when I have a bias towards the author. Oddly enough, in this case, the bias might be working the other way. I like the author very much online, and I loved her first book, The Lady's Secret. I have to ask myself, if this had been a book written ten years ago, from an author I had fewer expectations from, would I have found it so disappointing?

First, the good. The story was riveting and I hated to put it down to
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
I have no tolerance for cheating heroes. It is almost impossible for me sympathize with a character who cheats, especially when they are married, (not to mention totally unrepentant about being unfaithful.) And Gil abandoned his wife, (after practically raping her after their wedding,) and went on to spend the next five years screwing anything that moved.

I felt bad for Rose, but Gil was a jerk through and through. He was a horrible, dishonorable man with no redeeming qualities who treated his wi
Very well done Regency with a strong, smart heroine and a yellow-belly, weak, poor pitiful me hero.

An arranged marriage due to the H's father gambling away properties has the very sick heroine married to too full of himself hero. He drops her off at a remote property after consummating the marriage and goes back to London to sleep with too many women.

They end up back together (heroine is quite creative in getting in touch with her husband again) where he is smitten with his new wife but holds o
The Eleventh Hour
This book is hard for me to rate because while I was very engaged with the story, I hated the hero. OMG did I ever hate the hero, Gil. What a selfish cheating jerk he was! He's basically a slightly modernized version of the old school alphaholes who were omnipresent during the 1980s. Since I loathe old school alphaholes, I had a hard time warming up to Gil.

My thoughts about Gil, all the way through the book.

Anyway, the story is... Rose and Gil have an arranged marriage. Gil feels that he was tri
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
I'm the odd one out - but I liked this one. H's father lost the money-making estates while gambling. h's father was the winner. h's father wanted a secure marriage for his daughter and returned the estates in a deal with H's father - H would marry h. H is in love with a debutante and is mad - he did have a choice and he chose to marry h for the return of the unentailed property. He is distant and rather superior to the h. h doesn't know about the estates and thinks H is agreeable to the arranged ...more
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Jan 18, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm vacillating between thinking this book is wonderful and that it is absolute tosh. Rather than making a decision I'm going to play it safe and rate it 3 stars.

Things that made me think it was wonderful

Rose. I really like the ugly duckling to swan storyline and this one is very well done. When we first meet her, Rose is recovering from a very nasty case of chickenpox. She's skinny, with a shorn head and still has the remains of spots/scars. As the book progresses she regains weight, hair and t
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
A decently done ‘married for money and abandoned bride’ story.
If you love angst, you can wallow and loll in it here. All possible reasons and methods of pumping up the angst are paraded out here.

*With spoilers* A 17 y.o. plain, sickly girl is married off to a resentful and reluctant H as her father has won properties off his father and marriage is the only way to get them back. On their first meeting, when they both are unaware of the circumstances, they hit it off - as the gentle, thoughtful H
Please see status updates below for earlier thoughts.

Bottom line: I could kinda sorta maybe see why he loved her, but I'll be damned if I can see why she loved him. ALL her interaction with him, except when he was weaving his magical schlong spell in her enchanting vagina (which I couldn't figure out why she participated in so eagerly) (which was a HUGE problem), was spent with him being an ass. And they hadn't spent a lot of time together. It's explained that she fell in love with him when they
Jan 16, 2013 added it
I just bought this yesterday and read it in a few hours, but hours that lasted till quite late since I was having trouble sleeping. Since it turned out to be one of my favorite tropes in romance - The Grovel - it was soon hard to put the book down anyway.

Gil Truman wasn't a very likable hero, despite his situation being understandable at times. It didn't take long for me to slap the label of Irredeemable Asshole on his chest and he didn't do much of anything to improve on it from there on out.
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
My eyes are still swollen from crying overnight! But this isn't a case of a good cry... I spent tears out of pity for the often spineless heroine, and more tears out of anger for the hero who frankly doesn't deserve such an easy redemption. I like groveling in my books but god, I've never wanted to read a hero crawl and beg on his knees as much as this rake. The title speaks for itself - he is too damn unforgivable.
G. K. Malathi
Feb 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book is a perfect description of regrets. My biggest regretwas reading this. I try to be as diplomatic as possible when it comes to reviewing books but this book drove me to the edge. Gil was such a hypocritical a$$****. Rose, a spineless woman who has no self respect. This is basically a love story where Gil destroys her morality and dignity. But hey in the end it was a "Happily ever after" So there goes the one star that the book deserves
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
WOW!! even though I hate cheating books this was different. There was so much angst. I still have tears in my eyes.
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
really loved the writing style. but the hero? seriously? what a douche!
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked this one a lot. I thought it was a proper old-school historical, but less rapey and perhaps lacking that epic feel those older romances had, which is good because it helps the flow. The plot is similar to Ravishing the Heiress so recommended to those who enjoyed that one.

The hero is probably the most interesting part of the book. He was very immature, selfish and whiny. These are adjectives usually associated with "difficult" or "unlikeable" heroines, so exploring similar characteristics
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Saw this on a website and was intrigued by the blurb. I finished it in one sitting because I had to know how it ended. Then I reread the last few chapters this morning to see if I could really understand what I read. I did like the story and it was very well written. One of the things I liked about the story was Rose. She was an ugly duckling in the beginning but became a woman over the course of the story. She ran an estate and ran it well. She took the bull by the horn and went to confront her ...more
The extended groveling is what pushed this book into the 4 stars category- I LOVE groveling. But let me stress that it was extremely necessary and Rose puts up with so, so much from Gil. The angst was real and infuriating, but I was in the mood for that.
Nikki ღ Navareus
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only people who can handle cheating stories.


Historicals aren't something I usually enjoy reading, but I do dig forced marriage stories. Especially when the hero is super pissed about being forced to marry, and this one fit that bill to a "T". Gil was a douche supreme, and my heart broke for poor Rose and everything she went through. This story had all the angsty feels I could possibly want. I wasn't real thrilled with the ending though. Gil needed to grovel a shitload more, and even though I loved all the sad and angsty fe
I want to be very honest about how this book made me feel, I loved the start ,really thought that this hero, Gilbert would be utterly charming and a gentleman but only after a few pages of the book, I was chagrined,deeply so. I think that Gilbert was a philanderer and a bastard, also I have no compassion for the heroine because she was a doormat. Hero could come and make a mockery of her, belittle her and she would just stand there, thinking, "It was my fault, my Dad's fault." blah blah blah. I ...more
Everything I love in a book, wonderfully written with great insight into the characters' s emotions . Gil was forced to marry Rose to save his family from ruination. After fulfilling his husbandly obligations, he promptly abandoned his young bride in a rural estate and took himself back to London, where he proceeded to enjoy life's pleasures for the next 5 years. In the meantime , Rose blossomed as roses do, and wanted a more attentive husband, so she sought him out in London. Gil was very much ...more
I can't give this book 5 stars. And not because it doesn't deserve it. Well, maybe it does. I can't because, for me, the heroine suffered so much -- too much.

It was surprisingly, beautifully written. The author did a gorgeous job of depicting what a fractured marriage looks looks like, especially when two equally fractured people form the union.

I cried.

You will too, if you're brave enough to read it.

4 stars

Oh god. The entire time I read this, I wanted to pour acid on my eyes. It was simply that atrocious.

I honestly don't even know why I continued reading this all the way to the very end. There was simply nothing good about it. Oh gosh. I have a lot of things to say, but I need some time to collect my thoughts. Review to come.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seventeen-year-old Rose agrees to marry 22-year-old Gilbert, Viscount Waite, not realizing that he's being coerced into the wedding by her father, who will return all of the properties he won from Gil's father if Gil marries his daughter. Gil, who is in love with another woman, agrees reluctantly, but carries his resentment into the marriage. After spending less than a week in the country with Rose, he abandons her there and hies off to London.

Five years later, Gill has still never returned, ign
Unforgivable is my kind of book, deeply moving and often sad--so sad to see two wonderful people continually misunderstand each other--but the redemptive power of love eventually washed over them. I can see that the quietness of the story, the length of time it took them to finally see the truth (and with a helpful push from a surprising deus ex machina) might not appeal to everyone but it reminded me, in a completely original way, of stories I have enjoyed and re-read often. I'm not sure if thi ...more
If you love 1990's style romances you will love this. I do. I actually really enjoyed it. Ignore the lower reviews. This is simply a book that was reviewed based on honesty, rather than "in exchange for an honest review" and get a free arc. If you go back and look at all books prior to bloggers making money or receiving free books, these will be truly honest reviews. Some may find the H too harsh towards the h, but I say this book is probably more realistic.
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Solid 3 stars. This book was frustrating. I love marriage of convenience stories, and I liked the heroine's ugly duckling beginning but I hated the hero and his @#$/£÷÷%÷* (spoiler). Our heroine went through so much angst, the poor dear. Her moment of triumph was so very sad and disturbing, my heart was hurting for her.
This is one of those reads I've had sitting on my kindle for ages!!
I absolutely adored Rose and cheered her on though out she was so strong but broken..
I'm just happy she got the HEA she deserved
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindlefire, regency
I loved this story so much. I've only just finished reading this book and it's 4:46 am.
I just had to finish it.
An excellent storyline throughout. Brilliant!
Don't miss out, buy it, read it.
Geri Reads
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4 stars!

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Joanna Chambers always wanted to write. In between studying, finding a proper grown up job, getting married and having kids, she spent many hours staring at blank sheets of paper and chewing pens. That changed when she rediscovered her love of romance and found her muse. Joanna's muse likes red wine, coffee and won't let Joanna clean the house or watch television
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