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The Reluctant Bride

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Can honour and action banish the shadows of old sins?

Emily Micklen has no option after the death of her loving fiancé, Jack, but to marry the scarred, taciturn, soldier who represents her only escape from destitution.

Major Angus McCartney is tormented by the reproachful slate-grey eyes of two strikingly similar women: Jessamine, his dead mistress, and Emily, the unobtainab
Paperback, 353 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by Choc Lit (first published July 31st 2013)
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Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm usually wary of reading romance by an author who is new to me and I certainly wasn't grabbed by the first page, in fact I thought I was going to hate the book, instead I couldn't put it down.

There seem to be few authors in this genre whose writing really is good and I'm pleased to say Beverly Eikli is one of those few. The plot is strong though entirely predictable and the characterisation good. I will definitely look for more books by Beverly Eikli.
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As news of the death of Jack is delivered, Emily Micklen finds herself in a tight spot. Pregnant, alone and suffering from the loss of her fiancée she marries Angus out of convenience and not love. Little does she realize that this the turning point in her life that would reveal many secrets, truths and reality to her. Angus on the other hand isn’t completely truthful to her either, but he has loved her from the moment he had seen her for the first time. W
My Book Addiction and More MBA
THE RELUCTANT BRIDE by Beverley Eikli is an interesting Regency Historical Romance. Fast paced and filled with spies,traitors,danger,secrets,lost love,Napoleon's swathe through France,grief,treachery,and love. The story of Major Angus McCartney and Emily Micklen,their struggle to find love and happiness. Emily struggles with the lost of her fiancee,pregnant,disowned,abandoned and married to Major Angus a man she doesn't know,but who was in the Military with her beloved Jack. Emily will soon lear ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
How to describe this one? It was not one of those typical historical romances and therefor I would not want to call it that. It was the book in between H and HR. Also with a dose of mystery, spies and suspense.

The heroine, oh Emily, you were hard to like you ungrateful idiot. I get why she was like that, but she lived in a time where she had no rights so at least be civil to your husband and not a shrew. Yes I confess that at one time I wish Angus had throw that ungrateful strumpet out on the st
Julia Ibbotson
Dec 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I felt that this was a book of two halves. The first half was interesting, quite riveting, and I was driven to carry on reading even late at night. Set in 1813,against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars, the mirroring conflicts between Emily, still in love with the memory of the "love of her life" Jack, and Angus, the Major who rescues her from social infamy, were absorbing. The gradual development of their relationship and Emily's growing realisation of the truth about her engagement to Jack, ...more
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I only write reviews for the books I really like, because I need to be inspired in order to find the words.

I often read with my editing head on, and am distracted by the apparent no-nos, such as head hopping, over-use of adverbs etc. etc. This can often spoil my enjoyment of a book. I doubt there's any of those 'sins' in The Reluctant Bride, but the story is so engrossing, I wouldn't have noticed - or cared. It's a fabulous read, wonderful escapism, and it has a hero to die for. I'd thoroughly r
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of regency romances
Aside from Pride and Prejudice, this is my second foray into regency romance and I thoroughly enjoyed Beverley Eikli’s novel of secrets and spies. There are quite a few authors who write regency romances, and as I got sent The Reluctant Bride for review, I was intrigued and excited to how my first experience with a modern author would be like.

Thankfully, I was engrossed by the story the second Emily and Angus agree to marry each other. I know I would certainly be a ‘reluctant bride’ if I were in
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After her loving soldier fiance Jack dies, Emily feels she had no option other than to marry Major Agnus McCartney. But while Emily is torn by her loyalty to her fiance, Angus is determined to win his wife with honour and action. But will they find love together? And what will happen when secrets and lies come to light?

I felt I understood Emily, I could sympathize with her loyalty to her late fiance who she loved so much, and therefore her reluctance to marry Agnus. But at the same time I was ke
InD'tale Magazine
“The Reluctant Bride” is a complex, well thought-out web of French spies, English traitors, family loyalty and double crosses.

Read full review in the November 2013 issue of InD’tale Magazine.
sharon Thomas
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting

Keeps you glued to the pages. Hard to fall asleep, want to continue to find out what happens next! Good development of characters, both main and secondary. Margarite, mom to Emily was hard to resist, made you want to rescue her.
Dec 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I like reading historical romance novels. This one was an okayish read. A little slow , set in early 1800s.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not a historical romance reader but Beverley Eikli's The Reluctant Bride kept me reading and I enjoyed it :)

I'm not a historical romance reader but The Reluctant Bride kept me intrigued, and reading. The characters were well developed – to the point that I found myself angry with Emily, and siding with Angus. I loved Angus – he was strong yet sensitive – definitely someone I could be attracted to in real-life. Throughout the novel, my interest was piqued by how the author weaved romance
Suzanne Sabol
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
i don't know. I felt like i read two different books; the first half a regency romance and the second was a napoleonic spy novel. ...more
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
The actual rating is 4.5.
It is not often that I read something other as chick lit but from time to time there comes a book that belongs to other genre that I'd like to read. And it was the case with "The Reluctant Bride" which is a historical romance.
I was also a little "reluctant" at the beginning. I was much confused about what's going on in this book and who are all those people, and even further in the book when a name appeared I must have often think hard who is this and what is he / she do
Diane Peterson
It was a struggle for me to decide how to rate The Reluctant Bride. I felt that there were both strong pluses and strong minuses. Weighing both sides, I arrived at 3 stars. I loved the beginning of the book. The hero and heroine were placed in a difficult situation and I was totally intrigued to see how things would work out. But in the second half of the book the story became very complicated and the flow of the book became bogged down. Author Beverly Eikli paints very descriptive pictures with ...more
Kate E. Stephenson
Apr 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit
So Ms. Eikli has won the Choc Lit Search for an Australian Star competition with The Reluctant Bride; was shortlisted for the 2012 Australian Romance Readers Award for her novel Rake's Honour and was the finalist in the 2011 Australian Romance Readers Awards for her novel A Little Deception. These honors are no small feat. But I have to admit the improbable web that Eikli weaves in The Reluctant Bride is just a bit too convoluted for this reader. Having said that I gobbled up this romance in two ...more
Shaz Goodwin
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
1813. Emily is reflecting on her father’s beliefs and how Jack has liberated her from the strict confines of her life. She meets Major Angus McCartney on the road who is seeking directions for Micklen Hall, her home. Dressed in one of the two Rifle battalions uniforms, Emily is hoping to see Jack behind him … that hope is soon replaced with grief when a short while later she sees him in her home and he brings the news of Jack’s death. Emily doesn’t know it but from Angus we learn that Jack is no ...more
Rhoda Baxter
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't normally read historicals (I may have mentioned this before?), but the espionage angle to this book interested me enough to download it.
Emily is pregnant and unmarried, and therefore ruined (Ruined! I tell you!). Angus has been in love with her from day one, but hasn't got a lot of prospects. He marries her to 'save' her. She resents him. So far, so routine. What sets this book apart is the background and the detailed spy plot that runs through it. By the time you get to the climax of t
The Pros and Cons of The Reluctant Bride

Pro: It is one of those marriage of convenience stories, which I always love, and set in a fascinating point in history.

Con: The main character, Emily, is (in my opinion) bratty and naive. As is so correctly titled, she is reluctant to give her trust and affection to a man who seemingly adores her for the memory of her dead fiance who actually cheated on her.

Pro: Angus McCartney is a true gentleman, and no one is afraid to call Emily out on her coldness.

Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Emily's fiancé dies a week before the wedding. Unknown to her she is pregnant. His comrade-in- arms offers for her. She does not make it pleasant for him. Emily marries Angus McCartney who then becomes the replacement for her late fiancé in a plot to save England and restore the monarchy to France. I loved Angus from the moment he appeared. Emily was a lot harder to take. I wanted to put her over my knee and spank her. She was so bratty. I was halfway through the story before I could find her li ...more
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a surprisingly tantalising and intriguing read Beverley Eikli’s The Reluctant Bride is.
While definitely satisfying my need for the development of a deeply emotional and lustful love, it also skilfully intertwines suspense and action that kept me guessing right to the very end.
I found the writer struck a good balance between making me work to understand the intricacies of the story line, and ensuring the plot was easy enough to follow so I could still blissfully escape into Emily’s and Angus
Jen Rattie
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t have high hopes for Emily in the beginning of the book. I thought she was going to be a simpering, daddy-did-me-wrong girl. She had fallen for the bad boy, was disdained by her father and un-protected by her mother because she was just as much a victim as Emily. Tragedy upon tragedy strikes and Emily loses everything. In walks Angus. He saves her, loves her and tries his best to protect her. This book has a slow boil. It starts as a romance story and ends in a fantastic mystery/action s ...more
Angela Britnell
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this very different sort of Regency romance. I was instantly pulled into the story of Emily who is left pregnant and alone when her much loved soldier fiance is killed. With no other choice she marries Angus who offers her his protection out of a sense of guilt. His involvement in the war against Napoleon and the secrets he must keep all conspire against his life with Emily. When she discovers that so much of what she thought was true is in fact a lie the question of who she ...more
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I do love a good historical and with spys and a hero to die for in this one it is very good. Angus is a poor soldier but has loved Emily since her saw her at a dance many years before but when her fiance is killed and he comes to inform her the spark is still there but Emily has a lot to overcome with a cruel father and then shunned by her family Angus marries her and the rocky journey begins with traitors and many secrets this one will have you with tears and smiling I loved it and I highly rec ...more
Apr 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
This had the potential to be a good book, but unfortunately I was sadly disappointed. Emily, the main character, was just not likeable at all and it was lacking in historical accuracy. The whole spying and intelligence aspect to this story was highly unrealistic and unbelievable. "Secret" information was spread about far too much for it to stay secret and there is no way the number of English people who went to France on secret missions would have been able to pass as French having not spent tha ...more
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Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Emily Micklen has no option after the death of her loving fiancé, Jack, but to marry the scarred, taciturn, soldier who represents her only escape from destitution. Amidst family secrets, treason, war Emily learns to love her Angus, her husband and hero.

Not my usual kind of book, but I liked it because of the way the story was developed. I don't like romance with spy plots, however, Eikli moves the story along.
Oct 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
2.5 stars: It could have used some editing but an overall decent read. I realize that Angus had strong feelings for Emily from the beginning, but I would have thought her behavior would have changed them eventually. An overwhelming amount of connections but that leads to the intrigue. All's well that ends well and most of the stories lines are cleared up except Miss Delon. ...more
Sep 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Review will appear in the Nov. issue of RT Book Review magazine (online and in print).
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: hr-european
3.5 stars
Tracey Sharpe
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Not my usual choice of genre, but this story kept me on the edge of my seat. Looking forward to reading Beverley Eikli's other books. ...more
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