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Slightly Married

(Bedwyn Saga #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  12,862 ratings  ·  806 reviews
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh's The Secret Mistress.

Meet the Bedwyns…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,
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Dell
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May 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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 her
Aug 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Lady Wesley
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jacob Proffitt
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
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 ...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
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.
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 anything

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
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.

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
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anna D.
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
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
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I liked the book...Then you may ask, why just 3 stars?
I kind of disliked Eve(a lot)..I don't like this kind of heroine..She reminded me of Isabel from Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord .... The" Oh I am so good I take care of people and bla bla bla " ... I don't particulary love this kind of heroine
Also, the book was too slow for me in some parts...I don't know, it felt like I was waiting for smth to happen but never did
I truly loved Aidan and his family and I think that the rest of the
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"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 that that silly static idea of a happily ever after. Would you not agree?"

I stayed up until past 3am to finish this because it was that good. It has everything I have come to expect of Mary Balogh: loveable, strong, independent characters who actually grow and change once
Aly is so frigging bored
3rd read September 2015
Buddy read with Maru and Sarah
I didn’t feel all too connected to the characters but it was a well constructed story that I didn’t take any real issue with so I give it 4 stars. :)
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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 ...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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