An Arranged Marriage
In the tradition of Amanda Quick, New York Times bestselling author Jo Beverley has won the hearts of readers everywhere with her historical romances set in the Georgian and Regency periods. "An Arranged Marriage" is the first of Beverley's beloved tales that began her popular "Company of Rogues" series.
Eleanor Chivenham didn't put much past her vile brother, but even she...more
…when I wasn't
Here's the basic story—maybe you'll see what I mean.
Eleanor Chivenham is in a bad situation that just keeps getting worse. Before their parents died, her brother Lionel persuaded them to make him her guardian. She can't claim her inheritance unless she either marries with his consent or turns 25 without shaming herself. She's stuck in his house, with two more years on her sentence, since she’s not meeting anyone worth marrying among Lion ...more
Nunca antes había leído a Jo Beverley, pero me animé gracias al Reto Rita 3.0. Al principio me costó acostumbrarme a su estilo, pero una vez que le agarras el ritmo se disfruta de una prosa ágil y muy rica en descripciones, así como en la forma que traspasa los sentimientos de sus personajes.
A pesar de lo anterior, dudé mucho mi valoración para esta novela (estaba entre 2 o 3 estrellas). Lo que pasa es que la forma en que la autora aborda la ...more
My first inclination that this book was going to be a BIT different was the rape at the beginning. Notice I said rape, not forced seduction. This is a drugged, forced ...more
Naturally the ratings veer crazily. Since I felt invested enough to see where it went so I give it an almost 3.
The beginning and the basis of the h/H relationship is beyond peculiar to say the least.
As the story settles into humdrum domesticity, I almost forgot the icky beginning.
But then the H decides to shag the ow for the flag. Poor sod! Poor Bloody James Regency Bond! Twilight zoned with a bang!
(view spoiler)[So the H’s dr ...more
'I spent all night working and "torturing myself" listening to Jo Beverley's "An Arranged Marriage." I think I stuck with it so long because my 50% audiobooks were turning out to be a lesson in "you get what you pay for," and I didn't want ALL of them to be one huge waste of money. This book was just flat out awful. If I sat down and wrote out a list of plot devices that I would despise in a romance novel . . . this book would contain them all.
1) Top of the list: Cheating! However, ...more
I mean, if you're going to have a hero that you claim is smart and a natural leader and all, then having a story where he's run ragged by a floozy for months on end, interfering with his relationship with ...more
This put put me off Beve ...more
This is one of those times I should have read all the damn spoilers. I could have spared myself. One can never know. I won't tell everything that happens here but I won't bother marking anything as spoiler either. Be warned. I wish I had been.
I am too lazy to list all the things that are horrible in this book and I don't think it deserves more than a reminder of why I hated it. I'll just mention some of the worst.
The hero cheats on his wife almost the whole book. I'm sorry, but it stops being ...more
If there were minus point for a book I would probably award them to this book. It's not one of the hateful or hideous one. But you really wonder how it could win any prize. The hate for the heroine and her total lack of worth is all mine, but there's no way to deny that this book is all over the place. It has an incredibly stupid plot, with a totally uneven pacing, ...more
Not sure about this one yet. I am a big fan of arranged marriage books, not sure why! This one did have some aspects that I liked and some that I really didn't. The part I hated the most was the fact that he had to be a Man-Ho for the government. What was that?? That just made me feel weird and didn't start me off with a good vibe for the whole relationship. I think I would've liked the book a lot more without that whole thing in there. Don't even get me started on the whole rape ...more
As I read on I actually appreciate Jo Beverley's writing. But writing about such explosive plots, the book is shockingly bland. I have read reviewers who talk about ...more
This one, though...it was off from the start. Eleanor's reprobate of a brother hatches this elaborate and senseless plot to ...more
(Audiobook: Narrated by Jill Tanner: Reader rating = 2* (very little voice change between characters, men sound like women!)
(Review at the “I’m currently reading . . . “ thread (Amazon Romance Forum) that Dina had copied to Goodreads (I didn’t even know it at the time! Handy though -- saves me a lot of work that I probably would not have done. ;)
From K. @ Ami:
'I spent all night working and "torturing myself" listening to Jo Beverley's "An Arranged Marriage." ...more
To anyone thinking about reading this book, please be aware that the main characters, Eleanor Chivenham and Nicholas Delaney, enter into an arranged marriage because Nicholas' twin, Christopher Delaney, the Earl of Stainbridge (Kit), rapes Eleanor at a party held by El ...more
The book begins with the heroine of the book, Eleanor Chivenham, hiding in her room. Eleanor lives with her brother, Lionel, though not by choice. (After their father passed, his will left Eleanor under Lionel’s “protection” until she either turns 25-she is 23 when the book begins-or marries.) Lionel is a debauched reprobate, and for his latest act, he arranges for Eleanor to be raped by Kit Delane ...more
Sounds insane yet I love it and it's oddly not particularly melodramatic. Actually, it is such an utter delight. I think it's going to be my favorite Beverley book by far. But then I oft ...more
These four words summarize An Arranged Marriage and yet still don't do this book justice.
Eleanor is a heroine tempered by the fires of all she endures. She suffers various atrocities and is a true survivor. Yet she never stumbles into bitterness or self-righteous ingratitude. Her trials forge her strong character into something more. She is no saint and she knows it, and by the end of this novel, you cheer with all your heart for her HEA.
An Arranged Marriage starts off dark and sleazy. Eleanor is orphaned and dependent upon her vile brother Lionel (to whom she will forfeit all her inheritance if she either marries, or leaves his household before she’s twenty-five, still a long way off). Lionel holds nightly orgies at his house, and Elea ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Historical Romance where Heroine lived with her wastrel brother who used to host wild parties, threaten and I think beat her. [s]||19||71||Mar 18, 2019 05:56AM|
|Romance Novel Boo...: SOLVED - HR with evil woman that kidnaps hero from previous book in series baby out of revenge||3||32||Jan 29, 2019 08:32AM|
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Historical Romance British woman assaulted, then marries twin of attacker to escape scheming brother. [s]||3||24||Dec 27, 2018 10:22PM|
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