An Arranged Marriage

An Arranged Marriage By Jo Beverley, An Arranged Marriage Regency RomanceSHE WAS A RELUCTANT BRIDEEleanor Chivenbam didn t put much past her vile brother but even she bad not anticipated his greedy scheme to dupe a rich earl into mistaking her for a lightsk
  • Title: An Arranged Marriage
  • Author: Jo Beverley
  • ISBN: 9780821734551
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • An Arranged Marriage By Jo Beverley, Regency RomanceSHE WAS A RELUCTANT BRIDEEleanor Chivenbam didn t put much past her vile brother, but even she bad not anticipated his greedy scheme to dupe a rich earl into mistaking her for a lightskirt Her reputation in shreds, her future ruined, a defeated Eleanor was forced to agree to a hasty marriage of convenience But marriage to Nicholas Delaney, Earl of StainbriRegency RomanceSHE WAS A RELUCTANT BRIDEEleanor Chivenbam didn t put much past her vile brother, but even she bad not anticipated his greedy scheme to dupe a rich earl into mistaking her for a lightskirt Her reputation in shreds, her future ruined, a defeated Eleanor was forced to agree to a hasty marriage of convenience But marriage to Nicholas Delaney, Earl of Stainbridge, with his casual elegance and knowing smile was than she d bargained for He was a renowned rake and scoundrel, and no doubt be thought the worst of her Yet Eleanor wasn t sure bow long she could bold out against his undeniable charm or the secret desires of her own heart.BUT HE WAS A PERSUASIVE GROOMFor the sake of family honor Nicholas Delaney agreed to marry a wronged young lady In truth, such chivalry ran counter to his carefully wrought image of carousing, dissolute rogue, the guise so vital to his secret political mission But if be bad hoped to keep his new wife well in the background, be was sorely mistaken The chit s fighting wit and uncanny beauty were impossible to ignore In fact, she presented quite a challenge to his prowess with women and Nicholas never could resist a challenge.
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    1. Jo Beverley

      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 future husband, Ken Beverley After graduation, they married on June 24, 1971 She quickly attained a position as a youth employment officer until 1976, working first in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, and then in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.In 1976, her scientist husband was invited to do post doctoral research at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada When her professional qualifications proved not to be usable in the Canadian labour market, and she grew up their two sons and started to write her first romances.Moved to Ottawa, in 1985 she became a founding member of the Ottawa Romance Writers Association, that her nurturing community for the next twelve years The same year, she completed a regency romance, but it was promptly rejected by a number of publishers, and she settled earnestly to learning the craft In 1988, it sold to Walker, and was published as Lord Wraybourne s Betrothed She regularly appears on bestseller lists including the USA Today overall bestseller list, the New York Times, and and the Publishers Weekly list She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Golden Leaf, the Award of Excellence, the National Readers Choice, and a two Career Achievement awards from Romantic Times She is also a five time winner of the RITA, the top award of the Romance Writers Of America, and a member of their Hall of Fame and Honor Roll.Jo Beverley passed away on May 23, 2016 after a long battle with cancer.

    464 thoughts on “An Arranged Marriage”

    1. OK This was me at various points in the book when I wasn tHere 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 years on her sentence, since she s not meeting anyone worth marrying among Lionel s dru [...]

    2. Although Forbidden is still my favorite because I loved Frances and Serena as a couple so much plus Francis is a virgin hero , this is an incredibly effective book There are so many reasons why this story could have gone the wrong way for me First and foremost, the hero commits the unthinkable for me in a romance, adultery However, he has reasons that I could not argue with He has been asked to cozy up to his former mistress who is actually a morally bankrupt spy, and in order to do that, pillow [...]

    3. So I m home sick with a terrible cold and thought to myself, self, you need to read something pleasant Perhaps a re read of a book you love Nope, did that yesterday with Goddess of the Hunt Aaah, LOVE that book Maybe I ll try one I bought last week at the used book store Like this one, An Arranged Marriage Sounds promising.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 against he [...]

    4. From K Ami 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, JoBev couches it in [...]

    5. I cannot say how glad I am that this wasn t my first experience with Jo Beverley What a dismal story The interesting thing is that her general craft and characterization are okay, but the plot is a great big pile of suck that distorts every other element into the suck pit of amazing suckitude.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 t [...]

    6. One of the heaviest and most brutal books I have ever read Heroine gets raped by hero s gay brother, to prove that he s a hetero, and forced to marry hero in case of consequences And soon after their marriage, there is another scene where the hero practically rapes the heroine, because if she does get pregnant, the child could be her husband s, so they could rest easy knowing that Ugh I don t know how I read the story after that, but I did It was several years ago.This put put me off Beverley, b [...]

    7. I listened to this story as a free audiobook download from my library I thought the premise of the book was completely ludicrous, even by regency smut standards At the beginning, the heroine is living with her brother who is a Grade A Pervert of the highest class He throws wild, drinking parties where men and women canoodle under the influence of alcohol and touch each other in bad places Eleanor doesn t approve of the goings on and knows the only reason she is still clinging to her virginity is [...]

    8. Horrible story It starts off with the heroine being raped by the hero s brother, who was drugged by the heroine s vile and useless brother, after which the hero agrees to marry her for honour or something, although it s advertised to others as an elopement The hero then spends most of the book in an affair with a French whore because he s some sort of a spy and has to have sex with her constantly in order to uncover some plot involving Napoleon It s never really explained why the only way he can [...]

    9. 0.5This 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 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 an enjoyab [...]

    10. This book didn t work for me on pretty much any level The hero is so unlikable he s cheating on his pregnant wife for most of the book But it s all for some supposed espionage plot that he s trying to uncover, so that makes it all okay He is quite conceited, treats Eleanor badly and hopes she ll get over it someday He doesn t even really make an effort to get to know her, but gives her a few presents and hopes that makes it all better Eleanor, the heroine, is so flat as a character it was almost [...]

    11. Don t Hate DNot 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 without that whole thing in there Don t even get me started on the whole rape thing

    12. I d give minus points if I could Considering this first book in Beverley s Rogues series was actually the third she wrote for it, it s all the worse badly under written, badly plotted, badly executed Pushed into 350 pages by an author who has no shame in rushing through the most dramatic storylines by telling rather than showing anything about her paper thin characters, and not even including because seemingly not knowing any historical details, this is yet another huge disappointment Beverley w [...]

    13. Trying to tidy up my TBR list, I decided to tackle some books that have been there for a while I should have known better, damn me 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, and c [...]

    14. I m glad I picked up a couple of the later books in this series before I read this one, because had I read this one first, I m not sure I would have read further As it is, I got two in from the library at the same time and will quickly move on, beliving that An Arrnged Marriage is a fluke I ve enjoyed other books by Jo Beverley as well, so I know I often like her stuff This one, though was off from the start Eleanor s reprobate of a brother hatches this elaborate and senseless plot to get her ra [...]

    15. Terminado, y mi opini n final es que me ha gustado bastante, pese a saber lo que ocurr a Quiz s lo he disfrutado m s porque iba advertida de lo que iba a ocurrir Admito que no es una historia f cil de digerir y por eso no guste en general A favor suyo tiene que la prosa es muy amena, f cil y r pida de leer, de Jo Beverley he le do los primeros cinco Malloren, y son algo m s descriptivos y farragosos, quiz s por eso pueden hacerse algo m s pesados, pero con Una boda impuesta eso no ha ocurrido.En [...]

    16. I feel like I ve been violated Ms Beverley has ignored a very basic tenet of romance writing Readers are supposed to believe that love has conquered all and that these two people have found a once in a lifetime love Isn t that why we buy a romance But what we got was rape, adultery, and abandonment This book doesn t deserve to be called a romance.

    17. Jo Beverly An Arranged Marriage 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 Romance Forum that Dina had copied to 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 I think I stuck with it so long because my 50% audiobooks [...]

    18. I would rate this book above the 3 star, but not quiet a 4 The premise of this book really interested me It is the story of a man caught in a situation in which his loyalty to country demands he cross a line for that cause, and as a consequence, betray a relationship which with this start, seems doomed to fail Nicholas, a gentleman with wanderlust yet deep loyalties for his long time company of rogues , an abiding commitment to justice and love of family, but a roguish reputation with the ladies [...]

    19. In this start of her Rogue series, our regency hero marries the woman his brother raped out of noblesse oblige and falls for her but he is also a spy and has been ordered to sleep with an eeeeeeeeeeeeevil Frenchwoman for England to get info out of her My advice to heroine would be to get an STD panel asap 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 often find th [...]

    20. In some ways this was a strange re read for me Keep in mind the first time I read this book I was in high school college somewhere aka it s been over 10 years I remember loving this series and the entire Company of Rogues Other than that thought I remember little to nothing about this series, thus my excitement to read this one again Now I m left in something of a quandary I enjoyed my read well enough, the story does flow along, but there are a number of plot devices character quirks in this bo [...]

    21. MAJOR SPOILERS The reviews on this book are proof that readers have completely different tastes in their romance novels Note the parentheses around the word romance I, for one, didn t consider this book to be about romance.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 Eleanor s br [...]

    22. Eleanor was such a doormat I can t stand when the heroine is put through hell in a basket and they never so much as say boo about it She put up a token resistance at the end but ultimately she was willing to do anything for any little crumb of Nicholas affection.

    23. I know it is hard to like this book because of the unusual plots It rubs people the wrong way and I can well imagine why it pushes people s boundaries just a tad too much My problem with the book however, was not with the rape or the infidelity I think it is a book with good writing but poor plot development and characterization 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 this b [...]

    24. The title of this book was what drew me to it I m a sucker for marriage of convenience plots Then, there was the fact that I ve read a few Jo Beverley novels which I thought pretty readable 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 Eleanor, havin [...]

    25. I m particularly fond of marriage of convenience stories and so I ve been looking forward to this one for a long time now Especially because I ve read almost all the others in the Company of Rogues series.Eleanor Chivenham didn t put much past her vile brother, but even she had not anticipated his greedy scheme to dupe a rich earl into mistaking her for a lightskirt With her reputation in shreds and her future ruined, a defeated Eleanor was forced to agree to a hasty wedding But marriage to the [...]

    26. This was the first book I ve ever read by Ms Beverley and I was unfamiliar with either her name or her work when I picked it out at random So, no expectations apart from an enjoyable read and no preconceptions.The rape of Eleanor in the first few pages was unpleasant and confusing This confusion grew with the circumstances of her improbably speedy recovery from the trauma even allowing for her being drugged during the ordeal and the facile appearance of a handsome and dashing gallant who offers [...]

    27. This review is of An Arranged Marriage , book 1 in The Company of Rogues series by Jo Beverley.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 Delaney, Lord Sta [...]

    28. Complicated Controversial Commendable Complex.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 She is no saint and she knows it, and by the end of this novel, you cheer with all your heart for her HEA Nicholas Delaney is [...]

    29. I picked up the Rogue series through a recommendation on Julia Quinn s message boards The recommendation either listed under the, Virgin Male section or in the top 100 Now that I think about it, it probably was the top 100 lol but the Virgin Male section sounds better I like this series The characters are often incredibly dense and make me want to scream but the progression of it all makes up for it a little The thing about the Rogue novels is that all the couples in the book are inevitably marr [...]

    30. Eleanor h is living with her brother, their parents have died and he is in control of her and her inheritance When he comes up with a plan to get her portion of the inheritance, she finds herself drugged and raped Thinking to end it all, she heads out to drown herself but the runs into the man who raped her.or was it his twin brother She s offered an option that doesn t include doing herself in but rather a marriage of convenience She jumps at it.Nicholas H doesn t know what to thin k when he re [...]

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