This book was good in fact one of Jo Beverley’s best written story of ‘an arranged marriage’. Though I did not care for Lucian hitting Beth, I did understand were. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jo Beverley has won the Following the highly-acclaimed An Arranged Marriage, “An Unwilling Bride” is. Twenty-some years ago, a Dukes wife had a one time affair with an old flame while her husband was away. She gets pregnant & her husband realizes the child.

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Now, over twenty years brverley, the duke discovers that he has a daughter, a child of his blood, and he compels the two to marry — the arrogant ducal heir, devastated to learn for the first time that he is illegitimate; and the independent schoolteacher raised in the principles of the Rights of Women.

I was told that. There are some things in here that might totally turn off some readers. This was my first Jo Beverley and I was underwhelmed. View all 13 comments. Can you say incestuous? Beveroey Audiobook 0 editions.

An edition of this book was published by Recorded Books. Needless to say, Lucien’s hands are tied, as well, unbeknownst to Beth.

And Lucien and Beth really do their best to make their marriage fail, I have to admit. Plus I didn’t appreciate the fact that the author needed to stereotype the heroine by making her unattractive; was it so hard for the author to create a radical feminist wn is actually pretty?

Detailed Review Summary of An Unwilling Bride by Jo Beverley

He is sorry afterwards, since it turns out there wasn’t a man in her rooms after all, but I couldn’t help but remember aan he’d done earlier in the novel, at I believe their betrothal ball. Instead the first half of the book is a boring slog of social engagements and Beth being too sensible and intelligent to care about jewels or gowns a touch of the Not Like Other Girls Syndrome, methinks and the last third of the book a constant thrill ride.


This story has made me think.

Katharine Ashe A Lady’s Wish. Partly I think because the main characters were written very convincingly as unable to get along for the main part of the book. Everyone else acts as if the casual spousal abuse is nothing serious.

Company of Rogues Series reader completists. Usually I’m fine with light heroes, but this rogue is not appealing or charming, and that I already know he will beat his wife worries me as much as Beverley’s first novel with the awfully executed rape aftermath. I know I’m supposed to feel sorry for her but she just annoyed me too much because I couldn’t identify with her at all.

An Unwilling Bride

Good book but the heroine got brixe my nerves for the majority of the book. I didn’t like Lucien at all, and I found Beth rather cold.

That said, the romance is quite lovely, and I liked seeing the characters as they grew into their relationship and learned to grow with each other. She is a budding feminist who, despite not wanting to be forced to marry a stranger and act as a broodmare for the de Vaux family, agrees to exac I wish I could like this book better than the previous one, but unfortunately it too falls flat.

Had those words been a sign of shock? As an aside, I really liked the duke and duchess relationship, just lovely. The school teacher wanted nothing more than to live her life free of the shackles of matrimony. The heroine was more of a caricature than an actual character.

An Unwilling Bride (Zebra Historical Romance)

Lucien, having more experience with his father, mostly settles for pouting and grim resignation. I wasn’t buying the romance in this one, and I felt like I never got pulled into the story. This one’s definitely my least favorite in the series so far.

Clarissa, whose story was written later and who made me anticipate the hitting, is seen as stupid and shallow here, another convention of all Regency romances of these times, just as Eleanore’s marriage keeps shining more and more glowingly, with admonissions that Beth will have to work on hers to reach that happiness.


This is compounded by Lucien being the same with his own unchallenged assumptions and arrogance. Heck, they don’t even like each other.

An Unwilling Bride (Company of Rogues, book 2) by Jo Beverley

First of all, let me say that, in all fairness,the reason I probably didn’t enjoy this book so much was because it wasn’t at all what I was expecting. When I pick up one of her books, I kn Ahhhh I think this is one of Jo Beverley’s best books – maybe her best. She tried to make herself unattractive to him and then was hurt beverlye he said he found her unattractive.

There were times in the beginning of the story when they were both “feeling each other out,” so to speak, that I just thought “Ugh, you’re both being knuckleheads! Jo Beverley First published: So, I decided to reread a few of the historical romances that I read years ago and loved. The young man waited impatiently for his assistance to be sought so that he would learn the cause of it all. She didn’t rake him across the coals at all!

That huge gulf that seems to be between them takes a lot of pain unwlling work to get past. I loved little Robin Sparrow here too. With mistress after betrothal but before marriage. That said, Lucien could also be a total jerkface at times, but that was usually only after Beth had provoked him monstrously.