An Arranged Marriage

An Arranged Marriage

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by Jo Beverley

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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 mysterious Nicholas Delaney, with his casual elegance and knowing


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 mysterious Nicholas Delaney, with his casual elegance and knowing smile, was more than she'd bargained for. He doubtless thought the worst of her, but when society gossip soon told her all about his beautiful French mistress, Eleanor tried to act with the cool dignity required in a marriage of convenience. But how long could she hold out against his undeniable charm—or the secret desires of her heart?

For the sake of family honor, Nicholas Delaney agreed to wed a wronged lady. In truth, such chivalry ran counter to his carefully wrought image of a carousing, dissolute rogue—the guise so vital to his secret political mission. He hoped to keep his new wife in the background until a spy was trapped, but Eleanor's beauty and fighting wit were impossible to ignore. In fact, she presented quite a challenge to his prowess with women—and a test of his formidable will!

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Romantic Times
A splendid love story!

Product Details

Publication date:
Company of Rogues Series , #1
Product dimensions:
4.32(w) x 6.82(h) x 0.98(d)

Meet the Author

Jo Beverley is widely regarded as one of the most talented romance writers today. She is a four-time winner of Romance Writers of America's cherished RITA Award and one of only a handful of members in the RITA Hall of Fame. She has also recieved the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Born in England, she now lives with her husband and two sons in Victoria, British Columbia, just a ferry ride away from Seattle, WA.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 22, 1947
Place of Birth:
Morecambe, Lancashire, UK
Degrees in English and American Studies, Keele University, Staffs, 1970

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An Arranged Marriage 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually like jo beverley, but this book was sad and depressing right up to the end for me. The heroine was badly mistreated by every man in her life, includding tthe so called hero, who cheated on her constantly. I dont admire the wimpy forgiving of everyone who never apologized, including the man who raped her. She was a weak character, and the men not worthy of the word hero.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On of the best books I've read in a long time and I would highly recommend it. This is the type of book that you don't want to put down and I will keep it for future reading pleasure. I look forward to reading more of this author's excellent writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book via B & N I bought for author Jo Beverly. My guess is this is one of her first novels as no others are noted? I read this book hoping for the best. Some of the reviews were good ¿ some a little off. I have to admit I was turned off by the first parts of the book. The rape scene even though not wordy and documented was enough to make me cringe and be unsure of the story line. Make no doubt, this situation can and probably did happen more than any of us knew in history and modern times. But¿it¿s hard to put such a realistic and awful event into a book you want to be a love story. Eleanors own brother set up the incident which was revolting. Then, when Eleanor figures out that it was Christopher and not his twin Nicholas who violated her she didn¿t even have a serious fit of the vapors ( a minimum for those times) when the truth came out. She was upset but, not overly disgusted or angry. She agreed to whatever plans Chris came up with ¿ not an independent and thinking woman there. Nicholas in turn did whatever his twin brother Chris asked ¿ such as marrying the women he violated - even though Nick was clearly the strong, intelligent and dominate brother. Who would just marry their brothers intimate partner, consider taking on a possible pregnant woman and her child as his own and never have many fits of consciousness over such events? This story did not get better for me as time went on. Everyone was just way too accepting of the situation instead of fighting back the right way. The rape scene and resulting child were mentioned too often. I feel this content belongs in modern stories or biographies not love stories meant to take you away to a softer, kinder and more beautiful place. Many reviewers felt Nick was dashing, courageous and wonderful but, I felt he was too wimpy and accepting for me. His actions in some ways could be considered honorable but, in other ways I felt he was a doormat doing what he was supposed to do. Eleanor in turn just seemed to always sit back and let things control her world instead of her being the controller. The two of them seemed often apart and that didn¿t help to make their relationship seem solid and strong. Luck have it¿things did work themselves out but, this just was not a story line I found memorable and tender. It simply did not work for me. I was hard pressed to even give it two stars. Very disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first Jo Beverley book, and by it, I have to say that I harbor no hopes or wishes to continue reading her work. I've been reading romance books for quite some time now, and while I'm no guru on the genre, I believe that this novel lacked so much of what I look forward in a romantic book, thus turning it into what most people believe romance books are--empty words that do nothing but fill a mind with wistful dreams--a little harsh, I know, but 'tis just my belief. First of all, the characters have no depth, the story feels as if it has the narration of a children's book, I don't see any of the descriptive qualities--that of characters' looks, thoughts, in depth feelings--that I look forward to, the whole thing just seems to fly on by extremely fast. Now, right now I'm on chapter four, and can say with confidence that I'll go no further.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To be honest, i enjoyed the book a bit, but it agrivated me that Nick was having sex the entire time with another woman, even though it was for buisness. This slightly grossed me out, and i feel as though Eleanore handled to situation too..... easily? I feel like the story was a little unbelieveable, but over all the book was okay, if you like that sort of thing. :)
GMC11 More than 1 year ago
I love Jo Berverly but I couldn't finish this one. The beginning was poorly written, melodramatic even. Not her usual excellent fare. I'll still buy other books of hers --- some are top shelf keepers, but not this one.
nlmcp More than 1 year ago
I read this book after reading three other books in the series and decided I should check out the first one. I was less thrilled with this one than the other three I read. It's ok. But not the best in the series.
NavyWave62 More than 1 year ago
VERY HARD BOOK TO READ!! Be warned there is a rape scene in the very beginning of the book. I truly had a hard time liking Nicholas, and thought Eleanor forgave him so much to quickly. Yes, he agonized over what he HAD to do, but I felt he got off to easy. This is not your normal romance with only a few bumps in the road, the whole road is very rocky in this story. I love the secondary character's a lot and added a lightness to the story. The lovemaking, is mild, but certainly discussed what is going on more than doing, especially about the mistress. This is not a light read, it is very emotional. I kept trying to remind myself the time period I was reading and not putting my ideas of the 21st Century. (ljb)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had just read a Jo Beverly book, I had liked very much, so I purchased this one. I wish I had not. I found very little to like in this depressing novel. I can not say anything nice about it, other then it was well edited and a nice length. I have gootten more pleasure from cheap toilet paper. Chick lit. Ages 18 and up, due to some adult content. It is pretty bad when the romance and sexual escapades in a hysterical romance, leave the reader yawning. ( yes, I meant hysterical, not historical) AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to find the romance in this book, none of the characters are even likable.  Rape in the beginning followed very quickly by a way too convenient marriage plan that was oddly put together.  The marriage consummated so immediately  there was no time for romance.  For a better review please read  the one posted on Nov. 17, 2005 titled "An Arranged Disaster if you ask me"  I agree with the author of that review wholeheartedly. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok book, but I wanted to punch Nicholas for being a sneaky jerk and slap Eleanor for being a spineless whiner. If u decide to read this book just understand that you will be compleately annoyed through the entire book. This story had the ability to be good, but just never developed. Just happy it was a nook free Friday book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nicholas Delaney is a remarkable hero to introduce as King Rogue. Though the story stretches credibility with his willingness to marry simply to save his twin from doing so, the characters are richly drawn and vivid. You'll want to get to know the entire company. I did. Though not all of the novels are as rich, they are all rewarding. Did I mention that her Georgian Malloren series is marvelous with dashing heros and feisty heroines? Get to know these two series. You will be glad you did.
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I love this series. The characters are interesting and the story has the right blend of heat and suspense. The Company are a great group of equally flawed and fascinating characters.
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I keep hearing bad reviews about this book is it that bad!!!- elesajammer224
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CeCeSG More than 1 year ago
Up front I should say, I have read Jo Beverly before and I enjoyed her books.  This one, however, sharply fell short.  It felt like she wrote this book when she would really have rather been doing something else.  Details were glossed over whole scenes were left out that would have been interesting to me as a reader.  For example, the heroine's new husband goes to confront her no-good brother- we're told he goes to confront him, but do we get to be the fly on the wall for that scene, noooooo.  We're jumped immediately to a scene that sets up for him to have an affair on his new wife with an ex-lover, for his country.  The characters were flat, to the point of boring.  The heroine (whose name I can't remember even though I just sat the book down to right this) is almost completely unemotional.  Most of the story is from her POV, and yet the author has given us no sense of her feelings.  We get her thoughts sure, but it's as though she is an emotional void.  Where is the witty, sharp heroine we were promised in the blurb?  At the beginning of the story I thought perhaps she was in shock after a traumatic rape experience, but no, that is just her all the time.  On that point, I didn't appreciate rape being thrown in and then completely glossed over as though it was no big deal.  Now, I don't usually jump on the "rape is not a plot device!" band-wagon.  However, if it is apart of the story, then give it the weight and seriousness it deserves.  Sure it was brought up, and it seemed the author wanted to give us the sense that she was traumatized but had no idea how to pull that off.  This is again where the lack of emotion from the heroine failed to pull off the story.  Over all the story had the feel of a tour guide who was behind schedule needing to rush you through to try to get back on track.  "And over here we have a rape! And we're walking, we're walking... Just to you're right, we have the hero confronting the villian... No don't stop folks, stay with me, keep moving. To your left is espionage,  And we're walking, we're walking..." So free Friday book or not, I would say, skip it.  Too many books out there to waste my time on a book the author didn't even want to invest time into fleshing out.  With 294 pages on my Nook, I stopped at page 77.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jo Beverly is an author Whose books I I purchase without a second thought.The characters become friends and the plots are fast paced and highly entertaining. Nicholas'patriotic fevor may end his brief marriage as well as end his life. I am in awe of Eleanor's ability to read between the lines as her heart is torn by his bad behavior!
red_riding_hood More than 1 year ago
The book was good enjoy books by author. Some parts were a little slow but overall interesting.
LDB328 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read! Left me with a smile in my heard and on my face. I HAD to buy the next book in the series. Well done Jo Beverley!
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