An Arranged Marriage

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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 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 ...

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An Arranged Marriage (The Company of Rogues Series, Book 1)

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420128994
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Series: Company of Rogues Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 175,487
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jo Beverley

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.

Biography

Jo Beverley is one the few authors writing English-set historical romance who is English. She was born and raised in England, and has a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire. She and her husband emigrated to Canada in 1975 where they raised their two children. In 2009, the couple returned to England.

Though Jo started to write as a young child, it was only in the '80s that she began to think that it was something ordinary people could do, and after a talk at a local library, she settled to seriously writing her first historical romance.

Now, she is the author of over thirty romance novels and many novellas, which have garnered several RITAs from the Romance Writers of America, as well as several awards from Romantic Times, including two Career Achievement awards. She is a member of the RWA Honor Roll, and the RWA Hall of Fame.

Good To Know

Some fascinating outtakes from our interview with Jo Beverley:

"I'm English, born, raised, and educated, which has to contribute to the way I write my books."

"My profession -- once upon a time in another world -- was careers guidance, which involved visiting many different workplaces and learning about the jobs done there. This is a great education in the variety and complexity of life."

"I taught women-centered childbirth classes for 5 years, and that comes out in any childbirth scenes in my books.

"I'm a craft-dabbler, and I've tried most of them, including Tenerife lace, tatting, leatherwork, and stained glass, but I've never stuck with any. However, I once was a very good painter and I've recently decluttered all my craft materials to concentrate on drawing and painting as my artistic therapy for a demented author."

"I grew up in Morecambe, Lancashire, which is a 19th-century seaside town, but that's very close to Heysham, an ancient coastal village. They say the pre-Conquest church there is the oldest one in England still in use and there are stone-age tombs as well. We used to play on an Anglo-Saxon hogs-back stone near the church. I'm sure this easy contact with such ancient things tuned my mind to the past. I set my second book, The Stanforth Secrets, in Heysham, and it will be reissued in 2010." "My indulgences are really good cheese, bread, wine, coffee, and dark, dark chocolate (90% Lindt."

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2005

    An Arranged Disaster If You Ask Me...

    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.

    16 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

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    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.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    On of the best books I've read in a long time and I would highly

    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.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    Not What I Had Expected

    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.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    This was a DNF

    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.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

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    It was ok

    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.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2004

    A True Masterpiece in Romance Writing

    I don't know what it was about Nicholas Delaney but I just fell in love with that character. When he invited the rogues to his house to meet Eleanor, my heart just melted for this guy. He was so sexy, a bit mysterious, and ever the gentleman with Eleanor. The way he looked at her, and his actions, especially with his eyes, made my heart jump. And I respected him for allowing Eleanor into the lives of his friends. Only a unique man like Nicholas would have been comfortable doing that. And although I wouldn't want my marriage tested the way Eleanor's was with Therese, I really believe Nicholas hated every moment with that woman. How could he not? Therese was revolting. The situation Nicholas's twin brother found himself in was unfortunate, but nothing justified raping an innocent girl. However, I thought Nicholas handled his first love scene with Eleanor magnificently. Since Nicholas had no way of knowing whether or not Eleanor might be pregnant by his brother, he and Eleanor married quickly. That way, no one would ever know for sure who had fathered the baby. I think Nicholas did this solely for Eleanor's peace of mind. He was such a wonderful, loving father (in other books in the series) I don't think it would have mattered to him anyway. Only after I'd finished reading this book did I realize that Nicholas and Eleanor were actually apart throughout a goodly portion of this novel. Perhaps that's why the dialogue between them, when it did occur, was so special.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Honestly?

    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. :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2002

    Awesome Book

    Nicholas Delaney is one of the best heros ever created. He has everything; good looks, sensitivity, gentleness, intelligence, loyalty, and yes, troubles. I so enjoyed reading about him in the other Rogue series, especially in AN UNWILLING BRIDE. Since he had less troubles in Lucien's story, he laughed and found humor in a lot of things, which was great, since he was unable to do much of that here because of his work. Eleanor was lovely, the perfect mate for Nicholas, although her brother was a rat.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Dreadful

    The author could be forgiven for writing this rape-tastic fiasco of a Regency as a novice writer in the mid-seventies, but not for releasing it now without any evident attempt at correcting the anachronisms (virginal heroines obsessed with the word "whore", noblemen named "Steve", master bedrooms for all), historical ignorance, and offensive gay baiting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    I just plain did not like this book.

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    I usually don't rate books, which shows how strongly I felt abou

    I usually don't rate books, which shows how strongly I felt about this book. I prefer to read to escape into a happier world and this book was definitely not it. In the opening scenes the heroine is drugged and raped by her own brother, making the story appalling to start out with. Then it irritated me how easily Eleanor could be led to believe that it was Nicholas who raped her, not Kit. Then, once Kit and Nicholas get married, the book is just so slow moving with almost no plot development. I stopped reading when Nicholas made clear he was going to cheat on Eleanor. I almost always finish books, but this one was impossible to get through. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    Hard to find the romance in this book, none of the characters ar

    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. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    ?

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    Loved it! Would highly recommend it!

    Thank you........ Janet Adams! I am so glad you went to her classes and finally finished this first Rogues book. I loved every page of it. Plus you deserved every writing award you received for this wonderful book. You're right about this book though....it's not like any other book I've read lately. I loved all the characters and can not wait to read the rest of the Rogues' stories. I look forward to enjoying many reading hours to come getting to know all the Rogues. Thank you for writing such a GREAT book!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    A fast moving story!

    I enjoyed this book and liked the characters.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2008

    What a marvelous way to start a series

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Wow great read

    Recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    2nd time I have read this and enjoyed it as much as the 1st time.

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  • Posted June 17, 2014

    Wow! This was a great historical romance with a unique storyline

    Wow! This was a great historical romance with a unique storyline. I thought Beverley did a great job of dealing with the fallout from Eleanor's rape and her relationships with her brother, her husband, and her brother-in-law. I felt like there was growth for both Eleanor and Nicholas. I look forward to reading more of this series.


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