An Unwilling Bride (The Company of Rogues Series, Book 2) [NOOK Book]

Overview

The Duchess of Belcraven committed a folly, and bore her husband another man's child. But Lucien was a third son, so all was patched over.

Then the two older boys drowned, leaving disaster.

Now, over twenty years later, the duke learns he has a legitimate daughter—Beth Armitage, a child of his blood—and ...
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An Unwilling Bride (The Company of Rogues Series, Book 2)

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Overview

The Duchess of Belcraven committed a folly, and bore her husband another man's child. But Lucien was a third son, so all was patched over.

Then the two older boys drowned, leaving disaster.

Now, over twenty years later, the duke learns he has a legitimate daughter—Beth Armitage, a child of his blood—and he compels Lucien and Beth to marry.

Lucien, now the arrogant ducal heir, is devastated to learn he is not his father's child and that the only way to his fortune is through his unwilling bride: an independent schoolteacher raised in the principles of the Rights of Women.

Can there be any common ground?

AWARDS:
Romance Writers of America RITA Award, Winner
Best Regency Romance, Romantic Times

REVIEWS:
"...vivid and mesmerizing characters . Top notch Regency reading pleasure." ~Romantic Times

"...reading about these two intelligent, strong people was such a treat." ~All About Romance
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614174462
  • Publisher: ePublishing Works!
  • Publication date: 7/11/2013
  • Series: The Company of Rogues Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 4,014
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jo Beverley
The NYT bestselling author of over thirty historical romance novels, all set in her native England in the medieval, Georgian, and Regency periods, Jo Beverley firmly believes that reading should be fun, and every book should leave the reader with a smile. You can find Jo on Facebook at facebook.com/jo.beverley and at wordwenches.com where she blogs regularly.

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 June 25, 2002

    Domestic violence is somehow romantic?

    The male lead in this book, Lucien (a marquess -- son of a duke) finds out that his mother had an affair with another man, resulting in his birth. His legal father, the duke, who has been cold and unemotional toward Lucien his entire life has now discovered that he (the duke) has an illegitmate daughter. In order to keep the succession 'pure' he blackmails this daughter, Beth, into marrying Lucien and bearing children. The duke does so by threatening with ruination the school her adoptive mother runs (and therefore Beth and Aunt Mary will become destitute). Lucien is threatened with the withdrawl of all unentailed properties. It's actually a pretty standard Regency fare except for two features: Beth is quite a 'bluestocking' -- in fact she is a proponent of the 'radical' writer Mary Wolstencroft (which has no bearing on the story except to create forced tension since Beth willingly abnegates every principle Wolstencroft espouses on women's rights, inc. the right to safety, once Lucien says he loves her). The second feature is the regular employment of threatened or real physical violence against Beth by Lucien. He does in fact put his hands around her throat at one time and on another occasion 'backhands' her across the room. This absolutely ruined the book for me and I would urge no one to read it unless you are a wife abuser looking for new ways to intimidate your victim. I don't understand why anyone in this day and age would write such a blatant justification for domestic violence (of course Lucien is 'sorry', of course Beth instantly forgives him and thinks he will never do it again and tells everyone she 'fell') in a 'romance' novel. I find it quite disturbing that the author and publisher reissued this book intact, without changing any of the violence in the original version. Reading about a female lead being abused is not romantic. In fact, the story is in some ways a case study of what happens when a vital, intelligent, educated woman is put into a situation where she is abused -- she loses all integrity and self respect and identifies with her accuser. Whatever happened to her passion for Wolstencroft and her defense of the rights of women to happiness and safety? Gone, gone, gone, along with human dignity and skin free of bruises. And Beth is not the only one to do this -- Lucien's parents have been estranged since his birth and after 20+ years his mother makes the first move to reconcile. The father confesses that he had never come back to her bed for fear that she would have another son and he would have to kill Lucien or otherwise make him disappear (but in the same breath goes on to say that he loves Lucien). Her response to that is , 'oh that's ok, I don't think you would have done it and it's moot anyway since I'm past menopause now.' They they rush off to bed. Let me get this straight -- a man who has emotionally abused your son has now confessed that he would planned to kill him or make him disappear for the sake of a pure succession and your response is 'Let's have wild sex?' Stop, don't buy this book.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Is any woman really this stupid??

    Ms. Beverley's writing is really good - but, hopefully in real life, we will never meet such a "ninny" as Beth! Here is a character who believes herself to be a bluestocking and is one of the biggest fools I have encountered in a Romance novel (and, since I read all the time, that is saying quite a lot). In fact, she gives womankind a bad name, IMHO!! Her husband should have just left her and gone to see his mistress - how could any man put up with such a STUPID woman - who believes herself to be quite intelligent, by the way!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    I love this book!!!! I am extremely happy that it is now availab

    I love this book!!!! I am extremely happy that it is now available as an eBook. I know many people have problem with Lucien and his aggressive behavior. However, that one flaw does not in any way ruin this book.  

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011

    This book was the worst I've read

    There were no grounds for romance. Throughout the entire book the two characters matched wits and argued. It was awful and with 30 pages left to read there is nothing that is entertaining in it whatsoever. I can't imagine the last pages will somehow make the book a good read. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. I don't know how it even got published.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2005

    Outstanding...

    One has to get to know Lucien first in AN ARRANGED MARRIAGE in order to understand him. He's a great guy, blessed - and sometimes - cursed - with exceptionally good looks, who has some growing up to do, which he does, with Beth's help.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2004

    Another view

    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 the author was going with the story. There could have been a better discription of Beth, because rarely do beautiful men marriage plain women and fall in love so desperately. Overall, it is a good book because Ms. Beverly put a lot of heart ache in her writing as if she was trying to involve the reader.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2002

    Outstanding! Zero Points for Violence & Aristocratic Arrogance

    Any fan of the Company of Rogues will love this book. Some of the Rogues are active in the story and the plot(s) is interesting. Lucien's temper was out of hand, though. Not sure why JB made him so tempermental! Beth forgave Lucien a little too quickly for striking her, although she understood why he nearly lost his mind there, but she came close to putting the blame on herself! As for beauty-thank God Beth was confident in her appearance. Most acquaintances of the de Vaux family made it clear that her lack of beauty made her less than acceptable. Lucien, being one of the most handsome men ever created, was guilty of this in the beginning, too. His friends were not. They loved Beth immediately and saw in her what took Lucien forever to see...but once he did, his true personality came through. He was charming and wonderfully intelligent. The reader wasn't simply told this, JB proved it to us by using many classic quotes. I liked that Lucien's friends were able to tease him about his good looks and wealth. Nicholas Delaney was a delight; he was actually more talkative and relaxed here than in his own story. I'm glad we got a follow-up of him and Eleanor and the baby. I was curious to know how their lives would turn out. I didn't think Blanche (Lucien's ex-mistress) should have questioned Nicholas so boldly in his own house, in front of his wife, about a past mistress. Nicholas, ever calm, handled it well, but Eleanor came off looking foolish. Remember: Fans of the Rogues, beginning with AN ARRANGED MARRIAGE of course, will love and understand these characters very well.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    charming

    a good read, I didn't want it to end.

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    Mildly interesting

    I was a little disappointed that this book did not have the rythym of the first book, but I did enjoy revisiting the characters. I love series novels especialy when each one leaves me pining for the next. I will buy #3 to see if it lives up to par.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Great

    I love any book Jo Beverley writes and this one is no exception. The Company of Rogues series has been full of entertaining men and the unique woman they come to love. Lucian and Beth's story was frustrating at times but also intriguing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Very good book.

    Lucien and Beth did not really want to be together but they were. The enfolding story tells a lot about how society viewed women in their day and how Beth got around it, bringing Lucien-now her loving husband-along with her. I very much enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    NO!

    The hero of this book is not a hero at all. He handles Beth like he has no sense & of course she takes it like a dumb ass. There is nothing about either one of them to be recommended, this book was a waste of $$$$$.:(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    A must read

    I loved this book. Lucien and Beth were a great ismatched pair. At times I wanted to strangle Beth, wondering how more inept, silly and nieve the author was going to make her, but soon realized without this type character the story line wouldn't have been asgood

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