An Arranged Marriage

An Arranged Marriage

by Jo Beverley

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An Arranged Marriage by Jo Beverley

"A born storyteller." —Mary Jo Putney

"Arguably today's most skillful writer of intelligent historical romance." —Publishers Weekly

Eleanor Chivenham has never put much stock in her feckless brother, but even she didn't imagine he would stoop so low as to destroy her reputation. Because of his greedy schemes, Eleanor is forced into a hasty wedding. But marriage to the mysterious Nicholas Delaney, with his casual elegance and enigmatic smile, promises more than she bargained for...

For the sake of family honor, Nicholas agreed to wed a wronged lady. But such chivalry runs counter to his carefully wrought image of a ruthless rogue—the guise so vital to his secret mission. He hopes to keep his new wife in the background until a spy is trapped, but Eleanor's beauty and wit put her at the forefront of his thoughts, his will, and the desires of his heart. . .

"A splendid love story!" —RT Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420128994
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Series: Company of Rogues Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

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 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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.
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.
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.
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!
H_McAndrew More than 1 year ago
I did like this book, but the story was a little sad.  It took a very long time (almost until the very end) for anything happy to happen to the heroin.  Im hoping that the next book has a bit more of a happy outlook.  I understand these types of things happened regularly in regency times but I think the reason for regency romances are not for a history lesson, but because the unusual happens and love is found were it is not often found.  
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.