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An Unwilling Bride Mass Market Paperback – Dec 1 2000

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (Dec 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821767240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821767245
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.5 x 17.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,169,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover


Beth Armitage had the life she wanted. Her work as a teacher gave her the independence she always sought and a life free from the shackles of matrimony. Yet after a harrowing meeting with the Duke of Belcraven, Beth found herself caught in a web of aristocratic power -- and engaged to marry his rakish heir, Lucien de Vaux, Marquess of Arden! She was determined to despise her betrothed, but when Arden decided to seduce her, she needed all of her strength to keep from surrendering her heart.


Forced into marriage with a commoner to secure his inheritance, Lord Arden despised the coy bluestocking who would share his bed. Furious at her defiance and her challenges to his authority, he resolved to control her. But soon her wit and her charms threatened his very will -- and his heart... --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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.

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Format: Hardcover
First of all, I purchased this book because the back summary made the book seem passionate and original. I wanted to see what Beth would do with the marriage she is forced into. I thought she would use her wit and intelligence to ensnare her new husband. I thought there would at least be some sexual tension. However this is not the case at all. Beth in fact goes out of her way to make herself unattractive to her future husband, like snipping off her bow from her modcap before she first meets him. This is supposed to make us cheer her on, but I felt more frustrated. The hero, Lucien, is so shallow that without even knowing the character of the heroine, tells her he finds her "unattractive". This is what she wants, but she still feels hurt by his comment (FRUSTRATING!!!). This pretty much happens throughout the whole book. She goes out of her way to seem unaffected by him and he goes out of his way to hurt her. I really don't like the way JB forced the reader to read the interaction between Beth (who we're not even sure Lucien loves) and his mistress Blanche (who JB lets us know he does love). There is absolutely no chemistry whatsoever between Lucien and Beth. Lucien admits even after they are married that he felt no pressing need to make love to his wife. What galls me the most is that there is more passion between Lucien and Blanche than between Lucien and the woman he "loves" Beth. Then there's the back-handed slap. There were many times that JB could have made Lucien feel jealousy towards Beth, but didn't.Instead we are left with the impression that he slaps her because of wounded pride. Strangely this is the first show of any sort of intense feeling toward Beth and it falls flat.There was no justification for it.Read more ›
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First, and most importantly : this book is a REPRINT (from 1992), which the "Product Details" should indicate, instead of a 2011 date. However, I either must have missed it the first time around, or forgotten reading it, because I have read all of the other books in the "Rogues" series. This is the weakest. I am not panning it for the threatening and ultimately violent character of the "hero", though I prefer my romance novels without that element. What bothered me more was that the heroine was the stereotypical "feminist ninny", who purports to hold progressive modernist views about female freedom, but almost immediately "unemancipates" herself and succumbs to a life of contented luxury and patriarchy. Beth gives feminism a bad name. She spends most of the book agonizing over a choice she's already made. It's boring - and the abrupt declaration of mutual devotion that occurs is jarring. As well, the book references two great previous Beverley characters - Nicholas and Eleanor Delaney - against whom Lucien and Beth suffer dramatically by comparison.
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I absolutely loved the book . Lucien de Vaux is a handsome, charming regency buck and Beth Armitage is an intelligent independent school teacher ( commoner)who dislikes the aristocracy. The two are forced into an arranged marriage and the intellectual sparring between the two is perhaps the most interesting part of their romance. Lucien discovers to his great surprise that he is attracted to her mind and sparkling wit and Beth finds herself falling in love with the handsome aristocrat much against her strong beliefs that the aristocracy are frivolous. Reading about how these two unlikely people with all their misgivings from such different backgrounds get to understand each other and fall in love is the charm of the book. I love that the author has created an intelluctual attraction between the two , a refreshing change when most romances are built around physical attraction and beauty. It is nice to see that a man can fall just as hard for a woman's brain.One review I read said that there was no passion between the two , but I felt plenty of it all through the book.I like that they become friends before becoming intimate even after they are married. Hats off to Lucien for his good sense and self control, in befriending her first before the passionate sex.In most of the regency romances, the man just feels it his right to bed his wife whether she is ready or not.This hugely elevated my opinion of Lucien.The scene where he backhanded her was not one of my favorite , but he was really sorry about it and truth be told ,her lie to him at the start of the story was partly responsible for it and Heck, if she could forgive him , why cant we ???.They both change into better persons as they discover their love for each other .Read more ›
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Sigh -- so many readers latch on to one small incident and trash the whole thing because of it, and all without looking at the whole. As to the issue of abuse, Jo Beverley is known for dealing with difficult and sometimes uncomfortable (to be kind) issues. Abuse is one of the issues addressed in "An Unwilling Bride." Yes, the reader can be rightly concerned about the hero's temper and the one (count 'em, one) time Lucien backhands his wife. I am NOT justifying his behavior, but reading his reaction and all that follows, he seems to be even more upset about it than she is. Lucien is appalled at himself. It is also true that he is at times emotionally cruel to Beth early on, but it is the result of a very serious misunderstanding that she caused and a backlash from his own pain. As unpleasant as that is, it's real; people really do lash out at others when they themselves are in pain, particularly if the other person manges to add to the load. In addition, she is a virago early in their relationship, due in large part to her trying to get out of a marriage she doesn't want. Nevertheless, she is truly obnoxious at times and there is a portion of the book in which the reader may not like either character. Both are dealing with very difficult situations they feel powerless to change, and both have very strong, independent-minded personalities. Friction is inevitable. Moreover, responses that so berate Lucien fail to recognize that people are imperfect; they make mistakes. Odd how Lucien is condemned for one terrible mistake and the rest of his character, which is very fine indeed, is overlooked. At least Beth comes to realize that she started their problems (not "is responsible for his hitting her") and continued to exacerbate them. Like all relationships, both are responsible.Read more ›
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