An Unwilling Bride (The Company of Rogues Series, Book 2): Regency Romance

An Unwilling Bride (The Company of Rogues Series, Book 2): Regency Romance

by Jo Beverley

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". . . what distinguishes Beverley's writing is the depth of compassion and human understanding." ~Kim E Power

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?

From The Publisher: Author Jo Beverley is known for her consumate attention to historical detail that wisks the reader back in time to a near first-hand experience. Fans of Regency romance and historical British fiction set in the 19th century, as well as readers of Jess Michaels, Mary Balogh, Christi Caldwell, Stephanie Laurens, Madeline Hunter and Mary Jo Putney will want to read every book by Jo Beverley.

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

"...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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614174462
Publisher: ePublishing Works!
Publication date: 07/11/2013
Series: Company of Rogues Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 8,585
File size: 831 KB

About the Author

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 and at where she blogs regularly.

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 Unwilling Bride (The Company of Rogues Series, Book 2): Regency Romance 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The so-called hero if this novel back-hands his "beloved" and all is excused, as long as he PROMISES never to do it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous 6 months ago
A good readf. i enjoy the story line, intelligence of the characters (strong women included), with some romance thrown into the mix. One of my choice g!o to authors
Anonymous 7 months ago
Jo Beverley has done it again, brought forth another fascinating chapter in the story of the Company of the Rogues. This is Lucian, Marquess Arden's story of an unwilling bride. I found at times I was not at sympathy with either character, they were so frustrating, but perhaps that was Ms Beverley's point. The only criticism I could find with this very well done story was that perhaps the battle of wills lasted a little too long. Enjoyed reencountering old friends from past books and teasers for sequels. Great plot, interesting new characters and locations. Beth and Blanche will be great additions to the Rogues.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Not sure who I was more disappointed with Beth or Lucien. I'm all for forgiveness but that was too easy for him. I didn't believe their romance either. I didn't think it was well developed. They were adversaries then all of a sudden in love? Not likely. I did like the background story with Deveril though.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Really good story. I gave it a 4 star instead of 5 because the hero hits the heroine. I had a hard time with that.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never given a book one star before. The male lead in this book was rotten. I would not want anyone reading this book to think spousal abuse is acceptable/forgivable. It was in no way a romance after that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed several of this author's books, but the first two in this series have not been so great.
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Never a dull moment good read
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TalleyRoss More than 1 year ago
What;s not to love about historical romance? This one had it all! The arranged marriage (under peculiar circumstances), the fashion, the big houses, the gentlemen, and the not so gentle men, the ladies, and the uh...not so ladylike?! This was my first book by Jo Beverly and I wasn't disappointed. I loved the characters. I loved how strong and independent a character Elizabeth was - even though it sometimes got her into trouble. I found Lucian to be entertaining as he insisted on the day's standards for a woman he would marry, but ignored the standards set forth for gentlemen. Both characters were extremely likable. An Unwilling Bride is the second in a series, and that did trip me up just a little bit. There were characters and references to the first book that were not explained sufficiency in this volume to make it totally stand alone. I was curious about the history of the story. (enough so that I am now reading book 1.) Because of not knowing or understanding the history, it made the ending feel long and unnecessary. I am pretty sure if I had read book 1 first, I would not feel that way. Overall a fun historical romp. There are a few steamy scenes, but probably not as much as you would get in a current PG-13 movie. (Did I mention that I loved, loved, loved, the tension between the leading man and lady?) I can see why Jo Beverly has won RITA awards and is known for her historical romances!
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*One of my favorite books..
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This is a very good read and I enjoyed it very much. The entire series is well worth reading1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a good read, I didn't want it to end.
NatalieMH More than 1 year ago
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.