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An Arranged Marriage (The Company of Rogues Series, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jo Beverley
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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"A SPLENDID LOVE STORY!" -- Romantic Times

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Ruined through her vile brother's schemes, Eleanor Chivenham is offered rescue by marriage to a rake with an infamous French mistress. Eleanor accepts, determined to treat the arranged marriage with cool dignity.

Then she meets Nicholas Delaney. Not only does he stir her senses, but the trouble and pain beneath his smooth exterior reaches her heart.

Nicholas is indeed troubled. While serving his country by seducing secrets out of a French spy, he is persuaded to marry Eleanor to protect his family's honor. But such chivalry runs counter to his carefully wrought rogue image, and extends the life-threatening plots shadowing him to Eleanor.

To assist, Nicholas reassembles the Company of Rogues, a schoolboy group he started years before. But not even they can dampen Eleanor's fighting wit that is quickly unmasking their enemy and testing Nicholas' formidable will.

AWARDS:
Best Regency Novel, Romantic Times
Bookrak Bestseller
RITA, finalist

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"A splendid love story... a veritable feast of delight. Bravo!" ~Romantic Times

ABOUT 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 www.facebook.com/jo.beverley and at www.wordwenches.com where she blogs regularly.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2252 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: ePublishing Works! (12 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DXL9X38
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,707 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jo Beverley writes bestselling historical romance novels. Publishers Weekly declared her "Arguably today's most skillful writer of intelligent historical romance..." Her work has been described as "Sublime!" by Booklist, and Romantic Times declared her to be "one of the great names of the genre."

She was born and raised in England and has a degree in history and American Studies from Keele University. She emigrated to Canada in 1976. In 2008 she returned to England and now lives in Devon. Her novels are set in the medieval, Georgian, and Regency periods and have won five RITAs, romance's top award, as well as many other accolades. She is one of twelve members of the Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame.

She also writes some fantasy and science fiction in novellas and won the Sapphire Award for best SF romance for The Trouble With Heroes.... Her story, The Marrying Maid, was an honorable mention for Best SF of 2010.

For more about her work, please visit http://www.jobev.com

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First in the Company Of Rogues series 6 April 2007
By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book by Jo Beverley that I've read and it's the first of her "Company of Rogues" series, of which she's written many other books. However on reading this book I have some doubts as to how likely I am to want to read them.

This book features Eleanor Chivenham, a lady of 23 who is living with her brother who is a dissolute man - his house hosts orgies and other dodgy behaviour. Eleanor has survived thus far by locking her door at night but one night she's drugged and finds herself being raped by a man - although we are aware that her attacker has also been partially drugged and that he's sleeping with her (and he thinks she's willing) to prove that he isn't gay - which he is. The next morning Eleanor is on her way to drown herself when she is seen by her attacker who tries to look after her, eventually telling her that he isn't her attacker but is his twin. This man, Lord Stainbridge, tells her that he will sort everything out for her and he looks after her and arranges a marriage between her and his twin, Nicholas Delaney, who is returning from France.

So Eleanor finds herself in an arranged marriage with a man she believes is her rapist (although she discovers pretty quickly that it was Lord Stainbridge that did the deed). She then discovers her husband is carrying on with a woman who runs a brothel, Therese Bellaire, and in fact she doesn't see that much of Nicholas because he is away so much of the time, ostensibly on business but she knows it's actually with Therese Bellaire. We are introduced to other members of the Company of Rogues, a gathering of men who met at school, and they take Eleanor under their wing, trying to shield her from the knowledge of what Nicholas is up to.

Eleanor is a truly remarkable - almost unbelievable - character.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really bland 18 Nov 2013
By ELLEN55
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Maybe I have become a really jaded reader but I really cannot understand anyone giving this book more than two stars. It was boring and lacked body. The story idea, as a whole, was not bad but the writing was as bland and boring.
On the fact that he had sex with his 'mistress' for the good of his country, well I can't say I would find many, if any, woman/wives who would say ok to that one.
I forced myself to finish it as I had bought it. OK so I paid only 38p so it was cheaper than buying a sleeping tablet and this book worked a treat when it came to putting me to sleep.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, a great start to the series. 31 July 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having read "Christmas angel" (bk. 3) I couldn't wait to get my hands on the rest of the "Company of rogues" series. I found out about them by other reviews. I have read a few Regency romances & in the most part didn't enjoy them. But this one is totally different.
Elenore was drugged & raped by the Earl of Stainbridge. It is Lionel, Elenore's brother who arranges it so he can blackmail the Earl. Feeling guilty about what happened he goes back to the house. He finds Elenore escaping & about to commit suicide. She recognises him as her attacker but he lies & tells her is was his twin who has left the country in the night. He then writes to Nick telling him he has found him a wife, Elenore & that he must marry her or he would be cut-off. Nick comes home & does as Kit tells him. He marries Elenore. Elenore finds out the truth about the rape on the night of her wedding. Nick knows there may be a baby on the way by his brother, but that doesn't stop him making love with his wife.
In the mean time Nick is embroiled in a Napoleonic plot or so he thinks. It is a plan by his mistress to get her revenge on him for leaving her 2 years before. Therese's behaviour is totally ruthless. She kidnaps his wife. She watches Nick as he destroys any love Elenore felt for him by telling her he is leaving with Therese, knowing Therese is watching & listening, but he says something strange to her & Elenore wonders. Then disapears for months.
A fantastic story. The other rogues are brilliant especially Lucien. I have just started his story & it is expolosive. There are going to be plenty of fireworks in that one.
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*MAJOR SPOILERS* The reviews on this book are proof that readers have completely different tastes in their "romance" novels. Note the parentheses around the word "romance." I, for one, didn't consider this book to be about romance.

To anyone thinking about reading this book, please be aware that the main characters, Eleanor Chivenham and Nicholas Delaney, enter into an arranged marriage because Nicholas' twin, Christopher Delaney, the Earl of Stainbridge (Kit), rapes Eleanor at a party held by Eleanor's brother. Both Eleanor and Kit are somewhat set up - both having been drugged by her brother and his accomplices. The next morning Kit realizes that something dark happened the night before and as he is out walking to try and get his head cleared, he sees Eleanor preparing to jump in the river and drown herself. He stops her from jumping and pleads with her to allow him to try and make things right.

Because Kit prefers men over women, he calls on his twin brother, Nicholas, to come home from Paris and marry Eleanor. Nicholas will do just about anything for his twin so he comes home asap and marries Eleanor and consummates the marriage the first night they are wed. To Nicholas' credit he is very careful with Eleanor and tries his best to make sexual intimacy pleasant in order to help her overcome her fears as a result of the rape. In fact, although the two have nothing except a marriage in name, Nicholas is in some ways everything one could want in a husband. He is kind, considerate, makes sure Eleanor is set up with homes, nice clothes and future finances. However, he makes no commitment to be faithful (unless of course one counts marriage vows).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story, great writer, would highly recommend the complete series from this author.
Published 2 months ago by kizzy
1.0 out of 5 stars The author has no clue
This book was such a disappointment! I don't understant all the five star ratings, really.
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Published 2 months ago by T. K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
enjoyable
Published 3 months ago by Gloria Joynt
4.0 out of 5 stars First read of author
I have never read anything that the author has,wrote and I have liked it very much intrigued with story from beginning and looking forward to next book couldn't wait for next... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer may brigg
5.0 out of 5 stars Need more
Intriguing story you really feel the bond growing between Eleanor and Nicholas , can't wait to read Unwilling Bride " as The arranged marriage "definitely makes you crave more ,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by sheila ode
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Ok
Published 5 months ago by bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely start to an intreging series
Published 5 months ago by Janet Place
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly moderate read
nothing electric.
calmly read, was a bit put out by how ridiculously longsuffering our heroine could be. otherwise it was a pleasant read, nothing special IMO.
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgraceful rapist apologist story
I have read historical romances where the issue of rape is treated far better than this apologist triggering rubbish! The victim is expected here to just swallow every indignity. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Becca James
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Great book, clear story line really enjoyable , would definitely pay for it but I got it free. Bonus !
Published 7 months ago by Keith Newman
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