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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book; Reissue edition (Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451214234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451214232
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 680,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This book tells the story of Damaris ( the girl rejected by Ashart in the previous book ) and Ashart's companion.
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JO Beverley never fails
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
every romance fan deserves to be gifted with such a novel... 3 Feb. 2005
By tregatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Every romance reader deserves to be gifted with a novel like "A Most Unsuitable Man" every now and then -- a novel where the hero is honourable and thrilling, the heroine is intelligent and determined and where the romance is both passionate and poignant. A follow-up of "Winter Fire," this is, for me anyway, one of the best romance novels that Jo Beverly has written to date.

Damaris Myddleton has just inherited her ruthless father's fortune. And having lived quietly in the country near penury all these years, has decided that what she wants is to belong to the glittering world of the aristocracy. But in order to do that she would have to marry a titled gentleman. And after careful consideration, she settles on the impoverished Marquess of Ashart. Except that Ashart, having fallen in love with his aunts' companion, Genova Smith, opts to marry Genova instead, much to Damaris' humiliation. Now she must look for some other impoverished aristocrat to marry. Definitely she shouldn't waste any time of Ashart's good friend, Mr. Fitzroger. An adventurer, with a scandalous past and no money, Mr. Fitzroger is exactly the sort of person she should avoid. Except for the fact that he seems to understand her completely, that he makes her pulses and has agreed to stand her friend. Thrown together by unforeseen circumstances, Damaris and Fitzroger find themselves working together to untangle a tantalising secret; and the more Damaris comes to know Fitzroger, the more she begins to wonder about her plan to marry a title. After all, shouldn't an heiress be able to buy what she wants? And if she should want an adventurer who fires her blood and who matches her in intelligence and temperament, what's to stop her...

I've always preferred Jo Beverly's Georgian romances to her Regency-ear ones. Perhaps it's because she's given her Georgian heroes and heroines different temperaments from her Regency ones. Somehow, her Georgian heroes usually expect the heroines to be intelligent and independent and courageous, and all bent out of shape if the heroine actually has a thought in her head! This was definitely the case in "A Most Suitable Man." Damaris and Fitzroger were (obviously) a perfectly matched pair: Fitzroger was noble and honourable, while Damaris was determined and courageous. Each appreciated the other's sterling qualities, and worked well together to achieve their goal. And this, more than anything else, raised the passionate romance that developed between them to the level of a "once-in-a-lifetime-love." So that all in all, I'd vote this as a romance novel not to be missed, and a definite keeper.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
"What does any lady want, more than a handsome hero?" 10 Feb. 2005
By ellejir - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jo Beverley is a prolific writer and I have read *a lot* of her books; I think that "A Most Unsuitable Man" is perhaps my favorite. This story is an off-shoot of the Georgian period Malloren series (although other Malloren family members are in this book, everyone except for Rothgar is just wallpaper.) I *loved* both the hero and the heroine in this book and the plot was definitely a page-turner.

Damaris Myddleton is the daughter of a wealthy merchant who was "little better than a pirate" and an heiress with a mission--to marry as high up in the aristocracy as her vast fortune will allow. After single-mindedly pursuing the cash-strapped Marquess of Ashart, she suffers the humiliation of having Ashart publicly announce his betrothal to his aunt's beautiful but impoverished companion, Genova Smith, at the Malloren family Christmas celebration. To hide her shame, Damaris tries to flee Rothgar Abbey only to be stopped in her foolish flight by Ashart's friend, Octavius Fitzroger. Fitzroger is a handsome, penniless adventurer with a scandalous past--"most unsuitable" husband material but sooooo attractive and supportive that Damaris finds herself drawn to him.

Fitzroger is a first-class hero--honorable, intelligent, brave, and gorgeous. Only barely tolerated in society because of a *very* scandalous incident in his youth, Fitz is a loyal friend to Ashart and is secretly acting as his bodyguard. Damaris is not your run-of-the-mill heroine. An unabashed social climber who has had her lawyers draw up dossiers on eligible, impoverished peers, she goes after what she wants with impressive single-mindedness. When Fitzroger surprises her with a kiss, she surprises him right back by pushing him down and kissing him *very* thoroughly. She is a smart, passionate, determined young lady and I liked her alot. Charmingly, Damaris and Fitz are attracted to qualities in each other that other people tend to overlook or find unattractive.

The story moves along well with sub-plots of attempted murders and undisclosed royal marriages, but the book is truly about Damaris coming to realize that what she really should use her fortune to pursue is her own heart's desire.

In summary, this is an exceptionally good Georgian period romance with a compelling hero and heroine. I usually don't like pictures of the hero on the cover of my books (because they are nearly always so very cheesy), but I have to admit the cover model on this one is a hottie.

Highly recommended.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
fine Georgian romance 25 Jan. 2005
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
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In 1763 wealthy Damaris Myddleton is stunned when Marquess Ashart proposes to poor companion Genova Smith instead of her. She had set her sights on him and thought he would marry her if for no other reason than he needs money. Realizing she made a fool of herself, she flees, but is stopped by Ash's pal impoverished former soldier Octavius Fitzroger, who persuades her to hold her head up high. She turns to her host Lord Rothgar, family patriarch and asks him to be her guardian instead of the elderly avaricious Henry Malloren; he agrees with the stipulation that she serve as companion to Genova.

Rothgar also hired Fitzroger to keep Ash safe from an unknown assailant. As Fitz watches over Ash and Damaris spends time with Genova, they become acquainted and begin to fall in love, which interferes with his task. It helps though frustrates Fitz that she wants a title so he is A MOST UNSUITABLE MAN for a social climber like her.

The latest Malloren tale is a fine Georgian romance but readers at first will be very cold towards the heroine until she is endangered. The story line is fast-paced on two sub-plots that of the romance between Fitz and Damaris and the attempts to kill Ash. Jo Beverley effortlessly brings these two themes together along with the return of cast from previous novels into a finely honed historical.

Harriet Klausner
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Sing like a lark - we all need a Hero! 1 July 2005
By Kotori - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ah! Taming of the Shrew?

Not quite, but close enough.

Damaris, (lovely name) last seen shrieking & threating in the original book has a wonderful background to unveil as a plausible explanation for her grasping behaviour.

Her father was a merchant and varment of the high seas, and Damaris unabashedly shares his piratical tendencies. A girl after my own heart - in fact, just as ungracious at accepting a compliment. Applauded on her name, Damaris states baldly, "it means heifer in Greek". ..

So, likeable although occasionally dense heroine, handsome and clever hero - oh yes, a little about him. Fitzroger is a bit of a henchman for the redoubtable Malloren Duke, as well as being the good friend and sometime hanger-on for the man Damaris had planned to marry, Ashart.

Terribly honorable, not a bit servile and a wonder with the rapier!

And the plot, the plot the plot. Well... Damaris has been a bit of a vixen in the previous book and now must overcome her somewhat nasty reputation to make a suitable match. Being the girl she is, she determines to make the best match she can ie, the highest title she can purchase and has the notion to buy a Duke.

Reality steps in the way a little when she must realise that she doesn't in fact want a Duke, and there are plenty of obstacles to be overcome, such as a lurking menace which Fitzroger is meant to guard against.

And we all know how the heroine must fall in love with her guard!

kotori 2005
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Wonderfully delightful 18 May 2006
By nodice - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
4.5 stars. This is my first book by this author and it won't be my last. I found AMUM a delightful read with interesting storylines-both the main plot and the sub-and even when things cradled the line of unbelivablity, it was still entertaining. In truth the only thing I was confused on was the whole Prince Henry Stuart plot. We went through so much to unearth the truth and the very thing we feared is confirmed and then...nothing. That whole line of intrigue was completely anti-climatic. It looks like I'm in the minority when I say I liked Demaris (didn't care for the name though) I liked the fact that she was no great beauty AND she wasn't a martyr. The last thing another historical romances need is another martyr. I didn't understand the thirst for a title-but then again maybe it was the pirate in her. Fritz was chrismatic enough and he did all the right things. But no--they didn't blow me away as a couple-but I wasn't turned off by them either. Overall: a very good read.
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