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Not Quite Married (Bantam Books Historical Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Betina Krahn
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Left alone on the family estate, headstrong Brien Weston has learned to manage for herself. But when she becomes too independent for her noble father’s tastes, he orders an arranged marriage “for her own good.” Taking matters into her own hands, Brien discovers that what makes a woman truly ineligible for marriage is marriage itself. So how does a woman acquire a husband . . . who won’t really be a husband?

Having rejected his own father’s title and fortune, shipbuilder Aaron Durham vows to find a way to finance his dreams. But what is a charming scapegrace to do when a desperate young lady and a small fortune fall into his lap . . . with a shocking condition attached?

One irresistible night of passion will change their destinies.  Touch by touch, kiss by kiss, they fall deeper into a love large enough to span continents . . . strong enough to overcome deception . . . and sweet enough to make them forget that they have been.
 


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 362 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (31 Aug. 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1VPG
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #961,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill Read. 13 Sept. 2005
By BattyMumma VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Left alone on the family estate, headstrong Brien Weston has learned to manage for herself. But when she becomes too independent for her noble father's tastes, he orders an arranged marriage "for her own good." Taking matters into her own hands, Brien discovers that what makes a woman truly ineligible for marriage is marriage itself. So how does a woman acquire a husband . . . who won't really be a husband?
Having rejected his own father's title and fortune, shipbuilder Aaron Durham vows to find a way to finance his dreams. But what is a charming scapegrace to do when a desperate young lady and a small fortune fall into his lap . . . with a shocking condition attached?
One irresistible night of passion will change their destinies. Touch by touch, kiss by kiss, they fall deeper into a love large enough to span continents . . . strong enough to overcome deception . . . and sweet enough to make them forget that they have been.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Convoluted reissue 13 Sept. 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I can't say the book didn't hold my interest, but I can say I won't be re-reading it. It's a very convoluted story, with multiple marriages (one of which would have been illegal, so it was rather silly to threaten the heroine with it in the first place). I really liked the hero, but the author doesn't seem to have a grasp on how primogeniture works, or on how titles descend, which bugged me. He couldn't be disinherited by his father, and he couldn't renounce the title. He could choose not to use it, but he couldn't bestow it on his brother. Simply didn't work that way. Yet another case of the writer bending history to suit her story line . . . I was also really put off by the heroine's father. He vacillates from loving dad to abuser who rules with an iron fist and back again so many times it made my head spin.

I won't say don't buy it, but I also can't really recommend it. I certainly won't be buying anything else by this author.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe not Krahn's best book, but still a fun read 19 Oct. 2004
By M. Garrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Unlike most of Krahn's books, I had to pick this one up a few times to really get into it. I have to admit, though, that may have been as much because of the cover as the writing. I loved 'The Husband Test' and the two books that followed, and picked this book after those.

As I said, it took me a few chapters to get into it, but once I did, I really enjoyed it. While I don't know that I'd necessarily read it again and again, I definitely put it back on my bookshelf to keep rather than out with the pile for the used book store -- something which not many mass market books achieve in my household.

Like most of Krahn's books, the strength lies in the incredible tension between the different characters, the depth of the emotion, and Krahn's ability to portray independent women while still retaining an incredible amount of historical accuracy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good But Not Great 24 Nov. 2004
By KE Foley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If this is your first Betina Krahn book and you weren't impressed, don't give up on this author. I am a HUGE Betina Krahn fan, and I picked this particular book up after I had already read her Marriage Test series. It was like reading a different author and I nearly put it down several times. The heroine's actions in marrying and bedding the hero weren't plausible and overall this book had a darker tone than her others. However, Betina Krahn has such a way with words that you're drawn in, in spite of the weaknesses. This book was previously published in 1983 as RAPTURE'S RANSOM, so I'm just chalking it up as a work written by a younger, less experienced writer. Her more recent books are absolutely wonderful, and they're keepers in my library. If this is the only book by Krahn that you've read, then try one of her others, like THE HUSBAND TEST -- you're in for a real treat.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mediocre for Krahn 30 Mar. 2005
By S. Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While this book would be quite good for some authors, it's definitely mediocre for Krahn. There are excellent moments, but the twists and turns are repetitive and almost comical at inapproproate moments. The villains are inconsistent and most are too easily dealt with. The roadblocks are sometimes contrived and not worthy of the weight given them. Brien's father's character alters according to the role he needs to play in the plot. Krahn's descriptions of Aaron's enthusiasm for the opportunity in America is marvelous, though, as are some of the moments for the romantic leads.

It's an okay read, certainly better than many, but it has too many faults to be a must read and it's certainly not a must buy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not at her best! 12 April 2007
By Tobi2772 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ms. Krahn has the potential of being an outstanding romance writer. This book has everything necessary to make an excellent story...and yet everything just misses. The story has too many incongruities to make it truly enjoyable.

Brien is another one of those silly heroines who acts first and never bothers thinking, or only thinks along absolutely crazy lines. After her father's outrage at her firing the head of the stables in his absence, she fears for her independence. She meets the man anyway and is smitten with the frenchman until she hears of his past and future plans for escapade and takes off. One of her servants finds a man in a tavern who is willing to make a quick 1000 gbp. They marry and withdraw to have one night (or hour) of glorious passion so that she will not be forced to marry against her will. Can anyone follow this train of logic? I couldn't.

Anyway, the shipbuilding errant misunderstood son of an earl, does the deed so he can finish his ship. After that he doesn't believe he'll ever see her again. In the meantime, Brien's plan is foiled due to a fire at the chapel where she was married and her inevitability in proving she's married. Her father's plan to marry her off to the frenchman goes forward and after her being imprisoned and him dying in a fire, Brien moves back to her fathers place and they begin to have a real relationship.

I couldn't keep up with the wayward storylines or the believability of the characters; and I truly couldn't stand Brien. A worthless character when she could have been much more personable.

Long story short...they end up happily ever after in America.
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