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Marriage of Convenience into true love?


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Initial post: 19 Jan 2012, 00:33:12 GMT
Janeway69 says:
Hi...anyone know of any marriage of convenience novels where the couple then slowly fall in love...I don't mind the era. thanks xx

Posted on 19 Jan 2012, 02:15:22 GMT
Georgette Heyer - 'A Civil Contract' and 'A Convenient Marriage' although most fans of romance have already read the complete works of Heyer anyway. If you haven't then get ready to fall in love yourself with the definitive regency author! (But just to let you know I don't think a civil contract is her best work.)

Also Mary Balogh's Slightly Married.

The few Mills and Boon books that I've tried all seem to follow this storyline - must be a popular one - but M&B not really my cup of tea. If you've got a local library though they usually have at least a shelf or 2 of M&B, harlequin etc so you could go and browse through them- i'd bet good money that you'd find at least five books with this same plot. Sorry can't be more specific with titles.

Posted on 22 Jan 2012, 17:22:40 GMT
Kitty says:
If you can find them - this is a theme for many of Betty Neels's novels

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2012, 22:05:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jan 2012, 15:11:07 GMT
LEP says:
Try:
www.likesbooks.com
All about Romance - Marriages of Convenience
There's a list/lists of authors in all periods of history and up-to-date.

I found it via Google. So if you can't get at it via www. then go onto google search an type in marriages of convenience romances.

Posted on 10 Feb 2012, 21:31:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Feb 2012, 21:36:52 GMT
JJ Joseph says:
In the Poldark series, Ross Poldark, a soldier returning from war, takes in a scraggly, aggressive, waif of 13 as a kitchen helper. They slowly come to know each other and he marries her at about 17 to correct an awkward situation. The gossips in the village are really going on about them at this point, but he stays with her - and she with him. It's a very touching epic. There's about 8 or more books in the series, but also DVD & Kindle versions. I've watched the DVDs several times, and now I'm reading the books. I can't leave them alone!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2012, 20:33:40 GMT
LEP says:
Dark Obsession - Allison Chase

Posted on 12 Feb 2012, 08:41:36 GMT
Polly says:
You could try Undeniable Rogue by Annette Blair (ignore the cheesy looking cover). It has some really lovely charaters in it.

Widowed, penniless Sabrina Whitcomb isn't looking for romance. What she needs is a husband, and she knows well enough that romance and matrimony aren't always compatible. While providing for her twins and the child she now carries is paramount, wedding a virtual stranger-even a wealthy one, like Gideon St. Goddard, Duke of Stanthorpe-is no light matter. Sabrina knows the friend who arranged the union would not promise her to a true scoundrel, but one look at her future husband convinces her that he is a shameless rogue. A shockingly handsome and desirable one, at that. Why did he agree to marry her? When Gideon flashes his wicked, seductive smile, the reason hardly matters, but the chance that he'll steal her heart becomes all too real . . .

Posted on 13 Feb 2012, 13:36:36 GMT
Jane E. (UK) says:
Modern. I gave Wife by Agreement - Kim Lawrence 5 stars in my review. Loved it.
Try also The De Santis Marriage by Michelle Reid! Brilliant.

Posted on 14 Feb 2012, 23:45:01 GMT
Janeway69 says:
thank you everyone...this will keep me busy for a while :D x

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2012, 21:50:10 GMT
LEP says:
Christmas Angel - Jo Beverley
Dancing with Clara (and many more) - Mary Balogh
The Wedding Journey - Carla Kelly
Beast - Judith Ivory
Highland Velvet - Jude Deveraux
Warlord - Elizabeth Elliott
Madselin - Nora Lofts
Friday's Child - Georgette Heyer
With this Ring - Carla Kelly
The Marriage Debt - Louise Allen
The Perfect Stranger - Anne Gracie
Devil in Winter - Lisa Kleypass
Sunset Embrace - Sandra Brown
Yankee Wife - Linda Lael Miller
Rourke's Wife - Beverley Barton
Bond of Hatred - Lynne Graham

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2012, 08:46:56 GMT
Never mind novels, I can think of a number of real life examples of this. Edward I 'longshanks' and Isabella of Castille are a notable example. John of Bedford and Anne of Burgundy, even Henry Tudor and Elizabeth of York.
It actually was not that unusual for couples who entered into arranged marriages of convenience to grow to love one another in time.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2012, 17:50:55 GMT
LEP says:
The Maiden's Heart by Julie Beard

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Mar 2012, 20:31:01 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Mar 2012, 20:31:18 GMT
LEP says:
Eloisa James - When Beauty Tamed the Beast

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2012, 01:50:32 GMT
M. Allani says:
In Monica Ali's Brick Lane, they kind of fall in love. It's very wry and contemporary

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2012, 01:52:31 GMT
M. Allani says:
Poldark! It makes me so nostalgic. In my schooldays, I couldn't wait for the each episode of the brilliant tv series!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2012, 20:29:40 GMT
LEP says:
Mary Balogh - A Temporary Wife/A Promise of Spring

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2012, 18:41:17 GMT
LEP says:
Caroline Linden - Blame it on Bath

Posted on 19 Mar 2012, 15:39:11 GMT
My Jones says:
You might want to try my new offering, not so much a marriage of convenience but certainly a reluctant bride.Vengeful Lord, Defiant Lady

Posted on 23 Mar 2012, 10:47:30 GMT
Betty Bloggs says:
Marrying MaxA fake engagement story which is really cute.

Posted on 23 Mar 2012, 13:48:51 GMT
A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacClean
Meet me at Midnight by Suzanne Enoch
Brighter than the Sun by Julia Quinn
The Temporary Wife by Mary Balogh

Posted on 4 Apr 2012, 22:02:13 BST
Star7804 says:
A marriage of convenience by Doreen Owens malek

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2014, 22:26:54 GMT
LEP says:
georgette Heyer - The Talisman Ring

Posted on 8 Feb 2014, 23:12:02 GMT
1D82 Many says:
I really enjoyed A Bargain Bride. (Historical Western A Bargain Bride (Brides of Liberty, Texas)) It's fun and a sexy with an evil underplot that really creeped me out. These are a series but you can read alone too.
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