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    Jo Beverley(Author)

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"A born storyteller." --Mary Jo Putney

"Arguably today's most skillful writer of intelligent historical romance." --Publishers Weekly

Eleanor Chivenham has never put much stock in her feckless brother, but even she didn't imagine he would stoop so low as to destroy her reputation. Because of his greedy schemes, Eleanor is forced into a hasty wedding. But marriage to the mysterious Nicholas Delaney, with his casual elegance and enigmatic smile, promises more than she bargained for...

For the sake of family honor, Nicholas agreed to wed a wronged lady. But such chivalry runs counter to his carefully wrought image of a ruthless rogue--the guise so vital to his secret mission. He hopes to keep his new wife in the background until a spy is trapped, but Eleanor's beauty and wit put her at the forefront of his thoughts, his will, and the desires of his heart. . .

"A splendid love story!" --RT Book Reviews

"A SPLENDID LOVE STORY!" -- Romantic Times

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  • PDF | 351 pages
  • Jo Beverley(Author)
  • Kensington Publishing; Reissue edition (26 Mar. 2014)
  • English
  • 7
  • Romance

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  • By Guest on 11 April 2017

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  • By Helen Hancox on 6 April 2007

    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. Not only does she approach marriage with her rapist in a surprisingly phlegmatic way, she also seems able to cope with almost anything thrown at her. I found I couldn't believe in her - either that or she's incredibly stupid. The rape doesn't seem to have affected her much - her wedding night goes reasonably well - and this seemed highly unlikely to me. The plot relies on a lot of misunderstandings between Eleanor and Nicholas which are pretty tiresome to read. And, for me, a major flaw in the whole story is Nicholas's behaviour; he's sleeping with Therese Bellaire in order to find out a plot to rescue Napoleon but I found it impossible to consider him a true hero character in the novel because of this. He's married, for goodness sake! Eleanor's bovine phlegmatic nature seems to allow this but I would be spitting mad and as a result I couldn't like Nicholas, who also comes across as heartless and unnecessarily obscure in his speech. There isn't much of a romance in this book, and in fact Nicholas doesn't appear that much in person (he's always with his mistress); it feels as if the romance is purely to make the best of circumstances - they're married so they might as well try to get on with each other.There are some side characters in this book that I liked (no doubt they feature in subsequent novels) but the overall story was a disappointment to me. Historicity is reasonable for an American-authored Regency but the basic story was too irritating and the characters too flawed for true enjoyment.

  • By ELLEN55 on 18 November 2013

    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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