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Product Details

  • Series: Avon Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062023055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062023056
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 2.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The developing romance is a pleasure to witness, with witty banter and racy love scenes. The gradual discovery of Blakeney’s secret shame is genuine and endearing, making him far more than the standard scurrilous scoundrel.” (Publishers Weekly)

Sizzling, addictive, and deeply romantic: Miranda Neville’s novels are a joy to read. (Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author)

You’ll love Miranda Neville’s charming romance, intriguing plot and fresh new voice. (Madeline Hunter)

“Wickedly sexy and just as witty, Miranda Neville is one to watch!” (Lisa Kleypas)

Readers are sure to enjoy the well written and interesting NEVER RESIST TEMPTATION. (Romance Reviews Today)

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They couldn't be more different—but there's one thing they agree on . . .

In London after a two-year exile, Lord Blakeney plans to cut a swathe through the bedchambers of the demimonde. Marriage is not on his agenda, especially to an annoying chit like Minerva Montrose, with her superior attitude and a tendency to get into trouble. And certainly the last man Minerva wants is Blake, a careless wastrel without a thought in his handsome head.

The lights and din of her debutante ball set Minerva's teeth on edge. Surely a moment's rest could do no harm . . . until Blake mistakes her for another lady, leaving Minerva'sguests to catch them in a very compromising position. To her horror, the scandal will force them to do the unthinkable: marry. Their mutual loathing blazes into unexpected passion but Blake remains distant, desperate to hide a shameful secret. Minerva's never been a woman to take things lying down, and she'll let nothing stop her from winning his trust . . . and his heart.


More About the Author

I grew up in southwest England. During my misspent youth I devoured the works of Georgette Heyer, Jean Plaidy and any other historical novels I could lay hands on. As a result I attended the University of Oxford to study history, ignoring all hints that economics might be a more practical subject. I spent several years writing catalogues of rare books and original letters and manuscripts for Sotheby's auction house in London and New York. Much of my time in this job was spent reading the personal correspondence of the famous. This confirmed my suspicion that the most interesting thing about history is people.

I now live in Vermont where I enjoy skiing and writing romances set in Regency England where it hardly ever snows.

Customer Reviews

It was very well written and the characters were fully fleshed out.
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There was just something about this book that captured my attention from the very first page.
Reader Lady
What the reader learns quickly, is that Blake is not really stupid, but likely dyslexic.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mina on March 27, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I would have loved to rate this HRN five stars, because I liked it and I believe the premises for a riveting romance were there. Yet, despite the great potential provided by the interesting main characters and their issues, the first half of the book falls short of all the very things that make a romance novel appealing: the romantic tension is lacking, the characters too tame. At some point the storyline is heavily loaded with historical references and although I appreciate a certain accuracy and consistency in my readings, the "historical element" with all those details about politics and elections were just too much for my "romance-reader" frame of mind.
Luckily, halfway into the novel something clicks in the right way and the storyline stirs in the right direction, giving depth and intensity to a love story that would have been otherwise very shallow. The second half of the book definitely deserves five stars and redeems all the shortcomings of the first part: the steamy love scenes are emotionally charged and extremely sweet. What started as an arranged marriage between two people who loathed each other turns slowly but relentlessly into a heavenly love-match.
Minerva Montrose is a young and pretty debutante at her first season, a typical English rose with an unusual interest in politics. Her highest ambition, in fact, is to marry a young and brilliant politician and help him advance in his parliamentarian career. And instead she gets involved in a scandal that will force her to accept the marriage proposal of a dissolute (and extremely handsome) marquess she utterly detests, Lord Blakeney. The feelings of dislike are mutual, at least in the beginning.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 2, 2012
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I very much enjoyed this book. The last two Regencies I read were basically modern stories with long dresses - very disappointing when I actually love the historical period. This book was a wonderful tonic to those two. It was very well written and the characters were fully fleshed out. I really enjoyed the romance between the hero and heroine, but what I loved most is the historical detail. I loved that being a Duke and a Duchess were talked about as more than an excuse to be rich and have fun. It built a real world with responsibilities and obligations and I loved how the characters' romance developed around those responsibilities. Minnie was independent, smart and ambitious, but within the context of the period. Blake was sensitive. intelligent, not your typical overwhelming Alpha-male, yet he was a strong and attractive male character.

I also really loved the way the characters were complete and well-rounded. Minnie and Blake were flawed, yet likeable. I could see them as real people with their own challenges and dreams. The supporting characters didn't feel paper-thin, but as if they had their own lives off the page I was reading. The sex felt real and it fit into the story. It didn't take over the story. I like spicy books as much as the next person, but I was getting tired of thinly-veiled erotica (not that I don't enjoy erotica, but I read romances for the emotional connection and the story). The sex was part of developing the relationship in this book.

This book was highly enjoyable and I am definitely looking forward to reading more of this author's work.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Claire on April 6, 2012
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I am surprised at the negative reviews of this book. On the other hand, they were what led me to buy it -- I'm so glad I did! It was so much fun to read a story about people who had real preoccupations with the events of their time. Other reviews claimed there were too many names and too much political intrigue -- I couldn't disagree more: there was just enough to allow the story to move forward and for it all to make sense. Political duties were in fact part of life for many members of the aristocracy and the author did a great job describing the burdens and advantages for h/h -- she used a light touch (after all this is a romance novel!) These responsibilities formed who h/h were, how they'd been raised, and gave context for the life they were expected to lead. The heroine is not a girly girl interested in balls and jewelry, she has political ambition and so engages in politics in the only real way possible for women at the time. I thought the author carried the whole thing off beautifully. And the hero had a very serious problem which was well portrayed. The characters' actions made absolute sense and the story held together beautifully. Add to that some good historical accuracy and a sexy romance and it's a wonderful read! If this is a typical Miranda Neville novel, I will read more!
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Larissa on March 31, 2012
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"Confessions From An Arranged Marriage" can be described as a complete and utter waste of time and money. And very irritating.

Minerva is the most annoying, self-serving, manipulative heroine I have ever had the displeasure of finding. She thought she knew everything, and her big dream is to be 'the woman behind the man', or, as I like to call it, 'the snake biting the man's throat and poisoning him'. Really, I can understand ambition, but what I can't understand - or abide - is a character in a Historical Romance who only thinks of herself, and her objectives, never giving a thought to her husband's feelings, aspirations or dilemmas.

Blake, the poor guy, was a nice enough hero. Not the best, but definitely not the worst, either. He was thought to be stupid and lazy by almost everyone, but the reader discovers soon enough that there is nothing dumb about this man, who also turns out to be very sweet and caring.

When the big a-ha-I'm-in-love-with-her moment came, though, all I could ask was 'why'? Why does he love her? I had no idea then, and I have no idea now. There isn't anything remotely lovable about Minerva, and, honestly, I can't even understand how he could even feel lust for her.

Aside from the characters, I have other complaints regarding the overwhelming quantity of politics throughout the book. It takes center-stage instead of just being the backdrop. If I wanted to read about politics, I would have read my textbook, not a Historical Romance. Adding a backdrop for a story is good and makes it closer to the reality (well, as close as it can get anyway), but too much of it is simply overwhelming and boring.
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