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Slightly Married Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Historical romance maven Balogh (A Summer to Remember, etc.) falls back on the oft-used marriage of convenience formula for her first Bedwyn family installment, but what this whimsical Regency-era romance lacks in originality, it more than makes up for in character and execution. Having promised a dying officer that he'll protect the man's sister "no matter what," Col. Aidan Bedwyn calls on Eve Morris to offer his condolences and aid. Still in mourning over the death of her coal miner father a year earlier, Eve now stands to be turned out onto the street due to a peculiar condition of her father's will. Only by marrying can she save her home, which she shares with several orphans, an impoverished aunt and a staff composed mainly of outcasts. Ever one to honor his promises, Aidan proposes, and Eve accepts. The two plan to separate after saying their vows, but Aidan's eldest brother, the Duke of Bewcastle, insists that Eve be presented to the queen. To Aidan's amazement, Eve proves she has the mettle to stand up to his haughty family. Believable complications and an intriguing clash of personalities ensure the story never grows stale, and Balogh's quirky supporting characters-including Eve's gutsy housekeeper and Aidan's formidable aunt-sprinkle the tale with homespun humor.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Readers will be delighted with Balogh's new series that features the half-dozen members of the Bedwyn family first met in A Summer to Remember. In Slightly Married, the second Bedwyn son, Colonel Lord Aidan, journeys to Ringwood Manor to honor the dying request of one of his men: Aidan is to impart the news of his death directly to his sister, and protect her. Eve Morris does need protection. The death of her brother less than a year after her father's will leave her and her entire entourage of "lame ducks" homeless. To protect her Aidan proposes a marriage of convenience, but soon the secret is out and Eve must take her place as a member of the ton. Diana Tixier Herald
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Aiden is such a wonderful character. He is a Colonel, the brother of a Duke (the best of all Dukes, the Duke of Bewcastle), and duty is his middle name.
He is so adorable because he is so stiff, he is as subtle in his conversations as an anvil, but he is so honorable, so kind. He is one of those gems that shines bright below, but needs to be explored and polished. For reasons you will find out reading the book, he has hidden all his joyful and friendly personality behind walls and walls of seriousness.
Eve is a heart with a person and not the other way around. She loves intensely, she helps those around her, she cannot stand to witness pain without jumping to help.
Her house is full of outcasts, including a dog with only one eye and three legs.
She is a daughter of a former coal miner that became extremely rich after marrying the mine owner’s daughter.
Their worlds were universes apart. In regular circumstances they would have never met.
But her brother was a Captain (Captain Percival Morris) in the army, and one day have saved Aiden’s life and, by return, earned a credit of honor.
When the Captain is dying, he asks Aiden to go tell his sister about his death personally and to be sure to protect her “no matter what”.
Turns out the only way Aiden can protect Captain Morris’s sister is by marrying her.
Not happy at all by the prospect, but feeling honor bond to do it, Aiden ends up marrying Eve with an agreement to leave her after the wedding and not keep any contact.
But life had other plans, and also the Duke of Bewcastle...
Beautifully written romance, full of angst, confusion, admiration, friendship and love.
Mary Balogh is such a gifted writer. What a joyful read!
This is the book that changed it. I loved most of the characters, the heroine is human and fell in love before. The Hero is dour, but good hearted and as he spends time with the heroine, he comes to smile. His brother is a major impetus in this book and is an imperfect high handed man who means well. There are so many good men in this book even the Reverend Puddles made me swoon a bit.
I'm off to read the next book in the series no matter how much it costs.
After reading the last of this series first -- Slightly Dangerous (because it was the highest rated on goodreads.com) -- I'm now going back to read the entire series. This family is that compelling.
And, this is not just another marriage-of-convenience story; there are external as well as personal pressures that lead the characters to find love with one another. Along the way, we're introduced to the entire Bedwyn family, and they are a handful, to say the least.
Balogh also creates an intriguing cast of secondary characters, in the heroine's cobbled together "family" of lame ducks. You can't help but love all of them.
Aidan is delicious. His transition from taciturn soldier concerned only with Duty to loving Papa is especially touching.
So, I'm off to explore the next chapter!
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