©1992 Jo Beverley; (P)2003 Recorded Books,LLC
I am glad I did not go by the few negative reviews. It was a wonderful book and the narrator did a great job, though I was shocked they did not have him redo the scene in the first chapter where he pauses to burp. Lol. It was a story about a woman who gets forced to marry her father’s stepson. Since she is illegitimate and he is actually considered the heir to the dukedom, she gets forced by her father into the marriage so that his true bloodline continues. They initially both resist the marriage and are quite rude to one another, however, eventually fall in love. Definitely purchase this book.
I usually enjoy Jo Beverly's books but Unwilling Bride had too much antagonism between the couple for too long- 2/3's of the book. I enjoy Romance novels as a pleasant escape from reality. Lucien's violent actions/feelings toward Beth and her fear of him were pretty tiresome after a while. I can't believe the author wrote into a romance novel that he backhanded her. Geez, if I wanted to read about domestic violence I would have bought a newspaper. Also, I don't particularly care for books in which the heroine is plain and the hero is handsome. As for the narrator sometimes he sounded like he was slurping. I would not recommend this book to anyone and I'm sorry I bought it.
yes, it's a regency romance. Great characters portayed well. Quite a bit of the lifestyle of the nobility actually mentioning duties and personal interactions of period of the society of the time, while still having dynamic interactions of the time. I like both the hero and heroine and the results of period social oncerns.
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it made me laugh and have anxiety for the safety of the characters.
It is ,of course, period fiction. In real life of the times things wouldn't have happened, but it is an interesting story. Quite an enjoyable tangle. Well done.
I love Simon Prebble, not so Jo Beverley
The author took forever to reconcile the couple. The scaredy cat heroine was well educated, but her ignorance about male-female relationships was ridiculously unrealistic and frustrating. Not a terribly sympathetic heroine. The hero was appealing but not particularly well defined.
I can't say enough about Simon Prebble's talent. He does a consistently fantastic job with historical novels. A wonderful narrator. I look for books he narrates.
I would have liked more thoughts from the Nicholas about his feelings and physical attraction to Beth. Couldn't figure out why Beth took so long to try and get physical with Nicholas. The bedroom scenes were OK. I like them a little more spicy. The story line was good and interesting.
I was very pleased to discover this story, which was beautifully read/performed, and truly delighted to find that it was not painfully predictable, and in fact had a few unexpected turns! I thoroughly enjoyed listening.
The story line was interesting, but the heroine was just to forgiving and it frustrated me. The narrator was good as usual.
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