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Publisher's Summary

Jo Beverley is a New York Times best-selling author whose lush romances have earned her a place in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. An Unwilling Bride traces an unlikely match between two headstrong people. In order to keep his vast estates in the family, the Duke of Belcraven must find a suitable bride for Lucien de Vaux, his only heir. But the woman he chooses for Lucien has plans of her own. It will take more than simple romance to turn this arrangement into a fairy tale wedding.
©1992 Jo Beverley; (P)2003 Recorded Books,LLC

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LOVED IT !!!!!!

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Rhena
  • Beaumont, TX, United States
  • 05-05-09

Not One Of Jo Beverly's Best

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.

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

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I wanted to throttle the heroine

Would you try another book from Jo Beverley and/or Simon Prebble?

I love Simon Prebble, not so Jo Beverley

Would you recommend An Unwilling Bride to your friends? Why or why not?

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.

Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

The Duchess

Was An Unwilling Bride worth the listening time?

Yes, grudgingly.

Any additional comments?

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.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Cary
  • Pittsburgh, PA, United States
  • 11-12-12

a favorite of mine

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

all of them

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it made me laugh and have anxiety for the safety of the characters.

Any additional comments?

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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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wish the whispers weren't so soft.

great story but the narrator used such a soft voice I often couldn't hear what was said

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  • Susynne
  • hartland, VT, United States
  • 11-20-16

Interesting....

Well written. Well thought out.

Excellent Narration!

Heat? Steamy in spots....

Creditworthy? yep, I think so.

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Abusive

Both father and son were selfish and abusive. I couldn't finish the book. Returned it.

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Pretty good

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.

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An Unexpected Delight!

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.

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Heroine to weak

The story line was interesting, but the heroine was just to forgiving and it frustrated me. The narrator was good as usual.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful