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Warning: The Good Parts Might Be Explicit

  • First Meeting
  • Slightly Married by Mary Balogh
There was no need to ask why Col. Bedwyn was there.
  • Kiss
  • Slightly Married by Mary Balogh
Eve finds it odd to kiss her husband deeply.
  • I Want You
  • Slightly Married by Mary Balogh
Aidan uses all his expertise acquired over the years.
  • It Might Be Love
  • Slightly Married by Mary Balogh
Could Eve possibly fall in love with her husband?
  • Declaration of Love
  • Slightly Married by Mary Balogh
What kind of man could Eve love for a lifetime?

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  • First Meeting
  • There was no need to ask why Col. Bedwyn was there.
  • Kiss
  • Eve finds it odd to kiss her husband deeply.
  • I Want You
  • Aidan uses all his expertise acquired over the years.
  • It Might Be Love
  • Could Eve possibly fall in love with her husband?
  • Declaration of Love
  • What kind of man could Eve love for a lifetime?

Publisher's Summary

Like all the Bedwyn men, Aidan has a reputation for cool arrogance. But this proud nobleman also possesses a loyal, passionate heart - and it is this fierce loyalty that has brought Colonel Lord Aidan to Ringwood Manor to honor a dying soldier's request. Having promised to comfort and protect the man's sister, Aidan never expected to find a headstrong, fiercely independent woman who wants no part of his protection, nor did he expect the feelings this beguiling creature would ignite in his guarded heart. And when a relative threatens to turn Eve out of her home, Aidan gallantly makes her an offer she can't refuse: marry him, if only to save her home. And now, as all of London breathlessly awaits the transformation of the new Lady Aidan Bedwyn, the strangest thing happens: With one touch, one searing embrace, Aidan and Eve's "business arrangement" is about to be transformed into something slightly surprising.

©2003 Mary Balogh (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"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." (Publishers Weekly)

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The Bedwyns have arrived!

This is the first in the "Bedwyn" series and I rate it one of the best! The Bedwyns are hard living, hard loving, group of four brothers, (Wulfric, Aidan, Rannulf, Alleyne), and two sisters, (Freyja, Morgan), who are diamonds in the ruff. This book tells the story of Aidan Bedwyn who is home on two months leave from the military. He has gone to the home of a fellow officer, (killed in battle), to deliver the news about the death. The catch is the dying officer has received the promise from Aidan that he will do anything to "protect" the sister. It turns out to be an offer of marriage from Aidan to the sister. It is an offer made in order to help the sister remain in her family home.

Aidan's story is well told and "slightly" complicated as are the other books. He turns out to be loveable, strong, dependable and just a little hard around the edges. I found all the male Bedwyn's likable and couldn't decide which one I liked best. Being a huge fan of Mary Balogh's, I feel this is one of the best series to read, and as always the five-star rating goes to Rosalyn Landor! Yes, this one is worth the credit!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Captivating!

What did you love best about Slightly Married?

Everything! This book inspires a gamut of emotions: joy, sorrow, love, excitement.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's hard to choose a favorite because the supporting characters in Eve's household were so colorful; likable. Kindhearted Eve is certainly in the running but I guess if I have to choose a favorite it is Aidan.

What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

Rosalyn Landor reads with so much emotion she makes you feel like you are personally witnessing the events as they take place. She is one of a very short list of women that can do male voices well and the best for children's voices I've heard. Her narration of "Slightly Married" was superb. She males a good book GREAT!

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

Yes, I both laughed and cried.

Any additional comments?

"Slightly Married' is an outstanding book. It's not a mirror image of other books that are plentiful in the Historical Romance genre. Mary Balogh is a very talented author.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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At last! The Bedwyns are coming to Audible!

The 'Slightly' series was my introduction to Mary Balogh's splendid writing. Every story is unique, and well told.

In this book, Aiden Bedwyn is an honor-bound soldier who finds love.
Eve Morris is a open-hearted, unpretentious woman who also has obligations she needs to honor.
There is a beautiful, mutual respect between them that slowly blossoms into love.
It's such a lovely story.

Mary Balogh is, as always, brilliant in her writing, and Rosalyn Landor's narration is always easy to listen to.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Drags on with obvious solution...

I do not go into reading romance novels expecting amazingly unique plots. Nor do I expect a great work of literature. I want to simply get away from the world and take a brain break and indulge in silly romance stories. This one annoyed me, however, due to it dragging on and on about how the protagonists will never have another day together, they'll never live together. And none of it makes sense. They are both strong characters, intelligent, and independent. So why can't they just come forward and say what they feel? A lot of repetitious phrases and many pages of will they or won't they without the salacious love scenes to make it all fun.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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One of The Best

The "Slightly Series" or the Bedwyn Saga is one of Mary Balogh's best series and this is one of the best in the series.

Aidan Bedwyn, whose middle name is "Honor," -- or maybe that is his real first name and his middle name is "Duty," anyway, Aidan, marries Eve because of a deathbed promise to a man who once saved his life in the battlefield. Actually, the dying man wasn't in bed, he was on the battlefield so maybe it was a 'deathfield' promise. Be that as it may, Aidan promised to protect Eve "no matter what." Eve and her collection of "lame ducks" stand to be thrown out into the street by Eve's evil cousin unless she is married in the next four days.

Col. Honor Duty Bedwyn thinks he can marry her quickly without telling his family and they can go back to living their own separate lives with no one the wiser and very little change. Of course it doesn't work out that way.... How it doesn't work out and how it does work out, that's the story!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

So excited to have the Bedwyns on Audible especially with Rosalyn Landor narrating. Please, Audible, continue to add to this series.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Simply Incredible!

Never have I ever cried while reading a love scene in a romance novel. I actually skim most of them because they are just so over-the-top and aren’t really “romantic”, but holy freaking cow.... One of the very last scenes in this book was so heartfelt and amazing, I’m tearing up and am compelled to write a review at 3 AM.

A cool, and seemingly harsh colonel and a lower born lady with a heart for the discarded of society coming to realize that their marriage of convenience is anything but is a sweet and oh soooo frustrating tale. That reluctance in either of them to share their feelings made the conclusion of Slightly Married all the more satisfying. I especially love that Ms Balogh doesn’t give them a HEA ending, but rather something much more realistic and about a million times more swoon worthy than any of the mass market romances I’ve read in recent memory. I’ll admit, the story plods a little bit at the beginning and the initial consummation of their relationship was actually painful and awkward to read, but thankfully things grew more interesting. I really do like both Aidan and Eve and even have grown to appreciate Aidan’s siblings. I like this wolfish eldest brother of his, quizzing glass and all!

Why have I not read Mary Balogh before? Squee! These Bedwyn books have been
out since 2003. I think I’ve been missing out! I’m adding the rest of the series to my Christmas list! About 65 million stars to Rosalyn Landor, too. I can’t stand audiobooks performed by anyone other than her!

* Book is from my own collection. I was not obligated to review

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Perfect introduction to the Series- to the Bedwyns

Where does Slightly Married rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right up there as a winner.<br/>

What did you like best about this story?

The unity of the Bedwyn family. <br/>

Which scene was your favorite?

Loved each scene where Judith acted out Shakespeare characters.

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

I stayed up until after 2 AM to listen. I had many emotions but laughed at many of Ranulff's funny quips.<br/>

Any additional comments?

While I really enjoyed this audio book, I wanted Judith to stop running. At times, I thought Ranulff and Judith were a little too dramatic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding.

One of the better historical romances I've read. Mary Balogh is becoming a favorite. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very real almost contemporary historical context.

Delightfully stubborn daughter of a Welch coal miner's daughter now landowners meets upper crust Captain. It is a tale of love, honor, women's issues and British aristocracy colliding. These are all Settled with basic human needs no matter the century.
It is suspenseful and a page turned.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lucy
  • 03-14-17

Romantic

I enjoyed listening to this book. I liked the humour and the kindness of the heroine.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful