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Merely a Marriage (Rogue Series Book 18) Kindle Edition
As England mourns the death of Princess Charlotte, Lady Ariana Boxstall has another succession in mind. Her brother, Norris, is a strapping young man, but he’s also happily unmarried and childless. Norris agrees to take a wife on one condition: that Ariana take a husband first. Although she realizes she risks a lifetime in a loveless marriage, for the sake of her family, Ariana accepts his challenge.
When the Earl of Kynaston met Ariana eight years ago, he broke her heart. Since then, his own heart has been broken, and he’s sworn off love...until he sees Ariana all grown-up and his resolve is threatened.
Could Ariana’s bargain with Norris actually lead her to happiness? With real love on the line, she must win over the one man who refuses to be had.
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"Jo Beverley weaves a spell of sensual delight with her usual grace and flair."--New York Times Bestselling Author Teresa Medeiros
"[Beverley] can be counted on to...create a beguiling love story."--Booklist
"Wickedly, wonderfully sensual and gloriously romantic."--New York Times Bestselling Author Mary Balogh
"A fascinating, glittering, and sometimes dangerous world."--New York Times Bestselling Author Mary Jo Putney
"A delightful blend of wit, intrigue, and emotional victories."--The State (Columbia, SC)--This text refers to the mass_market edition.
- ASIN : B01LWU53NN
- Publisher : Berkley (30 May 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2747 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 380 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 309,993 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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That first meeting led to my plunging into the Rogues and Malloren books. I didn't love them all, but those I loved I've kept ever since. Oddly, some of the ones I gave away I wound up buying all over again to bridge a time gap between two better books.
This isn't a favorite book. Forgive anything you feel is a SPOILER. The couple's romance seemed improbable. Ariana developed a crush on Kynaston when she was 17 and many years later picked up where she left off as an awkward teen in town for a Season. Kynaston doesn't really remember her well from her long ago Season and has been leading a rather monastic life for a couple of years, but when he sees her, he thinks she looks much improved and they are off and running. There didn't seem to be much basis for a relationship or any chemistry.
Ariana could give Elizabeth Bennett lessons in prejudice. She makes snap decisions about Kynaston and other characters. Learning the truth about Kynaston should have been easy. Everyone loves to tell everybody about other people's tales of misery.
Big SPOILER: But what really tripped me up was the sexual encounter. Ariana seduces Kynaston against his wishes and better judgement. She doesn't particularly enjoy their time in bed, but, she reasons, now he will be obliged to marry her.
I hate that this is Beverley's last book. She was, and remains, a bright star among HR authors. And I can't help but feel that if she had more time this would be a better book. I enjoyed the book released last year much more and re-read it. At the end is a teaser for the current book and it showed the heroine as "Babs" instead of "Ariana." Many more changes might have followed, if that had been possible.