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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (781 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jo Beverley Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Company of Rogues Series Release Date: February 1992 ISBN: 9781436184205
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Jo Beverley is a New York Times bestselling 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Enthralling.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • Winner of the RITA Award for Best Regency
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 2/5/2014

    " There were a lot of things I liked about this book, but one major thing I didn't. The whole mistress thing. I didn't like how friendly Lucien was with his mistress, Blanche, I didn't like how after meeting his future wife, Beth, he went and had one more night with his Blanche to say goodbye and I didn't think it was very realistic that Beth would want to be friends with his Blanche, KNOWING who she was. Especially after feeling so much jealousy towards her after seeing Lucien gazing at her with a smile on his face. That whole part of the story irritated me. I didn't like it at all. And I thought it was weird that his best friend fell in love with Blanche and wanted to marry her, and there were things said about her becoming his mistress until he could get her to marry him. It was just weird, she was past around between friends. Gross. Everything in the book that involved Blanche disgusted me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 1/27/2014

    " Interesting premise. The characters were developed, but I did feel like the build-up to consummation dragged a bit more than necessary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 1/25/2014

    " A great read!!!!!!! Love the characters, romance, sensual, and a surprise ending!!!!!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 1/16/2014

    " Meh. Don't know why I keep expecting these to be good. The plots are creative for romances, but who needs a creative romance plot? Characters you can like, that's the ticket, not this weird-almost-creepy relationship stuff Beverly puts out. This time the hero (who is not the son of his "father") and the heroine (who is the daughter of the hero's father but not by the hero's mother, got that, no incest here) are being pressured into marriage but despite the absurdity of it historically, legally, or realistically, they do not just refuse to marry each other. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hortencia | 1/6/2014

    " This book was cold. No love between the male and female leads. Lucien was despicable. Ugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 12/20/2013

    " Started off slow but picked up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lauer | 9/20/2013

    " Beth is a much stronger person than I could ever be. I am sure I would have just caved after meeting Lucien, but she holds to her principles. Theirs is not an easy relationship, but I do think they will be happy together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 4/16/2013

    " It was an okay book but it was too long. Of course, being a romance, it was somewhat predictible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 6/9/2012

    " Interesting to say the least, not unlike your usual historical novels. Begining with the novel concept that the protagonists are half siblings, and that one of the underlying currents of the book was the return of the napoleon to France and war. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Noelle | 1/12/2012

    " This one just didn't do it for me,I'm not sure why but I just didn't care for either the H or h. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 sujanna | 1/11/2012

    " very slow and quiet boring sometimes "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Killian | 12/16/2011

    " Dragged a little at the very end, but overall I liked it. Want to read more of Ms. Beverley now... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elis Madison | 10/2/2011

    " Just found this on my keepers list. I'd bought other books from the series (thankfully not this one again), so I guess I'm going to have to dig this one up and put it in the mix for a re-read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monkeyface | 6/10/2011

    " Listened to An Unwilling Bride by Jo Beverley. I give this book 3 stars and a 5. An ok read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tishke | 5/8/2011

    " My favorite characters from the original company of the rouges. I was truly disgusted by the arranged marriage and still can't stand Nick in any of the books, but this one made me read the rest of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cary | 4/25/2011

    " A quick romp into regency era romance. Not too sexy and although the plot wasn't terribly unusual, I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 11/8/2010

    " Not bad novel from Beverley, but I've liked other books from her more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 11/2/2010

    " It was an okay book but it was too long. Of course, being a romance, it was somewhat predictible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 7/30/2010

    " I own everything Jo Beverley has written and this is my favourite. Such a compelling h/h.

    And here I am re-reading it for the umpteenth time. You know when you re-read and skim ... I hardly ever skim An Unwilling Bride. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Somebody2006 | 8/13/2009

    " Starts out good but you literally have to drag yourself through the ending. Just a whole bunch of stuff went wrong, Beverley should have stopped the book before the whole Clarissa storyline and gave more attention to developing the storyline more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 10/7/2008

    " A Regency romance with an intelligent hero and heroine, and a decent plot, plus humor. Of all the Regencys I've read, one of the best. "

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About the Author
Author Jo Beverley

Jo Beverley is widely regarded as one of the most talented romance writers today. She has won the Romance Writers of America’s cherished RITA Award and is one of only a handful of members in the RITA Hall of Fame. She has also received the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Born in England, she now lives with her family in Victoria, British Columbia, just a ferry ride away from Seattle.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.