Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Dell
Released on April 1, 2003
I had no doubt that I would enjoy the Bedwyn Saga series after I was introduced to many of the siblings in the prequel, Summer to Remember. But, that said, meeting the taciturn Colonel Lord Aidan Bedwyn and the eccentric, big-hearted coal-miner’s daughter, Eve Morse in their marriage of convenience story was sheer delight.
Slightly Married is book one in the Bedwyn Saga with loose connections to the two prequels. It can be read behind the others, as the first or even as standalone. The Bedwyns are slowly introduced after the second oldest, Aidan, finds himself performing his duty to a dying comrade by marrying the man’s desperate sister to help her keep her home and inheritance from a greedy cousin. Aidan is a military man and thought to marry a woman who had been reared in a military family, but he sets this aside for Eve Morse. The woman confounds and confuses him, but they have agreed to go their separate ways after the wedding.
Only, Aidan is a Bedwyn from a ducal family who have obligations. Lowly coal miner’s daughter with a gentle woman’s education or not, Eve and Aidan won’t be allowed to sweep the marriage under the rug and go on with their lives.
Eve was desperate to save all her well-loved, but ‘lame ducks’ household as Colonel Bedwyn observes of her eccentric household and the orphans she took in and she can no longer wait out her secret crush to save her so she will marry the big, dark, and frankly scary taciturn man who saw to his duty and came to report her brother’s death and offer her the only chance she’s got. Perhaps she was naive, but the cold as ice and proper Duke of Bewcastle perfunctorily sets her straight that Aidan aided her in her time of need so she will not hide away in the country while gossip runs wild in London that Aidan hid away a bride out of shame or cruelty.
The pair find themselves in a marriage of inconvenience and that was before they acknowledged there might be feelings.
I was glad this was a dual point of view story so that I had both Aidan and Eve’s thoughts and motives. They both are strong people who hide behind masks and rarely say what is on their mind. They are protectors and givers, but go about it in different ways. Aidan doesn’t seem to understand what is happening to him until he feels jealousy and even then he is convinced that Eve doesn’t want him and he promised to stay out of her idea of a happy, but Eve is smarting under the class difference and the feeling of being an obligation for Aidan and his family so she pushes him away and won’t speak the truth.
The author doesn’t make things easy on this pair and forces them to really break it all down including encounters with those they both thought were their dream spouses and they are forced to melt into the larger Bedwyn family and society rather than going back to their former lives. I enjoyed seeing them work things through, get to know and appreciate each other. It was also fun to engage with the whole Bedwyn family again who, in their own ways, tried to help Eve’s matchmaking aunt help this pair along.
So, class difference, marriage of convenience, and a few other conflicts along the way had me thoroughly enjoying this entry in the series and excited to keep going with the next Bedwyn to meet his match. Historical romance fans who enjoy some spice, family, and a slow-burn romance should try this one.
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