I stayed up until two in the morning finishing Mary Balogh book Slightly Married. This was a good book all the way through, but once I was toward the end of the book, I just couldn’t put it down. I have already purchased the next book in the series and read a few pages into it before going to bed.
I love that Mary Balogh’s heroes in this series are not described as unnaturally handsome or attractive. I think that adds a little bit of realism to the stories. The heroines are flawed with quirks that set them apart from what is expected of well brought up ladies. Okay, so the flawed heroine is not unusual to romance novels, but usually everyone is stunningly beautiful and that is not how Balogh describes her characters. I also appreciate that the Bedwyn family, in which this series focuses on, is committed to marriage and love and fidelity.
In this story, Colonel Lord Aidan Bedwyn is driven by his own sense of duty and honor to marry a woman who he doesn’t know in order to fulfill a promise made to her dying brother. It is well known that the Bedwyn family marry for love and for life. Aidan has done neither. His marriage of convenience to Miss Morris is not meant to be a real marriage at all. Once married, her family home will be saved and he will ride off into the sunset, never to see her again.
Of course, obstacles prevent this hastily thought out plan to work in any way like the two of them thought it would. As they spend more and more time together, Aidan and Eve are both drawn to the other, but the arrangement they have made keep both from expressing their growing feelings for one another.