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Take Me to the Good Parts of This Book
Warning: The Good Parts Might Be Explicit

There was no need to ask why Col. Bedwyn was there.
Eve finds it odd to kiss her husband deeply.
Aidan uses all his expertise acquired over the years.
Could Eve possibly fall in love with her husband?
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
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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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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By L. Brown-Jackson on 10-01-16

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!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Sam_Liz on 03-31-17

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.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lucy on 03-14-17

Romantic

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

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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