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Publisher Comments:

They couldn't be more different—but there's one thing they agree on . . .

In London after a two-year exile, Lord Blakeney plans to cut a swathe through the bedchambers of the demimonde. Marriage is not on his agenda, especially to an annoying chit like Minerva Montrose, with her superior attitude and a tendency to get into trouble. And certainly the last man Minerva wants is Blake, a careless wastrel without a thought in his handsome head.

The lights and din of her debutante ball set Minerva's teeth on edge. Surely a moment's rest could do no harm . . . until Blake mistakes her for another lady, leaving Minerva'sguests to catch them in a very compromising position. To her horror, the scandal will force them to do the unthinkable: marry. Their mutual loathing blazes into unexpected passion but Blake remains distant, desperate to hide a shameful secret. Minerva's never been a woman to take things lying down, and she'll let nothing stop her from winning his trust . . . and his heart.

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"Neville follows 2011's The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton with an enjoyable but somewhat familiar tale of mismatched Regency-era lovers. Ambitious Minerva Montrose plans to marry a man who will match her own personal political aspirations, but is abruptly derailed when handsome, rakish, politics-ignorant Lord Blakeney mistakes her for his mistress and fondles her in front of witnesses. The two are mutually dismayed to be forced into marriage, and Minerva becomes determined to make Blakeney into the man of her dreams, politically and romantically. The contentious courtship is standard fare and slowed at times by political chatter, but the developing romance is a pleasure to witness, with witty banter and racy love scenes. The gradual discovery of Blakeney's secret shame is genuine and endearing, making him far more than the standard scurrilous scoundrel. Agent: Meredith Bernstein, Meredith Bernstein Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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“Sizzling, addictive, and deeply romantic: Miranda Nevilles novels are a joy to read.
—Eloisa James,

“Wickedly sexy and just as witty, Miranda Neville is one to watch!”
—Lisa Kleypas

One of the truly exciting new voices in historical romance fiction, Miranda Neville dazzles once again with Confessions from an Arranged Marriage. A smart, sexy, and fabulously fun Regency romp about a wastrel English lord determined to be as bad as he can be, a very proper and very ambitious debutante…and a most inconvenient marriage of convenience. Do extreme opposites really attract? Read Miranda Nevilles delightful Confessions from an Arranged Marriage and find out.

About the Author

Miranda Neville grew up in England before moving to New York City to work in Sotheby's rare books department. After many years as a journalist and editor, she decided writing fiction was more fun. She lives in Vermont.

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Blake has always been viewed as lazy and irresponsible. A seeming disappointment to his parents, and a poor option as a replacement for his powerful father. But Blake has allowed these assumptions to occur and has taken steps to see that such stereotypes remain. Blake has a secret. A shortcoming of sorts and he would rather the public view him as lazy than the idiot he thinks himself to be.

Minerva has had political aspirations for some time. She is highly intelligent and dreams of having a voice of her own in the future. He goal, when she encounters Blake at the ball given in her honor, is to secure a proposal from a future-husband who can lead the way to making her dreams come true. Unfortunately, a chance encounter with Blake, paired with mistaken identity seals her fate in exactly the opposite direction she wanted to head in �" or was it?

Blake and Minerva �" a couple that, against all odds, actually ends up making sense. A couple those, if first impressions are to be believed, were a phenomenal example of opposites. I have to admit, I initially did not hold very high hopes for this couple. They seemed so m ismatched that I had trouble seeing them as a couple, let alone a powerful couple in the ton with vast amounts of influence. Minerva seemed too intelligent for Blake and he didn’t seem to stand a chance of being able to manage such a spirited woman with near unattainable dreams for her future. But first impressions, in this case, were completely off the mark. Blake ends up an entirely different individual than the reader is introduced to. Minerva as well, seems somewhat cold and standoffish as a female MC, but ends up exhibiting raging passion within many aspects of her life �" specifically anything she sets her mind to and anyone she cares for. I feel that the excerpt I chose is a good example of just how difficult a match the two seem to be. And in contrast, the dialogue highlight I chose - one of my favorite in the book - I chose because it shows so much about the characters. Those that can read between the lines can see Minerva’s competitive spirit as well as her political ambitions and Blake’s humor paired with a suggestion that there is more to him than presented on the surface.

This is the first book I have read from Ms. Neville and the fourth in this series (The Burgundy Club). While I believe reading the preceding books would have helped endear me to the characters sooner, I also believe that I was granted a favor in reading this book first with these particular characters. I read a review recently of this book in which the reader was concerned about the characters because of their descriptions in previous books. Good point. Given this bit of information, I may not have been interested in these characters enough to read their story. I suppose it all depends of the type of character you prefer. For me, skeptical as I was as I began this book, I am glad that I read it first. This is actually saying quite a lot coming from a person who, whenever possible, is anal about reading in order.

I have to say that I was slightly disappointed with the intimate scenes. Rather strong language was presented fairly early in the book, making me believe that the scenes would be steamy and somewhat dirty (dirty in the “my cheeks are burning, but I am loving every minute of it” kind of way). Sadly, they were not. Don’t get me wrong. The scenes were well written and entertaining. And I very much enjoyed “watching” the passion grow between Blake and Minerva, but I felt they could have been just a bit steamier.

Overall, I enjoyed my time spent with Confessions From An Arranged Marriage. I liked the secondary characters enough to further explore their stories and have added them to my TBR list. Minerva, while initially perceived as overly intelligent and mismatched to Blake ends up being quite a lot of fun in her escapades. And Blake, with his sense of humor and points of weakness that shake his confidence, which he effectively shields everyone from �" everyone except the astute Minerva �" makes him a much more likeable character once the reader understands his motivations. And while these characters are not my preferred type, I found that I enjoyed the transformation from first impressions to the essence that truly was Blake and Minerva.

(Digital ARC provided by author for review.)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062023056
Author:
Neville, Miranda
Publisher:
Avon
Subject:
Romance - Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Series:
The Burgundy Club
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
20120327
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.1875 x 0.96 in 6.4 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Neville follows 2011's The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton with an enjoyable but somewhat familiar tale of mismatched Regency-era lovers. Ambitious Minerva Montrose plans to marry a man who will match her own personal political aspirations, but is abruptly derailed when handsome, rakish, politics-ignorant Lord Blakeney mistakes her for his mistress and fondles her in front of witnesses. The two are mutually dismayed to be forced into marriage, and Minerva becomes determined to make Blakeney into the man of her dreams, politically and romantically. The contentious courtship is standard fare and slowed at times by political chatter, but the developing romance is a pleasure to witness, with witty banter and racy love scenes. The gradual discovery of Blakeney's secret shame is genuine and endearing, making him far more than the standard scurrilous scoundrel. Agent: Meredith Bernstein, Meredith Bernstein Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , “Sizzling, addictive, and deeply romantic: Miranda Nevilles novels are a joy to read.
—Eloisa James,

“Wickedly sexy and just as witty, Miranda Neville is one to watch!”
—Lisa Kleypas

One of the truly exciting new voices in historical romance fiction, Miranda Neville dazzles once again with Confessions from an Arranged Marriage. A smart, sexy, and fabulously fun Regency romp about a wastrel English lord determined to be as bad as he can be, a very proper and very ambitious debutante…and a most inconvenient marriage of convenience. Do extreme opposites really attract? Read Miranda Nevilles delightful Confessions from an Arranged Marriage and find out.

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