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
"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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"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!
Everything! This book inspires a gamut of emotions: joy, sorrow, love, excitement.
It's hard to choose a favorite because the supporting characters in Eve's household were so colorful; likable. Kindhearted Eve is certainly in the running but I guess if I have to choose a favorite it is Aidan.
Rosalyn Landor reads with so much emotion she makes you feel like you are personally witnessing the events as they take place. She is one of a very short list of women that can do male voices well and the best for children's voices I've heard. Her narration of "Slightly Married" was superb. She males a good book GREAT!
Yes, I both laughed and cried.
"Slightly Married' is an outstanding book. It's not a mirror image of other books that are plentiful in the Historical Romance genre. Mary Balogh is a very talented author.
So excited to have the Bedwyns on Audible especially with Rosalyn Landor narrating. Please, Audible, continue to add to this series.
"One of Balogh's Best!"
Rosalyn Landor does her usual excellent job of reading this moving story of two very different and lonely people finding love within a marriage of honor and convenience. Having read a number of the books that occur after this one chronologically, I was delighted to circle back to the earlier story.
"At last! The Bedwyns are coming to Audible!"
The 'Slightly' series was my introduction to Mary Balogh's splendid writing. Every story is unique, and well told.
In this book, Aiden Bedwyn is an honor-bound soldier who finds love.
Eve Morris is a open-hearted, unpretentious woman who also has obligations she needs to honor.
There is a beautiful, mutual respect between them that slowly blossoms into love.
It's such a lovely story.
Mary Balogh is, as always, brilliant in her writing, and Rosalyn Landor's narration is always easy to listen to.
"long time fan"
I'm a long time fan of Mary's. The Slightly series is of course one of her greatest. I enjoyed the narrator. I can't wait for the rest to be released.
Wonderful story and Rosalyn Landon is such an amazing reader you feel as though your listening to a play! Couldn't stop listening!!
"Another five star"
I love this series of books by Mary Balogh. Rosalyn Landor is one of my favorite narrators. She gives voice to all the characters that is believable and just right. Hope she will complete the series.
I read the Bedwyn series over the summer. I was sad that it wasn't available on Audible. Imagine my surprise and excitement when I found Slightly Married in my suggestions yesterday. I absolutely love this book and I hope all the Bedwyn books make it to Audible soon.
"My favorite Balough"
I've read every book Mary Balogh has written except one that has a short press run and is hard to find. That makes me a person who has a lot to choose from when I say that I like this book best. I bought it in paperback, then I bought it in hardback, and now in Audible, just in case I lose one version. I like it because the theme is honor or what we call today integrity. Both the hero and the heroine try to live their lives using core values. His is honor, hers is love and both of them have a hard time doing this. The marriage of convenience trope is a favorite one of mine and this is a great one.
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