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.
"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.
"One of The Best"
The "Slightly Series" or the Bedwyn Saga is one of Mary Balogh's best series and this is one of the best in the series.
Aidan Bedwyn, whose middle name is "Honor," -- or maybe that is his real first name and his middle name is "Duty," anyway, Aidan, marries Eve because of a deathbed promise to a man who once saved his life in the battlefield. Actually, the dying man wasn't in bed, he was on the battlefield so maybe it was a 'deathfield' promise. Be that as it may, Aidan promised to protect Eve "no matter what." Eve and her collection of "lame ducks" stand to be thrown out into the street by Eve's evil cousin unless she is married in the next four days.
Col. Honor Duty Bedwyn thinks he can marry her quickly without telling his family and they can go back to living their own separate lives with no one the wiser and very little change. Of course it doesn't work out that way.... How it doesn't work out and how it does work out, that's the story!
So excited to have the Bedwyns on Audible especially with Rosalyn Landor narrating. Please, Audible, continue to add to this series.
"Happily Ever After"
This book is like reading a children fairie tale made for adult's .I had trouble turning it off.I was so amused and attached to the characters.I would recommended it to anyone looking for a sweet romance.
"Glad to see this series on Audible"
I read book 2 of the series twice. Now I get to read them in order. I love the Bedwyn family.
"Wonderful Romantic stories"
This entire series rates very high. I have read many audiobooks.
The plots were involved and fun. The relationships between the characters and the family members were well written.
The reader was excellent. Her male and female voices were realistic and easy to listen to. All of the characters had different and consistent .
The story held my interest. I was anxious to know what was going to happen.
When are the other books going to. Be available on audio.
"A Soldier's Dying Wish"
This story begins on a battlefield and the wish of a dying soldier given to his commanding officer. Enter the family of the soldier, a complicated, rag-tag mix of orphans and second-chancers living with an unmarried woman juggling them all. The story is pretty obvious, but made more interesting by titles, honor, a meeting of the queen, abduction of the children and pride. There is more than enough pride and honor to go around in this proper group! But romance, intimacy (not too smexy), and a good bit of stifled desire.
I have listened to a couple of books from Mary Balogh and have found the storyline to be well paced, an easy listen. She seems to be historically accurate in descriptions of dress, surroundings and attitude. Her scenes of romance are tamer than many other writers, but still adult material.
Did I like it, would I recommend it? I did like it, and I will carry on with the next book in the series. It is NOT a cliffhanger and I imagine the books can be read out of order, as they will probably focus on a brother and his story. I enjoy a little more flirty, sexy elements in books, but this was very entertaining, none the less.
Rosalyn Landor is a mature, proper English reader. She gives the seriousness in dialog that would have been appropriate in the time. I kind of like a lighter, younger narrator, but she demonstrates good emotion and grasp of the storyline. She is a popular narrator and I have listened to her many times.
this was the first time reading this author . I will be reading the rest of the series.
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