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Audiobook Review: Slightly Married by Mary Balogh

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Slightly Married

Audiobook Review: Slightly Married by Mary Balogh
by Mary Balogh
Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
Length: 11 hours
Series: Bedwyn Saga #1
Published by Tantor Audio
on September 30th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Historical Romance, Romance
Format: Audio Book
Source: Bought
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 3 Stars

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Blurb:

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.

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When it comes to reading a book by Mary Balogh, one can expect a hero or heroine that strive to stand out from common historical romance characters. I’m sorry to say that Almost Married did not give me that vibe.

 

The premise of the story was promising and it truly did start off great. The heartbreaking news that the reader finds out before the heroine makes for such great drama, however, it was the less than stellar characters themselves that found me wanting more. Overall, yes, I could enjoy this story. I finished it just out of curiosity and closure that I needed. There were some interesting aspects in regards to marriage of convenience. Although, not my favorite trope in romance, just because of the lack of erm…romance, I can appreciate the drama that it can bring.

I just could not like Aidan. Stuffy and boring, he just was not endearing. Could it have been because of the narrator who made every male character sound like an old gruff man? Maybe. He went on and on about honor, but I really did not see the honor in marrying a woman that you felt duty bound to do, only to want to leave her for good later. (Not to mention the fact that he still wanted to sleep with her and if she got pregnant: good. If not: whatever).

Eve was just okay. Headstrong and stubborn is a good characterization of her, and I loved her defying Aidan’s relatives. She was in the same boat Aidan was in terms of their marriage. The “I want all the detached aspects of a loveless marriage, except for the sex part.” By the way, even the love scenes were just wam bam thank you ma’am.

The narrator, Rosalyn Landor, did a good job overall with the various accents and female voices. But the male voices were just too stodgy for my taste.

I was really hoping to like this one more. Since this is the first book in the series, I might give the others a try, since the other Bedwyn’s seemed more interesting.

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Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard
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Oh, I’m sorry this one didn’t do much for you. I really liked it — especially when Eve stands up to the Bedwyns, and Aiden’s realization that he has fallen in love with his wife. I enjoyed the whole series, but I think Slightly Scandalous (Freya’s book) is probably my favorite.

Karen Blue
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I have honestly never read a story about a marriage of convenience. I don’t read much romance, but I would think this would have some romance. Sorry to hear you didn’t like this that much. Hopefully it gets better.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
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Sorry that you didn’t like this one as much as you had hoped you would. I don’t think that I have read Mary Balogh yet but I have a few of her books to read. I also haven’t listened to this narrator yet but I recently bought a couple of audios that she performs. I hope I can handle her male voices. Great review!

Mary Kirkland
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Sorry to hear you didn’t like it as much as you had hoped.

Lily B
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have not tried her yet, always wanted to but maybe I won’t be starting with this one. Sorry that it didn’t compare to her other books.

Vanessa @ Blushing Geek
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I’ve read one was Mary Balogh before, it wasn’t spectacular but was good enough. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this story that much 🙁 Hopefully the other books in the series would be great.

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