Thursday, October 25, 2012

An Infamous Marriage by Susanna Fraser

An Infamous Marriage
Northumberland, 1815

At long last, Britain is at peace, and General Jack Armstrong is coming home to the wife he barely knows. Wed for mutual convenience, their union unconsummated, the couple has exchanged only cold, dutiful letters. With no more wars to fight, Jack is ready to attempt a peace treaty of his own.

Elizabeth Armstrong is on the warpath. She never expected fidelity from the husband she knew for only a week, but his scandalous exploits have made her the object of pity for years. Now that he's back, she has no intention of sharing her bed with him—or providing him with an heir—unless he can earn her forgiveness. No matter what feelings he ignites within her…

Jack is not expecting a spirited, confident woman in place of the meek girl he left behind. As his desire intensifies, he wants much more than a marriage in name only. But winning his wife's love may be the greatest battle he's faced yet

Loved this book! The romance was sweet and passionate and the characters felt so real. The emotions that each character felt were so well depicted that I feel every one. And Infamous Marriage is a spectacular historical romance.

Elizabeth and Jack promised to marry for a deathbed wish. Elizabeth's husband, who was one of Jack's closest friends, made Jack promise to marry her so that he new she would be taken care of. Of course, being married on those terms wasn't the most promising of beginnings. Though resentful of each other at first, they strike a tentative friendship. But, then Jack goes off to war. And, during those years he is at war, rumors of his affairs leak back home to Elizabeth. That leaves her understandably bitter. But, now Jack has returned and wants to resume their marriage. Obviously, it wasn't going to be that simple.

Elizabeth was a very realistic heroine. Her grief at her first husband's death made her understandably reluctant to a new marriage. And, though it starts off very well, it goes down hill about a year in. Why? Well, I don't want to give away that sordid story. There's a lot more to it than you may think, but I'll let you have the pleasure of finding out. But, when Jack returns, she is...fair. Though she is angry with him, she doesn't let that blind her completely. She proves to be a strong, clever, compassionate heroine that is very easy to root for.

Jack...I though I wouldn't like him. But I ended up adoring him. You'd think that his infidelity would make him an automatic fail of a hero. But, I understood why he did it. It actually was realistic and made sense. The whole collapse of their marriage wasn't just Jack's fault and finding that out put the issue of his affairs into a different light. Though I didn't exactly like that he had affairs, I got why he did it. And once I got past that, I saw how sweet and charming and adorable he was and fell for him. If you decide to read this book, you'll see what I mean. He is a delightful hero.

The story begins with Jack going back home, then jumps back to the very beginning of the story, with the death of Elizabeth's husband. The first quarter of the book recounts the story until we arrive back at the main tale of their reconciliation. It was well-paced and interesting throughout. The ending was nice and sweet, a perfect romantic ending.

An Infamous Marriage is a wonderful book. Any historical romance lovers, you should definitely read this!


Thanks to Netgalley and Carina Press for a copy!

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