Only Marriage Will Do

Only Marriage Will Do

by Jenna Jaxon


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The House of Pleasure, #2

Happily-ever-afters don't always begin at "I do."

When the man of her dreams rescues Lady Juliet Ferrers from the villain claiming to be her husband, she is sure she has found her one true love. But is she free to marry him? Not to be deterred, Juliet arranges for her hero to escort her to her family estate in far off Northern England-hoping that along the way she can win his love-and his hand...

Captivated by Juliet's sweetness and beauty, Captain Amiable Dawson can't help but be spellbound by the promise of a life with her. But the spell breaks when questions arise about her marital status. Soon the upstanding Amiable is unsure if he is indeed married to Juliet. And when his rival absconds with her, Amiable must choose between the law of the land and his heart's desire to rescue Juliet once more...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616506193
Publisher: Random House
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Series: Jenna Jaxon's House of Pleasure Series , #2
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

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Only Marriage Will Do 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could nlt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the House of Pleasure series. Amiable and Juilet's story and it was good, could hardly put it down.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 2 in the House of Pleasure series. Lady Juliet Ferrers can't believe that Phillipe St. Cyr is claiming to be her husband. Luckily a stranger comes to her rescue. He shows up at her door and she claims him as her fiance. Juliet knows that she must leave town to get away from Phillipe, even it it means traveling on her own. Captain Amiable Dawson, unwittingly came to the rescue of Juliet. Being the gentleman that he is, he is unable to let her travel on her own. Trying to resist their mutual attraction, they eventually give in and get married. But are they indeed married, or is Juliet actually married to Phillipe? I was going back and forth about my rating on this book. I really liked Amiable, but Juliet got on my nerves. I thought she was a little too manipulative for my tastes. I enjoyed the storyline, but wasn't blown away by the story. Thanks go out to Kensington Books via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
I struggled with liking Juliet. Oh, she's beautiful and appears to be sweet as pie but... I don't know. Her goal was to marry Amiable, by any means necessary it seemed, and she accomplished that goal with deception and lying by omission. I might have been able to forgive her if she'd come clean about everything before she married Amiable. But seeing as how one major truth didn't come out until after, it was hard for me to feel sorry for her. Now, her distress over her supposed marriage by proxy to St. Cyr was absolutely real. As was her recount of the night he attempted to rape her because "it was his right". I could see why those appealed to Amiable, or to any man with a soft heart and a conscience. Tears are one thing while coming to the rescue to a damsel in distress is another. Juliet was most certainly a damsel in distress in regards to St. Cyr and his claims. She wasn't one in regards to much else though. What threw me was how quickly Amiable and Juliet fell in love. I'm not saying it can't happen. Hell, if anyone who frequents this blog knew me they'd know I'm a firm believer in that phenomenon occurring in real life. But the beauty of that kind of feeling was lost because of Juliet and placed a huge seed of doubt in my mind as to the validity of their feelings for one another. Was it really love? Or was it puppy love (Juliet) and lust (Amiable)? Although Amiable played the part out of concern for Juliet, being her husband opened a can of worms he wasn't prepared to deal with. I mean, how often does anyone in real life or in fiction discover their now-wife might be married by proxy to one man and engaged to another while being married to him? Only Amiable it seems, lol. His reaction, understandable. Juliet's brother might've been furious that Amiable left but what'd he expect? What would he have done if he'd discovered the same about his wife? But you want to know something? For all her faults, Juliet was only human. What she wanted, she did whatever was necessary to obtain, even if it went against the very grain of society, even if it meant learning the hard way that trust is not as easily obtained as it is so easily abused. Amiable, on the other hand, was likeable. A bit naive, I think, in the ways a woman's mind works or could work but that didn't make him less approachable for me. He didn't have a vice--drinking, gambling, womanizing, smoking, etc.--that could be considered off putting or a reason why no sane woman would marry him. He was good looking, a former soldier, the son of a wealthy baron, a gentleman. He was everything Juliet could ever ask for, need or want in a husband, so it was hard for me to accept the sincerity of her apologies when all the truth was laid out between them. There is one part of this book, I think the end of Chapter 21, when Amiable reflects on all that has happened between him and Juliet since that fateful meeting. In less than a dozen paragraphs, he not only reconciles the fall out between them, reasons where the blame lies with what, but he also admits that he still loves her. If that isn't a testament to how strong unconditional love is, I don't know what is. This story may or may not take with some historical romance readers. Juliet will probably annoy you with her immaturity, deceit, and lies. Amiable might make you scratch your head as you wonder why he's still with her. But if you choose to take a chance on this, which I hope you do, I hope you see that this isn't about the lies that brought them together but about the love that keeps them together. (Received from NetGalley via Pump Up Your Book for an honest review)
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
This book just never really caught on for me. I had to read the first chapter twice just to make all the names thrown at you so quickly make sense. Maybe it's because it's book 2 and I hadn't read the first (which I assume deals with Juliet's brother), but I just really didn't care for this book and thought Aim totally overreacts when he learns Juliet had lied/deceived him. However, kudos that he kept trying to keep her safe from the odious Frenchman.
ABrantley More than 1 year ago
Jenna Jaxon has crafted another incredibly enjoyable historical romance. It's the type of book you can cozy up with and read for hours. If you love historical romance, I highly recommend this one!