Arranged, Convenient and Forced Marriages
One of my faves is marriage-of-convenience stories and I have a plethora of favorite books that cover this so well in the historical genre. But I decided they were close enough lol. Kate has it all-a radio talk show, a nationally-syndicated column, and a publisher who is paying for a lavish wedding to coincide with the release of her first book, Finding Mr.
But when her fiance jilts her the morning of the wedding, her life begins to crash around her. When Lucas Wright realizes what has happened, he offers to marry Kate and save her public image.
Meghann Livingston invents a husband to soothe her dying mother. But when they do, both Meghann and Bruce — even as they struggle to overcome the consequences of their deceptions — find themselves falling in love … for real! In the quiet safety of the Bluebird Ranch, old promises resurface and unexpected love brings new hope. Though tragedy has wrecked her life, Allie Siders holds on to the hope that her five-year-old daughter, Betsy, will speak again. But with a stalker out for revenge, all Allie can think about now is their safety.
She must sever all ties and abandon life as she knows it. She heads to the peaceful Bluebird Ranch, nestled deep in Texas hill country, and to the only person who can help them. The ranch is a sanctuary for abused horses, and also for troubled youths: the perfect place for Betsy to grow and recover. Ranch owner Elijah DeAngelo eagerly welcomes the duo. Promises made long ago soon force Rick and Allie to work together to escape danger.
Will they discover love along the way? Together, Michael and Gracie must find the strength they need to protect their newly forged family. Shay Brandenberger is raising her daughter in Moose Creek, Montana, on her childhood ranch, nestled against the Yellowstone River. She prays for a miracle, but the answer she receives is anything but expected. Then the unthinkable happens. Thanks to a well-meaning busybody and an absentminded preacher, the make-believe vows result in a legal marriage.
But before Shay can say annulment, Travis comes up with a crazy proposal. If she refuses his offer, she may lose her home. If she accepts, she may lose her heart. Will trusting her heart to the man who once shattered it be the worst mistake of her life? Or could their marriage be the best accident that ever happened? Not only does she catch her boyfriend, the man she hoped to marry, lip-locked with another woman, she also receives the gut-wrenching news that her grandfather, the man who raised her, is dying.
His last wish? To see her happily married. Heartbroken, Becky seeks inspiration in the pages of the Holy Scriptures. And finds it in the story of Isaac and Rebekah. He decides to steer clear of all women—especially crazy ones like Becky Sawyer, who employs a friend to find her a husband. But when he feels the dogged promptings of the Holy Spirit to move across the country and marry a complete stranger, it seems love has little to do with it anyway.
With commitment their only foundation, and love constantly thwarted, can an arranged marriage find happiness in the twenty-first century? Widower Matt Wilmot is an excavator by trade, but with his three rambunctious young sons making trouble all over town, he may not have what it takes to dig them out on his own. Initially adversarial, attraction grows between Matt and Elle as they get to know one another.
Will money ruin everything? Nina Warrenton is ready for the next step in her life plan—marriage, but no one has proposed. Taking matters into her hand, she places an ad in the newspaper hoping to entice a willing stranger.
But when she begins to fall for the small-town chef, she realizes how much she wants him to love her and not her money. Dwight Williams needs fast cash to save the family restaurant. Can Nina and Dwight find true love, once money has entered the equation? No regrets. Ellie McAllister has her own problems. She needs money, and she needs it now. But is it too late for them?
After a rocky start, Rachel Peters finally has her life on track. Then a tragic accident takes away her sister and leaves her to raise her niece, Kendra, alone. About to lose custody of her last blood relative, Rachel is desperate to prove she can adequately care for her niece.
Brandon Barlow has long admired Rachel. When her world begins to fall apart, he feels led to help. A marriage of convenience would enable him to provide Rachel and Kendra with a stable place to live, proper health insurance, and a viable shot at staying together.
Once Rachel gained full custody of her niece, the marriage could be annulled. What about you? What are some of your fave contemporary marriage of convenience stories? Share this:.
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Brooke is tired of trusting her own judgment when it comes to finding a husband, and Aiden just wants what his brother has — a beautiful family. But, when Aiden shows up, Brooke thinks he looks more like Mr. Rogers than Mr. Can an arranged marriage ever work out, or are Brooke and Aiden just wasting their time?
Reluctant to Wed Author Anneliese Dalaba Devon and Emma have an arranged marriage — he is doing it because he needs a wife and wants no emotional ties, and she is doing it to help her family keep their farm. Devon is also the Earl of Devonport, so it is good for his family lineage. Olivia is concerned about what Redd will do if he finds out she still has her V-card, and Redd is concerned that she is so much younger than he is.
This is the story of a modern woman who ends up with a rugged rancher, and how their initial difficulties lead to trust, understanding, and of course, love. The Millionaire's Arranged Marriage Author Tina Martin When a woman forces her son into an arranged marriage so that he can calm down and not be so self centered, he objects vehemently.
True to his usual selfish, spoiled, rude self, he decides to mentally and physically abuse his new wife so that she feels she has no reason to stay. Confessions from an Arranged Marriage Author Miranda Neville Some people think that opposites attract, and this story proves this is often the truth. Because of a sticky situation that could ruin both of them, they end up deciding to get married.
After all, important people such as Blake have to keep all of their secrets hidden or they might be ruined for good. The Sheikh's Arranged Marriage Author Clare Connelly When an Arabian prince named Tariq finds out that his arranged marriage is to a British woman who knows nothing about his royal lifestyle, he is furious. He always expected to marry someone from his own country, so now he feels like everything is ruined.
He does, however, desire her greatly, which complicates things for him. Now, what choices does he have if he wants to be happy? Everly is a modern, independent woman who wants to do something with her life that makes a difference.
Unfortunately, she is third in line to marry the prince, who just happens to be Sage. A Nice Boy Author Rocklyn Ryder This is the story of Caitlyn and Josh, who agree to an arranged marriage even though both of them have apprehensions about it. When Josh first meets Caitlyn, she is turned off by his foul mouth and his tattoos. He, on the other hand, loves what he sees in Caitlyn. Then they end up having sex. Suddenly, for Sylph it is no longer an act because she is starting to have feelings for Heath.
But, does Heath feel the same way? A true page turner that will have you looking forward to what happens next until the very last page. The Asian Billionaire's Forbidden Match Author Mary Peart Kimberly owns a pet daycare center and enjoys being single, so when she starts a relationship with a billionaire named Peter, she is content for it to go no further.
But, Peter is secretly engaged to someone through an arranged marriage agreement, and the closer he gets to the wedding date, the more nervous he becomes. The Wife Arrangement Author Penny Wylder When a hot billionaire needs a wife to receive his inheritance, he goes out in search of a bride.
A matchmaking service is utilized, and Ryan and Kimberly are all set to be married. But, the wedding is more complex than Kimberly was prepared for, and she decides that she may want to stay single a little bit longer instead of getting married. But, is that even possible at this point?
The Marriage Trap Author Jennifer Probst Michael is a billionaire who once promised his father that he would find a bride who makes his family in Italy happy. He then proposes to a free-spirited photographer named Maggie and promises her it is just a business arrangement, but once they get to Italy sexual tension arises between them.
Treasured by Thursday Author Catherine Bybee Gabi is a number-cruncher at a matchmaking agency who discovers that her latest client, Hunter, is actually a perfect match for herself. She finally agrees to the arrangement, but when Gabi ends up in danger later on, how far will Hunter go to protect her? Five years later, she is set to become a contestant on a television show that helps a bachelor find a wife, but she is disqualified because she is still married to Holden. When she goes back to confront him about the entire fiasco, she is surprised by her reaction to him, and vice versa.
Will she get her annulment, or will their true feelings for one another be made apparent? Royally Arranged Author Nora Flite Thorne and Nova come from rival families, and they have had their marriage arranged for them.
As they are becoming acquainted, sparks fly, but neither of them is convinced that their marriage will be all it takes to get rid of the family feud once and for all. But, they are both in it for their own reasons, and they soon uncover a secret that neither is prepared for, but which will change their lives forever.
His wife is gone so he is a single dad, and when his psycho mother-in-law decides to sue for custody of his daughter, he panics. He decides that getting married is the best way to keep his daughter, so he asks Skye to be his wife. Innocent, goody-two-shoes Skye. At first, it seems like the perfect plan, but what happens when his feelings for Skye turn from fake feelings to the real kind?
Tying the Scot Author Jennifer Trethewey Alex and Lucy are about to embark on an arranged marriage, but neither of them wants the wedding to take place. When an occurrence happens the night before their wedding, which appears to be a betrayal, Lucy runs away.
For them to be together, two things have to happen. First, Alex has to reign in his temper and rescue Lucy from danger; and second, Lucy has to swallow her pride and admit how she really feels about her husband-to-be. But, when her sister, Retta, shows up instead — with her little girl by her side — he is shocked to find out that this is what his beloved wanted before she died.
Although they barely know one another, Harrison agrees to marry Retta and take care of both her and her daughter.
Author Tory Baker When a man decides he needs a wife, he decides to enlist the help of social media. But, Quaid is different than his father and is kind, handsome, and patient. Fake Wife Author Stacey Lynn Corbin has to get married or lose the home his grandmother owns because it is a home he absolutely adores. When he meets Teagan, he decides she would make the perfect wife and proposes.
The Duke's Accidental Wife Author Erica Ridley Katherine is a socialite who is convinced she is not the marrying, nor the mothering kind. When she finds out that she must marry the Duke of Ravenwood, she is enraged. At first. When the duke meets her, he finds her too headstrong and independent for his tastes, but she is thoroughly turned on as soon as she touches him. Will this be a match made in heaven, or the marriage from hell that both of them will try to escape?
She hires a professional matchmaker because she wants a marriage of convenience, and they find her Nathan. He is divorced and has older children, but when they meet sparks fly. Their relationship develops slowly and sweetly, and the story itself is believable, original, well-written, and sexy.
They seem to be a no no. Romance already has a plethora of books that feature marriage not based on love, treating women as property the women as paid debts for the gambler father or brotherand marriages when women have no other option than to sell themselves or to marry. So all the reasons that I could think of that are drawbacks for arranged marriages are already prevalent within the romance genre. The publishing world is becoming smaller in that books that are written by people from other cultures and other worlds are already, or are going to become, readily available.
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Are arranged marriages disliked because they are culturally foreign? Is it because the idea seems unromantic and if so, how does it differ from tropes that are already in the genre?
Why is it often so villianized when marriage of convenience or blackmailed into marriage are not? Do you have a recommendation for arranged marriage stories? When a king demands a enemy's daughter after defeating him, a cruel father disguises his less-than-favorite daughter so she will marry The Winter King.
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A woman's arranged marriage in Renaissance Italy allows her the freedom to pursue a young painter with unintended consequences in The Birth of Venus.
When family dinner is another ploy to meet an eligible bachelor, Liya flees, only to realize later that the latest bachelor is her company's new lawyer in The Trouble With Hating You. In a future society where officials decide everything including your future spouse, a system glitch shows a teenager a glimpse of a guy that isn't her intended in Matched. In nineteenth-century China, two young girls write to each other in a secret language as they grow up, marry into arranged marriages and have children in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.
What do you get when you mix a thrill-seeking prince and a "blue-blooded" and proper princess? Sparks in The Wild Heir. Tell us which books we forgot to include or which books you liked in the comments below! We welcome your respectful and on-topic comments and questions in this limited public forum.
The two are to meet in a summer program for web developing, a ploy by the families to secure a marriage arrangement. Sonya Lalli writes a modern-day matchmaking tale about the unmarried Raina Anand and her surrender to let her grandmother find matches for her.
In this heartwarming and hilarious novel, Raina faces an endless amount of bad dates and is brewing up a plan to appease her grandmother without ending up in an arranged marriage she is pressured to be in.
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Ayesha Shamsi dismisses the idea of an arranged marriage, while her cousin, Hafsa has turned down nearly marriage proposals. The dynamic changes, however, as Ayesha finds her Mr. Darcy, Khalid, who she falls in love with despite him being quite the nuisance. Mehta transports us into an energetic metropolis exploring crime, Bollywood and poverty all from an insightful, funny and heart-filled point of view.
Throughout the show, Nadia shares her experiences being part of the Guyanese culture while having Indian ancestry and the complications it causes in her search for an arranged spouse. The Sly Company of People Who Care follows a twenty-six-year-old recently unemployed journalist who leaves his home in Bombay and makes a new one in Guayana.