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No Man’s Mistress by Mary Balogh

In Romance on January 31, 2010 at 7:50 pm
No Man's Mistress by Mary Balogh

No Man's Mistress by Mary Balogh

Title: No Man’s Mistress

Author: Mary Balogh

Genre: Fiction/Romance/Regency

Rating: ****/****

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I just love Mary Balogh’s writing, it’s so eloquent, never awkward, & she builds up each character so that you get to know them very well.   In this book, which is a sequel to ‘More Than a Mistress’ involving the brother of the Duke of Tresham, Lord Ferdinand Dudley & his trip to an estate he has won at a hand of cards with the Duke of Bamber.   What happens here is that he arrives at the home, Pinewood, to find it already occupied by a woman Viola Thornhill who says the Duke of Bamber’s father had given her the house two years ago.

Being the man that he is, he doesn’t want to lose what he sees as rightfully his, so he sets about to stay in the house until a copy of the will arrives from London to prove he is the lawful owner of the estate.   Despite their immediate attraction to each other, they both decide to remain steadfast enemies in their mutual hope to drive the other off the property.  A few pranks ensue & Ferdinand turns on his charm to woo the local townspeople.

About halfway through the book, the plot changes dramatically to reveal the reason why Viola has taken possession of the house originally & what dangers may lurk for her once she is removed.  I don’t want to spoil anything, so I do suggest you read this book.  Ferdinand is a delightful hero, all masculine, but still tender & Viola is a captivating heroine.

You don’t have to read ‘More than a Mistress’ first, because the two books stand alone.  However, ‘No Man’s Mistress’ does give you updates about the Duke of Tresham’s romantic & home life which may spoil reading the original for you.

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More Than a Mistress

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