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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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The Wedding Challenge (Matchmaker Series #3) by Candace Camp

In Romance on January 23, 2010 at 9:31 pm
The Wedding Challenge by Candace Camp

The Wedding Challenge by Candace Camp

Title: The Wedding Challenge (Matchmakers #3)

Author: Candace Camp

Genre: Fiction/Romance/Regency

Rating: ***/****

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At the time I started it I didn’t realize it was the third book in the series.  After a bit, I put it down because I thought I would spoil the rest of the series, but I’m glad I picked it back up.  It’s my second Regency era romance novel & I have to say it’s pretty good.  It centers around Callie who goes to a masquerade of her aunt’s, meets a mysterious man, & is forbidden by her brother to see him.

Sensing that she isn’t receiving the full story from her brother, Callie enlists the help of a dear friend as a matchmaker.  The novel has a few twists & turns, the romance is built overtime, but it doesn’t drag out unnecessarily.  I really liked Camp’s writing & how each of the characters had depth & their own stories, which surprises me that this book has received more than a few negative reviews on Amazon.  Until I read the other novels in the series, I guess I won’t be able to evaluate this one properly.

If you’re looking for a Regency series that isn’t too graphic, has great characters you can empathize with & despise, don’t pass up these books by Candace Camp.  I look forward to reading the rest of the series in the future.

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More Than A Mistress by Mary Bologh

In Romance on January 14, 2010 at 5:08 pm
More than a Mistress by Mary Balogh

More than a Mistress by Mary Balogh

Title: More Than a Mistress

Author: Mary Bologh

Genre: Fiction/Romance/Regency

Rating: ****/****

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Since I’m new to the romance genre, I am still a bit cynical about the pastel covers & purple prose. ‘Oh, this can’t be any good,’ I think whenever I
see one of these books though I’m trying my best to forget those notions. If anything will, it’s this book by Mary Bologh who I believe happens to be
one of the top authors in the Regency Romance genre. Bologh’s novel focuses upon two people fighting against their better judgments when they fall in
love with each other.  Of course, it’s a romance novel, they have to fall in love.  Now, how do they fall in love, you say?  Well, the beautiful Jane
Ingleby is walking across Hyde Park on her way to work when she sees a duel taking place involving the scandalous Duke of Tresham. By the way, he’s
also pretty good looking from what I gather & rich too, it seems to be a theme in these types of books. (If anybody knows any romances that don’t
involve ridiculously wealthy men, send you recommendations my way.)  OK, have to stop being cynical, as this book did not work out as I thought in the
least. 

The saucy Jane Ingleby has a mind of her own & sees to it to interrupt the duel, causing inadvertently for the Duke of Tresham to be shot in the leg.
Tresham isn’t too happy with what has happened & demands Jane help him, eventually hiring her as his nurse both as a punishment for distracting him
in the duel & because he made her late, causing her to lose her job. Convenient!  Now that Jane has found her way into his home, her wit & brutal honesty, make her at first an annoyance to Tresham but eventually, he warms to her. And she to him despite his brooding nature & angry moods. What follows is an arrangement for her to be his mistress, where she lives in a London house in the lap of luxury. To each party, they believe that it is merely a business deal, but it transforms into something more indeed.

Now, I shouldn’t give away anymore details as I’ve already stated that it didn’t work out as I had guessed it would. It is a romance, so we know it
will be a happy ending, but Bologh’s novel is really about the different facades people put up to protect themselves, sometimes literally from the
danger just around the corner. What Tresham & Jane find in each other is the ability to eventually open up, share their secrets, & accept that love
isn’t only for fools.

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http://www.marybalogh.com