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Mary Balogh , Rosalyn Landor , Inc. Brilliance Audio
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July 12 2012 Mistress Series (Book 1)
In this captivating novel, Mary Balogh, the premier writer of Regency romance, invites you into a world of scandal and seduction, of glittering high society and intrigue, as an arrogant duke does the unthinkable — he falls in love with his mistress. She raced onto the green, desperate to stop a duel. In the mêlée, Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham, was shot. To his astonishment, Tresham found himself hiring the servant as his nurse. Jane Ingleby was far too bold for her own good. Her blue eyes were the sort a man could drown in — were it not for her impudence. She questioned his every move, breached his secrets, touched his soul. When he offered to set her up in his London town house, love was the last thing on his mind. Jane tried to pretend it was strictly business, an arrangement she was forced to accept in order to conceal a dangerous secret. Surely there was nothing more perilous than being the lover of such a man. Yet as she got past his devilish façade and saw the noble heart within, she knew the greatest jeopardy of all, a passion that drove her to risk everything on one perfect month with the improper gentleman who thought love was for fools.

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In her assured hardcover debut, Balogh (One Night for Love) serves up two Regency-era characters determined not to fall in love with each other, despite their shared aesthetic sensibilities, uncontrollable physical attraction and increasingly intimate friendship. The predictability of their predicamentAthey come from different social classesAis compensated for by an authentic London high society setting and the smart, sexy dialogue between Jocelyn Dudley, duke of Tresham, and Jane Ingleby, the two attractive, headstrong protagonists. Jocelyn is an avowed bachelor, rake and accomplished duelist. While preparing to fire his pistol during a duel, he is interrupted by a woman's scream urging him to stop. Jocelyn hesitates and is shot in the leg. Furious, he confronts the disruptive woman, milliner's assistant Jane, who is impudent beyond her station in accusing him of foolishly risking his life. As punishment, he insists she be his nurse for the three weeks he is recuperating. Jane is proud and feisty because, actually, she's not really a common serving girl. She's the orphan Lady Sara Illingsworth, who mistakenly believes she killed a man who was attempting to rape her. She fled her home in Cornwall for London, but without money or protection, her future seems bleak. When Tresham recovers his health, Jane agrees to stay on as his mistress, partly in order to remain hidden, but also because she is falling in love with him. Although some intrigue surfaces when Tresham's previous romantic entanglements make him the target of a husband's vengeance, the real story is the dynamic love-hate relationship between Jane and Tresham, their many obstacles to happiness parried with fiery wit and spirit. (Sept.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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When Jane Ingleby tries to stop a duel, Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham, is wounded. So it's surprising that she ends up employed as his nurseDand ultimately his mistress as well. But as their relationship blossoms, Jocelyn commits the unpardonable sin of falling in love. In this refreshingly unconventional romance, which boasts an outspoken, memorable heroine, the author again pushes the edges of the genre. Her fans will be waiting. Balogh (One Night for Love) is a well-respected writer of historical romance who lives in Canada.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"More Than a Mistress" is IMO a cut above the usual in the historical romance genre. Mary Balogh has been writing Georgian, Regency and Victorian romance novels for several years, yet always manages to come up with something fresh in her latest offerings. The book opens with a duel that is interrupted by our heroine, "Jane" Ingleby, who is on the lam in London, hiding from the father of the man she believes she has killed while defending her honor. Her shout of horror as she sees the two duelers ready to fire at each other in the public park causes our hero, Jocelyn Dudley, to suffer a severe wound to one leg. "Jane" moves into Jocelyn's house to nurse him, as she has lost her situation due to being late to work...all because of that duel!
The major strength of this book is the unveiling of the secrets of the heart: Jocelyn has had a very unhappy and unstable childhood and young adulthood even though he is a Duke. His artistic talents were a source of irritation to his father, who belittled him constantly, and his mother was distant and cold. After making "Jane" his mistress, he confides in her his deepest secrets and longings. But she, who won't even tell him her real name out of fear of being exposed as a murderess, keeps her secrets locked in her heart. Jocelyn's reaction when he discovers the "truth" is heart wrenching.
While the mystery is slight (most readers will have figured it out half way through the book) this character-driven novel will hold your attention from beginning to end. "Jane" may seem a little too modern to some readers because she is so well-educated -- but as a beloved only child of intelligent, titled parents she was obviously indulged and encouraged to stretch her intellect. Jocelyn can easily be seen as a romantic hero inspired by Byron and Shelley. All in all, a satisfying read!
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The Duke of Tresham is arrogant, reckless, bad-tempered, and often feared...except by Jane Ingleby. That fact alone both irritates and fascinates him. As he recuperates, she soon burrows into his heart, causing him to open up, and begin to clean out old, festering wounds.
And Jane thinks herself a fugitive from the law, and because she is actually a lady, she can never return to her former life after staying in his home as a servant--even if charges of murder and theft did not hang over her head. So Jane agress to become his mistress. Yet, Jocelyn (Tresh) senses that there is something wrong with the arrangement.
Jocelyn soon spends most of his free time with her and, in the process, continues to rediscover who he was meant to be. It's really beautiful. Balogh has such a gift for dealing with deep-seated human emotions and fears and pain. But they both has much to confront and overcome; "the course of true love never did run smooth." And so they hurt each other repeatedly before they grow and trust enough to make it work.
A beautiful story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful And Witty Romance! March 11 2004
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This is Mary Balogh's best book to date. The novel's strength lies in the relationship between the two protagonists and their witty, feisty dialogue. The plot is predictable, however, although it did not deter from my enjoyment of the story.
Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham, is a rake who because of his numerous involvements with women, many of them married, finds himself fighting more duels than most. During one of these challenges the duel, with pistols, is disrupted when a young woman accidentally passing by the field of battle cries out and diverts Tresham's attention from the business at hand. Consequently he is shot in the leg. He is outraged at the interruption by a mere servant, a milliner's assistant. She loses her position because the duel makes her late for work and when she demands that Tresham write a note to explain her tardiness he insists that the she act as his nurse for the three week period of his convalescence.
The young woman is really not the servant, Jane Ingleby, but a lady, Sara Illingsworth, who has fled her home and guardian because she mistakenly believes she has killed a man while defending her honor. Tresham is drawn as much to Sara/Jane's strong character, spirit, intelligence and wit as he is to her beauty. And she, of course, falls for this handsome alpha male whom she refuses to allow to dominate her. Their growing relationship is a delight and Ms Balogh describes their love with great sensuality and humor.
The novel also deals with the enormous differences in social classes during the Regency period. This is a light read but one that is hard to put down because of the wonderful characters.
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That's when it all started, you know. Jane was on her way to work early one morning when she saw a duel about to take place in the park. She screamed to stop the 2 unknown men from shooting each other. Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham, hesitated but was fired upon by his opponent and wounded in the leg. A "bachelor for life", a rich rake and accomplished duelist- Jocelyn was then furious at Jane. He confronted her for being disruptive while Jane scolded him for risking his life foolishly. Her employer doesn't believe her story when she is late to work and wants proof of a letter from the Duke or Jane loses her job. When she arrives at the home of Tresham for the letter- Jocelyn tells her the least she should do is stay on as his nurse for 3 weeks of recuperating. She does so needing a place to hide. He makes a terrible patient. But their relationship blossoms and after he recovers he ask Jane to stay on as his mistress. Jane accepts hoping she can continue hiding- thinking she has killed a man that was trying to rape her and knows she is being looked for. It is a story of a love-hate relationship between 2 very strong willed people that don't know if they can get around obstacles to be truly happy. Very intense at times. Another good MB read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than a Mistress
I love Mary Balogh books. They are written about a romatic era and I think she is one of the best writers regarding the romantic era. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Linda J. Leclair
5.0 out of 5 stars Ooohh lala ! Boy did I love Tresh!!
This book is too good for words! It was so wonderful to watch while Jane slowly crumbled away the wall around Tresh's heart! What a beautiful story. Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by Kristal Gorman
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a treasure
Within the first 20 pages, I fell in love with these funny, smart, brave, and wonderfully flawed human beings. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars A nurse, a duke, a mystery.
A light, romantic read. No earth shattering literature but if you like a little mystery and intrigue entwined with romance this was a nice read. Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2003 by girldiver
2.0 out of 5 stars Good depth of characters but hero is barbaric and there is n
Jocelyn is everything a Regency rake ought to be-rude, arrogant, overbearing, not a pleasant person at all. Read more
Published on June 16 2003 by J. Mullally
5.0 out of 5 stars Deceit and mistrust healed by love
When Jane Ingleby boldly interrupts a duel one early morning in Hyde Park, she doesn't expect one of the duellers to be so angry with her that he would force her to nurse the wound... Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2003 by Client d'Amazon
4.0 out of 5 stars good writing and interesting characters
Jane Ingleby has caused the Duke of Tresham no little vexation -- distracting him during a duel in Hyde Park, daring to challenge his commands, and enticing him with that golden... Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2002 by audrey
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully sensual and poignant
A duel gone haywired by a shriek from a prudish maid Jane Ingleby. That was the last thing Duke of Tresham expected when he is fighting for his honor when wrongly accused of... Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2001 by Desmond Chan
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
Balogh instantly became one of my favorite authors after reading More than a Mistress. I was unable to put this book down! I really liked Jane's character. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2001 by "j_alexis"
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