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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio on CD Value Priced; Unabridged edition (July 12 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455818593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455818594
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #808,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.)
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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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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.
JANA
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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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