To Viola Thornhill, Pinewood Manor is her home and her sanctuarya refuge given to her by the one man who saw her worthy to run the estate and who overlooked her scandalous past.

Ferdinand Dudley, Duke of Tresham, wins the estate in a card game and later meets Viola at a community fair.

The duo instantly click and share some stolen kisses, but when he goes to investigate his new estate and meets a furious Viola at the door, they realize it will take a legal battle to determine the true owner of the manor. But desire may yet have the upper hand.

Mary Balogh never writes the ordinary and NO MANS MISTRESS is far from the usual Regency-set romance, allowing readers a peek at the underbelly of society as well as the upper crust. Deep emotions, strong characters and an unusual plot blend to perfection into another winner for this Jewel of the Highest Water, Mary Balogh. SENSUAL (Aug., 350 pp., $19.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin