THE SECRET MISTRESS
A grand mistress of Regency romance, Balogh always gifts readers with delightful, enthralling love stories layered with depth, humor, emotional intensity, grand passion and just a touch of the unconventional. This prequel to the Mistress series is utterly delightful, charming and intelligent — a winner!
Lady Angeline Dudley is about to make her come-out. Sheltered and living in the country, she is more of a hoyden than a debutante. She knows she will wed a titled wealthy man as befits her station as a duke’s sister, but she would rather have love. A stop at a posting inn brings her a hero, Edward Ailsbury, the new Earl of Heyward, who rescues her from unwanted advances and steals her heart. Though Edward is attracted to Angeline, she is the sister of the man responsible for his brother’s death. It would be far better if he wed his childhood friend, a calm and ladylike woman who’s the ideal match for a man as staid as Edward. But Angeline will not give up and as fate keeps bringing them together it becomes obvious that Edward is not as prim and proper as the world believes and Angeline’s natural passion is impossible for him to resist. (DELACORTE, Jul., 318 pp., $24.00)