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THE SECRET MISTRESS
by Mary Balogh

Genre: Regency Period, Historical Romance, England
Sensuality: HOT
Setting: Regency England

2011 Regency-set Historical Romance Award Winner

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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)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: DELACORTE

Published: July 2011

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The Secret Mistress

Submitted by Robin in PA on December 26, 2011 - 12:32pm.

The new Earl of Heyward, Edward Ailsbury, knows his duty is to marry a titled lady and produce an heir. He would like to marry his longtime friend, Eunice Goddard, but she has no title and has refused him. His family is pushing for a match with Lady Angeline Dudley, a flamboyant debutante who soon sends his life into chaos. Lady Angeline knows she must marry a titled gentleman, but she doesn't want a rake like her brothers. She wants a quiet ordinary guy. And when Edward rescues her from a scoundrel, she knows she has found her true love. The problem is convincing the Earl of the fact.

This story was a bit slow moving at the beginning. It may be because Edward was such a proper stiff gentleman, he didn't even crack a smile until the middle of the book. The second half of the book flowed much better. I couldn't wait for Angeline to take the starch out of Edward and convince him that he already loved her. I also enjoyed the secondary romance involving Eunice and Windrow. My rating: 4 Stars.