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by Mary Balogh

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: Regency Brussels and England

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When we last left the Bedwyn family they were grieving over the loss of their brother, Alleyne, in battle, They do not know that he survived with no memory. He awakens in a Brussels brothel to see a beautiful woman standing over him.

The havoc of war has forced chaste Rachel York to seek refuge with the "ladies." She blames herself for recent misfortunes; Rachel placed her trust, and all her money and jewels, in the hands of the Reverend Nigel Crawley, who turned out to be a con artist.

As Alleyne recuperates he falls in love with Rachel. He agrees to help her regain the stolen fortune. They return to England, posing as husband and wife, to expose Crawley. The charade draws them into danger, and a slightly sinful scandal, before Alleyne regains his memory.

There is nothing "slight" about this marvelous series or Balogh's ability to bring the Regency to life. Her superb insight into all the myriad facets of the era, from costumes to battles, allows her to create unique plotlines and unforgettable characters. Reading a Balogh romance is better than eating chocolate! SENSUAL (May, 368 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Dell

Published: May 2004

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Slightly Sinful - Mary Balogh

Submitted by Robin in PA on June 5, 2010 - 1:36pm.

While delivering a message during the battle of Waterloo, Lord Alleyne Bedwyn is shot in the leg and falls from his horse, hitting his head. He later wakes up in a brothel with no memory of who he is. His nurse is Rachel York, a woman who has been left destitute because a con man has stolen all her and her friends money. Alleyne and Rachel devise a scheme to regain her stolen fortune.

This was an interesting amnesia themed story with likable characters. Alleyne and Rachel pose as husband and wife in order to claim her inheritance. While doing so, they take along her friends from the brothel to help them with their scheme. At the end of the book when Alleyne regains his memory, we get to see his reunion with the rest of the Bedwyns. My rating: 4 Stars.