No Man's Mistress Book  384 pages

Kindle Å No Man's Mistress Þ Mary Balogh

Guard until the next morning when he appeared at her door to claim her beloved Pinewood Manor Lord Ferdinand Dudley won her home in a game of cardsViola hated him for trying to take everything including her soul She was mistress of Pinewood Manor Yet Dudley refused to leave even as his conscience rebelled at compromising this beautiful innocent whose only proof of ownership was a dead earl’s promise Dudley held the deed but at what cost? Each day un Ummmm loveloveloved it This story just grabbed me and took me along Other reviewers have given story details I think so I'm just going to say I really wasn't expecting the two surprises Mary Balogh has given us with this story and they made it all the special for me A great story and a nice romance

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No Man's MistressDer the same roof brought its share of temptation intimacy and guilt But Viola knew it was a battle she could not afford to lose Marriage was out of the uestion and she would be no man’s mistress Even as Dudley’s unnerving presence his knowing smile threatened to melt her resolveAgainst his better judgment Lord Ferdinand Dudley was beguiled This maddening beauty had stirred him as no woman had before And he was bound and determined to make her his ow I like Mary Balogh's world it feels a little rounded than that of many other Regency writers as it acknowledges non standard heroines they aren't always virgins and some of them have experimented uite a bit and some non standard heroes who are not necessarily born with a sense of honour but may achieve it But on the whole it's a world that operates loosely according to historical probability This book is however a rare flop The first part of plot is well rehearsed in other reviews and the blurb and as far as it goes it's not a million miles away from the possible though it doesn't cast the heroine in a particularly attractive light My issue is with the second half view spoiler where the hero is at 27 rich handsome pleasant well connected still a virgin the heroine has been pimped out by the villain for four years and is to boot the bastard daughter of a dead earl Balogh simply doesn't offer a sufficiently credible explanation of Ferdinand's state and unlike the magnificent Unclaimed by Courtney Milan his virginity is not central to the plot Yet predictably he reaches skill levels that impress the much experienced Viola almost immediately My main gripe is with the end Let's pass over the fact that Viola although distressed by her unconventional past is not really pyschologically scarred by it to any marked degree Instead let's consider whether it is in the slightest degree likely that a bastard daughter who has slept with a significant proportion of the ton's male population and is known as a fairly profligate courtesan whether such a one would be welcomed by the ton's female population just because the Dudleys and her half brother have taken her up I simply can't see that happy ever after and this together with my issues about Ferdinand and Viola's slightly unpleasant treatment of him in the first half means that I won't be going back to this book again hide spoiler

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No Man's Mistress Book  384 pages ↠ The dark devastating stranger rode into the village fair and wagered twenty pounds at the throwing booth — for a chance to win the daisies in Viola Thornhill’s hair The Gypsy fortune teller had warned “Beware of a tall dark handsome stranger He can destroy you — if you do not first snare his heartThe dark devastating stranger rode into the village fair and wagered twenty pounds at the throwing booth for a chance to win the daisies in Viola Thornhill’s hair The Gypsy fortune teller had warned “Beware of a tall dark handsome stranger He can destroy you if you do not first snare his heart”Recklessly Viola flirted then danced with him around the Maypole And then came his delicate delicious kiss Viola did not regret that she had let down her I can't believe I'm giving this 1 star A 1 star for a Balogh I just I'm in a state of shock I bought this because I wanted to read something that would be steady and reliable I wasn't expecting fireworks I just wanted enjoyment Instead there was this And I paid FIVE ENGLISH POUNDS Which since Brexit is about 15786 I jest for effect but reallyOh boy Nothing about this worked for me Spoilers ahead I'm not warning bracketing them because frankly if I can steer you away from reading this I'll be doing you a favourThe 27 year old brother of a Duke would not be a virginHe would not marry the highest priced courtesan in the history of the ton Even if that event occurred he would not in any sense be able to gain her acceptance into society He certainly wouldn't be able to bring that very experienced courtesan to levels of pleasure heretofore never experienced his first time out the gate And one does not stumble across the clitoris like it's new gastropub down the road The heroine is pretty darn unlikeable for 90% of the book but that didn't stop me feeling sorry for her when the hero discovered her former profession and reacted pretty awfully The hero is improbable to say the least but was also entirely blandAs was the whole story I was bored for the first 66% and baffled by ridiculous revelation after ridiculous revelation after that If you want a courtesanVirgin story Milan has written one and it's better than this although I still didn't love itJust Don't There are other Balogh better Balogh Read those instead