By nightfall the whole of London would know what she had just said, including her papa, who had brought her to London for the Season, doubtless with the intention of finding her a husband despite the fact that she had not quite reached her eighteenth birthday. But she had meant the words. Peter Hathaway said. He was sucking on a blade of grass. He raised one expressive eyebrow and Mr.
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Shelves: impressions-blog-review , romance , historical , read The Counterfeit Betrothal 3. Sophie and Francis grew up together and have a history of arguing and hostility. Sophie is funny and Francis teases her to death. I love the way they play each other and end up together. This is a light and fun pair. Thank goodness for Sophie and Francis whose romance made this book an average read for me. The Notorious Rake 5. It is a page-long character driven Regency historical romance novel, and the last of the Waite trilogy.
My first impression? Mary, however, accepts his offer to stroll around the gardens out of courtesy. But nothing works until the two are wrapped around each other and end up having an unexpectedly passionate sexual encounter. Still in shock, Mary spends an unforgettable night of passion with Edmund. At least it becomes unforgettable to Edmund, who begins a relentless, and almost stalkerish, pursuit of Mary the very next morning. He wanted to have her to start his days and as dessert to his luncheon, as a mid-afternoon exercise, as an appetizer before whatever entertainment the evening had to offer, and as a nighttime lullaby and a middle-of-the-night drug.
This novel has the perfect title. In Edmund, Balogh creates a self-loathing, unlikable hero. I need to check if there is a more self-loathing one in her repertoire, but Edmund is definitely at the top of the list. Balogh likes to throw this curve around in her romances once in a while, I know, and I tend to love her hero-centric novels because she makes them work.
You see, the thing about Edmund is that he kind of takes the place of the heroine in this romance. He is the one with the angsty past. Yet, Edmund believes that there is nothing to him and Mary buys it hook, line and sinker.
Mary is an independent, strong woman in her own right. Mary feels she owes him for rescuing her at Vauxhall but is flabbergasted when she realizes that he is not going to go away easily. She is rude, judgmental, and hurtful to Edmund, but who can blame her.
I mean, initially Edmund is obnoxious, insulting, and truthfully those first three weeks when he pursues her in London turn into a debacle when it comes to courting. Of course there is more to Edmund, and Balogh goes on to peel those layers. And Mary?
With Mary it is a case of her "body" betraying her attraction while she fights her dislike of the man, and yes, she tells Edmund so. It is not one of her novels where the hero is a respectable man of character. Yet, I found this romance to be better than that. It is intense and passionate with conflicted protagonists that are flawed, frustrating, and redeemable. I can see why so many Balogh fans love this novel.
A Counterfeit Betrothal
Her one desire is to reunite her parents, who have been estranged for fourteen years. Surely, if she happens to announce her betrothal—even a false one—they will be forced to see each other. Devilishly handsome Lord Francis Sutton seems perfect for such deceit, always agreeable to games of passion in which he has nothing to lose. The trap is set—if only Lady Sophia can keep her foolish heart from falling prey to her brilliant snares. That makes me very happy.
A Counterfeit Betrothal/The Notorious Rake
Shelves: impressions-blog-review , romance , historical , read The Counterfeit Betrothal 3. Sophie and Francis grew up together and have a history of arguing and hostility. Sophie is funny and Francis teases her to death. I love the way they play each other and end up together. This is a light and fun pair.
A COUNTEFEIT BETROTHAL/THE NOTORIOUS RAKE
But once we had left the shop and made all the other purchases and were back in the carriage, she changed her mind once more and nothing would do but we must descend again and go back for it. All the way home she entertained us with assurances that she should have waited until she returned to town. You are remembering him as he was as a young boy, are you, when he was forever playing nasty tricks on me because I was always following him about? But that was just boyhood, Mama. All boys are like that, horrid creatures.