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No Man's Mistress (2001)

by Mary Balogh

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Series: The Mistress Trilogy [Balogh] (2)

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Ferdinand Dudley is pleased to win a small estate while playing at cards. But when he visits his new mansion, he finds the supposedly deserted property already has a resident--a young, beautiful, and demure woman named Viola Thornhill! Viola is as sure that the property is hers as he is that it's his, and she sets out to prove to him that he wouldn't be comfortable in the country. To her consternation, the interloper laughs off the badly cooked food, roosters-at-dawn, and smoky rooms, and even wins over her friends and servants. He's beginning to win her over, too--but then Ferdinand's older brother, the proud Duke of Tresham, comes to visit. And it's then that this book completely defies my expectations. It turns out that far from being a naive girl, Viola is actually an infamous courtesan, who retired two years ago after an earl gave her the property. This revelation makes many of her actions, which seemed silly or foolish at the time, make a lot more sense. Ferdinand is horrified to realize the country miss he was falling in love with is actually a hardened slattern. Viola makes him a deal: if she can seduce him in just one week, he'll give the property to her, for good. She succeeds, realizes that Ferdinand was a virgin and that she can't bear to play the courtesan any longer, and flees back to her downtrodden family in London. Ferdinand follows her, and eventually, with the help of his brother and talkative sister, destroys the pimp blackmailing her and ushers her into Society.

Is it likely that an earl's bastard who's slept with half the Ton would be welcomed with open arms, just on a duke's say-so? Possibly not. But I was so pleased that Viola and Ferdinand were happy, I didn't care.

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  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
The Goodbye Girl meets Pride and Prejudice. ( )
  LadyWesley | Sep 25, 2013 |
Romance
  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
Another enjoyable Regency romance by Canada's Mary Balogh. ( )
  kelli413 | Feb 6, 2011 |
A rather weak book from outstanding author, Mary Balogh. Like all of her books, I really liked the characters, but the story sort of meandered all over the place. It had cute, funny moments, but overall, it was not her best. ( )
  doxiemomx2 | Dec 13, 2010 |
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König, KarinÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440236576, Mass Market Paperback)

Critics call her "a matchless storyteller." (Romantic Times) Readers have fallen in love with Mary Balogh’s sparkling blend of wit and romance. Now this dazzling writer sweeps us back to Regency England, into a world of dangerous secrets and glittering intrigue, as a dashing lord meets his match in a fiery beauty who vows to be...

No Man's Mistress

Lord Ferdinand Dudley is accustomed to getting what he wants...that is, until he appears at the door of Pinewood Manor, attempting to claim his rightful estate, and is met by the bewitching fury of Lady Viola Thornhill. She refuses to cede him the home she calls her own. He refuses to leave. So the contest begins. Each day under the same roof brings its share of frustration...and temptation. But Viola knows it is a battle she cannot afford to lose. Marriage is out of the question, and she will be no man’s mistress even as Dudley’s unnerving presence threatens to melt her resolve. Against his better judgment, Lord Ferdinand Dudley is beguiled. This maddening beauty has stirred him as no woman had before. And now he is bound and determined to make her his own.

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"NO MAN'S MISTRESS Lord Ferdinand Dudley is accustomed to getting what he wants...that is, until he appears at the door of Pinewood Manor, attempting to claim his rightful estate, and is met by the bewitching fury of Lady Viola Thornhill. She refuses to cede him the home she calls her own. He refuses to leave. So the contest begins. Each day under the same roof brings its share of frustration...and temptation. But Viola knows it is a battle she cannot afford to lose. Marriage is out of the question, and she will be no man's mistress even as Dudley's unnerving presence threatens to melt her resolve. Against his better judgment, Lord Ferdinand Dudley is beguiled. This maddening beauty has stirred him as no woman had before. And now he is bound and determined to make her his own."--BOOK COVER.… (more)

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