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Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh

Slightly Dangerous (edition 2005)

by Mary Balogh

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Title:Slightly Dangerous
Authors:Mary Balogh
Info:Dell (2005), Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
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As the Duke of Bewcastle, Wulfric Bedwyn has ruled his family for decades. He is perfectly controlled at all times. And, he realizes, he is desperately lonely. The last of his younger siblings has married and moved away, and his life-long mistress has just died. There is no one on earth with whom he is on intimate terms. In an uncharacteristic moment of weakness, he accepts an invitation to a house party. It is there that he meets Christine Derrick, a poor widow whose irrepressable high spirits and interest in others make her the life of the party, even as they expose her to the censure and ridicule of others. They are drawn to each other, but struggle against the attraction. For he cannot countenance being linked to a woman who is so constantly getting into scrapes and making social gaffes, and she dreads the idea of marrying a man without warmth or humor. After a disastrous first proposal (reminiscent in all the best ways of P&P's without being derivative), Wulfric strains to prove to Christine that he does have a heart.

This is the best of the Bedwyn series, and a perfect ending for that family's tale. Wulfric has been so icy and condescending for so many books that seeing just a single crack in his facade feels like a real triumph. And Christine is a woman worth getting to know. She is older than most Regency romance heroines, and so knows her own personality and has made a life for herself already. But she's not flaw free--even though the debutantes arrayed against her are a decade younger, their taunts still hurt, and she has moments of insecurity and humiliation that are uncomfortably familiar. I also enjoyed the longer stretch of this novel: many of the other Bedwyn romances take place over weeks or at most months, but it takes Wulfric and Christine well over a year to come to terms with each other, and it makes their romance feel more realistic even as it heightens the narrative tension. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
I thought this book, Wulf's story was the best! Small confession: I felt the same with each book as I read them, but this time, there are no other siblings and this was a pleasant read. ( )
  olongbourn | Mar 1, 2015 |
reread 11/2/10 still all time favorite. ( )
  Hollie1122 | Oct 5, 2014 |
I enjoyed Balogh's writing technique and I'm thinking of adopting the layout as it looks like it may be very ebook friendly but my goodness this author knows very little of the period she's supposed to be an expert in!

In the first few pages an aristocrat complains, "It's hard to be a baronet's wife" or some such thing, and nobody bats an eyelid at her vulgarity. Also, the woman is dressed up in town silks when she's in the country; more vulgarity that someone would have made a snide remark about.

I love writers from that era, Austen, Shelley, Scott etc, so such anomalies are like a slap in the face. Unfortunately, the book is littered with them.

I expect this lack of research from new, Indie authors but with all her editors and support, Balogh's book shouldn't have such horrible errors. ( )
  StormChase | Dec 12, 2013 |
I really did enjoy this final book in the Bedwyn Series and Wulf's story, yet as much as I adore Pride and Prejudice, I was a bit disappointed that Wulfric's storyline was not more original. Yes, yes, this was obviously an homage to Jane Austen, and I loved all the nods to her throughout, but I couldn't help comparing so much of the book to the original story. It was basically a P&P fanfic except tht their encounter by the lake at the ball just seemed shabby to me and his first offer - well, Mr. Darcy would never! Still, this was a very good romance and a fitting ending to the series and my second favorite - Freyja's being my favorite! ( )
  ktleyed | Nov 30, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 044024112X, Mass Market Paperback)

All of London is abuzz over the imminent arrival of Wulfric Bedwyn, the reclusive, cold-as-ice Duke of Bewcastle, at the most glittering social event of the season. Some whisper of a tragic love affair. Others say he is so aloof and passionless that not even the greatest beauty could capture his attention. But on this dazzling afternoon, one woman did catch the duke’s eye—and she was the only female in the room who wasn’t even trying. Christine Derrick is intrigued by the handsome duke…all the more so when he invites her to become his mistress.

What red-blooded woman wouldn’t enjoy a tumble in the bedsheets with a consummate lover—with no strings and no questions asked. An infuriating lady with very definite views on men, morals, and marriage, Christine confounds Wulfric at every turn. Yet even as the lone wolf of the Bedwyn clan vows to seduce her any way he can, something strange and wonderful is happening. Now for a man who thought he’d never lose his heart, nothing less than love will do.

With her trademark wit, riveting storytelling, and sizzling sexual sparks, Mary Balogh once again brings together two polar opposites: an irresistible, high-and-mighty aristocrat and the impulsive, pleasure-loving woman who shows him what true passion is all about. A man and a woman so wrong for each other, it can result only in the perfect match.

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Romance enters the life of Wulfric Bedwyn, Duke of Bewcastle, the eldest brother and head of the Bedwyn family. By the author of Slightly Scandalous and Slightly Sinful.

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