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  • Paperback
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452210372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452210370
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,139,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Balogh is a New York Times bestselling author. A former teacher, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada. Visit her website at www.marybalogh.com


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Believing herself to be the kind of woman men prefer as a friend, Sophia Armitage agrees to help Sir Nathaniel find a wife and is astonished when they fall for each other, a situation she fears will compromise their friendship. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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THERE WAS ALWAYS A SENSE of pleasurable anticipation attached to entering London even though one had to travel through the poorer, more crowded outer areas before reaching Mayfair and its splendid mansions and thoroughfares. Read the first page
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Nov. 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Nobody does yearning better than the marvelous Mary Balogh. Irresistible is truly irresistible, a delicious love story that will keep the reader turning pages into the wee hours of the night. (I was up until 3 a.m.) Widowed Sophie Armitage is being blackmailed by a thorough cad who would ruin her late hero husband's memory (he died saving the lives of Wellington and several of his officers)and seriously injure her family's standing in society.When she was following the drum in Spain, sophie and her husband were friendly with four popular noblemen known as the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse, officers she never forgot---particularly one of them,the handsomest in her eyes, and the kindest, Nathaniel Gascoigne. Sophie runs into them again just as the blackmailer is about to drive her into deep debt. Her pride, however, forestalls asking for help, and not until she has become intimately involved with Nat is the story of her predicament revealed. Added to Sophie's distress is the emotional toll her love affair with Nat is taking; lacking in self-esteem, she cannot believe he really cares. Recommended for all readers who prefer live, breathing, REAL characters rather than the 1-dimensional clones found too often in the genre.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 May 1999
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i've read all of the horsemen book and i must say that this was by far my favourite. the characters were beautiful, and they seemed so alive. i truly felt for both characters, and though this is so cliche it was as if i was there myself. this book was so poigantly sweet, i found myself rereading my favourite parts of it over and over again after i finished the book. i especially loved all the references to nat's beautiful smile.. had a few sighs over that. i really recommend u read this book, as u will not be sorry.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jun. 1999
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I enjoyed this book very much. I reccommend reading Indiscreet and Unforgiven first as you can then appreciate the full scope of the story. The heroes of the three books are the men of all our dreams. It was a pleasure reading about the adventures of Rex, Kenneth, Nat and Eden.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Mar. 2007
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I'm a real fan of Mary Balogh. Her Regency romances have far more to them than most other modern-authored novels, her characters seem more three-dimensional and her historical setting is more accurate than you usually expect. She's well known for the Bedwyn "Slightly" series, as well as the new "Simply" series; "Irresistible" is an older novel, published in 1998, and it felt a little different in tone.

Sophie Armitage is a widow living quietly in London in a house given to her as a pension when her husband died heroically at the Battle of Waterloo. She's been living there for two years now but life hasn't been plain sailing - someone is causing her anxiety and money troubles, although we don't initially learn what the problem is or who is involved.

Nathaniel Gascoigne is a baronet and, since Waterloo, has been living on his estate trying to get three of his sisters and his ward married off. He's been relatively successful and now only has one sister and his ward to dispose of so he takes a house in London for the season to fire them off; probably successfully with his sister who is young and engaging but his ward, Lavinia, is a 24-year-old feisty problem.

Sophie and Nathaniel knew each other whilst she followed the drum with her husband. Nat is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, so-called as they were army Majors who were always involved in excitement during the fighting, plus were all attractive men. Two of the Four Horsemen are married off (I presume these were featured in earlier novels although I haven't read them) and it's just Nat and Lord Eden Pelham left. When Nat comes to London and meets up with the other three Horsemen they bump into Sophie and renew the acquaintance.

Things are different now, though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Nov. 1998
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I have always been a fan of Ms. Balogh, and have enjoyed all the books in this trilogy. The story of Sophie and Nat is a great story of friends, lovers and intrigue. Unlike most stories today, where the main characters seem to meet and have sex immediately thereafter, this story allows the characters to grow. Longtime friends who refind each other. The secondary story of the book is amusing too. Anyone who has a close group of college buddies or friends will find the relationships in this book very realistic.
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This book tells the story of Nat and Eden, two of four close friends nicknamed the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
For those who read Indiscreet (Catherine and Rex's story) and Unforgiven (Moira and Ken's story) this is a chance to read about them again as they are still a part of Nat's and Eden's world. Irrisistible rounds out the package nicely.
Like all of Mary Balogh's books, the characters are believeable in their motivations, actions and reactions. Their intelligence and perception (and the author's) shows in their conversations, decisions and inner thoughts. They grow on you in a mellow and honest way--much like friendship.
The plot and situations are interesting and well-developed, without ridiculous heroics,embarrasing sentiment or insults to your intelligence.
Before long, you find you genuinely care about the people and their lives, and you see something of yourself and real people you have known as you turn the pages.
Its the kind of book that is good company, and you hate to have it end.
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