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More Than a Mistress Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 2001

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dell Publishing Company; Reprint edition (1 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440226015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440226017
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 966,739 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

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* 'An authentic London high society setting and smart sexy dialogue (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY * 'A.sensual Regency romp')

KIRKUS REVIEWS * 'Wise, witty and compassionate, Mary Balogh is an incomparable talent. I never miss a book (Jill Barnett, bestselling author * A lively and thrilling tale')

RENDEZVOUS --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Mary Balogh invites you into a world of scandal and seduction, glittering high society and intrigue, as an arrogant duke does the unthinkable - falls in love with his mistress. . . --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jane Garrett on 3 Dec. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jane Ingleby interrupts a duel, and by mischance, the Duke of Tresham is wounded. As a result of being late for work, however, she looses her menial job and Tresham employs her as his nurse when she confronts him to demand recompense. Later, after his recovery, Jane agrees to be his mistress, but although Tresham is aware that Jane is ladylike, he is shocked to discover she really is a lady-Lady Sara Illingsworth, on the run for attempted murder and theft.It turns out, however,that Jane was defending her virtue after her cousin tried to rape her, and Tresham restores her to her rightful place in Society before marrying her.

It was a real pleasure to read a regency where the hero did not say 'gotten' every five minutes,(the writer is Welsh rather than American, and it shows in the language) and where there was a real sense that the author understood the time period she was writing in. Although there were passionate love scenes, there was a real sense of a 'marriage of true minds' between these two-for example,When Tresham visits Jane, his mistress, for sex, and ends up telling her about his childhood instead.This is a passionate love story between two strong characters-Jane is by no means the pushover that Tresham is used to, and he is at first almost baffled by her strength of will. It makes for some great scenes between the two, encounters that gradually change in tone from adverserial to intimate.It makes this story much more believable and enjoyable than the standard fare of far too many regencies these days-ninny falls for promiscuous bully.This was my first Mary Balogh, but it definately won't be my last.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Nov. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Mary Balogh seems to have hit her stride.. one or two of her earlier works were a bit shaky, but this is almost perfectly crafted.
The heroine may, or may not, be a killer - but certainly not a murderess. The hero may be a gentleman, but maybe only by birth.. In a genre that's so 'done' you don't get many plots that are totally original, so if I recounted the bare plot you'd probably think 'read that before', but it is the style and characterisation which makes any new regency novel worth reading.. and this books has style, pace and character to spare. Don't recommend it to your friends - when authors get too popular they start spending the royalties instead of writing, and I'd like to see a few more stories like this on my bookshelves.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on 30 Sept. 2006
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I've read a number of Mary Balogh's books but this one, for me, is definitely the highlight. I read it alongside its pair "No Man's Mistress" but this is by far the superior of the two.

The hero of More Than A Mistress is the Duke of Tresham, a wild, rakish man who has had all trace of warmth and artistic flair beaten out of him by his father and grandfather. The Tresham men are manly and this one became duke aged 17 and has spent the next nine years as your average rich titled gentleman did in Regency times - horse riding, fencing, brawling, shooting, duelling and keeping mistresses.

Jane Ingleby is escaping a disaster in her past - saving herself from attack from her cousin she accidentally injures him - apparently mortally. She flees her home in Cornwall to take refuge with a relative... who is out of town. Jane has to find work quickly to keep herself alive, and eventually finds a position at a milliner's shop. Unfortunately she loses her job three days later when coming into work late - late because she intervened in a duel between the Duke of Tresham and the husband of a woman he has apparently slept with.

Jane and the Duke find themselves thrown together by circumstance - she has to nurse him following a shot to his leg in the duel. Their verbal sparring in this part of the book is brilliant. Jane is a calm, clever, self-contained woman (despite the problems in her life) and she is a match for Tresham when no-one else can stand up for him. Eventually he no longer requires nursing but can't bear to see her leave so offers her the position of his mistress - which she accepts with certain conditions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caz on 4 April 2013
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This review is of the audiobook version narrated by Rosalyn Landor.

This was, I think, one of the first of Mary Balogh's romances I read and I remember thinking at the time that it was something a bit out of the ordinary.

Our hero is Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham. He's rich, arrogant and jaded, doesn't suffer fools gladly and while accepting deference as his due, is secretly tired of all the toadying he experiences day after day.

He has a reputation as a rake, one who doesn't draw the line at having affairs with married women - and at the beginning of the book, is participating in a duel, having been called out by a furious husband. What the husband doesn't realise is that Tresham's highly developed sense of honour will not permit him to call a lady a liar, even to prevent a duel - and in any case, the usual practice in these matters is for both parties to delope (fire into the air).

All would have gone according to plan had not Tresham's opponent been distracted by screams - and instead of shooting wide, he is startled and accidentally shoots Jocelyn in the leg.

The imprecations to stop had come from Jane Ingleby, a young woman passing by on her way to work. She is immediately summoned to the scene to help - although Tresham is rather rude to her (not surprisingly) - but this means she is late to work and is dismissed from her job as a seamstress. Her employer, sceptical of her explanation of her lateness as being due to having provided aid to the Duke of Tresham tells her she can have her job back if she gets proof, signed by Tresham, that her explanation was the truth, and Jane, having no other alternative, angrily determines to get it.
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