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No Man's Mistress (Mistress Trilogy) [Mass Market Paperback]

Mary Balogh
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2 Aug 2002 Mistress Trilogy
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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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group; Reprint edition (2 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440236576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440236573
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 10.1 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 938,884 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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" [H]eartwarming ... fans of the period will savor.... [C]harismatic characters and swift pacing will keep romance enthusiasts riveted to the page."
-- "Publishers Weekly"

Praise for Mary Balogh and More Than a Mistress:
" A stunningly good work of romantic fiction. Mary Balogh reaches deep and touches the heart."
-- Joan Johnston, "New York Times" bestselling author of The Cowboy
" Mary Balogh is the writer I read for pleasure."
-- Susan Elizabeth Phillips, "New York Times" bestselling author of First Lady
" More Than a Mistress is a winning, witty, and engaging tale that fulfilled all of my romantic fantasies. A new Mary Balogh book is a gift every woman should give herself!"
-- Teresa Medeiros, "New York Times" bestselling author of The Bride and the Beast
" Wise, witty and compassionate, Mary Balogh is an incomparable talent. I never miss a book."
-- Jill Barnett, bestselling author of Wicked

"From the Hardcover edition." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Fall in love with NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Mary Balogh's sparkling blend of romance, danger and intrigue as a dashing lord meets his match. . . --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Rounded and Quite Sweet Romance 6 Jun 2013
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Old review taken from my blog (#147 in August 2011) after borrowing it from the local library.

The Duke's brother, Lord Ferdinand Dudley wins a house in a card game, and hies off to have a look around....stopping only briefly the day before to have a fit of sport at the village fair and a stolen kiss with a country miss.

Unfortunately, when he arrives at his newly acquired property he finds he has a sitting tenant, Viola Thornhill ... who maintains that the deceased Earl of Bamber had left her the property in his will .... she refuses to leave and so does Ferdinand .... who's in the right?

Some nice little funny bits in this one, and a lovely all round story. Too good for 3 stars, so awarded four, but in reality it's a 3.5 star read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No man's mistress 29 Jan 2012
Found the story entertaining especially with the small twist. One of Mary Balogh's best novels so far as tend to find them slow in places but this one not in the least.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't it worry you? 19 Sep 2006
There are some really disturbing factors about this book that on the other hand is well-written and interesting, with sympathetic and coherent main characters as usual in Ms. Balogh's novels. I find I have to detach the novel from real life in general and from the historical background especially. On the other hand, is not escapism the whole idea with this genre of literature?

Contrary to some other reader critics of Amazon.Co.UK, I don't find it unbelievable that Ferdinand was a virgin at around thirty. (In fact, I found this detail to be endearing in him.) There is an explanation in the book for this phenomenon, even if one critic had not found it. I have known (even normal) men who have quite certainly been without sexual experience at thirty. Explanations vary; religion is one of them. They do exist (should I say more's the pity?).

It certainly worries me - but then, I am a doctor - that Viola has been working as a courtesan independent of any specific lover. She is even proud of the fact that she had been no man's mistress. She has had lots of customers in a circle with a high prevalence for syphilis (not to mention other venereal infections) in those days - even the famous Beau Brummell was a syphilis victim. Viola's customers must have had similar connections to numerous other women in her profession. It is not credible that she could have managed without catching something. I am totally sorry for having said this.

Another worrisome detail is the happy ending of this book. Of course it is right in our opinion that Ferdinand collects his male acquaintance and goes and beats the living daylights out of the man that had forced Viola to work as a prostitute, after which the ton accepts Viola into their midst. But then, this is supposed to be the 19th century.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Miss Viola Thornhill, a former courtesan, now resides in Pinewood Manor, a gift from her deceased father, the former Earl of Bamber. One day, a handsome stranger kisses her at the local fair, making her head spin. She doesn't think she will see him again, but the next day, he arrives at her house saying he's now the new owner and she must leave. The man is Lord Ferdinand Dudley, the younger 27 year old brother of the Duke of Tresham, one of the main protagnoists in the first book of the series. He has won the house through a card game, where the new Earl of Bamber offered it as his stake. Viola isn't happy, saying the property has always been hers, but Dudley doesn't agree. When neither agree to leave, both live together, but Viola hopes to make his life more difficult, so he will leave of his own accord. Over time, they begin to fall for each other and begin a relationship. Dudley wants to marry her, but Viola knows he cannot marry a bastard ex courtesan. Her own problems from her former life begin to creep up on her and despite already loving him, tries to turn Dudley away, so he realises she isn't a suitable bride. But Dudley is persistent, even offering for her to become his mistress and set her up in his brother's former mistress house. The Duke of Tresham is outraged his brother is having anything to do with Viola, for he knows of her reputation as Lilian Talbot, her alias when she was a courtesan. But Dudley loves Viola no matter what, and is determined to make Viola realise he loves her and marry him.

Overall, the book is good, but not as good as the first in the series. Couple of things that confused me:


1) Ferdinand Dudley is a virgin when he meets Viola, and she only picks up on this when they first sleep together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Balogh has given us another exquisite romance 15 Feb 2014
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I find myself reading Balogh's books far too quickly as I'm desperate to reach the inevitable happy ending, and this was no exception. The story was excellent and the characters Devine. I also enjoy the way Balogh let's us see characters from previous novels from another perspective as well as seeing then grow.
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