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No Man's Mistress (Mistress Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – 2 Aug 2002
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"A lively and thrilling tale."
"A lively and thrilling tale."--"Rendezvous
"A lively and thrilling tale." "Rendezvous
"A lively and thrilling tale."--Rendezvous
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 Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
There are a number of negative reviews of this book which frankly I find bizarre.
1. I remind myself that this is a novel- it is neither intended to be nor claims to be a serious history ,a social history or a medical treatise.
2. I am not therefore in the least bit troubled by the fact that poor Viola did not catch some terrible disease from her clients as the bottom line is not everyone who slept around caught STDs then or now .
3. There is nothing unusual about a man being sexually inexperienced though it's generally deemed more interesting for him to be a rake and the female a virgin in novels.
4. Not all courtesans remained outside society-look at Elizabeth Armistead who married Charles James Fox: was a celebrated courtesan who had numerous patrons from among the ton ,lived with Fox for many years as his mistress then married him and was generally accepted by society and indeed received a royal pension after his death.
So what's not to enjoy !
I thought this a lovely story-Viola taken advantage of by an unscrupulous man out of a sense of duty to her family,lovely Ferry having his faith in love restored by both his experience with Viola but also seeing the happy marriages of Jocelyn and Angie.
I loved it!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
so very disappointed in this series the first one was disappointing as well. Not up to her standard at all. In fact I couldn't be bothered to finish it.Published 2 months ago by book worm
Extremely unlikable female lead and other trite happenings, such as betting an estate on whether someone can be seduced. I love Mary Baloghs other books.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another good read from Mary Balogh. I like the way all the books link.Published 9 months ago by elsa
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. Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2014 by Mrs A Gordon
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... Read more
A lovely read, set at a good pace, with familiar characters and I hope others enjoy it as I havePublished on 19 April 2013 by zmk
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.Published on 29 Jan. 2012 by Christina