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Slightly Dangerous: Number 8 in series (Bedwyn Series) Paperback – 5 Jul 2007

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; New Ed edition (5 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749937726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749937720
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.6 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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** 'This book rings with humour and delightful echoes of Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

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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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I love this book, I've read it a couple of times and its one of Mary Ballogh's best. The Duke of Bewcastle is an excellent character and funny to boot!
Would definitely recommend! Sexy but also historically romantic!
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The best till last! Wulfric is a super hero - we have had glimpses of his character throughout the other 'Slightly' books but now he comes into his own. There is a lot of Darcy in him and he is well matched by Christine - his Elizabeth. They have great repartee and the whole book is a joy from start to finish. Highly recommend. The 4 stars is purely because I'm a bit tired of Ms Landor's voice now....although she does read well.
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One of my favourites, very much reminds me of pride and prejudice.
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In the "Slightly" series, Mary Balogh has been building up to this novel: Wulfric Bedwyn, the eldest of the Bedwyn bevy, has been shown to us as a mysterious and unexplicable character - cold, totally withdrawn and inapproachable, and yet always the most important person outside the two main figures to clinch the matter between them, the pattern-card aristocrat and still always the one to accept his siblings' romances with people of definitely lower class and to help them to a happy conclusion. There is a lot of love between the younger siblings and Wulfric, even if it is not shown in a conventional way. Between Aidan (the next in age after Wulfric) and him there is strain, even a kind of aggression from Aidan's side, and yet Aidan can count on his brother in a tight corner, and I am sure Aidan knows this as well as we do. Real-life people are exactly this complex, and this is why I'm sure every reader of the "Slightly" books has been agog to find out more about Wulfric.

Wulfric's facade has mostly been so strong and without cracks that it has been difficult for me to imagine him in a relationship with a woman. Is his outfit always as perfect? Does he use his quizzing-glass in bed? This has made me even more curious. And now we have a whole book about him, telling us about his feelings that he has kept hidden, revealing to us why he has become the perfect aristocrat without cracks in his facade, having him find a person who can see the Wulfric Bedwyn inside the mantle of the Duke of Bedwyn. It is totally fascinating, as if I had had a film of household plastic before my eyes, and now it is gone and I can see this Wulfric Bedwyn for the first time.
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The first time I read "Slightly Dangerous" I was a little disappointed. I decided not to keep the book and put it up for sale. When someone ordered it I quickly read it again before dispatching it, deciding then that I enjoyed it rather more. And since it's gone I've read four more of the "Slightly" series and I now rather regret having sold it. Anyway, I got a copy from the library and read it - for the third time - and this time I loved it.

Why? Well of course it's the final book in the series following the Bedwyn family in the "Slightly" series. Wulfric, Duke of Bewcastle, has featured in all the others as a cold, aloof and toplofty chap with silver eyes. We haven't really learned a great deal about him except that he was crossed in love when young and has kept himself away from women, apart from his mistress, since then.

"Slightly Dangerous" starts after Wulfric's mistress has died and he's very much on his own now that all his siblings have married and set up home elsewhere. He ends up agreeing to attend a House Party with a friend which he expects is going to be a gathering of gentlemen who can enjoy conversation and relaxation. When he gets there he discovers there are a large number of younger guests, young girls on the catch for a duke as a husband, and one slightly older widow, Mrs Derrick, who rubs him up the wrong way from the start.

Christine Derrick feels very out of place at the house party, having been invited as she is a friend of the hostess and the numbers needed to be evened out when the Duke of Bewcastle accepted the invitation. She has been a widow for two years and the last years of her marriage were rather difficult; her late husband's closest relatives are at the house party and they treat Christine badly.
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This is a book I have re read several times and enjoyed more every time I read it. I am reassured to see I am not the only one to find this is a book that mellows on re reading!
I read this first before I read any of the other books in the series as someone recommended it after I read Devils Bride by Stephanie Laurens. Yes I am a sucker for the dark, brooding grumpy Duke focused on Duty. Then I re read it after the others in the series and recommend everyone reads the others in the series.
Wulfric Duke of Bewcastle has been the backbone of his family , helping and supporting his brothers and sister through their difficult romances while he himself appears to have no loving relationship of his own. Serious, austere and driven by a strong sense of duty.
At a house party he attends under the mistaken impression that it's a gathering of intellectuals he meets the lovely widow Christine Derrick . She had previously married a minor member of the ton but found her lively personality and friendly manner apparently completely misunderstood by her late husband and his family. Christine and the Duke appear polar opposites in every way- socially and temperamentally but they find they are powerfully attracted to each other both sexually but because both of them realise that the other is far more complex than they appear so there is a real meeting of minds. I loved the character development,
The epilogue is possibly my favourite in any Balogh book !
I would love to meet this family which says everything about how well written this book is.
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