From New York Times best-selling author Mary Balogh comes the first novel in the Horsemen trilogy, a scandalous romance of yearning passion and dangerous desires....
In the country visiting his twin brother, Viscount Rawleigh longs for a little diversion, and beautiful young widow Catherine Winters seems like easy prey. But Rex's target is a lady of virtue, and when she roundly rejects his improper proposal to become his mistress, Rex finds himself faced with a delectable challenge.
Catherine knows she must fight the indecent feelings the viscount arouses within her - feelings that bring to life a past she had sought to escape - even as the handsome lord refuses to relent in his amorous attentions. But even though she knows one kiss could bring her to ruin, temptation proves an insurmountable foe - and Catherine cannot ignore the beating of her treacherous heart....
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This was probably one of my favorites to date. The story was intriguingly different than most. The heroine has a tragic past and the hero starts out as a jerk but redeems himself because of his love for her.
The narrator does a great job Itelling a story of a young lady who didn't feel like she could be loved again and in the end finding someone to love her. the author is so good at weaving mysteries and capturing your attention.
Balogh always has interesting prose and it is good here. And the book works well as a dissection of rape culture and slut shaming while exposing issues with the romantic alphahole protagonist. The hero learns through the course of the novel that no means no. And has his eyes opened (to a degree) about the male privilege he's swimming within. So, on that front the book is interesting. It's good in dealing with issues of sexism and rape culture. On the romantic front, it is somewhat ho-hum on the romance front. I'm not sure it could be otherwise since clearly one of the aims of the novel was to highlight the issues of a man swimming in a sexist culture that thinks women are 'teases' or 'prudes' and that flirtation must always meet his ends. He learns (a bit) over the novel so there's progression but it makes a bit of a tough slog to root for him through much of the novel. The poor heroine in the other hand more than deserves a happy ending, so there's that.
Mary Balogh is one of my favorite story tellers of the 1800s historical romance in England. Rosalyn Landon is the perfect narrator for this story.
This story is very well written and narrated however I spent most of the time reading this story feeling angry. The author has written a story about a problem that unfortunately still exists to some degree in our society today although not as bad as it was in the time period of this story. The way she was treated and the small mindedness of people was well outlined.
I highly recommend it's well worth a read
"Mary Baloch and Rosalyn Landor- unbeatable"
Combine an excellent narrator and author with a good story and you gat this book. Thoroughly enjoyable read.
"I liked it better, when I listen to it for the second time"
The hero in the book is very arrogant, forceful and overbearing. However for the time it is set in, sadly men were like that especially Calvary Officer. The heroine, is showing us just how defenceless women were at that time. Their life and survival was dependant on the Honour and Protection of the men around them. Class didn't count
if the man was not honourable and what ever happen the woman was always to blame and had to live with consequences. So I found it a it uncomfortable when I listen to it the first time around, would have preferred to read it first.
I loved this book as it portrays many of the obstacles and adversities of the result of the abuse of women. The problems are no different than what happens in the 21st century. It is not a portrayal through rose coloured glasses but still tastefully intertwined with a love story.
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