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More than a Mistress: Mistress Series, Book 1 | [Mary Balogh]

More than a Mistress: Mistress Series, Book 1

An arrogant duke does the unthinkable - he falls in love with his mistress.... She raced onto the green, desperate to stop a duel. In the mêlée, Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham, was shot. To his astonishment, Tresham found himself hiring the servant as his nurse. Jane Ingleby was far too bold for her own good. Her blue eyes were the sort a man could drown in - were it not for her impudence. She questioned his every move, breached his secrets, touched his soul. When he offered to set her up in his London town house, love was the last thing on his mind.
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Publisher's Summary

In this captivating novel, Mary Balogh, the premier writer of Regency romance, invites you into a world of scandal and seduction, of glittering high society and intrigue, as an arrogant duke does the unthinkable - he falls in love with his mistress.

She raced onto the green, desperate to stop a duel. In the mêlée, Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham, was shot. To his astonishment, Tresham found himself hiring the servant as his nurse. But Jane Ingleby was far too bold for her own good. Her blue eyes were the sort a man could drown in - were it not for her impudence. She questioned his every move, breached his secrets, touched his soul. When he offered to set her up in his London town house, love was the last thing on his mind.

Jane tried to pretend it was strictly business, an arrangement she was forced to accept in order to conceal a dangerous secret. Surely there was nothing more perilous than being the lover of such a man. Yet as she got past his devilish façade and saw the noble heart within, she knew the greatest jeopardy of all, a passion that drove her to risk everything on one perfect month with the improper gentleman who thought love was for fools.

©2001 Mary Balogh (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Elizabeth j gorman 02-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "meh"
    Would you try another book from Mary Balogh and/or Rosalyn Landor?

    I might try the author again but not the narrator


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a typical corn ball romance


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She made the hero sound like a dowdy old English person. I've heard female narrators do a very convincing male voice, but this woman was so incredibly distracting to listen to. I picture an old wrinkly English man as the hero now. Thanks.


    Did More than a Mistress inspire you to do anything?

    Yeah, puke.


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    SewingKittyKat 07-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great!!!"
    Where does More than a Mistress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say I would rack this at 4, it does get dry in some parts but then again it is a page turner/


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LaToya N. Byron Florida, USA 02-18-14
    LaToya N. Byron Florida, USA 02-18-14 Member Since 2014

    Lover of romance. Mother of 2.

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    "Pleasantly Surprised"

    I honestly had no expectations for this book. I had only ever read one Mary Balogh book and had never listened to one.
    Rosalyn did a fair job; better than many but not as good as quite a few.
    This book had a solid plot, some of which I saw coming long before it occurred and quite a bit more that surprised me but fit right in where and when needed. I will definitely read the next book in this series. I laughed quite a bit. The sarcasm that the hero expelled was the surprise and I loved every bit of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tamica Dallas, TX, United States 01-18-14
    Tamica Dallas, TX, United States 01-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Love Story"
    What did you love best about More than a Mistress?

    I liked that although it was a typical love story it wasn't 100% predictable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that the main female character did not cower despite how intimidating the main male was.


    Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

    The Duke of Tresham


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh a couple of times unexpectedly.


    Any additional comments?

    The intimate scenes involving the mistress are not extremely explicit but the subject matter is not boring or timid either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karissa PETERSBURG, IL, United States 07-13-13
    Karissa PETERSBURG, IL, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Bland, Predictable and Tedious"

    There is a certain predictability to romance novels, I understand it expect and even quite enjoy it as a fan of the genre. But this book is not even moderately interesting. . Even if the narrator was fabulous (and that was not the case) it wouldn't have saved this annoying story. The accent was way overblown and I never want to have to imagine a quizzing glass as the most interesting part of a story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie 01-16-13
    MickeyMarie 01-16-13 Member Since 2014

    I read so I can write

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    "What a great story"

    From first paragraph to last this was a fun story to listen to. Ms Landor is one of the best narrators of this kind of novel, and Mary Balogh always provides an excellent read.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Carrissa 10-09-14
    Carrissa 10-09-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not worth the reduced sale price"
    Any additional comments?

    So many issues with this story and the performance. Performance wise - Rosalyn Landor should not be encouraged to narrate stories with male parts. Her representation of a male voice was horrible and outside of the story issues (which I will discuss later) meant I struggled to like Jocelyn Tresham. Story wise - if I had to listen to yet another rambling mental discourse of philosophy of mine/ours/togetherness or if the 'ducal quizzing glass' had been raised yet again I would have thrown my iphone out the car window. To top off a story that I wasn't enjoying, at 30 mins to go it is announced in the middle of she hates him / he hates her that oops - there is a baby on the way (not really a spoiler, you can guess it is going to end up in the plot from the story description) and then they are married and love each other to death. Wow - wrap up that angst without any explanations!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E. Gensler 05-16-13
    E. Gensler 05-16-13
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    "So slow!!!!"
    What would have made More than a Mistress better?

    I felt the writing was insipid and the interpretation even more so. The pace of the story and reading could have been faster, although I'm not sure it would have improved it much. This was a painful read/listen.


    Has More than a Mistress turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I enjoy the genre, but, I guess, not this author.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rosalyn Landor’s performances?

    I didn't care for Rosalyn Landor's voice or reading at all. My bad for not listening to the sample and realizing that I have listened to another of her readings and didn't like it either. Not saying I could have done better, but good grief the pacing was slow and characterizations were far too pompous.


    What character would you cut from More than a Mistress?

    Angelique, Tresham's sister. She didn't advance the story and her dialogue was annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    From here on out I will ALWAYS listen to the sample. Thank goodness I got this title on sale!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Not worth it!"

    I absolutely hated the heroine in this story. She emasculated the man the whole book. Ugh! If you like to read about men being pushed around and brow beaten, this book is for you.There is a difference between standing up for yourself and just being plain mean! And the narrator was "perfectly horrid." This book got 2 stars because this author can write well.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rita 10-04-12
    Rita 10-04-12

    Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired

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    "Almost deleted"

    I'm not a big fan of the reader she bored me I was about to deleted it,but gave it another listen closer to the end it got better for I love a strong confidence man and a strong well women probably want get the next two.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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