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Publisher's Summary

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.

Contains mature themes.

©2004 Mary Balogh (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"With this series, Balogh has created a wonderfully romantic world of Regency culture and society. Readers will miss the honorable Bedwyns and their mates; ending the series with Wulfric's story is icing on the cake. Highly recommended." ( Library Journal)

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Ten Stars!

I have read this book several times but rushed to buy it at in audio format. Rosalyn Landor is perfect for Mary Balogh's writing. I will listen to this many times!

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Fantastic Finish!

This was an awesome conclusion to the Bedwyn Saga. This was story about the Duke of Bedcastle the last Bedwyn sibling to fall in love. This was one of my favorites in this series. This listen was well worth the credit with a five star review.

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Delightfully damaged characters ending a series

Wulfric's story is the one we all waited for. I took back one star for our heroine's protesting beyond the point of sense (no spoiler, I won't say what she's refusing to do). But loved that she leaps before she looks, spills, rips, tears, falls, and generally isn't your usual heroine at all. Definitely a girl I could relate to.

Finally, finally we get an explanation of Wulfric's frozen demeanor and ducal behavior even to his family. He goes from iceberg to...well, making sense at last while staying true to character. Plus some real surprises that are also true to character. Love it when a hero can go from scary frigid to sympathetic in the course of a book.

I'm being a bit vague, but I don't want to spoil it for others. The narrator is awesome and I totally lost myself in the story without ever noticing the narrator once things began, which to me is the mark of greatness. Kudos!

If there was a way to give partial stars, this would honestly be a 4 3/4 as I suspect the author could have kept the conflict cranked without resorting that one last time too many. Regardless, I bought this the minute I could and you won't be sorry if you do.

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The Unforgettable Bedwyns

The only sad thought of these books are that there are no more siblings to write about. Their personalities are so great, humorous, strong willed, strong tempered and just plain fun. I hope Mary Balogh will continue with their off spring and create more stories of romance. Aunts and uncles could be in the mix of fostering or impeding their nieces and nephews romances.
The narrator Rosalyn Landor is the best narrator of all the narrators that I have heard. She is incredible with the ease of how she differentiates characters voices. I sometimes see her name as narrator and choose that book because I love her narration.

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 06-21-17

Best book in the series

Any additional comments?

I loved it!!! In this book the Duke reminds me a great deal of Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. I liked the Duke character all through the books in this series and was glad to finally listen to a book about him. All the Duke's brother/sister/in laws from previous books are in this book too, but it still works as a stand alone book,

The female lead (Christine) got on my nerves a few times, I would rather see her as more refined, but I still liked her. I am in love with the Duke. He is a fantastic character. The story is told from both Christine's and the Duke's point of view, which gives a better feel for their characters and their thoughts. Nothing major happens because the story is about the relationship between Christine and the Duke growing from first sight of one another and forward to the end. Really a great story.

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best one of the bedwynn saga

loved the ending!! Really enjoyed this series but this one is my favorite!! will be listening to this book again:)

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The best for last.


W ufric's story is well-done. I would have been so disappointed if the object of his affections would have been a prim and boring miss. Luckily the lovers are matched well. A fitting wrap up to this Slightly series. And Ms Landor's narration is superb as usual!

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Love Wulf, a little disappointed with the female lead

I love the the entire series and had already fallen in love with Wulf so obviously I was very biased going in but Christine did NOT seem good enough for Wulf. Still enjoyed the read but i wanted someone more interesting for Wulf. Christine just seemed clumsy and childish. I would’ve liked a stronger character like Eve was for Aiden - slightly married is still my favorite book of this series.

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A lovely story

Perrfection!!! It had the right amounts of wanting to reach in the book and wanting to strangle them so they get it right already!!! And the right amount of romance and a perfect ending to a beautiful family saga!!

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Best HR I have Ever Listened To!

I loved the storyline, the characters and narration by Rosalyn Landor. It made me laugh as well as sigh!!

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  • Jo Kindle
  • 06-23-18

the bedwyns are addictive. well written indeed.

I have not beeb so addicted to a historical romance in decades. love the 3 I have heardd so far, saving up for the other 3.

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  • Gwen
  • 03-08-18

A masterpiece in plot and characters.

The narrator excelled herself, sweeping me along with the fast moving plot. The peak for me was the confrontation with Justin. Excellent.

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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 05-07-17

Blue blood turns red in the open air

I was given this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
A good run of the mill romance that's interesting enough with its variables to keep the readers interest . Worth s read/listen if this is your genre .

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  • Thor
  • 04-22-17

A good ending to the series

This is one of Mary Balogh, better books, it was not weigh down with loads of sex exploits. The story was well though out and compassionate to the two main Characters. In all I have enjoyed the series, it is good to read them in order, but they can be read independently.