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Publisher's Summary

As the fires of war raged around him, Lord Alleyne Bedwyn was thrown from his horse and left for dead - only to awaken in the bedchamber of a ladies' brothel. Suddenly the dark, handsome diplomat has no memory of who he is or how he got there - yet of one thing he is certain: The angel who nurses him back to health is the woman he vows to make his own.

But like him, Rachel York is not who she seems. A lovely young woman caught up in a desperate circumstance, she must devise a scheme to regain her stolen fortune. The dashing soldier she rescued from near death could be her savior in disguise. There is just one condition: She must pose as his wife - a masquerade that will embroil them in a sinful scandal, where a man and a woman court impropriety with each daring step...with every taboo kiss that can turn passionate strangers into the truest of lovers.

Contains mature themes.

©2004 Mary Balogh (P)2017 Tantor

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Amazing Addition To The Series

SLIGHTLY SINFUL is the fifth book in the Bedwyn series. It is the story of Alleyne, the youngest son. The events in this book occur concurrently with those in SLIGHTLY TEMPTED. Alleyne is injured during the Battle of Waterloo. He is rescued by Rachel York, who find him unconscious and naked. Alleyne awakes with no memory of who he is. Rachel is a young woman who has fallen on hard times and is currently staying in a brothel with four prostitutes. Soon Alleyne is helping Rachel by masquerading as a newly married couple.

This is a story about who we are and what knowledge of the past makes us. Both Alleyne and Rachel are missing the truth about their pasts. The two fall in love while engaged in the fake marriage. This book is more madcap adventure than the others. Rachel and Alleyne travel with four prostitutes and a one-eyes former sergeant. Their deception, however, allows them to discover the truth. I really enjoyed this book. It was funny and poignant at the same time. The end of the book where Alleyne finally finds himself was so incredible that I forgot that the madcap adventure went on just a touch too long. I really like Alleyne and Rachel's romance.
Rosalyn Landor one of my favourite narrators was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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OMG.....Rachel needs to be slapped

Even though I'm a huge fan of MB...and RL.....this book is soooooooooooooo hard to stomach. Rachel is a whining, difficult woman who was allowed to whine for WAYYYYYY too long. I finally gave it up at chapter 12. Arghhhhhhhhhhhhh
While I've read/listened to all the books in the Slightly series many many times, I now know why this is the book I save for LASTTTTTTTTTTT. Sorry.....am just too fed up with Rachel to be objective.

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Not One of the Better Bedwyn Books

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Sort of. I appreciated how it continued the Bedwyn saga and filled in some holes created in the previous book. However, after a decent beginning, the story and characters faltered for me. Both main characters became tedious at times, and some of their conflict seemed drawn out and uninteresting.

Would you be willing to try another book from Mary Balogh? Why or why not?

Yes, because I have read more compelling stories of other Bedwyns. Balogh is a writer that when she hits the mark, she hits it perfectly; she's just not always consistent.

Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, and she always delivers a good performance.

Could you see Slightly Sinful being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Two slightly annoying and mostly likable people.

Any additional comments?

This was a time in which I felt Mary Balogh brought the right elements to a book, but she didn't bring them together well. The story went flat for me and struggled to keep me interested. The minor characters sometimes added nicely to the plot, and other times they were overdone and detracted unnecessarily from more important elements. This book was like a nice sweater knitted by your grandma: The right intention and presentation is there, but it doesn't look or feel right when you try it on. If you're not committed to the Bedwyn series, you could miss this one and be okay.

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Surprisingly Funny Romantic Novel

Would you listen to Slightly Sinful again? Why?

Absolutely. It has everything a book needs to be winner. It was worth all the trouble I had trying to listen to the entire book. I had trouble with the tape's forward and rewind. I finally got to listen to the whole book (I think) by listening from "My Library" instead of from my computer's Audible Manager where it stopped and would not go forward from about the 20 - 21st chapter. I had trouble with rewind when listening from "My Library". I will notify Audible and it should be fixed by the time someone else listens to it.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything! From the time Lord Alleyne Bedwyn was thrown from his horse, left for dead, and found without a stitch of clothes on his bare unconscious body by occupants of a brothel, not knowing who he is or why he was on the field of battle; to it's conclusion. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire story!

What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

She made the story come alive. She was perfect for this humorous story. Few narrators could read this story of wit, tragedy and romance with such feeling. She was flawless.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was moved by many and varied emotions throughout the book; in the beginning it was anger toward the cad who had stolen the ladies hard earned life savings. I was moved to laughter on several occasions, as well as pity, anxiety, appreciation, feelings from the growing romantic attractions of the characters. I don't want to be more specific so as not to give too much away.

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For a lessor read I would have given up because of tape troubles, but I was so interested in this book I was determined if there was a way of hearing it all I would find it, even to the point of shutting down my computer, just in case.

I can't imagine any Historical Romance lover not find this book astounding.

I highly recommend it.

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Great story, ; unique ; lots of angles

I enjoyed this one very much. Moves fast and has a lot of turns and detours.

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good well written love stories

love this book series. but get ready to hear the word "proverbial" a hundred times (if you listen to both this series and the series with the bath teachers, you will start noticing). but great characters and stories

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My new favorite...

I love all of the novels in this series but this is my favorite! I laughed out loud and cried a few times. Lovely!

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Best of the Bedwyn novels so far

The story of memory loss and a chance to reform a life was a novel idea and simply enchanting.

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Great Plot and Characters

Rosalyn Landor is my favorite narrator. She keep the tension going with the characters unique personalities. The book was good, not one of my favorites but the way it is narrated makes the story come alive.

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Humorous and Heartwarming

I really enjoyed the taming of the stern lead character. I laughed often and was delighted with the ending. Great story!

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  • Brigitta Davidson
  • 05-26-20

Enjoyable

For.those who like to dip into a romantic novel from time to time, this one ticks all the boxes.
Pure escaping. Well read.

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  • Rachel Reads
  • 01-16-20

good theme

Really struggling with narrator, the only book her voice suited from this series was Freya story she hs managed to murder the other stories with her style of narration I say this because I have listened to other period dramas to better narration and I really want to get to the end of the series but it's ruining it for me.
Otherwise story had a sweet theme despite the suspect accents Roslyn put on and it did somewhat break with the storyline pattern favoured by the author I don't recommend listening to the series in succession - listen to a book in between it might make the obvious patterns seem less so.

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  • Thor
  • 10-20-20

Not one of my favourite

I like the basic story of the how the heroine met up with her previous nanny. How she saves the hero, but felt the sex was "shoehorned" into the story.
I am always fascinated how after the author has gone to long lengths explaining a painful injury. That suddenly sex is possible, then the next feeble excuse is. Having failed the first time and ruined our budding friendship, let's do it again to improve things.
This author usually doesn't feel the need to force sex into a story, but let's it occur naturally. Theses two ridiculous scenarios, spoilt the book. Which is a pity as the other characters were entertaining.

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  • Pici
  • 11-20-17

Wonderful characters

Another great Berwyn story by Mary Balogh. A fantastic mixture of characters, the storyline taking the reader through sad and deeply emotional situations, including steamy sex scenes but also full of hilarious moments.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-25-21

Absolutely amazing

I honestly and truly love this series. Abit slow at the start but super suspenseful towards the last 4 or 5 chapters. Again I can't wait to see what is next.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-20

book 5

And another fake betrothal, hmmm. That aside I enjoyed this book, I found it more confronting and exciting than some of the others. Enjoyable story with a a happy ending. Amazing Narrator as usual. This book melds a little together from the from book 4. There some some great characters in this book, enjoyable read.