Ripe with sensuality and wit, The Secret Mistress by New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh proves that comfort is no match for passion when a stuffy gentleman becomes the object of desire of a spirited young woman.
While Lady Angeline Dudley’s pedigree dictates that she must land a titled gentleman, the irrepressible beauty secretly longs for a simple, ordinary suitor. No wild rakes like the men of her family, just a kind heart and good nature. So when Edward Ailsbury, the new Earl of Heyward, rescues her with unmatched civility from the advances of a scoundrel, Angeline thinks that she has found her true love. Alas, persuading the earl is another matter entirely!
Edward has his future neatly mapped out—he hopes to wed his steadfast companion, a woman who shares his values of duty and decorum—and from the brilliant hues of her fashion to her hoydenish antics, Angeline is absolutely the last woman on earth for Edward. And yet, maddeningly enough, she’s also the one woman he can’t stop thinking about. Even so, he’s determined to remain a proper gentleman, but everything changes when a stolen kiss in the moonlight awakens something primal—and decidedly sinful—within him.
Hardcover Book : 320 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press ( July 12, 2011 )
Item #: 13-367736
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 12.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Another compelling and engaging romance by Mary Balogh. I just love this authors style. Although I wasn't crazy about the first three in her Huxtable Series, the later two, and now this one, were much better! A good solid story overall!
I had just read the earlier novels More Than a Mistress and No Man's Mistress, and couldn't wait to read Angeline and Edward's back story. The Secret Mistress gives us insight into their characters, and just how they fell in love. I enjoyed this book a lot.
Reviewer: Lu-ann V
Ms. Balogh has done it again, written a beautiful and heartfelt love story. There is some steam but not until close to the end and is some of the most passionate and meaningful you will find in this genre. I take one star off for the exceedingly long ramblings of our lady protagonist which got to be repetitive, unnecessary and painful to read through. Overlook those and lose yourself in the romance.
I am usually sceptical when I hear an author has written a book because "fans requested it". It always seem to me that the authors' heart is not in the story. That is not the case with "The Secret Mistress". Mary Balogh has written the story of Angeline Dudley and the Earl of Heywood flawlessly. The story moves well, the characters are well written, and the ending....ah, the ending. Just a lovely way to end the series. Thanks Ms. Balogh.
Reviewer: Victoria S