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No Man's Mistress (Mistress #2)

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The dark, devastating stranger rode into the village fair and wagered twenty pounds at the throwing booth — for a chance to win the daisies in Viola Thornhill’s hair. The Gypsy fortune teller had warned: “Beware of a tall, dark, handsome stranger. He can destroy you — if you do not first snare his heart.”

Recklessly Viola flirted, then danced with him around the Maypole. An
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by Dell (first published 2001)
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For the past two years Viola Thornhill life has been peaceful and calm. After picking up the pieces of her life and starting anew, Viola’s life seems almost perfect. Until she meets a handsome stranger at a May Day celebration and is warned by a fortuneteller there, to beware of him as he could destroy her life if she doesn’t snare his heart first. Not taking the warning to heed, Viola finds herself attracted to this stranger and at the end of the fair, kisses from him. Thinking nothing more of ...more
Ummmm love,love,loved it. This story just grabbed me and took me along. Other reviewers have given story details (I think) so I'm just going to say I really wasn't expecting the two surprises Mary Balogh has given us with this story, and they made it all the more special for me! A great story and a nice romance.
Jane Stewart
Too much stupidity. I hated it. Viola did too many stupid things which ruined the story for me.

She was the illegitimate daughter of an Earl who promised her ownership of an estate. (view spoiler)
I'v decided, I'm In love with Mary Balogh (even though Julie Garwood would still remain my first love) XD

Ferdinand was a totally different type of Hero's that usually come my way, I loved him instantly, he was so sweet and adorable especially when I knew that he was one of the few men who are virgins, he was so cute then. He's the smiley cheery and cheeky type of guy, he's the type that you just can't help but like, that's why I liked his efforts with the villagers , I sided with him since the b
Ferdinand Dudley is pleased to win a small estate while playing at cards. But when he visits his new mansion, he finds the supposedly deserted property already has a resident--a young, beautiful, and demure woman named Viola Thornhill! Viola is as sure that the property is hers as he is that it's his, and she sets out to prove to him that he wouldn't be comfortable in the country. To her consternation, the interloper laughs off the badly cooked food, roosters-at-dawn, and smoky rooms, and even w ...more
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Lord Ferdinand has won a small country property, Pinewood, in a game of cards. The day he goes to check it out he finds the town is very quaint and enjoys himself at a carnival. It is there he meets a very beautiful and mysterious woman. The next morning he arrives at Pinewood expecting a run down property and instead finds it thriving and occupied by the very same mystery woman, Viola Thornhill. Ms Thornhill is a woman of many secrets and refuses to leave her home, but Ferdinand believes he has ...more
Ferdinand MADE this book for me!! His brother may be the epitome of the alpha, brooding male and Ferdinand may be completely opposite of him, but he is just as manly and sexy. Jocelyn is the perfect type of man to read in a story, that makes Ferdinand the perfect type of man for me in real life. If there was a man like him around me I'd probably swoon! He's charming, silly & funny, intelligent, caring, giving, sexy, NOT a man whore which is AWESOME & still has that raw masculinity (beati ...more
Okay, here's the deal. This book is just not in the same league as More Than A Mistress, but to be fair, is was very entertaining and interesting. I enjoyed reading it, but it lacked the emotional depth and feeling that the prequel embodied.

Ferdinand is a 27 year old virgin. That's right.....a male virgin in a romance novel. Let's just say, without giving too much away, that Viola is not. This premsie alone, in my opinion, is worth reading. How often have we read the counter to this plot. Femal
Jul 09, 2014 RIF rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf
Just the worst. One chapter of the Hh charming each other in anonymity, a hand full of successive chapters w her behaving like a child bent on running off a babysitter, despite the fact that the issue is a simple black and white legal one. He sympathizes with her claim to a property he's just won, worries about her good name but insists on staying at the house to which they both claim (huh?), and in which she has been living for 2 years.

With every scheme she conducts to bore and inconvenience h
"Now what are you doing hiding here," he murmured to her, "when you should be out there dancing?"

"I have been waiting for the right partner, sir," she replied. And, more softly, "I have been waiting for you."

With these words begins a wonderfully romantic yet turbulent relationship between Lady Viola Thornhill and Lord Ferdinand Dudley. Mary Balogh created a wonderfully complex story that draws you in from the first chapter. Viola is both a strong, determined woman and a loving but incredibly in
I like Mary Balogh's world - it feels a little more rounded than that of many other Regency writers, as it acknowledges non-standard heroines (they aren't always virgins, and some of them have experimented quite a bit), and some non-standard heroes (who are not necessarily born with a sense of honour, but may achieve it). But, on the whole, it's a world that operates loosely according to historical probability.

This book is, however, a rare flop. The first part of plot is well-rehearsed in other
Sheila Melo
I Wanted to Like It More Than I Did

NO MAN'S MISTRESS is the second book in the Mistress Trilogy. It is the story of Lord Ferdinand Dudley who wins an estate in a card game only to find out that it is already inhabited by Viola Thornhill, who insists that the estate is hers. The two match series over the estate. Viola, however, harbors dark secrets and a painful past that leaves her alone.

I really wanted to like this book, but I never really liked Viola. She was too much of an enigma throughout t
May 17, 2009 Kit rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: adored
I found Ferdinand one of the most compelling male leads in a long time. After reading so many alpha male romances, I found it very heartwarming to have the hero be sweeter, more innocent and able to see beyond his pride to cut the love angst so common in romances. Mary Balogh continues to show her ability to represent every facet of plot and character in a love story. Even the background characters were refreshingly straight forward.
A great follow up to Jocelyn's character in More than a Mistres
Sam Dev
I really enjoyed reading about Lord Ferdinand Dudley in "More than a Mistress" (he just seemed so fun and good natured) and, so, I was quite eager to read his story. This cute little exchange in the beginning of "No Man's Mistress" gave me high hopes:

"Now, what are you doing hiding here when you should be out there dancing?"
"I have been waiting for the right partner, sir. I have been waiting for you "
"Have you indeed? Well, here I am"

Alas, it peaked early and went downhill - at least for me.

When Lord Ferdinand Dudley wins an estate in a card game, he hurries to Pinewood Manor to claim it. He is surprised to find it is already occupied by Miss Viola Thornhill. Viola was given the estate two years ago by the elderly Lord Bamber and refuses to leave what is rightfully hers. Ferdinand says he's not budging either, so they are stuck under the same roof until the true owner can be named. Viola is sure Ferdinand isn't going to like country life, especially when she asks the villagers to h ...more
The heroin ruined this entire book. Though she had no reason to be, she was a haughty harpy who become meaner and meaner as the book progressed. Ferdie deserved much better. I loved Ferdie but I couldn't understand his infatuation with her, she demeaned him at every chance, insulted his manhood, personality... just about everything she could insult she did. Yet he continued to fawn after her like she was a you know what in heat and he the alpha dog. I usually go for the underdog (people with les ...more
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Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9780749942021

Genre? - Historical Fiction / Romance

Characters? - Viola Thornhill / Ferdinand Dudley / Jocelyn, Duke of Tresham / Jane, Duchess of Tresham / Hannah / Daniel Kirby

Setting? - Trellick & London (England)

Series? - Mistress Trilogy #2

Title? - Although Viola's past catches up with her, she has never been a mistress.

Character Analysis? - I loved Viola and her principles - she refuses to marry Ferdinand because it would pull him down, but at the same time, I loved Ferdinand for
The courtesan and the virgin -- there was such sadness in the heroine's past I wondered if she could ever get over it. But then as the Duke of Tresham said, that would be his brother's task in life and love.
It is not often that you read a book in Regency England that resonates with today's world. This is a rare jewel, beautiful and funny. I love the complex characters and lovely twists. PG-13
Ugh! I read the first book in this series and loved it so much. I couldn't wait to read this and now I'm on page 240 just hoping it will be over soon. It's just awful. The characters are awful, the situations and scenarios are awful....everything is just ugh. I kept waiting and waiting for this book to get going and it never did. I'm not one to quit books either, so that should tell you something. The whole Viola/Lillian thing was so strange, like she had an evil twin who could pop out at any mo ...more
I loved this book. I liked the writing from beginning to end. I look forward to more of Mary Balogh's audio books. A+ :):):)
Andrea Jackson
I gave this 5 stars because I not only couldn't put it down and read half the night away, but also I sobbed through the second half of the book. That's not an easy thing to do with a romance that you know will have a HEA. I read the first in the series a few days ago. I liked it a lot but it didn't move me nearly as much. This is the second in a trilogy about the siblings of a prominent and wealthy Regency family. The first brother was dark and icy, but Ferdinand is opposite in his personality. ...more
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Lita Bouquard
I read this out of order, and didn't know it was literally about a mistress. A small English village has a romantic visitor on a mayday celebration. Viola, dances with the young man who claimed the daisies in her hair as his winnings in a tossing celebration. She even kisses him. With romantic thoughts she is so pleased the next day when he visits her manor. Too bad he has won the deed to the home that was willed to her. They argue and both refuse to leave until the will is sent for.
Viola engage
Lori McD
This book reminds me of the scene between Shrek and Donkey in "Shrek", when Shrek is trying to tell Donkey that ogres have layers -- like an onion. This book is all about the layers. Just when you think you know who's who and what's going on (or perhaps even that this plot seems familiar), another layer is peeled back.

What starts as a charming contest of wills and a possible frothy romance turns dark and a bit dangerous... And while the ending is highly inventive, it's completely unrealistic, re
Llevaba tiempo sin leer nada de Mary Balogh. Me había desencantado de la autora sin saber muy bien las razones, así que después de tanto tiempo me animé a probar algo suyo de nuevo, y el resultado final ha sido más que satisfactorio. Comencé la novela sin expectativas, las primeras parecían indicar que se iba a tratar de una novela sencilla y agradable, pero según fui avanzando en la trama y descubrí el secreto de Viola, la protagonista, mi opinión cambió bastante.

Lord Ferdinand ha ganado en una
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Mary Jenkins was born on 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK. After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high-school English, on a two-year teaching contract in 1967. She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting. She also enjoys watching tennis and curl ...more
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