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No Man's Mistress (Mistress #2)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,504 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews
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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Aug 17, 2009 Rane rated it it was amazing
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
Jane Stewart
Sep 10, 2010 Jane Stewart rated it did not like it
Shelves: regency-romance
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)
Oct 19, 2009 Adrienne rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-loan
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.
Nov 02, 2014 Chumchum_88 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 31, 2012 Wealhtheow rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, regency
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
Laura V.
Ya sé qué le hizo falta a esta novela: momentos de felicidad. A ver, Jocely y Jane tuvieron esa semana idílica donde eran tremendamente adorables y charlaban un montón, y se reían tranquilos y las preocupaciones al menos no traspasaban las paredes. Ferdinand y Viola no tienen nada de eso.

Ella en el primer capítulo se muestra como alguien alegre, despreocupada, sencilla, casi feliz. Cuando llega Ferdinand se vuelve amargada, infeliz, rencorosa, en constante sufrimiento. No encuentro en esta nove
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Heroine was a courtesan :/ That is not my type of heroine, sorry... (-_-) Even if she did it for good reasons :(
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
Jul 19, 2012 Christina rated it it was amazing
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
May 19, 2010 Crista rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, regency, series
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
Jun 11, 2013 CandyCorn rated it liked it
(Contains SPOILERS.)

I'm new to the historical genre, but I have to say that this has been the MOST FRUSTRATING read I have ever had so far.

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Jul 29, 2010 SheLove2Read rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
"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
Apr 09, 2016 Olga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha encantado el libro, es una historia tierna, emotiva y con una fuerza que no hay visto en muchos de este tipo de libros... los personajes son reales y duros ( sobre todo el femenino) en contrapunto con lo que estamos acostumbradas en estos libros y el personaje masculino es fuerte, leal y no el tipico libertino a los que estamos acostumbramos... me ha encantado lo bien que esta construida la historia;))
KJ, Madame Librarian
Jun 17, 2015 KJ, Madame Librarian rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
This was a solid 3 star book, except when we got to the end and all the tired prostitution tropes got trotted out once more with feeling.

And then, there was my least favorite romance device: "I know you're SAYING, my sweet daffodil, but I know that you MEAN something else. I can SEE it with my SPECIAL EYES."

May 17, 2009 Kit rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 31, 2014 Sam Dev rated it it was ok
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.

Sep 06, 2015 Jill rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers of HR
This book has a big plot twist and I did not see it coming! The premise seemed straight forward and I was very aggravated at how things were playing out. I hated the hero and I found myself wound up like a top with frustration. Then... As the story unfolds, I became frustrated with the heroine's decisions.

SIDE NOTE: It drives me nuts when authors implore secrets and misunderstandings to add momentum for the climax of the story. I much prefer a direct shot to the conclusion... maybe add a second
Jul 27, 2014 Robin rated it it was amazing
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
Abigail Escobar
May 22, 2015 Abigail Escobar rated it really liked it
ok, me acabo de terminar este y creo que es espectacular, primero quiero decir que lo leí la semana evaluaciones de mi escuela, yo estaba en un estado de depresión o mas bien sigo en un estado de depresión y "No Man's Mistress" era como una luz al final de la obscuridad ; osea logro distraerme completamente de mi realidad, en si le doy un 4.80 y si no le di las 5 estrellas es por que Viola se me hizo demasiado necia, yo estaba como ¡Por Dios! ¡Anda De una vez cuéntale! todo! jaja.
De acuerdo empe
Aug 06, 2010 Janet rated it liked it
Shelves: unusual-couple
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.
Jul 30, 2008 Kristine rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
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
Jun 24, 2012 Janet rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I liked the writing from beginning to end. I look forward to more of Mary Balogh's audio books. A+ :):):)
Jul 16, 2015 Thenia rated it it was ok
The story of an estate and the dispute about its ownership, which is how the main couple falls in love.

Warning: Ranting follows!


I did not like Viola from the beginning, but I was hoping that she'd redeem herself somehow along the way - no such luck!

She starts out as a stubborn idiot, who insists that there is no problem since she won't acknowledge it and instead, turns to juvenile pranks that she hopes will drive Ferdinand away. In the meanwhile she's completely and unfairly prejudiced,
Sep 07, 2015 Georgie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 16, 2015 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 30, 2011 Sadia rated it liked it
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Lita Bouquard
Dec 15, 2013 Lita Bouquard rated it liked it
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.
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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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