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More than a Mistress (Mistress #1)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  4,743 ratings  ·  280 reviews
In her most captivating novel to date, Mary Balogh, the premier writer of Regency-era romantic fiction, invites you into a world of scandal and seduction, of glittering high society and startling intrigue, as an arrogant duke does the unthinkable-- he falls in love with his mistress.

More Than a Mistress

He is bad-tempered, reckless, a man superior in his abilities to charm
ebook, 384 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Dell (first published 2000)
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Oct 13, 2011 Dina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dina by: Magnolia88 & seton from Amazon
I'm going to start repeating myself, but I just love Ms. Balogh's writing! No other modern author is as apt at "transporting" me to Regency London as her. All it takes is the first paragraph, and the setting is crystal clear in my mind and I find myself in another time and space. More Than a Mistress was no exception: I was captivated from the start, and Jocelyn and Jane were another great couple to be added to my all-time favorite H/h in Romancelandia.

Let me admit that I thought I would have so
More then a Mistress is just one of those books that capture you from the start and doesn’t let you go until long after.
One of the most unlikely meetings to take place in both their lives. Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham is faced with another duel as he’s ascued to have been the lover of a married woman. A gentleman through and through takes up the duel instead of calling the woman a liar. So when a young woman runs toward the duel to stop them, Jocelyn is annoyed when he’s shot in the leg.
Written September 23, 2014

3.8 Stars - A perfect enjoying historical with a cold-hearted hero ... gasp!!

My first historical by Mary Balogh is a "Regency" story written 2000. An, as it so often is when it comes to me, completely unplanned impulse "click and buy" book. In retrospect, a successful one. Certainly not my last by this author.

Good spent book-time in all ways. Quality in my ears (listened on the audio) makes me happy, very happy.

More Than a Mistress feels like an classic HR in the
Lisa Kay
Regency painter’s easel, by Theodore Alexander
(This is a review of the audiobook.) Rosalyn Landor has an amazing ear and an ability to deliver the accents of England’s social strata. This raises her reading of Historical Romances to the upper echelon. There are lots of characters from different class levels in this novel, and her talent makes it that much more fun. She is fast becoming my favorite narrator for this era, though she does modern day beautifully, too. My eyes light up when I want
In the middle of a duel the Duke of Tresham is distracted by a woman yelling at the participants to stop. In his distraction the Duke ends up being shot in the leg. He blames the woman and summons her to him so he can make sure she knows it. He's surprised when she doesn't give ground and admit she was wrong. Believing it is her fault he ends up detaining her to help him which ends up making her late for work. When Jane tries to explain the circumstances to her boss the woman says she won't beli ...more
Oh. I loved this story so much!!

Hero Jocelyn who's hiden his emotions behind a wall of arrogancy and disdain, and heorine Jane a Lady on the run from a crime that may or may not have been committed. They meet up in the most unlikely of ways and quite by accident whilst Jane walks to work one morning, a lady with a conscience, she sees fit to interfere in a situation which she really should not have. And so the story is set in motion. A series of events mean that Jane and Jocelyn spend alot of ti
Jan 21, 2012 Punk rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Punk by: JET
Shelves: ebook, romance
Romance. You know what? I want to read a Regency romance about the second most notorious rake in London. He's pretty good at flirting, but that other guy is always swooping in and stealing away his conquests. It just drives him up the wall! So the second most notorious rake in London decides to do something about it. No matter what it takes, he will win the title of Most Notorious Rake in London. The current Most Notorious Rake in London thinks this sounds like good fun, as a little competition ...more
Well, that definitely was different, this is my first Regency book with a lady as a mistress,it didn't have the severity of most books, or the dramatics, as all Mary Balogh's books it had the touch f gentle smoothness and lightheartedness which I'm over the moon for.

Jane was more of an adorable character, at the beginning I couldn't help but smile every time she talked, I kind of understood Jocelyn attraction to her impudence, she was supposed to be a servant but all she did was scold the master
I liked this book a lot up until the big reveal of the heroine's secret around the last 1/3 of the book. It was then that the hero did the big 180 degree turn around and suddenly became retarded and irrational. He didn't do anything terrible, it's just that you would think he would understand why the heroine didn't tell him the big secret (even though he could have figured it out on his own if he'd look in front of his face). And of course, instead of being rational about it he takes it as a hug ...more
4.5 stars

This review is of the audiobook version, narrated by Rosalyn Landor.

This was, I think, one of the first of Mary Balogh’s romances I read and I remember thinking at the time that it was something a bit out of the ordinary.

Our hero is Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham. He’s rich, arrogant and jaded, doesn’t suffer fools gladly and while accepting deference as his due, is secretly tired of all the toadying he experiences day after day.

He has a reputation as a rake, one who doesn’t draw the
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
First listen - I have listened to two versions of this - both unabridged. I enjoyed the second much more than the first.

Second listen - I plan to write a full review but for now, I'll say that this is my favorite Balogh. It's old school in many ways but is laugh out loud funny with the Duke's reactions to the heroine. But I think it best to add in here that I enjoy books with mistresses and the heroine here is a mistress in the truest sense of the word. No playing around with a "possible" mistr
Bark's Book Nonsense
I read this as an unabridged audio so I'll more than likely spell some things incorrectly and may be fuzzy on some of the details.

The hero, a fancy-pants duke, is injured during a duel when a young lady gives a shout out. She's held up because of the ridiculous duel and ends up getting fired from her job and can't buy groceries. She blames Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham, for her predicament and tracks him down to holler at him (a little fuzzy on the details here ~ this is why I need to take not
May 03, 2015 Susanne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susanne by: Lisa Kay
Shelves: genre-historical
Buddy read with Karen! <3 <3

Fun and charming with an adorable heroine! Review might come...
Jane is in hiding from the Bow Street Runners. A chance encounter brings her to the annoyed attention of the notorious Duke of Tresham, Jocelyn, who hires her first as his nurse and then convinces her to be his mistress. But what he doesn't know is that (view spoiler) He installs her in his love ne ...more
I loved this book! I loved how Tresham could be very curt with Jane and she would come back at him. I really enjoyed the banter between them. When The Duke wanted to be sweet and hot and sexy he could just by speaking to Jane. He also could be so mean with his words but Jane took it all. She could give as much as he could.

The ending was so good that I reread it right after I finished it the first time. Mary Balogh has done it again for me.....
Why haven't I been reading Mary Balogh? I suppose I'm leery of the herd of Regencies/Victorians, most of which tend to be fluffy-fluff with characters who seem like they're 21st century minds dressed in costumes. Thank heavens I've broken my latest dry spell of 2 star reads.

This book made me happy :) I felt like I'd been transported. Rosalyn Landor was a fabulous narrator (as usual). Sometimes I do admit to finding her hero's voice to be too pompous, but in this case it fit the role to a tee.

My first Mary Balogh was Heartless and I loved it - so much so, that I almost feared reading another of her books; maybe it wouldn't be as good and I'd be disappointed. Well, this book was better than Heartless, imo, and I don't say that lightly. The way she wrote the heroes, although very different, had similarities - both were dukes and had starchy, arrogant, tough exteriors but so many layers beneath. In Heartless, hero was a dandy but very masculine (huh?). And in MTaM, the hero's name - Joc ...more
I had read this book years ago and remember liking it quite a bit so i think I had originally given ti 4-stars. But in a re-read I am actually going to up this to a five-star. This is rare for me. Usually in re-reads my books stay pretty much the same or go down because they don't stand the test of time. But I actually think, having been immersed in Mary Balogh this month and reading quite a bit of her back catalog I can see just how strong an entry this book is in her catalog. And it was just r ...more
☆ Carol ☆
May 01, 2015 ☆ Carol ☆ rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: REgency Book lovers.
Recommended to ☆ Carol ☆ by: Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder

Finally a Regency that isn't written by Heyer & where I don't want to hurl the book across the room in disgust!

Yes, there are some historical inaccuracies, but the writing is good enough that I will ignore them -with the exception of (view spoiler) I fell in love with th
Really enjoyed this book up until the very end. Didn't like the ending or felt like she wasn't sure how to tie it up.
I really liked this book.....I wouldn't say that it's Balogh's best, but it's definitely good.

Jane Ingleby is on the run and is hiding from her uncle who wants her prosecuted for murder and theft. She happens across a duel in progress and interupts it by screaming for the two men to "STOP". Jocelyn Dudley, the Duke of Tresham, is distracted and winds up being shot in the leg. Angry and in want of "payback" for Jane's distraction, he "employs" her as his nurse for the duration of his healing per
Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham was a rake with a bad reputation. His rakehell ways landed him in yet another duel on a foggy morning in Hyde Park. Just as the participants took aim, Jane Ingleby (for no apparent reason that I could see) came running into the clearing and distracted the duelers (is that a word?). Anyway, Jocelyn (Tresh to his friends, thank God), ended up with a bullet wound to the leg. He also ended up hiring Jane as his nurse for 3 weeks because the delay in the park caused he ...more
Steph Su
At times overly dramatic, MORE THAN A MISTRESS is nevertheless one of the most impressive historical romances I have ever read. Character development is sensational, the romance is sensual and believable, and overall the whole story is simply unforgettable.

I absolutely adored how there wasn’t insta-love/lust/attraction between Jane and Tresham. Instead, both of them dislike each other upon first meeting, though their respective stubbornness keeps them clashing—and, thus, crossing paths—again and
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4.5/5; 5 stars; A

I first read this book about 5 years ago and have always meant to re-read it, to see if it is as good as I remember. Since Mary Balogh finally published Angeline's story, I thought I'd read it plus her brothers' stories again.

I am kind of 'off' historical romances these days but that doesn't matter when reading a book by Mary Balogh. She is a skilled and polished writer and I always enjoy the characters in her books.

In this book, the heroine, Jane/Sara is everything one could
This was my first book by Ms. Balogh.

I don't remember what made me pick up this book. I bought it as an omnibus along with No Man's Mistress. Before starting this I had been reading a contemporary.

But after I started this book I didn't pick up another book.

What really struck me about this story was how well done it was. I really got into this story. I felt like the characters are really life like if that makes sense. They were well written and I loved their characterization.

And I really like
A very satisfying romance about two headstrong, proud people who are perfect for one another.

Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham, is an arrogant man who isn't used to people standing up to him. Imagine his surprise when a servant girl tells him off for endangering his life in a duel that ends up injuring him.

Jane, the servant girl in question, who isn't really a servant girl but a lady in hiding, is determined to make the arrogant duke who cost her her job take responsibility for it.

This is how the
Reading through near the end I was thinking 3 1/2 with a bump up to 4 but ended deciding the ending was truly missing something, some understanding mostly on the heroine's part. It didn't seem like she quite accepted what occurred.

I think people like this because of the surprise ending but instead of loving it, I liked it but really felt a lack of understanding between the two persons, even with the conclusion. Don't know how to explain it better than that without a complete spoiler. (view spoil
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Pages Survived: 215

You know, when books are this bad, there should be a contractual and moral obligation to glorify the societal act of book burning. More Than a Mistress is a thing so bad, so atrociously rape-my-anal-glands awful that I'm convinced a spiked sledgehammer to the forehead wouldn't hurt nearly as much as this piece of garbage. Oh, that too real? Too mean spirited? Ha. Buckle up, kiddies, because there is so much book-hate to follow that you're gonna be craving a cyanide pill before
Libby Waterford
I just love Mary Balogh. I read all her books with a smile on my face, except when I'm tearing up, of course. She has a way of making the familiar fresh and inviting. Her heroines are lovely and strong, her heroes well worth redeeming. This one had some interesting twists and turns, but I was most moved by the time the heroine spent as the hero's mistress. It was during that time that their relationship most closely approximated a marriage, and it was beautiful.
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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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