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More than a Mistress (Mistress #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  4,197 ratings  ·  245 reviews
In this captivating novel, Mary Balogh, the premier writer of Regency romance, invites you into a world of scandal and seduction, of glittering high society and intrigue, as an arrogant duke does the unthinkable--he falls in love with his mistress.
She races onto the green, desperate to stop a duel. In the melee, Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham, is shot. To his astonishmen...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 5th 2001 by Dell Publishing Company (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
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...more
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...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...more
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
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
Jan 21, 2012 Punk rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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...more
Jan 04, 2014 Susanne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Susanne by: Lisa Kay
Shelves: comfort-reads
Buddy read with Karen! <3 <3

Fun and charming with an adorable heroine! Review might come...
Barks & Bites
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...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...more
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
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
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
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.

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...more
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...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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
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In one word... boring. The author makes it really difficult to like the hero. Yes, I understand he has a tragic backstory.. oh wait, but it wasn't really something that made me understand why on earth he had to behave like such an arrogant down right rude and evil shit to the woman he (supposedly) loved. Now coming to the heroine.. every time she was being mistreated and verbally humiliated and treated with hardly any respect she forgave him so easily.. but the more important question was how co...more
On her way to work, Jane Ingleby stumbles onto a duel. When she screams, Jocelyn Dudley, the Duke of Tresham, is shot in the leg. Now she has moved into his home and is acting as his nurse until his leg heals. Jane is happy to find a job in a home that keeps her out of the public eye. As she and the Duke grow closer, she worries that her secret will be revealed. But when Jocelyn offers her the position of his mistress, she sees it as a business arrangement that will enable her to stay in hiding....more
Mey Buentipo
This is the first book that I read from this author. I read so many good reviews from this book. Although, let us say that this is the type of the writing that I will go to. I just get tired of it. I liked the plot, that is why I tried reading it. it is just that, it got so dragging. I am tired of the hero being an ass. i just do not understand why the heroine, became the hero's mistress when there is an opportunity of her to flee.

It is like, the heroine being the mistress was only interjected...more
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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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