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Slightly Sinful (Bedwyn Saga #5)

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Injured on the battlefield, Lord Alleyne Bedwyn awakens in a ladies' brothel, with no memory of who he is, in the care of the lovely Rachel York, who decides to use the dashing soldier she rescued to try to reclaim her stolen fortune.
Published July 1st 2007 by Piatkus Books (first published 2004)
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Okay, let's get it out in the open: the premise of this book didn't sound very appealing to me at first. I mean, there's amnesia, deception, and another fake marriage - the fourth fake marriage/bethrotal in the Slightly series, and the fifth if you add A Summer to Remember, which is a prequel to the series. It should have been too much to take, right? Wrong! Somehow Ms. Balogh made it all work by making me fall in love with the H/h, and the rest is history...

The events in Slightly Sinful and Sli...more
Throughout the Bedwyn Saga Alleyne Bedwyn has been one of my favorite characters. He is a jolly fellow, quick to laugh and even quicker to help his siblings out with the most recent scrap they've gotten themselves into. In his own book he is no different, despite the fact that he is suffering from amnesia and has no idea who he is.

I had moments when I liked the heroine, Rachel, and other times when she annoyed me. But overall I thought she was a good match for Alleyne.

This book had an introducti...more
Oh, Mary Balogh - always with the really good stuff, be it excellent use of cliches or exploration of interesting themes within the context of historical romance, but always undermined by some really dodgy stuff.

Yes, yes, this is dress-up-doll historical romance - they've all got their teeth, the women are always surprisingly independent - but you don't get to handwave away the things you don't like (bad dental hygiene, extremely limited spheres of influence for the vast majority of women, the...more
Great, great read - Rachel and Alleyne are wonderful, and the secondary characters extremely colorful

SUMMARY (Bedwyn Family, Book 5):
Slightly Sinful overlaps significantly (chronologically speaking) with the previous book in the Bedwyn series, Slightly Tempted (Morgan and Gervase's story). Lord Alleyne Bedwyn (26), working as a British diplomat in Brussels, is sent to deliver a letter to the Duke of Wellington during the Battle of Waterloo. He receives a reply letter to deliver and heads back to...more
In Slightly Tempted, the aristocratic Bedwyn family is rocked by news of Lord Alleyne Bedwyn's death at Waterloo. While searching the battle's casualties for saleables, Rachel York (a well-born woman left penniless by her father's gambling&drinking) comes across Alleyne's body, already stripped by other scavengers. But he is not dead, just gravely injured. Rachel carts his limp body back to the brothel where her old nurse works, and she and the whores nurse him back to health. But Alleyne, a...more
Like all of Mary Balogh's books, Slightly Sinful is charming, idyllic, and an escapist, romantic read. So if you enjoy the Bedwyn Saga, you definitely have to read it. That said, it wasn't my favorite of the series, and it took me awhile to get through this one. During parts I found it boring, and it was missing some of the spark of her better installments.

Slightly Sinful, the fourth installment, takes place parallel to the events of the third book, Slightly Tempted. While Morgan and Gervase are...more
Lori McD
I really enjoyed this book about Alleyne... I must say that I was quite upset about him being MIA in the previous book with Morgan and Gervase. I was delighted and relieved that he made an appearance at the end of that book! And this book, "Slightly Sinful" is Alleyne's story - what really happened to him at the Battle of Waterloo and why he was missing for so long.

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I loved this book. Out of the entire series (I’ve already read all the books) this book was my favorite. For some reason I found myself really getting into the story, and I couldn’t put it down until I got to the end. Not to mention that the previous book, Slightly Tempted, left you at a cliffhanger. You kind of knew, but the way it just cut off at that point…I thought to myself, “Ahh! Glad I have the next book already or I’d go nuts!”

It probably isn’t necessary to read the previous books, as th...more
Isis FG
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Amarilli Settantatre

Nei libri precedenti della serie, Alleyne era sempre apparso come il fratello minore dei Bedwyn e anche il più affascinante ed indolente, un po’ il classico damerino perditempo che rischiava di rimanere nell’ombra degli altri figli dei duchi di Bewcastle. Per questo ben ha fatto la Balogh, secondo me, a dargli un po’ di spessore mandandolo in missione per la patria, dritto a ferirsi sul campo di battaglia (circostanza che ai suoi fratelli era stata evitata, persino...more
Apparently, the gods of cyberspace did not appreciate my rating of this book, because late last night I wrote an extended review explaining just why I gave this book only 2 stars. When I attempted to post it, my laptop's screen went black, only to return a few minutes later telling me that Goodreads was unavailable. Augh!!! I am posting a much condensed version of that review here. If it disappears into the cyber void again, I am going to assume a computerized intelligence greater than mine is a...more
4.5 stars. I loved this one A LOT. Yes, it was tropey to the max and I can always do without (view spoiler) but this one was so nicely executed and gave me THE FREAKING GREATEST (view spoiler)...more
Li Slightly Sinful logo depois de terminar Slightly Temped, porque o final do 5 livro da série deixou-me em pulgas! Quando Morgan chega a Lindsey Hall, casada, e vê ao longe um homem no terraço da entrada, pensei imediatamente que só podia ser o Alleyne. Mas o livro termina aí, e, sinceramente, lamento por todos os leitores da autora que tiveram que esperar entre um livro e outro, porque eu mal me aguentava!

Iniciei rapidamente a leitura de Slightly Sinful, sempre com a certeza de que depressa co...more
I really love Mary Balogh. But all the recurring themes in this book made me want to toss it.

Don't get me wrong, I quite liked and even enjoyed the book. I laughed so hard especially at the early parts. The four "ladies" were really hilarious and took center stage. The main plot of amnesia didn't seem quite tedious though I was really dying to get to the part where Alleyne remembers and gets reunited with his family.

But that bit about Rachel losing her virtue because she wanted to grab the opp...more
As the fires of war raged around him, Lord Alleyne Bedwyn was thrown from his horse and left for dead - only to awaken in the bedchamber of a ladies' brothel. Suddenly the dark, handsome diplomat has no membory of where he is or how he got there - yet of one thing he is certain. The angel who nurses him back to health is the woman he vows to make his own. But like him, Rachel York is not who she seems. A lovely young woman caught up in a desperate circumstance, she must devise a scheme to regain...more
Sheila Melo
More Madcap Then Usual

SLIGHTLY SINFUL is the fifth book in the Bedwyn series. It is the story of Alleyne, the youngest son. The events in this book occur concurrently with those in SLIGHTLY TEMPTED. Alleyne is injured during the Battle of Waterloo. He is rescued by Rachel York, who find him unconscious and naked. Alleyne awakes with no memory of who he is. Rachel is a young woman who has fallen on hard times and is currently staying in a brothel with four prostitutes. Soon Alleyne is helping Rac...more
A very good story. For some reason I always think I don't care for Mary Balogh, until I read one of her books and remember (in general) how good they are.
The heroine(s) were fun, and hero was surprisingly believable with his amnesia, and (possibly because of the amnesia) the prior heroes and heroines from the other books in the series (which I haven't read) didn't make any unnecessarily sappy, elbow-in-ribs appearances.
Moira Fogarty
Home to the most cheerful heart-of-gold prostitutes since Julia Roberts and her roommate in 'Pretty Woman', the quartet of women of ill repute in this story makes it a vastly entertaining, completely unrealistic read. They struck me as "Disney hookers": fairy godmothers, cunningly disguised as sex workers. Witnessing their inevitable 'My Fair Lady' charade of transformation into respectable ladies was a hoot.

I also enjoyed how Balogh had Alleyne Bedwyn be one of the naked men stripped of uniform...more
Emily Rose
Maybe 3.5, but I rounded down in this case. I just never have liked stories where a main character has amnesia. I am simply too impatient to read through all that happens while the character has no memory. Inevitably, at some point, I will skip ahead to the return of the person's memory. I did go back to where I left off to read the entire book after seeing the happy reunion, but that's a really weird way to have to read a book. One thing that I do love about this story is that Alleyne remains o...more
While delivering a message during the battle of Waterloo, Lord Alleyne Bedwyn is shot in the leg and falls from his horse, hitting his head. He later wakes up in a brothel with no memory of who he is. His nurse is Rachel York, a woman who has been left destitute because a con man has stolen all her and her friends money. Alleyne and Rachel devise a scheme to regain her stolen fortune.

This was an interesting amnesia themed story with likable characters. Alleyne and Rachel pose as husband and wife...more
This one is so delightful! Lovely heroine, lovely friends of the heroine (I love them SO MUCH.), whimsical fun plot, and just a darling hero! My only complaint was how long it took them to talk about (view spoiler) which felt unnecessarily drawn out.

And when Alleyne (view spoiler) Absolutely perfect!

On top of which, this continues the theme of: I need to re...more
Mary Balough, is turning out to be my favorite author.

Slightly Sinful is proving this once again. I'm sad that the series is soon ending, I have fallen madly in love with this family, and not ONCE disappointed with one single member. The next book, the last, I know I will have to buy a HUGE box of Kleenex. This book, Slightly Sinful (about Lord Alleyne), made me shed a few at the end. *blows her nose loudly* I can just imagine how the last will be. I will be a soggy mess. She writes so perfect,
3.5 - 4 again.

I'm aware that this book was kind of ridiculous, but it was so inherently charming that I really didn't care.
I like an amnesia trope. This however, was boring. There was no difficult conflict between the H/h except not knowing if he was married. Another thing I didn't like, and in fact found quite distracting, was the style of the characters' dialogue. The dialogue had the emotion, flow and complexity of third grade students proudly declaring their lines during their annual "The Living Food Pyramid" play. Also, one of the characters rolled down the window in the carriage. Really? I don't think so. I us...more
I think I actually liked this one more than Morgan's, which surprised me. There's kind of a lot of ridiculous stuff that happens, but idk, I just found it really entertaining, and, as usual with this series, I really enjoyed the main couple. Although by far the best part of me was (view spoiler)...more
Lita Bouquard
Alleyne's story occurs at the same time as his sister Morgan's story. When they became separated during the war he was injured and dying. A young girl who was unable to complete her task of robbing the dead soldiers, instead saves Alleyne who has already been stripped of everything of value. He has also lost his memory. Miss York is an innocent girl who was serving as a companion when the war broke out. She ended up being offered a place in a brothel by her former nanny.
She tends to Alleyne and...more
Alleyne Bedwyn a diplomat. he was caught up in war and as he was doing his job. He got shot and fell from his horse. Only to wake up in a Brothel with no memory of who he is. He is bewitched with the angel who saved him. Yet, he doesn't know what to make of her ?! He mistakes her for a **ore and do her wrong. Now he must pay her back for saving his life and wronging her. Penniless and having no memory of he is he offers to help her the only way he can. They come up with a plan that not only brin...more
Bronwyn Rykiert
This is book the 7th book in a series of 8 books about the Bedwyn Family.

Lord Alleyne Bedwyn is injured when taking a letter from the Duke of Wellington back to his diplomatic contact in Brussels. Rachel York and her friends decide to go out and find some injured people and steal their money but when they go out they decide that robbing the dead is not something they can do. Rachel comes across the naked body of Alleyne and she thinks he is dead but she notices that he is alive so with help from...more
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Did I ever thought I could love Alleyne?
I read the simply series before the Slightly series. So I was only interested to read Wulfric and Freyja's story. But never did I think I would love Alleyne so much. He is simply too gorgeous. He has a scandalous charm and a sense of humor. I have never enjoyed a memory losing novel so much before. Too Good. I love Alleyne's Approach to life. His laughter, his joy, his loyalty, his love it all makes me appreciate him more. Reading about him, made me wish h...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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“Where was Bewcastle?
But then he was there, standing on the terrace some distance away, and such was the power of his presence that everyone seemed to sense it an fell back away from Alleyne even as they stopped talking. There was still all sorts of noise, of course - horses, carriage wheels, voices, the water spouting out of the fountain - but it seemed to Alleyne as if complete silence fell.
Bewcastle had already seen him. His gaze was steady and silver-eyed and inscrutable. His hand reached for the gold-handled, jewel-studded quizzing glass he always wore with formal attire and raised it halfway to his eyes in a characteristic gesture. Then he came striding along the terrace with uncharacteristic speed and did not stop coming until he had caught Alleyne up in a tight, wordless embrace that lasted perhaps a whole minute while Alleyne dipped his forehead to his brother's shoulder and felt at last that he was safe.
It was an extraordinary moment. He had been little more than a child when his father died, but Wulfric himself had been only seventeen. Alleyne had never thought of him as a father figure. Indeed, he had often resented the authority his brother wielded over them with such unwavering strictness, and often with apparant impersonality and lack of humor. He had always thought of his eldest brother as aloof, unfeeling, totally self sufficient. A cold fish. And yet it was in Wulfric's arm that he felt his homecoming most acutely. He felt finally and completely and unconditionally loved.
An extraordinary moment indeed.”
“If you are never frightened, sir, you would never find out what you was made of and what you was capable of doing. You would never become a better man than what you started out being. P'raps this is what you will discover - what you are made of and what you are capable of. And when you finally do remember who you are, p'raps you will find that you have become a better man than he ever was. P'raps he was a man why never ever grew any more once he reached manhood. P'raps he needed to do something drastic like losing his memory so that he could get his life unstuck.” 5 likes
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