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Irresistible (Horsemen Trilogy #3)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,234 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
Sophia Armitage was a friend, indeed. She had agreed to help Sir Nathaniel Gascoigne find a husband for his cousin in the glittering city of London—only half hoping that she’d find one for herself. Sophia knew the odds were against her. Men simply did not seem to be attracted to her—not that way. Even her late husband had treated Sophia more as a companion than a lover. Bu ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 313 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Berkley (first published 1998)
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Jan 05, 2010 Rane rated it really liked it
When Sir Nathaniel Gascoigne comes to London to help find suitable marriages for his sister and cousin, he’s surprised to meet with a colleague and fellow solider widowed wife and old friend Sophie Armitage. Sophie has became somewhat of a celebrity because of her husband’s act of heroism. But Sophie’s life is anything but pleasant as she deals with many hardships after his husband’s death. Meeting with Nathaniel again, brings feelings Sophie had kept hidden long ago to resurface, and when she ...more
Lady Wesley
Feb 25, 2013 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amz-rev
I'm a Mary Balogh fangirl, so am gradually working my way through her backlist. This one is from 1998, and it bears all of the Balogh signature features: a dauntless heroine (who's terribly insecure underneath), a swoonworthy hero, and LOTS of secondary characters. So many secondary characters that I couldn't keep them straight, but that didn't matter.

The romance between two old friends was sweet, especially because neither of them ever expected it. The widowed heroine had not had an especially
*The Angry Reader*
Mar 28, 2016 *The Angry Reader* rated it it was amazing
I have a new favorite historical romance. Holy Moses! I didn't want this book to end. Each page closer to finishing hurt my heart just a little more.
Basic plot - widow Sophie runs into four old friends. She has a crush on one - Nathaniel. Sophie has some other life issues, and Nathaniel is adorably obtuse. Let the relationship hijinks commence.
I very quickly fell a little in love with Sophie. MB is known for her imperfect characters. Never has a historical romance heroine felt so near and dear
Amarilli Settantatre
In assoluto, il più bello della trilogia, anche perché racchiude in sé le capitolazioni per amore di ben due dei mitici Cavalieri.
Qui ho trovato magnifica la figura di Sophia, una donna capace di un’apertura mentale di una sensibilità rara per l’epoca, e al contempo non vergognosa di rivelare i propri appetiti sessuali e di darsi una seconda possibilità dopo la vedovanza. Le scene in cui convince (travia?) Nat sono secche ma ricche di parole non dette. Grande Balogh!

E la coppia Eden/Lavinia? Le
Dec 26, 2008 Dancer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked the way Balogh, who is one of my favorite Regency romance authors, twists the lives of the characters in this book. Nathaniel is perfect as the "hero," and Sophia is so kind one cannot help but feel sympathy for her. In this one, the reader cheers for the couple to finally get together and stay together. I also wanted to cheer when Nathaniel, Kenneth, Rex, and Eden showed at Pinter's apartment. I wanted someone to beat the "crap" out of the man, and Nathaniel was the perfect person to do ...more
Barbara Rogers
May 15, 2016 Barbara Rogers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 in the Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse trilogy by Mary Balogh. All I can say is WOW! I loved it. It can be read as a stand-alone book. I don't think I've ever read a Balogh book I didn't like and this is certainly no exception to that. ***** Also -- this is a re-release of a book from about 1996, so check -- you might have already read it.

There are characters all over the place in this book and more HEA's than you know what to do with, but the main plot is around Sir Nathaniel Glascoigne
Jan 17, 2015 Vir rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pendientes-2015
Un romance irresistible es una novela que no ha conseguido llegarme del todo. Me gusta la forma de escribir de Mary Balogh y la pareja secundaria me encandiló desde el principio, pero eché en falta un poco más de picardía y humor en la pareja principal. Aunque, eso sí, los capítulos finales me enamoraron por completo.

Definitely a good story - but I didn't realize it was the third in a series! So I kept wondering, who are all these people? This wasn't my favorite Balogh, but still enjoyable. I would actually really like to read the first book in the series now.
Mar 31, 2016 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jane by: *The Angry Reader*
Actual rating 3.5 stars.

I am indefinitely sorry to say that the very book that made me want to read this series (THIS review is to be blamed), is the weakest of the lot in my eyes. I still enjoyed it immensely but I honestly would have preferred if Balogh had given more attention to Eden and Lavinia whose banter I found simply hilarious compared to Nathaniel and Sophia's simple story.

My thoughts on this book continue HERE.
Sophie Armitage was married to an officer who died a heroic death in the Napoleonic War. His heroism got her a modest government pension and feted by the ton, but she is secretly lonely. Then his old cavalry buddies, the so-called Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, return to London. Sophie and Nathaniel rekindle their old friendship, and quickly fall into bed together. But Sophie is being blackmailed (view spoiler) ...more
Lil' Grogan
I don't remember Mary Balogh's books being offensive before, merely easy reads. Sophie was just ridiculous. It's split between whether I'm more annoyed at her martyr complex, her incredible rudeness to her friends, or her senselessness. On another note, the writing was a lot more choppy than I remember. (view spoiler) ...more
Germaine Lefebvre
Una delizia, e un doppio, anzi un quadruplo matrimonio, se si ha il tempo di seguire quattro storie, forse un po' affrettate.
Il resto lo ha già detto bene Amarilli, Sophie è una protagonista femminile fuori dai canoni, splendida, una di quelle creatuture degne della migliore Balogh.
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
Irrestistible is probably my second favourite book of Mary Balogh's. I just adored the story of Sophie and Nathaniel. It just makes me feel warm all over revisiting these two. I'm not normally in love with a widow storyline, but this talented writer can probably make me love anything as long as she's written it.

This book is part of three books, and four heros. This, in my opinion, is the best of the lot ... or maybe I just loved the story so much the others just couldn't compare. Sohpie is a lo
Aug 23, 2011 JoAnn rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Wonderful story of a woman who was in a very damaging marriage to a decent man and is trying to establish an independent life now that her husband has died a war hero at the battle of Waterloo.

Relationships from the years she was "following the drum" are reestablishing themselves in her life as one of the men her husband served with is trying to blackmail her and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse renew their friendship with her.

This appears to be the last book in a series, so now I will have t
Mar 29, 2011 Lisarenee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say, but I love almost all of Balogh's books. Unfortunately, my library didn't have the first 2 in this series so I am forever doomed to read books out of sequence. This book is about 4 men who fought together during the war. Two are still bachelors. One of the unwed men is trying to marry off a sister and cousin and because of this all four men decide to meet in London for the season. They run into the widow of one of their former war colleagues whom all four were fond of.Of course w ...more
Another of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse books, at least Ms. Balogh manages to make them all quite different. Indiscreet is by far my favorite of the three, but this one has many good points as well. I particularly liked Sophie's not being of the nobility yet she is feisty and capable as well as kind. I was a little less happy with Nat Gascoigne and so many courtships amongst the other characters that it was easy to lose track of them all.
Galena Sanz
Jan 28, 2014 Galena Sanz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Los dos libros anteriores me gustaron, si bien no tienen el alto nivel que Balogh nos muestra en otras de sus novelas, no obstante esta tercera y última entrega me ha gustado mucho, la he disfrutado por completo. La historia en sí mantiene la esencia de la escritora, manteniéndonos con una ligera intriga que nos hará querer saber más. Los personajes principales son muy buenos, Sophia no es la típica protagonista, ha tenido una vida de guerras, ha perdido a su marido en ellas y se ha hecho una jo ...more
Lita Bouquard
I thought this one one of the survivors club stories because it involves friends who were soldiers. But these men called the 4 Horseman of Apocalypse are not injured. This story stand alone as a novel and until the end I didn't realize it was part of a series. Darn I hate reading books out of order. I just grabbed it off the shelf. Ohh well.

So Irrrestible refers to the eyes( and other body parts) of Nathaniel who has come to London to reconnect with his 3 friends while he tries to get his siste
Jan 13, 2015 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book:) Ms. Balogh is at her finest when the characters are less-than-perfect, when love comes alongside them, steady and faithful and yes---happily ever after. I loved Sophie, the heroine and the way she stood strong instead of taking an easy way out. Those types of characters are my favorites among all the amazing people she's created.
This is an excellent book full of wonderful characters and lots of emotion.There are many good reviews here on Goodreads, so I'll just add that I love the quality of the writing and the care Balogh has taken to make her characters believable, and to make the characters' actions and reaction feel so realistic.
Oct 15, 2011 SheLove2Read rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, best-of-2011
Quite possibly one of the best "friends to lovers" stories I've ever read. I was moved to tears, which is not easy to do for me. All of the characters were colorful, especially Lavinia and Ede, but Nathanial really stole the show for me. A wonderful read.

5 stars / A++
*3.5 stars*

Great friends! If the heroine wouldn't have been such a martyr, the book would have been great. Review to come...
Sep 01, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Regency romance with sex.

This is the 3rd of the series, though I was able to read it as a stand alone. The others in the other 2 books make an appearance.

So far I've enjoyed everything MB has written This book included. This is an older release, but it's still MB's "voice". I liked both H/h & the secondary romance between Eden & Lavinia. Although, it would have been nice if they had some more page time.
There is just the right balance of drama & you don't feel it goes overboard. I
Da Serie eu achei o mais fraco, mesmo incluindo a história de Nat e de Eden. A história da maior destaque para Nat e Sophia, que uma viúva de um oficial dos quais os quatro amigos faziam parte. Na verdade Nat e ela já se conhecia a um bom tempo, pois no período de guerra ela acompanhava o marido e eles desenvolveram um bom relacionamento neste período. Após a morte do marido, eles se reencontram novamente quando ele leva sua irmã e uma prima para Londres para apresentação na sociedade com intuit ...more
Mar 08, 2015 Sara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
... Me aburro. Hay libros de esta autora que estaban entretenidos y tenía alguna esperanza con la sinopsis.
Pero es predecible y le falta algo. Tipica protagonista que se hace mil rollos en la cabeza.
Para ser el gran final de una saga (¿y el 4o jinete ni siquiera tiene historia propia?!) decepciona. Por lo que se entrevee de los otros personajes que aparecen, seguramente los libros anteriores estaban más entretenidos. Aunque si los leo quizás me decepcionesn tb. ¿Arriesgarme o no? De momento, no
Oct 14, 2008 Gail rated it liked it
This is a reprint, I believe. I hate that I apparently missed it first time around, because I truly do not remember reading it before. The heroine is the widow of a war hero. Her husband was killed trying to save the life of a young officer during the battle of Waterloo, immediately after saving several other lives. She received a house and a pension from the government and is living quite nicely, except for one teensy little debt that's cropped up from her husband's past. Except that you know f ...more
Jun 08, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Anne by: Sarah at SBTB
I was unsure about the premise of this book, even though I adore Mary Balogh and have several of her earlier works hanging around to read if I need a realiable author's book close at hand. The friends to lover's angle can be awkward and I really think the blackmail trope is tiresome. However, my heart ached for Sophie and Nathaniel once they decided to give into their surprise attraction to each other. I have rarely read such a tender, heartbreaking romance. I knew what the blackmailer had on po ...more
Sophie Armitage, veuve de 28 ans, retrouve, au hasard d'une promenade matinale dans Hyde Park, les quatre officiers que son époux Walter, lui aussi officier pendant la campagne d'Espagne et qui a ensuite trouvé la mort à Waterloo, avait surnommés "les quatre guerriers de l'Apocalypse".
Trois ans ont passé depuis leur dernière rencontre. Mais ils se retrouvent tous avec cordialité et chaleur, les quatre jeunes hommes aguerris heureux de pouvoir renouer avec celle qu'ils surnomment affectueusement
Jan 16, 2016 Mardia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Lin #Team Sasha
I loved this book!!!

I loved book 1 was disappointed by book 2 and adored book 3.
I was wondering why the FOUR horsemen of the apocalypse had only THREE books! This one was a two-for-one special. Both sets of main characters were strong with believable issues. The mild suspense was good although it was fairly easy to figure out what was going on most of the time. The romance and sex was good without being vulgar for most tastes....

Excellent read.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Horsemen Trilogy (3 books)
  • Indiscreet (Horsemen Trilogy, #1)
  • Unforgiven (Horsemen Trilogy, #2)

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