Irresistible (Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse #3)
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Irresistible (Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse #3)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  818 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Sophia Armitage was a friend, indeed. She had agreed to help Sir Nathaniel Gascoigne find a husband for his cousin Lavinia in the glittering city of London -- only half hoping that she'd find one herself. Sophia knew the odds were against her. Men simply did not seem attracted to her -- not that way. Even her late husband had treated Sophia more as a companion than a lover...more
Paperback, 313 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Berkley (first published 1998)
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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
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...more
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
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.
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
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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.
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++
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
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 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Karla Brandenburg
Nathaniel is one of four war buddies that comprise the four horsemen of the apocalypse. He is returning to London for season to marry off the last of his five sisters and his cousin. The four friends reunite and run across another friend's widow, good ol' Sophie. Beneath her good buddy exterior beats a woman's heart. Trouble turns up, and the four horsemen ride to her rescue, against her wishes of independence.

I have to say this is not my favorite Mary Balogh novel. While her characters often ha...more
I waffle on this one- I like it well enough to re-read on occasion, and the closeted first husband is an interesting (if fraught) theme in a minor key on the philandering straight first husband, but there is not much novel or particularly well-crafted here to truly hold my attention.
Lisa O'Neill
I love Mary Balogh, but this book did not live up to the skillful characterization and cleverly woven plot of which I know she is capable. It seems to completely fall apart about three quarters of the way through, as if she'd grown bored by the blackmail plot, bored by Sophie's histrionics and bored with the romance between her main characters and thus had to introduce (and wrap up) a secondary romance to keep things moving. Maybe her contract date was looming, maybe her heart simply wasn't in t...more
This was a loan and I was assured it was a stand alone. Sigh, this is what I get for believing my goddaughter unconditionally. It is of course, the final book in a trilogy even though there are "Four Horsemen", English nobles who are heroes in the war and come marching home again to take up various causes and caresses.

I will read the other two but wish I'd read them in order.

This one seems predictable but there are some interesting twists to the predictability. Another strong woman character who...more
Lin Stepp
I've been on regency reading jag ... and have enjoyed many of Mary Balogh's books.
This one was very entertaining ... I liked Nathaniel Gascoigne, compelled to come to the London season to launch yet another sister and a difficult cousin, and young widow Sophie Armitage, whose secrets unfold like the peels of an onion throughout the book. The book is a little spicy, like most of Balogh's books, but the story is entertaining. I especially enjoyed the independent minded Lavinia in this book. Not al...more
Okay, Andrea, you win -- I DO read a lot of romances! Augh! Is saying that I only read them when I'm under stress (and, therefore, determined to escape into a perfect world of handsome men and happy endings) merely a self-deluded rationalization? Or is my life really that stressful? This is something to ponder . . . .

P.S. If you are an author of said romances full of handsome men and happy endings, please don't stop writing them. Pondering the above question may prove so stressful that I once ag...more
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Michelle Robinson
I felt so sorry for Sophie when I read this book. I hate blackmailers in novels (and in Perry Mason, which is where I find them to be most common) I found Sophie to be a sympathetic character and I wanted to see her not in such poverty and not so downtrodden, which is how she felt to me.

I read this book a while ago. I don't know how I did not add it to my list but it is memorable and I remember enjoying the romance. It is one of the novels by Balogh that I liked the most and believed in most al...more
Gina Gutierrez
Este ultimo libro de la saga es el que mas me ha gustado. Tiene unos personajes mucho mas divertidos y que generan mas empatía. Sophie y lavinia son 2 personajes femeninos muy fuertes y no tan contradictorios como los personajes femeninos de los libros pasados por lo que es mas fácil conectarse con ellas. El libro ha estado bien. Aunque para ser los primeros que leo de esta autora me ha decepcionado un poco. Será leer otros a ver que tal me va.
Now I'm interested to hit the used book store and track down the other three books in the series. Kinda reminds me of the Fallen Angels of Mary Jo Putney's series. Mary Balogh's imagery is amazing. And I always laugh thinking about how I wouldn't survive for ten minutes in that time period. Between the clothes and the way women were basically property ... yeah, mark that off my time travel list.
La historia es de las que me gusta... aunque la protagonistas demasiado tozuda. Lo peor, ese desenlace final que parece que no va a llegar nuuuunca.
No es de sus mejores libros pero me ha gustado bastante
3.5 stars
The third of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse series, but the only one I've been able to find. This one features good old Sophie, now a widow, who followed her husband to the Peninsular wars and became fast friends with the "Four Horsemen". This also features a not altogether convincing secondary romance. A solid Regency, Balogh style.
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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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