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A Counterfeit Betrothal/The Notorious Rake (Waite #2-3)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  828 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews

Mary Balogh presents two of her classic Regency-era romances—seductive tales of ladies who are running away from love . . . and rogues who enjoy the chase.

Lady Sophia Bryant has no intention of marrying anytime soon. Her one desire is to reunite her parents, who have been estranged for fourteen years. Surely, if she happ
ebook, 560 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Dell (first published 1992)
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Lady Wesley
May 15, 2013 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contains two Mary Balogh novels from 1992, and thanks to Mary for making her backlist available in mass market PB and ebook format at a reasonable price.

As other reviewers have noted, A Counterfeit Betrothal actually features two romances. Lady Sophia Bryant, who has no desire to marry, persuades the rakish Lord Francis Sutton to pose as her fiance. Sophie's hope is that the attendant festivities will help reunite her parents, who have been separated for fourteen years. Everyone gather
So, I was looking for a book where the hero grovels to my satisfaction, and lord did I get it in the form of FOURTEEN YEARS OF REGRET AND SUFFERING. Marcus had a one-time idiotic, youthful indiscretion that he immediately realized was the biggest mistake of his life, and Olivia could not bring herself to take him back. Fast forward to their daughter's "engagement" to her childhood frenemy, Francis, which is really a fake dating scheme they concocted in order to Parent Trap Marc and Olivia into g ...more
Okay, given that I have been sitting on this for days, I am probably not going to do a proper review. That will be Kris's job. But ratings for the individual books:

A Counterfeit Betrothal, 5/5 STARS, WOULD READ AGAIN.

Parent trapping by way of fake engagement. GET THEE TO A LIBRARY.

The Notorious Rake, 3/5 stars, maybe? Sure.

I don't really know how to rate this one. There was a weird amount of sex in it. And I think I liked the idea of it more than I actually liked it except when the characters go
The Counterfeit Betrothal 3.5/5.0 (C+)
I really enjoyed the wit and humor found in the romance between Lady Sophia Bryant and Lord Francis Sutton. They fake a betrothal to reunite Sophie's estranged parents. Sophie and Francis grew up together and have a history of arguing and hostility. Sophie is funny and Francis teases her to death. I love the way they play each other and end up together. This is a light and fun pair. On the other hand the romance between Sophie's parents is seriously painful
May 09, 2013 Annette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two books in one.

The Counterfeit Betrothal - Sophia wants to get her parents back together. They have been separated for years. So, Sophia has this brilliant idea, a fake betrothal. Surely approving a marriage and arranging a wedding will bring her distant parents together. There are 2 stories here. One is Sophia and her fake relationship with Francis. He was a childhood friend who treated her badly, and they still treat one another as though they were arguing children. The second story is about
Jun 08, 2013 Lorraine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I only read a counterfeit betrothal. It is my first book by Mary Balogh having been recommended the story and told how funny it is I tried it. Now I normally enjoy historical romances they fill in when my normal fair gets to heavy. This was not the case with this one, instead of a enjoyable light romance I got a brain dead annoying character in Sophia that left me with absolutey no clue as to why Lord Francis would even like her let alone love her. I never once felt any love there at all. Sure h ...more
Two books, so two ratings really.

A Counterfeit Betrothal: One Star Full disclosure, I only skimmed the last sixty pages of this book, because, by then, I didn't give a rat's ass about any of the characters.

Romance novels, by current definition, end on a happily ever after(HEA) note, so they really need to shine in characters and/or plot. Given this book's rather straight forward plot, we needed characters way less flat than Sophia and Francis, sorry, Lord Francis* turned out to be. They were for
3.5 stars for the first book and 1 star for the second so 3 stars overall.

The first book was good, it was like a Regency version of the Parent Trap when eighteen year old Sophia went into a fake engagement with a childhood friend/nemesis (they were neighbors and he always tormented her as a kid) in order to reunite her estranged parents after 14 years of living apart. Wasn't too fond of her parents, at a few different parts I wanted to strangle them but Sophia and her "fake fiancee" were ADORABL
Counterfeit Proposal
I will be honest and say I only enjoyed parts of this book. I found Sophia irritating from the start, I know she was only 18, but she hit all the TSTL buttons for me and I don't understand what Francis saw in her. On the other hand, I enjoyed Marcus and Olivia's story. It was nicely done and though I wanted to give both of them a boot on occasion, I could understand why they were so afraid to trust each other.

The Notorious Rake
I really enjoyed this story, Mary was a wonderful
Apr 29, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
I absolutely loved this book. It was actually 2 books in one, which is a great way to do some older book, especially if they are a series.
The first book was just a funny story for me, Sophia thought one thing was going on but it was something totally different. Francis was just an adorable hero for me, he had that girl in his back pocket and I loved it.
The second book was a little more serious, but the characters were both older and had their own things going on. I liked Mary, her chara
Jun 26, 2013 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Finished A Counterfeit Betrothal, interestingly enough 2 couples in conflict and how they move forward. Unfortunately I like my reads when 2 couples are involved to run more like 80/20, 50/50 split always seems to annoy me though a few authors pull this off well but in these earlier novels I don't believe MB does. If I'm constantly looking past the "couple" I'm reading, I'm inherently losing 50 percent of the pleasure.

Rating 3.0

To underline I only read CB, not NR. The rating only reflects that
Nov 08, 2014 Andree rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Neither of these quite worked for me, though both had pretty delightful proposals in them. Both have some great parts, and some kind of terrible parts, and kind of average out to three stars.

I'll start with the Counterfeit Betrothal. I really like the conceit of the novel, girl stages a fake engagement to runa parent trap. That is pretty great. But I'm not sure the novel completely lived up to its delightful plot. (view spoiler)
Mar 27, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you to Goodreads and Mary Balogh for a chance to read this book.

A Counterfeit Betrothal/The Notorious Rake is a two in one book. I’ll separate the books separately below for review.

The first book - A Counterfeit Betrothal:

A Counterfeit Betrothal is a regency romance story that follows Sophie Bryant and her plot to reunite her parents. Sophia's parents were separated since she was four. She wants to get them back together and devises a plan wi
May 04, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Librarything and the publishers for the early review copy of this book.
This is a re-issue of two of Mary Balogh's best loved novels, together in one volume.

The first novel is The Counterfeit Betrothal. This book was originally released in 1992, I believe. This is an ageless and timeless novel.

Lady Sophia loudly and proudly proclaims to a group of her closest friends that she will never, under any circumstances, marry. When pressed about this by her friends, she gives them the example o
Oct 11, 2013 OhWell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency, mary-balogh
There are indeed two intertwined stories in A Counterfeit Betrothal, very different in their emotional level. The younger couple is lighthearted and it’s a pleasure to see their childhood love/hate relationship changing to friendship and long-term affection, mixed with constant quarreling for good measure. Francis is absolutely delightful, I thoroughly enjoyed the non-stop banter between him and Sophia. It takes a while to realize that beneath his carefree attitude there’s a very clever mind wit ...more
Nov 21, 2014 Lara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rooooomance
Enjoyed book one. Book two--I stopped after the first 50 or so pages and said "Oh HELL no!" Spoilers ahead--

Okay, so in "The Notorious Rake", said Rake is at a house party with several guests and finds himself in the company of a Lady of Dubious Character. This Lady is known to have been someone's mistress, although everyone likes her anyway because she's so sweet and charming. He and Lady go for a walk in the woods, flirt just a little, so far so good.

A huge storm blows in--lightning, thunder,
Melissa J. Katano
A two-for-one republishing of some of Ms. Balogh's older novels.

A Counterfeit Betrothal is a two-for-one romance: Lady Sophia wants to bring her estranged parents back together, so she concocts a fake betrothal for herself and Lord Francis Sutton, a rake and the son of her parents' friends, a man she knows her parents won't want her to marry.

Turns out, her parents are so much against him, as they are against her marrying so young--even though she's a year older than her mother was when her paren
Mar 08, 2013 Sheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a reprint of two old regencies of Mary Balogh's.

THE COUNTERFEIT BETROTHAL has two romances--that of a young woman who pretends a betrothal to a childhood friend, and that of her parents, who have been estranged for 14 years. The primary story and romance is that of the parents. It's a story of growing up, learning to forgive, and having the courage to face your fears and disappointments and take a risk that maybe, love can survive through the greatest regrets and despair. Of accept
I had different feelings about the two books.

I found A Counterfeit Betrothal to be ok but didn't warm to any of the characters. A young woman tries to reconcile her parents by pretending to be engaged.

Her parents have been estranged for 14 years after her father went to a wedding alone, got drunk and was shamed into sleeping with another woman.

The young woman pretends to be engaged to a childhood frenemy - of course what is clear to the reader is that he has feelings for her and is using the f
Non poi così male. Chi sa un po' di letteratura inglese dell'ottocento sarà in grado di riconoscere nel primo dei due romanzi un tema caro a Margaret Wolfe Hamilton, quello dei due sposi che si ritrovano dopo un lungo periodo di separazione dovuto a futili incomprensioni – con l'identica, irritante tendenza a far durare le incomprensioni ben oltre ogni logica. Qui (come, per esempio, in April's Lady di 'The Duchess'), le coppie votate a un happy end sono in realtà due, perché ai due sposi-non sp ...more
I was given a copy of this book for review by the publisher through GoodReads First Reads.

I didn't like this book. I couldn't even finish it! After having the book for almost a year, and taking almost 6 months to start it, I finally have to throw in the towel.

The characters in the A Counterfeit Betrothal (Sophia/Francis and her parents) didn't make any sense to me, nor did their motivations. I understand Sophia wanting her parents back together, but staging a betrothal to someone she 'hates' wi
Lita Bouquard
The first book was like an old fashioned romance so when I read the second book I was surprised at all the sex right up front in the beginning without any courtship.
A Counterfeit Bethrothal was the story of a stubborn couple who loved each other almost too much. They never had a challenge but when they did they were both so hurt they gave up rather than face that pain again. Their daughter tries to get them to see each other after 14 years- so she fakes a bethrothal because that will force her
May 07, 2013 Cherie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Counterfeit Betrothal:

I liked Francis, the hero, a lot. He was personable and witty. The heroine, Sophia, acted her age, 18. This meant that she was sometimes a bit frivolous. They spent a lot of time together but always as friends and always teasing each other. I never was able to take her seriously. But apparently she was just the person for Francis. Not a bad story, but not a page turner either. The better story was the one between Sophia's estranged parents although Olivia was annoying fo
A Counterfeit Betrothal is a fantastic story - it would have gotten 5 stars if it had been by itself. Lady Sophia and Lord Francis are the perfect couple, and have been since they were kids tormenting each other. When Sophia gets the crazy idea to pretend to be betrothed to him to try and get her parents back together after 14 years apart, he's more than happy to help with her scheme. But things take an interesting turn when they realize they may actually like each other. God forbid either admit ...more
May 27, 2014 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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May 18, 2013 Mcfree rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book destroyed my Balogh can do no wrong belief. It also ended my habit of buying bundled reprints. The publishers are clearly trying to make a dime off their old failed lists. They stick a bad book with a "good" book.
Case in point: "A Counterfeit Betrothal" dragged on forever, with the flighty Sophia (no wisdom there) dragging Simon into her bizarre plot to reunite her parents until he lamely declares he had planned it all along. What a loser.

I gave up on the second book: "The Notorious Ra
Apr 17, 2015 Mardia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't a fan of either book. The Counterfeit Proposal spent too little time establishing Sophia and Francis, and although their antics were amusing at times, I didn't really buy them as a couple. For Marcus and Olivia, I found their relationship rather frustrating--Marcus supposedly loves and respects Olivia so much, so his behavior at times was really odd and off putting. And I thought the treatment of Clarence was incredibly dated--unsurprising, since it was written in 1992, but not fun to rea ...more
Lynne Tull
Oct 15, 2015 Lynne Tull rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-romance
A Counterfeit Betrothal-Silly, Silly, Silly. This is one of Mary Balogh's early books. She is one of my favorite authors. This book was definitely not one of my favorites. I, from time to time, skip some superfluous text, but I skipped from the first 1/3 of the book to the end. The heroine was silly and the story was really unbelievable. Do Not Recommend you spend your time on this one. Too many books; so little time!

The Notorious Rake-Mary has redeemed herself. I loved this story. I was finally
Jun 18, 2015 Janice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a DNF for me. From the start, I thought the parents' story compelling. To see them fall back into love was going to be such a treat. Except... it wasn't. The motivation for the character's thoughts and actions wasn't clear enough for me and I became frustrated by their inaction. The daughter is immature and I assume she ends up falling in love and actually marrying her "counterfeit betrothed" but that storyline didn't seem to be going anywhere either, and the female MC was just annoying ...more
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Mary Jenkins was born in 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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