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3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  519 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Her beautiful eyes flashing with hate, Rebecca faced Lord David Tavistock. He had come back, wounded but still vibrantly, sensually alive, from the Crimean War. Julian Cardwell, her sweet, gentle bridegroom--and David's foster brother--had not. She blamed wild, reckless David for Julian's decision to enter the Queen's Guards, and for the devastat
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Topaz
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Dec 27, 2015 kris rated it did not like it
Rebecca (placid and obedient) is married to Julian (cheerful adulterer), the foster brother of David (stoic martyr) who wants to be married to Rebecca. While at war, David catches Julian attempting to murder the man he's cuckolding so David shoots Julian in the heart. THIS IS LITERALLY THE BEGINNING OF THE BOOK I AM SPOILING NOTHING. So then he returns home, proposes marriage, makes sex, has baby, settles in, etc. Everything is going SWIMMINGLY. Everyone is HAPPY. EVEN WHEN REBECCA FINDS OUT THA ...more
August’s TBR Challenge prompt is “Kickin’ it old-school” and it’s a prompt I always enjoy as it gives me the opportunity to pick something from the TBR Pile of Doom, which still looms large next to the bed. I went for Tangled by Mary Balogh, a standalone title originally published in 1991 which features a somewhat unusual premise; one I haven’t read before although I’m sure this isn’t the only book to have made use of it. I see that the book has engendered very mixed reactions over the years, ...more
Apr 24, 2011 Christine rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Though I found this book compelling on many levels, I could not truly like it in the end. There were a number of very emotional moments, which is something I look for in my favorite books, yet throughout the entire book I knew that the problems between the hero and heroine were entirely of their own making, and that honesty would have taken care of most of them. Backbone might have taken care of the rest.

Basic premise: Rebecca grows up with both Julian and David, and though she is expected to ma
Carol Storm
Jan 20, 2015 Carol Storm rated it it was amazing
One of the greatest of Mary Balogh's full length historical novels, this romance is both dark and convoluted.

I love the fact that the setting is the Crimean War, almost fifty years later than the usual Regency period. There's a very modern feeling to the way the story develops. The heroine is in love with her husband, who is absolutely no good, and she detests his best friend, who seems cold and distant but is actually loyal, determined and caring.

One of the most enjoyable things about this boo
Nov 07, 2013 Suzanne rated it really liked it
A deeply emotional story, with a happy ending that is arrived at only after painful frustration for the reader, as well as the hero and heroine. Set in Victorian England, the characters make life-altering choices regarding, honor, duty, love, and sexual gratification that realistically reflect the values and range of behaviors of the historical period. In Tangled, Balogh skillfully uses the marriage bed an emotional battleground, reflecting the couple's fears, frustrations, and ultimately, their ...more
Jun 07, 2013 LaFleurBleue rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-histo, e-book
This is indeed a puzzling and troubling book, quite typical of some other heart-wrenching romances Mary Balogh wrote earlier on.
The actions, silences, lies through omission, dissimulations, are very well justified all along the book, through the feelings of each character. However sticklers to honesty and absolute full disclosure would not feel very satisfied with this book, as everything relies on that - not telling the full truth and nothing but trying to protect someone else. The heroine, tho
Shivani Singh
Feb 13, 2014 Shivani Singh rated it did not like it
Horrible story. i have never read something so idiotic. I have felt so angry after reading it. i love mary's novels but this one really didn't click. The heroine was so pigheaded and selfish that at times i wanted to kill her and the hero deserve much better than someone as blind as her. first she raved like a mad woman to dave becoz he was alive and her darling husband was not, then she conveniently selfishly married him, had sex with him and abandoned him and her own baby the moment her good f ...more
Dec 10, 2013 Steph rated it did not like it
As a rule, I love Mary Balogh but this book is one of my least favorite in the genre that I've read. I finished it a month ago and still feel disturbed. Sooo much dysfunction. And the resolution was just depressing and not at all uplifting. This is one I truly wish I'd never read.
Heroes & Heartbreakers
Mary Balogh’s Tangled, set in the period of the Crimean War (1853-1856), in many ways is an erotic romance. The sex scenes are not as explicit and lengthy as in many modern erotic romances, but the progress of the main relationship is intimately connected with sex; the main couple would not have achieved a love relationship without learning about each other while also developing their sexual relationship.

The book has three main sections: In the opening, the heroine Rebecca is married to Julian.
Sep 08, 2013 Daisy rated it really liked it
This was one of those books that just made me sob for almost its entire duration. And I think that was more so because of how simple yet emotive Balogh's style of writing was.

David has loved Rebecca all his life, but instead she chooses his charming foster brother, Julian. But although Rebecca loves Julian irrevocably and their marriage is happy, Julian is a womaniser. Having grown with together, David is intensely protective about Julian despite his shameless and nature and his love for Rebecc
Jun 21, 2011 Linda rated it it was amazing
Polished this off in one day and will be anxiously looking for a copy of my own since this one has to go back to the library. It won't be going back until the last day because I'll want to reread this one.

First of all, we've gone beyond Regency. This book features women in hoop skirts and characters riding trains.

Now back to the plot...

Julian goes off to the Crimean War with his older foster brother, David. Julian leaves behind his wife Rebecca who has known both men since childhood. She blindly
Hanah  Tahir
Jun 20, 2009 Hanah Tahir rated it it was amazing
I LOVE IT! I finished this in one sitting.. haha. I just love how totally devoted David can be! It was David who really shines in this book - not Rebecca nor Julian (at least for me). I could read a book about his point of views about his unending love for Rebecca and not get bored! Because I just love heroes who look so hopeless romantic yet devoted to the heroine!

more of these kind of characters pls, and I would show you more of what my wallet could give :P

warning though: you may not like thi
Aug 12, 2013 tacitus rated it really liked it
Shelves: need-to-get

This one is nearly impossible to review without spoilers, but I will make the attempt. Balogh and her damn sense of infinite forgiveness just got me on this one. She is so skilled at making you hate the villains so much. I mean, she writes villains that Mother Theresa would murder in a dark alley and bury in the woods. That's how bad they are...and yet she can never leave it at that. Oh, no! We must eventually feel sorry for the bastard. We must eventual
Ana T.
Oct 13, 2008 Ana T. added it
Notes from the archive:

Your list just reminded me of a book I really disliked - Tangled - isn't that the one about the hero being head over heels in love with the heroine since they were young and she marries his friend who was a wastrel and much more I can't mention because of spoilers. Then the friend dies, they marry and you know what happens (spoiler again). Oh boy I hated that one. Stupid, idiot, selfish friend, stupid hero who put up with it and stupid heroine who never figured it out - ca
Jan 12, 2011 Gemma rated it it was ok
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Jan 29, 2012 Sheila rated it liked it
Shelves: read2012
I found this at the second-hand store yesterday. It's classic Balogh - both in the sense that it's an older story and in the sense of the themes that have always seemed to fascinate her: the aftermath of war on the soldier, marriage of convenience, women exploring their sexuality. I definitely feel like it's not as polished as her later works, but it's interesting to see the development of her style and themes over time.
Michelle Connolly
I had a hard time rating this book. There was so much I didn't like: it was slow paced and repetitive; I couldn't identify with the heroine at all and never really understood why both Julian and David were in love with her. There was a time when I was even really annoyed by the heroine, but I couldn't seem to make myself hate it. There were parts of it that I really liked. I might be being a bit too generous by giving it 3 stars, but giving it 2 just didn't seem right I guess.
Jan 01, 2017 Melissa rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Nov 22, 2013 Alex rated it it was ok
the ending is very depressing...hated it
Jan 04, 2017 Lucimar rated it it was ok
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Let me say that I count Mary Balogh among one of my favorite authors and she has written many wonderful books. For that reason I hope that this isn't the first book by her that you are thinking of reading. I'm hard pressed to put into words how much I disliked this book. I have liked the other Mary Balogh books I have read but not this one. It was very creepy and disturbing to me. There is a very trashy feel to it, reality TV trashy, only with a historical setting.

I didn't like any of the chara
Polly Watson
Oct 30, 2014 Polly Watson rated it did not like it
Disappointing. So very disappointing. I wish I had read the other reviews before getting and reading TANGLED by Mary Balogh. This must be a very early book for her because it is NOT up to her usual standards. While Balogh's books are very predictable and have a lot of similarities throughout each (especially as far as love-making goes), her books are my guilty-pleasure reading. TANGLED, though, isn't a guilty-pleasure let alone a pleasure. If you're a Balogh fan as I am, you can ignore this one ...more
Jun 11, 2014 Swee rated it it was amazing
Another amazing Mary Balogh romance.

This book featured, in my opinion, one of the most unattractive Balogh heroines. Rebecca was weak-willed, and a woman who was happy to be an obedient and submissive wife, without consideration for her own feelings and opinions. This submission she took to extremes—as evidenced by how she reacted in the marital bed to David.

Despite the use of the hackneyed Big Misunderstanding as a plot device, the story flowed well. I especially liked how Balogh characterise
May 15, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it
Okay so I haven't finished it yet (I'm at THE PART, and if you don't know what THE PART is, you haven't gotten that far yet) but what the fuck. Seriously. I don't think I can't take much more of this. My heart hurts and my cheeks are perpetually wet and all I want is for David to reveal what a slimy little asshole his "brother" is. I am living in a constant state of agony. However, I've always gotten way too invested in books so maybe it's just me feeling like this, but will some please just KIL ...more
Jan 27, 2013 Roub rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
it would have been a 5 star for me because it was such a wonderful many strong emotions. it lost one star along the way as david was wronged so much, so badly judged by the heroine and also she was pitiful with her constants "i love julian", "julian my love my love". so laughable because it did not seem like love but then we are aware of what an ass julian actually is while she is not. anyway i fell in love with david reading the book and i could feel the sexual pull between them
Nov 05, 2009 penelopewanders rated it really liked it
Hadn't read a Balogh in ages, and enjoyed this one, although at one point I was getting annoyed by the literary equivalent of drum rolls constantly announcing the approaching end to brief happiness. What a tangle indeed. The heroine is a bit irritating with her holier than thou attitude, but of course that's who she is. Glad it all works out in the end.
Jun 11, 2009 Kaye rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I couldn't really relate to the prim, proper, and submissive heroine, but Balogh did a great job showing the points of view of all main characters, and of course, managed to jerk all the emotion out of me possible for the story line. Not my favorite Balogh, but definitely worth the 25 cents I spent on it at a garage sale.
so much drama. this is another book that i find myself thinking about long after reading. a bit of an emotional trial, sexual performance and practices are a pivotal plot point. lots of family turmoil. i find the ending dissatisfying, though not terrible. feels too long and drawn out.
May 26, 2014 Christine rated it it was ok
I couldn't finish it. It was so obvious what the main premise of the book would be, and it was so emotionally painful because he wouldn't admit the truth. So stupid.
Tina Parreñas
Feb 23, 2016 Tina Parreñas rated it it was ok
This book is unnecessarily long. I liked the storyline, but the book is full of each character's guilt.
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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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