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The Incurable Matchmaker

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It was well known that Diana Ingram was as impeccably virtuous as she was exquisitely beautiful. It was just as well known that the handsome and charming Marquess of Kenwood was the most insatiable and successful seducer in all of aristocratic society.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 1990 by Signet
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I loved it...haven't found an old Balogh that I never read in a while. This little ditty about Jack and Diana (so sorry, I just couldn't help it) has got one of my favorite premises, rake hero entering a bet to sleep with the heroine, and a developing emotional intimacy with friendship that allows me to believe the rake hero will stay faithful to the heroine for a true HEA. It has other elements I love: 1) Heroine has strength of character and real values, she is not just pure because she lacks ...more
2.5 stars. This story was slow going and a bit boring, and I didn't really like the heroine. she was too dull for the hero. It took me a long time to read because I kept picking up other books to ease the boredom a little. It was also too short a book to have a secondary story involved. I would have liked the story more if it was just focused on the leads. I give it 2.5 stars instead of only 2 stars because I love books with rakes wagering over seducing the heroines, and I liked the hero's rakis ...more
3 stars for the main characters, 5 stars for the secondary characters- they were much more interesting, and much funnier. The main characters were a little boring, wish Ms. Balogh wrote the secondary characters as the main characters and visa-versa.

Diana Ingram is newly widowed and her (ex-)mother-in-law (the Countess of Rotherham) is determined that she marry again- and she has provided the perfect opportunity- a huge get together of family and friends on her estate to celebrate her husband's b
How can it be angsty goodness and humourous? Well the aunt and the 2nd'ary couple were very amusing. The angst comes from the deep seated fears of both h/h. It was lovely to see heroine turn the tables on the world-weary rakish hero. Worth looking for!
I did not like this at all. I thought Jack was obnoxious and disrespectful to Diana. The ending felt rushed and the secondary love story was irritating!
Balogh, Mary - Signet Regency

It was well known that Diana Ingram was as impeccably virtuous as she was exquisitely beautiful. It was just as well known that the handsome and charming Marquess of Kenwood was the most insatiable and successful seducer in all of aristocratic society.

Society held its breath, and wagering was hot and heavy when this irresistible libertine met this unmovable lady. Never had the game of love been played for higher stakes-as the divine Diana
At least this book was a bit more historically aware in that the premarital sex occurs between a libertine and a widow and not some ingenue. However, I'd much rather read about a heroine who manages to avoid this particular plot device. For example, what would have happened if Diana's maid Bridget had overheard the men talking in the public room of the inn about their infamous bet and told Diana? A much more intricate and interesting book, that's what.
3 1/2*. Sweet. I thought the "chase" was a little dragged out. But I was on the ski machine at the time and hating it (ski machine that is).
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A little on the boring side. And Laura was kind of annoying. Sigh. Was underwhelmed.
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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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