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Slightly Dangerous (Bedwyn Saga #6)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  10,029 ratings  ·  474 reviews
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh's The Secret Mistress.

All of London is abuzz over the imminent arrival of Wulfric Bedwyn, the reclusive, cold-as-ice Duke of Bewcastle, at the most glittering social event of the season. Some whisper of a tragic love affair. Others say he is so aloof and passionless that not even the greatest beauty could capture his
ebook, 368 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Delacorte Press (first published 2004)
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3 1/2 stars

As the last installment in the Slightly series, this was probably the most anticipated read of my recent reading history. To be fair, I didn't love all the previous books in the series, but I was more than ready to love this one. Why? Because it was about Wulf... *sighs*

As the story opens, Wulfric Bedwyn, the Duke of Bewcastle, is feeling somewhat morose and too old at thirty-five. His siblings are all happily married, procreating and living away in their own residences, his long-time
BEST OF THE SERIES and of Mary Balogh; a perfect ending for all of us Bedwyn family fans

Slightly Dangerous is the sixth and final book in Mary Balogh's Bedwyn family series and takes place two to two and a half years (it spreads out over several months) after Rachel and Alleyne's wedding in Slightly Sinful. It is absolute perfection and reading it will make you giddy - and in several locations laugh out loud. I think it's the **best** of the series, which is saying something since IMO often the
And then there was Wulf.

First off, I enjoyed how the story progressed and that it took place a few years after the previous book. Wulf's had time to stew alone without any of his siblings around. It is a little reminiscent of Pride & Prejudice; I knew this going in and was hoping Balogh would be able to pull it off. She did. There was plenty of sparks with these two and it was a blast to read.

I had no problem with the first half but I wanted to focus more on the second half where Wulf was
Lady Wesley
13 January 2015

I have a Facebook page which I use primarily to follow my favorite authors. Yesterday, however, I posted this photo on Mary Balogh's page and mentioned that it reminded me of Wulfric and Christine.

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Almost immediately, Mary Balogh her own self responded, "Yes, indeed. I believe it was created for them." Don't you get a little thrill when authors you admire "speak" directly to you?

Then I noticed the stats: activity on my page is up 78,500% in 18 hours. I don't really care about sta
Rachna R
I'm so happy, I don't know what to say.

I know I missed so much background!Wulf by skipping from Book 1 to this one, but I'm going back to read those, and I'm going to love all of the glimpses I have of him, I love him SO much. There have been so many books I've read about men who "do not get angry", and then they start caring enough to show it, but those men's anger always makes them unlikable and douchey, and I always think "oh, I guess I should appreciate that I'm seeing that they're not tran
Penny Reid
Really enjoyed this one. This is the first book by Mary Balogh that I've read and I found it to be wonderful.
So... let's talk about the Richard Armitage, shall we?

As soon as I read the description of the Duke, I pictured Richard Armitage. Granted, I might have enjoyed this book so much because of the resultant mental imagery. However, I suspect I actually liked it because of the stellar writing, wonderful dialogue, and the interesting characters.
Feb 17, 2009 ChloeLeeNH rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Regency Era Fans
I am rereading this one. I just love it... the very Mr. Darcyish hero who tries hard to keep his Duke face and not fall for the woman who is his exact opposite. I love that he fights and fights for her all the while fighting his own instincts not to do so. That her preconceived notions finally break away. Glad I got caught up again! Wonderful!

Just wonderful!

It was a great reading. There is a very wise and very simple plot. It's progress and development is well paced. Slowly building romance adn love between h/H prepare the reader very sensual love-making scene which is one of the best sex scenes I've read in romance books. And when they accepted to being together, you didn't have to tolerate some nonsense things just the sake of romances.

I loved a cool, distance duke started to feel attraction for a woman who normally he would ignore
Yasmin M
This book is a failed attempt at copying Pride and Prejudice. Seriously, That obnoxious, lusty, delusional and self indulgent loser of a hero just annoyed the hell out of me! I hated him! and what is the point of reading a romance novel if you hate the much coveted hero? What kind of story line is this anyway? He sees her, he degrades her, kisses her, asks her to be his mistress, offends her, then defiles her in like 10 seconds? He could've just raped her and saved us the trouble! And the heroin ...more
Elise Wilson
First, let me confess that I have not read other book in this series, which many folks seem to love. However, based upon the way it is written, I'm able to write a fair review on this one book.

Honestly, I did not like Christine, the heroine. I did like Wulfric, with his Mr. Darcy type characteristics. But it's difficult to appreciate a romance novel when one does not buy into the couple, as a whole. It seems as though Balogh is trying to convince the reader that opposites do,indeed, attract. Chr
Monty Cupcake
Sweet & fun historical romance. It did remind me a lot of Pride & Prejudice. Christine is a fun loving, poor, widowed daughter of a schoolmaster. Wulfric is a haughty, arrogant, cold & disdainful duke. They don't like each other at all, yet seem to like spending time together. See, very Pride & Prejudice-esque. The story is slow moving, not necessarily a bad thing, just slow.
Cecilia Grant
It's all in the execution. If someone had recounted the plot of this book to me - stern, unsmiling duke falls in spite of himself for life-loving widow who constantly gets into scrapes and is unimpressed by his dukely ways - I would have thought, "Yeah, I've read this story a dozen times. Spare me the hoydenish heroine and her joie de vivre," and gone to look for a book with some meaty angst.

But the characters are so beautifully drawn, their conversations so interesting, the growth of their love
Wow, so, this book!!!! If I could give it more than five stars, I would. Also, it's only mid-February and already I think I've found my favorite book I read in 2014 because this was SO GOOD that it'll be hard for anything to top this.

Everything about this book was absolutely beautiful to me. Starting from super awkward turtle Wulf who was lonely and accepted the house party invitation, and then continued to be awkward for most of the book, and so much of the first two thirds was absolutely amaz
I was not certain what to expect from this story. Like others, I found the heroine to be a little too silly sometimes. I know Balogh was trying to emphasize Christine's liveliness of spirit, but her shennanigans got a little old after a while. There is also a portion of the story that seemed repetitive and pointless to me (Hero, "Let me prove to you I'm a good guy"... heroine, "No." Hero, "I really am a good guy - let me show you"... heroine, "No". Hero, "Seriously - " ...heroine, "No"). I was b ...more
Slighty Dangerous is more then slightly disappointing. The two main characters are interesting enough but the overall story doesn't have enough to offer. Many fans have wanted Wulfric's story and it seems Balogh wanted to give them that but had no idea on what type of story to give him. We are given a house party for no reason, just to throw him and the heroine Christine together. It seems they just go through the actions without any real emotion.

The romance is very static with very minimal lov
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
REREAD - Loved this book the second time around. I upgraded it from 4 stars to 5 stars. The heroine sure gave the hero a hard time!

This book really surprised me. I had read reviews and a synopsis of the story of course, and I understood the heroine to be an opposite to the hero who is unapproachable, dour and completely self-contained, and her to be outgoing and bright. The surprise was that this is such an angsty story. I wasn't expecting that at all. Not that my surprise at the book not being
E come tutte le cose belle, anche la saga dei Bedwin ha una fine. Mi piange il cuore perché ho amato con tutta me stessa questa serie. L'ultimo capitolo, dedicato appunto al duca di ghiaccio, ha risposto a tutte le mie altissime aspettative. Attendevo con impazienza la storia di Wulfrich ed eccola finalmente.
Mi ha lasciato addosso una grande gioia, prima di tutto perché il personaggio femminile che Mary Balogh gli ha "assegnato", Christine, è brillante, solare, piena di vita. Proprio quello che
Taiyesha-Duchess of Indiana
First book of the year...REVIEW TO COME

Heads up, I loved this book! so very unconventional and all together relaxing, its odd in how it it really doesn't follow the quote on quote "formula" for a historical romance book. Nevertheless, it packed a well written punch. First Bedwyn Book I've read and the first Balogh book I've read. Any suggestions in the Bedwyn Book series or books similar to this for me? :)

Oh swoons of swoons. After rereading it's even better. Totally a favorite now, because damnation, this book is delicious.

Original thoughts (June 12th 2011):

My first Mary Balogh and I really liked it. Mostly because it involved one of my favorite tropes, that of the starchy hero who gets unstarched. And it was done really well too, because Wulfric never changed his personality, he just showed Christine the man he was beside the Duke. Seriously, he totally melted my heart. I was also totally c
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3 stars.

This is my first foray into Mary Balogh and the book's blurb and reviews got me pretty excited so I bumped it to the top of my TBR. I really, really wanted to enjoy it but in spite of a solid beginning it just couldn't maintain momentum.

Firstly, it was just too similar to Pride and Prejudice. The H/h, the timeline of plot events, the proposals. I'm sorry but you just can't do that with a classic like P&P. Besides the fact that I kept envisioning Jennifer Ehle's cheeky eyes whenever B
Anna D.
Oh boy, this might be a long one…

I won’t repeat too much more of what other people have said – that the story line is a very close homage to Pride & Prejudice – including some poignant moments like the love/hate, opposites attract emotions, the proposal, the hero doing some rescuing, and finally the HEA. What is missing, and I’m thankful for, is the jealousy arc in the name of Mr. Wickham. I will state several times how much I love Wulf and my opinion that this couple is somewhat mis-matched
I have to say, I'm impressed.

This is my first review in a long long time. I have gotten really lazy about them, but I really felt the need to share my opinions on this one. Before I picked SD up, I was in a slump. I didn't know what to read, and a book couldn't stay longer than 30 minutes in my hand. For a moment I thought I was going to experience a reader's worse nightmare: not enjoying reading anymore. With that said, I will always be indebted to Ms. Balogh. Now on to the actual review...


I've got to say that this book is one of the funniest books I've ever read. Which I didn't expect. Sure, Mary Balogh can be funny, but I don't usually associate her books with being downright hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud at this book, sometimes in public places (I apologize to my hairdresser for laughing altogether too much when she was trying to do my hair). You should know that Slightly Dangerous is a wonderful homage to Pride and Prejudice, so if you love that one (And how can ...more
Stylo Fantome
This is by far my favorite of the Slightly series. Possibly my favorite Mary Balogh book, period (though Summer to Remember gives it a run for it's money).

To say I love Wulfric would be an understatement. He is MY kind of Alpha. Aloof. Arrogant - but with good reason. Intelligent. Aggressive. Powerful. Not quite brooding, but almost. Like the kind of man that doesn't need to prove anything - no petty possessiveness or jealousy, because he already knows he can get whatever he wants, including mos
Terminei este livro na madrugada de dia 5, e ontem à noite voltei a reler a parte final. Ainda assim, quero escrever, quero explicar o que senti ao lê-lo, e faltam-me as palavras!

O início deste livro fez-me logo recordar a história de Orgulho e Preconceito, e em certas passagens de Slightly Dangerous foi impossível não reparar na similitude entre as obras. Na verdade, ler uma história de amor que deve ter identidade própria e recordar outra história através dela não é necessariamente positivo. E
Note: This review concerns the series overall, not just this book.

Mary Balogh is lucky she knows how to write charming characters and amusing plots. She is also lucky that Goodreads ratings ask you how much you LIKE the book as opposed to how good a book is. In terms of goodness, this series, is really a 1.5 or 2. But in terms of light, thoughtless enjoyability, it's a 3.

The historical setting hangs on by a tenuous thread, and the characters are constantly getting themselves into situations tha
My heart is so full right now. This year has been the Year of the Romance Novel for me. And what a way to cap off a year in which I finally decided to embrace the genre (though I may read a couple more before the year is out. OR MAYBE NOT BECAUSE I WANT THE YEAR TO BE TOPPED OFF BY THIS?). There was shades of Pride and Prejudice all over the place, but rather than finding that tedious I was delighted by how warmly this book embraced and executed a lot of standard tropes. I feel like the whole se ...more
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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

Bedwyn Saga (6 books)
  • Slightly Married (Bedwyn Saga, #1)
  • Slightly Wicked (Bedwyn Saga, #2)
  • Slightly Scandalous (Bedwyn Saga, #3)
  • Slightly Tempted (Bedwyn Saga, #4)
  • Slightly Sinful (Bedwyn Saga, #5)
Slightly Married (Bedwyn Saga, #1) A Summer to Remember (Bedwyn Prequels, #2) First Comes Marriage (Huxtable Quintet #1) Slightly Scandalous (Bedwyn Saga, #3) Slightly Wicked (Bedwyn Saga, #2)

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“And infatuated be damned. He was near to being blinded by his attraction to her. He was in love, damn it all. He disliked her, he resented her, he disapproved of almost everything about her, yet he was head over ears in love with her, like a foolish schoolboy.
He wondered grimly what he was going to do about it.

He was not amused.

Or in any way pleased.”
“I would be consumed by you,' she said, and blinked her eyes furiously when she felt them fill with tears. 'You would sap all the energy and all the joy from me. You would put out all the fire of my vitality.'

'Give me a chance to fan the flames of that fire,' he said, 'and to nurture your joy.”
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