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Slightly Dangerous (Bedwyn Saga #6)

4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,693 Ratings  ·  513 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
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ebook, 368 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Delacorte Press (first published 2004)
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5th out of 67 books — 70 voters
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Dina
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
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Juliana Philippa
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
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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
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Edna
Jul 24, 2015 Edna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rachna R
Sep 21, 2013 Rachna R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Penny Reid
Oct 24, 2014 Penny Reid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
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.
Jacob Proffitt
Oct 04, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, steamy
Expectations have been my enemy so far, in this series. My favorites were the ones I had the lowest expectations for. No longer. I expected this one to be good, hoped it would be, and it exceeded those expectations.

You know going in (because you've read the rest of the series, right? Right?!?) that Wulfric is going to be a tough nut to crack. His defenses are so far up he might as well be all wall. We've seen his love for his siblings, so we know he's worth it, but it's going to take some doing
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Kathy
Nov 21, 2015 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
How could I not love Slightly Dangerous with its echoes of Pride & Prejudice? I first read this book in 2008 or thereabouts, and as I carefully thumbed through my very well worn copy this week for yet another reread, I saw dialogue I'd underlined and notes in the margin or happy/sad faces nestled close to those places that made me smile or shed a tear or three, maybe an exclamation mark here and there or a heart encircling a page number of a well-loved passage. My copy is so well read, pages ...more
ChloeLeeNH
Feb 17, 2009 ChloeLeeNH rated it it was amazing  ·  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!

Lizzy
Simply wonderful! I recently re-read this wonderful story, and I loved it all over again. Starting when Wulfric Bedwyn, cold as ice and self-contained Duke of Bewcastle, accepts an invitation to a house party simply because he is lonely, Slightly Dangerous charmed me.

Wulf falls completely, and in spite of himself, for a woman he would normally avoid. A life-loving woman that is always having fun and getting into scrapes, Christine is totally unimpressed with the duke and his quizzing glass.

I l
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Nefise
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
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Yasmin M
Jan 03, 2011 Yasmin M rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Claudia
October 2015

I finished my re-read of this story today and discovered again how much I love this story. Wulfric and Christine are a wonderful couple and the way they develop together is just gorgeous.

This is everything a historical romance should be and even more! A delicious read which I can't get enough of. If only there were more such books
Sonja
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
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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
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Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
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
Oct 10, 2011 Cecilia Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Aly is so frigging bored
2nd read September 2015
I love this book and this series.
Brigitte
Jul 07, 2010 Brigitte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Katie(babs)
May 12, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Patrisha
Apr 22, 2015 Patrisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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? :)

Tai
Jan
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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Jackie
Mar 18, 2012 Jackie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, regency
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Nikki
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
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Anna D.
Feb 17, 2013 Anna D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, hr
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
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Miranda Davis
Oct 03, 2012 Miranda Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Boy, are other reviewers party poopers. This is a delightful romp of a story. The heroine is a charming, vivacious widow. The hero is an upright, uptight, remote prig with a surprisingly romantic soul. I think this book and the author captured for me what I imagine happened to the head of a noble family who must exercise authority over resentful siblings and do his duty. Except he will not marry or try to have an heir for his own reasons.

He is burdened by his obligations, does what's right not
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Catherine
Reread this book and I can say with all honesty that it stands the test of time and remains one of my absolute favorite romances. It's a lot quieter than most of the Romances out there today, but the relationship build is solid and the emotion wonderful. It reminds me of everything I love about Pride & Prejudice, but this one is even better than that for me. I love how slowly the romance built and how well we knew Wulfric and Christine by the end of it. *sigh* If only I could find more like ...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)

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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.”
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“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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