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Seducing an Angel (Huxtable Quintet #4)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  4,162 ratings  ·  268 reviews
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh's The Secret Mistress.

In a time unlike any other, a family you’ll never forget . . . Meet the Huxtables—three headstrong sisters and their dashing brother—each searching for love that’s always a shocking indiscretion away. . . . In her magnificent new novel, New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh sweeps us int
Published May 19th 2009 by Dell (first published January 2009)
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Thank goodness for historical romances. After finishing a bleak and depressing novel, I grabbed the first Mary Balogh book I saw. Her Regency love stories work like a tonic, reviving my low spirits.

This fourth novel in Balogh's Huxtable Quintent follows Stephen, aka Lord Merton, who crosses paths with the widow Lady Paget, who has a scandalous past. Blah blah blah, yada yada yada, Lord and Lady fall into bed and later into love and marriage. Huzzah!

I have read nearly 20 Balogh romances over the
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Obviously, I liked it better than most. I might even go as far as saying that its one of the better books in this series. But that's not too hard to do considering the 'boring' quality of the Huxtable series. This set of siblings or not at all as compelling as the Bedwyns and their HEA are much too boring. This one was no different, except I really liked the premise of a widowed and fallen heroine who searches for a protector in the angelic hero and eventually they both fall in love.

The Ton beli
Penny Watson
Seducing An Angel by Mary Balogh

Mary Balogh is breaking my heart. As I mentioned previously, I was wary of this new Huxtable family series. Could they possibly compare to the Bedwyns? --one of the most memorable and fabulous families of romance novel history? I was skeptical, and it appears for good reason. I could tell right from the get-go that Constantine was the most interesting character in this family, and his story has yet to be told. Why did Balogh need to release so many books in such a
After a several months without reading anything by Mary Balogh, I picked up her latest book, Seducing an Angel, from the library. Once again MB has proved that she seduces me every time. I know this book has drawn criticism because the heroine coldly sets out to seduce a rich man and make him take her as his paid mistress. This book echoes themes MB has previously explored in two of my favorite books by her, Secret Pearl and More Than a Mistress. (More Than a Mistress was the first modern romanc ...more
This is the fourth installment in the Huxtable series and is Stephen's story, the youngest of the 4 Huxtable children. I have always thought this to be a very sweet series and this book was no different, 4 stars!

Stephen, the Earl of Merton, is such a gentleman. He shows compassion and has a sweet spirit about him.

Cassandra, Lady Paget, is known in society as an axe murderer. Rumors abound that she murdered her husbund. She is in danger of being out on the streets if she does not earn some money
Honestly, I understand that women were legally considered possessions in this time period, but this book strikes me as just a bit much. Particularly as it follows immediately after Margaret's story, which has a subplot of a similar evil, wife-beating husband. Balogh apparently thought that subplot wasn't enough and expanded it into an entire novel.

I eventually resorted to just skimming through the story, and it seem that every scene I dipped into dealt with the heroine's memories of her first hu
Enjoyable read. Made me cry a few times. And laugh. And smile.

Another solid Mary Balogh. Her greatest skill is that she makes real, human people in romance.

Hands-down the only author I still follow without fail in the Romance genre given my general lack of patience with most romance authors today. The stupid and the selfishness, far too often even for romance, just burns too hard in most books I've attempted lately.

My free time is far too precious these days to spend it reading about characters
More like a 2.5, as it was nicely written as usual with Mary Balogh, but I huffed and puffed a few too many times along the book.
I strongly disliked the heroine for the first half of the book, as she went through all of that without once showing her true face. In the middle of the book, there was a nice picnic scene which led me to believe I could grow to like her and finally understand why the hero was so attracted to her, but no, definitely no, hopelessly no, she went partially back to her old
Liz B
Balogh is just solid. I've been spoiled by this series, with three books coming out in quick succession--it'll be a long time to wait for the final one in the series, sometime in 2010.

That said, this one was nothing particularly special--the first one in the series was the best (so far), in my opinion--and I'm glad I got this one at the library, since it's only out in hardback. Still, "nothing special" from Balogh is far and above a typical Regency romance.
How do you provide for your dependents when you aren't allowed to work? In historical England, a well-born woman was completely dependent on her male family members or her husband to provide for her, but what do you do when you have been abandoned by your male family members and you're widowed?
Cassandra (widowed Lady Paget, born as Miss Young) is in this situation. She has enough to get through another week of lodgings and food, but afterward she and her dependents (her companion, her cook and t
Lita Bouquard
Do opposites attract? Stephen who could also be called a golden god of sunshine Huxtable meets a beautiful woman who might be an axe murderer. Deliberately Cassandra seeks a man who can afford to provide for her as she provides sex for him. Cass is a widow with a terrible reputation who has no funds and a group of dependents including her old governess, a maid with an illegitimate daughter and a 3 legged half blind dog. After her husband's death she left his home with no accusations of murder an ...more
Lori McD
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Listening to Flosnik read Balogh about the Huxtables is getting on my last nerve. Between the plodding, metronome-timed-sounding narration and the (author's) characters' annoying habit of waaaaay-too much introspection in the form of multiple questions in a row and over-analyzing what-ifs, I've had it up to here [imagine my holding my hand at top of head level] with this combination!

This, the 4th in the 5-book series, is Stephen's story, and he is the angel in question, and the seductress is an
Dione Sage
Seducing and Angel is a good romantic fiction written by Mary Balogh. The story however is not my favorite Barlogh novel. The story is of a widow that is determined to better her circumstances by means of becoming a kept woman with no desire to marry. She has her eyes set on one of London’s most eligible bachelors and sets out to seduce him. Her past however has a dark cloud over it due to the murder of her ex-husband and the accusations that implicate her connection to that incident. Stephen Hu ...more
Ana T.
I was a bit worried about reading Stephen's story because in the other Huxtable books he sounded too modern and too perfect to make an interesting hero. While he continues to be a bit of a paragon I actually liked him more than I thought in this story.

Cassandra, Lady Paget, married at 18 a man old enough to be her father. She was abused by her husband and when he dies, in less than clear circumstances, she is suspected of having murdered him with an axe. Although she was not charged, she was ru
Rebecca Mabe
Book 4 in the Huxtable series quintet was cut of the same cloth as the previous Huxtable novels. I loved it. Stephen Huxtable is a charming hero throughout the series and I was happy finally reach the novel that focused on him as the centric protagonist. While he outwardly appears to be "an angel" I like that his character is also human and can succumb to temptation too. Stepehen Huxtable is very similar to Margaret in the they both initially appear to be "too good". I was proud that Ms. Balogh ...more
Andrea Jackson
This one was more on the dark side like #3, but I enjoyed this one better. I was tearing up throughout the reading, all the way to the end of the story. I didn't entirely like the heroine for much of the beginning of the book, so that made it difficult for me to give it a five star rating. But I totally relate to Cassandra's flaws and pains. Maybe that's why it was a little uncomfortable to read about her. Still things came out right in the end. Steven really did come through as a hero. As I rea ...more
I'm glad I read this: at first I was contemplating just putting it down, due to a millennium of run-on sentences that I kept unintentionally skimming, plus thousands of references to obscure characters I did not know (because this was not the first book in the series). Also, at first Cassandra seemed like a giant B-you-know-what. But the main characters were really well done, the suspense was dragged out just enough but not too much, and the supporting characters were also great(except the siste ...more
This is the second book in a row with a heroine who was abused for a long time by her husband. But unlike the other book (One Unashamed Night) which dealt with the repercussions of such abuse in a very unrealistic and disrespectful manner, Ms. Balogh did a very good job showing how those years took a real toll on the heroine's psyche.

While the plotline of the book was an interesting twist and the execution of it perfectly adept, unfortunately the story itself was rather blah. I do appreciate th
Choi Tang
Shaky beginning-I am never too keen when a heroine in a historical romance is forward and brazen (even if it is for the survival of her friends) so I was cautious after the first chapter. It certainly did improve and caused me many times to shout out loud the OBVIOUS affection the two main characters held for each other but alas, neither of them heard me.

Definitely the best Huxtable novel I have read so far though Balogh needs to work on her intimate bedroom scenes as it seems every hero lasts
Fans of Mary Balogh will enjoy the fourth book in the Huxtable series. Cassandra Paget sets out to seduce a gentleman in order to support her small household. Although reprehensible, it seems a simple solution until she encounters Stephen Huxtable. He insists that she offer more than her body.
The story is poignant at times and provides several surprises along the way. The Huxtable characters, well known to Balogh readers, will not disappoint. Stephen, the man, is much more engaging than in earl
Although I understand some of the poor reviews, I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. The heroine is really horrible at the start, a scheming b**ch, to be honest, and the hero quite a sad, weak, but super-attractive no-hoper. However, as the plot develops, they both redeem themselves quite well. The heroine learns to stop being a victim, and love herself, and the hero learns to live with his weakness. The ending is rather weak, but it sets it up nicely for Con's story and, well, Stephe ...more
It's not that I didn't like this book, it's just that it didn't... work for me. I never liked Cass all that much. I wanted to. I just don't think she's right for Stephen and their "love story" wasn't convincing. (view spoiler) ...more
Beth Johnson
Two things that I really love about these books: 1) The characters are flawed with flawed, interesting backgrounds. 2) The way the author deals with violence against women, children, and animals. Balogh makes sure that everyone of importance condemns bullies and anyone who uses their fists before their brains, but she is also not afraid to have a character throw a punch if necessary. I also love this novel for the way the stories of the side characters play out. Most importantly, the heroine is ...more
It's Stephen Huxtable's turn to deal with the complexities of falling in love. True to family tradition, the path to true love is not going to be simple as he is propositioned and intrigued by a desperate widow who is rumored to be an axe murderess. Another wonderfully romantic tale from Balogh that continues the Huxtable tales but still leaves Constantine Huxtable as an enigma to be solved in another story.
Lisa Creane
I never really bought the attraction between these two. She's a cynic, he's sunny. She's calculating, he's naive. She's cold, he's warm and loving. Although they're about the same age, she acts a decade older than him with her world-weariness.

Cassandra is admirable as a heroine for her devotion to her servants and her refusal to kowtow to her husband's heir, who blackmails her with a threat of murder charges. She's a proud, almost regal woman.

But Stephen?

He's a whelp who has leaps and bounds to
I was curious how Balogh would present the adult version of Stephen, since we watched him grow up in the three prior books in this series. I liked him a lot, and the book really reeled me in (heh). There was one plot twist too many at the end, but other than that I adored it.
Donna Jo Atwood
Part of The Huxtables series, this is Stephen's book. He is the angel who is seduced, and who in turn seduces, Cassandra Belmont, who stands accused by gossip of murdering her husband with an axe. I really love Mary Balogh's books and this is one of her best.
Elise Marion
I've been looking forward to reading Stephen's story since I started reading the Huxtable Quintet. I absolutely adored him. By the end of the book I was hopelessly in love with him. I have always liked angsty, dark heroes, so I was surprised how much I liked Stephens, he is light and frothy, like the foam on top of a latte. He was a genuinely good person who fell in love with a woman who was not at all his type. Cassandra was complex as a character and hard to like at times. Even in the end she ...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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