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No Man's Mistress (Mistress #2)

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,600 Ratings  ·  190 Reviews
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh's The Secret Mistress.

Critics call her “a veritable treasure, a matchless storyteller” (Romantic Times). Readers have fallen in love with Mary Balogh’s sparkling blend of wit and romance. Now this dazzling writer sweeps us back to Regency England, into a world of dangerous secrets and glittering intrigue, as a dashin
ebook, 384 pages
Published December 10th 2008 by Dell (first published 2001)
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For the past two years Viola Thornhill life has been peaceful and calm. After picking up the pieces of her life and starting anew, Viola’s life seems almost perfect. Until she meets a handsome stranger at a May Day celebration and is warned by a fortuneteller there, to beware of him as he could destroy her life if she doesn’t snare his heart first. Not taking the warning to heed, Viola finds herself attracted to this stranger and at the end of the fair, kisses from him. Thinking nothing more of ...more
Jane Stewart
Sep 10, 2010 Jane Stewart rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-romance
Too much stupidity. I hated it. Viola did too many stupid things which ruined the story for me.

She was the illegitimate daughter of an Earl who promised her ownership of an estate. (view spoiler)
I can't believe I'm giving this 1 star. A 1 star for a Balogh. I just, I'm in a state of shock. I bought this because I wanted to read something that would be steady and reliable. I wasn't expecting fireworks I just wanted enjoyment.

Instead, there was this. And I paid FIVE ENGLISH POUNDS. Which, since Brexit, is about $15786 (I jest for effect, but: really).

Oh boy.

Nothing about this worked for me.

Spoilers ahead, I'm not warning bracketing them because, frankly, if I can steer you away from re
Oct 19, 2009 Adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-loan
Ummmm love,love,loved it. This story just grabbed me and took me along. Other reviewers have given story details (I think) so I'm just going to say I really wasn't expecting the two surprises Mary Balogh has given us with this story, and they made it all the more special for me! A great story and a nice romance.
Aug 02, 2016 Chumchum_88 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I'v decided, I'm In love with Mary Balogh (even though Julie Garwood would still remain my first love) XD

Ferdinand was a totally different type of Hero's that usually come my way, I loved him instantly, he was so sweet and adorable especially when I knew that he was one of the few men who are virgins, he was so cute then. He's the smiley cheery and cheeky type of guy, he's the type that you just can't help but like, that's why I liked his efforts with the villagers , I sided with him since the b
Laura V.
Ya sé qué le hizo falta a esta novela: momentos de felicidad. A ver, Jocely y Jane tuvieron esa semana idílica donde eran tremendamente adorables y charlaban un montón, y se reían tranquilos y las preocupaciones al menos no traspasaban las paredes. Ferdinand y Viola no tienen nada de eso.

Ella en el primer capítulo se muestra como alguien alegre, despreocupada, sencilla, casi feliz. Cuando llega Ferdinand se vuelve amargada, infeliz, rencorosa, en constante sufrimiento. No encuentro en esta nove
Ferdinand Dudley is pleased to win a small estate while playing at cards. But when he visits his new mansion, he finds the supposedly deserted property already has a resident--a young, beautiful, and demure woman named Viola Thornhill! Viola is as sure that the property is hers as he is that it's his, and she sets out to prove to him that he wouldn't be comfortable in the country. To her consternation, the interloper laughs off the badly cooked food, roosters-at-dawn, and smoky rooms, and even w ...more
Heroine was a courtesan :/ That is not my type of heroine, sorry... (-_-) Even if she did it for good reasons :(
Aug 29, 2016 Georgie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I like Mary Balogh's world - it feels a little more rounded than that of many other Regency writers, as it acknowledges non-standard heroines (they aren't always virgins, and some of them have experimented quite a bit), and some non-standard heroes (who are not necessarily born with a sense of honour, but may achieve it). But, on the whole, it's a world that operates loosely according to historical probability.

This book is, however, a rare flop. The first part of plot is well-rehearsed in other
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Lord Ferdinand has won a small country property, Pinewood, in a game of cards. The day he goes to check it out he finds the town is very quaint and enjoys himself at a carnival. It is there he meets a very beautiful and mysterious woman. The next morning he arrives at Pinewood expecting a run down property and instead finds it thriving and occupied by the very same mystery woman, Viola Thornhill. Ms Thornhill is a woman of many secrets and refuses to leave her home, but Ferdinand believes he has ...more
(Contains SPOILERS.)

I'm new to the historical genre, but I have to say that this has been the MOST FRUSTRATING read I have ever had so far.

(view spoiler)
Lisa O'Neill
I love Mary Balogh, and Jocelyn Dudley, the Duke of Tresham is one of my favorite characters. More Than A Mistress was witty, entertaining and compelling, making my expectations for this last installment in the trilogy admittedly high. However, I found the heroine, Viola, to be the dreaded TSTL female lead, who chose to make things more difficult than they had to be at almost every turn. I found myself not particularly caring how things turned out for her, despite the horrible situation into whi ...more
Madenna U
This book was fun, but not as good as the first in the series. Of course, the author's work is better than most others - even on a bad day.
Such a sweet story!

She has a past with a Dark Secret which she won't share with him. He's afraid of relationships after seeing how awful his parents' marriage was.

Balogh is such a talented writer that she can make this somewhat tired story line look very polished.
Viola and Lord Ferdinand Dudley are well-drawn characters. Viola's 'split personality' makes her relationship with Dudley operate on two levels. It is fun to watch as Dudley falls for both of them.

It was interesting that Dudley was a v
Apr 09, 2016 Olga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha encantado el libro, es una historia tierna, emotiva y con una fuerza que no hay visto en muchos de este tipo de libros... los personajes son reales y duros ( sobre todo el femenino) en contrapunto con lo que estamos acostumbradas en estos libros y el personaje masculino es fuerte, leal y no el tipico libertino a los que estamos acostumbramos... me ha encantado lo bien que esta construida la historia;))
KJ, Madame Librarian
Jun 17, 2015 KJ, Madame Librarian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This was a solid 3 star book, except when we got to the end and all the tired prostitution tropes got trotted out once more with feeling.

And then, there was my least favorite romance device: "I know you're SAYING, my sweet daffodil, but I know that you MEAN something else. I can SEE it with my SPECIAL EYES."

Jun 11, 2016 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I expected more lightness with Ferdinand Dudley's story than his brother's the Duke of Tresham and I was both right and wrong. Ferdie's and Viola's story has more pathos and more light. An elegant tale. Rich and satisfying.
Dee Ann
Jan 02, 2014 Dee Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slightly slow beginning but more than makes up for it sfter a few chapters. Thank you as usual Ms. Balough for a great read.
Jun 14, 2016 Kimmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: het-fic
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Sep 06, 2015 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of HR
This book has a big plot twist and I did not see it coming! The premise seemed straight forward and I was very aggravated at how things were playing out. I hated the hero and I found myself wound up like a top with frustration. Then... As the story unfolds, I became frustrated with the heroine's decisions.

SIDE NOTE: It drives me nuts when authors implore secrets and misunderstandings to add momentum for the climax of the story. I much prefer a direct shot to the conclusion... maybe add a second
Abigail Escobar
May 22, 2015 Abigail Escobar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ok, me acabo de terminar este y creo que es espectacular, primero quiero decir que lo leí la semana evaluaciones de mi escuela, yo estaba en un estado de depresión o mas bien sigo en un estado de depresión y "No Man's Mistress" era como una luz al final de la obscuridad ; osea logro distraerme completamente de mi realidad, en si le doy un 4.80 y si no le di las 5 estrellas es por que Viola se me hizo demasiado necia, yo estaba como ¡Por Dios! ¡Anda De una vez cuéntale! todo! jaja.
De acuerdo empe
The story of an estate and the dispute about its ownership, which is how the main couple falls in love.

Warning: Ranting follows!


I did not like Viola from the beginning, but I was hoping that she'd redeem herself somehow along the way - no such luck!

She starts out as a stubborn idiot, who insists that there is no problem since she won't acknowledge it and instead, turns to juvenile pranks that she hopes will drive Ferdinand away. In the meanwhile she's completely and unfairly prejudiced,
Sheila Melo
Dec 16, 2015 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Wanted to Like It More Than I Did

NO MAN'S MISTRESS is the second book in the Mistress Trilogy. It is the story of Lord Ferdinand Dudley who wins an estate in a card game only to find out that it is already inhabited by Viola Thornhill, who insists that the estate is hers. The two match series over the estate. Viola, however, harbors dark secrets and a painful past that leaves her alone.

I really wanted to like this book, but I never really liked Viola. She was too much of an enigma throughout t
Sam Dev
Jan 31, 2014 Sam Dev rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading about Lord Ferdinand Dudley in "More than a Mistress" (he just seemed so fun and good natured) and, so, I was quite eager to read his story. This cute little exchange in the beginning of "No Man's Mistress" gave me high hopes:

"Now, what are you doing hiding here when you should be out there dancing?"
"I have been waiting for the right partner, sir. I have been waiting for you "
"Have you indeed? Well, here I am"

Alas, it peaked early and went downhill - at least for me.

Lita Bouquard
I read this out of order, and didn't know it was literally about a mistress. A small English village has a romantic visitor on a mayday celebration. Viola, dances with the young man who claimed the daisies in her hair as his winnings in a tossing celebration. She even kisses him. With romantic thoughts she is so pleased the next day when he visits her manor. Too bad he has won the deed to the home that was willed to her. They argue and both refuse to leave until the will is sent for.
Viola engage
Apr 26, 2013 Ssil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Llevaba tiempo sin leer nada de Mary Balogh. Me había desencantado de la autora sin saber muy bien las razones, así que después de tanto tiempo me animé a probar algo suyo de nuevo, y el resultado final ha sido más que satisfactorio. Comencé la novela sin expectativas, las primeras parecían indicar que se iba a tratar de una novela sencilla y agradable, pero según fui avanzando en la trama y descubrí el secreto de Viola, la protagonista, mi opinión cambió bastante.

Lord Ferdinand ha ganado en una
Ferdinand MADE this book for me!! His brother may be the epitome of the alpha, brooding male and Ferdinand may be completely opposite of him, but he is just as manly and sexy. Jocelyn is the perfect type of man to read in a story, that makes Ferdinand the perfect type of man for me in real life. If there was a man like him around me I'd probably swoon! He's charming, silly & funny, intelligent, caring, giving, sexy, NOT a man whore which is AWESOME & still has that raw masculinity (beati ...more
Pas facile de donner un avis sur un roman quand on risque d'en spoiler la majeure partie, et je ne voudrais pas vous gâcher le plaisir de la découverte, surtout que la présentation de la 4ème de couverture est plus qu'allégée, et n'en dit que très peu.
Sans entrer dans les détails, donc, je dirais que ce roman plaira, certainement. On y retrouve toute la palette talentueuse de Mary Balogh, bien équilibrée, entre son écriture fouillée, son scénario riche, ses personnages développés et attachants.
Amarilli Settantatre

Il secondo volume della trilogia dedicata ai fratelli Dudley (Lord Tresham, Ferdinand e Angeline) vede come protagonista Ferdinand, il figlio cadetto, il quale, pur amabile, risulta una figura inevitabilmente messa in ombra dal mitico fratellone (non a caso, ogni volta che Tresham riappare in scena - in un'inaspettata e deliziosa veste "casalinga", alle prese con neonati, coliche e ruttini - tutta la trama sembra riprendere vita).
Alla fine ne risulta una storia d'am
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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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