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Preview — Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh
Slightly Dangerous (Bedwyn Saga #6)
But on this dazzling afternoon, one woman did catch the duke’s eye— ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
First off, I enjoyed how the story progressed. I liked 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 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 set ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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.
But the characters are so beautifully drawn, their conversations so interesting, the growth of their love ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The romance is very static with very minimal lov ...more
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? :)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...
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 ...more
And he's the first duke that actually behaves, in my small ...more
It was my first Bedwyn and my first Balogh ever. Love at first read, without a doubt.
Now, after I've finished the Bedwyn Saga and most of Ms. Balogh's books, it's still one of my favorites.
Wulf is quite an intimidating figure. Works great for me, seeing how cold, distant, undisturbed he seems. Obviously, I have a thing for that. But, then again, there is something about him that makes you want to... mess up his necktie.
Since this was my first encounter with the Bedwyn's, ...more
He is burdened by his obligations, does what's right not ...more
Ever since being first introduced to the Bedwyn family I have been dying to read the dukes book and it was not a disappointment. At all! Wulfric Bedwyn, duke of Bewcastle, is a brooding, icy, Mr. Darcy-ish type of man.
Christine Derrick is a fun, laughing, life-of-the-party kind of woman and exactly what Wulfric needs to remind him that there is a man behind that title after all.
I loved this book, I loved ...more
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He wondered grimly what he was going to do about it.
He was not amused.
Or in any way pleased.”
'Give me a chance to fan the flames of that fire,' he said, 'and to nurture your joy.”