Dancing with Clara (Sullivan, #2)
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Dancing with Clara (Sullivan #2)

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Miss Clara Danford had no illusions about Fredrick Sullivan. She knew that this magnificently handsome gentleman was a rake whose women were legion and whose gambling debts were staggering. she also knew why he wished to wed her. It was not for the beauty and grace she did not have, but for her fortune, which would rescue the dazzling wastrel from ruin. Should she refuse a...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Signet (first published 1993)
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I wouldn't put this book in the romance category....NOT IN A MILLION YEARS.......

I can understand and even admire(if he deserves it) a hero with flaws......it makes him more believable and real.....but I definitely can't abide a hero who is so flawed that he'll keep on committing adultery till almost the end of the book....sorry,I can't...it just sort of spoils the whole point of reading a romance novel....and even in the end the hero is not sure whether he'll ever be able to remain faithful to...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
Re-read December 2010

Yeah, I still hated this book.

I'm with the other reviewer who said that while they love a rake story, they want their rakes REFORMED.

Even though Clara never expected that he'd be faithful, it still hurt to hear about all the women he had while they were married.


I can get past infidelity in a book. No, really, I can. I just read another story -- The Obedient Bride, which, while the infidelity sucked, didn't absolutely ruin the book for me.

But this one? No.

In re-readi...more
I'm shocked, shock I tell you! I finally like a book from Mary Balogh! I would like to thank all the MB fans who never gave up on me, lol.

This book actually thought me something about myself. I love books that are unique no matter what theme. Who would have thought that I would have thoroughly enjoyed a book about a crippled heroine in a wheel chair? I usually like my heroes and heroines to be perfect. I figure it's fiction and it's my fantasy and to me that's one of the best things about romanc...more
Freddie Sullivan is quite desperate. He has run up gambling bills so high that he is to the point where he can't pay them and may have to be sent to debtor's prison. He is ashamed to ask his father to bail him out yet another time so he heads to Bath to find a rich bride. There are three possibles and he settles on Clara Danvers -- the richest and the one who doesn't have a guardian or father to scuttle his chances.

Clara is struck by Freddie's beauty and charm. She is under no illusions about hi...more
Meh. Not my favorite Balogh at all. I dislike when disability goes *poof* and when a hero cheats his way clear through the book.
Ana T.
I hardly ever reread books, not because I don’t feel like it but because the TBR pile is more of a TBR mountain by now and I made it a resolution to read mostly those books.
However I couldn’t resist picking up Dancing With Clara when the opportunity arised. I enjoyed it as much, if not more, than when I first read it. Why? Maybe because this the ultimate story of a rogue being redeemed by loving a good woman.

Freddie Sullivan has left for Bath in shame after having attempted to compromise his cou...more
Dec 20, 2007 Rhapsody rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romance readers who like disabled heroines
Great read! Lately, I've been guzzling romance novels but none of them has really hit the spot. I was starting to think I'd gotten sick of the genre until this one. The characters were just amazing. Freddie has run up debts gambling again and marries Clara so he can pay them off. Clara, who has been sickly and in a wheelchair all her life, marries him because she's lonely and is in love with his strength and beauty. I could relate so much to both of them. Most heroes in romance novels are just t...more
I am very fond of this book. It's great to see a character who was a villian in other books be the hero in this one. He isn't however cleaned up and we are not expected to believe that he was totally misunderstood in the previous books. Freddie has to grow and change and try hard to become a better man. Much more interesting reading than a cardboard gentleman. Clara is well written too. She is a smart woman who doesn't tell herself lies but lives the life she is given. But she also has the coura...more
I liked it, but I've got mixed feelings about it. This is about Clara who is confined to a wheelchair. She is approached by a handsome young rake who is looking to find a rich wife to keep him from debtor's prison. She decides at 26 she's never to make a love match and might as well marry a handsome man and decides to accept his offer. Parts of the story are sweet, but the main male character just doesn't cut it for me in this novel since whenever he gets upset with his new wife he rushes off to...more
Carol Storm
I absolutely loved this story of a lonely crippled heiress and the no-good rake who falls madly in love with her.
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Brenda Chan
The hero Freddie whores and drinks and gambles much of the book away in self-loathing. Halfway through the story, I was already expecting to be really dissatisfied by the ending, unless the hero did some world-class groveling, and even then I wasn't sure it would be enough to redeem him.

So was he redeemed? I don't think so. He wasn't reformed by the end. There was no groveling, and I found it really hard to like him. But the closing scene was so beautifully and poignantly done that I ultimately...more
Michelle Robinson
I am fairly certain that I read this novel before.

I really got pretty disgusted with Freddie's whoring around but there are things about him that make him a character that it is impossible to really hate.

Clara is the reason that I love this book. I liked that she was aware of herself, in many ways, from the beginning of the novel. I admired that she was honest with herself and would not allow Freddie to deceive her or even to think that he had mislead her. I admired how she remained in control o...more
I will never again touch this book. I like reading about heroine who are disabled, but in this case, I feel that it's the hero that has problems.

The first problem here is self-wallowing. I can't believe that the hero, despite his embarrassing past deeds and guilt, he continued to add to it. It was already quite distaste that he marries a rich handicapped woman for money, but it's quite another for him to commit one adultery after another in his attempt to drown his misery. It made it even worst...more
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The good: I usually don't like disability in hero/heroine. But Clara make a strong character. Really strong. And I like that Balogh being realistic here: there's no such thing as instant reform (though this point may also be the downfall of this book).

The bad: How do I say this... Let's say, for the whole book I was waiting for Freddy to actually STOP GAMBLING and go back to his wife to start a new life, instead of only SAYING that he would LIKE to do that but end up gambling over and over AGAI...more
I am a huge Mary Balogh fan, but this one was not her finest.

The hero was a womanizing rake who had a gambling problem, a drinking problem, and a fidelity problem. I thought he was a very dislikable person that I had trouble feeling any empathy towards.

The heroine was a wimpy type of woman....obediant, subserviant, and self depracating. I did feel some empathy towards her as I learned how her father had overprotected and sheltered her.

This just wasn't very good love story. The hero cheats on...more
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Lynn Spencer
Ugh. This was the first Balogh I ever read - it took me years to give her books another try but I'm glad I did.

I came across this novel over the weekend and after being astounded that I still had it, I found myself flipping through it. Balogh is admittedly a good wordsmith, and I did like this book at first. I kept hoping that Freddie would change and grow as a person, but (view spoiler)...more
What a lovely redemption book for Freddie. I almost cried with Clara while reading this! Beautiful! 5 Stars!
wow great ending it almost make me cry :)
Wow! Talk about an unusual Regency romance. The husband cheats and cheats and cheats... and somehow we still love Freddie. Clara seems like a woman who could use a bit more rebelliousness, but when she says I''ll forgive you everytime you mess up, it made me sad that her expectations for herself were so low and that she didn't expect any better from Freddie.
That one was surely one of a kind type of book. But really sad I would say. It's more like the relationship between characteres gets only worse and there's no hope it will get better. Strange for a romance book, but interesting. Not my favourite.
This is a hard book to swallow. After reading about all the heartbreak, ending came up short. If a book needed a epilong it was this one. I would highly recommend reading the Sullivan #3 Tempting Harriet to really see their HEA.
3.5 stars

I love how the hero and heroine are flawed!
An epilogue would have been nice! I want to find out if Clara and Freddie were able to have their Christmas dance.
a beautiful story! great character development and one really tortured hero! (lots of infidelity...but I found it forgivable in the grand scheme of things)
Rohan Maitzen
Meh. The heroine was too patiently perfect, and of course it turned out she could walk after all.
that was nice that was sweet that was a really good Balogh's book.
Frances Fuller
What a treat, to read a book I have read before and still give a 5!
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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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