Lady Patricia is caught in a terrible scandal that has effected the entire family. When she meets two children in the park who picks a snowball fightLady Patricia is caught in a terrible scandal that has effected the entire family. When she meets two children in the park who picks a snowball fight with her she must face an outraged father/ peer of the ton. She gives as good as she gets and soon he can't seen to get her out of his mind....more
Lady Mary Cavendish meets Sir Wesley Darcy, a actor with a darkened reputation. At the end of her nursing shift at a hospital Mary must tend to a wounLady Mary Cavendish meets Sir Wesley Darcy, a actor with a darkened reputation. At the end of her nursing shift at a hospital Mary must tend to a wounded person. This individual is Sir Wesley who becomes captivated by Mary. Lucky for him it is the Christmas season and he has been invited to stay with the family by her brother.
I did not realize this was part of a series and I felt a little lost without any background setting. This and the fact that the story is a huge cliff hanger.... it left me without the Christmas cheer that usual holiday stories often provide....more
Phillipa tries to save her sister Amelia's reputation by sneaking into Lord Erskine's room at a Christmas house party to retrieve a scandalous note hePhillipa tries to save her sister Amelia's reputation by sneaking into Lord Erskine's room at a Christmas house party to retrieve a scandalous note her sister wrote to the earl. Phillipa is caught by Erskine and to teach her a lesson about sneaking into gentlemen's bedrooms he pushes her and himself into his closet. Unfortunately, the door becomes jammed. While locked together, they learn enough about each other that when their situation turns into a scandal, plans are set in motion to marry.
Blaire, Lord Erskine, isn't nearly as upset as he thought he might be as he finds Phillipa fascinating. Phillipa's family has made made her doubt herself and has not been kind to her. Her marriage to Blair helps her see things in a new light....more
When Lord Sheffield 's ballroom is struck by lightening, there is no way to have it repaired in time for his family's 75th Christmas Ball. Lady AmeliaWhen Lord Sheffield 's ballroom is struck by lightening, there is no way to have it repaired in time for his family's 75th Christmas Ball. Lady Amelia is counting on the ball to search for possible husband candidates. She pushes her way into his life and revives the Ball. However, the more time they spend together the more they realize how good they are together....more
Miss Prudence Merryweather Payton finds herself the last of her trio of wallflower friends to still be single. Unfortunately with a special ball to beMiss Prudence Merryweather Payton finds herself the last of her trio of wallflower friends to still be single. Unfortunately with a special ball to be held in her finishing schools honor, she is feeling pressure to marry. The problem is, she can't stand a man's touch since her first season with a horrible encounter she has kept secret from everyone.
She is happy to find herself deserted in a small village on the way to London so she doesn't have to deal with life's expectations. However, her encounters with Lord Castleton have her thinking about a number of thongs in her life....more
Benjamin was injured in the Peninsula War. His realization that he will never walk right again has left him depressed. Hoping he will discover a new pBenjamin was injured in the Peninsula War. His realization that he will never walk right again has left him depressed. Hoping he will discover a new path for his life he spends time with his sister at his brother in laws estate. At least horse back riding helps him feel somewhat normal again.
On one of his rides he nearly collides with widow, Samantha. War has touched her too as she had nursed her wounded husband for the last few years before passing. Her in-laws are very strict, pious people and never wanted her husband to marry her to begin with.
Together their hearts begin to heal as they both yearn for freedom once again. When her father in law demands she return to his estate so he can keep a close eye on her to insure she doesn't bring shame to their family name, she decides to travel to the small cottage that a relative she never knew left her in a will....more
Although the first in a series, the series actually started as a story in the 5 Golden Rings anthology. Oliver, Viscount Rathburn desperately needs hiAlthough the first in a series, the series actually started as a story in the 5 Golden Rings anthology. Oliver, Viscount Rathburn desperately needs his inheritance, which his grandmother won't release until she feels his life is in order. He has started a hospital as well as working on rebuilding his country house which had caught fire, killing his father.
To receive his inheritance, he makes a deal with Emma Danvers and her parents. She keeps her reputation as pristine as possible as her family has had "incidents" in the past. She is one that Oliver's grandmother would approve for him to marry.
As they go through with this farce, Oliver realizes his true feelings for her and although she returns them, she feels that he wouldn't be with her if it wasn't for him needing his inheritance. Somehow he needs to prove to her he is worth daring her heart with. ...more
Widow Elsbeth, Lady Mercer, lives in the mercy of her aunt and uncle and acts as a chaperon for their two daughters. Unfortunately her reputation turnWidow Elsbeth, Lady Mercer, lives in the mercy of her aunt and uncle and acts as a chaperon for their two daughters. Unfortunately her reputation turns to shambles in from of the entire ton during an art exhibit where a nude painting from the mysterious painter, Dionysus, is revealed and it looks exactly like her.... unfortunately, the title of the painting is "The Nude".
With the ton turning on the entire family, the curator of the art exhibit, Lord Ames, contacts the only person who can help set this to right, Nigel, Marquess of Edgeware. Nigel is a recluse with powerful ties to Society. As Dionysus' "keeper", he vows to set things right with Lady Mercer's reputation and holds a country gathering.
This isn't the first time that Elsbeth has felt Dionysus' in her life. She originally married her abusive husband because gifted her with paintings that were actually done by Dionysus. She fell in love with the man who painted them, and when she discovered who her husband truly was, she lived in fear until the day he died.
Forced to accept his invitation to visit the countryside, she uses the time to questions the servants about Dionysys while Nigel takes the time to get to know her better, realizing that he has found the woman whom he has been looking for. Unfortunately, all the secrets that stand between them makes it seem impossible for them to be together.
The characters of the book at first were very two dimensional to me making it hard to get into the book, but once in, I didn't want to put the book down! I greatly enjoyed that this book was not only a romance but a good mystery as well. This is a definite re-read for the future. ...more
Vincent just wants to live his life even though his blindness from the war makes his wonderful family do everything for him including choosing him a bVincent just wants to live his life even though his blindness from the war makes his wonderful family do everything for him including choosing him a bride. He wants to take control of his life so he and his valet leave. When he meets Sophia and she helps him, he learns that her assistance has cost her her home so he insists on marrying her. after all she will be a bride of his choice. they marry and still have many things to overcome but their strength found I'm each other leads them on the path to enduring love.
Another wonderful read. Sophie and Vincent were fascinating characters and watching the love develop between them was everything a romance should be....more
I had a really tough time getting into the book in the beginning while the main characters were in India. When the story brings us back to England theI had a really tough time getting into the book in the beginning while the main characters were in India. When the story brings us back to England the story picks up only yo waiver back and forth once back in India....more
Felix Rivendale, the Marquis of Wrenworth learned early on the game of manipulation and from his mother who was forced to marry his father. Becoming tFelix Rivendale, the Marquis of Wrenworth learned early on the game of manipulation and from his mother who was forced to marry his father. Becoming the Ideal Gentleman, he pressed his emotions into becoming an individual of impeccability. Not looking for love, he meets Miss Louisa Cantrell during the London Season. Feeling as she is able to see right through his facade, she fascinates him.
Louisa knows she won't make a love match. Her deepest goal in a Season is to find a wealthy enough husband to support her sisters because should anything happen to their mother, there would be no income.
At first, Felix refuses to entertain the thought of marriage and offers her a home and enough wealth if she should become his mistress. She refuses. When he fears that another man might offer for her and he could never play their now familiar game, he sabotages her chances and then offers for hr himself.
Their wedding night brings a rush of unexpected feelings and he fears that he is getting too close so he pulls away, is even horribly cruel to Louisa.
What does it take to change, to trust, to repair, to look beyond oneself and truly love?
This was a very nice read. Louisa and Felix were fascinating characters and I enjoyed reading their story very much. ...more
After an emotionally difficult marriage, widow Lady Gwen Muir hasn't had the desire to marry again. However, on a long walk on a beach while visitingAfter an emotionally difficult marriage, widow Lady Gwen Muir hasn't had the desire to marry again. However, on a long walk on a beach while visiting an acquaintance, she realizes that perhaps, she is lonely. She doesn't realize she is observed by Hugo Ewes, Lord Trentham. A former soldier psychologically scarred from the demands of war, he and a few other survivors retreat to a seaside estate each year to give and draw support from each other.
Trentham has had to make the decision to return to society because of his half sister who is old enough to now marry. His reclusive nature and middle class background makes him uncomfortable around the demands of a London Season. He promised their father to do right by her and has considered that the best way for him to survive the marriage mart for her, is to possibly find himself a wife.
There's no fireworks between Gwen and Trentham when they first meet, however, something smolders beneath the surface and they keep coming back to each other. Could it be love, surely, each of them think not.
I find Mary Balogh to be such a unique writer in this genre. I greatly enjoy how two characters that seem highly unlikely grow and suddenly without you knowing it, they are made for each other in your mind! In some ways, her writing almost seems... dull (bear with me for a moment) because often there's no villain, vicious plot, murder, mystery or deep intrigue that many romance books seem written to keep the story moving. The focus on Ms. Balogh's novels however are setting, character development, being in the 1800's itself, and the act of falling in love with a enduring forever kind of relationship. And she makes you feel what the characters are feeling... amazing! She writes the sort of romance that builds and grows on itself.
My only "frown" moment with this book was that since this was the first in a series, I didn't realize that other secondary characters, even Lady Muir, had been introduced in previous written works. Had I read the other books from other series first, I would have had more warmth in the interaction between these characters.
Definitely looking forward towards making my acquaintance with the other members of the Survivors' Club. ...more
Since age 13 Madeline has thought Richard to be her knight in shining armor. They have written to each other for the past several years. Fearing for RSince age 13 Madeline has thought Richard to be her knight in shining armor. They have written to each other for the past several years. Fearing for Richard at a ball where he secretly meets a married woman (whom he tried to elope with before her father demanded she marry another) she ends up sacrificing her reputation to keep him safe. He marries her and realizes he has feelings for her. But suddenly the woman he thought he loved becomes a widow. Madeline can't help but feel there are three in her marriage as Sarah clings to Richard once again. Richard feels conflicted that with his fickle heart he may hurt his best friend. But the more he is with Maddy the more he is sure she is the only one for him. And when enemies from the past threaten he will give anything to keep Madeline from being hurt.
As much as I enjoy this author this book was just a little too forced for me. I liked and then really didn't like Madeline and Richard. Can't quite put my finger on the pros and cons of this one....more
The Duke of Montford lives a clear, exact and precise life. He hates complications, traveling, faints at the sight of blood and anything out of order.The Duke of Montford lives a clear, exact and precise life. He hates complications, traveling, faints at the sight of blood and anything out of order. So when he must travel to Yorkshire to find out what on earth is going on with one of his estates, he has no idea how crazy his life will become when he meets the Honeywells.
Astrid Honeywell and Montford's story revolves around a love/hate relationship. They love to hate each other but the chemistry between the two slides in the two becoming each other's everything.
Although I had to read this book slowly because of the way it was written, I didn't mind a bit. There was humor, insight and as a reader, I could see the tension and romance building.
This has been pushed on the back burner for so long. I'm so glad I finally decided to read it. The characters were written so that you could really seThis has been pushed on the back burner for so long. I'm so glad I finally decided to read it. The characters were written so that you could really see their personalities and motivations. I enjoyed how he story progressed and you could see the steps of their marriage coming together. Although I understood why Roxana, the heroine, was written the way she was, I have to admit that in reality, I have a hard time with gossip and those who spread it so she did annoy me a touch, and in any other story I probably would have been more annoyed. It did work here, however. I really enjoyed spending time with Alex Winslow, Earl of Ayersley. What a great hero!!! Even his "flaws" made him interesting.
Although I thought the way the story flowed was fairly decent, the heroine, Alyce was written as rather a nit wit in my opinion. She nearly always wenAlthough I thought the way the story flowed was fairly decent, the heroine, Alyce was written as rather a nit wit in my opinion. She nearly always went with every decision made for her and was told constantly that the men running her life would take care of everything so she need not worry so about anything. I found her quite immature in most things. Guess I like my heroines with a bit more can-do and will test the boundaries spirit....more