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A Secret Affair by Mary Balogh
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Oct 06, 2010

it was amazing
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Recommended for: fans of the series or Balogh fans who hold a special place in their heart for "A Summer to Remember"
Read from October 06 to 08, 2010

If you have been following the Huxtable series by Mary Balogh then you will definitely want to read A Secret Affair. It is the long-awaited story of Con Huxtable, and the final installment in the series...tying up all the loose ends from the other four books.

It stands to reason that the dark, brooding mysterious Con.. nicknamed The Devil by the ton...would have a somewhat unconventional premise for his story. The heroine is the widowed Duchess of Dunbarton, an unrivaled beauty who was married for 10 years to a man 54 years her senior. Surprisingly, she was very happy in her marriage and deeply mourned his passing. But when the mourning period had passed, Hannah returned from her country home to London with the intent of procuring a lover for the Season...and her sights were set on Constantine Huxtable.

Both Con and Hannah began their affair with no thought other than to slake their lust for each other, as often as possible, for the duration of the spring. And they did just that. But who would Balogh be if she didn't weave a beautiful, touching and believable romance into the coupling? It is precisely books like this one that puts her in the elite "cut above" group of romance authors. Reading this book, if you aren't a MB fan you'll become one and if you already are a fan, you'll be reassured as to why. Something about her style of writing exudes such grace and elegance that it's almost a tangible thing...you are drawn into the story and swept away to that time and place 200 years ago.

I'm not going to write a synopsis because the plot isn't so remarkable that it would entice you to want to read the book...but the story telling is. It is by far the best installment in the series; and, if you like audio books, this makes for an excellent choice. I don't, however, recommend A Secret Affair as a stand-alone read because MB does not go into a lot of detail about the other Huxtables (all of whom are major secondary characters) and you might not appreciate the complexity of Con's character or understand exactly who the Huxtables are and Con's unique relationship with each of them. Then again, who am I to keep someone from reading a great book? In fact, it might be that much more appealing because MB doesn't embark on long-winded summaries of the preceding installments in the series. SmileyCentral.com

*sigh* I keep telling myself that what they say about blondes isn't true but...
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Reading Progress

10/06/2010 "Con's story. Finally!"
50.0% "So far, this is better than the other 4 books in the Huxtable series."

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message 1: by Rane (new) - added it

Rane Great Review Karen, I've been pretty leery about picking up Huxtable Quintet series due to the highs and lows- but being an MB fan- I don't think I'll stay away from the series for long

KarenH Thanks, Rane! You are right about the highs and lows, though. The book immediately preceding this one, Seducing an Angel, was rather awful. But then the hero in that one was Stephen Huxtable, the many times removed heir who inherited Con's father's earldom because Con was born 2 days before his parents married. And Stephen was some gangly teenager at the time and looked like a cherub so thats the image I still had of him by the time he got his own story. :D

message 3: by K. (new) - rated it 3 stars

K. Just downloaded the book K2. Can't wait to get to it after reading your awesome review! :)

Rane ... you'll probably love the series (adopt the family, even if EVERY book in the series isn't a 5* ... what series ever is?!). I know you enjoy MB so chances are you are going to like this series as well! ;)

Thanks again for the buy "push" K2! :)

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