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Slightly Sinful

(Bedwyn Saga #5)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  8,117 ratings  ·  451 reviews
When the four lady residents of a brothel in Brussels lose their life savings to a confidence man, their friend Rachel York, who introduced him to them, feels responsible even though all her money has been stolen too. She vows to help them recover their savings, but in order to do that she needs to get her hands on the jewels she will inherit at the age of twenty-five. And ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published April 27th 2004 by Dell
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Jack Vasen Interesting how opinions differ. For me, this was the most delightful of the series and had the fewest tedious moments. It lacked what I thought in th…moreInteresting how opinions differ. For me, this was the most delightful of the series and had the fewest tedious moments. It lacked what I thought in the other books was overdone repetition. This was one of the most page-turning books I have read in ages.(less)

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Dina
May 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Okay, let's get it out in the open: the premise of this book didn't sound very appealing to me at first. I mean, there's amnesia, deception, and another fake marriage - the fourth fake marriage/bethrotal in the Slightly series, and the fifth if you add A Summer to Remember, which is a prequel to the series. It should have been too much to take, right? Wrong! Somehow Ms. Balogh made it all work by making me fall in love with the H/h, and the rest is history...

The events in Slightly Sinful and Sli
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Al George
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 02-audio, 02-library
If I get shot or fall from my horse, please deliver me to the nearest brothel.

brothel

Not that I plan on any of those things, but one must plan.

Series: Yup

Sexy times: Couple of times. All beautifully handled and nothing too scary. Although there was one devirgining that didn't exactly go as planned.

Plan on reading more by the author: Gotta finish the series, don't I?

Synopsis: Alleyne is high on his horse hurrying back to base command to deliver a letter and get to his sister who sits waiting for him w
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Jan
Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars. Enjoyed Alleyne and Rachel's story. Alleyne is seriously wounded at the Battle of Waterloo, left for dead, and robbed of all belongings. Rachel stumbles across his naked body (yup!) and realises he is still alive. With the help of some others, she saves his life. But he has no idea who he is...... His family in England believe he has perished and they hold a memorial service and grieve for him.

Yeah, the story's a little far-fetched in parts, especially the bits about the
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Sophia
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the events in the last book that left me dying to know what came of Alleyne, I dove in and put my fears to rest. He's a Bedwyn. Even an epic battle couldn't end him. Though, in all seriousness, it was war and a stray bullet did nearly end him save a generous, determined woman and a broken soldier saving Alleyne's life. This was my favorite entry in the series since Aidan's story in book one.

Slightly Sinful is the fifth in the Bedwyn saga and would work fine standalone if necessary. That sa
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Jacob Proffitt
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steamy, romance
I had low expectations for this book because I haven't really much liked Alleyne. He's aloof, cynical, and just a tad out of his depth. Maybe my expectations were simply low, but this book blew them out of the water and I am so happy. The amnesia thing is such a cliché that I was a bit surprised to see Balogh using it. She's better than that, I thought. Fortunately, she really is better than that and used that cliché to pull off a really interesting character arc.

I have no idea what real amnesia
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notyourmonkey
Oh, Mary Balogh - always with the really good stuff, be it excellent use of cliches or exploration of interesting themes within the context of historical romance, but always undermined by some really dodgy stuff.

Yes, yes, this is dress-up-doll historical romance - they've all got their teeth, the women are always surprisingly independent - but you don't get to handwave away the things you don't like (bad dental hygiene, extremely limited spheres of influence for the vast majority of women, the
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Cheryl
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Throughout the Bedwyn Saga Alleyne Bedwyn has been one of my favorite characters. He is a jolly fellow, quick to laugh and even quicker to help his siblings out with the most recent scrap they've gotten themselves into. In his own book he is no different, despite the fact that he is suffering from amnesia and has no idea who he is.

I had moments when I liked the heroine, Rachel, and other times when she annoyed me. But overall I thought she was a good match for Alleyne.

This book had an introducti
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Laura Elizabeth
Oct 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
This series has been a win for me but this is my least favorite. Everything in this amnesia trope is far fetched. It’s not bad and I do like the characters, it’s just a not very believable storyline.
Wealhtheow
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, regency
In Slightly Tempted, the aristocratic Bedwyn family is rocked by news of Lord Alleyne Bedwyn's death at Waterloo. While searching the battle's casualties for saleables, Rachel York (a well-born woman left penniless by her father's gambling&drinking) comes across Alleyne's body, already stripped by other scavengers. But he is not dead, just gravely injured. Rachel carts his limp body back to the brothel where her old nurse works, and she and the whores nurse him back to health. But Alleyne, alas, ...more
Ursula
3.5 stars
What to say about this audio-book? Of course, the story was nicely read by Rosalyn Landor. Her different voices and accents for the women were particularly good.
I just didn't love the story.

For example, the constant reference to whores (with hearts of gold, who actually LOVED their profession enough to lust after men and even do it for free- yeah, right, in which universe?) bothered me, and it was a case of protesting too much about how the MC's didn't care that the women were "whores
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Juliana Philippa
Great, great read - Rachel and Alleyne are wonderful, and the secondary characters extremely colorful

SUMMARY (Bedwyn Family, Book 5):
Slightly Sinful overlaps significantly (chronologically speaking) with the previous book in the Bedwyn series, Slightly Tempted (Morgan and Gervase's story). Lord Alleyne Bedwyn (26), working as a British diplomat in Brussels, is sent to deliver a letter to the Duke of Wellington during the Battle of Waterloo. He receives a reply letter to deliver and heads back to
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Amy  Malory
IF I READ ONE MORE BOOK of Miss Balogh with a pretend marriage I am gonna rip my eyes off!
What is the matter with that?
#Audiobook and Rosalyn made it bearable but Oh My God,it is always the same story with the Bedwyns.
2 more to go for my "mad about series"challenge and I am scared that it is gonna be all the same again.What a shame :/
I am done with Balogh after the Bedwyns.
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Shannon
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've loved the whole Bedwyn family! Not my favorite in the series, but well worth the read. Overall I enjoyed it. The ending was my favorite.

The premise of the story with an amnesiac Hero saved by a virtuous woman who is now living in a brothel was scandalously funny, entertaining, and a fun wild ride. I laughed and even teared up a little in the end. I liked the way this story paralleled book #4 so that we really were able to see what happened to the missing Alleyne Bedwyn. One of my favorite
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Renae
Well, it was bound to happen at some point. Mary Balogh has finally let me down. Slightly Sinful was just too silly for me. There's an amnesia plot and a troop of whores out for revenge and just...ach. What I tend to love most about this author is how down-to-earth and honest her narratives are. This book, however, was more like a silly romcom than a realistic look at what it takes to make a relationship work. And that's fine, just not the content I'm here for. ...more
Missy
The plot and writing is good. I don't think I enjoy slow-burn romances very much. Oh, but what a beautiful family reunion. *sniffles* . Three books down, three more to go! Maybe I'll read Morgan's book next since it's in the same time frame. ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
2nd read September 2015
Darbella
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Saly
3.5 stars
Christa Schönmann Abbühl
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
3.5 stars.

I'm enjoying this series but just not quite enough to make the full 4 stars.
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Lady Wesley
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2017-faves
Rosalyn Landor's audio version of this Mary Balogh classic really tickled my funnybone. In Brussels, right before Waterloo, the heroine innocently gets mixed up with four jolly prostitutes, and they take in a wounded Alleyne Bedwyn, who has lost his memory. Also a crusty sergeant who has lost an eye and been dismissed from the army. The seven of them set out for England -- the ladies in pursuit of a charlatan posing as a minister who has stolen their life savings, Alleyne hoping to find somebody ...more
Ana
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars

It turns out I haven't actually read this book the first time I read the Bedwyn series. Not sure why, but it happened.

In any case, this is the story of Alleyne (the brother who was presumed dead at Waterloo) and Rachel.

It's a fun story. I liked how the entire amnesia plot was handled. I LOVED the side characters who are both colorful and very real.

And that reunion at the end was so, so perfect.

I had some slight issues with Rachel and Alleyne's reasoning in the last third of the book or s
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Sarah
4.5 stars, SO delightful! Amnesia is a classic dramatic romance storyline, and it's done really well here. I loved every bit of this story, from Alleyne's recovery in the brothel to the farcical deception the group attempted to pull off back in England. Rachel was a fairly unremarkable heroine, but I've liked Alleyne throughout the series, so it was great to see him here, and the side characters really stole the show. Since Alleyne doesn't know who he is through most of the book, we don't get th ...more
T
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Implausible story with ladies in a brothel, amnesia, thieves/swindlers, ex brothel-workers in English manor estates...
The love story was sweet but the rest was almost a farce. Oh and the ending - simply beautiful!
MissKitty
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Not as good as the others but still okay. I just neede to know what happened to the Hero.

The climax was dragged out a bit to long with no real story in between so it was a bit boring.
Teresa
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Each book in this series, I go into less excited for it not being Wulfic's. Most, though, pull me in almost immediately and I grow to love it (and, admittedly, all of the Wulfric sightings in the background). This one was a chore though, which is sad because I do love Allyene as well. I knew a bit of what I was getting into based on the setup of the previous book, but so much of the early part was cartoonish and different in tone from previous books. It was hard to ever be fully invested. It did ...more
herdys
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
3,5 stars! Definitely better than Morgan's book. I loved the four ladies and even without memory, our charming hero. The reunion with his family was Lovely too! ...more
Lori
I really enjoyed this book about Alleyne... I must say that I was quite upset about him being MIA in the previous book with Morgan and Gervase. I was delighted and relieved that he made an appearance at the end of that book! And this book, "Slightly Sinful" is Alleyne's story - what really happened to him at the Battle of Waterloo and why he was missing for so long.

(view spoiler)
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Alison
Lord Alleyne Bedwyn is carrying a letter from the Duke of Wellington at the battle of Waterloo when he is shot in the leg, despite trying to continue his journey he becomes weak from loss of blood and falls off his horse, hitting his head on a tree stump.

Alleyne is found by Miss Rachel York, an orphan fallen on hard times who is currently sharing a house in Brussels with a group of prostitutes, including her former nurse. Rachel and the other women have lost all their money to a confidence trick
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Lorna
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Story 4 stars Narration 5 stars. Great series and an amazing narrator. Wonderful characters are the hallmark of this author. Recommended to adult historical romance readers and if you can, try and listen. Roslyn Landor is just the best at narrating historical British romances. She’s a definite selling point when I pick out a listen. Now available on Audible Escape.
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Mary Jenkins was born in 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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“Where was Bewcastle?
But then he was there, standing on the terrace some distance away, and such was the power of his presence that everyone seemed to sense it an fell back away from Alleyne even as they stopped talking. There was still all sorts of noise, of course - horses, carriage wheels, voices, the water spouting out of the fountain - but it seemed to Alleyne as if complete silence fell.
Bewcastle had already seen him. His gaze was steady and silver-eyed and inscrutable. His hand reached for the gold-handled, jewel-studded quizzing glass he always wore with formal attire and raised it halfway to his eyes in a characteristic gesture. Then he came striding along the terrace with uncharacteristic speed and did not stop coming until he had caught Alleyne up in a tight, wordless embrace that lasted perhaps a whole minute while Alleyne dipped his forehead to his brother's shoulder and felt at last that he was safe.
It was an extraordinary moment. He had been little more than a child when his father died, but Wulfric himself had been only seventeen. Alleyne had never thought of him as a father figure. Indeed, he had often resented the authority his brother wielded over them with such unwavering strictness, and often with apparant impersonality and lack of humor. He had always thought of his eldest brother as aloof, unfeeling, totally self sufficient. A cold fish. And yet it was in Wulfric's arm that he felt his homecoming most acutely. He felt finally and completely and unconditionally loved.
An extraordinary moment indeed.”
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“If you are never frightened, sir, you would never find out what you was made of and what you was capable of doing. You would never become a better man than what you started out being. P'raps this is what you will discover - what you are made of and what you are capable of. And when you finally do remember who you are, p'raps you will find that you have become a better man than he ever was. P'raps he was a man why never ever grew any more once he reached manhood. P'raps he needed to do something drastic like losing his memory so that he could get his life unstuck.” 5 likes
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