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More than a Mistress (Mistress #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  6,139 Ratings  ·  366 Reviews
In her most captivating novel to date, Mary Balogh, the premier writer of Regency-era romantic fiction, invites you into a world of scandal and seduction, of glittering high society and startling intrigue, as an arrogant duke does the unthinkable—he falls in love with his mistress.

More Than a Mistress

He is bad-tempered, reckless, a man superior in his abilities to charm an
ebook, 384 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Dell (first published 2000)
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Apr 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dina by: Magnolia88 & seton from Amazon
I'm going to start repeating myself, but I just love Ms. Balogh's writing! No other modern author is as apt at "transporting" me to Regency London as her. All it takes is the first paragraph, and the setting is crystal clear in my mind and I find myself in another time and space. More Than a Mistress was no exception: I was captivated from the start, and Jocelyn and Jane were another great couple to be added to my all-time favorite H/h in Romancelandia.

Let me admit that I thought I would have so
More then a Mistress is just one of those books that capture you from the start and doesn’t let you go until long after.
One of the most unlikely meetings to take place in both their lives. Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham is faced with another duel as he’s ascued to have been the lover of a married woman. A gentleman through and through takes up the duel instead of calling the woman a liar. So when a young woman runs toward the duel to stop them, Jocelyn is annoyed when he’s shot in the leg.
Written September 23, 2014

3.8 Stars - A perfect enjoying historical with a cold-hearted hero ... gasp!!

My first historical by Mary Balogh is a "Regency" story written 2000. An, as it so often is when it comes to me, completely unplanned impulse "click and buy" book. In retrospect, a successful one. Certainly not my last by this author.

Good spent book-time in all ways. Quality in my ears (listened on the audio) makes me happy, very happy.

More Than a Mistress feels like an classic HR in the
Lisa Kay
Regency painter’s easel, by Theodore Alexander
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Rosalyn Landor has an amazing ear and an ability to deliver the accents of England’s social strata. This raises her reading of Historical Romances to the upper echelon. There are lots of characters from different class levels in this novel, and her talent makes it that much more fun. She is fast becoming my favorite narrator for this era, though she does modern day beautifully, too. My eyes light up when I
Jan 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Punk by: JET
Shelves: romance, ebook
Romance. You know what? I want to read a Regency romance about the second most notorious rake in London. He's pretty good at flirting, but that other guy is always swooping in and stealing away his conquests. It just drives him up the wall! So the second most notorious rake in London decides to do something about it. No matter what it takes, he will win the title of Most Notorious Rake in London. The current Most Notorious Rake in London thinks this sounds like good fun, as a little competition ...more
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, hero-brooding-surly-moody, hero-dibs-worthy, h-feisty-sassy-spirited, hero-alpha-hot, him-tortured-past-emo-scarred, loved-the-ending, love-the-intimacy-n-interplay, evil-bad-guy-or-villain, h-sweetheart, heartwarming-romance-or-story, pregnancy-or-secret-child, marrij-shotgun-or-for-kids-sake, mu_falling-out-and-separation, h-with-spine-n-spirit, just-sex-so-buzz-off, hero-smitten, h-i-like-or-admire, made-me-smile-or-chuckle, grovel-aced, om-involved, part-of-series-sequel, nurses-saves-his-her-life, incognito-undrcovr-masquerade, hero-only-lover, claims_forces-as-lovr-mistress, hero-cranky-yet-lovable, h-falsely-accused-abused, hero-caring-protective, evil-or-nasty-friend-or-relative, h-deceives-dishonest, angst-some, h-poor-broke-or-destitute, he-knows-she-virgin_bfr-act, he-protects-on-the-run-heroine, cracker-of-a-firstmeet-or-beginning, h-h-engaged-or-live-in, h-or-h-with-glasses, hate-u-love-u, housekeeper-maid, humiliation-degradation-maltreated, love-this-couple, by-love-redeemed, hero-judgemental-cynical, favorites-absolut-tops, singer-musician, knight-mode, h-gives-it-gud-to-ow, h-naive-sweet-but-nopushover, opposites-attract, he-gets-the-weepies, h-rich-to-poor, h-sweetest-ever, sweet-delicious, class-divide, his-champion, hero-cruel-heartless, he-proposes-she-disposes, sex-for-money-or-favor, secrets-shockers-revelations, h-i-adore, ow-wannabe-or-cover, made-me-swoon, loved-this-scene-incident, h-dresses-down, run-for-ur-life, h-level-headed-sensible, jerk-i-love, lets-keep-it-secret, db, he-facd-sexul-abus-trauma-wen-yung
Unequivocal 5 stars for being…

A bit corny, a tad farfetched, not classic Mary Balogh (more Lisa Kleypas-ish!).
But made me smile and swoon in equal measures. *sigh*

A delicious alpha H who’s not a jerk (at least not excessively so!) and a spirited sweetheart h lock horns and more. First she gets him shot, then he forces her to be his nurse and later his mistress – not that she’s a timid or helpless quarry.
Add some villains, trying circumstances, mino
4.5 stars

This review is of the audiobook version, narrated by Rosalyn Landor.

This was, I think, one of the first of Mary Balogh’s romances I read and I remember thinking at the time that it was something a bit out of the ordinary.

Our hero is Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham. He’s rich, arrogant and jaded, doesn’t suffer fools gladly and while accepting deference as his due, is secretly tired of all the toadying he experiences day after day.

He has a reputation as a rake, one who doesn’t draw the
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the middle of a duel the Duke of Tresham is distracted by a woman yelling at the participants to stop. In his distraction the Duke ends up being shot in the leg. He blames the woman and summons her to him so he can make sure she knows it. He's surprised when she doesn't give ground and admit she was wrong. Believing it is her fault he ends up detaining her to help him which ends up making her late for work. When Jane tries to explain the circumstances to her boss the woman says she won't beli ...more
Aug 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-loan
Oh. I loved this story so much!!

Hero Jocelyn who's hiden his emotions behind a wall of arrogancy and disdain, and heorine Jane a Lady on the run from a crime that may or may not have been committed. They meet up in the most unlikely of ways and quite by accident whilst Jane walks to work one morning, a lady with a conscience, she sees fit to interfere in a situation which she really should not have. And so the story is set in motion. A series of events mean that Jane and Jocelyn spend alot of ti
I liked this book a lot up until the big reveal of the heroine's secret around the last 1/3 of the book. It was then that the hero did the big 180 degree turn around and suddenly became retarded and irrational. He didn't do anything terrible, it's just that you would think he would understand why the heroine didn't tell him the big secret (even though he could have figured it out on his own if he'd look in front of his face). And of course, instead of being rational about it he takes it as a hug ...more
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Well, that definitely was different, this is my first Regency book with a lady as a mistress,it didn't have the severity of most books, or the dramatics, as all Mary Balogh's books it had the touch f gentle smoothness and lightheartedness which I'm over the moon for.

Jane was more of an adorable character, at the beginning I couldn't help but smile every time she talked, I kind of understood Jocelyn attraction to her impudence, she was supposed to be a servant but all she did was scold the master
Why haven't I been reading Mary Balogh? I suppose I'm leery of the herd of Regencies/Victorians, most of which tend to be fluffy-fluff with characters who seem like they're 21st century minds dressed in costumes. Thank heavens I've broken my latest dry spell of 2 star reads.

This book made me happy :) I felt like I'd been transported. Rosalyn Landor was a fabulous narrator (as usual). Sometimes I do admit to finding her hero's voice to be too pompous, but in this case it fit the role to a tee.

In all honesty, I can't wrap my head around what I've just read. I mean, I like Baloghs books. She has written some fantastic stories and yes, also some mediocre ones (especially all those series, seriously, not a fan over here). But even her worse books are still Baloghs, they have solid storylines and that sound to it, that makes a Balogh, they have her style.
This book, I don't know, was it her debut or something?, it felt nothing at all like a book of hers. For the most part, the storyline w
4.5 stars

It was almost a 5 stars reading. I liked the plot and mostly story progressing. As usual Ms Balogh's protagonists were charming and added good enjoyment to story. Especially, I would love to read a story about Lord Kimble who is one of The Duke's close friend and Lord Ferdinand who is his brother.

I love how MC's relationship developed into a sensual love. Although, almost everything very good, I didn't like last quarter of the book. I felt that it was lack of some exciment and their HEA
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
First listen - I have listened to two versions of this - both unabridged. I enjoyed the second much more than the first.

Second listen - I plan to write a full review but for now, I'll say that this is my favorite Balogh. It's old school in many ways but is laugh out loud funny with the Duke's reactions to the heroine. But I think it best to add in here that I enjoy books with mistresses and the heroine here is a mistress in the truest sense of the word. No playing around with a "possible" mistr
Bark's Book Nonsense
I read this as an unabridged audio so I'll more than likely spell some things incorrectly and may be fuzzy on some of the details.

The hero, a fancy-pants duke, is injured during a duel when a young lady gives a shout out. She's held up because of the ridiculous duel and ends up getting fired from her job and can't buy groceries. She blames Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham, for her predicament and tracks him down to holler at him (a little fuzzy on the details here ~ this is why I need to take not
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susanne by: Lisa Kay
Shelves: genre-historical
Buddy read with Karen! <3 <3

Fun and charming with an adorable heroine! Review might come...
Jane is in hiding from the Bow Street Runners. A chance encounter brings her to the annoyed attention of the notorious Duke of Tresham, Jocelyn, who hires her first as his nurse and then convinces her to be his mistress. But what he doesn't know is that (view spoiler) He installs her in his love ne ...more
Ana M. Román
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lo que más llama la atención de este libro es que no hay insta-love, ni siquiera insta-atracción. No se roban el aliento el uno al otro cada vez que se ven y ella no lo ve increíblemente guapo, de hecho no lo describe como alguien guapo, al menos hasta que no se enamora de él. Desarrollan sus sentimientos con su mutua compañía y es algo que se puede ver a lo largo de la historia.

Jane es un personaje genial, capaz de tomar sus propias decisiones de una forma racional y de plantarle cara a él sin
I loved this book! I loved how Tresham could be very curt with Jane and she would come back at him. I really enjoyed the banter between them. When The Duke wanted to be sweet and hot and sexy he could just by speaking to Jane. He also could be so mean with his words but Jane took it all. She could give as much as he could.

The ending was so good that I reread it right after I finished it the first time. Mary Balogh has done it again for me.....
Avisha Beeharreea
I already gave this book 5 stars because of the H name lol I just love his name Jocelyn ***
This is an entertaining book! so funny in parts, sweet, silly, adorable, fluffy, romantic.... all the things im looking in a book when im in a good mood. I just love Mary Balogh <3
Really enjoyed this book up until the very end. Didn't like the ending or felt like she wasn't sure how to tie it up.
Ana Maria
Me pareció muy buena.
De cualquier modo me pareció mucho más desarrollado y apasionado el personaje de Jocelyn.
¡¡¡Me encantó!!!
Más de una vez lo hubiera matado por maleducado, insoportable, ególatra, tirano, etc. etc.
Me enterneció lo que sentía cuando se iba enamorando (pánico).
El personaje de Jane, en cambio, me pareció más desapasionado. Me hubiera gustado que la autora describiera mejor los pensamientos que él le provocaba
Mar 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had read this book years ago and remember liking it quite a bit so i think I had originally given ti 4-stars. But in a re-read I am actually going to up this to a five-star. This is rare for me. Usually in re-reads my books stay pretty much the same or go down because they don't stand the test of time. But I actually think, having been immersed in Mary Balogh this month and reading quite a bit of her back catalog I can see just how strong an entry this book is in her catalog. And it was just r ...more
Laura V.
Después de años de no leer Balogh, he empezado esta serie. Una joya realmente.
"¿Por qué te ves obligado a hacerme daño cada vez que te sientes vulnerable?"

Jane interrumpe un duelo una mañana en la que va camino a su trabajo. Jocelyn, duque de Tresh, resulta herido en su distracción y la culpa a ella. Ella pierde el trabajo y lo reprende, Jocelyn no se deja intimidar y le da trabajo: ser su enfermera durante tres semanas.

Amo a Jane, amo su vitalidad y sus ganas de discutir, amo su capacidad d
May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, regency, series
I really liked this book.....I wouldn't say that it's Balogh's best, but it's definitely good.

Jane Ingleby is on the run and is hiding from her uncle who wants her prosecuted for murder and theft. She happens across a duel in progress and interupts it by screaming for the two men to "STOP". Jocelyn Dudley, the Duke of Tresham, is distracted and winds up being shot in the leg. Angry and in want of "payback" for Jane's distraction, he "employs" her as his nurse for the duration of his healing per
My first Mary Balogh was Heartless and I loved it - so much so, that I almost feared reading another of her books; maybe it wouldn't be as good and I'd be disappointed. Well, this book was better than Heartless, imo, and I don't say that lightly. The way she wrote the heroes, although very different, had similarities - both were dukes and had starchy, arrogant, tough exteriors but so many layers beneath. In Heartless, hero was a dandy but very masculine (huh?). And in MTaM, the hero's name - Joc ...more
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

I like this book very much!:)
Our hero is a bad tempered, ill mannered and very rude Duke *grins*
The heroine? Oh I love her, she is a lady with a strong opinions who, because of a bad situation need to disguise as a commoner. You wil see that her upbringing won't stop her to speaks her mind eventhough at present she is a commoner:)

This book is funny but there is a seriousness in this one too and I think this is one of Ms. Balogh's lighter story.

If there is a problem, it should be there
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4.5/5; 5 stars; A

I first read this book about 5 years ago and have always meant to re-read it, to see if it is as good as I remember. Since Mary Balogh finally published Angeline's story, I thought I'd read it plus her brothers' stories again.

I am kind of 'off' historical romances these days but that doesn't matter when reading a book by Mary Balogh. She is a skilled and polished writer and I always enjoy the characters in her books.

In this book, the heroine, Jane/Sara is everything one could
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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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