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More Than a Mistress

(Mistress #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  7,979 ratings  ·  507 reviews
When Jane Ingleby interrupts a duel in Hyde Park, Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham, gets shot, & Jane, late for work, loses her job. She demands a job of Jocelyn, & he hires her - as his nurse. She questions his every move, breaches his secrets & touches his soul & soon the duke is offering her a different job - as his mistress.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Piatkus Books (first published September 12th 2000)
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Dina
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
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Mo
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.75 stars

First time reading this author and I did enjoy it. I found it dragged a little bit in the middle and towards the end but, overall a good, solid read.


I really liked Jane. She was spirited and not afraid to voice her opinion. Of course, Jocelyn was your typical Duke of the era. Felt he was entitled to anything he wanted and how dare a little upstart like Jane question him and dare to answer him back.

He was not handsome, she decided. Not at all. But there was a raw masculinity about him
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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
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Ira
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
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Jacob Proffitt
Oct 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, audiobook, steamy
While this is first in a series, I kept thinking that Jocelyn's sister, Angeline, felt like the heroine of her own story. So I went digging a bit and, sure enough, she is. of the third book in this very series! Who does that?!?

This "romance" frankly sucked. Jocelyn is one of those tortured, constipated men who are convinced that "manly" means not caring about or for anybody or anything. We eventually learn that he's a musical genius and portraitist (both!) who was thrashed by his father for bein
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Ingie
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 class
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Jan
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Review October 2016:
I'm still in a HR mood after visiting some stately homes in England on a recent holiday. So I'm doing a reread of some of the old paperback HRs on my bookshelf. In a bit of a Mary Balogh mood at the moment. And I found I enjoyed this one again as I did originally when I bought it new, years ago. I'm still happy to four-star it, which was my original rating.

Jocelyn, Duke of Tresham. Has never really been in love. (Plenty of lust, though). Jane is hiding her true identity due t
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Luana ☆
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worth-reading
4.5⭐
There are only two things I didn't like about this book. First, where is the epilogue? It really makes no sense to finish a book without a little glimpse of the future, but okey.

Second, if you read the older book from Mary Balogh "The secret pearl" you are bound to either love or hate this book. The two books are basically one and the same. Very feel nuances were different. I feel like this one was a better version of The secret pearl, I really enjoyed the characters verbal fights, it was t
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Punk
Jan 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Laurem
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a delightful read! The MC were very compatible. Both had strong personalities but the author was able to find the right balance, which prevented the characters from becoming annoying. Though, I will admit I wanted to smack the hero in the beginning.

All in all, an entertaining read.

Sidenote: the author used the word "mount" like a dozen times. Pick a new adjective. It's not sexy. It sounds like our hero keeps mounting a horse. Oh well, Tallyho!
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Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
Unequivocal 5 stars for being…
~Delightful
~Amusing
~Tender
~Heartfelt
~Sensual

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
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Caz
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
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Vintage
Witty banter, matched adversaries , spine of steel. The 4 star drought is over. Kind of, I am rounding up because the relationship between the Hero and Heroine is so much fun as well as their verbal give and take.

On her way to her menial job, Jane, the on the run heroine, stops a duel in process. The Duke of Tresham has been challenged by a supposedly cuckolded husband, and Jane’s interruption results in the Duke getting shot in the leg.

Jane ends up becoming the Duke’s nursemaid and she gives
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Catherine
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
Summer
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
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
I loved this book! Mary Balogh captivated me from the start with this unusual, intelligently written, emotional and sensual love story.

When we first meet Jocelyn, he is arrogant, cynical, bad-tempered and domineering and revels in his rakish reputation even when it is undeserved. He treats lesser individuals with disdain including his long-suffering servants.

Joselyn jerked impatiently on the bell rope beside his bed and vented his irritability on his vale, who had not brought his shaving water u
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KatieV
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.

Jo
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Adrienne
Aug 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Petra
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want give this book a million stars. Thank you Mary Balogh.
Maybe this is arbitrary but in so many of these Regency or Victorian novels - main characters act always so scared of propriety, society and etiquette.
Jane and Jocelyn were the two bravest MCs I have read about in a while. They both followed their heart and acted with highest integrity.

“ “Oh,” she said, still smiling, “is it you, your grace? I had quite forgotten you were here.” It was about the most ill-mannered thing she had said
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Alla
The first book in a three book series by Mary Balogh.
This is the first book I read by her, or rather listen to. I did the audio version, a great narrator, Rosalyn Landor. She never disappoints, one of the best in this genre.
The story was good, I really liked it and I will definitely keep on reading/listening to the series.
Suzanne
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
3.5 stars. It took me awhile to get into this - the writing felt more formal than I'm used to for this genre. But I ended up enjoying it. One of the things I especially liked is seeing an actual friendship, not just lust, between the two main characters. ...more
Chumchum_88
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
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Nefise
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
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Jackie
Feb 22, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I liked it and MB has always solid writing but the 2nd half dipped for me and I didn't like the way Tresh behaved when he found out Jane's secret...it was also completely stupid that he was in a duel near the end to protect a Lady's honor instead of wanting to stay alive for the lady he was supposedly in love with. ...more
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
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Irene
Excellent Balogh story about Jane, an impertinent maid who interrupts a morning duel at Hyde Park, causing Jocelyn, an impertinent duke to be shot in the calf by an angry husband. After Jane loses her position at a milliner's and is told she would have her position back if she received a handwritten note by Jocelyn attesting to the truth that Jane was late for interrupting his duel, Jane, in high dudgeon, decides to march herself over to Jocelyn's London house. She is mistaken for the doctor's f ...more
Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: REgency Book lovers.
Recommended to Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂ by: Andrea AKA Catsos Person
3.5*

Finally a Regency that isn't written by Heyer & where I don't want to hurl the book across the room in disgust!

Yes, there are some historical inaccuracies, but the writing is good enough that I will ignore them -with the exception of (view spoiler) I fell in love with the hero
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Laurie  |  LOHF
Mar 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, romance
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
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Wealhtheow
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
Susanne
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susanne by: Lisa Kay
Buddy read with Karen! <3 <3

Fun and charming with an adorable heroine! Review might come...
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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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