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The Incurable Matchmaker

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  368 ratings  ·  20 reviews
The Marquess of Kenwood, a notorious libertine, finds himself accepting a rash wager one night at his club when he is drunk. For five hundred guineas he agrees to woo and bed any woman his adversaries care to name—within a month. They choose Diana Ingram, a beautiful widow of unassailable virtue. As luck would have it, he has been invited to the same house party as she and ...more
Kindle Edition, 253 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Class Ebook Editions, Ltd. (first published May 1st 1990)
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Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it...haven't found an old Balogh that I never read in a while. This little ditty about Jack and Diana (so sorry, I just couldn't help it) has got one of my favorite premises, rake hero entering a bet to sleep with the heroine, and a developing emotional intimacy with friendship that allows me to believe the rake hero will stay faithful to the heroine for a true HEA. It has other elements I love: 1) Heroine has strength of character and real values, she is not just pure because she lacks ...more
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Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-read
This novel manages to wrap three classical romance plots into one : the wager, the mistaken room/identity, and the matchmaking. Oh and the weather helped, too.
It was a bit of an overkill, I dare say, the poor rake didn't stand a chance against all these odds ;)
Fun, sweet, with some few hot scenes in between and a nice secondary story. What's not to like ?
2.5 stars. This story was slow going and a bit boring, and I didn't really like the heroine. she was too dull for the hero. It took me a long time to read because I kept picking up other books to ease the boredom a little. It was also too short a book to have a secondary story involved. I would have liked the story more if it was just focused on the leads. I give it 2.5 stars instead of only 2 stars because I love books with rakes wagering over seducing the heroines, and I liked the hero's rakis ...more
How can it be angsty goodness and humourous? Well the aunt and the 2nd'ary couple were very amusing. The angst comes from the deep seated fears of both h/h. It was lovely to see heroine turn the tables on the world-weary rakish hero. Worth looking for!
Jan 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars for the main characters, 5 stars for the secondary characters- they were much more interesting, and much funnier. The main characters were a little boring, wish Ms. Balogh wrote the secondary characters as the main characters and visa-versa.

Diana Ingram is newly widowed and her (ex-)mother-in-law (the Countess of Rotherham) is determined that she marry again- and she has provided the perfect opportunity- a huge get together of family and friends on her estate to celebrate her husband's b
Mar 13, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not like this at all. I thought Jack was obnoxious and disrespectful to Diana. The ending felt rushed and the secondary love story was irritating!
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019, romance
I have most of Mary Balogh's old Signet Regencies in paperback on a dedicated shelf in my basement, but my vision isn't getting any better and the print is so tiny. I'm glad they are slowly being re-released in Kindle format to make them easier to re-read.

I remembered bits and pieces of this one from way back when. Most of Balogh's books are character studies; this one is no different. The initial scene in the inn when the rake accidentally gets into bed with widow seems so far fetched and over
Pamela Gibson
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an old book, but even then Mary Balogh had great command of her characters. The conflict is delicious. Will a rake who bet he could seduce the proper widow prevail? Unfortunately she missed an opportunity to make us cry at the end before giving us the HEA. If she were writing this book today, she would have wrenched us with emotion. Hence, one star held back. Still worth reading.
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit I found it rather tasteless compared to other works from this author. I couldn't get a connection between the pairs, it all seemed like splash, voila! In the end, it felt like a story of attraction rather than love.
Lester Allen
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Always the rake but with a gentleman’s heart

The story is old as time but Jack and Diana (I think I hear a song) have both quick wit and forgiving natures. And don’t forget poor Ernie and that minx of a lady Angela. Fun in the country for sure.
Apr 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cannot-finish
A rake and a widow? this is not mary balogh!
Patricia M. Blatz
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Balogh has Always Had IT!

Loved Jack & Diane! Who could resist Jack though? He is every woman's dream lover, handsome, witty & humorous with a strong moral compass.
Balogh, Mary - Signet Regency

It was well known that Diana Ingram was as impeccably virtuous as she was exquisitely beautiful. It was just as well known that the handsome and charming Marquess of Kenwood was the most insatiable and successful seducer in all of aristocratic society.

Society held its breath, and wagering was hot and heavy when this irresistible libertine met this unmovable lady. Never had the game of love been played for higher stakes-as the divine Diana
Nov 02, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At least this book was a bit more historically aware in that the premarital sex occurs between a libertine and a widow and not some ingenue. However, I'd much rather read about a heroine who manages to avoid this particular plot device. For example, what would have happened if Diana's maid Bridget had overheard the men talking in the public room of the inn about their infamous bet and told Diana? A much more intricate and interesting book, that's what.
Huma Rashid
A little on the boring side. And Laura was kind of annoying. Sigh. Was underwhelmed.
Sep 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2*. Sweet. I thought the "chase" was a little dragged out. But I was on the ski machine at the time and hating it (ski machine that is).
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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