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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  626 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Her beautiful eyes flashing with hate, Rebecca faced Lord David Tavistock. He had come back, wounded but still vibrantly, sensually alive, from the Crimean War. Julian Cardwell, her sweet, gentle bridegroom--and David's foster brother--had not. She blamed wild, reckless David for Julian's decision to enter the Queen's Guards, and for the
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Published March 1st 1994 by Topaz
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Dec 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Rebecca (placid and obedient) is married to Julian (cheerful adulterer), the foster brother of David (stoic martyr) who wants to be married to Rebecca. While at war, David catches Julian attempting to murder the man he's cuckolding so David shoots Julian in the heart. THIS IS LITERALLY THE BEGINNING OF THE BOOK I AM SPOILING NOTHING. So then he returns home, proposes marriage, makes sex, has baby, settles in, etc. Everything is going SWIMMINGLY. Everyone is HAPPY. EVEN WHEN REBECCA FINDS OUT ...more
As Boogenhagen would say this little epic tale is a trainwreck with an avalanche wrapped in typhoon. Toss in some of the lightheartedness of ONeils Desire Under the Elms plus some idiotic noble characters, some charming but loathsome ones and the most stupid heroine ever and I include the entire female population of HPLand when I say that, and what a plot. That said,
I. Could. Not. Put. This. Down!!!!!

Like salt on a wound, this was so awful it was unforgettable.

Okay, massive spoilers so beware.
Augusts TBR Challenge prompt is Kickin it old-school and its a prompt I always enjoy as it gives me the opportunity to pick something from the TBR Pile of Doom, which still looms large next to the bed. I went for Tangled by Mary Balogh, a standalone title originally published in 1991 which features a somewhat unusual premise; one I havent read before although Im sure this isnt the only book to have made use of it. I see that the book has engendered very mixed reactions over the years, and ...more
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Though I found this book compelling on many levels, I could not truly like it in the end. There were a number of very emotional moments, which is something I look for in my favorite books, yet throughout the entire book I knew that the problems between the hero and heroine were entirely of their own making, and that honesty would have taken care of most of them. Backbone might have taken care of the rest.

Basic premise: Rebecca grows up with both Julian and David, and though she is expected to
Carol Storm
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the greatest of Mary Balogh's full length historical novels, this romance is both dark and convoluted.

I love the fact that the setting is the Crimean War, almost fifty years later than the usual Regency period. There's a very modern feeling to the way the story develops. The heroine is in love with her husband, who is absolutely no good, and she detests his best friend, who seems cold and distant but is actually loyal, determined and caring.

One of the most enjoyable things about this
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
A deeply emotional story, with a happy ending that is arrived at only after painful frustration for the reader, as well as the hero and heroine. Set in Victorian England, the characters make life-altering choices regarding, honor, duty, love, and sexual gratification that realistically reflect the values and range of behaviors of the historical period. In Tangled, Balogh skillfully uses the marriage bed an emotional battleground, reflecting the couple's fears, frustrations, and ultimately, their ...more
Shivani Singh
Feb 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Horrible story. i have never read something so idiotic. I have felt so angry after reading it. i love mary's novels but this one really didn't click. The heroine was so pigheaded and selfish that at times i wanted to kill her and the hero deserve much better than someone as blind as her. first she raved like a mad woman to dave becoz he was alive and her darling husband was not, then she conveniently selfishly married him, had sex with him and abandoned him and her own baby the moment her good ...more
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-histo, e-book
This is indeed a puzzling and troubling book, quite typical of some other heart-wrenching romances Mary Balogh wrote earlier on.
The actions, silences, lies through omission, dissimulations, are very well justified all along the book, through the feelings of each character. However sticklers to honesty and absolute full disclosure would not feel very satisfied with this book, as everything relies on that - not telling the full truth and nothing but trying to protect someone else. The heroine,
Oct 13, 2008 added it
Notes from the archive:

Your list just reminded me of a book I really disliked - Tangled - isn't that the one about the hero being head over heels in love with the heroine since they were young and she marries his friend who was a wastrel and much more I can't mention because of spoilers. Then the friend dies, they marry and you know what happens (spoiler again). Oh boy I hated that one. Stupid, idiot, selfish friend, stupid hero who put up with it and stupid heroine who never figured it out -
Dec 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
As a rule, I love Mary Balogh but this book is one of my least favorite in the genre that I've read. I finished it a month ago and still feel disturbed. Sooo much dysfunction. And the resolution was just depressing and not at all uplifting. This is one I truly wish I'd never read.
Ooo boy, the angst was high in this one. I love a stoic hero who suffers and pines for the one he loves. I hesitate to call this an enemies to lovers since it's so very one sided on Rebecca's part, but there's definitely so much satisfaction in the animosity she holds for David and the slow burn to realizing what a damn good dude he is.

Julian is one of those interesting characters that you love to hate but can't really hate. He's probably one of Mary's more complex side characters.

Overall, 4.5!
Heroes & Heartbreakers
Mary Baloghs Tangled, set in the period of the Crimean War (1853-1856), in many ways is an erotic romance. The sex scenes are not as explicit and lengthy as in many modern erotic romances, but the progress of the main relationship is intimately connected with sex; the main couple would not have achieved a love relationship without learning about each other while also developing their sexual relationship.

The book has three main sections: In the opening, the heroine Rebecca is married to Julian.
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was one of those books that just made me sob for almost its entire duration. And I think that was more so because of how simple yet emotive Balogh's style of writing was.

David has loved Rebecca all his life, but instead she chooses his charming foster brother, Julian. But although Rebecca loves Julian irrevocably and their marriage is happy, Julian is a womaniser. Having grown with together, David is intensely protective about Julian despite his shameless and nature and his love for
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, historical
Polished this off in one day and will be anxiously looking for a copy of my own since this one has to go back to the library. It won't be going back until the last day because I'll want to reread this one.

First of all, we've gone beyond Regency. This book features women in hoop skirts and characters riding trains.

Now back to the plot...

Julian goes off to the Crimean War with his older foster brother, David. Julian leaves behind his wife Rebecca who has known both men since childhood. She blindly
Hanah  Tahir
Jun 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE IT! I finished this in one sitting.. haha. I just love how totally devoted David can be! It was David who really shines in this book - not Rebecca nor Julian (at least for me). I could read a book about his point of views about his unending love for Rebecca and not get bored! Because I just love heroes who look so hopeless romantic yet devoted to the heroine!

more of these kind of characters pls, and I would show you more of what my wallet could give :P

warning though: you may not like
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: need-to-get

This one is nearly impossible to review without spoilers, but I will make the attempt. Balogh and her damn sense of infinite forgiveness just got me on this one. She is so skilled at making you hate the villains so much. I mean, she writes villains that Mother Theresa would murder in a dark alley and bury in the woods. That's how bad they are...and yet she can never leave it at that. Oh, no! We must eventually feel sorry for the bastard. We must
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Jan 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read2012
I found this at the second-hand store yesterday. It's classic Balogh - both in the sense that it's an older story and in the sense of the themes that have always seemed to fascinate her: the aftermath of war on the soldier, marriage of convenience, women exploring their sexuality. I definitely feel like it's not as polished as her later works, but it's interesting to see the development of her style and themes over time.
Michelle Connolly
I had a hard time rating this book. There was so much I didn't like: it was slow paced and repetitive; I couldn't identify with the heroine at all and never really understood why both Julian and David were in love with her. There was a time when I was even really annoyed by the heroine, but I couldn't seem to make myself hate it. There were parts of it that I really liked. I might be being a bit too generous by giving it 3 stars, but giving it 2 just didn't seem right I guess.
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
the ending is very depressing...hated it
Ice star
I really HATE this book. I don't know why even in the first place I rate it as a 3 star book.
Well now this "lovely" book gets 1 star!
Julian is a complete asshole, he is selfish, narcissist, cheating he's wife and ruining the lives of his best friend and Rebecca.
David, I liked him a little, but then after some chapters I started to find him not so ...honorable. He forces Rebecca to have sex with him against her will, witch I find it repulsive. He even killed Julian.
And....Rebecca. God...
In the
Lord I was so excited when I started reading this book. It's everything I could want in a historical romance novel. Angst, pining/unrequited love, enemies to lovers, childhood connection. David was such a cinnamon roll, it was painful watching him endure not only Rebecca's misconceptions and anger, but watching him beat himself up over Julian's death. Watching their romance and love unfold so slowly was painful and delightful, and sometimes the only thing that made it bearable was the sex scenes ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Balogh never disappoints!
Leandre Zerbit
4,5 bc I wasn't very fond of the too dramatic ending (a divorce was a very good option imo) BUT what a ride ! Loveeeed it. I love stories that spans years instead of just a few months.
Some of this plot resolution really frustrated me, when I can imagine more satisfactory ways to resolve something that is significant for me. However other readers may appreciate it more.
Rennegade Hunter
Another heartbreaker, as Mary Balogh's books always are.
Let me just start by saying that my concept of love and Mary Balogh's are as similar as well they're not similar.
Also, this book pissed the hell out of me.

I hated the MCs from the beginning, and the story moved at a snail's pace, so it wasn't the most enjoyable book. I actually even gave up reading it at some point, but decided a day or two later to just bear the torture and finish it, at least to see if my feelings toward the MCs would change somehow. They did; they intensified.
I detested
Let me say that I count Mary Balogh among one of my favorite authors and she has written many wonderful books. For that reason I hope that this isn't the first book by her that you are thinking of reading. I'm hard pressed to put into words how much I disliked this book. I have liked the other Mary Balogh books I have read but not this one. It was very creepy and disturbing to me. There is a very trashy feel to it, reality TV trashy, only with a historical setting.

I didn't like any of the
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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 ...more

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