Enter their dazzling world of high society and breathtaking seduction…where each will seek love, fight temptation, and court scandal…and where Freyja Bedwyn, the wild-hearted daughter, meets her match in a man as passionate, reckless, and scandalous as she.
Growing up wit ...more
As the story opens, Freyja has left Lindsey Hall, her older brother Wulf's estate, and is on h ...more
Original review Oct 2016:
Not the best in this series, but still an enjoyable HR read. I have been rereading this series, slightly out of order, and enjoying it all over again. This one is Freya Bedwyn's story, and her slightly reluctant romance with Joshua, Marquess of Hallmere.
I like that Freya is portrayed as being a strong woman, full of character, but not having the most beautiful face in the world. But she is still attractive, sexy, and charismatic. It's nice to have an appealing ...more
With all justice, this should probably get a two/ two and a half star rating, but, I did manage to read this in less than a day, so it has to get at least an half star for that reason entirely.
This is what?
The fourth or fifth book I've read by this author, and I still can't say that this is a favourite series.
This was written in 2004 _ I think _ so maybe her latest instalments are better?
I can only wonder.
So far, a pattern seems to exist: I struggle with the beginnings and I end up enjoyin ...more
Very early on, she jumps to conclusions, hits the hero on the nose (it's a really annoying habit of hers), and marches off without talking to him. At their next meeting, she causes a huge scene in public and demands he be taken into cus ...more
I thought I would be annoyed by her behaviour throughout the story. She wasn't the warmest person so far, after all. Actually, the prequel introduces her as an almost despicable character: jealous, petty, full of herself and so on. She has been redeemed without being changed as a person here. I loved her.
As for the romance, it starts as a sort of a trick and every new situation prolongs their tricker ...more
Wrong. Freyja Bedwyn was easily one of the worst heroines I have come a ...more
The rating is not a reflection of Ms. Balogh's writing. This is Freyja hating, plain and simple. My disgust for Freyja runs deep. I read this book many, I repeat, many years ago. And I still remember how disgusted I was by Freyja. This is a 200% personal feeling. I am certain that she would appeal to another group of readers who love her to pieces. I respect that. It is just my feelings are on the other side of the spectrum. She completely destroy ...more
The plot follows much the same theme as in the first 2, which doesn't really bother me. It's a theme I like and can read over and over... the refusal to marry when the characters are obviously in love. The side plot about a maybe murder took bac ...more
Slightly Scandalous is book three in the Bedw ...more
This is a very enjoyable book. The sparring between Freyja and Joshua is wonderful and it's funny seeing her lose her temper with him - sometimes in very public places. They have very different personalities, but complement each other very well and seem destined for one another (and the chemistry between them is great!). One of the highlights is encountering the other members of the Bedwyn family again; they contribute gr ...more
April 2020: In the process of re-reading the entire series but in audio forma ...more
If are a fan or Julia Quinn or Lisa Kleypas and you haven't read this book yet I su ...more
I dont usually describe my visual headcanons on goodreads but something about the descriptions of an “ugly” heroine with handsome striking features, and blonde hair in disarray was so vivid I couldnt help but imagine Freyja as Linda Vojtova, a model with a strong aquiline nose and the non-dainty kind of beauty.
I applaud Mary Balogh for succeeding where many others have failed; she’s written such a self-confident, reflective, complex heroine without erring into TSTL category. ...more
I loved the smart teasing and competitiveness between these two. In an enemies to lovers trope, I find the taunting can veer into meanness or spitefulness, but Balogh avoids that here. I also was charmed that both Kit and Freya found their love match through fake engagements. I love the symmetry ...more
I can say that it includes all the elements in a romance book that I want. It became one of my favorites written by Mary Balogh's books.
Freyja was everything I was looking forward to: confident, assertive, a little wild, and very, very willing to speak up for herself. Her initial meeting with Joshua was everything I hoped for and that she maintained ...more
After boring 25%, the story improved.
But the hero grins too much for my taste and Freyja still a rather silly cow who was grumpy for the whole story. I know that suppose to be her character but don't like it all.
However the storyline is good though and I love Prue too, she is Joshua's cousin, she has a DS, right? Her character made us see the ugly and the good side of Joshua's relatives.
I will love to read Wulf, Morgan and Alleyne's stories too but much later on!:)
Joshua is a Greek God!! Not literally... but he is gorgeous and many females are vying for his attention. But Freyja is the only lady in his sites. She's his soul mate...he just doesn't know it yet.
Lady Freyja is a ball buster. When most ladies might cower and cry at an insult, Freyja is most likely to punch you in the nose. If she fears an act, she is more likely to do it conquer it. And she isn't afraid to speak her mind. She's my kinda heroine!!
Readers first met Freyja Bedwyn in A Summer to Remember , which was about Kit and Lauren. To sum up the plot of that particular book: the heir of a title dies unexpectedly, forcing his brother to a ...more
Allow me to introduce to you the names presented within the first 2.5 half-sized pages:
Wulfric the Duke of Bewcastle
Earl of Redfield
Kit Butler Viscount of Ravensberg
If it weren't for the occurrence of a single laugh and the fact someone got punched, I would have turned tail and ran.
But I digress. I'm sure the author is just getting this out of the way. Will continue to chapter 2...
Slightly Scandalous was delightful and easy read. This book made me laugh a lot. Mary Balogh masterly deliver the story and she is rightfully one of the best writers in historical romance genre.
MCs had an amazing dynamic between them. Their encounters and banters made me laugh joyfully. Very good suited together couple. Lots of fun but also lots of angst and I absolute enjoyed it.
One thing for sure: this book will put a smile on your face and make you relax after a hard working day....more
I remember halfway reading this book I kept telling other people--- "I really love Freyja! But I need to see more of what Josh really is." Balogh keeps up with the whole "gradual, blink and miss it, growing" kind of love as opposed to sweeping emotions and grand gestures (which I do love too! I love all kinds of love bye) and I really liked it.
I felt li ...more
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