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His Mistress by Morning

(Marlowe #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,204 ratings  ·  88 reviews
"Oh, how I wish . . . "

When a promised inheritance turns out to be a fraud, shy spinster Charlotte Wilmont makes an impetuous wish that despite her lack of charm and fortune, she could capture the heart of the one man whom she's forever adored—Sebastian, Viscount Trent.

"Be careful what you wish for . . . "

With that utterance, Charlotte awakens shocked to find herself entwi
ebook, 384 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Be careful what you wish for! Charlotte made a small wish without intending to...the kind of passing thought we have every day but don't expect to ever come true. But Charlotte had received a ring through her late-aunt's will, and suddenly her small wish isn't so small anymore.
Charlotte is the kind of character you have to love: quiet, kind, and a bit of a dreamer. She blends in with the drapes and hopes that someday her prince charming will actually notice her. When she suddenly becomes the mo
4.5 Stars

I just have to say wow. I had really low expectations of this book by all the reviews which now leaves me absolutely puzzled. I can't see where people disliked the book. I thoroughly ENJOYED this book. I didn't want to put it down. I thought the book was well thought out in reference to the story line and I can't wait to read what happens to the rest of the characters. Maybe it was my low expectations but I really thought the plot line was refreshing from other historicals of tortured h
Mar 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I've been floundering for DAYS to find a novel in my vast collection that caught my eye. I am usually prone to the normal historical romance, sometimes I enjoy friends turned lover, jealous siblings, disdain turned to love. That kinda business. So I ran across this book which I had bought in a used book store for a good price and let sit for YEARS. I have a habit of this. I read the synopsis, and bored with my normal reading, had to give it a try. And let me tell you, it paid off! From the first ...more
Jun 13, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This book seemed to drag on forever and then the ending was rushed. I felt like some of the middle of the book could have been removed and more could have been added to the ending of the book to make this a better read. It was not a horrible book but I got really tired of the main characters trials as 'Lottie'.
The Bookshelf Wars
An interesting concept, though I feel like it could have been more gritty and less girly without the fairy "immortals" prancing around. Entertaining, but it was a missed opportunity for a truly gripping read.
Maybe I'm a purist, but I like my historicals and my fantasies separated. I just couldn't get into this one.
Paranormal Romance
Loving a man who doesn't even notice you let alone remember your name is hard. Hard for the heroine to stomach knowing she's nothing at all that would interest a man like the viscount. She is neither beautiful nor rich and she is painfully shy. She's accepted her lot in life as a spinster when she receives a magical ring as her inheritance. Upon wishing she could be the woman the hero loves, she suddenly finds herself waking up in a strength room with a strange man in her bed. No, not a stranger ...more
Lisa Jo
I really want to rate this 3 stars for the ending, but I enjoyed the first half so much, I decided to stick with 4 stars.

Yes, the premise was silly but I enjoyed the supernatural elements. It made the story exciting. I mean, the idea of a shy virginal Lady waking up in an alternate reality, naked and in the arms of her lover? It was hilarious! This new world brought her out of her shell and let her experience life with the man she adored. I loved her adventures as a courtesan. What I didn't lov
If you're a frequent reader of traditional historical romances and you're looking to try something a little more experimental with shades of paranormal romance and a parallel reality, His Mistress By Morning might be just what you're looking for.

In spite of the magic rings, the immortals lurking about, and the shift to an alternate reality, the book is still very much a historical. Fashion, art, and poetry are important to the book's plot and Boyle has clearly put research into those details.

Sara G
This was a pretty cute story. The heroine is in love with her best friend's older brother, who has no idea and barely even knows she exists. Our heroine inherits a magic ring from a great-aunt, makes a wish for her object of affection to fall in love with her, and wakes up in an alternate universe where she's a notorious courtesan. It's a fun premise and I enjoyed it, even though it's completely implausible and some parts had me just shaking my head.
3.5 stars. This story had a great idea, but it seemed wasted trying to fit the conventional romance format. I was much more interested in Charlotte's character growth than in the fate of her relationship with a man who didn't notice her until she made a wish/she changed.

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Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting plot line. Loved the character growth and finding all of who you are inside. Too much explicit sex for me, but that won't be a problem for others. Looking forward to reading more in this series.
I so enjoyed this book, looking forward to reading about the next in the series. I enjoy both Historical Romance and Paranormal, and this is a wonderful blend. Please keep up the great work, have really enjoyed your books.
i really wanted to like this book - but i just didn't get into it. Which was a surprise to me because normally i like e boyle's books.

Nina Whortan
Good just not high on my radar.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75- story was creative and different then most historical
Another book read and traded before joining Goodreads.
Back then I wrote this for bookcrossing: Good read for a holiday.
Ellyn (Mrs. Darcy in my Dreams)
This was better than I thought it would be. I thought the 2nd half of the book should have been longer and more developed.
Risfor Rogue
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read because I didn't expect a magic ring to be part of it.
Jul 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it but not a great lesson in being yourself.. I had a lot of fun reading the book. I actually loved reading the portion about "Lottie" more than Charlotte. She took things into her own hands and shaped her own destiny. She wasn't timid like Charlotte, but I guess that was because she was a Cyprian and could be daring.

To quickly summarize, Charlotte is the heroine who is a proper timid, wallflower, bluestocking type girl who is "in love" with her best friend's older brother. He's never
(3 stars for me is "It was basically okay, but eh", not "I liked it".)

The premise of this is very zippy. I don't consider a premise to be a spoiler, so stop reading if you do.

OKAY. Premise is that this is a historical romance with a single paranormal element: heroine inherits a ring that grants her a wish, except she doesn't realize what's going to happen until after she has wished to be the one her crush (the older brother of her friend) is in love with. Poof! The next morning she wakes up to
Aug 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I love the idea of this book. "His Mistress By Morning" is a fantasy/regency romance which combines magic and regency manners in a rather charming matter. Unfortunately, it's not quite as good as it could be. "His Mistress By Morning" follows shy, plain Charlotte Wilmont, a girl destined to be a spinster who finds herself desperately in love with her best friend's older brother, Sebastian Marlowe, Viscount Trent. Sebastian barely knows she exists, and is nearly betrothed to a young lady of wealt ...more
When shy Charlotte Wilmont makes a wish after one particularly devastating afternoon with her best friend Hermione Marlowe and her handsome older brother; Sebastian - Viscount Trent, she has no idea that the inherited ring she is wearing has the power to grant it, and change her life forever. When she awakes the next morning, she finds herself in quite a shocking situation, not to mention that her wish has come true.

I don't really remember the synopsis that I first read for this book that made m
Georgie Rosehill
Dear fellow readers,

When I picked up this book, I thought the plot would be quite straightforward. A young debutante falls in love with a rake but the rake looks right through her. She then offers herself by becoming his mistress because of the undying love she felt for him. Well, in some cases, Elizabeth Boyle did fulfill the plot lines with just that and a touch of fairy dust. This was not a typical account of hero and heroine attraction amidst social standings. Instead, there was an added mag
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, own
This is the second time I've read this charming story and it's been teasing around my mind for weeks as I remembered bits of the plot but not the title or author and kept searching and searching with each little bit I remember to learn what book it was that was tempting me to read but wouldn't reveal it's title in my memory. So happy to have rediscovered this hidden gem to enjoy again.

The delightful thing about this story is the way it combines both a regency romance with just an air of fairy ta
Apr 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not what I expected at all. Based on the other Elizabeth Boyle book I read, I thought this would be your standard historical romance. It’s not. There’s time travel, a fairy godmother, and a magic ring. Different, but fun.

Charlotte, a shy spinster, thinks she’s in love with her best friend’s older brother, Sebastian. Even though she’s barely said a word to him and he doesn’t even remember her name, she makes a wish that he would love her. When Charlotte wakes up the next morning, she’s i
May 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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May 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually enjoyed this book once I got into it. The story was all right, and the characters grew personalities as the tale went on. As happens sometimes in these "French stories" (hee hee) the author thought of a new word part way through a chapter, and then you kept seeing that word over and over again - "Made a cake of herself" is one that got repeated towards the end.

You could really see the author's research into London fashions and traditions at the time, and this paid off because it made
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This was an unusual read for me because of the paranormal aspect. While I've loved Boyle's historical romances, she added a twist this time. Charlotte has been in love with Sebastian for years and one day she makes a wish that she could be loved by him. The next morning she wakes up as his mistress, infamous throughout the ton. While her days are filled with shopping and gaiety and her nights with Sebastian, she feels the lack of stature that being Sebastian's wife would afford her. But if she g ...more
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Elizabeth Boyle was an antipiracy paralegal for Microsoft before settling down to write full-time. Her first novel, Brazen Angel, which won Dell's Diamond Debut Award in 1996, also won the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best First Book, and was a finalist for Best Long Historical Romance. She lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. She is also the author of Brazen Heiress.

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