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Product Details

  • Series: Mistress Couplet (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus Books (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749942177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749942175
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,758,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In her assured hardcover debut, Balogh (One Night for Love) serves up two Regency-era characters determined not to fall in love with each other, despite their shared aesthetic sensibilities, uncontrollable physical attraction and increasingly intimate friendship. The predictability of their predicamentAthey come from different social classesAis compensated for by an authentic London high society setting and the smart, sexy dialogue between Jocelyn Dudley, duke of Tresham, and Jane Ingleby, the two attractive, headstrong protagonists. Jocelyn is an avowed bachelor, rake and accomplished duelist. While preparing to fire his pistol during a duel, he is interrupted by a woman's scream urging him to stop. Jocelyn hesitates and is shot in the leg. Furious, he confronts the disruptive woman, milliner's assistant Jane, who is impudent beyond her station in accusing him of foolishly risking his life. As punishment, he insists she be his nurse for the three weeks he is recuperating. Jane is proud and feisty because, actually, she's not really a common serving girl. She's the orphan Lady Sara Illingsworth, who mistakenly believes she killed a man who was attempting to rape her. She fled her home in Cornwall for London, but without money or protection, her future seems bleak. When Tresham recovers his health, Jane agrees to stay on as his mistress, partly in order to remain hidden, but also because she is falling in love with him. Although some intrigue surfaces when Tresham's previous romantic entanglements make him the target of a husband's vengeance, the real story is the dynamic love-hate relationship between Jane and Tresham, their many obstacles to happiness parried with fiery wit and spirit. (Sept.)
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From Library Journal

When Jane Ingleby tries to stop a duel, Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham, is wounded. So it's surprising that she ends up employed as his nurseDand ultimately his mistress as well. But as their relationship blossoms, Jocelyn commits the unpardonable sin of falling in love. In this refreshingly unconventional romance, which boasts an outspoken, memorable heroine, the author again pushes the edges of the genre. Her fans will be waiting. Balogh (One Night for Love) is a well-respected writer of historical romance who lives in Canada.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Slightly novels: Slightly Married, Slightly Wicked, Slightly Scandalous, Slightly Tempted, Slightly Sinful, and Slightly Dangerous, as well as the romances No Man's Mistress, More than a Mistress, and One Night for Love. She is also the author of Simply Love, Simply Unforgettable, Simply Magic, and Simply Perfect, her dazzling quartet of novels set at Miss Martin's School for Girls. A former teacher herself, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Dr W. Richards on July 12, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's early on a bright spring morning, and the Duke of Tresham is fighting another duel. He's cool, collected and not at all troubled by his opponent, the husband of his supposed lover. Until the order to fire is about to be given, and a scream echoes across Hyde Park; a young woman's voice yelling, "STOP!". Tresham lowers his pistol, but his opponent does not, shooting him in the upper calf. Furious, Tresham delopes - as is his habit in duels - then, in agony, orders the young woman to his side, lashing her with his tongue and demanding that she remains to support him while the surgeon examines him, thus deliberately making her late for work.
Having been sacked unless she can produce evidence that her excuse was true, Jane Ingleby turns up at Tresham's home to induce the Duke to write a note for her. She's mistaken for the doctor's assistant and is conducted to his bedchamber, where she ends up helping the doctor to remove the bullet. Furious at her presumption, Tresham employs her as his nurse for the three weeks he will be immobile, telling her that he will soon make her believe that killing her would have been preferable.
But Jane turns out to be a surprising companion. No-one has ever spoken to Tresham as she does; she refuses to be cowed, only calls him 'your grace' with reluctance and only as long as he calls her 'Miss Ingleby', she argues with him and entertains him... and, he discovers, has an understanding and compassionate nature. She can also sing like an angel. And he is more attracted to her - his servant - than to any woman he's ever known before.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Tina Engler Keen on September 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Jane is on the run from her cousin, an earl who inherited his title (but not the fortune) from Jane's father. The fortune was left to Jane and the new earl wishes to claim it by forcing her to wed his heir. She flees from her home and runs off to London, whereupon the earl immediately tries to find her, claiming that she robbed him and tried to murder his son. He wants, of course, to bring her back into his custody and force her into matrimony with his heir.
Jane meets up with Jocelyn--a duke--when she interrupts his duel with another gentleman in Hyde Park by shouting at the duo to stop, thereby distracting him from taking his shot. His opponent takes advantage and unsporting though it might be, shoots Jocelyn in the leg. Jocelyn, angry (and at this point in the novel a total jerk), insists that Jane nurse him back to health until he is recuperated. Once his leg is healed, however, he falls in love with her and doesn't want to let her go. He therefore offers Jane a new proposition...to become his mistress...
This is the first book I've ever read by Mary Balogh. "More Than A Mistress" is captivating on many levels, the most poignant two being emotionally and sensually. From an emotional standpoint, I was spellbound as I watched Jocelyn's slow transformation from jerk to hero and Jane's slow melting from ice queen to warm-hearted heroine. Sensually, the book has a lot of heat. This author really knows how to draw out a scene and ring it for everything it's worth.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
When I heard that Mary Balogh was coming out with a hardcover, I groaned out loud. I thought I'd be faced with yet another of the seemingly endless number of disappointing hardbacks by romance authors. It's almost as if romance is not prestigious enough for hardback, and the authors end up writing mediocre suspense novels instead. Because of hardbacks, the romance genre has been abandoned by almost all of its finest authors. I am happy to say that this is not the case with Mary Balogh. I wish I could thank her personally for not abandoning her romance audience and the romance genre. "More Than a Mistress" is a satisfying romance in every way: the characters are extremely attractive, appealing, and sexy; their relationship is passionate and full of surprises; they overcome obstacles; their dialogue is witty and extremely well written; and, most of all, there is a great deal of intensity in their love for each other. If you read this book, you enter their world and feel their emotion. As always, Mary Balogh's use of language is impecable (there are no anachronisms or American slang), drawing the reader into the world of Regency England. I am very happy to travel to Regency England with Mary Balogh, and I wait impatiently for her next book. I think "More Than a Mistress" is one of her best books ever, and I would love to have more stories about its characters. Readers seem to be asking for Ferdinand's story. But I would really like a book about the sexy Viscount Kimble.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Romance-reader on October 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I know when I heard that Mary Balogh was going to be published in hardback...You could hear me groan across town! It's almost a given that an author will change their writing style in some way to appeal to a broader audience in hardback. NOT SO HERE! I have to respectfully disaggree with some of the earlier reviews. I was so taken by this book! (I won't repeat the plot because it has been posted) This is not just a love story, it's a true Romance. The main focus is the entrancing interplay between Jane and Jocelyn. If you are a quick reader you may miss so much! One word can make such a difference! The entire relationship developes over several weeks. It is filled with scenes where there is a battle of wills, conflict, passion, discovery, emotional betrayal and hurt, doubt and finally...(smile) I have a couple of my favorites (eg. when she calls him Jocelyn for the first time, the attempt at courtship at Lady Webb's home, the kiss in the dark hallway without a word spoken ..) Balogh has included some wonderful secondary characters. Jocelyn's sister is priceless, and I heard that Jocelyn's brother Ferdinand will have his story told next.If it's in hardback, Mary ..I'm buying. This is a book that pulls you in and makes you feel so involved with the characters.You will cheer them on till the end! Read without interruption and SAVOR this One!
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