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No Man's Mistress (The Mistress Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – May 28, 2002

Book 2 of 4 in the Mistress Trilogy Series

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Product Details

  • Series: The Mistress Trilogy
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (May 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440236576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440236573
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Fraught with all the misunderstandings and misadventures typical of a Regency-era romance, this heartwarming sequel to Balogh's debut hardcover, More Than a Mistress, is a fun but familiar tale that fans of the period will savor. When Lord Ferdinand Dudley visits the small village of Trellick to examine Pinewood Manor, a small estate he won in a card game, he is surprised to find that the property hasn't been neglected or abandoned. Viola Thornhill, the "country lass" whom Ferdinand had met during the town's May Day celebration, has settled in Pinewood, and she has no intention of surrendering her home to a gambling London dandy. Viola insists that the late Earl of Bamber left her the estate, and she determines to stay put until Ferdinand produces a copy of the earl's will that proves her wrong. Meanwhile, Viola tries everything possible to make Ferdinand's first country experience unbearable including setting the villagers upon him with complaints and having a cockerel wake him before sunrise. Ferdinand takes everything in stride, however, and he slowly begins to realize that he doesn't want Viola to leave; he's falling in love with her. Viola harbors feelings for Ferdinand as well, but her checkered past keeps her from entertaining hopes of a future with him. Although Ferdinand and Viola seem like mere stereotypes at first, it becomes clear midway through that Ferdinand is not the rake he appears to be and that Viola is no innocent country lass. Balogh's prose is simple and straightforward, and few of the novel's twists and turns are uncharted. Nevertheless, her charismatic characters and swift pacing will keep romance enthusiasts riveted to the page.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Told by a gypsy to "beware of a tall, dark, handsome stranger," Lady Viola Thornhill is stunned when the charming man she danced with and kissed at the May Day celebration arrives at her home the next day, claiming to be Lord Ferdinand Dudley and telling her that Pinewood is now his and that she must leave. Not one to give up without a fight, Viola refuses to leave and then Ferdinand moves in. A pair of strong, equally determined protagonists clash exquisitely in this lively, passionate sequel to More Than a Mistress (LJ 8/00). Balogh is a noted writer of historical romances that feature strong, unconventional heroines and often test the limits of the genre; she lives in Canada.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

A lovely Regency romance.
Viola did too many stupid things which ruined the story for me.
My heroines don't have to be virgins, just not... this.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dr W. Richards on July 7, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the sequel to Balogh's wonderful More Than A Mistress, and is the story of Tresham's younger brother, Lord Ferdinand Dudley. In MTAM, Ferdinand was portrayed as a loyal, somewhat timid and frequently hapless young man whose lack of ducal title wasn't the only thing he was missing in contrast to his brother.
Having won a country estate in a card game, Ferdinand sets out to view Pinewood. However, to his shock he finds it already occupied, and by a young-ish (ie mid-20s) single lady, Miss Viola Thornhill, who claims that it is her own, that she was left it as a bequest by the father of the current Earl of Bamber, from whom Ferdinand won it. Since neither is prepared to yield, we have stalemate. In order to try to force her to leave, though, Ferdinand insists on moving in.
Viola responds by massing the staff and the local inhabitants to make Ferdinand's life miserable: cold meals, smoking chimneys, inhospitable local pubs and so on. But Ferdinand is a charming man with not much in the way of aristocratic hauteur, and he quickly begins to win people over... everyone except Viola, although she can't forget the memory of their kiss.
And then Tresham arrives and recognises Viola from her infamous life in London, a life she's been trying to escape for the past two years. The revelations here change Viola and Ferdinand's relationship completely.
I've been looking forward to this book for a year, since I read More Than A Mistress, which is quite possibly the best long Regency Mary Balogh has ever written. Unfortunately, for me, No Man's Mistress doesn't live up to the promise. I suppose it was starting from a disadvantage in the first place, as Ferdinand is no Tresham, although I did like Ferdinand a lot.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By kay marion on March 15, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I agree with the reviewer who said they would give this a 0 if possible and let me qualify that by adding I am (was) a Mary Balogh fan.
The entire plot and characters were completely ludicrous. I won't rehash it; I'll just touch on the major objections. The heroine is a bastard and that alone would be very difficult if not impossible to overcome in gaining acceptance into the ton of Regency England. But beyond that she worked as a prostitute in London for four years yet we are asked to believe that she is now to be accepted into their midst with admiration for her courage! Really? And her former clients, now outraged at learning she was forced into it (that would've made a difference?) are to be her champions and friends, and have her socialize with their wives. Really?? This happens in part at a reception given by her brother in law the duke who had treated her like scum and referred to her as a "whore". But after learning she was a prostitute because she was trying to help her family, he is now sponsoring her respectable entrance into society and his family. What??? Not to mention her mental and emotional problems, briefly mentioned earlier as deeply suppressed self loathing, are now completely gone and she has no problems doing this.
Many of the other characters' actions were inexplicable in addition to the duke's. The heroine's for example: Why didn't she turn for help earlier to her father, or her uncle, or accept it from the hero when offered, or agree to be someone's mistress (like that would have been worse than a different man every night)? Her mother's behavior also was, both before and after learning about her daughter. And the hero's.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By srachel on August 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In NO MAN'S MISTRESS Lord Ferdinand Dudley wins Pinewood Manor in a card game from the Earl of Bamber. He arrives at Pinewood Manor to find Viola Thornhill living there, believing she owns Pinewood. The late Earl of Bamber promised to leave it to her in his will, so when he died 2 years before, she assumed she was the new owner.
With neither one of them willing to concede ownership to the other, they decide to both live there for the week it will take to get a copy of the late Bamber's will sent down to Pinewood. While this is happening, Ferdinand and Viola begin to fall in love.
About halfway through the book the plot changes. We find out more about Viola and Ferdinand. I don't want to give away the plot change, beyond to say that it's different than what you get in a typical historical romance novel. The characters in this book are human.
In the end, it is so much more rewarding when they end up together, because you believed them so much and you believed their pain and what they each went through to get to that point (that's not giving anything away, it is a romance novel - you know they'll be together in the end). It's a credit to Ms. Balogh that they do come off as people, rather than as "characters."
If the change of plot hadn't worked, I would still commend this book for taking a chance and being a little different from so many others. But it works so well I don't have to commend the effort, I can wholeheartedly recommend the result. This book follows MORE THAN A MISTRESS the only other Mary Balogh book I've read. I liked MORE THAN A MISTRESS enough to get this book right away. What I feel about NO MAN'S MISTRESS is different. I more than liked this book. It moved me.
I've written a few negative reviews to warn off other readers from making some mistakes I made. This is the first book that inspired me to write a positive review. To encourage people I don't even know to that they have to read this book!
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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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