The long-awaited conclusion to Balogh's Regency-era romance series, focusing on the eccentric Bedwyn family, possesses the same charm and richness of character as her previous books (Slightly Tempted, etc.), but its plot is slightly more conventional. Balogh's fans have longed to see Wulfric, the imperturbable duke of Bewcastle, fall in love, and Balogh has created the perfect heroine to fell him—Christine Derrick, a lively but lowborn young widow who has a habit of getting herself into very improper situations. The two meet at a sedate house party, where Christine accidentally spills lemonade on the duke and then dares to laugh at him. Wulfric disapproves of Christine's working-class background and unladylike manners, but he can't help being enchanted by her effervescent personality. For her part, Christine disdains Wulf's icy, superior attitude, but she's drawn to him physically. As fans of the genre will anticipate, opposites attract no matter how hard the hero and heroine fight against it, and an unplanned sexual encounter complicates their feelings even further. Although the story lacks some of the dramatic tension of its predecessors, particularly Slightly Sinful, this book rings with humor and delightful echoes of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. All in all, it's a memorable conclusion to a charming series.
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Slightly Dangerous is the culmination of Balogh's wonderfully entertaining Bedwyn series, in which each sibling in the aristocratic family finds the love of his or her life. Wulfric, the eldest brother, is known for his icy reserve, and, in fact, the formidable duke effectively stopped marriage-minded pursuits and was content with his mistress until she died. Invited to a house party, he unhappily finds himself in the company of Christine Derrick, the klutzy, impoverished widow of a viscount's brother. Two more unsuitable lovers have never been imagined, but Balogh, famous for her believable characters and finely crafted Regency-era settings, forges a relationship that leaps off the page and into the hearts of her readers. The sixth title in a series would seem an unlikely point to begin, but Balogh includes the other five Bedwyn siblings and their loves in such a way as to delight readers familiar with them, and entice readers new to the series to read the previous installments. Diana Tixier Herald
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I no longer post reviews on Amazon because of the requirement that provide a written review. I choose to not do that as I very often think that a waste of time to require a review... Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Loves the Beach
One of the best books Ms. Balogh has ever written. I read it at least once a year. I love Wulf. He is awesome and I love how he comes to life in this story.Published 28 days ago by Judith Leger
As always Mary Balogh delivers a book I could not put down loved it!Published 1 month ago by G.L. Waring
I just finished this book this afternoon. I am so glad I checked it out from the public library instead of wasting my hard-earned money on the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Poet Mom
This book had such potential. It kept me glued to it for the first half, and I felt like I had finally come across a worthwhile story, but the second half seems to have been... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Romance Reader
When I began reading historical romance novels after a 20 year break, I came across a few heroes who were amazingly intriguing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Judge Tabor
My favorite part is the first proposal. The scene is so like the first proposal in "Pride and Prejudice" (which happens to be one of my favorite books). Read more
They all start to sound the same but I liked this one as the last. That he didn't end up all gooey was the right move.Published 3 months ago by Suzanne Lemieux
This is the last in the series of the "Slightly---" books by Balogh and my all-time favorite. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gretchen Taylor