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Slightly Scandalous (Slightly 3) Paperback – Import, 2007
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Balogh's Bedwyn family trilogy (Slightly Married; Slightly Wicked) concludes in fine style with this exceptionally entertaining Regency-era romance between bold Freyja Bedwyn and the mischievous Joshua Moore. Freyja's adventure begins en route to Bath when Joshua, the Marquess of Hallmere, takes refuge in Freyja's bedroom at an inn. He gives her an unwanted kiss, and she gives him a bloody nose. Matters turn even more merrily askew when the two meet up again in Bath. To thwart Joshua's scheming aunt, who's trying to manipulate him into marrying his cousin, they declare a truce long enough to enter into a pretend betrothal. Neither foresees the stir created by the charade-or the arrival of Freyja's brother, the Duke of Bewcastle. Meanwhile, the couple must contend with a murder charge drummed up by Joshua's aunt to keep him from spoiling her ambitions. When passion enters the picture, the unlikely pair find themselves in danger of taking a trip down the aisle in earnest. Balogh's protagonists are complex and charismatic-the kind of people you hope to be sitting next to at a party. Secondary characters like Joshua's mentally handicapped cousin and a disgraced family employee also take on a life of their own. With its impeccable plotting and memorable characters, Balogh's book raises the bar for Regency romances.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
The saga of the Bedwyn family, who were introduced in A Summer to Remember [BKL Je 1 & 15 02], continues with the tale of Freyja. The daughter of a duke, she is handsome rather than pretty and so fiercely independent that at the great age of 25 she is still unwed. Traveling to Bath she encounters a stranger whom she later sees accosting a maid in a park. Giving him a dressing-down in the Pump Room, she discovers that gorgeous Joshua Moore, marquess of Hallmere, may have been up to something quite different than it appeared. In a rash surge of goodwill, she agrees to a fake betrothal to save him from his manipulative aunt, who will go to any lengths to retain her position and destroy his life. Of course, Bewcastle, Freyja's eldest brother, shows up to make sure all is properly done. Balogh is the queen of spicy Regency-era romance, creating memorable characters in unforgettable stories. Fans of smart historical romances will not want to miss this. Diana Tixier Herald
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This story is a "grown up" story about real people who regardless of social status, wealth or poverty, family or no family, both suffer from their own carefully hidden versions of hell, how they express that hell, react to each other's ghostly memories then unite to form a solid front in an attempt exorcise their respective demons as well as those affecting others around them that they care about. After a short meeting enroute, Freyja encounters Joshua in Bath, setting the stage for the first of many hilarious misunderstandings-and a poignant mention in Alleyne's story in a later work.
Freyja is my favorite type of heroine- attractive, not beautiful; courageous, secure in her place within the family but deliberately tweeks society when it needs to be in order to hide her fear of emotional entanglements and hurts vis-a-vie once bitten- twice shy. It is only when she discovers that her Joshua is hiding behind a wall of projected frivolity & of emotional hurt as well that she allows herself to experience emotions in order to help him. Thus we get our first glimpse of the power and familial force of the Bedwyn clan---.which comprises most of the remaining 65-70% of the book and the reason it is one of my favorites, rivaling the final chapter in the series "Slightly Dangerous" for the complete family interactions.As with several of the works, the stories after overlap in one or more places that give a decided continuity to the entire series.
She meets her match in Joshua Moore, Marquees of Hallmere. Joshua is a smiling, laughing rake who challenges Freyja and encourages her free spirit. The two end up in a fake engagement. Some readers may not like this old standard, but Balogh does particularly well with them because it allows the characters enough time and togetherness to really investigate their feelings for one another.
I really enjoy these slow developing relationships. Balogh does such a great job allowing the relationship to develop slowly and the characters change and grow.
Definitely worth a read. I'd rate it 4.5 stars.
I'm gobbling these books up! I wasn't prepared to like Frejya's story. So far she hasn't been my favorite character in this or the Simply series. She comes off very well in this book without changing her character. She punches the hero in the nose TWICE! Her interactions with the villainess are priceless! Josh is a VERY nice hero as well.
We get the backstory on Anne Jewell, which I read the Simply series before this one, so I knew what it was all about.
All together a worthy story for the series!
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Author: Mary Balogh
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Rating: 5 stars
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