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The Secret Mistress: Library Edition

Format:  CD/Spoken Word,

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Edition: Library

Publisher: Brilliance Audio Lib Edn

Publish Date: Jul 2011

ISBN-13: 9781455818846

ISBN-10: 1455818844

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While Lady Angeline Dudley's pedigree dictates that she must land a titled gentleman, the irrepressible beauty secretly longs for a simple, ordinary suitor. No wild rakes like the men of her family, just a kind heart and good nature. So when Edward Ailsbury, the new Earl of Heyward, rescues her with unmatched civility from the advances of a scoundrel, Angeline thinks that she has found her true love. Persuading the earl is another matter entirely. Edward has his future neatly mapped out. He hopes to wed his steadfast companion, a woman who shares his values of loyalty, respect, and decorum. But arriving in London to take his seat in the House of Lords, he is derailed by Angeline, an exquisite bird of paradise seemingly devoted to sending his predictable life into chaos. From the brilliant hues of her fashion to her hoydenish antics, Angeline is the last woman on earth for Edward. And yet a stolen kiss in the moonlight awakens something deep and primal within him. Naturally, being a gentleman, he does the right thing after compromising a lady: He offers marriage. Angeline knows that Edward's proposal is born of duty, not love. But denying something so provocative and passionate is easier said than done. Deep down, Angeline believes that Edward's dedication to convention will melt behind closed doors, where sensuality and seduction play wicked games. For a proper wife by day can become a husband's secret mistress by night, when delicious desire rules.

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Publisher: Brilliance Audio Lib Edn
Publish Date: Jul 2011
ISBN-13: 9781455818846
ISBN-10: 1455818844
Format: CD/Spoken Word
Number of Pages: 0
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.68
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.75 x 6.5 x 1.25
Walmart No.: 9781455818846

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Review by Library Journal (2011-06-15)

From the instant the serious, unassuming Edward Ailsbury, the Earl of Heyward, comes to the defense of the flamboyant, irrepressible Lady Angeline Dudley by calmly challenging a flirtatious rake in a roadside inn, she knows he is the only man she will ever love. Studious, principled, and proper to a fault, Edward is totally unlike the careless, wild rascals in Angeline's family, and that, of course, makes him perfect for her; now if only Angeline can convince the earl that she is perfect for him! Old enmities, preconceived notions, incorrect assumptions, hidden insecurities, and woefully misunderstood feelings keep this pair confused, attracted, and at odds-until a strategic bit of meddling finally, and most effectively, sets things to rights.

Verdict: With exceptional insight and uncommon flair, Balogh holds readers in thrall as she takes a staid, dutiful nobleman, pairs him with an impulsive, fun-loving heroine with an outrageous sense of style (especially when it comes to bonnets), and proves, quite definitively, that opposites do attract. Exquisite character development, sparkling wit, and a memorable supporting cast are additional highlights; the puzzling title eventually becomes delightfully clear. Balogh (The Secret Affair) lives in Canada.

Note: Angeline's two older brothers ultimately bite the matrimonial bullet in stories that were written a decade earlier but follow this one in time and will be reissued in a single volume this month. See "Second Time Around" on p. 66. [ The Secret Mistress was an Editors' Spring Pick, LJ 2/15/11.-Ed.]

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2011 (United States)

Book description

While Lady Angeline Dudley’s pedigree dictates that she must land a titled gentleman, the irrepressible beauty secretly longs for a simple, ordinary suitor. No wild rakes like the men of her family, just a kind heart and good nature. So when Edward Ailsbury, the new Earl of Heyward, rescues her with unmatched civility from the advances of a scoundrel, Angeline thinks that she has found her true love. Persuading the earl is another matter entirely.

Edward has his future neatly mapped out. He hopes to wed his steadfast companion, a woman who shares his values of loyalty, respect, and decorum. But arriving in London to take his seat in the House of Lords, he is derailed by Angeline, an exquisite bird of paradise seemingly devoted to sending his predictable life into chaos. From the brilliant hues of her fashion to her hoydenish antics, Angeline is the last woman on earth for Edward.

And yet a stolen kiss in the moonlight awakens something deep and primal within him. Naturally, being a gentleman, he does the right thing after compromising a lady: He offers marriage. Angeline knows that Edward’s proposal is born of duty, not love. But denying something so provocative and passionate is easier said than done. Deep down, Angeline believes that Edward’s dedication to convention will melt behind closed doors, where sensuality and seduction play wicked games. For a proper wife by day can become a husband’s secret mistress by night, when delicious desire rules.

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