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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. From the Hardcover edition.
Cassandra Belmont, the widowed Lady Paget, is in London on a desperate mission. Rumored to have killed her husband and banished penniless from his estate by the heir, Cassie has no option but to find a protector for herself and her small household-and wealthy, young, angelically handsome Stephen Huxtable, Earl of Merton, seems the perfect choice. Marriage is definitely not her goal, nor is it his, until an impulsive public kiss changes everything. The gradually developing relationship between these fully realized, three-dimensional characters is complex, believable, and exquisitely rendered. This tender, sultry, and thoroughly satisfying volume is the next in the author's Huxtable siblings series. Balogh (At Last Comes Love) has added another jewel to her collection. She lives in Canada. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/09.] Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Balogh continues her chronicle of the Huxtable family in this so-so Regency. Stephen Huxtable, earl of Merton, is dashing, wealthy and unattached, which makes him a juicy target for widow Cassandra Belmont, but she soon learns that heartless seduction is not as easy as she'd hoped. As Stephen begins to probe her past, they find themselves actually falling in love. Surprisingly for a Regency romance, Balogh tackles themes like alcoholism, domestic violence, miscarriage and female independence. Cassandra's mistrust and vulnerability is understandable, and Stephen is a surprisingly mild, modern type who seems miscast as a Regency hero. While their conflict is believable-she fears a loss of freedom, he fears that she will never be able to trust-the conclusion feels overly contrived. Fans of the series will enjoy, though genre purists may find something off about the modern sensibilities. (May) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"With her inimitable, brilliantly nuanced sense of characterization, elegantly sensual style, and droll wit, Balogh...[delivers] another addictively readable addition to her Huxtable family series."--Booklist, starred review "Tender, sultry, and thoroughly satisfying.... Balogh has added another jewel to her collection."--Library Journal, starred review From the Hardcover edition.