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Mary Balogh is a New York Times bestselling author. A former teacher, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.
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. (June 10) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
** 'Exceptionally entertaining... impeccable plotting and memorable characters, Balogh's book raises the bar for regency romances.' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Continuing the adventures of the memorable Bedwyn siblings, first introduced in A Summer To Remember, this sassy romp takes the fiery, unconventional Lady Freya Bedwyn, puts her into a sham engagement with a footloose, scapegrace marquess who hopes to avoid his family's matrimonial machinations, and lets the fireworks start. But the mock betrothal takes on a life of its own; and as their families get involved, Lady Freya and the marquess suddenly realize that they don't want to end their relationship after all. The sexual tension fairly crackles between this pair of beautifully matched protagonists as they struggle to remain independent. Zingy dialog, witty humor, and marvelously appealing characters breathe new life into a classic plot. Balogh (Slightly Wicked) is a best-selling author of traditional Regencies and Regency-set historicals, and this delightful and exceptionally well-done title nicely demonstrates her matchless style. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.