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Return to Book Page. New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh presents two of her classic Regency-era romances—seductive tales of ladies who are running away from love. Her one desire is to reunite her parents, who have been estranged for fourteen years. Surely, if New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh presents two of her classic Regency-era romances—seductive tales of ladies who are running away from love.
Surely, if she happens to announce her betrothal—even a false one—they will be forced to see each other. Devilishly handsome Lord Francis Sutton seems perfect for such deceit, always agreeable to games of passion in which he has nothing to lose.
The trap is set—if only Lady Sophia can keep her foolish heart from falling prey to her brilliant snares. Even more surprising is her reaction to his shocking advances. She may be a lady, but this man knows so well how to make her feel like a woman. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published April 30th by Dell first published More Details Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. This book contains two Mary Balogh novels from , and thanks to Mary for making her backlist available in mass market PB and ebook format at a reasonable price.
As other reviewers have noted, A Counterfeit Betrothal actually features two romances. Lady Sophia Bryant, who has no desire to marry, persuades the rakish Lord Francis Sutton to pose as her fiance. Sophie's hope is that the attendant festivities will help reunite her parents, who have been separated for fourteen years.
Everyone gather This book contains two Mary Balogh novels from , and thanks to Mary for making her backlist available in mass market PB and ebook format at a reasonable price. Everyone gathers for a house party, and the expected results ensue. The parents' romance was more interesting as I think it was meant to be , while Sophie's and Frank's false engagement brings in lots of humor.
Overall, it's a good read, just not as good as Balogh's later books. Three stars The Notorious Rake is quite different. No one would be surprised to hear that Edmund engaged in such activity, but Mary is considered a prim and proper widow. Opposites sometimes attract, and this turns into a lovely, angsty romance, as Edmund determinedly pursues Mary. Very enjoyable. Definitely five stars. Aug 01, herdys rated it did not like it Shelves: historial-romance.
I still don't know how this could be written by the same author who did Slightly Dangerous or The Arrangement. The first story was bad but I did finish it even if the younger romance was a little childish and the parents second chance romance made me uncomfortable as hell. Maybe it's my hatred for cheating or how possessive the father was but I actually wished they hadn't end up together.
The second story I didn't get padt the second chapter. It was that BAD! A woman is afraid of storms and she gets stuck at a party, with a rake she hates, because of the rain. An awful storm starts and since she's super scared of them the hero?
When she says no, of course, the hero starts obsessing about her and persuing her even though he thinks she's not that great, or beautiful but he WANTS her no matter what. I seriously had to put it down. It was that or burn it. I'm so glad I didn't pay for this book. I found it in my grandpa's building library but I so regret giving it a chance. I should now go and read something that I actually liked by Mary Balogh so I can erase this awful book from my mind. Liked both these but The Notorious Rake blew me away.
The story begins in an almost shocking manner. Oh my! Almost impossible for the rest of the story to live up to it, but leave this to Mary Balogh. Read both of these. But tell me what you think of the unique plot twist in Notorious rake!
View all 3 comments. Jul 18, Hilcia rated it really liked it Shelves: romance , read , impressions-blog-review , historical. The Counterfeit Betrothal 3. They fake a betrothal to reunite Sophie's estranged parents. Sophie and Francis grew up together and have a history of arguing and hostility. Sophie is funny and Francis teases her to death. I love the way they play each other and end up together. This is a light and fun pair. On the other hand the romance between Sophie's parents is seriously painful The Counterfeit Betrothal 3.
On the other hand the romance between Sophie's parents is seriously painful. It's the type of romance I usually love to read, but in this case the incredible lack of communication between these two adults, the resulting misunderstandings and lack of trust made me question that love would triumph or last. Thank goodness for Sophie and Francis whose romance made this book an average read for me.
The Notorious Rake 5. It is a page-long character driven Regency historical romance novel, and the last of the Waite trilogy.
My first impression? After all this time I'm still amazed at the depth of characterization Balogh achieves and the amount of information she packs in so short a novel. She's a not so attractive bluestocking, and he's a disgraced,unacceptable man. Mary, however, accepts his offer to stroll around the gardens out of courtesy. Unfortunately, an electric storm catches them unaware, and even after they find shelter Mary's terrified reaction to electric storms drives Edmund to comfort her.
But nothing works until the two are wrapped around each other and end up having an unexpectedly passionate sexual encounter. Still in shock, Mary spends an unforgettable night of passion with Edmund. At least it becomes unforgettable to Edmund, who begins a relentless, and almost stalkerish, pursuit of Mary the very next morning.
He wanted to have her to start his days and as dessert to his luncheon, as a mid-afternoon exercise, as an appetizer before whatever entertainment the evening had to offer, and as a nighttime lullaby and a middle-of-the-night drug.
This novel has the perfect title. Edmund is crude, vulgar, a womanizer who doesn't hide who he is or what he has become. There's no end to what Edmund has done or won't admit to, he's upfront about all of it when he pursues Mary and hopes she will become his mistress.
In Edmund, Balogh creates a self-loathing, unlikable hero. I need to check if there is a more self-loathing one in her repertoire, but Edmund is definitely at the top of the list. Balogh likes to throw this curve around in her romances once in a while, I know, and I tend to love her hero-centric novels because she makes them work.
You see, the thing about Edmund is that he kind of takes the place of the heroine in this romance. He is the one with the angsty past. He's the one with layers to peel behind the mask he presents to the world.
Yet, Edmund believes that there is nothing to him and Mary buys it hook, line and sinker.
A Counterfeit Betrothal/The Notorious Rake
Look Inside. Her one desire is to reunite her parents, who have been estranged for fourteen years. Surely, if she happens to announce her betrothal—even a false one—they will be forced to see each other. Devilishly handsome Lord Francis Sutton seems perfect for such deceit, always agreeable to games of passion in which he has nothing to lose. The trap is set—if only Lady Sophia can keep her foolish heart from falling prey to her brilliant snares. Even more surprising is her reaction to his shocking advances. She may be a lady, but this man knows so well how to make her feel like a woman.
REVIEW: A Counterfeit Betrothal by Mary Balogh
A Counterfeit Betrothal contains two romances each of which affects the other. Olivia and Marcus married nineteen years ago, when she was seventeen and he twenty-one. It was a love match, and they were joyous when their daughter was born. Olivia kept asking him what was wrong, and finally, Marcus confessed all. A horrified Olivia could not forgive her husband, and so, after five years of marriage, they separated and spent the next fifteen years apart. At first Marcus and Olivia both want to prevent their daughter from marrying at such a young age. Their own youthful marriage failed, and Francis has a rakish reputation.