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Slightly Sinful

Slightly Sinful

Written by Mary Balogh

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor


Slightly Sinful

Written by Mary Balogh

Narrated by Rosalyn Landor

ratings:
4.5/5 (30 ratings)
Length:
11 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Mar 14, 2017
ISBN:
9781515976738
Format:
Audiobook

Description

As the fires of war raged around him, Lord Alleyne Bedwyn was thrown from his horse and left for dead-only to awaken in the bedchamber of a ladies' brothel. Suddenly the dark, handsome diplomat has no memory of who he is or how he got there-yet of one thing he is certain: The angel who nurses him back to health is the woman he vows to make his own. But like him, Rachel York is not who she seems. A lovely young woman caught up in a desperate circumstance, she must devise a scheme to regain her stolen fortune. The dashing soldier she rescued from near-death could be her savior in disguise. There is just one condition: she must pose as his wife-a masquerade that will embroil them in a sinful scandal, where a man and a woman court impropriety with each daring step . . . with every taboo kiss that can turn passionate strangers into the truest of lovers.

Publisher:
Released:
Mar 14, 2017
ISBN:
9781515976738
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the acclaimed Slightly and Simply novels, the Mistress trilogy, and the five titles in her Huxtable series: First Comes Marriage, Then Comes Seduction, At Last Comes Love, Seducing an Angel, and A Secret Affair.

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  • (3/5)
    Once again, my greatest problem with this book was "not Wulf". Alleyne's happy ending brought tears to my eyes, and the heroine's circumstances and villain were cyphers at best. I enjoyed SLIGHTLY SINFUL pretty well, but this ranks third or forth in the series when it comes to rereadability (behind WICKED, MARRIED, and possibly tied with SCANDALOUS).
  • (5/5)
    This book is unforgettable. Our hero is badly wounded in battle and comes to at a brothel with a beautiful woman nursing him back to health. Love this sinario and this book is the mold.
  • (4/5)
    What a surprise, I really enjoyed this installment of the Bedwyns saga. The previous book was such a let down I've had this one languishing on my "to be read" list forever! This is Alleyne's story. After the battle of Waterloo, Alleyne Bewcastle, believed dead by his family, has amnesia and is found by Rachel York who is living in a brothel in Brussels - long story, she is not a prostitute. She comes from a noble background but is down on her luck. She nurses him back to health and they pose as a married couple, returning to England so she can claim her inheritance. Once again, another Balogh false marriage/engagement scenario where the couple falls in love while pretending to be in love. Despite the usual Balogh formula, I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, and the ending was worth it all. Now onto Wulf's story - finally!
  • (4/5)
    "Slightly Sinful" is the fifth installment in the "Slightly" series. It follows the youngest son, Alleyne Bedwyn, more-or-less following the action of "Slightly Tempted." In "Slightly Tempted," Alleyne was thought lost at the battle of Waterloo, where he had gone to deliver an important letter to Wellington. The first chapter of "Slightly Sinful" shows the reader what actually happened. Shot in the leg, Alleyne is thrown from his horse and hits his head, only to wake up later in a brothel with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Rachel York, the heroine of "Slightly Sinful" is the one responsible for rescuing him. Having had all of her money (and that of her friends, whores in whose brothel she is staying - although she is most certainly not a whore) stolen by an unscrupulous con-artist, she had gone to the battlefield to steal from the bodies. Finding she is morally unable to do so, she ends up rescuing Alleyne instead.This was not my favorite of the "Slightly" series. That said, Alleyne is one of my favorite heroes. There is something charming and sweet about him that makes it difficult not to like him. He's the kind of person you wish you knew in real life. Rachel, on the other hand, is one of my least favorite heroines. She just seems a bit slow. Firstly, she was taken in quite easily by the villain who stole all of her money. Then, she makes basically no effort whatsoever to help Alleyne discover who he is. Why didn't she contact the Hague? Once they knew he was a gentleman, why didn't she make more of an effort to find out who he was? It certainly wouldn't have been that difficult for her, especially once they returned to England. She could have taken him to London, even. While it was necessary that he not know at once for the plot to succeed, it seems a bit of a stretch that so little was done. The only thing Rachel did was write a couple of letters to her friends - which paid off in the end, showing how easy it would have been for Alleyne to discover his identity with a little bit of work. Alleyne's reluctance to find his family once he is conscious and able to walk is more understandable. His fear at finding them and not knowing them is rational and well described. It makes sense that Alleyne is willing to procrastinate until his memory returns. The subplot of Rachel's recovery of her jewels and the reconciliation between her and her uncle is well-written and interesting. But it is Alleyne's story and Alleyne's conflicts that are the central point of this book.
  • (4/5)
    Alleyn's story is every bit as good as those that preceded it. I especially liked being in Brussels during the Battle of Waterloo.

    The secondary characters are unusually outstanding. I would enjoy a sequel wrapping up their stories.
  • (4/5)
    Lord Alleyne spends most of this book as Jonathan and Rachel York is his guide through the maze of not knowing who he is. Alleyne's personality and skill comes out in unexpected ways, and I loved the collection of "misfits" that make up a kind of family of friends who love Rachel and care for Alleyne when he is unable to care for himself. There's a "madcap" scheme to bring a conman to justice, which is fun.
  • (4/5)
    "Lord Alleyne Bedwyn was thrown from his horse and left for dead—only to awaken in the bedchamber of a ladies' brothel. Suddenly the dark, handsome diplomat has no memory of who he is or how he got there." A memorable beginning as I couldn't imagine how he would get back to his family (of course he was going to go back to his family, I just couldn't make out how because as the story moved along, he seemed to be kept away from them longer and longer by circumstance).

    The Bedwyn Series is my favorite Balogh series!!!
  • (4/5)
    This is book the 7th book in a series of 8 books about the Bedwyn Family.Lord Alleyne Bedwyn is injured when taking a letter from the Duke of Wellington back to his diplomatic contact in Brussels. Rachel York and her friends decide to go out and find some injured people and steal their money but when they go out they decide that robbing the dead is not something they can do. Rachel comes across the naked body of Alleyne and she thinks he is dead but she notices that he is alive so with help from passerby’s she takes him back to her residence which at the moment is a brothel. When Allenye wakes up he thinks he has died and gone to heaven (or to a brothel) but he vows to himself to make the angel nursing him his wife.Rachel and her friends have recently been robbed by a con artist that has left them almost penniless, Rachel has an inheritance coming to her either when she turns 25 or marries someone who her uncle approves of. Alleyne, who has no memory of who is, devises a plan to go to her Uncle Richard and say that he and Rachel are married so she can receive her inheritance, at this stage they are calling Alleyne, Lord Jonathan Smith. When they arrive at her uncle’s he wants them to wait a month before he can give her the jewelry that is her inheritance – the wait becomes a bit of a challenge for them but they succeed.At the end of the month they are off to Bath to find the con artist and it is there they discover that Jonathan Smith is actually Lord Alleyne Bedwyn, brother to the Duke of Bewcastle when he eventually goes home his family is surprised to see him as they thought he was dead.It was a fun story.