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Mary Balogh presents two of her classic Regency-era romances—seductive tales of ladies who are running away from love . . . and rogues who enjoy the chase.

 
A COUNTERFEIT BETROTHAL
 
Lady Sophia Bryant has no intention of marrying anytime soon. 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.
 
THE NOTORIOUS RAKE
 
Lord Edmund Waite is everything that Lady Mary Gregg despises: lewd, lascivious, mocking—the most incorrigible and successful rogue around. A bluestocking like her would never tempt a man whose taste runs to pretty playthings—so Mary is startled to find herself the object of Lord Edmund’s desires. 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.

Includes excerpts of The Proposal and The Arrangement by Mary Balogh


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Published: Random House Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Apr 30, 2013
ISBN: 9780345538697
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One too many daffy heroines in a row and a monster case of lack of communication.read more
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A Counterfeit Betrothal by Mary Balogh - B /A- I picked this one up next because the two books are loosely related (except this one is set before the Notorious Rake). I want to watch the movie of this book. There are two stories - Sophia and Francis plan a counterfeit betrothal in an attempt to reconcile Sophia's estranged parents Marcus and Olivia. Sophia and Francis's story is funny and romantic and Marc and Livy's story is poignant and romantic. I thought the happy ending for the latter pair was a little drawn out so it wasn't an A, but otherwise it was an excellent book. The interplay between Sophia and Francis was hilarious. I don't think I'm giving anything away in saying that Sophia and Frank end up together but for most of the book the plan is for them to have a completely fake engagement - Sophia keeps getting caught up in the plan of getting her parents back together and there are many funny conversations where she says that if that doesn't work then they could try again at Christmas and Frank has to repeatedly remind her that they're not supposed to actually GET MARRIED. It would make a great movie farce - sort of like the Importance of Being Earnest ...but completely different really. :)read more
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Two of Balogh's 1990's Regencies are paired in this new edition. The Counterfeit Betrothal is a lighter confection wherein the 17-year-old daughter of an estranged couple finagles her childhood nemesis into a fake engagement so that her parents will be forced to meet, interact, and fall in love again. The reader can see the ending coming a mile away, but it's fun to watch it all develop. The Notorious Rake focuses on a very minor character from the Counterfeit plot line and is a slightly more serious tale of an older spinster whose phobic and panicky response to thunderstorms literally throws her into the arms of a tremendously unsuitable man, a semi-outcast from society, who then pursues her with the intent of making her his mistress.read more
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One too many daffy heroines in a row and a monster case of lack of communication.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
A Counterfeit Betrothal by Mary Balogh - B /A- I picked this one up next because the two books are loosely related (except this one is set before the Notorious Rake). I want to watch the movie of this book. There are two stories - Sophia and Francis plan a counterfeit betrothal in an attempt to reconcile Sophia's estranged parents Marcus and Olivia. Sophia and Francis's story is funny and romantic and Marc and Livy's story is poignant and romantic. I thought the happy ending for the latter pair was a little drawn out so it wasn't an A, but otherwise it was an excellent book. The interplay between Sophia and Francis was hilarious. I don't think I'm giving anything away in saying that Sophia and Frank end up together but for most of the book the plan is for them to have a completely fake engagement - Sophia keeps getting caught up in the plan of getting her parents back together and there are many funny conversations where she says that if that doesn't work then they could try again at Christmas and Frank has to repeatedly remind her that they're not supposed to actually GET MARRIED. It would make a great movie farce - sort of like the Importance of Being Earnest ...but completely different really. :)
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Two of Balogh's 1990's Regencies are paired in this new edition. The Counterfeit Betrothal is a lighter confection wherein the 17-year-old daughter of an estranged couple finagles her childhood nemesis into a fake engagement so that her parents will be forced to meet, interact, and fall in love again. The reader can see the ending coming a mile away, but it's fun to watch it all develop. The Notorious Rake focuses on a very minor character from the Counterfeit plot line and is a slightly more serious tale of an older spinster whose phobic and panicky response to thunderstorms literally throws her into the arms of a tremendously unsuitable man, a semi-outcast from society, who then pursues her with the intent of making her his mistress.
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