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Published: Penguin Group on Jan 18, 2010
ISBN: 9781101174227
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"Irresistible" is the last book in the Four Horsemen of the Apocalpyse series. "Irresistible" is the story of Sophia Armitage, a young widow who lost her husband at the Battle of Waterloo, and Sir Nathaniel Gasciogne, who had been a soldier and a dear friend of hers while she was following the drum. It is also, to a lesser extent, the story of Lavinia Bergland, Nathaniel's cousin, and Eden Wendell, one of the Four Horsemen.At the beginning of the book, Nathaniel is returning to London from the country to present his sister Georgina and cousin Lavinia to society. His hope is that they will find husbands quickly so that he can return to the inviting solitude of his country estate which would then be free from troublesome women. While in London, he meets up with the other three of the "Four Horsemen" - a band of officers who friends during the war. They have all changed a great deal (two of them are married with children), but the friendship still remains. Sophia, at the same time, is living a quiet life in a house provided to her by the government in recognition of her husband's bravery at Waterloo. She is struggling to make ends meet because, as we find out later, she is being blackmailed. Sophie meets Nathaniel and the other three Horsemen in the park, and renews an acquaintance with them. She had always had feelings for Nathaniel, and those feelings reignite into a crazy night of lovemaking which changes everything...This is a fantastic book. Like in most of Mary Balogh's books, I found myself caring about the characters very much - they are like real people who come alive in the pages. Sophie's fear and loneliness and love for Nathaniel are emotions that the reader is almost forced to feel internally, as is Nathaniel's realization that he cannot recapture the crazy days after Waterloo and his slow understanding that he has grown since then and actually wishes to settle down. The plot device (the blackmail) adds to the love story rather than takes away from it, and the love between Sophie and Nathaniel feels real, not forced upon us. A beautiful book that made me cry in the last pages!read more
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This is not a bad book, but I think it suffers from trying to do too much. It is the third volume in a series about "The Four Horsemen," and it tells the stories of two of them. My sense is that there was some reason that four planned volumes wouldn't work out, and the fourth volume was shoehorned into the third. This is awkward. We get POV scenes from Nathaniel and Sophie, the hero and heroine of this book, but Eden and Lavinia get a subplot, and some scenes, but never any POV scenes. Since Eden is also one of the Four Horsemen, this undercuts him and throws off the whole balance.Both Sophie and Nathaniel are well-drawn, likeable characters. Their history together makes sense, and the way their relationship develops is satisfying. The obstacle that keeps them apart is a secret from Sophie's past, and she doesn't handle it well, although it makes sense that she tries to take care of it herself. However, once several different people make it clear that they see that there is a problem, and offer to give her any help that they can, it doesn't make sense that she keeps pushing them away and trying to deal with it. (Trying not to give away spoilers.) However, this eventually comes clean, and the book ends well.read more
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Nathaniel is one of four war buddies that comprise the four horsemen of the apocalypse. He is returning to London for season to marry off the last of his five sisters and his cousin. The four friends reunite and run across another friend's widow, good ol' Sophie. Beneath her good buddy exterior beats a woman's heart. Trouble turns up, and the four horsemen ride to her rescue, against her wishes of independence.

I have to say this is not my favorite Mary Balogh novel. While her characters often have a hard time expressing themselves, I found this one to be a bit more tedious in that regard. There were also stretches of dialog that were stilted. That being said, I still enjoyed the story. If you're a Balogh fan, you'll enjoy this one, too. If not, you might want to read one of her other books.read more
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"Irresistible" is the last book in the Four Horsemen of the Apocalpyse series. "Irresistible" is the story of Sophia Armitage, a young widow who lost her husband at the Battle of Waterloo, and Sir Nathaniel Gasciogne, who had been a soldier and a dear friend of hers while she was following the drum. It is also, to a lesser extent, the story of Lavinia Bergland, Nathaniel's cousin, and Eden Wendell, one of the Four Horsemen.At the beginning of the book, Nathaniel is returning to London from the country to present his sister Georgina and cousin Lavinia to society. His hope is that they will find husbands quickly so that he can return to the inviting solitude of his country estate which would then be free from troublesome women. While in London, he meets up with the other three of the "Four Horsemen" - a band of officers who friends during the war. They have all changed a great deal (two of them are married with children), but the friendship still remains. Sophia, at the same time, is living a quiet life in a house provided to her by the government in recognition of her husband's bravery at Waterloo. She is struggling to make ends meet because, as we find out later, she is being blackmailed. Sophie meets Nathaniel and the other three Horsemen in the park, and renews an acquaintance with them. She had always had feelings for Nathaniel, and those feelings reignite into a crazy night of lovemaking which changes everything...This is a fantastic book. Like in most of Mary Balogh's books, I found myself caring about the characters very much - they are like real people who come alive in the pages. Sophie's fear and loneliness and love for Nathaniel are emotions that the reader is almost forced to feel internally, as is Nathaniel's realization that he cannot recapture the crazy days after Waterloo and his slow understanding that he has grown since then and actually wishes to settle down. The plot device (the blackmail) adds to the love story rather than takes away from it, and the love between Sophie and Nathaniel feels real, not forced upon us. A beautiful book that made me cry in the last pages!
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This is not a bad book, but I think it suffers from trying to do too much. It is the third volume in a series about "The Four Horsemen," and it tells the stories of two of them. My sense is that there was some reason that four planned volumes wouldn't work out, and the fourth volume was shoehorned into the third. This is awkward. We get POV scenes from Nathaniel and Sophie, the hero and heroine of this book, but Eden and Lavinia get a subplot, and some scenes, but never any POV scenes. Since Eden is also one of the Four Horsemen, this undercuts him and throws off the whole balance.Both Sophie and Nathaniel are well-drawn, likeable characters. Their history together makes sense, and the way their relationship develops is satisfying. The obstacle that keeps them apart is a secret from Sophie's past, and she doesn't handle it well, although it makes sense that she tries to take care of it herself. However, once several different people make it clear that they see that there is a problem, and offer to give her any help that they can, it doesn't make sense that she keeps pushing them away and trying to deal with it. (Trying not to give away spoilers.) However, this eventually comes clean, and the book ends well.
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Nathaniel is one of four war buddies that comprise the four horsemen of the apocalypse. He is returning to London for season to marry off the last of his five sisters and his cousin. The four friends reunite and run across another friend's widow, good ol' Sophie. Beneath her good buddy exterior beats a woman's heart. Trouble turns up, and the four horsemen ride to her rescue, against her wishes of independence.

I have to say this is not my favorite Mary Balogh novel. While her characters often have a hard time expressing themselves, I found this one to be a bit more tedious in that regard. There were also stretches of dialog that were stilted. That being said, I still enjoyed the story. If you're a Balogh fan, you'll enjoy this one, too. If not, you might want to read one of her other books.
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