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Though Bernard wishes to use Annabelle to propel his family up the social ladder, his son does not wish to marry her, preferring instead to live the wild, single life he is accustomed to. With this, Bernard serves his son an ultimatum: marry Annabelle, or make do without family funds. Having no choice, Reginald consents, and enters into a hostile engagement in which the prospective bride and groom are openly antagonistic, each one resenting the other for their current state of affairs while their respective fathers revel in their suffering.
So begins an intoxicating tale rife with dark secrets, deception, and the trials of love—a story in which very little is as it seems.
Christine Feehan, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A marvelous gem of a story”
“Will have readers gasping and smiling with delight. A can’t-miss choice....”
Romantic Times, 4 ½ stars
“Readers will see this delightful novella as a gift from a favorite author. Balogh utilizes the classic class theme, gives it a twist or two, and utterly charms fans with a tale that’s sweet and sizzling, witty and romantic, dramatic and surprising. Better than chocolate or flowers, it’s a love story to remember.”
Posted January 15, 2010
Very short read--comparable to a Harlequin, and the book is not much bigger than one. I've read all Of Balogh's books and Matter of Class misses the mark. If you like the Christmas issues with 3 short stories by different authors, you will like this book, if you're expecting a book with depth, this is not the book for you.
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Posted April 17, 2010
Posted February 13, 2010
I enjoyed the story, but really felt that the plot and characters could have been far more developed. I am a fan of Balogh and enjoy rereading some of her novels. This book was finished in two hours and I didn't find myself feeling sympathetic to any of the characters or truly understanding what motivated them in the way I usually do with her other novels. I would have to say that the ending in this novel was a delightful departure from the typical conclusion of this genre. It is overall a pleasant, light read.
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Posted September 29, 2010
It's a short and sweet novel that took me just one evening to read. For the short length that it was, I thought it was entertaining and a special twist was added in the book to add more to the story. I thought the twist was well thought of and to be frank, I didn't even expect something like that to happen. It was definitely a refreshing surprise and I was glad to see that this sets the book apart from the typical romances you see on the shelf.
When it comes to these kinds of books, I expect the main couple in question to have the chemistry required to make the plot flow and to make the reading interesting. Annabelle and Reginald felt well together. Both were headstrong and stubborn, and both had a fiery streak. When they both argued, you couldn't help but chuckle to yourself while reading. They were entertaining and had that perfect chemistry to make them a good couple. They were also both very likable characters, Reginald did start off as a spoiled brat at first but as the story progressed, he was not who I thought he was.
As for the 'romantic' parts, I'm not a fan of explicit scenes, but this novel passed. It wasn't pages long with unnecessary descriptions, and can be skimmed through for those that are just not into that sort of reading (like I am!). This book is a nice light quick read that can be finished in less than a day. The twist in the novel brings more flavor to the storyline and sets itself apart from the typical romances you see on the shelves. This has been a most enjoyable read - even for a non romance fan like myself.
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Posted February 1, 2013
If you like humor along with your romance this is perfect . I laughed at it and really found it inventive. You don't quite know what to expect next.
I like all her books.
Book club discussion....who knows.
Posted January 21, 2013
This is an exceptionally clever and touching story. Had depth and a punch. After Ii read it, I continued to think about it. Short but sweet. Loved it!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Mary Balogh has a sophisticated writng style and a feel for plot development that many must envy. This story of young love in an age strangled by ritual was funny, tender and engaging.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 2011
I have favorits authors that I like and you have most of them. What I like best about them are the trilogies which makes them more interesting especially when other families are introduced and plays a great part in the story.Jillian Hunter, Mary Blough, Julia London are the best, of course there are others, but they are my favorite When I read one of their trilogy novels, I can hardly wait to get the next one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted March 5, 2011
I think it would have been a great story, had it been filled out with the details, and interactions between the two main characters more so. Left me wishing there had been more filler between beginning and end of story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 2, 2010
I have read several book by Mary Balogh. Not the best one I've read but still good it was a little short for me and didn't have many other conflicts or secondary characters to add to the story, stuck to the main conflict. Has several flashbacks and I can't say I like that.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Really enjoyed this book. Had been looking forward to its receipt and when it arrived by mail, I read the entire book without interruption.
The ending was a surprise to me. I am a fan and collector of books by Mary Balogh and have enjoyed everything she has written. This offering is nicely packaged and would be a special gift to anyone who might enjoy a shorter historical romance. It is now a part of my permanent Mary Balogh Collection.