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Reginald Masson is wealthy refined and by all accounts, a gentleman. However, he is not a gentleman by birth, a factor that pains him and his father. Bernard Mason, with the Regency society that upholds station love all else. That is, until an opportunity for social advancement arises, namely, ...

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Overview

From New York Times bestselling author Mary Balough comes a classic historical tale that sizzles with romance and unforgettable drama.
 
Reginald Masson is wealthy refined and by all accounts, a gentleman. However, he is not a gentleman by birth, a factor that pains him and his father. Bernard Mason, with the Regency society that upholds station love all else. That is, until an opportunity for social advancement arises, namely, Lady Annabelle Ashton. Daughter of the Earl of Havercroft, a neighbor and enemy of the Mason family, Annabelle finds herself disgraced by a scandal, one that has left her branded as damaged goods. Besmirched by shame, the earl is only too happy to marry Annabelle off to anyone willing to have her.
 
Though Bernard wishes to use Annabelle to propel his family up the social ladder, his son does not to marry her, preferring instead to live as 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.

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Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Mary Balogh does it again. She transported me to the wonderful world of Regency England. This is a not-to-be-missed story with a surprising twist.”

Christine Feehan, #1 New York Times bestselling author 
“A marvelous gem of a story”

Library Journal
“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.”

Library Journal
Her scandalous near elopement with a coachman and his habitually drunken and spendthrift ways have brought Lady Annabelle Ashton and Mr. Reginald Mason to a pretty pass. Their families have had nothing to do with each other for 30 years, ever since the coal merchant Masons moved next door to the Earl of Havercroft's estate. But the highly successful Mr. Mason would like nothing better than to bring his aristocratic neighbor low by rescuing his daughter's reputation along with the earl's suffering finances while teaching his own son how to behave like a gentleman. Marriage between the two seems the only solution. VERDICT Fans of the popular Balogh (Seducing an Angel) are accustomed to her longer, more complex historical romances. Yet this slip of a novel manages to reveal a great deal about its misguided protagonists and how the past catches up with them. The happily-ever-after is never in doubt, but the unexpected denouement will have readers gasping and smiling with delight. A can't-miss choice for romance fans. [See our Q&A with Balogh, LJ 2/15/09.]—Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593155544
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press
  • Publication date: 12/29/2009
  • Pages: 191
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Slightly series and Simply quartet of novels set at Miss Martin’s School for Girls, as well as many other beloved novels. She is also the author of First Comes Marriage, Then Comes Seduction, At Last Comes Love, and Seducing an Angel, all featuring the Huxtable family. A former teacher, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.
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  • Posted January 15, 2010

    Disappointing

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    Nice Read

    A suprisingly short read, but quite enjoyable. If you're looking for something short to dig into, this will do just fine.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    NOt what I expected from this author

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

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    A Quick Entertaining Read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    Excellent novella (LVR)

    This is another wonderfully written story by Mary Balogh. Even though it was a novella, it was superb!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    An easy enjoyable story that shows how two young people continue

    An easy enjoyable story that shows how two young people continue to adore each other over time.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    She never fails!

    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.

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  • Posted January 21, 2013

    This is an exceptionally clever and touching story. Had depth a

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Short but memberable

    The length really makes it a novella, but it's a story that I come back to again and again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Sweet

    Loved it! Short romance that makes you laugh

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    My favorite Balogh book, kept me guessing almost till the end an

    My favorite Balogh book, kept me guessing almost till the end and I
    loved the back story for the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Loved it!

    Reading this is like eating a delicious dessert without all the calories!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Enjoyed this book a lot. Will read more from this author

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  • Posted February 22, 2012

    Charmingly Amusing

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A Matter of class

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Short but clever and sweet.

    Loved this book. Get it when you want to read a great quick story.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    An absolute must read!!!!!!

    I love Mary Balogh's books. This one has such a wonderful twist that
    left me wanting to read it again. I highly reccommend this book.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    ok for a short read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2010

    Still pretty good

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A Unique Afternoon Read! Mary Balogh's style keeps me coming back for more...

    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.

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