More Than a Mistress [NOOK Book]


In her most captivating novel to date, Mary Balogh, the premier writer of Regency-era romantic fiction, invites you into a world of scandal and seduction, of glittering high society and startling intrigue, as an arrogant duke does the unthinkable-- he falls in love with his mistress.

More Than a Mistress

He is bad-tempered, reckless, a man superior in his abilities to charm...
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In her most captivating novel to date, Mary Balogh, the premier writer of Regency-era romantic fiction, invites you into a world of scandal and seduction, of glittering high society and startling intrigue, as an arrogant duke does the unthinkable-- he falls in love with his mistress.

More Than a Mistress

He is bad-tempered, reckless, a man superior in his abilities to charm and delight women. The greatest matrimonial prize in all of Christendom, he is the scandalous Duke of Tresham. When a young woman interferes in his Hyde Park duel, causing him to get shot, he hires her as his nurse, vowing that she will share his misery during his convalescence. Far too bold for her own good, Jane Ingleby is the kind of woman a man might find beautiful were it not for her impudence. She questions the duke's every move, scolds his bad manners, breaches his secrets, and touches his soul. When Tresham offers to set Jane up in his London town house, love is the last thing on his mind.  And hers. Trying to pretend it is strictly business, an arrangement she must accept in order to conceal a dangerous secret, Jane suspects there is nothing more perilous than being the lover of such a man. Yet as she gets past his devilish facade and sees the noble heart within, she discovers the greatest jeopardy of all--a passion that drives her to risk everything on one perfect month with the improper gentleman who thinks love is for fools.  Hailed by critics as "sensual," "unforgettable," "a matchless storyteller,"* Mary Balogh has captured the hearts of readers with her novels of breathtaking romance. In More than a Mistress she dazzles us once again with a love story that sizzles with wit and sensuality--a rare gem of wondrous storytelling that holds readers enthralled from first page to last.  *Romantic Times

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Editorial Reviews

Kathe Robin
Mary Balogh continues to reaffirm her place as an extraordinary star of the Regency genre. Her intelligent characters, who manage to cleverly find their way out of danger, gain our respect. Then she adds intrigue, romance and a fast pace to give us a book we won’t we able to put down.
Romantic Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her assured hardcover debut, Balogh (One Night for Love) serves up two Regency-era characters determined not to fall in love with each other, despite their shared aesthetic sensibilities, uncontrollable physical attraction and increasingly intimate friendship. The predictability of their predicament--they come from different social classes--is compensated for by an authentic London high society setting and the smart, sexy dialogue between Jocelyn Dudley, duke of Tresham, and Jane Ingleby, the two attractive, headstrong protagonists. Jocelyn is an avowed bachelor, rake and accomplished duelist. While preparing to fire his pistol during a duel, he is interrupted by a woman's scream urging him to stop. Jocelyn hesitates and is shot in the leg. Furious, he confronts the disruptive woman, milliner's assistant Jane, who is impudent beyond her station in accusing him of foolishly risking his life. As punishment, he insists she be his nurse for the three weeks he is recuperating. Jane is proud and feisty because, actually, she's not really a common serving girl. She's the orphan Lady Sara Illingsworth, who mistakenly believes she killed a man who was attempting to rape her. She fled her home in Cornwall for London, but without money or protection, her future seems bleak. When Tresham recovers his health, Jane agrees to stay on as his mistress, partly in order to remain hidden, but also because she is falling in love with him. Although some intrigue surfaces when Tresham's previous romantic entanglements make him the target of a husband's vengeance, the real story is the dynamic love-hate relationship between Jane and Tresham, their many obstacles to happiness parried with fiery wit and spirit. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
When Jane Ingleby tries to stop a duel, Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham, is wounded. So it's surprising that she ends up employed as his nurse--and ultimately his mistress as well. But as their relationship blossoms, Jocelyn commits the unpardonable sin of falling in love. In this refreshingly unconventional romance, which boasts an outspoken, memorable heroine, the author again pushes the edges of the genre. Her fans will be waiting. Balogh (One Night for Love) is a well-respected writer of historical romance who lives in Canada. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Kathe Robin
Unlikely lovers, a tightly woven plot, a wonderful portrait of the era and a story that engages all your emotions is what you’ll get when you settle in to read One Night for Love. Mary Balogh’s unique ability to bring a bygone world and unforgettable characters to full-blooded life makes this a real treat. Sensual.
Romantic Times
Kirkus Reviews
The dashing Duke of Tresham wonders why he's so attracted to Jane Ingleby, the serving wench who nurses him back to health after a duel-until he figures out that her ladylike manner and accomplishments are the first clue to her real identity.
From the Publisher

“A stunningly good work of romantic fiction. Mary Balogh reaches deep and touches the heart.”—Joan Johnston, New York Times bestselling author of Shattered

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345529985
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/24/2011
  • Series: Mistress Trilogy , #1
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 61,927
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Bestselling, multi-award-winning author Mary Balogh grew up in Wales, land of sea and mountains, song and legend. She brought music and a vivid imagination with her when she came to Canada to teach. Here she began a second career as a writer of books that always end happily and always celebrate the power of love. There are over three million copies of her Regency romances and historical romances in print. She is currently working on a new Regency-era romantic novel, No Man's Mistress, which features as its hero Ferdinand Dudley, the younger brother of the Duke of Tresham. You can learn more about her novels at her website:

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The two gentlemen who were in their shirt sleeves despite the brisk chill of a spring morning were about to blow each other's brains out. Or attempt to do so, at least. They were standing on a secluded stretch of dew-wet lawn in London's Hyde Park, facing in different directions, each ignoring the other's existence until the moment should come to take aim at each other and shoot to kill.

They were not alone, however, this being a duel of honor in which due process had been followed. A gauntlet had been thrown down, even if not literally, and challenger and challenged had progressed toward this morning's meeting through the medium of their seconds. Both seconds were now present, as were a surgeon and a gathering of interested spectators, all male, who had risen early from their beds--or had not yet gone to them after the revels of the night before--for the sheer exhilaration of watching two of their peers attempt to put a period to each other's existence.

One of the duelists, the challenger, the shorter and stockier of the two, was stamping his booted feet, flexing his fingers, and licking his dry lips with a drier tongue. He was almost as pale as his shirt.

"Yes, you may ask him,'' he told his second through teeth that he tried in vain to keep from chattering. "Not that he will do it, mind, but one must be decent about such matters.''

His second strode off smartly to confer with his counterpart, who in his turn approached the other duelist. That tall, elegant gentleman showed to advantage without his coat. His white shirt did nothing to hide the powerful muscles of his arms, shoulders, and chest, as his breeches and top boots only accentuated those of his long legs. He was nonchalantly engaged in smoothing the lace of his cuffs over the backs of his long-fingered, wellmanicured hands and holding a desultory conversation with his friends.

"Oliver is shaking like a leaf in a strong breeze,'' Baron Pottier observed, his quizzing glass to his eye. "He could not hit the broad side of a cathedral from thirty paces, Tresham.''

"His teeth are clacking like trotting hooves too,'' Viscount Kimble added.

"Are you intending to kill him, Tresham?'' young Mr. Maddox asked, drawing to himself a cool, arrogant stare from the duelist.

"It is the nature of duels, is it not?'' he answered.

"Breakfast at White's afterward, Tresh?'' Viscount Kimble suggested. "And Tattersall's after that? I have my eye on a new matched pair of grays for my curricle.''

"As soon as this little matter has been taken care of.'' But the duelist was distracted both from straightening his cuffs and from his conversation by the approach of his second. "Well, Conan?'' he asked, a touch of impatience in his voice. "Is there good reason for this delay? I must confess myself eager for my breakfast.''

Sir Conan Brougham was accustomed to the man's cool nerve. He had served as his second during three previous duels, after all of which his friend had consumed a hearty breakfast, unharmed and perfectly composed, as if he had been engaged for the morning in nothing more lethal than a brisk ride in the park.

"Lord Oliver is prepared to accept a properly worded apology,'' he said.

There were jeering noises from their acquaintances.

Eyes of such a dark brown that many people mistook their color for black looked back into Sir Conan's without blinking. The narrow, arrogant, handsome face to which they belonged was expressionless except for one slightly elevated eyebrow.

"He has challenged me for cuckolding him but is willing to settle for a simple apology?'' he said. "Do I need to spell out my answer, Conan? Did you need to consult me?''

"It might be worth considering,'' his friend advised. "I would not be doing my job conscientiously if I did not thus advise you, Tresham. Oliver is a pretty decent shot.''

"Then let him prove it by killing me,'' the duelist said carelessly. "And let that be within minutes rather than hours, my dear fellow. The spectators are displaying distinct signs of boredom.''

Sir Conan shook his head, shrugged, and strode away to inform Viscount Russell, Lord Oliver's second, that his grace, the Duke of Tresham, did not acknowledge the necessity of any apology to Lord Oliver.

There was nothing for it then but to proceed to business. Viscount Russell in particular was anxious to have the meeting over with. Hyde Park, even this secluded corner of it, was a rashly public place in which to hold a duel, illegal as such meetings were. Wimbledon Common, the more usual venue for affairs of honor, would have been safer. But his friend had insisted on the park.

The pistols had been loaded and carefully inspected by both seconds. While an expectant hush fell over the spectators, the protagonists each picked up a weapon without looking at the other. They took up their positions back to back and at the agreed-upon signal paced out the regulation number of steps before turning. They took careful aim, each standing sideways in order to offer as narrow a target as possible to the other. They waited for Viscount Russell to drop the white handkerchief he held aloft, the signal to fire.

The hush became an almost tangible thing.

And then two things happened simultaneously.

The handkerchief was released.

And someone shrieked.

"Stop!'' the voice cried. "Stop!''

It was a female voice, and it came from the direction of a grove of trees some distance away. An indignant buzz arose from the spectators, who had held themselves properly silent and motionless so that the protagonists would have no distraction.

The Duke of Tresham, startled and furious, lowered his right arm and turned in order to glare in the direction of the person who had dared interrupt such a meeting at such a moment.

Lord Oliver, who had also wavered for a moment, recovered fast, corrected his aim, and fired his pistol.

The female screamed.

His grace did not go down. Indeed at first it did not appear that he had even been hit. But a bright red spot appeared on his calf, an inch or two above the top of one perfectly polished leather boot, just as if suddenly painted there by an invisible hand with a long-handled brush.

"Shame!'' Baron Pottier called from the sidelines. "For shame, Oliver!''

His voice was joined by others, all censuring the man who had taken unfair advantage of his opponent's distraction.

Sir Conan began to stride toward the duke while the crimson spot increased in diameter and the surgeon bent over his bag. But his grace held up his left hand in a firm staying gesture before raising his right arm again and taking aim with his pistol. It did not waver. Neither did his face show any expression except intense, narrow-eyed concentration on his target, who had no choice now but to stand and await his death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Lovd it

    One of my favorites

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Good book

    Good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2011

    A marvelous read!

    Mary Balogh's motto should be "love will always find a way". This book was marvelous as the second installment of the Mistress Series. This book is hard to put down once you start reading.

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  • Posted August 13, 2010


    I enjoyed this book. It was really good. I liked everything but the end. I just think that the end was too simple. Almost confusing. I just wished an extra 50 or so pages were added on. It would have made the book even better. The end just didn't satisfy me enough. Other than the ending I adored it. I enjoyed Jane--headstrong. I also enjoyed Tresham. It's really captivating just a little sadden by the rush ending.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    I always know what I'm getting when I read a Mary Balogh book. Same with this one. Entertaining enough and kept me interested but nothing to write home about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2007


    Before I have finished a book by Ms. Balogh I am already looking forward to the next release...marvelous writer, one I admire greatly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2006


    I absolutely loved this book....i thought that Jocelyn would be a hard man to like, but good lord i wanted to steal him away from Jane...its a great read...YOU HAVE TO READ IT, and then read No Man's Mistress- about his brother

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2002

    4 1/2 stars - Excellent Read

    This is my first book of Mary Balogh and definitely not the last. I was hesistant to read this book in the beginning because of the book cover and the way it is titled. Even the back description didn't sound interesting either. I thought this is one of those books that's filled with sex with no substance whatsoever but I am happy to be wrong. Sure, the plot's simple and not very unique, I even find the solution of the original problem a bit too easy but Mary Balogh made it up by weaving humor and emotional rift all through out the book. She also compensated the thin plot by creating and executing smashing characters. Every one of them contributed wonderfully. Jocelyn and Jane's are both a memorable character. Jane, however is who I love the most. She is a Lady through and through. I've read heroine that is witty and even described as intelligent but Jane is the only one so far that has convinced me thoroughly. The way she moves, the way she speaks, the words she uses, even when provoked remained logical. Their love story is overall a touchy and heart warming read. It's intense and romantic. I even enjoyed the moments of their non-sexual relationship - where they get to know each other...learning, giving, accepting, trusting ... oh so full of passion, so full of love. Aside from Jane, Angeline is my second favorite. She is definitely the main humor of this book. She is a chatterbox, full of flaw but lovable nonetheless. The most impressive part of this book is how Ms. Balogh expresses her 'dialogues'. It's witty and very drawing. I've never read a historical romance book that uses words that's perfectly consistent with the time plot. Very ENGLISH, indeed.... Even to the last expression. Well, done, Ms. Balogh. I will read more of her works, especially NO MANS MISTRESS, which is the sequel of MTAM, Ferdinand's story, brother of Jocelyn. I can't wait to read updates of Jane, Jocelyn and Angeline too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2001


    I love this book. It got my blood going and it was a great read. I could not put down. I know these review doesn't state much, but trust me buy it and you will like it as much as i have. I will admit i never thought i would get into romance novels but this one got me started and now i want to read more :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2001


    This is an exceptional book! It has the main ingredients of an outstanding read(romance, drama, love, power and intrigue). I love jocelyn because he is a little rough around the edges but not so rough for Jane. Mary, you outdid yourself with this a word BRAVO!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2000

    Excellent reading.

    Lady Sara Illingsworth was in hiding! She was accused of thievery and murder. She changed her name to Miss Jane Ingleby and fled to London in hope of blending in as a servant somewhere. It was pure instinct to interfere when she saw the duel in progress. But the interference cost Jocelyn, the Duke of Tresham, a bullet in the leg. To put Jane in her place, the Duke hired her as his nurse to fetch and carry for him until he healed. He never expected the woman to have so many different sides to herself, or for him to become obsessed with her. <BR><BR> However, soon a Bow Street Runner came looking for her. Her fate was then in the hands of the man she loved more than her own life. In the hands of a man she knew she could trust, but never told of her past. <BR><BR> *** Mary Balogh is like an artist who seems to easily create the most glorious pictures inside the minds of her readers! Here is a tale that will captivate her audience and hold them spell bound until the end. Excellent reading! ***

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent storytelling

    She was on her way to work as a milliner¿s assistant when Jane Ingleby interrupted the dual between the Duke of Tresham and Lord Oliver. Tresham turns around to confront the lass, but Oliver fires, hitting his opponent in the leg. Tresham scornfully fires in the air. Arriving late for work, Jane loses her job.<P> Jane visits Tresham to see if he can help her regain her much-needed job. Instead, the noted rake hires her as his nurse while he convalesces, determining that she should be the recipient of his temper. As Jane and Tresham become acquainted with one another, they fall in love. He realizes she is in hiding as her mannerisms are that of apolite society miss. Tresham is on target because the Earl of Durbury has hired Bow St. to find her for killing his son and stealing money and jewels.<P> Mary Balogh has earned a reputation for exciting, compassionate historical romances. Her latest work, MORE THAN A MISTRESS, will boost that high esteem due to the wonderful and intelligent interaction between the lead couple. The plot is fast-paced, filled with intrigue, and sizzles with fervor. Ms. Balogh has written another novel that Regency romance fans will take great delight in reading.<P> Harriet Klausner

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