Seducing an Angel (Huxtable Quintet Series #4)

Seducing an Angel (Huxtable Quintet Series #4)

by Mary Balogh
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Seducing an Angel (Huxtable Quintet Series #4) by Mary Balogh

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Mary Balogh's The Secret Mistress.

In a time unlike any other, a family you’ll never forget . . . Meet the Huxtables—three headstrong sisters and their dashing brother—each searching for love that’s always a shocking indiscretion away. . . . In her magnificent new novel, New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh sweeps us into a world of scandal and intrigue—glittering Regency England—and introduces the youngest Huxtable: Stephen, the only son. Here Stephen will risk his reputation and his heart as he enters a scandalous liaison with the infamous beauty intent on seduction. But when passion turns the tables on them both, who can say who has seduced whom?

He must be wealthy, wellborn, and want her more than he wants any other woman. Those are the conditions that must be met by the man Cassandra Belmont chooses for her lover. Marriage is out of the question for the destitute widow who stands accused of murdering her husband and must now barter her beauty in order to survive. With seduction in mind, she sets her sights on Stephen Huxtable, the irresistibly attractive Earl of Merton and London’s most eligible bachelor. But Stephen’s first intriguing glimpse of the mysterious, alluring Lady Paget convinces him that he has found the ideal woman to share his bed. There is only one caveat. This relationship fueled by mutual pleasure must be on his terms.

As the two warily circle each other in a sensual dance of attack and retreat, a single night of passion alters all the rules. Cassandra, whose reputation is already in tatters, is now in danger of losing the one thing she vowed never to give. And Stephen, who wants Cassandra more than he has ever wanted any woman, won’t rest until she has surrendered everything—not as his mistress—but as his lover and wife. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440338567
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/19/2009
Series: Huxtable Quintet Series , #4
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 42,262
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Slightly novels: Slightly Married, Slightly Wicked, Slightly Scandalous, Slightly Tempted, Slightly Sinful, and Slightly Dangerous, as well as the romances No Man’s Mistress, More than a Mistress, and One Night for Love. She is also the author of Simply Love, Simply Unforgettable, Simply Magic, and Simply Perfect, her dazzling quartet of novels set at Miss Martin’s School for Girls. A former teacher herself, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.


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Seducing an Angel (Huxtable Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
MaireadW More than 1 year ago
The story of the Huxtable siblings is completed with the final installment featuring Stephen Huxtable in Seducing an Angel. Readers who began with the first book in this series have seen Stephen Huxtable grow from a seventeen year old with no future prospects higher than becoming someone's secretary or perhaps a vicar, into the Earl of Merton and head of the Huxtable family. As the Earl of Merton, and at the ripe age of twenty-five, Stephen Huxtable knows that it is time for him to think about taking a bride and setting up a nursery. His guardian, his second cousin, and his brothers-in-law have all schooled him in avoiding the most obvious of man-traps that the matchmaking mamas and their charges might lay for him. He has looked over the Season's crop of young ladies and has seen one or two who might be worthy of becoming his wife, but he would like to find the sort of love that has blessed his sisters. Unfortunately, none of the sweet young things he has met has stirred anything of that nature within his heart. Cassandra Belmont, the notorious widowed Lady Paget, has her eye on Stephen. He seems exactly what she needs to provide a way out of her current situation. He appears to be innocently harmless, almost angelic, and if she must take on a lover to keep her financially sound, then he is her choice. She brazenly attends the one ball she thinks she has a chance of not being turned away from without an invitation in order to make his acquaintance. The Earl and Countess of Sheringford are no strangers to scandal and welcome Cassandra, much to her surprise. It appears that Cassandra's plan will succeed when Stephen agrees to set her up as his mistress. Stephen is not quite the innocent that Cassandra believed. He has quickly seen through the mask she wears to the woman hiding behind it. Determined to help her clear her name and reclaim her place within polite society, he decides to become her friend rather than her lover. In doing so, he finds himself falling in love with her and becomes determined to win her love. Cassandra is falling for her Angel, as she has taken to thinking of him, but believes he deserves better than a woman tainted by scandal. Cassandra's reputation is gradually being restored and it seems that Stephen has worked miracles in her life as she becomes reconciled with what remains of her family and finds friendship among the ton. Everything they worked towards is threatened in a careless moment when their growing feelings for one another are revealed. Stephen's actions to save what remains of her reputation could destroy the fragile thing growing between them for marriage is a state Cassandra never wishes to enter into again. To change her mind, Stephen must face the dark secrets that are hidden beneath the civility of some ton marriages and win not only Cassandra's heart, but most importantly, her trust. In the fourth book of Huxtable family, Mary Balogh has taken the traditional formula for a romance and turned it around to create an engaging story of love and redemption. A woman left with few choices due to circumstances, Cassandra Belmont is not a traditional heroine. She is, if anything, an anti-heroine and a lovely one at that. When paired with the character of Stephen Huxtable as the quintessential hero this delightful reversal of roles makes for a love story that you will want to read with some tissues nearby. Reviewed by Mairead Walpole of Crystal Reviews (www.crystalreviews.com)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is just all right, certainly not one of her best...but not horrible either.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Widow Cassandra Belmont needs a wealthy lover with a high peerage as a protector immediately if she is to survive the accusations that she murdered her spouse; she also vows that marriage is out of the question as once was enough. Watching how kind he is to his sisters, she chooses Lord Stephen Huxtable, who is rich, nice and a hunk. Cassandra plans to seduce the top catch of the season. Stephen is excited when he first sees the siren, but refuses to bow to her terms of engagement as he has his own. The two argue over the rules until they share the greatest night in either of their lives. Cassandra fears her heart is owned by Stephen, but she can never have him permanently as scandal is her name. Stephen is reconsidering what he wants as he no longer is thinking mistress, but instead wants her as his wife though he fears she will never trust again especially since he investigates what happened to her and her spouse. The fourth Huxtable Regency romance is a fast-paced tale of an independent widow going after what she desires while her choice reciprocates unaware of why she rejects marriage. Mary Balogh digs deep into the effect of alcoholism and spousal violence on the victim who also contends emotionally with a miscarriage. The lead characters especially the profound brave heroine and their evolving relationship make for an intriguing finish to the saga though the ending feels rushed. Still the Huxtable family saga has been an entertaining Regency series. Harriet Klausner
LaValley More than 1 year ago
Seducing an Angel is, by far, the least appealing of the Huxtable family series. It is hard to rally behind a heroine who is unlikable in the beginning, due to her scheming to snag the hero, Stephen Huxtable, not as a friend or husband, but as a lover for his money. Stephen Huxtable, though, is an interesting twist on the typical Regency hero - all alpha male, take control sort of man. Stephen is the product of his upbringing by wonderful sister's whose previous stories were fun, inventive with colorful characters and thus, he is sensitive, thoughtful, generous. He is what you might think a man influenced by so many women might turn out. He is totally lovable and so the reader wishes for this man a wonderful woman and Cassandra just doesn't fit the bill. This push and pull love story never really grabs you and it doesn't make you wish it would never end. Thank goodness we have Con's story to look forward to. And if you want to know who Con is, please go back and read the first three novels. You will be glad you did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fans of Mary Balogh will enjoy the fourth book in the Huxtable series. Cassandra Paget sets out to seduce a gentleman in order to support her small household. Although reprehensible, it seems a simple solution until she encounters Stephen Huxtable. He insists that she offer more than her body. The story is poignant at times and provides several surprises along the way. The Huxtable characters, well known to Balogh readers, will not disappoint. Stephen, the man, is much more engaging than in earlier novels. Stephen, the Earl of Merton, is peaceable and steady or is that dull? The conclusion of this series, Con's story is next.....
curlyloulou More than 1 year ago
I really like Stephen. This book was just okay for me. Sometimes I notice Mary B express a point so often that it is like beating a dead horse. Overall it was an alright story but nothing to write home about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our heroine, Cassandra Belmont, Lady Paget, is a rather unusual heroine. Initially she's not particularly appealing - we understand that she has a dark secret in her past and she's on the lookout to seduce a man into making her his mistress as she needs the money. Her attention alights on Stephen Huxtable, a man regularly described in this book as looking angelic, and she sets about her seduction. She's successful - we expect this - but from that point on things don't work out entirely as she wants. The thing that sets Mary Balogh's books above others writing in this genre is that even if her plots aren't particularly new, she somehow leads you to care for her central characters and to want to keep reading. I've been a little disappointed by the Huxtable series over all, finding them less memorable than some of her other books, but compared to the majority of books in this genre that I read these are masterpieces. Mary Balogh fans - and new readers - will enjoy this book, although the large supporting cast of characters from previous books might be a bit overmuch for new readers in places. I do think that it's worth reading these four books in order. Highly recommend.
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PatPortStLucieFla More than 1 year ago
The Huxtable series is a must read. Pat from port St Lucie Fla
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