No Man’s Mistress by Mary Balogh

51vUEYpbXCLTitle: No Man’s Mistress (Dudley #2)

Author: Mary Balogh

Publisher: Dell 20001

Genre: Historical Romance

Pages: 381

Rating: 4/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Read My Own Damn Books

The dark, devastating stranger rode into the village fair and wagered twenty pounds at the throwing booth — for a chance to win the daisies in Viola Thornhill’s hair. The Gypsy fortune teller had warned: “Beware of a tall, dark, handsome stranger. He can destroy you — if you do not first snare his heart.”

Another fun fluffy romance to occupy my reading time. I think this one was marginally better than the first in the series. Most of that relies on the likability of Ferdinand. Definitely a more likable character than his brother. And Viola was a good foil to his intentions. My only issue with the book was again the ending. I’m sensing a pattern of abrupt endings. I like a bit more drawn out and explained, but oh well. I still enjoyed reading it. On to the last book in the series.,.

Mistress (Dudley)

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Bout of Books 17 Update #3

Bout of Books
Books Read: 1/3
Books Read Total: 1 2/3
Pages Read: 132 (No Man’s Mistress)
Pages Read Total: 703
Comments: I read a decent chunk of No Man’s Mistress yesterday between crafting and taking care of a cranky toddler
TBR:
  • Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger
  • A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander
  • Where the Girls Are by Sara Douglas
  • Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
  • Rat Queens Vol. 3
  • More than a Mistress by Mary Balogh
  • No Man’s Mistress by Mary Balogh (in progress)
  • The Secret Mistress by Mary Balogh

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

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It’s Almost Blog-Tember Time!

I successfully completed all the posts last year, maybe I can do it again this year. I love that this challenge gets me out of the box a bit. So, I’m resolved to attempt to complete one blog post a day following the prompts given. Do you want to join in the fun? Click on the pick to get all the details. And watch for my posts starting September 1st.

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Bout of Books 17 Update #2

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Books Read: 1/4 + 1/4
Books Read Total: 1 1/2
 
Pages Read: 57 + 85 (No Man’s Mistress)
Pages Read Total: 571
Comments: Last night before heading to bed, I finished More Than a Mistress. Wednesday started with a new book. I moved on to the second book in Mary Balogh’s Mistress series today. Liking it so far.
TBR:
  • Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger
  • A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander
  • Where the Girls Are by Sara Douglas
  • Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
  • Rat Queens Vol. 3
  • More than a Mistress by Mary Balogh
  • No Man’s Mistress by Mary Balogh (in progress)
  • The Secret Mistress by Mary Balogh

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

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More Than a Mistress by Mary Balogh

51wNFokrsdL._AC_UL320_SR194,320_Title: More Than a Mistress (Dudley #1)

Author: Mary Balogh

Publisher: Dell 2000

Genre: Historical Romance

Pages:403

Rating: 4/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Read My Own Damn Books; Women Authors

She races onto the green, desperate to stop a duel. In the melée, Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham, is shot. To his astonishment, Tresham finds himself hiring the servant as his nurse. Jane Ingleby is far too bold for her own good. Her blue eyes are the sort a man could drown in—were it not for her impudence. She questions his every move, breaches his secrets, touches his soul. When he offers to set her up in his London town house, love is the last thing on his mind.

Jane tries to pretend it’s strictly business, an arrangement she’s been forced to accept in order to conceal a dangerous secret. Surely there is nothing more perilous than being the lover of such a man. Yet as she gets past his devilish façade and sees the noble heart within, she knows the greatest jeopardy of all, a passion that drives her to risk everything on one perfect month with the improper gentleman who thinks that love is for fools.

Time to dive back into some fluffy romance. I picked up this book because I have all three books sitting in my TBR pile. I almost always read romance series books back-to-back. So on to the book itself. I was a bit turned off by the Duke at the beginning of the story, but he definitely grew on me. The best parts were the conversations between the Duke and Jane in the den. I loved those moments. The only thing I really didn’t like was the ending. I hate super abrupt endings and this book has one of those. Oh well, I can ignore the last three pages. I enjoyed the rest of the book. On to the second in the series…

Mistress (Dudley)

  • #1 More Than a Mistress
  • #2 No Man’s Mistress
  • #3 The Secret Mistress

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Bout of Books 17 Update #1

Bout of Books
Books Read: 1/3 + 3/4 (More Than a Mistress)
Books Read Total: 1/3 + 3/4
Pages Read: 83 + 346
Pages Read Total: 429
Comments: So I completely forgot that I needed to finish Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates before starting in on my TBR pile. So I did that on Monday afternoon. And I dove into my next read: More than a Mistress with gusto.
TBR:
  • Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger
  • A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander
  • Where the Girls Are by Sara Douglas
  • Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
  • Rat Queens Vol. 3
  • More than a Mistress by Mary Balogh (in progress)
  • No Man’s Mistress by Mary Balogh
  • The Secret Mistress by Mary Balogh

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

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Top Ten Tuesday — Forgotten Books

top ten tuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of our bloggers’ answers. Everyone is welcome to join.  If you can’t come up with ten, don’t worry about it—post as many as you can!

Today’s topic is all those books still on your TBR pile or shelf since before you start blogging… Oh man. I’m ashamed to admit that I have a few I can list here. I started blogging in November 2010. Coming up on 6 years this fall. Holy cow! I should really get to reading these. Without further ado, here are my shamefully forgotten books still on my shelf…

  1. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  2. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
  3. The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto
  4. The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
  5. A History of the Wife by Marilyn Yalom
  6. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  7. Hand of Isis by Jo Graham
  8. Contact by Carl Sagan
  9. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
  10. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton

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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade

51XUTVEAFpL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War that Changed American History

Author: Brian Kilmeade

Publisher: Sentinel 2015

Genre: Nonfiction – U.S. History

Pages: 238

Rating: 4/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Nonfiction; 52 Books – W34

This is the little-known story of how a newly indepen­dent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America’s third president decided to stand up to intimidation.

When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America faced a crisis. The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa’s Barbary coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new coun­try could afford.

Definitely a good follow-up to George Washington’s Secret Six. I have a passing knowledge of the Barbary War, but even I can classify it as the forgotten war. I learned so much about the intricacies, people involved, and battles of the war. Stories like that of the USS Philadelphia sparked a memory for me, but it was nice to get the full story in these pages. A good random pick-up from the library shelves.

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Bout of Books Goals Post

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I have a few goals for this upcoming readathon, but want to keep everything low-key. I love the no pressure attitude of this readathon.
Goals:
  • Read 3 books
  • Review all books read
  • Read at least 750 pages
  • Participate in at least one challenge
  • Focus on my TBR pile, no deviations
TBR:
  • Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger
  • A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander
  • Where the Girls Are by Sara Douglas
  • Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
  • Rat Queens Vol. 3
  • More than a Mistress by Mary Balogh
  • No Man’s Mistress by Mary Balogh
  • The Secret Mistress by Mary Balogh

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

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