No Man's Mistress

No Man's Mistress

Mary Balogh / Jun 01, 2020

No Man s Mistress Lord Ferdinand Dudley is accustomed to getting what he wants that is until he appears at the door of Pinewood Manor attempting to claim his rightful estate and is met by the bewitching fury of Lady

  • Title: No Man's Mistress
  • Author: Mary Balogh
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Lord Ferdinand Dudley is accustomed to getting what he wants that is, until he appears at the door of Pinewood Manor, attempting to claim his rightful estate, and is met by the bewitching fury of Lady Viola Thornhill She refuses to relinquish the home she calls her own He refuses to leave and so the contest begins.Each day under the same roof brings immense frustrationLord Ferdinand Dudley is accustomed to getting what he wants that is, until he appears at the door of Pinewood Manor, attempting to claim his rightful estate, and is met by the bewitching fury of Lady Viola Thornhill She refuses to relinquish the home she calls her own He refuses to leave and so the contest begins.Each day under the same roof brings immense frustration and temptation But Viola knows it is a battle she cannot afford to lose Marriage is out of the question, and she will be no man s mistress even as Dudley s unnerving presence threatens to melt her resolve Against his better judgement, Dudley is beguiled This maddening beauty has stirred him as no woman had before And now he is bound and determined to make her his own.

    • Free Read [Fantasy Book] ↠ No Man's Mistress - by Mary Balogh Ý
      150 Mary Balogh
    • thumbnail Title: Free Read [Fantasy Book] ↠ No Man's Mistress - by Mary Balogh Ý
      Posted by:Mary Balogh
      Published :2020-03-20T09:07:03+00:00

    About "Mary Balogh"

      • Mary Balogh

        Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two year teaching contract in 1967 She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian When she s not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting She also enjoys watching tennis and curling.Mary Balogh started writing in the evenings as a hobby Her first book, a Regency love story, was published in 1985 as A Masked Deception under her married name In 1988, she retired from teaching after 20 years to pursue her dream to write full time She has written than seventy novels and almost thirty novellas since then, including the New York Times bestselling Slightly sextet and Simply quartet She has won numerous awards, including Bestselling Historical of the Year from the Borders Group, and her novel Simply Magic was a finalist in the Quill Awards She has won seven Waldenbooks Awards and two B Dalton Awards for her bestselling novels, as well as a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award.


    1. For the past two years Viola Thornhill life has been peaceful and calm. After picking up the pieces of her life and starting anew, Viola’s life seems almost perfect. Until she meets a handsome stranger at a May Day celebration and is warned by a fortuneteller there, to beware of him as he could destroy her life if she doesn’t snare his heart first. Not taking the warning to heed, Viola finds herself attracted to this stranger and at the end of the fair, kisses from him. Thinking nothing more [...]

    2. I can't believe I'm giving this 1 star. A 1 star for a Balogh. I just, I'm in a state of shock. I bought this because I wanted to read something that would be steady and reliable. I wasn't expecting fireworks I just wanted enjoyment. Instead, there was this. And I paid FIVE ENGLISH POUNDS. Which, since Brexit, is about $15786 (I jest for effect, but: really).Oh boy. Nothing about this worked for me. Spoilers ahead, I'm not warning bracketing them because, frankly, if I can steer you away from re [...]

    3. Too much stupidity. I hated it. Viola did too many stupid things which ruined the story for me.She was the illegitimate daughter of an Earl who promised her ownership of an estate. (view spoiler)[ When he died she moved there, but she never went after the paperwork to prove her rights to it. When Ferdinand later arrived and claimed it, she refused to leave even though he appeared to have legal rights, which I felt was wrong of her at that time. Later she offered him a wager that if she could sed [...]

    4. Ummmm love,love,loved it. This story just grabbed me and took me along. Other reviewers have given story details (I think) so I'm just going to say I really wasn't expecting the two surprises Mary Balogh has given us with this story, and they made it all the more special for me! A great story and a nice romance.

    5. I'v decided, I'm In love with Mary Balogh (even though Julie Garwood would still remain my first love) XDFerdinand was a totally different type of Hero's that usually come my way, I loved him instantly, he was so sweet and adorable especially when I knew that he was one of the few men who are virgins, he was so cute then. He's the smiley cheery and cheeky type of guy, he's the type that you just can't help but like, that's why I liked his efforts with the villagers , I sided with him since the b [...]

    6. Ya sé qué le hizo falta a esta novela: momentos de felicidad. A ver, Jocely y Jane tuvieron esa semana idílica donde eran tremendamente adorables y charlaban un montón, y se reían tranquilos y las preocupaciones al menos no traspasaban las paredes. Ferdinand y Viola no tienen nada de eso. Ella en el primer capítulo se muestra como alguien alegre, despreocupada, sencilla, casi feliz. Cuando llega Ferdinand se vuelve amargada, infeliz, rencorosa, en constante sufrimiento. No encuentro en est [...]

    7. Ferdinand Dudley is pleased to win a small estate while playing at cards. But when he visits his new mansion, he finds the supposedly deserted property already has a resident--a young, beautiful, and demure woman named Viola Thornhill! Viola is as sure that the property is hers as he is that it's his, and she sets out to prove to him that he wouldn't be comfortable in the country. To her consternation, the interloper laughs off the badly cooked food, roosters-at-dawn, and smoky rooms, and even w [...]

    8. This was a enemies-to-lovers historical with an unexpected twist and fair-to-moderate drama. I do not enjoy the enemies-first trope bc it makes me uncomfortable. I'm a fan of the chase - not the bickering. The twist and the drama were a bit convoluted. A relatively simple storyline suddenly became bumpy. It wasn't poorly done - but again this isn't my favorite kind of story. As always the characters were on-point. MB makes them lovable - warts and all. And huge props to her for a story where the [...]

    9. The Duke's brother, Lord Ferdinand Dudley wins a house in a card game, and hies off to have a look aroundopping only briefly the day before to have a fit of sport at the village fair and a stolen kiss with a country miss.Unfortunately, when he arrives at his newly acquired property he finds he has a sitting tenant, Viola Thornhill who maintains that the deceased Earl of Bamber had left her the property in his will . she refuses to leave and so does Ferdinand . who's in the right?Some nice littl [...]

    10. Ferdinand won a manor house in a card game. The person he won it from failed to mention that someone is living in it. When he shows up to claim the house, he is surprised to find Viola Thornhill - and even more surprised when she refuses to leave. The beginnings of this book had me thinking it was going to be a standard meet cute with love following. Instead there was a great twist that sent the plot off in an interesting direction. Those parts were great. The ending got a bit long winded, and l [...]

    11. Lord Ferdinand has won a small country property, Pinewood, in a game of cards. The day he goes to check it out he finds the town is very quaint and enjoys himself at a carnival. It is there he meets a very beautiful and mysterious woman. The next morning he arrives at Pinewood expecting a run down property and instead finds it thriving and occupied by the very same mystery woman, Viola Thornhill. Ms Thornhill is a woman of many secrets and refuses to leave her home, but Ferdinand believes he has [...]

    12. After being disappointed by my first MB novel, which was a re-release, I decided to give her another try and chose this book from the library at random. There is a world of difference in the quality of writing and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.It starts off in a light-hearted vein and progressively gets more angsty and heartfelt. I liked the way you don't find out until later what Viola's dark past is and how puzzle peices into her motives keep falling into place. There were a couple times I go [...]

    13. (Contains SPOILERS.)I'm new to the historical genre, but I have to say that this has been the MOST FRUSTRATING read I have ever had so far. (view spoiler)[I wasn't happy when I found out Viola was a courtesan, but I was willing to overlook it. Shortly after, she began using her courtesan character against Ferdinand. I began to dislike her until she mentioned that the "courtesan" came out of her and she didn't realize it. It was just an uncomfortable story from that point. I didn't dislike her an [...]

    14. I Wanted to Like It More Than I DidNO MAN'S MISTRESS is the second book in the Mistress Trilogy. It is the story of Lord Ferdinand Dudley who wins an estate in a card game only to find out that it is already inhabited by Viola Thornhill, who insists that the estate is hers. The two match series over the estate. Viola, however, harbors dark secrets and a painful past that leaves her alone.I really wanted to like this book, but I never really liked Viola. She was too much of an enigma throughout t [...]

    15. Review - I loved Viola and her principles - she refuses to marry Ferdinand because it would pull him down, but at the same time, I loved Ferdinand for not caring what the ton thought. It was two halves that blended really well together. I found it a little slow in the middle, but the beginning and the end were truly gripping to find out in what way Kirby would get his comeuppance, and how the relationship would progress.Genre - Historical Fiction / RomanceCharacters - Viola Thornhill / Ferdinand [...]

    16. Such a sweet story!She has a past with a Dark Secret which she won't share with him. He's afraid of relationships after seeing how awful his parents' marriage was.Balogh is such a talented writer that she can make this somewhat tired story line look very polished. Viola and Lord Ferdinand Dudley are well-drawn characters. Viola's 'split personality' makes her relationship with Dudley operate on two levels. It is fun to watch as Dudley falls for both of them.It was interesting that Dudley was a v [...]

    17. This was a solid 3 star book, except when we got to the end and all the tired prostitution tropes got trotted out once more with feeling.And then, there was my least favorite romance device: "I know you're SAYING, my sweet daffodil, but I know that you MEAN something else. I can SEE it with my SPECIAL EYES."Blech.

    18. I expected more lightness with Ferdinand Dudley's story than his brother's the Duke of Tresham and I was both right and wrong. Ferdie's and Viola's story has more pathos and more light. An elegant tale. Rich and satisfying.

    19. This book was fun, but not as good as the first in the series. Of course, the author's work is better than most others - even on a bad day.

    20. Slightly slow beginning but more than makes up for it sfter a few chapters. Thank you as usual Ms. Balough for a great read.

    21. Heroine was a courtesan :/ That is not my type of heroine, sorry (-_-) Even if she did it for good reasons :(

    22. ok, me acabo de terminar este y creo que es espectacular, primero quiero decir que lo leí la semana evaluaciones de mi escuela, yo estaba en un estado de depresión o mas bien sigo en un estado de depresión y "No Man's Mistress" era como una luz al final de la obscuridad ; osea logro distraerme completamente de mi realidad, en si le doy un 4.80 y si no le di las 5 estrellas es por que Viola se me hizo demasiado necia, yo estaba como ¡Por Dios! ¡Anda De una vez cuéntale! todo! jaja.De acuerd [...]

    23. I like Mary Balogh's world - it feels a little more rounded than that of many other Regency writers, as it acknowledges non-standard heroines (they aren't always virgins, and some of them have experimented quite a bit), and some non-standard heroes (who are not necessarily born with a sense of honour, but may achieve it). But, on the whole, it's a world that operates loosely according to historical probability. This book is, however, a rare flop. The first part of plot is well-rehearsed in other [...]

    24. Pas facile de donner un avis sur un roman quand on risque d'en spoiler la majeure partie, et je ne voudrais pas vous gâcher le plaisir de la découverte, surtout que la présentation de la 4ème de couverture est plus qu'allégée, et n'en dit que très peu.Sans entrer dans les détails, donc, je dirais que ce roman plaira, certainement. On y retrouve toute la palette talentueuse de Mary Balogh, bien équilibrée, entre son écriture fouillée, son scénario riche, ses personnages développés [...]

    25. 4.5 stars I one-hundred percent believe this unbelievable story. The turn around in the social view of Viola is extremely unlikely in reality, but the story is written in such an emotionally-connected, believably developed *human* way, I am utterly convinced. (And it isn't saccharine, thank god, at the end. And the sex scenes, which come after supreme build-up, are intriguing instead of cliche, how refreshing!)What wins my heart? The hero and heroine. Ferdinand is a delight: a rare hero in histo [...]

    26. Ferdinand MADE this book for me!! His brother may be the epitome of the alpha, brooding male and Ferdinand may be completely opposite of him, but he is just as manly and sexy. Jocelyn is the perfect type of man to read in a story, that makes Ferdinand the perfect type of man for me in real life. If there was a man like him around me I'd probably swoon! He's charming, silly & funny, intelligent, caring, giving, sexy, NOT a man whore which is AWESOME & still has that raw masculinity (beati [...]

    27. Llevaba tiempo sin leer nada de Mary Balogh. Me había desencantado de la autora sin saber muy bien las razones, así que después de tanto tiempo me animé a probar algo suyo de nuevo, y el resultado final ha sido más que satisfactorio. Comencé la novela sin expectativas, las primeras parecían indicar que se iba a tratar de una novela sencilla y agradable, pero según fui avanzando en la trama y descubrí el secreto de Viola, la protagonista, mi opinión cambió bastante.Lord Ferdinand ha ga [...]

    28. da sognipensieriparoleIl secondo volume della trilogia dedicata ai fratelli Dudley (Lord Tresham, Ferdinand e Angeline) vede come protagonista Ferdinand, il figlio cadetto, il quale, pur amabile, risulta una figura inevitabilmente messa in ombra dal mitico fratellone (non a caso, ogni volta che Tresham riappare in scena - in un'inaspettata e deliziosa veste "casalinga", alle prese con neonati, coliche e ruttini - tutta la trama sembra riprendere vita).Alla fine ne risulta una storia d'amore tiep [...]

    29. This book has a big plot twist and I did not see it coming! The premise seemed straight forward and I was very aggravated at how things were playing out. I hated the hero and I found myself wound up like a top with frustration. Then As the story unfolds, I became frustrated with the heroine's decisions. SIDE NOTE: It drives me nuts when authors implore secrets and misunderstandings to add momentum for the climax of the story. I much prefer a direct shot to the conclusion maybe add a secondary pl [...]

    30. Another reread of an older HR paperback from my bookshelf. It's book 2, and I read it straight after rereading book 1. It works well that way for these two books, although it could be read as a standalone. Ferdinand is Tresh's (from the first book) younger brother. Tall, dark and hot! He wins a country estate in a card game, although he's not usually a gambler. When he arrives to take possession, he finds Viola already living there. And she thinks it's her property! There are a few twists and tu [...]

    Leave a Reply