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3.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 5 3.70 (43 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Balogh Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN:
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Reginald Mason 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, within the Regency society that upholds station over 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 wish to marry her, preferring instead to live 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/13/2014

    " A great novella from Balogh. Won't go into it more than that to avoid spoilers "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn ♥ romance | 2/2/2014

    " A fun little historical romance with an enjoyable plot development. Reginald is rich, from working class, and schooled as a gentleman. Annabelle is a poor earls daughter who is ruined by scandal. A betrothal is arranged and these families from different classes must interact. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Edwards | 1/29/2014

    " This is probably Balogh's funniest book. Her books are always excellent romances, but very few romance writers can handle humor as deftly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 1/26/2014

    " This is a sweet, cute romance that is very cleverly written. It alternates between his and her perspectives and the present and the past. Delightful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 1/22/2014

    " Wow...this is a little book with a story of people who you don't exactly realize their characters til you read on and on...quite a little treasure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 1/17/2014

    " Well done, as all of Balogh's books are, but I dropped a star for a well used plot. If I could, it would be 3 1/2 stars. Well used or not, I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz B | 1/17/2014

    " Predictable--and not in the way that romances are always predictable and which I fully support, the HEA. I probably would have liked this better had it been packaged as the novella in an anthology. As it was, I figured out the twist on page 3 or so, and the rest of it was nothing special at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natālija | 1/5/2014

    " Wonderful book! It was very well written & had this unexpected twist that make it stand out among other Ms Balogh's works. I highly recommend that you read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 12/28/2013

    " Interesting period novel with a twist. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana Obuch | 12/23/2013

    " I'm a fan of historical romance, so this disappoints. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donnell | 12/23/2013

    " I picked this book thinking it would be a quick read at only 190 page, and being a historical fiction, my favorite genre, was just a bonus. So I was pleasantly surprised by how much I was drawn into this book, and really liked the plot twist. I look forward to reading more from this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy Smith draper | 12/20/2013

    " Loved this book - the twist is unexpected and wonderful. Great Love Story!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shira | 12/6/2013

    " This is a short, fun read. I recommend it for light beach reading or a rainy afternoon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 12/4/2013

    " Though the ending was easy to see, it did not take away from the heartfelt story of these two main characters: Annabelle Ashton and Reginald Mason. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lian Tanner | 11/7/2013

    " A quick light read that telegraphed the final twist way ahead. Quite enjoyable, but insubstantial. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Luiken | 11/3/2013

    " A sweet, light historical romance between two characters of different social classes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 6/23/2013

    " Excellently written. It was like the Scarlet Pimpernel for me; surprising and better than I expected. There is a spicy part FYI. Two fathers are forcing their son and daughter to marry, but what we find is that this forced marriage may not be as bad as they thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 6/2/2013

    " Good story. It kept me entertained. This is an author I will continue to seek out if I need a "filler" book. It was short, so I was able to use it to fill in time.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lydia | 1/19/2013

    " Delightful short story read. Young love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 12/13/2012

    " I found this book by accident and have since read others by this author, which are well-written, fluffy and fun, but I really enjoyed this one. It is a light enchanting regency romance with a twist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angelyn Schmid | 11/24/2012

    " This book was written to satisfy a market for shorter reads. It went really fast, but had the hallmarks of a good Balogh read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Knitter | 11/12/2012

    " A light but enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Me Lin | 11/10/2012

    " A very sweet story about love conquering all! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kas | 9/30/2012

    " This book starts out quite slow, but if anyone is reading this trying to decide whether to keep going, do it! The ending was a very nice surprise, and while I don't think id re-read this book, Id defibately say its ending makes up for the slow beginning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicki Wood | 6/24/2012

    " A pretty typical romance, fun but light. At least it was set in regency England which was kind of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela W | 4/10/2012

    " Was a very cute and fast read. I would reread it to pass time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tif | 2/29/2012

    " Quick, sweet and different. I loved it!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janga | 2/23/2012

    " It was woth the $$! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jami | 12/4/2011

    " I do love regency-era novels, and this one had engaging characters and an interesting back-story. Unfortunately, the soft porn dropped this from likable to avoidable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy Hayes | 11/17/2011

    " I really enjoyed it. It was short sweet and good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace | 5/8/2011

    " Very easy read with a good twist at the end. Easy summer reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bedford | 5/6/2011

    " Typical Mary Balogh...great fun to listen to - lots of romance with a bit of sex thrown in - lots of "Oh Reggie" throughout. Loved it...won't expand your mind...but perfect for walking on the treadmill. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathyred | 5/2/2011

    " What a nice turnabout ending! Just like a good mystery, it makes you want to re-read the whole thing to pick out the clues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 4/28/2011

    " This was a predictable, easy, read. Nothing remarkable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 4/27/2011

    " I gave it a 3 because I quickly figured out what the twist was. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 4/16/2011

    " I'm a fan of historical romance, so this disappoints. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristal | 4/10/2011

    " I would call this a short story, not a novel. It is only 190 pages (in the hard cover editon), and I knew what the whole plot was going to be by page 33. Overall, a decent book, just not one that I would recommend as a to-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 4/9/2011

    " awesome book, love the twist at the end. not the usual romance novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 3/8/2011

    " A short book, I read it in a matter of hours. I can't remember when I last had so much fun just from reading. It is delightful in every way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 3/7/2011

    " I loved this!! I figured out out the clever twist before the end, but just barely!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 3/1/2011

    " This is a sweet, cute romance that is very cleverly written. It alternates between his and her perspectives and the present and the past. Delightful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louise | 2/15/2011

    " Really loved this book! Great story, great writing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/13/2011

    " So cute a fun read on a snowy or rainy afternoon. They don't all have to be heavy, you know. "

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About the Author
Author Mary Balogh

Mary Balogh grew up in Wales, and after graduating from university moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English. Her first Regency love story, A Masked Deception, was published in 1985. She has written more than seventy novels and almost thirty novellas since then, including the New York Times bestselling Slightly sextet, the Simply quartet, and the Huxtable quintet. Her novel Simply Magic was a finalist for the Quill Award.

About the Narrator

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including three AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has twice been an Audie Award finalist. She is an accomplished actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.