New York Times 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. There she began a second career as a writer of books that always end happily and always celebrate the power of love. There are over four million copies of her Regency romances and historical romances in print.
A titled rogue courts a prim and proper lady in this spirited Regency romance by the deservedly popular Balogh (No Man's Mistress, etc.). Kit Butler, Viscount Ravensburg, is no gentleman. He has long scandalized the ton of London with his antics, and the Honorable Miss Lauren Edgeworth, who is in the city after a painful jilting, is even more horrified than most by his behavior. As the novel begins, Kit forges a particularly scandalous plan. Looking to escape an arranged marriage, he embarks on a wager with his friends to woo and engage an unobjectionably correct lady in order to rid himself of his intended. Lauren is the perfect target, and Kit gets to work. Surprisingly, he comes to like her and confesses his dastardly wager; she, having decided that she wishes to be independent and unmarried, makes a proposal of her own: a summer filled with adventure in return for acting as Kit's fiancee. But when the summer is over, and the gorgeous, intelligent Lauren has quietly helped Kit to reconcile with his family as well as earned the respect of his friends and kin, will the smitten Kit be able to persuade Lauren to make their engagement a real one? Balogh outdoes herself with this romantic romp, crafting a truly seamless plot and peopling it with well-rounded, winning characters. (Aug. 6) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Praise for Mary Balogh's Award-winning Novels
"Deep emotions, strong characters and an unusual plot blend to perfection
into another winner for this Jewel of the Highest Water, Mary Balogh."
"A lively and thrilling tale."
"Heartwarming...fun...charismatic characters and swift pacing will keep romance enthusiasts riveted to the page."
"A stunningly good work of romantic fiction.Mary Balogh reaches deep and touches the heart."
--Joan Johnston, New York Times bestselling author of The Texan
"This romantic story is hilarious in spots with characters who are well-rounded and lovable. More than a Mistress is a sure-fire winner from one of the genre's finest authors."
"Assured hardcover debut...Smart, sexy dialogue."
"A luscious Regency-era delight...Balogh will delight fans and new readers alike with her memorable characters and fast-paced, well-constructed plot."
"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."
Viscount "Kit" Ravensberg and high-minded Lauren Edgeworth agree to an engagement of convenience that Lauren will eventually break off. But then Kit really does fall in love. Past Balogh works have made the New York Times extended best sellers list; maybe this one will rise to the top. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.