Counterfeit Betrothal: (Signet Regency Romance) [Mary Balogh] on . *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Determined to bring her estranged. A-Counterfeit-Betrothal-The-Notorious-Rake Olivia and Marcus married nineteen years ago, when she was seventeen and he twenty-one. A Counterfeit Betrothal/The Notorious Rake: Two Novels in e mais milhares de . Mary Balogh presents two of her classic Regency-era romances—seductive.

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Not that Im complaining too much because Olivia and Marcua story was cute. They are brought back together in the end in a surprising way, actually the only one possible to keep them as a family for the rest of their lives. I think it would have been a better book if there had been more time given to the bickering, and less to the estrangement but overall I liked the way the two relationships structured the book, and how the narrative switched back and forth between them. Sophia and Francis have wonderful conversations.

The betrothal part of the plot was amusing. Apr 29, Lady Wesley rated it liked it Shelves: Apr 22, Lostshadows rated it it was ok Shelves: Yes No Thanks for your feedback!

Other reviews may point out there are two relationships in this novel, one involving a daughter of estranged parents, who schemes to reunite them by undertaking a counterfeit betrothal to a rakish young man she’s known since childhood he was always stranding her to shake her off and go have fun with friends ; and a more complicated relationship between the parents, who parted badly over his one-time drunken betrayal of her with a whore during revelries prior to a friend’s marriage.

Her one desire is to reunite her parents, who have been estranged for fourteen years. Mary Balogh is the queen of regency! Marcus asked Olivia if she can ever forgive him and Olivia who has already forgiven him in her heart but could not see their marriage to be as strong as it was before replied by saying no.

Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. What is the plan? Two for the price of one was a good deal, not sure if I had bought the first one and read it, I would have bought the second one, even though it was a much better told story. The books blurb leads you to believe that the book is about 17 year old Lady Sophia Bryant.


I couldn’t help crying at the deep feelings Marcus and Oliva share and at the despair they had to face so many times before growing enough to be able to accept the idea that you don’t have to be perfect to be truly in love and to be truly happy with the one you choose to share your life with.

He was sucking on a blade of grass.

A Counterfeit Betrothal (Waite, book 2) by Mary Balogh

Anyway, Conterfeit do not believe Mama would have come. And their comforting of each other, and being there for the other in moments of need, in spite of the vicious things they both say to each other is kind of lovely. Except that he adds a streak of cruelty and arrogance to the proceedings. Neither of these quite worked for me, though both had pretty delightful proposals in them.

Wasn’t betrorhal fond of her parents, at a few different parts I wanted to strangle them counterfeig Sophia and her “fake fiancee” were ADORABLE and I cheered at a certain point view spoiler [-When Francis admitted to her he only agreed to the fake engagement because he was in love with her and wanted to marry her for real.

It was a love match, and they were joyous when their daughter was born.

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These two have been such a pleasant surprise for me! The Notorious Rake is not one of Balogh’s uber romantic novels with the innocent child bride or a woman willing to sacrifice herself for love. English Choose a language for shopping. Olivia and Marcus separated 14 years earlier for a profoundly stupid reason bxlogh Marcus, as a young married man, made a bad mistake its grievousness is subjectiveand Olivia found it impossible to forgive him or ever live with him again.

The attraction is there but their history seems to hold them in the pattern from childhood. But I’m not sure the novel completely lived up to its delightful plot. When pressed about this by conuterfeit friends, she gives them the example o Thanks to Librarything and the publishers for the early review copy of this book.


In the aftermath, he walks her back betrotthal the house, and she essentially says to him. They include… More about Mary Balogh.

But they were both so long suffering.

A Counterfeit Betrothal/The Notorious Rake

Not that these two don’t have possibilities. The first book was just a funny story for me, Sophia thought one thing was going on but it counerfeit something totally different.

I almost wish she ended up with Marc and Edmond ended up with Livy hide spoiler ] poor Edmond! Sophia and Francis provide light relief in a way that reminded me very much of Heyer and by half way throughthe reader berothal to get the distinct impression that Francis is not so sleepy after all and may well have a very good idea of what he is doing This story is regency romance, and as such, it follows the basic ideas and musings of that genre: There’s no end to what Edmund has ablogh or won’t admit to, he’s upfront about all of it when he pursues Mary and hopes she will become his mistress.

Mary Balogh presents two of her classic Regency-era romances—seductive tales of ladies who are running away from love. He’s the one with layers to peel behind the mask he presents to the world.

I rather betrotnal it.

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And if Olivia and Marcus are the meat, then Sophia and Francis are the sweet trifle. However, as the story goes on, Sophia and Francis are relegated to the background as the B-story. For one thing, they are Sophie’s estranged parents. I closed the book with a happy sigh!