What is Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday. Since Tin and Mary C. are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, they've decided to focus on this beloved genre.
Here are the rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 2008.
THIS WEEK I AM FEATURING...
(Bedwyn Saga #6)
by Mary Balogh
Originally Published: January 2004
All of London is abuzz over the imminent arrival of Wulfric Bedwyn, the reclusive, cold-as-ice Duke of Bewcastle, at the most glittering social event of the season. Some whisper of a tragic love affair. Others say he is so aloof and passionless that not even the greatest beauty could capture his attention. But on this dazzling afternoon, one woman did catch the duke's eye, and she was the only female in the room who wasn't even trying. Christine Derrick is intrigued by the handsome duke, all the more so when he invites her to become his mistress.
What red-blooded woman wouldn't enjoy a tumble in the bedsheets with a consummate lover, with no strings and no questions asked. An infuriating lady with very definite views on men, morals, and marriage, Christine confounds Wulfric at every turn. Yet even as the lone wolf of the Bedwyn clan vows to seduce her any way he can, something strange and wonderful is happening. Now, for a man who thought he'd never lose his heart, nothing less than love will do.
With her trademark wit, riveting storytelling, and sizzling sexual sparks, Mary Balogh once again brings together two polar opposites: an irresistible, high-and-mighty aristocrat and the impulsive, pleasure-loving woman who shows him what true passion is all about. A man and a woman so wrong for each other, it can result only in the perfect match.
*******************This is heavily influenced by my second favorite Austen book, Pride and Prejudice. In the final installment in her popular Bedwyn family saga, Mary Balogh gives her stoic, ever-proper Wulfric, Duke of Bewcastle, a wonderful love story. Throughout the series, readers have seen signs of Wulf's love for his family, but it is always in random glimpses. Slightly Dangerous shows Wulf meeting and falling head over heels for a woman (Christine) that he considers to be the exact opposite of what he needs in a wife. There is nothing better than watching a straight-laced gentleman become completely flustered when he falls in love. While it is the conclusion of a series, I definitely think this book can be read as a stand-alone.