Monday, April 25, 2016

Review: One Night for Love by Mary Balogh

Series: Bedwyn Saga Book .5
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Rating: 4 Stars
How I Got It: Purchased
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Dell

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads
Enter the world of Mary Balogh—the glittering ballrooms and vast country estates of Regency-era England, where romance, with all its mystery, magic, and surprises, comes vibrantly alive.

It was a perfect morning in May . . .

Neville Wyatt, Earl of Kilbourne, awaited his bride at the altar—when a ragged beggar woman raced down the aisle instead. The cream of the ton saw him stare, shocked, then declare that this was his wife! One night of passion was all he remembered as he beheld Lily, the woman he'd wed, loved, and lost on the battlefield in Portugal. Now he said he'd honor his commitment to her—regardless of the gulf that lay between them.

Then Lily spoke her mind . . .

She said she wanted only to start a new life—wanted only a husband who truly loved her. She had to leave him to learn how to meet his world on her terms. So Lily agreed to earn her keep as his aunt's companion and study the genteel arts. Soon she was the toast of the ton, every inch a countess fit for the earl, who vowed to prove to his remarkable wife that what he felt for her was far more than desire, that what he wanted from her was much more than . . . One Night for Love.


This was a very good book and definitely made me willing to read more Mary Balogh books. The first book had writing that wasn't quite for me, but this was exactly what I wanted.

Lily was great and went on quite the journey. Trigger warning for rape, but it was handled in such a respectful and non-dramatic way. She is so down to earth and naturally charming. But she does get embarassed and is very aware of the differences between her world and Neville's.

Neville is also a solid character, but I just like Lily more. I did love his loyalty to Lily even when she was trying to push him away.

Ms. Balogh did some interesting things with women in this story. They were very well-developed and diverse. You know like real people. Elizabeth-Neville's aunt-is probably my favorite and she's very wise. Then there are Gwen and Lauren. Now, I've read Gwen's story so it was odd to see such negative parts of her personality. In different ways, they had to deal with the pain Neville unnecessarily caused them. And it was very natural that they would be angry and "hate" Lily. I'm just glad Ms. Balogh was willing to go there.

The romance was solid and well-paced. The physical aspects are described, but on the tamer side. The main conflict is the class difference between Neville and Lily which is definitely a favorite of mine.

Thanks for reading!

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