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It is the most natural State of Man, and therefore the State in which you are most likely to find solid Happiness. Your Reasons against entering into it at present, appear to me not well-founded. The circumstantial Advantages you have in View by postponing it, are not only uncertain, but they are small in comparison with that of the Thing itself, the being married and settled.
It is the Man and Woman united that make the compleat human Being. Together they are more likely to succeed in the World. A single Man has not nearly the Value he would have in that State of Union. He is an incomplete Animal. He resembles the odd Half of a Pair of Scissars.
If you get a prudent healthy Wife, your Industry in your Profession, with her good Economy, will be a Fortune sufficient.
Detailed Review Summary of No Man's Mistress by Mary Balogh
But if you will not take this Counsel, and persist in thinking a Commerce with the Sex inevitable, then I repeat my former Advice, that in all your Amours you should prefer old Women to young ones. You call this a Paradox, and demand my Reasons. They are these:.
Because as they have more Knowledge of the World and their Minds are better stor'd with Observations, their Conversation is more improving and more lastingly agreable. Because when Women cease to be handsome, they study to be good. They learn to do a Services small and great, and are the most tender and useful of all Friends when you are sick. Jane Ingleby was far too bold for her own good. Her blue eyes were the sort a man could drown in-were it not for her impudence.
She questioned his every move, breached his secrets, touched his soul. When he offered to set her up in his London town house, love was the last thing on his mind…. Jane tried to pretend it was strictly business, an arrangement she was forced to accept in order to conceal a dangerous secret. Surely there was nothing more perilous than being the lover of such a man.
Yet as she got past his devilish facade and saw the noble heart within, she knew the greatest jeopardy of all, a passion that drove her to risk everything on one perfect month with the improper gentleman who thought love was for fools. I loved this book!
Mary Balogh captivated me from the start with this unusual, intelligently written, emotional and sensual love story. When we first meet Jocelyn, he is arrogant, cynical, bad-tempered and domineering and revels in his rakish reputation even when it is undeserved.source
He treats lesser individuals with disdain including his long-suffering servants. Joselyn jerked impatiently on the bell rope beside his bed and vented his irritability on his vale, who had not brought his shaving water up. Do I pay you to think, Barnard? I love how Ms. When Jane discovers Jocelyn playing the piano one night, she sees a sensitive and artistic side he has kept hidden from the world. I felt a subtle change in their relationship when Jocelyn confides in Jane that his father had considered his artistic talent effeminate and had been determined to beat it out of him, and Jocelyn discovers that Jane has a beautiful singing voice.
It creates an intimate moment between them leading to their first kiss.
You need a home and a source of income beyond what you already have. You need some security and someone to take your mind off your loan state, I daresay. You are a woman with sexual needs, after all, and you are sexually drawn to me. I like how Jane still gets the last word by stipulating that there would be a contract drawn up between them. I love how Jane describes the house that Jocelyn provides for her as sleaze and fluff and sets about making the house a home.
Jocelyn sees the den as a haven where they can be themselves; where he can do all those things that he longed to do as a boy. I loved the charming picture Ms. Balogh creates of Jane embroidering and Jocelyn playing the piano and painting in companionable silence.
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Jocelyn confides his innermost secrets to Jane and I could understand how they had shaped him into the man he became and tainted his life. Jane sees behind the mask to a vulnerable man in need of friendship, acceptance and love. I could feel how deeply in love they were but Jane still harbours a secret but, before she can tell Jocelyn the truth, he discovers her real identity. I could understand his anger and sense of betrayal; he had trusted her enough to confide his innermost most self and she had shared nothing of herself but most of all….
She had taken everything from him, even the love of which he had though himself no longer capable. He hated her for fooling him into hoping that after all life was worth living. My one criticism is that I found the ending rather confusing, as though something was missing. When I discovered that the editor had suggested that certain scenes be deleted to provide a more effective ending, I bought a copy of Now a Bride , in which Mary Balogh has provided readers with the three missing scenes.
I understand the element of surprise the editor was aiming for but, having read the deleted scenes, personally I feel that the book would have benefited from the emotional punch of The Proposal scene where Jocelyn finally expresses his feelings for Jane. I also enjoyed the banter between Jocelyn and his circle of friends. Highly recommended. After that I was completely hooked. Lovely review as always.
Thank you, Carol, for this lovely review. Yes, I do regret not standing up to that editor and insisting upon keeping my longer ending. Live and learn!