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The dark devastating stranger rode into the village fair and wagered twenty pounds at the throwing booth for a chance to win the daisies in Viola Thornhill’s hair The Gypsy fortune teller had warned “Beware of a tall dark handsome stranger He can destroy you if you do not first snare his heart”Recklessly Viola flirted then danced with him around the Maypole And then came his delicate delicious kiss Viola did not regret that she had let down her. For the past two years Viola Thornhill life has been peaceful and calm After picking up the pieces of her life and starting anew Viola’s life seems almost perfect Until she meets a handsome stranger at a May Day celebration and is warned by a fortuneteller there to beware of him as he could destroy her life if she doesn’t snare his heart first Not taking the warning to heed Viola finds herself attracted to this stranger and at the end of the fair kisses from him Thinking nothing of this stranger she’s surprised to see him at her door and telling her that he’s the new owner of her home Lord Ferdinand Dudley has always had a wild streak in him always willing to take up any challenge After he wins in a card game no less the picturesue Pinewood Manor he feels mighty happy for himself That is until he goes toe to toe with the resident and so called owner of the manor With the owner scheming along with the neighbors to have him booted out Ferdinand charms and outwits anything thrown at him While trying to fight the growing temptation to his unruly opponent But when a wager is thrown down by Viola between her and Ferdinand there’s at stake then the manor but their hearts are now on the line It’s hard to have a seuel that can hold up to it’s beloved predecessor No Man’s Mistress does this and holding it’s on The story takes place four years later after “More Than A Mistress” with Ferdinand the younger brother of Jocelyn The first half of the book is charming as Viola tries to protect her home by pulling childish pranks to get Ferdinand out but time and again she can’t help but admire his will to prove her wrong as slowly she sees he’s not the big bad wolf she thought him to be Viola’s past haunts and torments her deeply and to save not only her family but her sense of self Viola throws down a wager she uickly regrets I liked Viola at first I thought she was very childish in trying to kick Ferdinand then later just down right bullheaded that I wanted to smack her upside the head a few I felt her running away to many times somewhat tiresome and really dragged down the story toward the end Plus how she kept throwing hurtful words into Ferdinand’s face was a low blow although the first time he did deserve it But as the puzzle pieces fall into place Viola wasn’t thinking about herself or even her well being but her beloved family and the shame she felt she would bring to Ferdinand if he knew the truth about her Ferdinand FerdinandI adore his name as much as I adore him While his brother was cold and sometimes coming across as unfeeling Ferdinand is happy go lucky but has had his share of past hurts from his parents but mostly his mother which caused him to look at sex differently Carefree and charming with a innocence about him made him such a great hero I totally fell in love with him cried when he cried and hurt when Viola turned him away Ferdinand was a lot stronger than he first appears and willing to sacrifice even his heart for his lady love to be happy I cheered for Ferdinand when he finally was able to get through Viola’s thick skull It made me mad that she had such little trust in him after all he did for her But leave it to Ferdinand to win any challenge he puts his mind to The love scenes between Viola and Ferdinand were so touchy and sweet they were true love scenes in ever form and fashion Together both are great and bring something to the table the other lacks The love between them gives you that warm fuzzy feeling long after It was also great to revisit the Dudley family Jocelyn has become a totally different man showing how much he loves his family and his brother whom he’s very proud of Makes me wish to see the next gen of Dudleys I was also happy that the villain got his just desserts by the hands of Ferdinand with some help from his brotherOverall one of those books that surprise and delight you that makes you smile and get a little teary eyed at the end as you read the happy ever after of this beloved couple

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No Man's MistressEr the same roof brought its share of temptation intimacy and guilt But Viola knew it was a battle she could not afford to lose Marriage was out of the uestion and she would be no man’s mistress Even as Dudley’s unnerving presence his knowing smile threatened to melt her resolveAgainst his better judgment Lord Ferdinand Dudley was beguiled This maddening beauty had stirred him as no woman had before And he was bound and determined to make her his own. Heroine was a courtesan That is not my type of heroine sorry Even if she did it for good reasons

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FREE READ × No Man's Mistress õ The dark devastating stranger rode into the village fair and wagered twenty pounds at the throwing booth — for a chance to win the daisies in Viola Thornhill’s hair The Gypsy fortune teller had warned “Beware of a tall dark handsome stranger He can destroy you — if you do not first snare his heart”Recklessly VGuard until the next morning when he appeared at her door to claim her beloved Pinewood Manor Lord Ferdinand Dudley won her home in a game of cardsViola hated him for trying to take everything including her soul She was mistress of Pinewood Manor Yet Dudley refused to leave even as his conscience rebelled at compromising this beautiful innocent whose only proof of ownership was a dead earl’s promise Dudley held the deed but at what cost Each day und. 285I enjoyed this book slightly than His Secret Mistress book 3 in the series I'm discovering that I'm not a fan of books where the main characters have a secret past It gives me unnecessary anxiety There were times in the second half of the book I couldn't stand the heroine particularly when she would put on her view spoilercourtesan hide spoiler