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Irresistible

Irresistible

Escrito por Mary Balogh

Narrado por Rosalyn Landor


Irresistible

Escrito por Mary Balogh

Narrado por Rosalyn Landor

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3.5/5 (14 valoraciones)
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11 horas
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Publicado:
Jan 7, 2020
ISBN:
9781541440258
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From New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh comes the third novel in the Horsemen Trilogy, in which a proper English lady discovers how desirable she really is after one very improper night . . .

Sophia Armitage does not consider herself attractive. Even her late husband treated her more as a companion than a lover when she accompanied him to war. But Sophia hopes to enjoy a Season in London as her niece makes her social debut — until, that is, her hopes are dashed when she is faced with a threat she can reveal to no one. Then she meets Sir Nathaniel Gascoigne, an old army friend, and falls in love with him even as she must discourage his growing passion for her. Nathaniel can sense Sophia's unhappiness and fear, but does not understand that his attempts to protect and help her can only bring about her downfall . . .

Editorial:
Publicado:
Jan 7, 2020
ISBN:
9781541440258
Formato:
Audiolibro


Sobre el autor

Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the acclaimed Slightly and Simply novels, the Mistress trilogy, and the five titles in her Huxtable series: First Comes Marriage, Then Comes Seduction, At Last Comes Love, Seducing an Angel, and A Secret Affair.

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  • (4/5)
    Sophia Armitage, the widow of a war hero, is pleased to run into four offices who had been her friends when she went to war with her husband on the Peninsula. Nathaniel Gascoine had always been the most special to her, and impulsively they have a one night stand. He, although determined not to marry, wants to continue an affair, but Sophia is being blackmailed and is told to stay away from her officer friends. They gradually figure it out, and threaten the blackmailer with revealing his own secrets. Sophia reveals to Nathaniel that her husband was not attracted to women and she had a marriage only for appearances... and lingering emotional scars from her lack of attraction to her husband. Neither of them wants to burden the other with love, but Nathaniel finally admits his love to Sophia.
  • (4/5)
    This is the third in the Four Horsemen series and I’m relieved that I liked it, because the second book in this series was such a big disappointment to me.

    As usual, Ms. Balogh gives the reader time to meet the characters, their back stories and then slowly has them fall for each other. In this case, our hero had known the heroine for awhile, but hadn’t seen her in a long time. Their chance meeting and re-acquaintance was sweet and tender, awkward and confusing, and very real. I liked the pace that the relationship took to developed between the two and the honest approach to the physical and emotional connection portrayed.

    I also liked the way that the mystery plot was revealed early on, which then left me to anticipate the way in which its resolution will be portrayed. I loved its conclusion a lot!

    Since there are four horsemen, this book comes with a secondary romance of Eden and Lavinia whose back and forth was priceless and a great compliment to Sophia and Nat’s sweet and steady romance.

    If you’ve read the other two books, then you must get this one. Also, if you’re a fan of “friends to lovers” tropes, then this is a story you’ll like a lot.

    As a series, I recommend the first and third, and am still torn about the second….

    Melanie for b2b
  • (3/5)
    This is not a bad book, but I think it suffers from trying to do too much. It is the third volume in a series about "The Four Horsemen," and it tells the stories of two of them. My sense is that there was some reason that four planned volumes wouldn't work out, and the fourth volume was shoehorned into the third. This is awkward. We get POV scenes from Nathaniel and Sophie, the hero and heroine of this book, but Eden and Lavinia get a subplot, and some scenes, but never any POV scenes. Since Eden is also one of the Four Horsemen, this undercuts him and throws off the whole balance.Both Sophie and Nathaniel are well-drawn, likeable characters. Their history together makes sense, and the way their relationship develops is satisfying. The obstacle that keeps them apart is a secret from Sophie's past, and she doesn't handle it well, although it makes sense that she tries to take care of it herself. However, once several different people make it clear that they see that there is a problem, and offer to give her any help that they can, it doesn't make sense that she keeps pushing them away and trying to deal with it. (Trying not to give away spoilers.) However, this eventually comes clean, and the book ends well.
  • (2/5)
    Sophie Armitage was married to an officer who died a heroic death in the Napoleonic War. His heroism got her a modest government pension and feted by the ton, but she is secretly lonely. Then his old cavalry buddies, the so-called Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, return to London. Sophie and Nathaniel rekindle their old friendship, and quickly fall into bed together. But Sophie is being blackmailed with her husband's old love letters to a fellow officer, which would ruin his posthumous reputation and the family name, and she is sinking into penury and despair. Her self-esteem at an all-time low, she can't take Nathaniel's love seriously until she deals with the blackmail situation.

    Meanwhile, Nathaniel's spirited ward (Lavinia, who I really like) has a 1940s-banter style love/hate relationship with Nathaniel's bff Eden.

    I was glad at how sensitively everyone took the revelation of homosexuality--I have no clue how historically accurate it is, but I was pleased that no one was even slightly assholish about it. Nathaniel was very kind about how hard her husband's lack of interest in her and love affair must have been for Sophie, but did so without blaming her husband. The ending kinda dwindles away to nothing, but at least all the loose threads were satisfactorily wrapped up by then. I liked both the ladies, but didn't feel much toward the men, and I was unpleasantly suprised to realize that I'd already forgotten the romances of the other Horsemen (who come back for a few scenes in this book).
  • (4/5)
    Sophia may be the main character and pivot for much of the heroism going on but Lavinia is a hoot and deserved a book of her own!Sophia's husband died a hero at the battle of Waterloo and she was granted a house and servants by the crown. Only now she has to deal with a blackmailer who is leeching her dry, as well as the Four Horsemen, two of whom are married in previous books (that I haven't read but want to). Sophia wants something more from life but fears what the blackmailer will do to others. She tries to strike a balannce but it's hard work. Meanwhile she finds herself attracted to Sir Nathaniel Gascoigne, again, he's looking forward to marrying off his sister and ward and having batchelor freedom for a while, but Sophia is distracting him.It's light and fluffy mostly but it deals with a complex problem of the time.
  • (4/5)
    "Irresistible" is the last book in the Four Horsemen of the Apocalpyse series. "Irresistible" is the story of Sophia Armitage, a young widow who lost her husband at the Battle of Waterloo, and Sir Nathaniel Gasciogne, who had been a soldier and a dear friend of hers while she was following the drum. It is also, to a lesser extent, the story of Lavinia Bergland, Nathaniel's cousin, and Eden Wendell, one of the Four Horsemen.At the beginning of the book, Nathaniel is returning to London from the country to present his sister Georgina and cousin Lavinia to society. His hope is that they will find husbands quickly so that he can return to the inviting solitude of his country estate which would then be free from troublesome women. While in London, he meets up with the other three of the "Four Horsemen" - a band of officers who friends during the war. They have all changed a great deal (two of them are married with children), but the friendship still remains. Sophia, at the same time, is living a quiet life in a house provided to her by the government in recognition of her husband's bravery at Waterloo. She is struggling to make ends meet because, as we find out later, she is being blackmailed. Sophie meets Nathaniel and the other three Horsemen in the park, and renews an acquaintance with them. She had always had feelings for Nathaniel, and those feelings reignite into a crazy night of lovemaking which changes everything...This is a fantastic book. Like in most of Mary Balogh's books, I found myself caring about the characters very much - they are like real people who come alive in the pages. Sophie's fear and loneliness and love for Nathaniel are emotions that the reader is almost forced to feel internally, as is Nathaniel's realization that he cannot recapture the crazy days after Waterloo and his slow understanding that he has grown since then and actually wishes to settle down. The plot device (the blackmail) adds to the love story rather than takes away from it, and the love between Sophie and Nathaniel feels real, not forced upon us. A beautiful book that made me cry in the last pages!
  • (3/5)
    I liked the plot of this story but it moved so slow with lots of trivial details. Midway I got frustrated with heroines behavior and skimmed the rest but did finish. Military widow Sophia encounters four good friends, especially Nathaniel, from days when she followed the drum.
  • (3/5)
    Nathaniel is one of four war buddies that comprise the four horsemen of the apocalypse. He is returning to London for season to marry off the last of his five sisters and his cousin. The four friends reunite and run across another friend's widow, good ol' Sophie. Beneath her good buddy exterior beats a woman's heart. Trouble turns up, and the four horsemen ride to her rescue, against her wishes of independence.

    I have to say this is not my favorite Mary Balogh novel. While her characters often have a hard time expressing themselves, I found this one to be a bit more tedious in that regard. There were also stretches of dialog that were stilted. That being said, I still enjoyed the story. If you're a Balogh fan, you'll enjoy this one, too. If not, you might want to read one of her other books.
  • (3/5)
    I realized I read this before as it became more and more familiar. It was OK to good. Mostly the assumptions by the heroine of the hero's feelings over and over was a bit irritating and made it less enjoyable. This is the only book of the Four Horseman series that is worth reading.
  • (4/5)
    I'm a Mary Balogh fangirl, so am gradually working my way through her backlist. This one is from 1998, and it bears all of the Balogh signature features: a dauntless heroine (who's terribly insecure underneath), a swoonworthy hero, and LOTS of secondary characters. So many secondary characters that I couldn't keep them straight, but that didn't matter.

    The romance between two old friends was sweet, especially because neither of them ever expected it. The widowed heroine had not had an especially happy marriage, and the hero was actively trying to marry off the last of his dependents so he could live in a house free of bothersome females. There's a very cute, and different, secondary romance as well.

    All in all, an enjoyable read.