Review: Slightly Tempted by Mary Balogh

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Review: Slightly Tempted by Mary Balogh
Slightly Tempted

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Series: Bedwyn Saga #4
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Dell
Released on December 30, 2003
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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The Delight

As I progress through the Bedwyn Saga and get the lives and romances of each of the siblings, I arrived at youngest sibling, Morgan Bedwyn’s tale.  A revenge plot told against the backdrop of the Battle of Waterloo, this has been the most exciting of the series so far.

Review

Slightly Tempted is book four in the series and fits well within the context of the series, but also has the flexibility to be read standalone as long as the reader doesn’t mind the sensation of feeling the connection to previous books.

Morgan is the youngest Bedwyn and has just experienced her First Season.  She is bored and finds all the London swains insipid so an invitation to join acquaintances in Brussels as Wellington prepares the British Army to war against Napoleon once again is too good to be missed.  She no sooner realizes that the society there in Brussels might possess more uniforms, but the balls and soirees are just as tedious when she encounters an exciting rake who has designs on her.  Morgan accepts the challenge of crossing swords with Gervase and sets the tongues to wagging only to be pulled in when war rushes over it all and she is there because she refused to be evacuated when her brother Allyne attempted to talk sense into her.  War isn’t the only powerful element taking over her life when her flirtation grows into something more, but can she forgive him when the truth comes out?

Gervase was exiled by his father and forced to leave the country nine years before.  Wulfric Bedwyn was largely responsible.  Now, Bewcastle’s headstrong, impetuous adventure seeking baby sister is there before him and he knows she is the key to true revenge.  And, she plays right into his hands from the very first moment.  Too bad getting to know Morgan in the process means that he wavers and then falls into the trap of his own making when love challenges revenge within his heart.

Honestly, I had mixed feelings about this one.  It was probably never going to be a favorite.  The revenge plot is always a shaky thing for me.  But, I was willing to give it a try since I wanted to get this story since it is part of the series.  I was a little curious about the youngest Bedwyn especially now that she’s out in society and somehow tricks Wulf into letting her be on her own (relatively so).

What was an early sticking point was that I found Morgan’s inexplicable need to stay in a potential warzone because she felt alive and excited- compelled to be part of history, even- just not admirable.  She shows worry because she knows war is not a lark and that many of the young officers she is dancing at balls with will likely not survive, and yet she fights her brother on getting her a safe distance away.  She has no good reason to be lodged in the middle. of all this  Now, once she is needed when the battles are raging and she can be a help, that was very different and I could applaud what it said about her character, but I had to get past that moment of her reason for being there in the first place.

See, this was one where, as a whole, I was engaged with the story, but if I focused on certain parts like Gervase’s behavior, Morgan’s attitude, and the romance then I found it ho-hum.  I needed the additional factors like Gervase’s past with Wulfic, the battles fought across Belgium, and more to make this story.  Some stories are like that- the cohesion of the whole story is its strength and not the parts that make it up.  I could appreciate Morgan and Gervase’s story and even enjoy it as a result.

This pair both had to grow and change so much and this is what the author does so well.  They are opposites in that Gervase is older and experienced, jaded even, and Morgan is young, arrogant and pretending to be jaded and experienced.  Gervase planned to take advantage, but it turns out that he falls in love and the seduction is mutual so nothing uncomfortable happens.  Though, always in my mind was that Morgan really was lucky that it was Gervase and not a truly hardened rake because she really was in over her head just like most eighteen year olds would be.

I might have only been so-so on the characters, but I was still cheering for them and feeling the tension of Morgan learning the truth and how things would go between Wulf and Gervase.  Each encounter with Wulf is like a tantalizing teaser for when I will finally get to his own story.  But, I’m not in too big of a rush because I have a feeling after the glimpses of Alleyne in this one that his story will be good, too.

So, this exciting war romance entry in the series was quite a tale that I wouldn’t have thought would do it for me, but did.  Shows a nice variety in the series installments, too.  I can definitely recommend this author if you want historical romance and a fab series focused around a family.

Challenges Met

Mt. TBR #41
Reading Assignment #13 Professor Author Love
Oldie But a Goodie #10
Library Love #4
Series That Never Ends #5

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Genesis @ Whispering Chapters
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It’s good that despite certain aspects, you were still able to enjoy it. I don’t know if this would be fore me, though. Especially with Morgan’s attitude.

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, it was definitely the iffiest in the series so far for me. I have high hopes for the last two books.

Cynthia
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I used to read this period all the time and miss these types of books. Great review and thanks for sharing.

Sophia Rose
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I’m finally getting to an older series that I didn’t get the chance to read and it feels nostalgic. 🙂 Thanks, Cynthia!

Tracy Terry
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Glad that despite this not being altogether to your taste you still managed to enjoy it.

Sophia Rose
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I had to work past my early hesitations, but then it settled into an engaging story for me. 🙂

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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It can be difficult to appreciate a novel when the characters’ actions don’t seem logical or even, in this case, safe! I’m glad the historical setting helped make up for other deficits

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I wish there had been a better reason to have her on the spot. I kept thinking that her oldest brother was not the type to let her go off like that with near strangers to him nor did it set well that she insist on staying there with no real reason.
But, the historical setting and the latter part of the story was sure good. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
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Wanting to be in the middle of a war zone sounds a little crazy on her part. Glad you ended up liking it even though you had a few problems with it.

Sophia Rose
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That was exactly my thoughts. It seemed ghoulish.

Lover Of Romance
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Lovely review. I do agree that this author does a great job in the growth in her characters, it amazes me how well she does with it. No matter how old or new the story is. And I adore this family, they are a hoot aren’t they??!!

Sophia Rose
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I’ve read so many and still get wowed. LOL This family is something. As I get closer to Wulf’s story I am really raising my expectations. 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
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The Battle of Waterloo interests me. My Nana use to play an old movie called, Waterloo Bridge. It was very tragic and romantic, and the mention of Waterloo made me think of my Nana and happy times I cherished with her. So thank you. I can see where you had trouble with loving the characters; the male leads need for revenge, the female leads lack of common sense and naiveté. However, I’m glad that it all worked out with the author being able to deliver an exciting war romance that was centered on family, and that she’s been able to… Read more »

Sophia Rose
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I love old movies so I had to look that one up. I know what you mean about the nostalgia of old movies with your nana. I remember playing old records with mine and that was our thing. 🙂

They had their issues, particularly at first, but I was glad to see them get past their flaws and grow. The war part of the story helped during their weak moments and I do love when all the Bedwyns come together to help. 🙂

Angie Elle
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I never made it this far when I read this series ‘back in the day.’ LOL But man, you make some great points. I think I would have been frustrated about her staying in a warzone, too. That puts the people who have to shield her in more danger.

I’m glad you found things to enjoy about the story overall. I’ll admit- I have a HUGE love for revenge plots. In historical. In modern day, it doesn’t work as well for me.

Great review!

Sophia Rose
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I’m closing in on the last two and I confess that the last one has been my big anticipated one since before I started. 🙂
Yes, exactly. Her reason just didn’t cut it for me.
Ha! Well, this was a good revenge one. Now that you mention it, I do better when its in a historical or even a romantic suspense, but worse if its a contemporary.

Jennifer Tar Heel Reader
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This sounds like a fun and engaging series and I love that it’s historical romance. I’ve always wanted to try this author. Wonderful review!

Sophia Rose
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She’s definitely a queenly author of the genre, Jennifer. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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It’s hard when you struggle with certain aspects or find the romance meh. Great review!

Sophia Rose
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So true! I liked it as a whole, but some bits were indifferences. Oh well, getting closer to Wulf’s story and that is the one that has me jazzed.