Irresistible

Irresistible PDF Ð Mass Market Paperback
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • Irresistible
  • Mary Balogh
  • English
  • 19 August 2019
  • 0515123676

About the Author: Mary Balogh

Mary Jenkins was born in in Swansea, Wales, UK After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two year teaching contract in She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian When she s not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting She also enjoys watching tennis and curlingMary Balogh started writing in the evenings as a hobby Her first book, a Regency love story, was published in as A Masked Deception under her married name In , she retired from teaching after years to pursue her dream to write full time She has writtenthan seventy novels and almost thirty novellas since then, including the New York Times bestselling Slightly sextet and Simply quartet She has won numerous awards, including Bestselling Historical of the Year from the Borders Group, and her novel Simply Magic was a finalist in the Quill Awards She has won seven Waldenbooks Awards and two B Dalton Awards for her bestselling novels, as well as a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award.


Irresistible❮BOOKS❯ ✸ Irresistible Author Mary Balogh – Johndore.co.uk Sophia Armitage was a friend, indeed She had agreed to help Sir Nathaniel Gascoigne find a husband for his cousin, Lavinia, in the glittering city of London only half hoping that she d find one hersel Sophia Armitage was a friend, indeed She had agreed to help Sir Nathaniel Gascoigne find a husband for his cousin, Lavinia, in the glittering city of London only half hoping that she d find one herself Sophia knew the odds were against her Men simply did not seem attracted to her not that way Even her late husband had treated Sophia as a companion than a lover But then something shocking happened in London Sophia found herself in the arms of Nathaniel himself Not only did this act of indiscretion threaten their lifelong friendship, it revealed the depth of passion that defied everything Sophia believed about herself.

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10 thoughts on “Irresistible

  1. Rane says:

    When Sir Nathaniel Gascoigne comes to London to help find suitable marriages for his sister and cousin, he s surprised to meet with a colleague and fellow solider widowed wife and old friend Sophie Armitage Sophie has became somewhat of a celebrity because of her husband s act of heroism But Sophie s life is anything but pleasant as she deals with many hardships after his husband s death Meeting with Nathaniel again, brings feelings Sophie had kept hidden long ago to resurface, and when she When Sir Nathaniel Gascoigne comes to London to help find suitable marriages for his sister and cousin, he s surprised to meet with a colleague and fellow solider widowed wife and old friend Sophie Armitage Sophie has became somewhat of a celebrity because of her husband s act of heroism But Sophie s life is anything but pleasant as she deals with many hardships after his husband s death Meeting with Nathaniel again, brings feelings Sophie had kept hidden long ago to resurface, and when she proposes a affair of equals Nat accepts, but when a blackmailer comes to ruin Sophie life, Nataniel and Sophie must choose a future apart or a future together Every time I pick up a Mary Balogh book I always know am in for a wonderful read with great character depth Nathaniel Gascoigne has come to London to help his sister and his cousin find marriages, having been the country for so long, Nathaniel is glad to be back in London to see the sights and his friends and old soldiers in arms, when he and his friends happen upon Sophie Armitage at the park one morning he s feels the same comfort she always showed as she followed her husband into war and became a army wife whom always followed the drum When one night, changes it all and Nathaniel and Sophie sleep together Thinking it would just be a flash in the pan moment, Nathaniel is surpised and pleased when Sophie proposes a affair for the season As they grow closer, Nathaniel starts to see another side of Sophie he never seen before, and when she suddenly asks for the affair to end, Nathaniel is evendrawn to Sophie and the need to help her and the deep need to love her Sophie Armitage followed her husband into war, where she met and befriend to Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, four handsome and brave men, but noneso then Sir Nathaniel Gascoigne who stole her heart While she cared for husband, it was a loveless marriage and one of dear friends then of lovers After her husband s death, Sophie lives a quiet life, as she tries to deal with a blackmailer who would bring to light a dark secret from her husband s past if she doesn t pay up Trying to live one day at a time, Sophie is getting ready for her own niece s season when she meets with Nathaniel and the Four Horsemen again, after a night of passion she shares with Nathaniel, and seeing as her only true chance of happiness, Sophie decides to take a chance and ask Nathaniel to have an affair with her When he agrees, she feels not only happy but saddens knowing her heart will be broken once the affair ends, which is sooner then she thought as the blackmailer digs his talons in deeper making her force to push everyone she cares about away or have them ruined including Nathaniel, but she s surprised when Nathaniel wishes to remain by her side forever From friends to lovers, Nathaniel and Sophie has a great shifting of balance they go through in their relationship that evolves throughout the book While Sophie always held her love close to her heart Nathaniel only saw Sophie as..well Sophie The comfy, sometimes untidy, always cheerful Sophie He never saw beyond that, until the night they make love that leaves his shaken but also wantingNathaniel is a true gentleman, thinking he has to be the strong one of the family Which leaves him kinda stumped with his open minded and independent cousin and Sophie Nathaniel in the beginning sees Sophie still as a friend, and then sees her a lover, but not one of the same Nathaniel feels a strong pull toward Sophie thehe sees her, but when he sees beyond the armor she hides herself, he finds her stunning and beautiful It takes some time, for Nathaniel to see that Sophie is able to hold her own as an independent woman, but it s charming to see Nathaniel go from a caring friend to someone who would beat the crap out of anyone who would hurt the woman he loves And Nathaniel loves Sophie deeply, but is unsure of her feelings and is willing to let her go, but also is willing to fight tooth and nail for her as well Nathaniel is another one of MB s heroes that are not Alpha Male, but is a true Gamma with a big heart, that you love and hold a deep understanding for Sophie is a woman who knows her own mind, but wants to be loved as a woman, an equal Sophia has suffered in and after her marriage in self confidence as a female, when she s with Nathaniel she feels truly like a woman, and a woman in love But because of her lack of self confidence in herself, she scared to really show and tell her feelings toward Nathaniel, but also scared to be found out that she s being blackmailed Sophie always feels she needs to prove to everyone she can take care of herself, but at the same time I wanted for her to stand up for herself against the blackmailer sooner then later and tell Nathaniel her feelings She wanted people to respect her and being an independent woman, sometimes she acted to much of a puppet on a string and a victim When she does stand on her own, I was happy and glad she finally told Nathaniel her love for him There was a few things in Irresistible that I really didn t like and some I really loved The tug and pull with Nathaniel of seeing Sophie as a friend or lover was understandable, but at times I wanted to shake him to see that Sophie wasthen a BFF Sophie taking crap from her blackmailer and the sudden overkill event was kinda eh for me and not in the line of whom Sophie was Plus there was some things that took away from the focus of Sophie and Nathaniel which made me wanna hurry through so I could get back to theme These events brought my rating down, but didn t bring down my love in reading this book The secondary romance was cute and the banter between the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse was fun But always the main highlight of the book was the growing relationship between Sophie and Nathaniel Overall a wonderfully written and story of two people whom were once friends then became lovers,as it changes their lives and how their new found love blossoms

  2. Jacob Proffitt says:

    This is third in a series and characters from the others are all over the place in this one I definitely recommend reading these in order.This story was well frustrating, mostly I spent the first half of the novel wishing Sophie wasn t so determined to do everything on her own because she both needed help and she has very capable friends who can do a lotthan she can on her own I feel like Balogh was trying to depict the independent woman and how cool and strong she was, but I exper This is third in a series and characters from the others are all over the place in this one I definitely recommend reading these in order.This story was well frustrating, mostly I spent the first half of the novel wishing Sophie wasn t so determined to do everything on her own because she both needed help and she has very capable friends who can do a lotthan she can on her own I feel like Balogh was trying to depict the independent woman and how cool and strong she was, but I experienced itas stupid and blind I did enjoy her friendship with Nat s cousin, Lavinia, though she had her own issues with letting I am independent equate to I am an idiot.Not that it was all pain and dumbness I liked their relationship and Nat digging into how precious he found her was endearing As was her discovering her own value and how others really could appreciate her for her stellar qualities.Anyway, I was in charity with the story once things started coming together shortly after the midpoint And that lasted a bit Before it came crashing down in flaming piles ofstupid Seriously, the last quarter of the book could have been short circuited with a simple here s how I feel about you Or even the lamer version of how do you feel about me Seriously, both were in love and knew it And each pulled the stupid misread thingy where oh, they re just being friendly Because we re friends And we wouldn t want to disrupt that Because friends So I was at a low two to start that edged near four stars in the middle For it to settle back into a three star rating by the end Barely Actually, I liked the handling of the background plot well enough that it wasn t likely to duck beneath three stars But stillA note about period detail Balogh s tendency to go off period was particularly strong in this one especially in regards to attitudes towards gay men Every character we re supposed to be in charity with not only had no problem with gay folks in general but most eventually said something along the lines of they re born that way and how can you fault them for how they re made Which, uh, yeah, so very not something someone would say at that time Even if they thought it.A note about Steamy There are two explicit sex scenes and they re marvelous and enlightening and glorious for all It s the low end of my steam tolerance, though edging higher I did like how they were presented and the role the sex played in the relationship, though I kind of hated Nat s beginning position with regards to sex in general It made him feel shallower than I think he was meant to

  3. Jan says:

    Another fav Balogh I don t seem to have written a review of I ll remedy that now.This is a beautifully paced and developed love story between two very believable and likeable characters Nathaniel the former soldier, who is looking forward to a peaceful life once his numerous sisters are all married and have homes of their own Although he enjoys sex, and in fact went a little overboard for a few months in the wake of the horrors of the war, Nathaniel also has a conservative streak that follows Another fav Balogh I don t seem to have written a review of I ll remedy that now.This is a beautifully paced and developed love story between two very believable and likeable characters Nathaniel the former soldier, who is looking forward to a peaceful life once his numerous sisters are all married and have homes of their own Although he enjoys sex, and in fact went a little overboard for a few months in the wake of the horrors of the war, Nathaniel also has a conservative streak that follows the s of society of his time But he is an honourable man, a man of deep integrity.Sophie the young widow, who knows Nathaniel from her years following the drum and her late husband during the war Sophie s husband was a revered war hero, but their marriage seems to have been less than satisfactory Over the years she has lost faith in her own self worth and beauty She now dresses dowdily and lives a simple life And Sophie has an overwhelming secret fear that is gradually revealed to the reader Old friends, Sophie and Nathaniel meet up again by chance, and one night sexual attraction unexpectedly flares between them This scene is done beautifully Over a short period of time, they come to see beneath the surface and understand each other better, and they fall deeply in love Unfortunately as they both come to this realisation, neither of them realises their love is returned by the other It s just a beautiful affair.Sophie s secret fear becomes overwhelming, but is eventually resolved quite satisfactorily But the book doesn t end here There is quite an ending section that follows on, when Sophie and Nathaniel finally accept their love is mutual, and find their HEA The strengths of this beautiful book lie in the beautifully paced unfolding of the plot, the genuine and powerful love and sexuality between Nathaniel and Sophie, and the excellent writing of the characters Both H and h are realistic and believable people of their times, and both have real integrity and strength of character The numerous secondary characters are also well written and add much to the story In fact there is an entire secondary romance revolving around Nathaniel s war buddy Eden and Nathaniel s strong minded and independent cousin Lavinia And it s lovely to watch these two enemies to lovers as they strike sparks off each other, till they finally accept their mutual attraction.Overall, IMO this is one of Balogh s best and most satisfying books An old fav I have read and reread and will doubtless read yet again in the future

  4. Lady Wesley says:

    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 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

  5. Jultri says:

    2.75 5 It has taken me many years to finally get hold of this book, the last in the Horsemen Trilogy and unfortunately the weakest I do have a thing against listening to HRs generally, but Rosalyn Landor s narration is very solid and I don t think it contributed in any way to my less favourable impression of this book The blame lies solely on the heroine, Sophie or Mrs Sophia Armitage, the widow of an acknowledged English war hero She had been living a comfortable, independent life in London 2.75 5 It has taken me many years to finally get hold of this book, the last in the Horsemen Trilogy and unfortunately the weakest I do have a thing against listening to HRs generally, but Rosalyn Landor s narration is very solid and I don t think it contributed in any way to my less favourable impression of this book The blame lies solely on the heroine, Sophie or Mrs Sophia Armitage, the widow of an acknowledged English war hero She had been living a comfortable, independent life in London as afforded by her war widow s stipend, well respected and her company keenly sought out by high society Except her smiles are forced, her cheerfulness masking a lonely existence, her financial independence hanging by a very fragile thread Her precarious balance between her outward carefree existence and her private calamity is threatened further when she comes across her husband s old army friends, the famous Four Horsemen and especially Nathaniel Gascoigne, the one who always had a special place in her heart They embrace Sophie again warmly and though she cherishes their company, her secrets and stress grow ever heavier upon their reentry into her life But it s hard to turn away Nathaniel s attention when she has craved it for so long and especially since his attention are decidedly no longer just platonic The problem is that she does turn Nathaniel away time and time again Turn them all away, his affection, the other men s warm regards and concerns There were moments in my car when I just wanted to scream my frustration at her stubborn adherence to her misplaced pride, her lack of faith in Nathaniel and the other Horsemen s sense of decency and gallantry and their sincere feelings for her She believed him when he told her she was beautiful She knew and appreciated the honourable and good natures of these men, and especially Nathaniel, so why doubt that they would be able to assist her and not be repelled by the secret that she was so eager to protect, which wasn t even her secret to begin with Why doubt Nathaniel when he declared his feelings for her view spoiler And how dare she keep her pregnancy secret from him when she had made a promise to marry him, if she conceived from their affair hide spoiler He had done nothing throughout their old and recent acquaintance to make her doubt his sincerity and his heart.I don t normally enjoy secondary romance side plots, but the interactions between Lavinia Nathaniel s cousin and Eden one of the Four Horsemen were highly amusing and they had farchemistry than Nathaniel and Sophie The latter s relationship was spoiled by Sophie s colossal self doubt and her many secrets which prevented her from truly opening up herself to him until the very end

  6. *The Angry Reader* says:

    I have a new favorite historical romance Holy Moses I didn t want this book to end Each page closer to finishing hurt my heart just a littleBasic plot widow Sophie runs into four old friends She has a crush on one Nathaniel Sophie has some other life issues, and Nathaniel is adorably obtuse Let the relationship hijinks commence I very quickly fell a little in love with Sophie MB is known for her imperfect characters Never has a historical romance heroine felt so near and dear I have a new favorite historical romance Holy Moses I didn t want this book to end Each page closer to finishing hurt my heart just a littleBasic plot widow Sophie runs into four old friends She has a crush on one Nathaniel Sophie has some other life issues, and Nathaniel is adorably obtuse Let the relationship hijinks commence I very quickly fell a little in love with Sophie MB is known for her imperfect characters Never has a historical romance heroine felt so near and dear to my heart clever, strong, giving, independent, a pistol, and with some serious emotional baggage that never weighed down the book And Nathaniel was a bit clueless but that was part of his charm He was, overall, an incredibly nice guy And those are my favorite kind If you ve avoided historical romance bc you of the bodice ripper reputation this is the book for you A smart, sweet, lovely story that avoids all of those tacky cliches I don t think this book was perfect I read where 2 other reviewers commented that even while seeing the flaws they couldn t put it down But I enjoyed the heroine and the storyline and the additional characters so much that I m declaring this book perfect for me

  7. Leona says:

    I read this book years ago, but for some reason never connected it to the two other books in the series I took it out on loan from the library with the intention of finishing the series As I started to read it, I realized that I had read it before A tear jerker for sure, and IMHO one of MB s better stories.

  8. Caz says:

    I ve given this an A for narration and a B for content at AudioGals.First published in 1998, but newly available in audio, Irresistible is the final book in Mary Balogh s Horsemen Trilogy , which features a group of friends who served together in the Peninsular War, and whose fearless feats of derring do earned them the nickname the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse It s a gently moving and compelling friends to lovers story that has a few flaws mostly relating to some of the heroine s actio I ve given this an A for narration and a B for content at AudioGals.First published in 1998, but newly available in audio, Irresistible is the final book in Mary Balogh s Horsemen Trilogy , which features a group of friends who served together in the Peninsular War, and whose fearless feats of derring do earned them the nickname the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse It s a gently moving and compelling friends to lovers story that has a few flaws mostly relating to some of the heroine s actions but which I enjoyed very much in spite of them.Sir Nathaniel Gascoigne has spent the last couple of years rusticating on his Yorkshire estate drowning as he sees it in female relatives five sisters and one cousin With four of his sisters now settled, he s looking forward to having the place to himself once he has found suitable husbands for his youngest sister and cousin, and is heading to London for the Season for the first time in two years with exactly this intention He also plans a reunion with his fellow Horsemen two of whom are now happily married and to have a bit of ahem fun whilst he s in town and break his two year dry spell One morning shortly after his arrival in town, he and his friends are riding in the park when they are delighted to meet an old friend, Mrs Sophia Armitage.You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals

  9. Angela says:

    Saved the best for last The first two in this series were a little too angsty and dramatic for me This book struck a good balance between emotional turmoil and real life drama Sophie is living under years of caked on insecurities not to mention blackmail and has a lot to overcome She s a strong character Nat is nice, and observant, but kinda flat He s a bit of an ass to his cousin one of the better characters , but overall there s not a lot of room for character development It s strang Saved the best for last The first two in this series were a little too angsty and dramatic for me This book struck a good balance between emotional turmoil and real life drama Sophie is living under years of caked on insecurities not to mention blackmail and has a lot to overcome She s a strong character Nat is nice, and observant, but kinda flat He s a bit of an ass to his cousin one of the better characters , but overall there s not a lot of room for character development It s strange to me that there are 4 Horsemen, but only 3 books Why did Eden get shortchanged Especially since he s the one who had the most room for emotional growth Oh well

  10. Petra says:

    3 and half stars rounding it up This is a melodramatic story of Nathaniel and Sophie and their up and down romance It s sweet in this grown up adult kind of way There is pain and there is healing There is jealousy and total devotion I have appreciated a heroine who has to heal from her previous relationship from the ground up That was beautiful subject And Nathaniel was the perfect hero for that Yes the villain part of the story was a little exaggerated and Sophie was too stubborn but 3 and half stars rounding it up This is a melodramatic story of Nathaniel and Sophie and their up and down romance It s sweet in this grown up adult kind of way There is pain and there is healing There is jealousy and total devotion I have appreciated a heroine who has to heal from her previous relationship from the ground up That was beautiful subject And Nathaniel was the perfect hero for that Yes the villain part of the story was a little exaggerated and Sophie was too stubborn but I did understand why What was a lovely surprise, was the secondary love story Yay That was really cute