No Man’s Mistress by Mary Balogh

This was a enemies-to-lovers historical with an unexpected twist and fair-to-moderate drama. I do not enjoy the enemies-first trope bc it makes me uncomfortable. I’m a fan of the chase – not the bickering.

The twist and the drama were a bit convoluted. A relatively simple storyline suddenly became bumpy. It wasn’t poorly done – but again this isn’t my favorite kind of story.

As always the characters were on-point. MB makes them lovable – warts and all. And huge props to her for a story where the heroine saves herself. Viola was every bit the badass in this story – perhaps a bit more than Ferdinand.

It had 4 star moments, and, overall was a likable read. My review is entirely subjective – and based on the fact that I mostly enjoy the sweet gushy stories.

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