Heartless , first published in , was a new venture for me. The slight change of era made a great deal of difference. People dressed, spoke, and behaved differently. Ladies wore large-skirted, hooped dresses and powdered their hair and wore black beauty patches on their faces. Gentlemen wore large-skirted coats and buckled, high-heeled shoes, and powdered wigs.
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Life has taught Lucas Kendrick, Duke of Harndon, that a heart is a decided liability. Ten years later, fate has brought him back home to England as head of the family who rejecte Life has taught Lucas Kendrick, Duke of Harndon, that a heart is a decided liability. Ten years later, fate has brought him back home to England as head of the family who rejected him. Unwilling as he is to be involved with them, he must assume responsibility for his younger siblings, the family estate he once loved—and the succession.
He faces the prospect of marrying with the greatest reluctance—until he sees beguiling Lady Anna Marlowe across a ballroom one night. Anna, far from being the bright-eyed innocent Luke takes her for, is no more a stranger to the shadows of a painful past than he is. But for her, marriage cannot so easily solve what is wrong in her life—not when a tormentor stalks her to the very doors of Bowden Abbey, where Luke and Anna must learn to trust in each other or risk any chance they may have for a happy future.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Lucas Kendrick , Anna Marlowe. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Heartless , please sign up. These two books of Ms. Balogh's are a particular favorite of mine. See 2 questions about Heartless….
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Heartless Georgian, 1. Shelves: arranged-marriage , scary-sexy-cool-dangerous-hero , favorites , georgian , heroine-i-adore , tormented-heroine , alpha-hero , pregnancy , daddy-hero , hero-to-die-for. I loved this book. Lucas was one unique for me hero. He is a bonafide dandy, but very much a man. That was odd for me at first.
I haven't read as many Georgians, so the spiffied up, lace-bedecked, bewigged, powered, high-heel wearing hero was a different thing for me. But this man makes it look good. And he's got this long, black hair. Fanning myself. Okay back to the review: He is rather ruthless, but at the same time, is a good husband for tormented Anna. He makes mistakes but manages to l I loved this book. He makes mistakes but manages to love her and to help her to heal. I love the scene where they meet.
Their eyes connect across the ballroom floor. Anna is not ugly, but is rather modest in her looks, but something about her appeals to Lucas. He pursues her very determinedly, and desperate to escape her situation, and swept off her feet by this handsome, sought-after duke, Anna quickly says yes to his proposal.
Anna was in a terrible situation that marriage to Lucas helped her to escape. But now she has to deal with a husband who thought she played him false. Boy that scene was pretty hot that makes me feel kind of guilty to say that, but it was. Her prior situation keeps threatening to destroy her marriage, and she is counting down the time until it does.
Poor Anna. You really feel for her, and you wish for her to open up to Lucas about her issues, but she's afraid to. And Lucas takes that to mean she's likely to be another faithless wife. It's a complicated situation, but Ms. Balogh writes it so well. I love the books where the couple gets married early and has to get to know each other, and you watch their love grow over the course of the book.
This marriage starts off a bit rocky, but I love how committed both of them are to the marriage. Lucas sowed his wild oats with other men's wives, but he is committed to fidelity with his own. That made me like him more not the sleeping with other married women before his marriage, but his willingness to be faithful to Anna.
He's a great reformed rake. Very arrogant and commanding as a duke is wont to be. They are raised for it. Lucas--the best duke ever written in romance novels. It's probably pretty clear that this is still my favorite Mary Balogh novel. I hope she writes more like this. If you know of some that are similar, please let me know.
Mild spoiler: Lucas is such a great dad. I love how he's always carrying around his baby daughter. Something about daddy heroes for me. Those are my favorite scenes in the book. This is a book that could be reread many times and I doubt it would get old. Update: When I went home for Christmas, I saw that my mother had found my copy of this wonderful book. I was so happy. It was like another Christmas present! View all 26 comments. Written November 3, 3 Stars - Nice but never fab A historical romance by Mary Balogh can never be completely wrong.
Not for me anyway. A good feeling when I started this 14 hrs audiobook narrated by Rosalyn Landor a genre favorite but I'm must admit this wasn't one of Balogh's better. Felt a bit corny and got a bit both longish and boring to be honest.
No, Heartless wasn't more than just good enough for me. I LIKE - good pro narrators View all 23 comments. Nov 27, Iliada rated it it was ok Shelves: historical-romance , tortured-hero , regency-georgian-victorian , mary-balogh , marriage-of-convenience. Probably the worst heroine. Even though this is practically my first Mary Balogh book apart from a novella of hers I've read and loved , I can see this writer has talent and I will try more of her books but this one didn't work for me.
I liked 2. I liked it at the beginning, there was a mystery to it, I was intrigued by the characters but it all went down in a moment, like a castle made of sand. The title, Heartless, goes to the hero. Because of a family drama, he was cast away from his family at the age of 20 and lived alone in France for 10 years.
REVIEW: Heartless by Mary Balogh
Janine C Reviews historical romance 21 Comments. Your older, angstier books are generally reliable in that even if when they are flawed, they make it easy for me to turn the pages. Such was the case with Heartless. It is the Georgian-era story of Lucas Kendrick, Duke of Harndon, and Anna Marlowe, the woman he marries after having only known her for a week.
Narrated by Rosalyn Landor. Heartless was originally published in and is set in the late Georgian era. Its hero, Lucas Kendrick, left England a decade earlier following a heart-breaking betrayal and its terrible aftermath, and has since made a life for himself in Paris. Ten years later, Luke is a trendsetter, a man of fashion and influence, deadly with both blade and pistol and much sought after by the ladies, but with a reputation for being cold and unemotional.
It's also somewhat Gothic with an evil villain obsessed with the heroine Henrietta, the woman he loved, whom he planned to marry, had told him that his brother had seduced and Mary Balogh. From New York Times bestselling legend Mary Balogh—and the beloved author of Longing, Silent Melody, and Beyond the Sunrise —comes a ravishing novel of passion and duty, love and menace Life has taught Lucas Kendrick, Duke of Harndon, that a heart is a decided liability. Ten years later, fate has brought him back home to England as head of the family who rejected him.