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A Counterfeit Betrothal/The Notorious Rake - Mary Balogh This book contains two Mary Balogh novels from 1992, and thanks to Mary for making her backlist available in mass market PB and ebook format at a reasonable price.

As other reviewers have noted, [b:A Counterfeit Betrothal|1096399|A Counterfeit Betrothal (Waite, #2)|Mary Balogh|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1250653007s/1096399.jpg|1083237] actually features two romances. Lady Sophia Bryant, who has no desire to marry, persuades the rakish Lord Francis Sutton to pose as her fiance. Sophie's hope is that the attendant festivities will help reunite her parents, who have been separated for fourteen years. Everyone gathers for a house party, and the expected results ensue. The parents' romance was more interesting (as I think it was meant to be), while Sophie's and Frank's false engagement brings in lots of humor. Overall, it's a good read, just not as good as Balogh's later books. Three stars

[b:The Notorious Rake|690064|The Notorious Rake (Waite, #3)|Mary Balogh|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1250653111s/690064.jpg|676413] is quite different. It opens with Lord Edmund and Lady Mary succumbing to lust in the middle of Vauxhall Gardens during a thunderstorm. No one would be surprised to hear that Edmund engaged in such activity, but Mary is considered a prim and proper widow. Opposites sometimes attract, and this turns into a lovely, angsty romance, as Edmund determinedly pursues Mary. Very enjoyable. Definitely five stars.