The Trysting Place

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Lady Felicity Wren came to London for one purpose After a marriage in name only to a man old enough to be her father, she was now a young, beautiful and wealthy widow; f A Most Dangerous GameLady Felicity Wren came to London for one purpose After a marriage in name only to a man old enough to be her father, she was now a young, beautiful and wealthy widow; free at last to enjoy the happiness that her misalliance had denied her And her first step toward this goal The Trysting PDF \ was to find the handsomest and most sophisticated lord in all the realm to be her new mateShe found him in the elegant person of Lord Edmond Waite From the moment she met him, she wanted him, and he made it clear he wanted her as wellBut there was one cruel complication While Felicity wanted Lord Waite as a husband, he wanted her as a mistress—and to win this war between decency and desire, Felicity had to risk losing all in the arms of another man.

Mary Jenkins was born in in Swansea, Wales, UK After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a twoyear 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 The Trysting The Trysting PDF \ PDF or also enjoys watching tennis and curl.

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 215 pages
  • The Trysting Place
  • Mary Balogh
  • English
  • 12 April 2017
  • 9780451143006

10 thoughts on “The Trysting Place

  1. Aneca says:

    I am a bit undecided on how I should grade this story, it was an easy read but it left me cold and dissatisfied with the heroine. Lady Wren, Felicity, is a widow in her mid twenties. She married an older man when she was eighteen to save her family from ruin and in doing so she had to give up the man she really loved, her neighbour Tom Russell. Now that she is free, she is determined to find a rich and attractive husband with whom she can enjoy the society life she first got to know with her elderly husband. Her feelings for Tom Russell have turned to those of friendship. She arrives at her parent’s country home for a visit. There she meets her twin sisters, now eighteen and eager for a London season, and Tom Russell. Felicity decides to take her sisters to London for the season and Tom decides to go with them.


    While Tom is still very much in love with Felicity he realises that she only considers him a friend and is looking for a gentleman to marry. In London they attend several society functions and they encounter Lord Edmond Waite who pays Felicity marked attention. She at first believes him to be paying court to her with marriage in mind but he soon makes it clear that what he wants is a mistress. Felicity then pretends to be betrothed to Tom to make Waite jealous and force him to a marriage proposal. In the mean time Felicity's twin sisters find their own beaus and have to deal with their own feelings to decide with whom they want to spend the rest of their lives with.


    I really disliked that Felicity seemed to be so self centered that she did not realise she was using Tom to gain what she wanted and doing him harm because he loved her. He is definitely too good to be true as although it pains him he is always ready to help her. Then I disliked that she seemed to like Waite only because of what he could give her and what her position in society would be. Even after she realises her true feelings she is still planning to marry Waite because she thinks Tom only sees her as a friend and at least she will get to be a viscountess... she is definitely not a heroine I could like.


    What I did like very much were her sisters, they also had their own problems and heartaches to deal with but they did it honestly and examining their own hearts. A pity that they weren't the heroines...


    Grade: 3/5


  2. Ritsky says:

    Mary Balogh is one of my favorite and the writing in this book is good. I don't have problem with the flow of events and the story telling itself. My 2 stars rating is because of the characters. It stared off nicely with the hero and heroine being ex-lovers, admitting that their relationship was over and now that they were different people after years of separation. After that point, the characters just went downhill.

    The hero is a nice guy. I like nice guys as hero, as a matter of fact it's the reason I read this. Yes, Tom is indeed a good man, with all his patience and kindness. To some point, he is likeable but sometimes it could got too much. (view spoiler)[ You know that guy who got friendzoned? The guy who ended up listening to all the girl's problem with her crush while he was carrying a torch for the girl, yet STILL helping the girl getting the guy? The hero even got so far as giving her his family's wedding ring for the fake engagement. Seriously, with all the turn of events in this book, I'd rather have the hero as the mischievous plotter to get the girl back by trapping her into marrying him. (hide spoiler)]

  3. Renae says:

    This was good. I'm not usually a fan of the friends to lovers trope in general, and definitely not in cases where the male protagonist spends several years pining after the heroine while also helping her get laid/get married/whatever. I feel like for some reason we think it's cute when a man sticks around swooning after somebody who's made clear statements that she's not interested, but we think it's pathetic when a woman behaves the same. I think it's unhealthy no matter the gender of the actor.

    I am sad at all the hate the heroine, Felicity, receives from Goodreads reviewers. She was honestly doing the best to pursue her own happiness with the information she had at the time. Everyone seems to think that she should have told Tom about her feelings sooner, but why? He stated emphatically, whenever he had a chance, that he wanted to remain a bachelor for life. So why would she make herself vulnerable and open to ridicule by admitting her feelings to someone who is avowedly disinterested in romance, thereby ruining the only friendship she has?

    Romance readers are so hard on women.

    I think this was a light and vaguely humorous Regency, certainly not one of Balogh's best, but also not bad. The arrogant Lord Waite apparently makes an appearance in several more of her Signet categories before getting his own HEA, but honestly I could have done without him. As far as friends to lovers romance goes, the story of Tom and Felicity was about as good as could be asked.

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  4. Nour says:

    For the love of God somebody tell me what was this?!

  5. Tina says:

    This one was really interesting. Balogh mixes it up a bit here in a very intriguing way.

    Felicity, Lady Wren has just cast off her one year of mourning and is going back to visit her parents. She was married off to a much older man who was in his 60s while she was just seventeen. Her family desperately needed the money and Lord Wren was extremely wealthy. At the time, Felicity was desperately in love with Tom, her neighbor, and the two of them had been long planning to marry.

    Now six years later, after having endured a somewhat stultifying marriage, Felicity finally feels free. She plans to make a brilliant marriage to a wealthy young Lord this time and to finally enjoy her life. She knows she is in an enviable position. She is a very rich woman who has her own fate in her hands. She undertakes to sponsor her twin sisters for the season so they can all enjoy themselves.

    Surprisingly, she has reconnected with Tom. Not in their old desperately-in-love way, but in a deep and abiding friendship. Tom escorts the three ladies to London and generally accompanies them to parties and acts as a somewhat protector for the twins.

    For his part, Tom has his own reasons for staying in Felicity's orbit. He is still in love with her. Felicity has made it clear that he is not what she is looking for. He is young and handsome with a prosperous farm that adjoins her parents' home, but he is not a glittering member of the ton. He is a scholar who prefers the ease and quiet of country life. And even though Tom is made painfully aware that she is no longer in love with him, he is determined that whatever match she makes is good for her and she is happy. Hence he assigns himself the role of her protector as well.

    This was not a very long book, but Balogh packs a lot into it. I loved, loved, loved Tom! He is a wonderful hero. So sure of himself so quiet and steady --- not one of Balogh's normal bored aristocrat rakes. He is a nice departure to read in one of her books (he is close in spirit of Gerard from A Precious Jewel). Yeah, sometimes he's a little too perfect and sometimes I think rather than smiling wonderfully at Felicity he ought to just leave her, I can't help but just really like him.

    Felicity, otoh, was working on my last nerves. Balogh did a masterful job in creating a character that really was a contradiction. Felicity was married for many years and traveled to many countries and moved about in sophisticated circles so she should be a little more on the ball that she is. But then, as it is rightly pointed out, she never really had a season. For all that she is and older woman, she really has less experience than a debutante. Her husband kept her very close at hand and was jealous, although not cruel. So sometimes I really wanted to strangle her for being so blind. Even her younger sisters had more sense than Felicity when it came to figuring out their own feelings. But then I couldn't be too mad because her attitude and demeanor made sense given the context of her history.

    All in all this was a lovely little read from Balogh. Her books are different enough from each other that I am not feeling a sense of boredom or sameness in reading them en masse like I am. She is definitely keeping my interest up. I can't wait to see how she mixes it up in the next book I plan to read, A Counterfeit Betrothal

  6. Christina (A Reader of Fictions) says:

    What a strangely unromantic romance novel. In this second chance romance, very little effort is made to establish the original romantic connection between Tom and Felicity, and there's no chemistry when they meet again either. It's also frustrating that they both have feelings for each other the entire time but do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Like, literally at the end, they're in a fake engagement (which they entered so she could make a creepy rake jealousy so he would propose marriage rather than her being his mistress), and she's about to elope with the awful rake, and on the last couple pages he finally confesses and they have sex outside in the trysting place. Zero to sixty right there.

    While I don't mind a heroine being confused about who or what she wants, Felicity's choices rubbed me the wrong way for a few reasons:
    1) Her obsession with Waite begins after he forces a kiss on her. The way it's written made me viscerally uncomfortable, and it read like sexual assault. But then she decides she wants him above all else???
    2) After another scene with Waite where he sexually assaults her (she specifically says she did not consent and slaps him off of her), she finally decides she doesn't think she wants him. Shortly thereafter, she realizes she truly wants and loves Tom. Supposedly. And yet she STILL agrees to elope with Waite when he finally offers marriage?!?!?!?! WHAT THE FUCK.
    3) No, really, she would have run off with Waite, who, even if she doesn't realize it, she is fucking terrified of, rather than talk to Tom about her feelings. Which lbr she doesn't actually love him (or herself) that much or she would have made different choices by point two.

    Let's not throw all the shade at Felicity though. I can give Tom credit for continuing to be a good friend to Felicity, even though he loves her. He's supportive of everything she wants. But it does seem like there's a point where maybe you should speak your mind? He just comes off as this pathetic hound dog mooning after her for all of his life. I'm not a big fan of pining, and he is the prince of pining.

    While I did find the whole love triangle irritating, mostly though this book was just slowly paced and boring. I don't recommend it at all. I'm also going to reconsider reading more of the series, since I don't care for anyone and actively LOATHE Waite. Wait, no, actually, I do like Felicity's sisters. I wish the book had been about them solely.

  7. Janet Hill says:

    The concept was good but I spent most of the book wanting to shake sense into the female lead. I can’t call her a heroine because she doesn’t deserve it. Not a fan of this one.

  8. Yessenia Andaverde says:

    The author could grasp the essence of youth and naivety of Felicity. The belief of the young that everything will suddenly be alright if just she found the perfect Prince who would come, sweep her off her feet, love her forever and have a happy ever after.

    Felicity sees that in Lord Edmund Waite, dismissing the steady and kind presence of her childhood friend and sweetheart, Tom.

    Throughout the book, we perceive the shallowness and simple mind of Felicity. Her stupid schemes and impulsivity, always trying to get Lord Waite to propose to her and finally be happy.

    I found her to be a character very typical, more a villain than a heroine, more simple than interesting. Even at the end, when she becomes aware of how conceited she had been, she doesn't change very much. I don't think she ever asked someone, or herself, if what she does is right or wrong. A rather boring character with a mostly undeserving and predictable ending.

    Tom, sweet Tom. He really never had a great presence in the story. Just like in the balls he assisted, he was there, he was well liked and even remarked upon his gallantry and kindness. But the reality is that Felicity, and Even Waite, were the ones with character. The ending was good, but that doesn't excuse his passive acceptance of everything that happened around him. He really never did anything, just followed Flick to London and made everything she asked from him.

    It was said a number of times of his prowess with the fits, but we never saw anything at all that could make this character something more than a good fellow.

    Still, I liked him very much. He is the living proof that secondary characters are the protagonists of their own lives. He is the kind of man FMC decide to like, to be friendly with, but not to marry. Generally, they want the rake, the scarred, the pirate, the one with a title. Not the kind man who loves steadily and quietly. The one perceived as dull.

    There was a rather fast rhythm in the book. There was no time to digest everything that had happened when there was another event to consider. Have there been a pace more mellow, perhaps Tom would not have gone so much to the background. It doesn't help that the series have Waite's name.

    This could be a great book, and to some people it is. But Not for me.

    Let's hope the next ones change my opinion.

  9. Wealhtheow says:

    As a teenager, Felicity was married to a wealthy man to save her family from destitution. Now a rich widow of 26, Felicity returns to see the family home she avoided and tried to forget. It's a happy homecoming--and although she'd feared there might be an ugly scene between her and Tom, her childhood sweetheart, both of them behave as though they're just old friends. Felicity is eager to show her sisters the sparkling social scene her new riches entitle them to, and so the girls head off to London for the season, with Tom tagging behind.

    Felicity is sure that she wants a life of balls and travel, and she seeks a young, handsome husband to help her make that dream come true. But her attention falls on Lord Waite, who is unofficially promised to a family friend. Lord Waite wants Felicity to become his mistress, but she's sure she can convince him to marry her instead. In hopes of making him jealous, she asks her faithful old friend Tom to pretend to be courting her. Tom, who is secretly still deeply in love with her, agrees and does a very convincing job of it. He's so convincing that eventually Felicity realizes it is this kind farmer, and not the snobbish Lord Waite, that she truly loves.

    Balogh does a good job making Tom seem thoughtful and selfless in his love--he doesn't come across as a Nice Guy, but rather, as a truly nice person. Felicity is a less satisfying love interest, because it takes her so long to realize what it obvious to the reader from the very first page. And (view spoiler)[Felicity's decision to marry Waite after realizing she loves Tom is dumbfounding. She thinks Tom is just marrying her out of friendship, and that he deserves better, but in that case...why marry either of 'em? No one wants you to marry Waite, Felicity--not you, not Tom, not your parents, and not Waite himself. Get a hold of yourself! gah. (hide spoiler)]

  10. Stephanie says:

    It was ok

    I usually love Mary Balogh books but this one I found extremely irritating, the heroine was just plain stupid always chasing an obviously uninterested man while the hero just stood back and allowed it. The only passion he really showed was in the last 5 minutes of the book!

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