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  • Mass Market Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reissue edition (2 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671038265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671038267
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 12.9 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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During her frequent travels to London, Liz always packs her pearls, her dancing slippers, and her whalebone corset, confident in the belief that eventually she will receive an invitation to a ball or a rout. Alas, none has been forthcoming. While waiting, however, she has managed to learn where all the damp, dark alleys and low public houses can be found.

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London's spring weather was at its most seasonable, which merely meant it was both wet and chilly, when Captain Cole Amherst rolled up the collar on his heavy greatcoat and stepped out of his modest bachelor establishment in Red Lion Street. Read the first page
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Mar 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When the Marquis of Mercer, a notorious womaniser, is found dead,suspicion falls on his wife Jonet Rowland,whom the ton has long suspected of conducting an affair with the handsome Lord Delacourt.
Captain Cole Amherst has no wish to fall in with his uncle's schemes and join the widow's household as a spy in the quise of tutor to her sons especially as he is strongly attracted to Jonet. However he quickly comes to realise all is not well in the household, Jonet and the boys are scared and accidents keep happening.
A very enjoyable romantic mystery with a good dash of humour and some very steamy scenes. A keeper without doubt.
I started reading Liz Carlyle with 'No True Gentleman'which made me look for others by this great author. I've not been disappointed yet.
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By allana on 6 Jan 2013
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loved it sensual sexy and exciting yummy plot characters and writing it does get a little slow at times but great!!!!!!!
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By Lucy on 30 Sep 2012
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Liz Carlyle is an amazing writer and I love a lot of her books. However this wasn't one of them, I just didn't connect with the story at all. The writing was good, my problem was with the heroine. I didn't like her, as her past unfolds I felt more sympathy towards her but I never liked her, she was just too spiky. For me, disliking the heroine in a romance book is a deal breaker. Liz Carlyle normally makes me fall in love with her characters but not this time. For someone wanting to try Liz Carlyle books, I wouldn't start with this one, she's done much better books in my opinion.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
A good, satisfying story 31 July 2000
By ladybug10 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As this story opens, the arrogant and lecherous sixth Marquis of Mercer, Henry Rowland, meets his Maker in an unexpected and untimely fashion. Months later, his embattled young widow Jonet, suspected but never proven to have murdered him, is desperate. Unexpected accidents befall herself and her two young sons, and she has surrounded herself with as many trustworthy servants from her native Scotland as she can find. However, she must resume their education and some semblance of normalcy - she cannot put this off any longer - and she undertakes to hire a tutor. Her co-guardian, who is unfortunately also her late husband's brother, would like nothing more than to prove her an unfit mother, and he endeavors to place his nephew, Captain Cole Amherst, into her household as both tutor and informant, to bolster his plans to seek sole custody of the boys. The Captain, who knows all too well what the boys would face if left to his uncle's rearing, agrees only to the role of tutor. For much of the first part of the book, he struggles with his ambivalent attraction to the widow Jonet, as well, until it becomes clear to all that her fears for her children are well-founded. Both Jonet and Cole flounder in a sea of dark uneasiness and sexual tension, not knowing where to focus their suspicions and neither sure of the other's affections. An unexpected but well-written household catastrophe finally galvanizes Cole to action, and and in the process, forces he and Jonet to deal with their feelings for one another. Secrets spill out fast and furious, mysteries and minds unravel, and the reader is left with the sensation of having read a solid, satisfying story.
LC's plot contained just the right amount of suspense for me, keeping me a little impatient and stringing me along to find out more. Every time I thought I had a character figured out, she'd also write a little twist that would throw me off. The characters are also prone to introspection, and Cole comes off as more likable than Jonet, but I have to say that she never stepped out of character - a lady toughened and made cynical by a loveless match to a man twice her age, she is something of a contrast to Cole, the scholar and cleric who found something unexpected in himself when he became a soldier. I delighted in LC's literary technique of introducing each chapter with a synopsis statement, as if we were watching a play unfold. It's nice to read a work of this genre in which as much attention is paid to the prose, as is to the sex. There are some very erotic and explicit scenes later in the book as Cole and Jonet's relationship deepens, although the tension is offset by some unexpected humor. If you are offended by them, skip them. Overall, this is a book I'd gladly recommend to others, and I look forward to reading more of LC's work.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A Reader Well Pleased 25 Oct 2001
By Susan Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was most certainly not disappointed with Liz Carlyle's second novel. How refreshing to find an author who does not assume her readers are either immature or ill-informed. I appreciate that Liz Carlyle does meticulous research and makes every effort to ensure the peripheral details in her work are spot on. I was well entertained although I had figured out "whodunit" well before the denoument of the book.
What draws me to LC's work are her well-drawn characters whom she lets play out a story in fully believable settings. Without patronising her readers, she sketches out men and women who are troubled, driven, passionate and emotional. The psychological implications are there for the scrupulous reader to pick up and consider.
I won't go over the plot - others have done this very well. I won't "defend" the S&M scene to those who found it offensive. I have seen a lot of discussion about it here and elsewhere. However, I thought it fit into the story, fit into the mood, fit into the profile of the characters she had built. Cole Amherst is riven by internal conflict - the drive towards good (and he is an inherently good man) and the pull towards straying from his chosen path really are what the book is about. Therefore, that particular scene, which I thought was very exciting and well written, only add to his internal conflict as he "acts out" some of this with Jonet who loves him enough to allow this within the context of their loving relationship. Jonet is a strong woman; some of the readers who did not like her perhaps miss the point that she was srong as a result of her insidious and deeply rooted fears. A woman who has been used, particularly as she was by her father, may react in a different way from one who has been lovingly cherished by her parents.
The other sex scenes were, in my view, excellent without detracting from the story line and I thought they were beautifully written.
All in all, a tour de force. This is not an easy novel to read; it requires that the reader grow along with the characters and experience the torment they must endure to grow together. You feel, at the conclusion of the novel, that this couple fully deserve the ecstatic happiness they appear to have found together.
I look forward to reading Beauty Like the Night and A Woman of Virtue.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Best hero I've seen for awhile... 16 Jun 2004
By H. Chambers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is only the second Carlyle book that I have read but I think that I might have stumbled across another must-read author.
Her characters are richly portrayed, unique, dramatic, troubled, and highly interesting. I found that her story plot was well formed even though the 'villian' is easy to spot. I really enjoyed that the two main characters were so well matched for eachother. Despite their sizzling dislike which is used to mask how much they really are drawn to eachother they still managed to trust and show genuine concern for the other. I enjoyed that the characters remained uniquely themselves despite the rough past and the sterotypes that they had lived through. The children were an added bonus - fun, sweet, and entertaining.
I would have liked to understand more of their emotions, fears, concerns etc. after they became a couple. It seemed as if the transition between enemies and lovers was too abrupt. I was not even for sure that they trusted eachother and then they were spouting off I love you. It felt a little rushed and not very fulfilling. This is my only complaint to a truly worthwhile read.
About the light bondage scene, even though I'm sure that scene portrayed is too mild to even call it that. It was enjoyable for both parties, it was fun, they laughed, teased, and giggled through the whole thing not at all violent, harsh, or cruel for either party. Very in-step for their relationship progression. Does not take away from the book at all in my opinion.
Overall a wonderful story with a great mix of romance and mystery. Dramatic but not too heavy. Highly recommended - where can I find the other books by this author?
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Carlyle's second book sizzles 6 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
You've got to love a heroine who knows what she wants and goes for it. In the case of Jonet, A WOMAN SCORNED's heroine, it's Capt. Cole Amherst she wants. Despite the fact that he seems to have been sent by her worst enemy to spy on her following the mysterious circumstances surrounding her husband's death, and despite the fact that the pair couldn't be more different, Jonet realizes that she needs Cole. She needs his decency, she needs his friendship, she needs the security she feels with him...and, oh yes, it doesn't hurt that he's gorgeous! Liz Carlyle turns the usual romance plot upside down by having the heroine doing the pursuing. Cole is a fascinating hero -- orphaned at 12, he was raised by a manipulative uncle. Destined to be a vicar, Cole abandoned that ambition to join the Army, in part to escape from a loveless marriage. In Jonet, he finds passion and real love. That she has two wonderful sons he was sent to tutor, but soon comes to care for deeply just makes Jonet's attraction that much harder to ignore. There's a nifty mystery in this book as well. While seasoned mystery readers may identify the culprit early on, I did not, and greatly appreciated the building tension, sexual and otherwise! Fans of MY FALSE HEART will be happy to learn that Ms. Carlyle is not a "one hit wonder." If you like your romances sweet, A WOMAN SCORNED is probably not for you. If you like them hot, then this novel is right up your alley.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful, fascinating read 4 May 2000
By Maria R. Varecka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading "My False Heart" by Liz Carlyle, I couldn't wait for her second book to come out. It does not disappoint. It is a story of a man and a woman who are destined to be together despite many obstacles.
I fell in love with Cole. He's respectable - not a "rake" or a "rogue." He is the nephew of Jonet's brother-in-law, James. James suspects that Jonet poisoned his brother and wants Cole to spy on her and report back to him. Hence, Cole is hired to tutor Jonet's two young sons and moves into her house - and the attraction is immediate.
Jonet is a very strong heroine. There are many evil goings-on in her house. Someone is trying to bring harm to her two small sons but she will protect them at all costs. Cole is witness to this evil first-hand and joins with Jonet in protecting his two young charges.
This book is first-rate. You will find yourself really becoming involved with the characters, primary and secondary. This is one of those books that will make you want to stay home from work so that you can read it, uninterrupted. It is a book you will find humorous, mysterious and erotic - it has it all. Do yourself a favor and read it.
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