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The Charmer (Liar's Club) [Mass Market Paperback]

Celeste Bradley
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2 Nov 2004 Liar's Club (Book 4)
Collis Tremayne could make any female swoon; yet no one would guess the hidden desperation that drove him to become the most skilled spy in service to the Crown. All that stands in his way...is Rose Lacey, a confounding chit who manages to outsmart him with cunning and courage. She is the only woman he cannot melt with his smile. With every breath, he wishes he never laid eyes on her. And with every flash of her green eyes, he craves to possess her... Rose Lacey fought hard to meet the challenge of becoming a spy for the infamous Liars Club. And if it weren't for Collis Tremayne, who manages to make her blood boil with his arrogance, and leave her breathless with white hot longing, she'd achieve her dream. Now, they must work together on a secret mission to uncover a dangerous plot-one in which the very safety of England hangs in the balance. Armed with wit and wiles, they must face deadly intrigue, clever enemies, and-if they can manage not to murder one another-the intoxicating lure of unbidden passion...


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; St. Martin's Paperbacks Ed edition (2 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312999712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312999711
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 838,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"THE CHARMER is warm, witty, and wonderfully sexy! Celeste Bradley has a sparkling voice that charmed me from the very first page." ---Teresa Medeiros, New York Times bestselling author of YOURS UNTIL DAWN"A charming heroine and a dashing spy hero make "The Pretender "a riveting read...entertained me thoroughly from beginning to end." --Sabrina Jeffries, "USA Today" bestselling author of "After the Abduction" on "The Pretender""With delicious characters and a delectable plot, Bradley delivers another enticing read." -"Romantic Times" on "The Spy""An engaging, lusty tale, full of adventure and loaded with charm." -Gaelen Foley, "USA Today" bestselling author of" Lord of Ice" on "The Pretender""Bursting with adventure and sizzling passion to satisfy the most daring reader." -"Romantic Times" on "The Pretender"

About the Author

Celeste Bradley is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Scoundrel in My Dreams," "Desperately Seeking a Duke," and the Royal Four and Liars Club series, among many others. Prior to giving writing a try, Celeste was a professional artist. Believing that storytelling is as much of an art form, she applies those skills to writing. She is a two-time RITA Nominee and winner of the prestigious Historical Storyteller of the Year from "Romantic Times Book Reviews." Mother of two teen divas, Southern-born Celeste lives in the Southwest. Her hobbies include gardening, jewelry making and collage. She feels very strongly that literacy can change lives.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Although part of a series this book can easily be read as a stand alone book.
This is such a good book on a variety of levels (the plot, characters, romance and adventure).
The heroine is Rose Lacey the maid rescued by Clara Simpson in 'The Impostor' and now a trainee spy for the liars club. The hero is Collis Tremayne, Lord Etheridge's heir, wounded in the war and now a trainee spy also for the liars.
The two cause trouble so are given a dummy mission if they fail they are out. However files get muddled and Rose takes the wrong one, so they are off to prove Louis Wadsworth is plotting treason. Rose has her own reasons for wanting to prove Louis is guilty and by the time Collis finds out they have the wrong file he is in too deep, for collis has taken Prince George with him to break into Louis Wadsworth's study. From there is an action packed chase through subterranean London followed by even more exiting adventure which if revealed here would give too much away. However along the way they meet one of my favourite incidental characters Forsyth who is a bit of a regency Q .
The romance between Rose and Collis is very good with believable motivations and insecurities. Rose has hot thoughts about Collis but knows they cannot be so gives all his flirting and beguiling ways a cold shoulder. Collis has a craving for Rose but his usual charming manners cut no ice with her and he is yet to realise his feelings are of love.
If you like adventure with your romance put this book on top of your tbr pile.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better and Better! 7 Nov 2004
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The Charmer is a real page turner and I really wish I'd have discovered Celeste Bradley after she'd done a few more books. I am only waiting for her first 2 books (Fallen and The Pretender)and I find myself in the frustrating position of now having to wait for her next book. I have read The Imposter, The Spy and The Charmer and all three books stand in their own right, however, The Charmer does have some references in it that I suspect will become clearer after I have read The Pretender.
I am an eclectic reader and like my books as diverse as Christine Feehan and Sherrylin Kenyon to Rachel Gibson and Patti Berg. If you enjoy these authors, you'll like Celeste Bradley.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why do women do all the work? 11 Nov 2004
By romance enthusiast - Published on Amazon.com
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I had a feeling I wouldn't like this romance in this otherwise very likeable series, because of the way the hero was introduced in The Pretender. The heroine is engaging, but since the hero is usually the point of attraction, he matters more to this reader. As aspirant to Isabel's attentions, Collis comes off as young and rather feckless, though his arm injury invites some curiosity and sympathy. He could have blossomed into hero material inthis novel had the heroine not stolen all his valor and glory. Collis is attractive and charming, but the premise that he is the magnetic rising star of the Liar's Club is not credible, as he keeps making mistake after mistake. His lapse of judgment in inviting the king for a lark while drunk, and other dubious judgment calls make him less than heroic.

A problem I've noticed more and more with current romances, of which this is an extreme example, is that the heroine outshines the hero in her new and improved "empowered" role. She rarely needs his help, much less his rescue. Often, she rescues him. Though occasionally, this is amusing, to see romance after romance trotting out this as the new standard in escapist fiction is tiresome and tiring. We women can be empowered in real life; in fantasy, let's let the heroes do some of the rescuing and sharp thinking; let them show that they are really smart, not just eye candy. In this sense, Dalton of the Imposor comes off as a more captivating a figure, while Simon of the Pretender is more endearing and responsible. They are men; Collis is a pretty rich boy coddled by his maid lover.

There is also an unbelievable lack of qualms over the two extreme class spectrums meeting; Collis barely considers this huge class difference, which could have added some intriguing romantic complication. For a better read, try the other Liars' Club books. The Impostor has the better plot, the Pretender the better couple. I do admire Rose, just not her choice of lover.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great addition to the Liar's Club! 11 Oct 2005
By MNix - Published on Amazon.com
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Collis Tremayne, is determined to become a member of the Liar's Club, a secret government agency of spies. At the top of his training class, Collis' only competition is the former house-maid Rose Lacey. Rose is clever, brave, and seemingly immune to Collis' legendary charm. As his frustration with Rose grows, so does his desire for her.

When Rose Lacey is given the chance to better herself and become a spy for England's Liar's Club, she works tirelessly to meet the challenge. Infuriated with the ease in which Collis achieves success and his arrogant confidence, Rose works even harder to best him while fighting her increasing attraction for her high-born competitor.

When their rivalry gets out of hand, the pair are assigned a secret mission to test their skills and ability to work together. Facing a dangerous threat to England's security, Collis and Rose must use all of their skills to outwit and thwart the enemy. Can Collis and Rose work together without their tempers and passions exploding?

I have read every book in the Liar's Club and enjoyed them all. The Charmer is no exception. Rose may be common by birth, but her driving desire to better herself makes her a strong, yet sympathetic, heroine. In addition, she has beauty, intelligence, and determination. It's no wonder Collis is drawn to her. Collis is charming, witty, and handsome. Despite his position in society, he doesn't let societal strictures rule his heart. These characters are a perfect balance for each other.

I found the plot full of intrigue, the characters compelling, and the dialogue witty. I especially loved the amusing scenes involving the Prince Regent. Celeste Bradley does an excellent job of infusing sparkling humor into her books.

While The Charmer can be read as a stand alone book, I would recommend reading the series in order. I love how character's from previous books cross over into The Charmer. A delightful read, I recommend The Charmer and the entire Liar's Club series.

Annabelle

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strong Regency espionage romance 6 Oct 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
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In 1813, the Liars Club members train the next generation of recruits to serve as spies to protect the country. Two of the better newcomers, former servant Rose Lacey and aristocratic Collis Treymayne are intense rivals trying to better one another in every test.

The leadership is concerned over the rivalry interfering with their progress. So the duo is assigned to a phony scenario to steal a document, but must work together as a team or else. As they fuss over the assignment, they break and enter, but Rose takes the wrong file. Soon the pair finds themselves outside the classroom and in the real world of espionage in which one mistake means death. As the danger mounts, they fall in love, but she is a commoner and he is a nobleman.

THE CHARMER is a wonderful Liars' Club Regency romance starring two fabulous antagonists who compete whether it is on the mats or in the classroom. Rose is a fabulous heroine who though she is a top student and can hold her own even in hand to hand combat, still mentally struggles with her reflex reactions to aristocratic males from years in service. Collis is a perfect counterpart as he loves to get Rose's goat, but hates to lose to her even if he has one bad arm. Together as they struggle to uncover a plot against the Regent, they freshen up a series that will send new fans seeking the previous three espionage romances.

Harriet Klausner
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read but missing a little something 30 Oct 2004
By S. Mccarthy - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read all this series so far and simply fell in love with them. This was a book I couldn't put down till I finished. While I enjoyed the characters wholeheartedly I was a bit disappointed with the ending. It was rushed and left some things unresolved to my thinking. I wished there had been some dialogue with our heroine and Dalton (The Imposter). If nothing else he owed her some big apolgies! Also, I would have like to have seen Collis given an honorary title and land. If no other reason (since I can't give away the ending) then for saving the Regent or many British soldiers lives. Maybe Collis and Rose will get an honorable mention in the next LIAR'S series???
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Review of this awesome 5 star book - if you love Celeste Bradley - this will NOT disappoint! 11 April 2006
By Snow White - Published on Amazon.com
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The Plot: The plot is much like Space Mountain at disneyland - it's very fast moving, but smooth and fun and enjoyable and you laugh out loud and go through dips and turns. Honestly this was such a quick read - I finished it in less than a day with only 5 hours sleep. Again, CB's books aren't normally "quick" and I never find myself "skimming" any phrases - but I was actually able to absorb the entire story and it only felt like a few minutes later I was in chapter 18! The HEA in this one TOTALLY delivered and I had the STUPIDEST grin pasted on my face when I was done reading it and I wanted to jump up like Austin Powers and shout, "yeeeeeah baby!" or do a touchdown dance or something . . .. I was just so excited and I know that sounds REALLY DORKY and NERDY and whatever - but it's true....

The Characters: Collis. *sigh* so flirty, but no annoyingly so. We've seen him in a few of the previous Liar books. Handicapped with a left arm that has damaged nerves from battle, he really hasn't been with a woman in a while...the tension between him and Rose is the very opening paragraph of the book - and the very first sentence describes his awesome chest. enough said. Rose Lacey was an abused maid (introduced in Book 2 The Impostor) who has Collis pinned - both physically and emotionally - but she constantly feels bad about the class difference between her and everyone else in the spy academy. Again - there hasn't been a heroine from a CB novel yet that I didn't like - Rose stands out b/c she is very quick thinking under pressure and she is a very solid strong person with great morals and she truly is a HEROINE - she saves the day in one part of the book (I won't spoil it). The Prince Regent George - absolutely hilarious. He had me laughing from his first scene. In fact, his character was so funny and great and witty and fruity that I won't be able to think of him written any other way by another romance author - I know. That's a drastic thing to say. But his crazyness and shenanigans are so great - that it will be forever burned in my memory. Ethan Damont the gambler, drinker, school-friend of Collis, introduced in this one and plays a major supporting role - reminds me EXACTLY of Johnny Depp. *sigh* He's the hero of Book 5, The Rogue, which I'm reading now!

FINAL GRADE = A+ This is on my DIK list right next to The Impostor - if you are a Celeste Bradley fan - this book is NOT to be missed! Points that made it "Desert Island Keeper": of course the passion/angst, and comedic portrayal of the Prince George, and the action of the plot.
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