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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (17 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031253454X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312534547
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's time to fall in love with Suzanne Enoch. --Lisa Kleypas

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A native and current resident of Southern California, Suzanne Enoch loves movies almost as much as she loves books, with a special place in her heart for anything Star Wars. She has written more than thirty Regency novels and historical romances, which are regularly found on the New York Times bestseller list. When she is not busily working on her next book, Suzanne likes to contemplate interesting phenomena, like how the three guppies in her aquarium became 161 guppies in five months.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on 1 July 2013
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No very good. I feel in love with London's Perfect Scoundrel and have continued to read Suzanne Enoch's books since but lately they are just not interesting.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 May 2013
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It just was not as interested as I had hoped.Characters did come across as boring,did not hold my interest,ended up going to the end just to get it over with.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Where's the emotion? The romance? 29 Mar 2013
By Romanzwriter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
First of all, I have been a big fan of Suzanne Enoch since the beginning. I still like to re-read her earlier books, they were just that good. But this Tantalus series... Somethings off kilter about the whole thing.

Since the first book in the series, I have noticed a cynical thread running through every relationship. Yes, there is physical attraction but as in this book, there is no real emotion.

It starts when Nate, a former spy and now an Earl, is hired, by Marquess Ebberling to find a former governess who murdered his wife and stole a necklace. Nate, who still likes to play the spy, noses around and ends up at the Tantalus Club where Emily (yes, she's the former governess under an assumed identity) works and he suspects her right away. Yes, this is a little far-fetched not horrible.

(**This paragraph has a minor spoiler) They have sex at that meeting. She is trying to get information about him and he her. This continues this way until Emily finds out he's a spy and he tricks her into admitting that she's the governess he's looking for. By this time, Nate figures she's not a murderer and she tells him that Ebberling actually killed his wife.

From this point on, the two try to figure out a way to get Ebberling to confess or get rid of him. In the mean time, Nate and Emily supposedly fall in love. I say supposedly because I kept thinking WHY? They were both cynical and hard. They both used sex as a weapon and tool against each other. There were no tender moments, (oh the author tries, but the attempts left me unmoved) no deep emotional longings, it just seem so surface.

All the books (and I'll admit that the duke of Greaves story wasn't so bad) have had an underlying harshness and cynicalness that makes it hard to believe that true love can develop from such hard characters. The whole plot wasn't bad, but this is a ROMANCE!! I want to feel the emotions of two people falling in love, not read about the sexual exploits of two cynical people who show no romantic emotions.

Then there was the end. It was rushed and ended so suddenly I sat there for a moment, stunned, like a person who'd just been rear ended. Wait...what? And the solution to them getting to be together? Highly improbable. Unsatisfying to say the least.

I wish Enoch would abandon this series and start a new one. One that is lighter, without spies and bitter single women. One that would make it easier for the author to infuse some genuine emotion into a hero and heroine. PLEASE!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
An unusual but engaging read 30 Mar 2013
By Mary @ *Buried Under Romance* - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Suzanne Enoch has a penchant for penning unusual romances, and I must say her Scandalous Brides series just proves it. Unlike other stories with rakes and virgins, here the heroine is neither a virgin nor a courtesan, which, paired with an unusual Earl, makes for a somewhat unbelievable story but a great romance.

Nathaniel Stokes had retired from his spy services to the Crown two years ago upon receiving the title Earl of Westfall from a deceased cousin. The sudden end of ten years of spy services has left him feeling empty and bored, so he becomes a detective of sorts, mainly to help people locate lost things. It's a hobby of his, and he meets a challenge when the Marquess of Ebberling hires him to find a runaway governess, whom he claims to have killed his wife. By sheer coincidence, Nate comes to the Tantalus Club and becomes interested in the beautiful Emily Portsman, both in mind and body. Emily plays a game of seduction with Nate to test if he's here to find her old identity, but didn't count on winning his protection and ultimately, his heart.

This was a good read, though with some bumps and farcical elements at the end. (The Prince Regent disguised as a lunatic?!) Nate has become so accustomed to changing identities that he has trouble finding who he is, and his road to finding the man beneath the title and disguises is similar to the one Emily takes to confront her own name. Both Nate and Emily are intelligent and loyal people who wanted to be noticed for themselves, which makes their love all the more sweet and poignant.

What I didn't like about the book was the resolution with Ebberling. The murder mystery was fairly solved early in the book, so the latter half of the book was mostly concerned with how to make the culprit pay. What that involved was pages of back-and-forth indecision with Emily not wanting to involve her friends (All the main characters from the previous books offered their help) and Nate's internal conflict with with status and love. The final resolution seemed to me a harebrained scheme, even in a romance novel, and left me in serious want of an epilogue. Regardless, I would recommend this book to readers who like suspense, romance, and a lot of lust (yes, there's quite a pouring of love scenes in this book), and pray for the slight chance that Mrs. Enoch would include an epilogue in her next book.

I disagree with the other low reviews of this book, because there is genuine romance in this book, though it is cleverly hidden and not found until late in the story. This romance is about two souls who've always not been comfortable in their own skin finding, for once, something to live for in life, and finding themselves not alone in the world. This is an intense and poignant love which I believe some may have overlooked, and hope that more readers will not.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed 29 Mar 2013
By J. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The book had a great start but a very odd, disjointed, improbable and disappointing ending. I usually like Suzanne Enoch books and enjoyed the other books in this Tantalus Club series. It seems the ending was not well thought out or was rushed through.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
not very interesting. 29 Mar 2013
By loves2read - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a huge fan of Suzanne Enoch but this story was very disappointing. I had a hard time getting through the story. It seemed both too contrived and rather contemporary. There was a total lack of romance or build up of attraction as they had sex almost immediately after they met. I too am getting tired of Tantalus. Come up with another series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Nice Read 13 May 2013
By JasperLe1 - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a very nice read, it keep me interested during an 12 flight! And with all you have to go thru now at the airport it was nice to be able to sit and enjoy this book!
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