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  • Mass Market Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book (3 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451217365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451217363
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.4 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,288,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Gentleman John Gilbert or as he his otherwise known, Gentleman Johnny is seconds away from meeting his maker when he receives a stay of execution…literally. This rogue is going to be given a chance to live provided he does something in return. He must keep Lady Anne Gascoigne safely hidden from her betrothed and the King Charles II. John thinks this should be an easy trade but he was not counting on his honor being tested by the beautiful Anne
Anne thinks she is in love with Earl of Waverby but when she overhears him making a deal with the King. Anne realizes what she thought was a strong commitment between two people is in fact a farce. Running to her father with her heartbreak is only natural but when she is delivered into the hands of handsome John Gilbert she can’t help but wonder if her father has gone off the deep end. Will John keep her safe or will fate have other plans for this beauty?
This was a fine romance but I have to admit I began to wonder if Ms. Westin was reluctant to allow John and Anne their happy ending. Despite this minor issue, the story was well developed and Johnny made a wonderful hero for Anne. I look forward to reading Ms. Westin in the future.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Refreshing setting, non-stop adventure and a wonderful hero! 27 Jan. 2006
By baltimore0502 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was really excited about this book because I can't remember the last time I read a book set in the Restoration period. Ms Westin's debut is a wonderful, adventure with an intelligent and competent heroine and a hero the reader will likely fall in love with. He made the book for me!

In the palace of Charles II in the year 1665, Lady Anne Gascoigne is waiting impatiently for her fiance' Lord Waverby. Lately she has been receiving very improper attention from the King from which her Edward has vowed to protect Anne. But when footsteps approach and the voice of the king - and Edward - are overheard Anne hides herself in an armoire. What Anne overhears shocks her as she hears with her own ears her beloved fiance offering Anne's sexual favors to the king in exchange for lucrative lands in Virginia Colony! Of course Anne flees to her father who devises a plan to hide Anne until he can have the betrothal dissolved. He just hopes he arrives in time!

Sir Samuel Gascoigne is a judge who recently sentenced notorious highwayman "Gentleman Johnny" Gilbert to hang. So when Sir Samuel jumps from his carriage, calling a halt, just as the noose is about to stretch his neck, no one is more surprised than Johnny himself! Sir Samuel spirits John away in his carriage and elicits a vow from John to protect and keep safe his daughter Anne. John agrees and thus begins an adventure that will change both John and Anne forever.

John Gilbert is the son of a duke but born on the "wrong side of the blanket". He was cheated out of his inheritence, Burwell Hall, by his legitimate siblings leaving a bitter taste in John's mouth toward the "gentry". And so he wound up a highwayman in the spirit of Robin Hood. He's a thoroughly charming and handsome rogue and even the haughty Lady Anne is not immune to this cheerful scoundrel. Especially when she learns there is so much more to him than meets the eye.

Anne and John have assorted adventures, calamities and obstacles thrown in their way whilst trying to elude and best Lord Waverby. Along the way, Anne begins to see that those born to the upperclasses are not "better" than those of the lower order and her haughtiness quickly fades to a more egalitarian attitude. She also softens toward the handsome John (who wouldn't?) and he toward her. But can they ever have a future together? Will they live to see it?

And therein lies my only issue with the book. After so many obstacles - plague, abductions, high seas adventure and royal intrigues - I found myself a little tired of them. I just wanted to get to the happily ever after already! And personally, in those sections where John does not appear, the book lost some of it's sparkle. While I liked Anne, I adored John! On a certain level, this book felt more like the old romances of the 70's - those sort of big, epic, stories from authors like Kathleen E Woodiwiss perhaps. I also enjoyed the various and sundry secondary characters like notorious actress Nell Gwynn, royal mistress Lady Barbara Castlemaine and Charles II himself. This era was so lively and colorful (Anne several times describes her time as "modern"!) I can't understand why more authors don't write with this backdrop.

An enjoyable read and I recommend it for the setting and John's character alone. I look forward to her next book Lady Katherne's Wild Ride.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Fine Historical! 14 Feb. 2006
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Gentleman John Gilbert or as he his otherwise known, Gentleman Johnny is seconds away from meeting his maker when he receives a stay of execution...literally. This rogue is going to be given a chance to live provided he does something in return. He must keep Lady Anne Gascoigne safely hidden from her betrothed and the King Charles II. John thinks this should be an easy trade but he was not counting on his honor being tested by the beautiful Anne

Anne thinks she is in love with Earl of Waverby but when she overhears him making a deal with the King. Anne realizes what she thought was a strong commitment between two people is in fact a farce. Running to her father with her heartbreak is only natural but when she is delivered into the hands of handsome John Gilbert she can't help but wonder if her father has gone off the deep end. Will John keep her safe or will fate have other plans for this beauty?

This was a fine romance but I have to admit I began to wonder if Ms. Westin was reluctant to allow John and Anne their happy ending. Despite this minor issue, the story was well developed and Johnny made a wonderful hero for Anne. I look forward to reading Ms. Westin in the future.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
amusing rollicking seventeenth century romp 3 Jan. 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the modern year 1665 virtue is not rewarded at least in the court of King Charles II. Lady Anne Gascoigne knowing she must do something to keep the stalking regal from taking her virginity, turns to the strongest of her suitors Edward Carter, the Earl of Waverby as she assumes once he deflowers her on their wedding night, she will be safe from royal assault. However, Anne is mortified to learn that her fiancé bartered her virginity with Charles II in consideration of future favors.

With the help of her father, Anne flees the castle. Her dad also arranges for the illegitimate nobleman, the notorious highwayman, Gentleman John Gilbert, to keep his beloved daughter safe until he can arrange a new betrothal. John accepts the mission because he owes a debt of honor or this unrecognized son of a duke would have been hung. However, to his chagrin John desires the beautiful and feisty Anne who returns his need, making him wonder how honorable he truly is when all he wants is to bed his ward.

Mindful of Fielding's Tom Jones, LADY ANNE'S MOST DANGEROUS MAN is an amusing rollicking seventeenth century romp that uses historical tidbits to paint a depraved court as a background to the romantic adventures of John and Anne. The lead pairing is superb as his brain says honor but his other head says are you nuts (no pun intended) with her sweet seduction encouraging him. As the outlaw and the lady fall in love with the regal retinue looking for her, fans will wonder will they or will they not take her off the virgin commodity exchange.

Harriet Klausner
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Refreshingly Enticing Historical 10 Jan. 2006
By M. Rondeau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Setting - England, 1665 --- In a frantic attempt at evading the unwanted amorous advances of King Charles II, the Lady Anne Gascoigne encouraged the attentions of the Earl of Waverby. She'd convinced herself that once in the marriage bed his strong arms would be her protection. She was then devastated to overhear her betrothed bargaining her wedding night virginity away to the king in return for royal favors.

Fleeing the castle, her father made a pact with the notorious highwayman, Gentleman John Gilbert, to hide his daughter until he could have Anne's betrothal set aside. The illegitimate son of a duke, John was saved from hanging by swearing to protect Anne on the one thing he had of value - his honor. Only time would see his honor being sorely tempted by the very beautiful Lady Anne.

*** In this rollicking and boisterous tale the author weaves a wonderful historical, rich in detail with finely drawn characterizations and a fabulously sensual love story. The author gives a splendid portrayal of the haughty Anne, who soon came to discover that `love had nothing to do with what a man gave her, but of what she offered him and what they shared together.' You'll laugh, you'll cry, but you are so going to love this very refreshing and enticing historical that you'll definitely relegate it to your keeper shelf!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Well, it is fluffy I have to grant that 5 Sept. 2009
By Misfit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had recently won a copy of the author's newest novel, The Virgin's Daughters: In the Court of Elizabeth I, and while waiting for that I looked at what else she'd written and found several romances and the library had them so I figured I'd give one a whirl. Big mistake.

Set during the reign of Charles II, Lady Anne finds that her betrothed has offered up her maidenhead to the lustful King. Distraught, she runs to her father for help, and until he can arrange to nullify the engagement sends her off in the protection of notorious highwayman "Gentleman Johnny" (odd choice for a protector, but oh well) and he takes her to his forest hideaway that is soooo well hidden they have buildings and a real life community going on there. Now it is a romance so you know sparks start flying as the two begin lusting after each other, but circumstances keep the two apart and also bring Anne's fiancé Lord Waverby and her uncle back into the picture.

While I certainly wasn't expecting high fiction going into this, I wasn't really expecting such a trite fluffy mess either. Lady Anne was bordering on TSTL, the bad guys were cartoon cut-out villains and frankly our hero was unbelievably wishy washy. I really didn't get any chemistry between the two, nor could I find myself caring much what happened. But worst of all was the purple prose, of which I'll give you one example,

"For one too-swift moment, he allowed his eyes to absorb her appearance, the red glint of hair brushed into soft side curls, the bodice pushing up two orbs of quivering flesh like an offering of rich cream custard to the gods."

At least orb is being used other than describing the heroine's violet eyes in a romance novel. Skip this, I wish I had. Can I have my Friday afternoon back? Please?
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