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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (27 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060584068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060584061
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Karen Hawkins was raised in Tennessee, a member of a huge extended family that included her brother and sister, an adopted sister, numerous foster siblings, and various exchange students. In order to escape the chaos (and while hiding when it was her turn to do the dishes), she would huddle under the comforter on her bed with a flashlight and a book, a habit she still embraces to this day.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elina H. on 10 Oct. 2006
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The beginning of the book is enticing: Marcus St.John whom we have learnt to know as a man with a will of iron and with unwavering self-control, meets Honoria, a woman with an intelligence equal to his and with a will of her own. They meet, and sparkles flow.

The story develops in a most promising way, new sides are revealed as to Marcus' character as he is relating to Honoria and her siblings. Somehow Ms. Hawkins seems to me to lose some of her grip when we come to the last third of the book. Both protagonists start behaving in an uncharacteristic way that doesn't begin to appeal to me - for one thing, the humour and warmth that were present in the beginning disappear - and the climax, occurring at a ball arranged by Marcus, with all the London ton present, is in my opinion not believable.

Sorry, Ms. Hawkins. I give the two stars to the good material. The development that could have been possible just wasn't there.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Mar. 2006
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Excellently written by Ms Hawkins. The story of the last of the free St John brothers (Talisman series) this is about Marcus. Success has led Marcus to become a rather harsh, arrogant prideful man. In this story he 'travels' emotionally, more so than Devon in 'And The Bride Wore Plaid' for example. You can see his character developing and softening until he realises his love for Honoria only to find that he has to work hard to win her over. This book is full of wit, yet doesn't lack emotionally. Sparking dialogue and the return of the light fingered servant Herberts make it a must have and an irresistible read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Marcus & Honoria's story 15 Jun. 2005
By Sandra J Smith - Published on
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This is the only one in the series I would give 4 stars to, as

oppossed to 4 1/2 stars for her other 4 books.

It was very good, don't get me wrong, but I was disappointed in

a few things. The biggest diasppointment I suffered was the

place in which Marcus decides to deflower Honoria. His behavior reminded me of how a teenage boy might act in this same situation.

He couldn't even wait till they reached their 'honeymoon' destination (such as it was). That was another complaint I had --

they had only ONE night on the outskirts of town for their


Another thing I didn't like, was the way Honoria teased Marcus

with dangling the ring under other prospective buyer's noses.

During the scenes where she does this, she makes the reader feel as though she could not care less about his family's most precious heirloom. Very disappointing, with her being his

love interest & all. I wondered if she could be trusted. As it

turned out, she could, but I did have occassional, momentary

doubts at different times throught the story.

Now, the pluses to this book -- there were a lot of them -- my

favorite character, from the second book (Confessions of a Scoundrel), the butler turned coachman, Herberts - puts in an

appearance here. He is everybit as funny here as he was in


Other characters I liked were Cassandra, the eldest Baker-Sneed

relative after herself, and George, the youngest Baker-Sneed son.

I have not yet reviewed "Taming Rafe" by Suzanne Enoch, but I

can tell you, Karen Hawkins & Suzanne Enoch should get together & write a book for George Baker-Sneed and May Harrington. It would

take place several years after this book & Taming Rafe, and I

would purchase it without a second thought! George was great!

And, the French chef in this book added something special to

the end.

I will now attempt to try to rank these 5 books in my favorite order: 1. Confessions of a Scoundrel 2. An Affair to Remember 3. The Bride Wore Plaid 4. How to Treat a Lady 5. Lady in Red. 1st & 2nd place are tough, because I loved these 2 books

the most. Overall, I think An Affair to Remember has the best

story, but Confessions of a Scoundrel (and later, Lady in Red)

had the best character - Herberts.

One last thing -- this is one series that I believe should most

definitely be read in order of publication, because of the way

each story ends, it ties directly into its successor.

Eventually, I'll read another Karen Hawkins book, but for now,

I'm taking a breather. (Marcus, the biggest hold out brother

of the bunch, wore me out. Evidently, Honoria eventually wore

him out, too, because he finally came around in the last few

pages of the book).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
stayed up all night - good book 12 July 2005
By BookWorm - Published on
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I won't go into the plot because that's already been covered by other reviewers. I really enjoyed this book for a lot of reasons. It reminded me of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series (and not many books can compare to that) in the sense that there was interaction between various family members throughout the course of the book. There were some scenes with Honoria's family that made me laugh out loud, such as her family's use of "sea language" that they picked up from their brother Ned. Also, George's frog and the problems it causes when it goes missing is the focal point of a very a cute scene in Marcus' home. Marcus and Honoria have a lot of chemistry and the romance between them is very *ahem* heated.

The writing is excellent and kept me engrossed in the story. The reasons I have to give it 4 stars instead of 5 are minor. I hated Honoria's name. Her sister's names were Cassandra, Olivia, and Portia. ANY of those names would have been better than Honoria.


Secondly, I felt that it was odd that Marcus and Honoria didn't acknowledge their passion for each other in any way. They would meet, he would want her badly, and then he'd go his merry way. She comes up with all these things that she wants in return for the ring (including him courting her sister) and never comes up with a plan that has something to do with their attraction? And neither does he? The "battles" were amusing, but somewhat unrealistic, I thought. Considering how much they make out in public places (his carriage, her house, the museum) it seems very rushed when a small kiss and horse accident in the park is what makes them get married. And that, too, near the end of the book. I would rather have had their "forced" marriage to take place earlier and not have to deal with her trying to force him to court her sister. (This seemed rather creepy since he was 39 and her sister was 18 and Honoria was so obviously attracted to him.)

But, overall, I felt that even if the plot didn't always take the direction I wanted, it was a well-written, sensual romance and a fan of Julia Quinn, Sabrina Jeffries, etc. would be happy to give up a few hours of sleep to read this book.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
One of the Best I've read in a long time 5 April 2005
By T. Maglanoc - Published on
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Karen Hawkins have done it with this book! I read nothing but regency romance and I hate it when there's not one book on the shelf worth reading. I still buy because I love to read but after a few chapters of NOTHING, I end up picking another book hoping it would be IT. Well, this one's special enough to encourage me to write a review. The hero and heroine seem too real they'll make you get in touch with your romantic side. They made me feel like I was in the same place they were in as they bantered with each other. They came alive as I read the book, which is really what I look for. This book doesn't drag and it's full of emotions and witty repartee even from the family and the coachman. I could not put this one down and I read it overnight! Marcus and Honoria's story will be placed among my collection of keepers and I look forward to the time when I think I've forgotten their story and read it all over again. Hurry up Ms. Hawkins and write another one just as excellent as this.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Quite good overall 19 April 2005
By Kelly Keil - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Unbeknownst to me when I picked up the book, this book is the fifth in a series. Sigh. It stands on its own quite nicely, but I do rather wish I'd read the books in order. Oh well, too late now, and not the first time I've done this sort of thing.

The heroine, Honoria, is intelligent, capable, and not terribly anancronistic. The hero, Marcus, is like a more well rounded (character-wise, not in girth) version of the young Ebeneezer Scrooge. He's all work and no play and bah humbug.

But luckily for him, his ancestral (magical --- woooooooo ---) ring ends up on a cake selected by Honoria at a party. Now the fun can begin.

The two are long standing rivels for antiquities. Honoria knows full well what the ring is worth, and that it has intangible value for Marcus. Her family (absent father and brother Ned,the beautiful and sweet Cassandra, the mischievous Olivia and Portia, the pastry loving Juliet, and little 6 year old, frog-mad George) are poor, due to some poor financial dealings. She wants to give Cassandra a season but doesn't have the wherewithal to do it. So she asks for a huge amount of money, knowing that Marcus can spare it, and that he wants the ring back more than anything else. Marcus, on the other hand, knows how to make every last shilling squeak, and refuses to pay her price. So the negotiating starts.

Okay. Not a bad premise. There are many good secondary characters. Besides Honoria's amusing family, there are Marcus' relatives, all of whom have their own books. I especially liked his half-brother Anthony, who is big, appears quite lazy, and is very perceptive and quick on the uptake. There is also a crazy former pickpocket coachman who cracked my ass up. In the end of the book, he saves a very soppy scene by sticking in his two cents:

Marcus: "I will shower you with rubies and diamonds. I will flood your house with flowers and fans. I will be on your doorstep day and night, and I do not care what anyone says or thinks of it."

"Lor' love ye, miss!" Herbers added, looking impressed. "If ye won't have him, oiye will."

Ha! I also was quite charmed by the following exchange between our hero and heroine:

"Twenty is hardly old enough to engage in a civil conversation, as far as I am concerned," Marcus said dryly. "I try not to converse with anyone younger than my favorite pocket watch. That rule has made my life much more enjoyable."

Her lips quivered at that, but she didn't quite manage a smile. "How old is your pocket watch?"

"Five and twenty." He looked her up and down. "I daresay I shouldn't be speaking with you, right now."

"You are safe with me, my lord. I am seven and twenty."

"Thank God, then. I'd hate to have to toss you from the coach."

More Ha!

However, there was some ickiness. For one thing, violet eyes. Three pairs of them! However, at least none of them on the heroine. Nevertheless, her hair varies from chesnut to ebony to russet throughout the book. I found that quite distracting. And last, but certainly not least, the author mentions (thank goodness, only once) the heroine's hot and creamy juices. That one almost made me sick up my pop-tart.

All in all, this was a good one and a half-day romp. I will definitely look this author up in the future.
For the most part a good conclusion to the series! 11 April 2005
By J. Brennan - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This, the conclusion to the Talisman Ring Series finds the thirty-nine year old eldest brother of the St. John family finally under the the spell of the ring, if only indirectly. The ring has made it into the hands of Honoria Baker-Sneed the arch rival antique nemesis of Marcus.

Honoria realizes that Marcus wants the ring but she is desperate for funds and will offer him the ring for an outrageous amount of money. While they negotiate the deal, romantic sparks fly and they finally get way to public with their affections and must marry.

There were times with Marcus that I did want to strangle him. He was just too controlled with his emotions. Thank goodness he did start loosing some of his control with Honoria or they certainly would never ended up together!

I think at points there was a little too much conversation with the other children for my taste and this book was a little short on romantic passion. I believe I was hoping for a little more showing of lust from this 39 year old handsome St. John brother.

I especially enjoyed the moments Marcus spent with his brothers because they just knew the ring and the legend would find Marcus his true love! I thoroughly enjoyed all in this series. The talisman ring, the legend of it leading the men in the St. John family to their beloveds was so romantic and each of the stories so different and intriguing.

All in all except for a couple of minor details this was a great four star conclusion to a great series.
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