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  • Mass Market Paperback: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060536713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060536718
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An anonymous author has turned English society upside down, and only one man can protect her identity from being revealed, and her life from being destroyed, in this sexy new romance from reader favourite Jacquie D'Alessandro. The scandalous book, A Ladies' Guide to the Pursuit of Personal Happiness and Marital Fulfilment has taken English society by storm. The slim but erotically explicit volume was penned by an unknown author, and now all of London is trying to discover the mysterious writer's true identity. But the search doesn't scare Catherine Ashfield, Viscountess Bickley, the proper woman who transcribed the book for her dear friend, a very elderly and experienced widow. Disgusted by the shallow values and morals of the town, Catherine was excited to help her friend and set the uppity nobility on its ear. And maybe by giving women a little more knowledge they could finally have happier marriages, instead of loveless unions as she had her with her own late husband. But Catherine didn't anticipate the violent backlash against the book. With threats being made against the unknown author, Catherine fears for her safety and that of her son. When she is the victim of a near fatal accident, she wonders how hidden her identity truly is. Knowing she needs protection, she turns to her brother's best friend, an accomplished pugilist and fencer. She invites him to stay at her country estate under the guise of a simple visit, not realizing that she has invited a fugitive with a dangerous past into her home--a man she soon finds herself powerfully attracted to...

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Sept. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Catherine Ashfield, Viscountess Bickley, is a widow just out of mourning. When a close friend asked her, Lady Catherine was only too happy to assist with the publication of "A Ladies' Guide". She saw it as a quiet way to get a bit of revenge on a society which had turned its cruel back on her son, Spencer, due to his club foot. It was published under the name Charles Brightmore. Soon it seems as though every female has a copy of the scandalous book and the men are NOT happy at the changes in their women. But Lady Catherine never dreamed her involvement could put her life in jeopardy and force her to flee London in the company of a disarmingly attractive protector.
Andrew Stanton knew Catherine was hiding something from him, but playing the role of protector and friend helps him keep her close by. Andrew has no noble lineage. He is the best friend of Catherine's brother, but wishes only to court Catherine now that she is FINALLY out of mourning. But Catherine's marriage had been far from happy and she is determined never to remarry. Worse yet, she seemed to live by the crazy book that has all of town abuzz. Andrew is determined to subtly court her while playing his guardian role. And not only has Catherine captured his heart, but her twelve-year-old son has too.
***** Chalk up another best seller from renowned author Jacquie D'Alessandro! This author has yet to disappoint me in her enthralling romances! In fact, she seems to get better and better with every title she publishes. Every time I believe she can get no better, she proves me wrong. Highly recommended! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By april-showers on 2 Jan. 2005
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Catherine Ashfield, Vicountess Bickley had a bad first marriage to a man who along with the rest of the ton rejected his crippled son.
After her husbands death she helps assist a friend with the publication of 'A Ladies guide to the Pursuit of Personal Happiness and Intimate Fulfilment' - a scandalous handbook that has taken society by storm, loved by ladies hated by the men.
During a ball to celebrate her fathers birthday she is shot and injured forcing her to flee London for safety to her country estate in the company of her brothers best friend Andrew Stanton.
Andrew has loved Catherine for years and jumps at this opportunity to woo her, he befriends her son and follows the points in the guide to the point where Catherine can no longer ignore him.
But she knows little about this American who has invaded her life and he too has secrets. Secrets that could cause her the greatest danger.
This is a good read it just is not brilliant, partly because especially in the 2nd quarter there is that kind of description that does not hold your interest but has you wanting to skip ahead. That may not seem much but there is nothing else bad to say about it but there is nothing to rave over either
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Totally Charming Regency 19 Sept. 2004
By M. Rondeau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Staring across the crowded ballroom, Andrew Stanton recalled how he initially fell in love with the image of Lady Catherine, his best friend's sister; later becoming more enthralled with each and every newsy letter he shared with him. He'd waited years for the day when he could finally begin to court her. At long last, Lady Catherine, now a widow, was out of mourning and Andrew who in the intervening yeas had become a close friend of the family, was ready to pursue the object of his desires. He was fully aware that as a common man, his chances at wooing a lady of the nobility would be difficult, if not fruitless. Knowing that her marriage had been disastrous and that Catherine had vowed to never re-marry, did not deter Andrew from pursing the object of his desire. She now seemed to be a devout advocate and champion of the mysterious author Charles Brightmore, the author of the scandalously popular `Ladies' Guide' that had most men of the ton ready to commit murder should they ever discover his true identity.

Secretly, while rusticating in the country with her son Spencer, Lady Catherine had been only too happy to assist a friend with the publication of A Ladies' Guide. The guide had taken society by storm but not without it's detractors. Having endured the narrow mindedness and hateful comments directed at her son's affliction she'd hope to set nobility on its ear, never dreaming that her involvement would place her life in danger. After narrowly escaping an attempt on her life she was forced to leave the city with Andrew as her able bodied protector, a task he gladly took for the golden opportunity it afforded to begin his campaign of seduction.

This was another winner from the very talented Ms. D'Alessandro who writes lively intelligent and witty dialogs and characters that endure long after you've finished the last pages. While Andrew's wooing of Catherine was utterly romantic, and sweetly sensual, the endearingly honest loving relationship he established with 12-year-old Spencer and help in teaching him to deal with his physical limitations was simply outstanding. D'Alessandro also gives another interesting secondary character in Catherine's friend Genevieve, who as the true author of the `guide' would make a terrific sequel with a story of her own. Bottom Line - While this seemed to have a bit more serious tone than her customary belly laugh humorous romances, her dialogs and finely drawn characterizations along with an inspiring romance and seduction is totally charming and heart warming... definitely recommended! --- Marilyn Rondeau, for [...] ---
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Excellent read! 13 Sept. 2004
By Huntress Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Catherine Ashfield, Viscountess Bickley, is a widow just out of mourning. When a close friend asked her, Lady Catherine was only too happy to assist with the publication of "A Ladies' Guide". She saw it as a quiet way to get a bit of revenge on a society which had turned its cruel back on her son, Spencer, due to his club foot. It was published under the name Charles Brightmore. Soon it seems as though every female has a copy of the scandalous book and the men are NOT happy at the changes in their women. But Lady Catherine never dreamed her involvement could put her life in jeopardy and force her to flee London in the company of a disarmingly attractive protector.

Andrew Stanton knew Catherine was hiding something from him, but playing the role of protector and friend helps him keep her close by. Andrew has no noble lineage. He is the best friend of Catherine's brother, but wishes only to court Catherine now that she is FINALLY out of mourning. But Catherine's marriage had been far from happy and she is determined never to remarry. Worse yet, she seemed to live by the crazy book that has all of town abuzz. Andrew is determined to subtly court her while playing his guardian role. And not only has Catherine captured his heart, but her twelve-year-old son has too.

***** Chalk up another best seller from renowned author Jacquie D'Alessandro! This author has yet to disappoint me in her enthralling romances! In fact, she seems to get better and better with every title she publishes. Every time I believe she can get no better, she proves me wrong. Highly recommended! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Throughly enjoyable 26 Jun. 2005
By S. Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Gentle humor, scintillating romance, an engaging child, an even more engaging hero who befriends and encourages said child, a heroine afraid to risk her heart, and a past that haunts the present and may destroy the future. Mix it all together and you have another great read by D'Alessandro. Superior secondary characters add to the charming lead couple and increase the book's interest. Lovely -- no dictionary needed.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Daring Heroine and Delicious Hero 24 Sept. 2004
By Jennifer St Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jacquie D'Alessandro does it again! Humor, wit, and a spicy love affair sprinkled with danger make Love and the Single Heiress a wonderful adventure for the romance reader. Lady Catherine, whom by right of being an Earl's daughter retains her title despite circimstances of her unhappy marriage and widowed state, is a heroine worth loving for she risks scandal and her reputation to pen a guide to help other women to personal happiness and sets the ton on its ear. Andrew, a man with tragic secrets, finally dares to open his heart and brings healing and love to Catherine and her son, whom his deceased father had despised because of a birth defect. With heartwarming tenderness and talent, Jacquie gives new meaning to Regency Romance.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Another great one... 18 Oct. 2004
By Wendy Etherington - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jacquie D'Alessandro continually writes fantastic books! The chemistry between the hero and heroine is terrific, as always. I laugh through her books, and I'm always touched by the emotion and depth of the story.

I was a bit aggravated by the posts here, however, regarding Lady Catherine's name. I find this odd, as Lady Catherine is the daughter of an earl. This entitled her to be called "Lady Catherine" for life, regardless of marrying Bickley before the book began. I realize she married "beneath" her station when she joined with Bickley, but she's still entitled to use the title of "Lady Catherine" given at birth.

And, really, that seems silly to harp on. The story is full of laughter, memorable characters, quiet momements of discovery and a great mystery. It's a pleasurable escape from the real world. Do yourself a favor and discover the fun and loving world Jacquie D'Alessandro creates.
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