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A Most Dangerous Profession (The Hurst Amulet)

A Most Dangerous Profession (The Hurst Amulet) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Hawkins
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Mysterious, elusive, unforgettable. The Hurst Amulet continues to lure lovers into peril as New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins spins her newest scintillating tale of danger and desire.


For beautiful, seductive Moira MacAllister, the stakes have become terrifyingly high. Her daughter has been abducted and a priceless ancient relic is the ransom. Moira must acquire it at any cost, even if it means confronting the man she once duped and left, a man who still doesn’t know she has a child . . . and that he is the father.


Robert Hurst, an operative in the king’s service, has never forgiven the mysterious spy who seduced him into marriage and then disappeared without a trace. Now, as he pursues the onyx box that will save his brother’s life, their paths cross again. But Robert isn’t sure which he longs for more—to satisfy his lust for revenge or to quench his relentless hunger for this bewitching woman.


When Moira reveals to Robert her long-kept secret, however, he realizes his burning desires must wait as a treacherous foe closes in, threatening all they hold dear . . . and their second chance at love.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1949 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (18 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UCW5PG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,867 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fate and History in correct proportions 2 Dec 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Why is it I always come into a series at the 3rd book? I guess that is my fate. It is also my fate to have been a history student which does make it difficult for me to read historical romances. That being said, I was impressed that Karen Hawkins did manage to weave proper history into her story correctly. Although some people may object to the whole hidden child theme, it was something that was almost normal in the society of the day. I found this story to be interesting because the author knew that women in the 1820s (for that matter up to 1889) usually lost their children to the father because women were considered too "weak" to raise them. They also were not allowed their own money.

Forgive my tangent here but this is important when understanding the motives of the heroine, Moira MacAllister Hurst. She has had to learn to survive in a world where most women are merely a decorative accessory or a virtual slave. Much of her reported actions are based on a real woman's deception: Princess Caraboo. The author does recommend you find out who she is if you don't already know. All this history is also important to understand the "cover" that our hero, Robert Hurst, takes. He is a "James Bond" but instead of flaunting his masculinity, he plays an effeminate fop of the Ton. Oh, yes, he is 100% man. (I'd quote some of the text but Amazon wouldn't publish this then. Blush.)

I also really liked the sense of time. You, the reader, actually do travel with them. It isn't a case of starting in Edinburgh and suddenly you are in the Highlands. I actually think that Ms. Hawkins may have visited Scotland which is a nice change from some others I have read which have left me in doubt. Even today it takes 4.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite 18 Oct 2011
By JRD - Published on
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I have been a long time Karen Hawkins fan - but the last few years she have been very hit or miss with me. I am enjoying the Hurst siblings and was looking forward to Robert's story - but it fell flat. I didn't really like the hero or the herione, *SPOILER* I can't stand it when a character keeps a child from a parent based on assumptions, and I felt the main characters had no real spark and their resolution was rushed and shallow. That being said, it was still very well written and had charming moments - loved the letters between the siblings and am still looking forward to Michael's story. I think many people could love this book - I just wasn't one of them.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies 18 Oct 2011
By Lily - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Moira MacAllister has been a spy, a thief and a con artist, but never before has a job been so important. An enemy has kidnapped her daughter, and to get the child back, Moira has to steal an ancient onyx box. But someone besides her unwanted employer is also looking for the box...a man Moira fears she cannot outwit; her husband.

Robert Hurst has never forgiven Moira for tricking him into marriage. Unfortunately, he also has never been able to get Moira out of his mind. While searching for an onyx box that holds the secret to finding a family heirloom, Robert's path crosses with Moira's once again. This time, however, Robert is not about to let his wayward wife go. She's hiding something from him - something important. But will Moira's secret be the thing that brings them together? Or will it be the final straw that breaks their marriage apart?

I have a new favorite Karen Hawkins book; A MOST DANGEROUS PROFESSION! There's an energy in A MOST DANGEROUS PROFESSION that buoys the book along at lightning speed. The sources of that energy are Moira and Robert. I love nothing more than a great thief meeting her match, and Moira definitely meets her match in her husband. Individually, both Moira and Robert are lively, endearing characters. As a pair, they have a reckless, wild passion that, when paired with their intelligence and kind hearts, make them impossible to resist.

Ms. Hawkins delivers one heck of a ride in A MOST DANGEROUS PROFESSION, and I did not want to put Moira and Robert's book down. In the engaging HURST AMULET series, this book stands out. And given the teasing glimpses Ms. Hawkins has given regarding Michael Hurst and his heroine, I am excited as all get out to read the next HURST AMULET tale!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 1/2 stars 22 May 2012
By Not Telling - Published on
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I felt as if I had just picked up a book and started reading in the middle. The relationship Hawkins tried to make work here could have been good, great even, had she wrote this from the beginning of their story. But she places us right after their falling-out, so we haven't read about their past or who they even are as people. We just read about how they get back together. I think this could have made a great book, had she began at the heroine and hero meeting, falling for each other, the onyx box thing playing out, Moira running away, and then had like a Part Two, where Robert goes off to find her, the revelations of both characters' secrets, and confessions of love. In the beginning, I was almost ready to write a bad review because Moira's lying completely threw me off. One thing for certain is that Hawkins can still write fantastic romance scenes.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By April A. Renn - Published on
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A MOST DANGEROUS PROFESSION by Karen Hawkins is an exciting historical romance set in 1822 Scotland. It is the third in the "Hurst Amulet" series,see "One Night in Scotland" and "Scandal In Scotland",although "A Most Dangerous Profession" can be read as a stand alone.It has everything a historical romance reader could want,romance,mystery,suspense,sweet sensuality,misunderstandings,a perilous mission,a dashing rakehell,and an entrancing thief,who was once and still is briefly married to the dashing Robert Hurst. Moria MacAllister,is seductive,a thief,her daughter has been abducted and being held for ransom for a priceless ancient relic. Robert Hurst,an operative in the king's service,Moria husband for a night,doesn't know he may have a daughter,and pursues an onyx box to save his brother's live. This is a fast paced story with a few twists and stories that will have you turning pages from the beginning to the end. I can hardly wait for the conclusion to the story of the "Hurst Amulet". This is an amazing family. This author has done it again with "A Most Dangerous Profession". A must read that will appear to any historical,romance,reader. It is a charming,and witty,but serious story that will sure to capture your heart. Received for review from the publisher. Details can be found at Pocket Books,a division of Simon and Schuster and My Book Addiction Reviews
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Read 18 Nov 2011
By Dina P - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fans of Karen Hawkins will not be disappointed. The latest in the Hurst Amulet series is a terrific read. You really don't want to put it down. I loved the lead characters and rooted for their reconcilation. This book was touching & funny, with elements of 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' in Robert's character - someone who presents himself as gentleman who is easily bored and a fashionplate, who in reality has hidden talents. I am looking forward to Michael's story in the next novel.
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