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It Takes a Hero (Avon Romantic Treasure Avon Historical Romance)

It Takes a Hero (Avon Romantic Treasure Avon Historical Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Boyle
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Rebecca will have to take a page from her own book to keep the dashing Rafe Danvers from spoiling her success.

But how does one play hard-to-get with a man one cannot resist?

Rebecca Tate never intended to cause a revolution with her notoriously popular Miss Darby novels, merely to earn enough to support herself and her ailing uncle. But now it seems every eligible debutante in London is emulating her spunky heroine and refusing to marry...ever! Still, Rebecca's enjoying her newfound success as Miss Darby's anonymous creator, and she's not about to let anyone interfere—not even the rakishly appealing Raphael Danvers.

Having survived the perils of war and espionage, Rafe is less than thrilled by a disgruntled society matron's wish that he unmask the unknown author and halt the scandalous scribblings. The assignment becomes more attractive, however, when the trail leads to the enticing Miss Tate. Suddenly the dashing adventurer can't get enough of the charming troublemaker—and her resorting to some rather Darbyesque trickery to distract him serves only to intensify his desire. But will a rogue's determined pursuit result in a happy romantic ending . . . or lead them both into a dangerous intrigue?


Enjoying her success as the anonymous author of a series of popular novels under the pseudonym Miss Darby, Rebecca Tate is unaware of the dramatic influence of her literary endeavors on the impressionable young ladies of London society, until she discovers that rakish adventurer Raphael Danvers has

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1169 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060549300
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (17 Mar 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCKJ18
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange story! 10 Jan 2011
By :-)
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Firstly the other review here is for a totally different book!!!! The characters of this book are Rebecca Tate and Rafe Danvers.

If someone had told me that the first half and second half of this book had been written by different people I would have to believe them.

The first half: Had me totally spellbound, I thought it had the makings of a fantastic romantic comedy romp. 5 Stars

The second half: To say it went "off" is a massive understatement. It was a muddled, confusing mess. 1 star

I have read A LOT of regency romances and I've never experienced a book quite like this one. A terrible terrible waste of what could have been an amazing book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to standard 4 Mar 2014
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Having read most of this author's books I was dreadfully disappointed in this effort. It seemed to meander through three quarters of the book not really achieving much although I did laugh to myself a few times. The ending was rushed and all the loose ends were tied up within the space of a few pages. I felt that I was being swept along as if the author had decided that she was bored also and could not wait to finish the story· Such a shame as having read the other Danvers novels I had been looking forward to Rafe's. I also found Rebecca to be an annoying heroine first stubborn and abrasive and then suddenly she was in love and throwing herself at Rafe.

All in all not one of this author's best efforts. Would not recommend.
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3 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. 25 Sep 2005
By M. Gibbons VINE VOICE
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He's a wastrel and a rogue. Lord Dering is the outcast of his family, stripped of his inheritance but not his title. Jarrett refused his father's demand to marry a woman who claimed she carried his child. So now he makes his living playing games for money and women. Who would have thought that he was the perfect man for a mission, but those are just the requirements the mysterious group known as the Black Phoenix needs.

Kate Falshaw is running from a scandalous past. Being a high-tempered actress makes her the perfect candidate to help the Black Phoenix infiltrate the exclusive club known as Paradise. Keeping the men at bay is easy for Kate until her fellow spy comes on the scene with a plan to have a fiery affair to cover up their real purpose for being there. And according to Jarrett in order to be believable, they need to be doing exactly what they say they are. What Kate didn't expect was to find love and understanding in the arms of such a rake.
Jarrett and Kate embark on a dangerous journey to unearth the evidence needed to shut down Paradise that will not only test their mental and physical strength, but the trust that they must give to each other in order to survive. The closer they get to the truth and uncovering a major scandal, the further they fall in love. But when the danger is over and the villains are caught, will Kate and Jarrett be able to explore the love they found while in Paradise or will their ugly pasts prevent them from being happy?
Lynn Kerstan writes a story that is filled with excitement, suspense, passion and a bit of humor. I found the characters charming, and when they embark on an intense mission that tests their very souls, I fell completely in love with them.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst... 9 Feb 2006
By Annie - Published on
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Generally, I like Elizabeth Boyle's books but this one was terrible. All the things I do not like about romance novels were contained in this story. I have to question anyone giving this read 5 stars. This is a perfect book???

First of all, the descriptions of Rafe and Rebecca were slight. I know more of what Rafe looks like than Rebecca and what I kow about Rafe is that he is very manly and dark. Also, the "instant" connection is not well played out. It seems his interest was gained because she did not fall for his charms right away. What a bore he is for that.

Rebecca's desire to keep the ruby defies logic. What a terrible thing for her to do. This alone would make most readers question what sort of person she is.

Also, Rafe, while no longer comfortable with turning Rebecca over to Malvina, reflects he might have to sell whatever belongs he has left to pay the rent. Well, why? For those of us who have read the previous books we know who his brothers are!!! I mean, show me the money. Rafe has little in the way of clothes, can't pay the rent, etc. That is just ridiculous. He brothers do not share their wealth with him? Forget the end of the book, 3/4 of the book he is poor.

It is hard to get involved with characters who are too vague in appearance and also hard to get involved with characters who tend to over react to situations. Rafe was hired to do a job and he lets his feelings for Rebecca cloud his judgment. But why? This is a man who fought in a war for goodness sakes. Mental toughness is important. And to lose that after, what, 3 or so meetings? Silly.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good romance, bad mystery = a mixed result 12 July 2004
By S. Reader - Published on
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Ms. Boyle's style is a big stumbling block on this book; there are some very tortured phrasings, including some that simply do not make sense. The book is sometimes slow and the murder mystery is solved almost too quickly. That subplot is the least fulfilling part of the book. Indeed, the whole murder-ruby angle detracts from the lovely romance.
There's some very nice humor; Rafe is a good hero; and the heroine is quite likable except for her desire to hang onto stolen property as though she deserves it. Perhaps it's supposed to be symbolic of the corrupting influence of the gem (the curse), but it doesn't really work. Nevertheless, Rafe and Rebecca are very good together. The romance part of the book is quite good, and is marred only by the subplot and by Boyle's overblown prose.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars flawed, but diverting 23 April 2004
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I wanted to like this book. I did like it, more-or-less. It wasn't the most intense or riveting romance I've ever read, but as a lightweight diversion, it worked. If you're looking for depth and soul-wrenching drama, look elsewhere--this is more of a light-hearted romp.
My problem with this book--and for someone who is as politically incorrect as I am, this is significant--was the questionable ethics/morality/lack of respect for other cultures. I speak specifically of the "McGuffin"--the stolen ruby that everyone is after.
Let me make sure I understand this. The heroine's father broke into a sacred religious site, removed the ruby, was relieved of the ruby, and now the heroine wants to find the stolen goods and sell them. Was it just me, or do other people have a hard time respecting someone who thinks because she's stolen an item that it's hers now? I realize that in the time we're talking about (19th c.) that the British were not known for their enlightened views of Indian culture, and considered these people beneath them, but it's been my experience in the romance novel genre that usually our heroes/heroines are ahead of their time in their politically-correct thinking (I suppose so that the reader can more easily relate to them). At any rate, I was appalled at her lack of understanding that "her little nest egg" was not, in fact, hers. She had no right to do anything but return it to its home, but she resisted with all her might.
This bothered me greatly, so much so that it spoiled my enjoyment of the rest of the book. You have been warned.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful humorous Regency romantic suspense 30 Mar 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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With Napoleon out of commission 1817 should be a very cheerful upbeat season for the Ton, but the debutants declare a marital revolution to the shock of their mothers. The young ladies refuse to marry emulating their heroine Miss Darby, literary star of four action adventure novels. Feeling desperate, the aristocratic matrons hire war hero Raphael Danvers to confront the author with exposure in order to stop any new book from being released.
Having an estate dangled as his fee, an impoverished Rafe drops his inquiries into the Sir Codlin murder and heads to remote Bramley Hollow, the place where the books were postmarked. Unlike everyone else who believes the author is a male, Rafe thinks a female has written the tales that he admits hooks anyone to complete in one sitting. In Bramley Hollow, Rafe meets Rebecca Tate, niece of a somewhat deranged colonel. He believes she is the author, but needs to find proof. Soon he finds he enjoys the competition while falling in love with Rebecca; she reciprocates on both counts. Then there is the unknown element of someone wanting to kill Rebecca that draws Rafe even closer to keep her safe
IT TAKES A HERO is a delightful humorous Regency romantic suspense that will hook the audience with the gender duel between the lead pair. The story line is very funny as Rafe tries to find evidence while Rebecca continually taunts and trumps his endeavors to expose her as the writer. Though the intrigue that comes late is terse and ties up loose ends, fans will feel that is unnecessary as the meat of this fine historical lies with the battle of the sexes.
Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Good BUT Really a 3-1/2* 29 July 2004
By M. Rondeau - Published on
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Setting - England 1817 --- Raphael 'Rafe' Danvers, did not fit into the polite ton society since coming home from the Peninsular wars, yet here he was being summoned by the Countess Tottley to join her at her morning salon. It seemed that the young daughters of the ton had thought to emulate a popular 'fictional' heroine who had vowed after the demise of her 'fictional' beau to never marry! This author had to be found, in order to make her stop writing so that the match-making mamas of the ton could convince their impressionable young daughters to stop turning down offers of marriage to their eligible suitors. Knowing that Rafe had no home of his own, Lady Tottley thought to entice him in aiding her and mothers of the other marriageable daughters of the ton to locate M. Briggs the elusive author of the immensely popular Miss Darby chronicles, by offering him an estate - a bit of a 'handy-man's special.

Rafe, a confirmed bachelor, would rather solve the murder he'd been working on with the promise of a hefty monetary reward but the thought of an estate - a home to call his own - was just too good to pass up. He traveled to every bachelors nightmare, the matchmaking capital of Kent - Bramley Hollow where he discovered the very infuriating and lovely Miss Rebecca Tate. His gut feelings told him she was the elusive author, and his brain told him he should forget about it and go look for a murderer instead - it would have been less dangerous for his state of mind and body.

Normally, I have found Elizabeth Boyle's novels to be fast and funny page-turners, but have to confess that I couldn't categorize this in the 'I can't put it down' standard I associate with her earlier books. While the story was good, it just didn't engage my emotions as much as her previous novels of the other Danver family members. The zest just wasn't there, even with some very engaging sparring matches between the main protagonists. The mystery of the original murder Rafe was working to solve was eventually worked into the search for the elusive author and brought to an almost too abrupt conclusion - but of course, the romance was the prime objective. The one thing that didn't seem to make sense to me with regard to the heroines apparent insolvency was her obvious success of the Miss Darby novels. With so successful a writing career her fixation and greediness in wanting to obtain and keep the legendary and valuable Kailash ruby seemed out of place, especially where she seemed to want to stay and live a peaceful existence in the country. Some of the more enjoyable and humorous moments were provided by Rebecca's 'batty' uncle; her very ferocious tom-cat Ajax; and of course, the witty dialogs filling out the requisite gender banter. Bottom line - My nit-picking aside, this was still an entertaining effort and fans of Elizabeth Boyle will not be too disappointed. --- Marilyn Rondeau, Official Reviewer for [...] ---
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