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The Golden Leopard

The Golden Leopard [Kindle Edition]

Lynn Kerstan
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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“Trust an ex-nun to write the hottest, most desperate and exhilarating romance of the year . . . ” (Contra Costa Times)

Lady Jessica “Jessie” Carville gave up on up men six years ago, after being deserted by Lord Hugo Duran, the man she loved beyond all reason. She has carried on with her life and . . . shockingly . . . with her career. Although most of Society frowns upon a woman in business, Lady Jessica is a natural at collecting and selling antiques. She’s put the past behind her until one night at an auction, when Duran shows up. He’s back in England, and he has plans that involve her. Can she resist what he has in mind?

Duran, though willful and mysterious, is a gentleman—when it suits him. Yet he left his lover without so much a note saying why. Now he’s on a mission filled with danger. If he doesn’t succeed, he will die. Can he convince Jessica to help him without endangering her as well?


Lynn Kerstan, former college professor, folksinger, professional bridge player, and nun, is the author of sixteen romance novels and four novellas, all set in Regency England.A RITA winner and five-time RITA Finalist, her books are regularly listed among the best in the Regency genre. The Golden Leopard and Heart of the Tiger were selected by Library Journal for its Best Books of the Year list (2002 and 2003), and Dangerous Passions was named by Booklist as one of the Top Ten Romances of 2005.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 658 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (24 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FRT51U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,895 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Satisfying 25 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I do enjoy a book that allows the reader some room to think for themselves, where the action could go in a number of different directions and the characters are rounded enough that you can relish their flaws almost as much as you appreciate their more stirling qualities. Add a few baddies both distant and present, a healthy dose of lust, a quest and impending doom, and bang go the other things I was planning to do today... Most enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the golden leopard 24 Nov 2012
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i wouldnt say that this was normally what i read but i really got into it and didnt want it to end i loved the male lead
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous book 28 Sep 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story is compelling and exciting, and the plot is satisfyingly detailed and elaborate, making for an interesting, page-turning read. Much suspense is built up through the book - Lynn is an expert in drip-feeding information, making you keen to read on. She also writes dramatic scenes superbly; I was totally lost in the world she creates in the book.

I loved the characters, Jessie and Duran in particular. They feel realistic, and are immensely likeable, and I was rooting for their relationship from the start. They are both strong, independent, courageous people with inner vulnerability and the capacity for faithful, lasting love and passion that had me gripped. I love that the author moves between Jessie's and Duran's point of view, allowing the reader to really get to know each character and see the story from both perspectives.
For me, the best part of the book is its setting, in the 1800s, and connections with India. I love exotic settings, and the marriage of nineteenth-century England with India at the time was fascinating. Customs, politics, culture, traditions, artefact - all are a seminal part of the plot. My favourite was the opening, set in India itself, and the mystery and danger it sets up for the narrative.

Out of five? Six stars from me. A expertly written, compelling, highly entertaining read that will please any romantic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable mix of treasure hunt and romance 23 Sep 2012
By Caz
Format:Kindle Edition
I do have a few quibbles about this book, but overall, I enjoyed the story. The mixture of treasure hunt and romance was well balanced and the characterisation was solid.

Hugo Duran and Jessica Carville are a well-matched couple, even though neither of then come across as particuarly pleasant people to start with. He's a chancer who abandoned Jessica without a word of explanation and she is rather self-absorbed (to the extent that she's blind to her sister's unhappiness). They had been lovers for a short time before the story starts, but he left without explanation, so naturally, she's not especially keen to have anything more to do with him. Jessica is independent and strong-willed, the black sheep of her family - her brother is a stuffed-shirt and her sister is dutifully and unhappily married to a man who beats her. She ran headlong into her affair with Hugo, and in the six years since he left, built herself a reputation as an expert in antiquities, and when we first meet her, is masterminding an exhibition and sale of artefacts at Christie's.

Hugo returns unexpectedly from India (where he has lived most of his life) and hopes to enlist Jessica's help in searching for the Golden Leopard, which has been stolen from an Indian potentate, and which he tells her he has to find or forfeit his life. What he doesn't tell her is that whether he finds it or not, he is to die anyway, at the hand of his constant shadow, Shivaji or the band of silent, invisible "Others", who have been dispatched to watch his every move. Personally, I found this part of the story to be the most readable and convincing; how Hugo secures Jessica's help, her disbelief and mistrust, their eventual success - and especially, in the last quarter of the book, Hugo's escape and their reunion.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Leopard, A Review for the Blog Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy 24 Sep 2012
By Shauni - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I am seriously loving the books I am getting from Netgalley. Books that tweak my interest during their synopsis but because of my finances or lack there of, I am unable to obtain them. And yet because of Netgalley, I get them either before their release date or really soon after. For all of you burgeoning reviewers out there I seriously recommend you checking this out. The Golden Leopard is just one such book and I am suddenly crazy about Lynn Kerstan,

Set in India and England this book is filled with dark plots, cultural differences, greed, passion, family dynamics and the oh so wonderful snobbery of the ton. This was not a rich fulfilling read it was dark, at times it made me tear up and often I would wonder if this book would have a HEA.. and yet once I started reading I couldn't put it down.

Lady Jessica Carville fell in love as a young woman and gave him everything when he mysteriously disappeared after only a few weeks, she figured that he had got what he was after and was on to greener pastuers. Determined to never be in the position to have her heart broken again she has spent the years since, escaping the clutches (sometimes even well meaning) of her family and gradually setting herself up in *gasp* business. Finally she is on the brink of success, all of her dreams are so close to being fulfilled when it all seems to start teetering.. first the meeting with her debauched, detestable brother in law and then....

Duran, truly a man of mysteries. Convinced that he really is the bad boy he claims to be he has spent all of 11 weeks in England. His own country. Born to parents working for the East India Company, while in India. He has spent his life first finding ways to get revenge at the East India Company and then just living the only life he has ever known. Except for a few short weeks in England where he met and fell in lust with one Lady Jessica Carville. He had pretty much put her out of his mind until captured by an Indian prince.. held in chains for months, starving he begins to see her.. when he sleeps, when he wakes.. her image is there. Even then he just assumes it is his way of finding comfort before death. Brought before the prince, already doomed to die a gruesome death he convinces them that he has been sent by the gods to find their missing artifact.

Duran is given one year to find the missing leopard, or he dies. One year! A group of trained assassins are sent as his escorts and once he reaches English soil he is determined to use that year to find a way to escape. Only trouble was, the year started the day of his sentence NOT the day he reached English soil.. oops.. Oh yeah and the death sentence is on, whether he finds the leopard or not. His only real recourse is to find a knowledgable antiquities dealer and find the leopard.. In steps Lady Jessica.. and their adventure to find the missing leopard begins.

Jessica has what I would call a most horrid family, a vapid sister, a snot nosed self righteous brother and a spineless father.. all still living in fear of their overbearing deceased mother.. Her family plays well into this story and works well to show just what a person will do to escape family then just what a person will do to protect that same family.

While I probably would not have purchased this book, I enjoyed it immensely. I enjoyed the subtext and brooding atmosphere. I enjoyed many of the secondary characters and honestly the thing I disliked the most was the way the story was all tied up in a pretty little boy when it ended. This was not a book that should have had all rainbows and unicorns in it's ending there needed to be something dark and menacing looming on the horizon.. Just my humble opinion


This review is based on the ARC of The Golden Leopard provided by netgalley
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Leopard 10 Oct 2012
By Patricia Rice - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished The Golden Leopard by Lynn Kerstan. This is my first time with this author and I thought the book was great. I have always loved to read historical books. The romance and intrigue in the story was an added bonus. This story was amazing story because it kept me on edge. There were several plots going on the same time. As a result of the suspense, I could not put the book down. This book reminding me of Indian Jones .
A missing artifact and the victim being on trail and convicted of thief. Given a year to find the lost item or death.
Of course he has a past romance that he will seek. She is his key that will open the door to many answers.
I would give this a top rating when combined with death plot and intimacy being intense. I would recommend this book. I would give it a 5. Lynn Kerstan gave her audience her complete attention. I am looking forward to reading more of her books. You will not be disappointed.

Pat Rice
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5.0 out of 5 stars great adventure romance 4 Nov 2002
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This is just a great action adventure romance, with exotic settings, intense scenes, and an undercurrent of humor that helps relieve the tension. Duran is a hero to die for, and Jessica is a heroine women can identify with-- strong yet vulnerable. Their romance is torrid, and so are the adventures they get into together.
The plotline involves rare antiquities, and I found this glimpse into the world of the collector fascinating. But most of all, I loved the complex and tempestuous relationship between a desperate man and the only woman who can save him. There is torment and sacrifice and triumph in this book, and plenty of passion too!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars combination of Indiana Jones and Romancing the Stone 4 Oct 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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In 1821 India, charming con artist Lord Hugo Duran stands trial for stealing the Heart of Alanbad. Needing a lie when he knows the truth of innocence will not work, Hugo insists a dream brought him here and that he is to go home to England to find the Golden Leopard and return it to its rightful owner. The court rules if he fails to restore the jewel within a year, he will die.

Hugo needs help to succeed and at the same time he sees this as an opportunity to finish his business with Jessica Carville, who he once hurt badly. After Hugo failed her, Jessie plunged deeply into her other passion, dealing rare antiquities. Though she wants to tell Hugo to go to the devil, Jessie, tempted by his quest, agrees to accompany him, but does not relish the idea of marrying him to keep her reputation in tact. As the excursion turns dangerous, both realizes they still love one another, but if they survive, she does not trust him to stay.

THE GOLDEN LEOPARD is a combination of Indiana Jones and Romancing the Stone. The story line is fast paced and loaded with action, twists, and gender bending (at least for the regency period) subplots. The support cast feels like they come from Peter Lorre clones while the lead couple is a delight though why Jessie suddenly worries about her rep after shredding it as a dealer seems a bit stretched. Still Lynn Kerstan keeps the reader enthralled with this suspense thriller that has just enough romance to please readers of both genres.

Harriet Klausner
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Leopard 11 Oct 2012
By v shorto - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I must start out by saying I really liked Lynn Kerstan's writing style. She has a good ability to keep to the time period. She obviously has done the research required to keep the story details authentic. I enjoy her turn of phrase, her ability to project humor in to the story and her blending of emotion, greed, hate, and passion. I enjoyed the premise of the story. I found the main characters Duran and Jessica to be witty, endearing, intelligent and just plain interesting! I felt that the secondary character, Shivaji was wonderful. However I can't say the same for the others. Jessica's family were just too wishy washy. I tuned out and tended to skim when they were in the scene. I felt the same way with Duran's new "friend"-so uninteresting that I would have to go back in the book to find his name- just made no sense to me. Why was he so willing to help Duran? What kept me from giving the story 5 stars? The storyline tended to drag, with too much repetition: I got Jessica was self conscious and full of doubt, Duran is a scoundrel, ok ok move on with the storyline...some scenes drug out too long, especially in the first 50% of the book. It's a big red flag to me when my focus starts to wander. For example, Duran's flash back of his near drowning...went on and on for 10 or more pages,3 would have sufficed. Some parts needed to be left on the cutting room floor. The writing style 5 stars,,3 stars editing and story composure.

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