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The Reluctant Reformer [Mass Market Paperback]

Lynsay Sands
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books; Reissue edition (1 Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843949740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843949742
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 711,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Southern Ontario, Lynsay Sands is the New York Times bestselling author of the Argeneau Vampire series. She has written more than 34 books and anthologies since her first novel was published in 1997. Her romantic comedies span three genres--historical, contemporary, and paranormal--and have made the Waldenbooks, Barnes & Noble, USA Today, and New York Times bestseller lists.

Lynsay's books are read in more than twelve countries and have been translated into at least six languages. She's been a nominee for both the Romantic Times Best Historical Romance Award and the Romantic Times Best Paranormal Romance Award, was nominated and placed three times in the RIO (Reviewers International Organization) Awards of Excellence, and has several books on All About Romance's Favorite Funnies list.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A case of mistaken identity leads to love 14 July 2003
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Lady Margaret Wentworth’s brother Gerald was unfortunately killed during the war, leaving Maggie to care for his London house and the servants that are dependant on her for a living. There is little cash in her inheritance, so Maggie does the scandalous thing of earning a living – continuing the writing career that her brother started. Before the opening of the book she has disguised herself to, for example, investigate a gentleman’s gambling club to write about, something that would horrify society if they suspected who G W Clark really was. Now Maggie is investigating a brothel, conducting interviews in the very brothel housing the infamous ‘Lady X’.
Lord Ramsey was a good friend of Gerald – in fact Gerald died saving his life. James had promised Gerald to watch over his sister. To live up to that vow, James employed an investigator on his return – an investigator who identified Maggie as Lady X. Now James is determined to save Maggie from herself, and on the very night she next travels to the brothel, James kidnaps her and takes Maggie to his estate. The issue of mistaken identity is resolved about half way through the book and Maggie returns to London, soon followed by James, but now it appears that someone is trying to harm her…
Sands has a definite feel for comic situations. From the kidnap to the talking at cross purposes that goes on for days between James and Maggie, to Maggies attempt at escape, to the events that seem destined to happen whenever they go into a library, the talented Sands is able to infuse a lighthearted element even into moments of danger or stress. And in this case it even carries across to the love life of the two central characters – right up to the very last page.
The eccentric servants, the brothel owner, James’ aunt and his best friend all make excellent secondary characters. I’m sure all readers of romance would enjoy this lively example.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A slightly disappointing Regency romance 31 Jan 2003
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"The Reluctant Reformer" was my first book by the author and unfortunately it made me slightly disappointed. The story is set in Regency London and the English countryside. Lady Margaret Wentworth is an attractive yong woman who after her brother's tragic death stands alone in the world. She hasn't got enough income to keep her townhouse with all its servants unless she finds an employment. Lord James Ramsey is a handsome bachelor recently returned from the Peninsulan War and a loyal friend to Maggie's brother. He wants to keep his promise to Gerald to take care of his sister after his death.They meet under very unusual circumstances in one of London's most famous brothels where the highest attraction is Lady "X" a courtesan of noble origins and mysterious past. James mistakes Maggie for Lady "X" and their hilarious story begins. Their life is full of misunderstandings and humorous scenes which turn more serious by the end. I must admit that the author has a distinctive sense of humour and she has found an exciting and entertaining plot which could have been supported better by her cast.I find some of the scenes a bit funny, some of them ridiculous and very superficial. The characters of Maggie and James are sadly lacking in their manners as a lady and a genteleman in Regency society.I couldn't imagine them properly alive because they haven't been properly introduced and because they behave so much out of character.
I didn't manage to be there with them following their story with my full attention. Some readers may find the dialogues funny and the love scenes passionate but in my opinion they are missing some important elements. I miss the intelligence from most of the dialogues and the emotions from the love scenes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful romp from Lynsay! 19 Jan 2003
By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
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This tale is a delightful fresh gem....from the opening pages that finds the sensible, but somehow always in odd situations, Maggie dressed as the famous Madam X balanced precarious on the window ledge outside a Bawdy House, she can little know her climbing back inside will be witnessed by her brother's friend, James.
Maggie's brother died at the battle of Waterloo saving James' life, and as he lie dying in James' arms, he extracted a promise that James would protect and take care of Maggie.
Maggie has found herself in a difficult situation of the family money passing on to the heir, leaving her with a huge London townhouse and a large staff of servants she cannot turn away....so she is forced to moonlight to keep everyone fed and housed.
James is sure she is the famous Madam X, and woman of great allure and the current rage of the males of the Ton...and he is going to reform her and starts by kidnapping Maggie....for her own good, mind you!!
It is one mad comedy of errors and one delightful read....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful romp from the Lynsay Sands!! 21 Jan 2003
By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This tale is a delightful fresh gem....from the opening pages that finds the sensible, but somehow always in odd situations, Maggie dressed as the famous Madam X balanced precarious on the window ledge outside a Bawdy House, she can little know her climbing back inside will be witnessed by her brother's friend, James.
See Maggie's brother died at the battle of Waterloo saving James' life, and as he lie dying in James' arms, he extracted a promise that James would protect and take care of Maggie.
Maggie has found herself in a difficult situation of the family money passing on to the heir, leaving her with a huge London townhouse and a large staff of servants she cannot turn away....so she is forced to moonlight to keep everyone fed and housed.
James is sure she is the famous Madam X, and woman of great allure and the current rage of the males of the Ton...and he is going to reform her and starts by kidnapping Maggie....for her own good, mind you!!
It is one mad comedy of errors and one delightful read...
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