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To Catch An Heiress: Number 1 in series (Agents for the Crown) [Paperback]

Julia Quinn
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4 Sep 2008 Agents for the Crown (Book 1)

When Caroline Trent is kidnapped by Blake Ravenscroft, she doesn't even try to elude this dangerously handsome agent of the crown. After all, she's been running from unwanted marriage proposals. Yes, Blake believes she's a notorious spy named Carlotta De Leon, but for six weeks until her twenty-first birthday, when she'll gain control of her fortune, hiding out in the titillating company of a mysterious captor is awfully convenient - and maybe just a little romantic, too.

Blake Ravenscroft's mission is to bring 'Carlotta' to justice, not to fall in love. His heart has been hardened by years of intrigue, but this little temptress proves oddly disarming and thoroughly kissable. And suddenly the unthinkable becomes possible - and this mismatched couple might be destined for love.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (4 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749908823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749908829
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. She is the author of award-winning historical romance novels, including the New York Times bestselling Bridgerton series which begins with The Duke and I. Other titles in this series are: The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer from a Gentleman, Romancing Mr Bridgerton, To Sir Phillip, With Love, When He Was Wicked, It's in His Kiss and On the Way to the Wedding. She is also the author of a number of standalone titles, including: The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever and Mr Cavendish, I Presume. She is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe colleges and lives with her family in Colorado.

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'Quinn has a smart, funny touch ... that's reminiscent of Helen Fielding' Time Magazine 'reminiscent of Bridget Jones' Time Magazine 'smart, funny' Time Magazine 'Delightful' Nora Roberts

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Jane Austen meets Bridget Jones in Julia Quinn's delightful Regency-set romantic comedies

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny tale 11 Aug 2004
By Ladybubbles VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Caroline Trent is kidnapped by Blake Ravenscroft, who mistakes her for "Carlotta" a dangerous enemy of the crown. On the spur of the moment Caroline decides to play along as she needs to hide away from her relatives until she reached her majority and inherited her fortune.
Blake Revenscroft's mission was to bring this little temptress to justice not bed the wench!
Hilarious, I have never laughed so much. You will love what antics Caroline gets up to and Blake's reaction to her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ludicrous, but always funny 8 May 2007
By Book Gannet VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Caroline Trent is not having a good evening. Firstly her guardian's son, Percival, attacks her on his father's orders - for which she, quite rightly, shoots him in the shoulder. But no sooner has she escaped the house then she's accosted by a man who will insist on calling her Carlotta de Leon.

However, for Caroline this turn of events couldn't be more fortuitous. With just six weeks to go until she comes into her inheritance, she's more than happy to let this stranger keep her out of sight. After all, the last thing she wants is for her guardian to determine her whereabouts.

Yes, everything is going perfectly, until the Marquis of Riverdale arrives, takes one look at her and confirms that she is NOT Carlotta de Leon.

For Blake Ravenscroft, Caroline's captor, this news is both relieving and infuriating. Having worked for the War Office for nearly a decade the prospect of failing is galling in the extreme, but nowhere near as bad as being attracted to a traitor.

But Caroline is no traitor, just a young woman unconsciously tangled up by circumstance. Even so, Blake fights the attraction, because he's sworn never to marry...

The plot of this book is really quite ludicrous, and the fact that Blake is supposed to be one of the War Office's top agents never quite rings true. However, who cares, because this book is hilarious. The exchanges between Caroline and Blake veer from childishly entertaining to laugh-out-loud funny, with poor James (the Marquis) either caught in the crossfire, or doing his best to wind Blake up even further. And then there are the servants. Brilliant.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny...great dialogue 6 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having read numerous romance novels over the years, I have found myself becoming rather sated with them all recently so I started reading this book with not much expectation but I was pleasantly surprised. It was very very funny...I found myself laughing out loud at the dialogue between not only the main protagonists but also when the Marquis and Blake's sister were involved. The romance between Blake and Caroline was very entertaining and Blake's surrender to love was sufficently protracted. The book was well written and kept me reading to the end without jumping pages as I have found myself doing recently with other why did I only give it 4 crowns? Only one reason...maybe this is a bit trivial but I kept being distracted by the time it took for the characters to get from near Portsmouth to near Bournemouth and vice versa. I lived near those areas for over 4 years and it takes (even as the crow flies) well over an hour to get from one to the other by car. On horse-back in the 19th century it would take even longer. So Ms Quinn, if you read this, I'm sorry for nit-picking because I really really enjoyed the book but please check out distances when writing about Britain!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jula Quinn: Hilarious Author 19 April 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I read a Julia Quinn I read it as I would any romance, forget the regency historical aspect, she's just brilliant. She's witty and enchanting and her female characters are always strong and funny. Caroline Trent has got to be one of the funniest characters ever. She's bubbly and intelligent and is always delivering a speech which will have the reader doubled-over because of the sheer hilarity of her comments.

Of course the fact that it's a regency means who cannot love the time period and setting? The only thing is that I'd have liked the spy plot to be a little more developed; I'd have liked an earlier appearance of Carlotta... maybe an attack on the house or something... the romance really good as was the comedy. The plot concerning the spies... could have been better.

But aside from that, love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book 25 Mar 2010
By C. Frye
This was the second Julia Quinn book i have read and it is one of my favourites. The main female character, Caroline, is strong willed and really funny and the main male character, Blake, is a little irratating at first but he has come to be one of my favorite men in Julia Quinn's books. Caroline has to escape from her awful guardien and Blake finds her and assumes that she is the spy he has been looking for. The events that unfold are humourous and at some points cringe worthy! It is a historical romance and although i do not usually like historical novels but all of Julia Quinn's are funny and entertaining with great heros and brilliant heroins. I have now read this book more than once and i enjoyed it just as much. All my friends that have read it enjoyed it just as much. I would recomend it to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful witty read
The plot is a bit far fetched but Caroline is one of JQ's funniest heroines and Blake, although not the usual "JQ" rake is just as witty as her other heroes, but much more moody... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Laurajojo
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
A nice comfortable read for a wet afternoon when you want to escape from it all, entertaining, funny and engaging
Published 10 months ago by Lilybet
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
A pleasant way to spend a rainy afternoon but if you are looking for something a bit more taxing it's not for you.
Published 11 months ago by A M Whitehead
3.0 out of 5 stars TO CATCH AN HEIRESS - OK
rather pedestrian. Easy to read but everything was expected. it was a real mills & boon type story. It was ok
Published 11 months ago by shirl.girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Regency thriller
This was a fun read, and I enjoyed it. The first time I've read Julia Quinn, but will look for her again.
Published 11 months ago by bruyere
5.0 out of 5 stars a favourite
A wonderful book from one of my favourite authors, she never fails to keep me entertained and I haven't found a hero that I don't like yet.
Published 11 months ago by boosmummy
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT IMPRESSED
I found the writing unexciting and cliched. Not in the Daphne du Maurier league. There are better books available on Kindle.
Published 11 months ago by D. M. Pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars To Catch an Heiress
It was brilliant and I laughed out loud on several occasions. I can't wait to read the second book. Well done Julia Quinn.
Published 13 months ago by MK Lady
4.0 out of 5 stars Plan A or Plan B?
Review taken from my Blog Post (#44) in November 2010 after I borrowed the book from the local library. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Toodles Book Club
3.0 out of 5 stars Not fit to description.
The book was sold to me as used/good but upon arrival I notice a huge crease on the back cover like it had been folded in half. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bethany Vigor
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