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Twice Fallen (Ladies in Waiting) [Mass Market Paperback]

Emma Wildes
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12 April 2012 Ladies in Waiting (Book 2)
Lady Lillian Bourne is re-entering society after her disastrous elopement four years ago and is obliged to be the very picture of propriety. But when she finds herself locked in a library with an enigmatic stranger during a party, she risks falling from grace for a second time. After years working as a spy, Lord Damien Northfield finds London tedious - until his encounter with the lovely but notorious Lily. When he's enlisted to investigate a scheme of blackmail and murder, he's thrilled to find he may be the key to discovering a ruthless killer.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: SIGNET (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451235282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451235282
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.3 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 539,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but not great 21 Feb 2013
By Maria
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As typical, Ms Wildes writes about two couples. Unfortunately I found little interest in the James / Regina characters and it felt more like a reason to add some sex scenes, which don't usually go down well when you have little attachment to the characters. The main story was better but Damien irritated me somewhat with his attitude to Lillian: big on assumptions and not much on effort.

However, a pretty easy read.

Minor note about my Kindle copy: in many places what was obviously a switch of perspective or switch to the other story-line, was not even prefaced by extra spacing, let alone any notation. Hence it seem to segue from one sentence straight into another. Very distracting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Double Love Story 20 April 2012
By J. Weaver - Published on
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Emma Wildes has a particular gift for writing books that provide the stories of two pairs of couples rather than just one. In this novel, the main couple is made up of the former spy Damien and the "fallen" Lillian. From the first, they are attracted to each other, and he woos her as he is attempting to solve a mystery involving the man responsible for her downfall.

The second couple is made up of an artist and her younger lover. Lily's cousin, James, is engaged in an affair with an older, not quite respectable woman. The two find themselves in love, but are slow to the admission and not quite sure what to do about it.

Both romances develop rather seamlessly. The stories are not heavy on conflict (except for the mystery), but the characters are all likeable and the narratives well-written. I like how Wildes shifts perspectives between characters so that you understand their motivations and their relationships. I thought the pairing of these two couples worked particularly well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant, but not stunning 17 Feb 2012
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I do enjoy the books of Emma Wildes, but it has become a trend that I prefer the secondary romance more than the primary one. In this case, it was the love affair between Regina, the free-spirit artist, and the much younger James that captured my attention, and I would have loved more time being spent exploring that relationship. That being said, the main romance and story of Lady Lillian who has been a reject of society who finds a kindred spirit in Damien, an ex-spy isn't too bad. It was a pleasant enough read, and the mystery that Lillian and Damien have to solve is readable. However, all in all, not a book that stands's all been done before. Enjoyable read, but not a keeper.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The second Ladies In Waiting title, Damian & Lillian and James & Regina 11 Feb 2012
By Elf2060 - Published on
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4 1/2 stars "Twice Fallen" by Emma Wildes is the second in her `Ladies in Waiting' Series. A chance encounter in a private library causes Lady Lillian Bourne to remember all of the reasons she has not been participating in the Season for the past few years but she had not anticipated the effect that Lord Damien Northfield would have on her. Damien is at loose ends now that a serious injury has ended his successful career as a spy but he finds himself strangely fascinated by the enigmatic Lady Lillian. An unofficial assignment has him crossing paths willingly with Lady Lillian who is more interested in him than she cares to admit.

Regina, the fascinating and unconventional half-sister of Viscount Altea has her own ties to Lillian's family because she is involved in an incandescent liaison with James, Lillian's cousin who is also Altea's heir. Regina is an artist who has always followed her own path and she is reluctant to give a commitment to her current lover, no matter how alluring she finds his company. James must juggle his own desires and current affair with his duties to escort Lillian and act as her protector in the absence of her half-brother.

With her usual flair, Ms Wildes continues to pen alluring romances that weave the romances of several Regency women into a mesmerizing tale. Deftly continuing the tale started in "One Whisper Away", the author expounds upon several of the secondary characters presented and continues to add to the fascinating Lord Augustine's family. The mystery that Damien is unraveling adds to the intrigue of the story and the reappearance of the infamous work titled `Lady Rothburg's Advice' is another connecting element that ties this work into the series. Another sensual and engaging read from a talented Regency author.

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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 11 Dec 2012
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again emma wildes really puts her all into her books.. great read and i really love it.. well done emma
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One couple deserves 4 stars, the other 2 8 Jan 2012
By Melissa - Published on
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Emma Wildes continues her Ladies in Waiting series with Twice Fallen, a story about a somewhat world weary spy and a woman who must overcome a painful past. Miss Wildes also includes another story in this novel, one about an older woman and the man who adores her but this is not as exciting as the main protagonist's tale.

Lillian Bourne has a scandalous past, she ran away planning to elope but instead, her beau did not marry her. He instead married another woman. Lillian's older brother has persuaded her she must venture back into society and Lillian does this reluctantly never thinking she will find a match. She needs to keep her life as scandal free as possible though and her plans are almost ruined by Lord Damien Northfield a former spy who accidentally gets locked into a library with Lillian.

Damien is intrigued by Lillian; she is smart, humorous and quite lovely. These two have a memorable beginning; they must escape through a secret passage to avoid a scandal upon their first meeting. These characters are controlled and they have a smart if somewhat slow igniting relationship. Their dialogue is excellent though and I did not find them predictable.

Damien is on a last mission to ferret out a blackmailer and his quest leads him back to Lillian who could be in danger. Lillian is loyal, maybe too loyal, she has suffered for years because of her fiancé's jilting and she has kept mum about the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Damien is smooth and subtle but when he needs to be, he can be forceful and direct. His dealings with Lillian are both and his forthright approach creates some of the best scenes in this novel as it forces Lillian to evaluate her feelings for Damien.

The second story in this book involves Lillian's cousin James and his affair with an older woman who is an artist. This couple, even though they have a much more intimate relationship than Damien and Lillian were predictable. It was almost as if a checklist was used to create a character, bohemian artist, check; commitment shy, check; devoted to the artistic process, check; wants a physical relationship only, check; hurtful past with a former love, check. The only surprise was the female lead felt this way rather than the male.

Lillian and Damien were a better couple because they had a more interesting romance that involved blackmail, kidnapping and subtleness. I would have liked more time devoted to their story.
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