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Unlacing Lady Thea (Mills & Boon Historical) [Kindle Edition]

Louise Allen
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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The night before dissolute Lord Denham is about to embark on his Grand Tour he meets an unexpected complication. In boy’s clothes that barely conceal her delectable curves, his childhood friend Lady Althea Curtiss – desperate to escape an arranged marriage – arrives, demanding free passage!
Rhys accepts his unlikely travelling companion with great reluctance – the scandal is sure to blow up in his face – until he finds there is far more intimate territory Lady Thea is curious to explore. Soon he realises that he is in danger of awakening not only Thea’s sensuality, but also his own
long-buried heart…

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About the Author

Louise Allen has been immersing herself in history for as long as she can remember. She finds landscapes and places evoke powerful images of the past - Venice, Burgundy and the Greek islands are favourite destinations. Louise lives on the Norfolk coast. She spends her spare time gardening, researching family history or travelling in search of inspiration. Please visit Louise's website -, or find her on Twitter @LouiseRegency and on Facebook.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 863 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon Historical (1 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I5R0EEC
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,425 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Louise Allen is the author of more than forty historical romances published by Harlequin and Mills & Boon and of several historical non-fiction titles. Her favourite historical period is 1780-1820 and her interests include collecting ephemera from the period and exploring historic London. Find out more at and discover more about late Georgian London at her blog

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5.0 out of 5 stars Louise Allen is in a class of her own! 1 Jun. 2014
By Julie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Unlacing Lady Thea is a vivid, compelling and wonderfully passionate Regency romance from the inimitable pen of multi award-wining author Louise Allen!

Lady Althea Curtiss is under no illusions about her looks. She knows that she is plain and ordinary and not like the other simpering ladies of the Ton desperate to catch the eye of a suitable husband – and she has got absolutely no problem with that. Thea wants adventure, excitement and to be her own woman unhindered by the archaic conventions of society. She will only surrender her independence if she can find a man who loves her and respects her for who she is – and who does not have his eye on the fortune he will be entitled to once he becomes her husband. Nobody is more surprised than Thea when she starts being courted by one of the marriage mart’s most eligible bachelors. Swept away by love and rosy visions of a romantic future together, Thea’s resolves to be an independent woman begin to crumble – until she realises that her Prince Charming is in fact a merciless fortune hunter who had been colluding with her father! Heartbroken, furious and betrayed, Thea realises that she doesn’t want to stay under her father’s roof for a moment longer than necessary, so she flees his house – dressed as a boy – and throws herself at the mercy of her childhood friend, Rhys Denham, Earl of Palgrave.

Rhys has got enough problems of his own – the last thing he wants or needs is to get embroiled in yet another scandal! He’s already given the Ton plenty to gossip about when his fiancee had jilted him for another and since then his exploits and many casual romantic liaisons have shocked and titillated debutantes and dowagers alike.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unlacing Lady Thea 22 Mar. 2014
By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Now Boney has been locked away on Elba, Rhys Denham, an Earl, is looking forward to the Grand Tour of Europe as an escape from boredom. He doesn't expect a childhood friend, Lady Thea Curtiss, to arrive at his home dressed as a youth.

LADY THEA has three seasons behind her, she's of intellectual enthusiasms and average looks, and she has a dowry but refuses to marry eager young men who don't love her. I liked the girl immediately. She's determined not to obey her father and sit as a spinster in the country so she hopes to join Rhys, unchaperoned, and travel to her godmother in Venice. Aged 22 she claims to not care if her name is ruined. Rhys is 28 and he agrees provided she travels incognito with her maid and tells her godmother she had been respectably chaperoned.

The journey is anything but easy, though relatively luxurious. Carriages, inns and boats help the two friends cross lands littered with returned soldiers wearing cast-off uniform. The worried maid mutters about "murdering Frenchies, sharpening the guillotine" but the innkeepers prefer to bring in money. The wreck of a diligence, a heavy French coach, shows how travellers were constantly exposed to danger on poor roads. Paris and Venice are glamorous cities returning to gaiety.

Thea is a sensual young woman who has read about marriage and has no intention of ending up as a lonely companion to her hypochondriac mother. She has money of her own, though access to it is tricky, and wishes for a life outside the constraints of society. She wasn't expecting to fall in love, and Rhys may be a good steward of his estates but he has a rake's reputation with women. Thea fast learns that being imprudent is dangerous.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all! 1 Nov. 2014
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Another good 'un from the pen of Louise Allen. As the title suggests, it's a racy Regency romance. Lady Althea runs away from an arranged marriage and begs long-time friend, Rhys Denham, to take her with him on the first stage of his Grand Tour. In a drunken moment, he agrees to take her to her godmother in Venice but when Thea's independent spirit causes friction between them, he regrets doing so. His doubts increase when, to his surprise, he begins to desire her. At the risk of spoilers, I won't say more but suggest you give this book a go for yourself. You're in for a witty treat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly great 1 Aug. 2014
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I think I must have got this cheap then forgotten about it, so I didn't expect much when I started reading it. However I was hooked from the off; great characters, lots of vivid historic detail, exciting romance/smut and, above all, well written. I couldn't put it down. Flags a bit towards the end, but still highly recommended if you like this sort of thing.
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Unlacing Lady Thea.

I suppose it is a typical Mills and Boon, although this is the first one I have ever read. I felt it went on much too long. However, the description of their journey was interesting. I was waiting for the return of Napoleon, which did not happen. If they had been trapped in France and had adventures escaping his clutches would have made an admirable tale
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