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on 19 May 2011
This is the silliest Regency Novel I have ever read - no member of 'the ton' would behave in the way these characters behave nor would they talk in the way they do. There seems to be a nod in the direction of the Regency period but little else. The author needs do some in depth research and remember that Regency England is not the USA.
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Set in London, 1821. Gabriel "Reign" Housely, the Earl of Rainecourt, is handsome, charming, and wealthy. Normally those qualities in a bachelor have mothers trying to make a match with their young daughters; however, the mysterious death of his first wife makes the opposite true for Reign. Even eight years later the scandalous cloud seems to hover over him. Yet Reign has no intentions to seriously court any young lady again, so it does not bother him. That is, until a bow on a lovely lady's dress captures his interest.

Lady Sophia Northam has lived in a world of shadows since the age of six. That is when a blow to the head caused her to lose a considerable portion of her eyesight. Sophia normally avoids attending balls in London society. Yet when Reign whirls her onto the dance floor and then outside, she begins to fall in love. Problem is that Reign is the son of the man who murdered her parents and almost killed her. But when her older brothers are faced with possible financial ruin and Sophia learns they plan to marry her off, it is Reign that comes to her rescue.

***** FIVE STARS! This latest story by Alexandra Hawkins contains so much drama and intrigue that I hardly know where to begin describing my reactions to the book. Fans of the older titles by Laura Kinsale will especially enjoy this tale, as it seems to have the same sort of flavor. One main character (Reign) has a shady past that refuses to quietly fade away. The other main character (Sophia) is flawed, nearly blind. Both of their families share a volatile history. It all adds up to drama, drama, drama. The author also includes some plot twists and surprises, none of which I saw coming. An absolutely tantalizing read! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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on 15 July 2012
I bought this book because it intrigued me that the main character had a sight problem (normally in romance novels the characters tend to be perfect) and I'm glad I read it. Lady sophia is an independent spirit and she shows it at every opportunity. The hero is as tormented as can be expected and a complete rogue, but he will do everything he can to protect her from her brothers.

This book is the second in the Lords of Vice series and I will definitely be checking out the rest.
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on 12 October 2011
This was part four of the Solldiers books and it tidied up all the stories from the previous books. Delighted with Amazon and the seller for such good service. Thanks to both
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on 8 December 2015
A good read. Ideal for a rainy day.
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on 29 March 2011
This is the second book in the Lords of Vice series. Since the age of 6, Lady Sophia Northman has had difficulty with her eyesight, after suffering from a blow to the head. She isn't blind, but her eyesight has been damaged enough for her to need the use of a cane. Now grown up, she attends a ball and encounters Gabriel Housely, the Earl of Rainecourt aka Reign. Everyone tells her to be weary of him. Not only is he from the Lords of Vice, he has a past. His first wife died in mysterious circumstances. What they don't know is his father killed her parents and is to blame for her partial blindness. But when her brother wants to marry her off, Gabriel must face up to his past in order to help the woman he now loves.

Overall, the book is very good, but not as good as the first. I liked the fact that the beautiful protagonist isn't 'perfect' and how the main characters histories are entwined.

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