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Almost a Princess by [Thornton, Elizabeth]
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" I buy her books on the basis of her name alone because she always delivers." -- Linda Howard
" I consider Elizabeth Thornton a major find." -- Mary Balogh

"I buy her books on the basis of her name alone because she always delivers."--Linda Howard

"I consider Elizabeth Thornton a major find."--Mary Balogh

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From nationally bestselling author Elizabeth Thornton comes a sensuous new tale of true love and fiery romance--under the most intriguing of circumstances.
Almost A Princess
Case Devere, the steely-eyed earl of Castleton, has agreed to help Special Branch track down a notorious killer--one who just happens to be his archenemy. But he finds more than he bargained for when his search leads him to Jane Mayberry, a beautiful bluestocking passionately devoted to the cause of women's rights--and to protecting her privacy. As irresistible as she is uncooperative, the spirited Jane arouses Case's interest--as well as his worst suspicions--when she quietly disappears. Determined to find the one woman who may hold the key to his investigation--and to his heart--Case goes after her.
Though their sparring belies an attraction too powerful to deny, Jane knows there can never be anything between herself and the strong-willed earl. For she bears a dark and terrifying secret that must remain hidden--even at the cost of a broken heart. As Case fights for the love of the one woman who has ever mattered to him, they are swept into a deadly game by a killer who won't stop until he has punished them both.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 784 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (18 Dec. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XUBG7S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #360,507 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The story is as follows: Case Devere, earl, gorgeous and special branch investigator comes across Jane Mayberry, quiet unassuming beauty with a hidden past. The hidden past was worked into the storyline very well, which I have come to expect from Ms. Thornton, however the heroine let me down quite a few times during the escapades.
There were also one or two plot twists here and there, that pushed the limits of credulity.
The romance was there but a little forced, I felt.
I love the way Ms. Thornton writes and her command of the english language as well as her ability to recreate persons of the 19th century in England is fabulous.
This was for me, not her best effort and I would recommend a number of her other books before this one.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Almost a Princess," is a ton of fun. I really had a good time with this book. I got cozy and the rest is history. I couldn't believe how quickly I finished this terrific romance novel. Buy it and see for yourself what a fun book "Almost a Princess," is! (Highly Recommended!)
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Another amazing tale which was full of mystery, intrigue and of course romance. There were many possibilities but the truth when revealed wasn't what I was expecting. Absolutely brilliant
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars 16 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Many Many Flaws 1 Aug. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I do like this author, but here are my gripes about this book.
The title didn't fit the story at all.
The story was original and interesting, but there was too much of it and not enough of Case and Jane, especially in the beginning.
The pebble was quite unimaginative and dull. Couldn't the author have used a black rose or something?
Much ado is made about Jane's ability to handle a gun, which she carries with her mostly all the time. But good grief, no wonder men (in those days and probably today) laughed at a woman with a gun. The author led us to believe Jane was practically expert, yet the opposite seemed true. For instance, Jane is accosted in the street, she mentions to herself that her gun is in her reticule, but within seconds the reticule is on the ground and she's off and running.
Another time she's in the company of a few men who give her the creeps. One man asks her to hand over her reticule with the gun inside before she enters a room to speak to their boss. Jane does so without hesitating, then of course, regrets doing so. On another occasion, when she finally does shoot the thing, she misses her target. And her timing was off. Someone else had also fired a shot. Fittingly, Jane is then tackled to the floor.
This might seem trivial, but I don't like it when a heroine is supposed to be good at something normally reserved for men, then it isn't followed through.
It throws the whole story off balance.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the second half could have been better 12 July 2004
By Kenzie L. Jardina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really do appreciate her work, but Thornton has a habit of having her protagonists declare their love mid-way through the novel, leaving the reader with the ultimate romance question answered but still having to wade through a quagmire of roadblocks thrown into the lovers' path.
This makes the last half of her novels difficult for me to read. I find myself skipping large chunks of copy dealing with the hero and heroine to get back to the unresolved portion of the story - the mystery (or, in this case, the hunt for the villain).
I would prefer for all of these issues to be resolved in close proximity to keep both plot lines equally interesting.
However Thornton does weave an interesting tale for her villain as well as the hero and heroine (although the hero's past is left largely untouched). She also manages to inject the story with a good deal of social commentary on the issues surrounding the era (and domestic violence, which sadly continues to this day).
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful Regency Romance 28 Jan. 2003
By Sheri Melnick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Historical romance author Elizabeth Thornton never fails to shine as she fills her novels with passionate romance amidst a compelling mystery. This latest regency romance reacquaints readers with the Devere family, specifically the Earl of Castleton, Case Devere. Having served England in the Spanish campaign, Case is presently aiding the Special Branch in investigating a murder similar to those committed by Gideon Piers, a renegade army officer who supposedly died years ago.
The search for links to Piers leads Case to the Ladies Library in London where he questions Miss Jane Mayberry about her friendship with Letty Gray, Piers' sister. Unwittingly, the earl is drawn to the bookish Miss Mayberry, whose independent nature both confuses and attracts him. Pulling the reader into the storyline, this author follows the unorthodox courtship of Case and Jane, as suspense mounts and secrets are revealed.
When crimes are committed against those close to the earl, it becomes clear to him that Jane could become the next victim. Will his skill, honed on the battlegrounds of Spain, save Jane and himself before it is too late? An admirable heroine and suspense around every corner make this novel one of the best from an author whose books should be purchased based on her name alone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting intrigue; subdued but sweet romance 23 Jan. 2003
By baltimore0502 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My first novel by this author was an interesting story of the now familiar spy/war hero/earl changed by his war experiences and the one woman who inexplicably worms her way into his heart and mind.
I liked Case's character. As one other reviewer pointed out, he enjoys his life, his position, his friends but below the surface you know that he recognizes that there is more to life. He doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve in the least and the affect of his war experience is subtle and kept to himself. He is involved in a murder investigation that links back to his activities during the war in Spain and knows that a final cat and mouse game to the death is now afoot between himself and his nemesis, Gideon Piers.
He needs to speak to Piers' sister but to find her he must go through a Miss Jane Mayberry, a bluestocking crusader for women's rights who seems inordinately worried about protecting not only the privacy of her friend, but also herself. She exudes distrust and dislike for men and he wonders why. And in a 24 hour period, he sees her as bluestocking, then as lovely debutante at the opera with friends, and then she disappears! His interest is definitely piqued and when they meet again, they become entangled in a romance that reveals her past and the endgame for Case and our villain.
For me, the romance was almost secondary, subdued but I did not really mind too much. The rest of the story was very well developed and even the bad guy had some interesting motivations and characteristics. Sure, he uses the heroine to taunt our hero, but not in the usual hero-saves-her-life-in-the-last-ten-pages fashion. Almost the opposite. Sure things are tidied-up conveniently at the end, but not in an altogether unbelievable way.
I liked this story and some of the secondary characters were great as well - her dog Lance was lovable, Harper was gruffly sweet, Ruggles was a surprise and then there's the charismatic and enigmatic Waldo who looks to be the hero of her next novel. Likable characters and an enjoyable read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars for this Smart Romance between two characters who act like adults and fall in love for the right reasons 13 Jan. 2007
By Jane Litte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Caspar Devere, Lord Castleton, son and heir of the Duke of Romsey, is seeking out one Jane Mayberry. Jane knows someone who may have information about La Roca, Caspar (aka Case)'s nemesis during the war. Case is a member of the Special Branch, a secret investigative/spy related branch of the British government. Upon meeting Jane, Case is instantly intrigued despite her being everything that he doesn't ordinarily look for in a woman. First, she's smart. She doesn't immediately fall at his feet.

Once Case focuses on something, he is ruthless in his pursuit, both of the murderer, La Roca, and of Jane. Jane resists as long as possible but even she cannot hold out against the magnetism of Case. But Jane's past is full of secrets that may keep the couple apart forever.

The really good part of this story is Jane and Case. Jane is a level headed, pragmatic woman who knows exactly what kind of man Case is and what kind of relationship they could have - nothing proper. She recognizes that he intrigues her but also knows that he would inevitably hurt her. Case, for his part, is interested in Jane's cleverness and capability. He feels a bit useless, at times, faced with Jane's self sufficiency. This is a romance between two equals, maybe not in station, but in intelligence and force of will. When these two come together, their loving is believable and all the more sensual for its realness.

The investigation part of the story was interesting but the villian was very over the top and the ending of the story was, well, a bit farfetched. But those are details that are easy for me to overlook when the romance is strong. It was just as good as the first time. B+
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