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- Print Length: 350 pages
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- Publisher: Graythorn Publishing (31 Aug. 2013)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DJCFUS8
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- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #175,792 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story this time is about Sabrina Bittlesworth, also known as Sabre. That's the name given to her when she was a young girl and joined with 3 of her friends to make the Haberdashers club. It's a perfect name for her because not only is it similar to her real name, but also she is an expert with swords. Sabre is the type of woman that knows what she wants and doesn't take no for an answer.
The story also revolves around Quince Telford, the Earl of Beloin. He is being blackmailed by an unknown person, who has threatened his family if he doesn't turn over papers that he honestly knows nothing about. He turns to Robert Bittlesworth, Sabre's brother, for help.
It's at Robert's house that he first meets Sabre, and from the way she is dressed he assumes that she is Robert's mistress. Normally staid and quiet, Quince shocks himself when he approaches Sabre and asks her to be his mistress, offering to pay more than what Robert would be paying, if she would leave with him that day. Of course Sabre is insulted by his proposition and Quince is horrified when he finds out that Sabre is indeed Robert's sister and not mistress.
What follows from there is a highly enjoyable tale of how Sabre challenges Quince to a duel, and because of how brilliant he is at fencing, she decides that rather than still be insulted by him, she is going to be his wife. Of course it isn't as simple as that. Along side the story of how Sabre tries to convince him to marry her, is the story about finding out more about the blackmail plot. Why is he being blackmailed, and what are these papers he is supposed to have be about? It's a well written story and I can fully recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This apart, it is a rather unusual adventure story, with unconventional characters. A good dose of suspension of disbelief is required to begin with, but then I was carried away with the plot and the relationships. 'Quince', more formally known as the Duke of Beloin, is totally bowled over by his first sight of 'Sabre', Miss Sabrina Bittlesworth. Unfortunately, she is the daughter of the man he despises most in the world and he would therefore wish to have nothing to do with her - well, perhaps he would like to make her his mistress - but can you do that to a Viscount's daughter? The tale unfolds at a brisk pace, and the writing is good, so I was kept absorbed by it - in fact, I manged to read it in a day (leaving many things undone!). I would definitely recommend it (it is almost a five star book) - but only if you have a clear space of time to get involved in it! I have now put the other three books on my Wish List.
PS there is only one small hint at a misunderstanding on titles. There was a comment that, with the birth of a direct heir, a cousin was going to lose the courtesy title he held as the heir apparent. This does not happen. A courtesy title is one given by a peer to his direct heirs only. A Duke might have a Marquessate and an Earldom (or in other cases an Earldom and a Barony) as well as his senior title. When his eldest son is born, the senior unused title would go to him, and if he should have a son before the old Duke died, then he would get the junior spare title. This is the only way courtesy titles are lent. They do not go to uncles, nephews or cousins, even if they may end up inheriting the whole lot! Rant over!!
The mistakes do jar a little and I will gladly edit future manuscripts for a modest fee:-) Regency characters did not talk about two people being 'an item' for example!
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