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Stuart gives you a double-dose of true historical romance. She takes the old formula of the beautiful, arrogant rake who falls for the dowdy spinster heroine. With typical Stuart Magic that has kept me spellbound since my first Stuart book, To Love a Dark Lord, she takes the old and makes it new, yet once more.

I love Stuart. She is the Resident Genius of Bad Boys. She makes no apologies for their dark, dangerous and often deadly nature. She knows men too well to try to do that. Her males are selfish, callused and often makes you wonder why anyone would put up with, much less fall for him. Something lasses raised on the kinder-gentler Historicals of today fail to understand - sexual attraction is the forbidden, the male that mama warns you against.

Another of Stuart's sexy studs, Christian Montcalm is lethally sensual rake of the ton. He embraces his lack of morals, courts them, only he faces ruin unless he marries a rich heiress. Enters the perfect target, Miss Hetty Chipple. She is the lovely daughter of a got-rocks shipping magnate. Everything seems perfect to him. He is gorgeous and dear Hetty wants the prettiest pony daddy's money can buy. Should be a match made in ton heaven...right? Well, we all know there's going to be problems. This time it's Miss Annelise Kempton. She is the less-than-perfect spinster hired to chaperon Hetty and she feels a fortune-hunting pretty boy isn't what Hetty needs.

Firmly on the shelf, Annelise is not pretty, too tall and had no money. Even so, our sexy lad still cannot help but be drawn by her intelligence, even though he wants to strangle her for interfering with his plans.

I adore men, love their true nature, and Stuart always taps into that. Christian is another of her gamma rogue males you want to slap, then kiss. Naturally, Stuart paints with dark strokes his inner nature, though maybe with a slight more mellowness as some of her other dark and daring dudes.

Stuart reminds us of the roots of historical romance, and shows she can still turn the deft party trick, and do it again in style.
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on 10 April 2006
If you want a romance that is a cut above the rest, this is it.
The heroine is nobody's fool, and the hero is a most delicious bad boy....Oh yes.
And to cap it off: Anne Stuart can write!!
Sadly in this genre, there are too many who only think they can.
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on 24 May 2016
No one can redeem an utter scoundrel like Anne Stuart. I always think she's gone a step too far,that the hero is beyond saving but even Christian Montcalm, heiress chaser,cheat,thief and blackmailed comes right in the end.
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on 16 December 2013
This is one of the first Anne Stuart novels I've read and I enjoyed it very much. Annelise is a spirited lady and Christian Montcalm as debonair, sexy and faintly degenerate as you could wish for. Stuart writes well and with very few of the irritating errors one finds so often elsewhere.
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VINE VOICEon 20 December 2007
Christian Montcalm has a plan, he's going to marry a Heiress, get enough money to restore the family holdings and only slightly adjust his life to accomodate her. He finds a suitable target in Hetty Chipple, she's pretty, young and best of all the only child of Josiah Chipple. Josiah's money is tainted by being earned rather than inherited but he can see a future for his grandchildren of wealth and aristocracy.

Christian lost his family to the revolution in France, his mother having been French and his father deciding to live in France with her. He had returned to England to be with his Grandfather, he abandoned his French heritage and along with that a lot of his faith in people.

Christian's obstacle is Annelise Kempton. A woman who is currently on the shelf and not liking the experience much, but she has resigned herself to a future of providing chaperone services and spinsterhood. Christian likes her but for his grand plan to work she could only be a dalliance, a diversion and possibly to divert her attention from his plan to capture the hand of Miss Hetty Chipple. Her heart he doesn't need.

It's a fun read. The two Christian and Annelise are quite believable characters, I really did feel for them and want them to succeed in their relationship, no matter what accomodation they would have to come to to make it work. This is my first exposure to Anne Stuart and I will be looking for more to read by her in the future.
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on 4 September 2013
I love anne Stuart's house of rohan series and this was just as good. The characters were great including the bad guys who had more description than usual. This was just as good as ruthless which has always been my favourite.
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on 2 October 2013
I got my mother a kindle so I ordered books for her, it is a shame she cant take her kindle to the library to get books if I had realised she could not I would have got her a type that she could take to the library
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on 8 February 2015
any anne stuart is a winner with me contempory or historical I rate them all with a five
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on 27 January 2016
Great read
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