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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Original edition (May 24 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345517393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345517395
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.2 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #639,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Smart, sensuous, and sparkling with wit . . . spectacular.”—Julia Quinn

“Captivating . . . With her fresh, original voice, Stefanie Sloane will charm her way into readers’ hearts.”—Susan Wiggs

About the Author

A native Northwesterner with the pale skin to prove it, Stefanie Sloane credits her parents’ eclectic reading habits—not to mention their decision to live in the middle of nowhere—for her love of books. A childhood spent lost in the pages of countless novels led Stefanie to college, where she majored in English. No one was more surprised than Stefanie when she actually put her degree to use and landed a job in Amazon.com’s editorial department. She spent more than five years reading for a living before retiring to concentrate on her own stories. Stefanie Sloane lives with her family in Seattle.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Nice start to the series March 26 2011
By Book and Dog Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Lady Lucinda Grey is the wealthiest woman in England. She's 26 years old and therefore, "on the shelf", extremely beautiful, and has no interest in marriage as she doesn't believe in love. Instead of love and marriage, Lucinda is more interested in helping her aunts (known as "The Furies" because they have quite the personalities) with their horse breeding program.

William Randall ("Iron Will"), the Duke of Claremont, is not interested in his ducal responsibilities as he has family issues (his father was a tyrant and his mother did nothing to help). So instead, he's a spy for England for the Young Corinthians group. His "cover" is to be a rogue/rake. His new assignment is to protect Lady Lucinda. It seems that an evil man named Garenne is intent on kidnapping Lady Lucinda for France. To make sure that doesn't happen, Will decides he'll court Lady Lucinda so that he can stay close to her.

Lady Lucinda has no interest in being courted. To get her interest, he tempts her with his horse. He'll give her his horse, one that Lady Lucinda wants very badly for the breeding program, if he can court her for 3 months. If, at the end of 3 months, Lady Lucinda won't marry him, she can have his horse.

What follows is Will trying to protect Lucinda while trying not to lose his heart (as of course, he doesn't believe in love or marriage either), while Lucinda fights her feelings for Will. Will also needs to deal with his family.

Though the plot isn't too original, I thought it was a well-written first novel, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series (This is the first in a series with the heroes all spies for the Young Corinthians group). I enjoyed it, though I would have enjoyed an ending that didn't seem so rushed - I would have liked even a few more pages. If the "heat" of a book matters to you, sensuality-wise, I would rate this as warm.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
The majority of the book is good, but I found the ending terribly disappointing April 20 2011
By Charly T. Anchor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 6/10

PROS:
- There's a fair amount of intrigue along with the romance, and I wasn't able to predict much of the storyline, which was a welcome change for me.
- Sloane does a good job of conveying Will's and Lucinda's disgust with societal customs without making either one seem overly cynical or unapproachable.
- There are quite a few little amusing moments. One of my favorites early on occurs when Will arrives at a party and the crowd parts before him, at which point he mutters, "I am apparently Moses."
- Both Lucinda and Will have servants and friends/family who I liked very much. I enjoyed the scenes when the two are apart almost as much as the scenes in which Lucinda and Will are together.

CONS:
- The ending (by that, I mean the final 30 pages or so) fell terribly flat for me. The final confrontation with the villain is anti-climactic, there are several plot points wrapped up too neatly in a brief "here's what happened on this and this and this account" epilogue, and the romance wraps up too quickly with very little expansion upon the long-awaited emotional confession of one of the characters.
- There are a lot of little mentions of Lucinda's and Will's desire for each other, but there's not much payoff throughout the book. It contains two intimate scenes, neither of which had much of an effect on me, and I was very disappointed not to see them make love again at the end of the story, when they're happily together for good.

Overall comments: I liked this book pretty well right up until the conclusion, which gave me the impression that the author was in a hurry to wrap things up. In fact, I was so disappointed in the various things that felt unfinished to me that I doubt I'll ever read the story again.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
For a first time book it wasn't awful . . . . April 26 2011
By Vanessa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Lord William "Iron Will" Randall, Duke of Clairemont, is a member of the Young Corinthians and a man with a reputation for being a rake. Lord Randall has been given a new assignment - that of protecting the richest woman in England and a spinster to boot from being kidnapped by a villain that he thought was dead. The problem is that with Iron Will's reputation of an irredeemable rake he doesn't exactly run in the same circles. What could Iron Will possibly offer as an enticement to the beautiful heiress? His horse! Otherwise known as King Solomon's Mine. Iron Will being a great actor, as he has to be in order to do his job, agrees to this undercover operation. But it would seem that he may have bargained for more than he can handle as he suddenly finds he is at risk to losing more than he wanted to . . . such as his heart.

Lady Lucinda Grey is a very rich heiress who wishes to remain unwed and live her life freely has managed to avoid marriage for the past decade. She seems to be clever and strong minded (or at least we are told this) however, she has one weakness. She enjoys a challenge. So of course she accepts Lord Randall's challenge: allow him to court her for three months and if at the end of that time she doesn't agree to marry him she can have his horse, but if she accepts his proposal she will have access to the horse as his wife. How can she possibly lose?

We are told so many things in this story but never really shown them. For example, we are told that everyone fears Lucinda's aunts, otherwise known as the Furies, but I couldn't figure out why people would fear them. They never really seemed to do anything that would inspire fear in others. We are told that Lady Lucinda is clever and can hold her own with Lady Swindon, Iron Will's former mistress, in one scene yet when she comes across Iron Will and Lady Swindon in a compromising situation she runs off like a milquetoast female!

I had some questions as well that weren't really answered. What was his purpose in having a friend follow him and the women? There was no outcome on that. Did the guy just have nothing better to do? Why introduce Lady Swindon as the protagonist when Iron Will wasn't even with her in the beginning of the story? It would have made more sense to have that woman he was with in the beginning show up to cause trouble. When he talks to Lady Swindon after Lucinda runs off he makes a little threat towards her and tells her that he will deal with her later. Lady Swindon seemed to be a little taken aback by him and perhaps a bit frightened. Yet whatever he said to her, when he promised to deal with her later, didn't prove to be too effective because she still showed up again to cause further problems.

This book had it all: humor, sarcasm, intrigue, dangerous villains, evil plots, likeable characters, BUT there was no passion/chemistry! I never really cared if they ever got together as there didn't seem to be any passion/chemistry between them. I just felt like they were the only two single marriageable people at a ball of couples and so they needed to hook up. I knew going into the story how things would play out after all this is a romance, but it's the journey to get there that sits it apart. Lord Randall and Lady Grey seemed to force their feelings more and they hardly seemed to spend time getting to know each other, but BAM she loves him! Of course Lord Randall comes late to that party because of his childhood - you knew that would happen though. I did enjoy the bit of anger and resentment that she felt towards him when she discovers his duplicity as this livened the story up some. I think the author did a good job on everything else, I just felt like the fire was missing with the h/H, but I'm sure that will come about in her later books!!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Too many typos June 25 2011
By Aislinn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The story was good. I would have enjoyed reading it except I kept getting brought up short by all the errors that should have been caught and corrected by an editor. There are typos aplenty. If you can get past that you'll probably enjoy the book. This was my first purchase of one of her books and it makes me leary to buy another.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Really 3 1/2 Stars June 6 2011
By jerseygirldownsouth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product
For much of this book I was sure I was going to rate it at least a four-star read. Though I didn't end up there, I am glad I read this and plan to read the next books in the series. This was a strong debut. Still, a few things kept me from the higher rating.

On the plus side, I liked the two main characters very much. Will and Lucinda make a good pair, and I enjoyed their interactions and banter. Lucinda was strong, yet clearly good-hearted and loving. Will, though plagued with some baggage, was not overly brooding, nor did he turn into someone mean when grappling with his issues.

I also like the secondary characters and the potential promise they have for ensuing books.

In addition, the writing was very solid and I appreciated the humor, irony and downright sarcasm in certain parts of the book - especially during characters' internal monologues and their snappy conversations.

Even the plot - the peril in which our heroine was placed - was interesting and plausible.

In terms of what lowered the rating - it was the dawning realization of what was NOT going to happen as I neared the end of the book.

**spoilerish**

Besides a few passionate kisses, there was only one love scene between our hero/heroine. That in and of itself is not the main issue. In some ways, that is in keeping with the time period since it was not supposed to be easy for a young woman to find herself alone with a reputed rake. However, the single scene was handled in such a perfunctory manner that it was incredibly disappointing. I believed in the special bond the H/h were developing. I understood why they had drawn each other out in ways that no one else ever had. I would have LOVED to see that play out in their first intimate moments - but there was precious little of that.

In addition, there was a decent build-up with regards to the villain, but the final resolution of that scenario also felt perfunctory - as did the very brief epilogue.

Finally, sometimes it felt as if I was reading the second (or later) book in a series rather than the first. I would have liked a bit more of the back-story regarding the Young Corinthians, Lord Carmichael, how Will became involved, etc. Also, I found myself wishing there had been an earlier book where we could have seen the story/courtship of Lucinda's friend Amelia and her now-husband Northrop.

This was not a long book. I can't help thinking that even 10-20 additional pages would have fleshed certain aspects out just enough to elevate the overall experience.

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