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The Saint Who Stole My Heart: A Regency Rogues Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Stefanie Sloane

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April 24 2012 Regency Rogues Novels
Desire, danger, intrigue, and steamy seduction unite a sexy spymaster and an intrepid bluestocking as Stefanie Sloane’s luscious new series continues.

Possessed of a brilliant mind and a love for puzzles, Dashiell Matthews, Viscount Carrington, is a crucial member of the elite Young Corinthians spy league. Assuming the façade of an addle-brained Adonis, he hunts for a notorious London murderer known as the Bishop. When fate causes him to cross paths with Miss Elena Barnes, Dash discovers an enigma that will prove delightfully intoxicating to unravel: a voluptuous beauty as intelligent as she is fearless.

Only the lure of a collection of rare books bequeathed to her family by Dash’s late father could tempt Elena from her cozy rural life to the crush and vanity of London. But if Elena finds his lordship to be the most impossibly beautiful man she’s ever seen, he also seems to be the stupidest. Which made her body’s shameless response to his masterful seduction all the more unfathomable. Yet when she discovers Dash’s mission to track the dangerous Bishop, she willingly risks everything—her trust, her heart, her very life—to join him.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 24 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345531140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345531148
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #904,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  19 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true must read for all Regency romance fans April 24 2012
By S. Simas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For Dashiell Matthews, Viscout Carrington, deception is a way of life.The role Dash plays in the clandestine spy agency known as The Young Corinthians easily fools society, but not Miss Elena Barnes. The intelligent beauty's uncanny ability to see through his ruse of diminished intelligence jeopardizes not only his cat and mouse game with an elusive killer called The Bishop, but threatens to steal his heart, as well.

A life outside the sparking realm of London's ton suits Elena Barnes just fine until her father inherits a highly coveted collection of books. She enters the noxious social whirl intent upon acquiring the tomes and returning to the country posthaste, but the extremely handsome and intriguing Dash compromises her plans. When she discovers the truth behind his vapid facade, Elena gambles her life to help the man who valiantly stole her heart.

THE SAINT WHO STOLE MY HEART is the latest addition to Stefanie Sloane's Regency Rogues Series. The chemistry between Dash and Elena make for one-passion packed tale of danger, intrigue, and romance. A true must-read for all Regency romance fans.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This has some flaws but it's still entertaining May 3 2012
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Saint who Stole my Heart is a fast paced novel about a bluestocking and a rake who doesn't act all that rakish. The beginning of this novel is pretty good and there are some really nice scenes in the middle but toward the end the romance between the leads sputters although the mystery does pick up.

Dash is an aristocrat who is intelligent but has hidden his smarts behind a façade of being a bit on the dumb side. His father has passed away and his sire's books are to be cataloged and given to Elena Barnes's father.

Elena is a mathematician (I notice bluestockings must be into the sciences or math before they are considered smart. Musicians, writers and artists are rarely labeled blue stockings). Elena arrives at the home of Dash intent on simply cataloging the books and leaving but she does not count on her attraction to Dash and his Aunt's scheming ways.

Dash doesn't want to like Elena but he falls for her instantly, however he keeps up his vacant persona too. Dash is on the search for clues to a murder which happened years before. While organizing the books, Dash and Elena find a puzzle box which he believes will aid him in his quest.

Elena has also brought her dear ladies' maid with her and she is distraught when her maid goes missing. Dash is instrumental in this search too.

As mentioned earlier, there are some fine scenes in this book, particularly the opening chapter with the young Corinthians. Dash is admirable and he is open minded but his pretense of little brain power was not that convincing because if the reader is to believe that Elena is sooo smart, how is it she somehow falls for a man whose brain wattage is at a nightlight's brilliance while hers could light up a stadium. Is she so shallow, she falls only for looks? The author repeats that Elena searched into Dash's eyes and finds them vacant. Really, what does that look like?

Elena prides herself on her superior logical skills yet she acts completely illogical after her friend disappears blaming herself for the disappearance. Elena seems to believe that she has the power to control other's actions or babysit them constantly. This is in essence illogical thinking yet time and again, Elena comments that she is making the logical choice to avoid Dash because of her guilt.

Despite these flaws, this book is entertaining and the author allows the reader to see Elena's real fears of rejection and hurt. Elena is a little on the plump side and she struggles with liking her body image. Her self esteem is great when it comes to her intellect. Dash helps her see how beautiful she is. This is actually one of the best parts of this novel; Elena's awakening to her femininity and her acceptance of her full figure. There is passion between these two but not many passionate scenes. I know this sounds a bit contradictory but they are passionate people in their own right. Elena acts a bit out of the ordinary in many ways beyond her bluestocking tendencies. She is impulsive (surprising for an intellectual) and she can be bossy and her emotional self strains her relationship with Dash. I am rounding up and giving this novel four stars. Even though there are some flaws here, especially with Elena's inconsistencies, there are some lovely moments between these leads.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First Stefanie Sloane book read but not the last... April 25 2012
By Kati - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
***original review posted at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance by Jamie***

As just a child, Dash discovered Lady Ashton's body, a woman he considered to be like a mother to him. Now years later Dash Matthews, Viscount Carrington, is easily considered by ton to be the most beautiful man but he is a bit lacking in the brains department. Well, that's what he wants everyone to think but in reality he is member of the Young Corinthians, a secret spy society and extremely smart. He hides his intelligence as a way to keep people away from his dangerous life especially as he takes on the task of finding Lady Ashton's killer. That is until the bookish and voluptuous Elena Barnes shows up to collect his father's books and he realizes what he's missing.

Elena is all about collecting the books and heading back to Dorset. When she meets Dash she can't help but be drawn to the blonde Adonis even in spite of his lack of intelligence. But as she gets to know him she starts to discover that Dash isn't as dumb as he makes himself to be. When she stumbles upon a clue to the murder she can't help but getting involved despite Dash's attempts to protect her.

This was my first Stefanie Sloane book (yes, yes I know! I've been living under a rock) but will most definitely not be my last. Now, this is the fourth book in the Regency Rogues series but it is a great starting point if you haven't read the others because it focuses on a new set of Young Corinthians.

Dash is definitely on the top of my favorite hero list. I love that he wasn't a rake and that he's smart. Intelligence is sexy and plus he is very loyal to his friends and to Elena. I love Elena too. Usually the heroines annoy me but I liked her from the start. She knew who she was and wasn't afraid to show it.

While there is a big mystery of trying to find Lady Ashton's murderer, The Saint Who Stole My Heart focus is more on the romance between Dash and Elena. Yes, you get a bit of the mystery but it was nice to see the how the romance between them developed. And of course, the murderer hasn't been caught but they are one step closer.

If you're looking for a sweet romance with a bit of mystery then pick up The Saint Who Stole My Heart. I will say I am VERY eager for the next book The Scoundrel Takes A Bride because I love Sophie and well, Nicholas intrigues me. I do love the bad boys.

***review book provided by Netgalley***
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and savory for romance and mystery lovers May 1 2012
By Kim Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The problems of puzzles are very near the problems of life.- Erno Rubik

Stefanie Sloane hits a homerun as she delivers the next installment in the Regency Rogues Series. Considering my husband (and personal hero) is a mathematician who also loves puzzles, Sloane delighted me with Dashiell Matthews, Viscount Carrington. In order to effectively serve as a spy, the dashing lord diverts attention from his good looks by posing as an aristocratic airhead.

Miss Elena Barnes, Dash's intellectual equal, inherits rare books from Dash's father. Upon meeting Dash, Elena suspects that he is not quite as emptied headed as society sees him. Likewise, Elena finds herself drawn to Dash, taking her outside her comfort zone as a country bluestocking. Dash's interest in Elena places her in the crosshairs of a dangerous killer who has haunted Dash since childhood.

Therein lies what sets Sloane apart. She gives the reader a realistic emotional background of Dash, his friends, and even Elena so we better understand their actions, fears, and hopes as adults.

Sloane's dialogue is spot on in delivering sexual tension. The intriguing mystery created a page turning fury for me to solve the puzzle along with Dash and Elena.

The crème de la crème is Lady Mowbray - Dash's "auntie" who knows why he hides behind a simpleton's facade. She takes matters into her own match makinghands - Lady Mowbray steers Elena through society and smiles as Dash falls in love with the bluestocking.

This is my first book by Sloane, inspiring me to read the first three books in the series. Likewise, I look forward to the coming books for the remaining members of the Regency Rogues! I ask Sloane to consider giving Lady Mowbray her own story, perhaps a novella.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heroine lusts after library, wins hero! April 26 2012
By Marlene @ Reading Reality - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Saint Who Stole My Heart by Stefanie Sloane is book 4 in her Regency Rogues series. It's also very clearly the "setting up" story for the next two books, at least, in this series. There are definitely unresolved suspense elements hanging over the end of the story.

The prologue starts out with a bang. Let's say it cuts to the chase. Childhood friends Dash Matthews, Nicholas and Langdon Bourne, and Sophia Southwell make the journey from carefree youth to painful responsibility in one sharp moment when they come in from playing outside to find Sophia's mother, Lady Afton, murdered. None of their lives are ever the same.

As men, Langdon Bourne and Dash Matthews both join the Young Corinthians, a spy network based in England. They've both been warned off Lady Afton's case. All they know is that she was the victim of a man code-named "The Bishop" and that she was murdered because Lord Afton was also a member of the Corinthians. The Bishop targets his enemies' loved ones.

Dash Matthews is the Corinthians code-breaker. He is gifted with puzzles, locks and ciphers. Unfortunately for the spy, he has also got the looks of an Adonis. Spies should be able to blend into a crowd, and Dash, he just can't. Everyone notices him, especially the women.

Since he can't hide himself, he hides his intelligence. He pretends to be pretty, but well, empty-headed. Everyone except his closest friends thinks he's an idiot.

Then Elena Barnes steps into his life. And his library. His late father's library, to be precise.

When his father died, Dash inherited the title of Viscount Carrington, along with the estate. But his father's prized library of rare books was left to Henry Barnes, Baron Harcourt, a noted expert in such things. And Baron Harcourt sent his bluestocking and equally expert daughter, Elena, to catalog and pack up the books.

Elena found Dash to be incredibly handsome, and completely vapid. The problem she had was that her physical reaction to his handsomeness overwhelmed her mental reaction to his vapidness. Which just seemed wrong to her.

Dash, on the other hand, found Elena fascinating. Which was equally problematic for him. Because when he was fascinated, he had an unfortunate tendency to drop his idiot act.

And Elena was no idiot. She noticed.

This is a Regency, if you will recall. Elena, as an unmarried woman, could not be living in Dash' bachelor household unchaperoned. Lady Mowbray, Dash' aunt, was temporarily in residence to serve that role. Bessie Mowbray wanted nothing more than to see her nephew happily married, and spent time, effort and Dash' money to make it so.

Lady Mowbray knew perfectly well that Dash was no idiot. And she noticed everything.

The more Dash revealed of his true self, the closer he and Elena became. This wasn't a courtship, it was a falling into the inevitable.

But as soon as Elena seemed important to Dash, she became a target of the Bishop, and the suspenseful part of the story really began.

Escape Rating B-/C+: The second half of this story is a real page-turner. Once the hunt for Lady Afton's killer goes into full-swing, it's really hard to put down. On the other hand, setup for the next books was a little too obvious. It's not that there isn't a happy ending, but there is so much unresolved that I was frustrated by a lot of the way the story ended.

Also, based on the prologue, I was expecting it to be Sophie's story, and it's not. She's the main character in the prologue, and then disappears for the rest of the book.

Originally published at Reading Reality.
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