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Whisper To Me Of Love [Mass Market Paperback]

Shirlee Busbee
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Jan. 31 2012
Ripped from her dying mother's arms, Morgana Fowler was cast into a life of desperate thievery. With a tongue even sharper than the blade she deftly wields, she has all but mastered her devious trade - until she picks the pocket of a dashing American who wrests her from the sordid streets of London. In the arms of her gallant protector, she is helpless against the longing he elicits within her. Royce Manchester basks in a world of privilege and power in the decadent British Regency, and lowborn Morgana finds in him a love she's never known. But the secret of her true parentage threatens to bring her new life crashing down. With a sinister figure from her past ever lurking at her heels, she and Royce must confront one of Regency England's most diabolical villains - a challenge that fans the flame of a love that knows no bounds.

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Busbee ( Midnight Masquerade ) tries to fill this quart-size romance of Regency England with a pint-size plot, most of it predictable. The tale repeatedly bogs down in the uninspired ruminations of the hero and heroine as they rehash what's going on around them. And a dreary "one-eyed" villain also doesn't enliven the action any. Royce Manchester, an American in London, doesn't know the reason for the Earl of St. Audries's ill-repute, but when Royce nabs Pip, a pickpocket who tried to rob him at a boxing match, he notes in passing the youth's strong resemblance to the arrogant earl. Prodded by a kind-hearted companion, Royce reluctantly agrees to give a job to Pip, who turns out to be a beautiful young woman named Morgana Fowler. However, the thief Morgana answered to, a shadowy man who knows her true parentage, plots to regain control of her. Royce, infatuated with Morgana, extends his protection to the young woman and soon makes her his mistress, bringing him into direct conflict with a murderer whose influence extends from England's sewers to its most fashionable drawing rooms.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Big fat potboiler Feb. 19 2012
By Lotusland Lady TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Think Gary Cooper, tall, rich, dangerous American, and Jennifer Jones, piquant, beautiful, English urchin who is really a British aristocrat, daughter of a Duchess who was murdered by her sister in law and an Earl who was murdered by his brother and taken away by a nefarious one eyed murderer who lives a double life as a rich Englishman to live in a hovel in London with his half sister who is a lady of the night and who conceals the girl's identity and dresses her like a boy and teaches her how to be a pickpocket but one day......you get the idea. There is a fair amount of incredible sex, constant misunderstandings, unacknowledged love, poisoned cats, loyal servants, and it goes on and on. It is a very thick paperback (537 pages, smallish type,) but it was a relief to be finally done with it. Not a bad book. Lots of familiar cliches and no surprises. Take it to the beach or ski lodge and if you lose it, you have not lost much. Happy ever after ending, villains all dead, wrongs been righted, eternal love etc. etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whisper to Me of Love Sept. 10 2005
Format:Paperback
Shirlee Busbee did another excellent writing.
Whisper to Me of Love a pleasure to read! One that I
found hard to put down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whisper Of Passion May 6 2000
By Hotdiggity - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a hard to find book but if you get the chance this is a book to read. Pip is a raven-haired waif from the streets of London-a wild innocent to be rescued and tamed. Pip and her two brothers are told to pick the pocket of Royce Manchester, but Royce captures Pip and spirits her away. A spirited beauty, she would captivate handsome Royce Manchester's jaded heart-while resisting the smoldering desire she felt for her virile protector. In Royce's glittering world of money and privilege, young Pip discoveres the shocking secret of her true identity, she is Morgana the child stolen from her dying mother's arms. With grave peril and entangling aristocratic family intrigue only feeds the flames of a love that knew no bounds and a glorious rapture that would not be denied.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whisper of Passion and Danger July 28 2001
By Stacy Wallace - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
She was a raven-haired waif from the streets of London-a wild innocent to be rescued...and tamed. A spirited beauty, she would captivate Royce Manchester's jaded heart-while resisiting the smoldering desire she felt for her virile protector. In Royce's glittering world of money and privilege, young Morgana discovered the shocking secret of her true identity-entangling the wealthy American planter in a deadly skein of aristocatic family intrigue. But grave peril would only feed the flames of a love that knew no bounds...and a glorious rapture that would not be denied. I loved it! Morgana was a perfect spitfire and Royce the virile male protector all women crave for. Shirlee knows her stuff!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book provides not only the cake, but the icing too! Feb. 10 2012
By EdynzTrybe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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So I threw in a bit more morsels for all of you to enjoy than I usually do within the excerpt and highlight. I did so because Whisper To Me Of Love is a bit longer then the average novel length. Seems to me that the average length is somewhere between 380 and 420 pages based on my own observations. But this book gives you cake and some icing to go with it at 554 pages. Weeeee! And the best part was that I didn't feel that the book stuttered at any point. Sometimes book tend to drag out - not so this book. In any case, I felt that with the added content, you could share in a little extra love for this book. The cover of this book has a quote saying basically that this book contains everything that you read a romance for. Well, I couldn't agree more. So let's get started.

Royce is an American, kicking it in England for a bit. He is very well off and has family within the ton. So basically, he is eligible, sought after, and very much in demand. But lately Royce has felt a bit bored with life within the ton. He is considering cutting his trip short to return home when he literally grasps the hand of a crook attempting to pick his pocket. Royce is cornered into reforming the filthy thief and soon discovers him to be a her. Well, the game changed from that moment on. And Royce finds himself entertaining the most delicious fantasies with Pip as the star. But more to the point, Royce has some suspicions as to Pip's true identity, but he'll have to protect her from those who intend her harm before he can prove who she truly is.

Pip is a rather talented thief. She and her two brothers are quite handy for the one-eyed man, who frequently sets them to particular targets to steal from. And the one-eyed man is pretty ticked off with Royce. Every time he turns around the blasted American is thwarting his plans. And when Royce ends up with Pip, he has a lot of work ahead of him if he is to carry out the plans he has had for Pip since the day of her birth. For Pip is truly Morgana. No, not a spoiler. The reader will pretty much guess very early on at Pip's true identity, so I am not giving anything away here.

I enjoyed this book so much! The transformation in Pip from street urchin to Morgana was a joy to "watch" unfold. And how can you not love Royce, the brooding American who constantly castigates himself for his rutting tendencies. That was priceless. The chemistry between both characters was phenomenal. And of course, they had a long way to make it to HEA. I cannot tell you how much I prefer the HEA to face conflict prior to achieving it. The story is frequently enhanced in so many ways when the characters have to work toward attaining their one great love. My only issue is toward the end of the book. There are a lot of secondary characters in one location and they all seem to just melt away. The reader is left to assume their reasons for being where they are and then there is no reaction from any of them when a death occurs. I found that odd. I just dislike unanswered questions.

What I really want to know is why, for Pete sake, why, have I not read Ms. Busbee before. I have to tell you that I have found some truly entertaining authors since I started reviewing and cannot believe how much I used to limit myself without even knowing it. I had my favorite authors and I stuck with them - end of story. My best piece of advice that I can give to all of you is this: DO! NOT! LIMIT! YOURSELF! You have no idea the injustice that you are committing on yourself. Get out there and break outside of your bow. Explore the writing of new authors. Maybe you won't enjoy them all, but when you come to that terrific book that you would have missed otherwise, it will all be worth it! And on the heels of that advice, I strongly recommend that you read Ms. Busbee if you have yet to experience the joy her HR has brought to me. So hop to it! Get this book, give it a try, and get ready to fall in love in the best way possible for a reader of romance.

(ARC Paperback received from Kensington for review)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PASSION,DANGER AND ROMANCE! A MUST READ! June 5 2012
By My Book Addiction and More - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
WHISPER TO ME OF LOVE by Shirlee Busbee is an interesting historical romance set in Regency England. It is written with vivid descriptions and with engaging characters. Follow Morgan Fowler and Royce Manchester on a journey of discovery as they learn long keep secret and villainy concerning Morgan. A fast paced story of love,villainy,secrets,betrayal,privilege and power of British Regency. A must read that will have you holding your breath as Morgan and Royce find love,romance,passion,danger,and reveal a long kept secret.Can a raven haired beauty go from pick pocket to heiress? When events change and she gets caught picking Royce's pocket,she and her brothers learn what it is like to have someone to care. A delicious read with a scandal or two. It will leave you wanting more from this author. Ms. Busbee is a wonderful storyteller. If you enjoy secrets,British villainy,Regency romance,and twists and turns you will enjoy "Whisper To Me Of Love". Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at Zebra Books,published by Kensington Publishing Corp,the author's website,and My Book Addiction and More.

RATING:4.5

HEAT RATING: Mild: Mild detailed scenes of intimacy,mild violence or profanity

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb read June 1 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Kept me engrossed from the first page to the last page! An adult fairy tale with a rich and vibrant plot. Reading this book is a must!
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