The Saint Who Stole My Heart: A Regency Rogues Novel Mass Market Paperback – Apr 24 2012
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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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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.
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.
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
Review: The Saint Who Stole My Heart is book 4 in Stefanie Sloane's Regency Rogues series. I was a bit hesitant to pick this up since I prefer to read a series in order and I have not read the first 3 books. No worries though. This book does very well as a standalone.
The main character Dash is an interesting gentleman. Even though he has a face and body that would make a woman swoon, he portrays himself as simple-minded and deliberately masks his supreme intelligence as part of his efforts to safe guard his secret of being a Young Corinthian spy. Elena on the other hand makes no secret of her intelligence and shows insecurity with not recognizing that she is in fact beautiful on both the inside and outside.
While I enjoyed getting to know both Dash and Elena, the romance portion of the story was very slow with most of their courtship apparently conducted "behind the scenes". In fact, the entire book in general moved a bit on the slow side. I found myself easily distracted and had a hard time staying focused. Some of the scenes seemed to start and stop abruptly and immediately shifted focus to something or someone else which resulted in a lot of backtracking to reorient myself. For example, it is late at night and Elena cannot sleep so she goes wandering and ends up in the gallery where she stumbles onto Dash. Among other things, they are discussing why she cannot sleep and then the story immediately cuts to Elena, Dash and Lady Mowbray at the breakfast table.
Overall, the plot and characters held a lot of great promise, but with the abrupt scene changes and feeling like some of the scenes were lacking key information, it was just too much work to stay focused and involved.
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***
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.