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Not the best of the series, hero was too uptight and starchy, but the humor in the story helped counterbalance it.

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  ktleyed | Feb 19, 2012 |
A pale imitation of Julia Quinn's style. Hawkins has little or no understanding of the Regency, its manners or history. Characters do things that no Regency character would do. Plus the editing stinks. There are inconsistencies throughout the book. Sometimes the heroine has "sable" hair, i.e., black, sometimes it's chestnut -- reddish brown. At the beginning of the book the heroine has a shop, later in the book ll mention of it disappears. Not that any true society miss would own a shop, let alone work in it. A constant mention is meade of her lack of money -- so where does she gte the money to bid against the hero for expensive items at auction? At one point the hero has bought up a young gentleman's gambling markers and made a deal to exchange them for all of the poor lad's lands, but leaving him his house and immediate lands. Later in the book, the hero says he is taking everything including house and immediate land. That's only three problems but the book has many more. Whoever edited this book didn't bother to read it very closely or possibly didn't care to. The one saving grace -- some humor. Personally, I will not read any more of Hawkins' books. ( )
1 vote phyllis2779 | Sep 28, 2008 |
A delightful romp through Regency England. Witty dialog, sparkling characters, crackling chemistry. ( )
  montano | Jul 13, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060584068, Mass Market Paperback)

USA Today bestseller Karen Hawkins brings us another breathtaking and imaginative tale, full of her trademark wit and humour. Wealthy, powerful Marcus St. John has the golden touch. He has never, ever been on the verge of failure . . . until now.

The famed St. John talisman ring has fallen into the clutches of Miss Honoria Baker-Sneed, a winsome, annoying woman who will not relinquish the treasure unless Marcus St. John agrees to sponsor her sister into society. He refuses until a heated argument ends in a stolen kiss . . . And more.

Marcus and Honoria are caught in a compromising position and must marry. Marcus finds his pristine palatial house invaded by his new wife, her lively family, their pets and servants. Mischief and mayhem ensue . . . especially at night. In bed and out, Marcus finds Honoria his equal in every way, until he discovers that her heart might be too stubborn to let him in. Determined, Marcus sets out to win the one thing he cannot bear to lose: his own wife -  the only woman he has ever loved.

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Wealthy, powerful Marcus St. John has the golden touch. He has never, ever been on the verge of failure ... until now. The famed St. John talisman ring has fallen into the clutches of Miss Honoria Baker-Sneed, a winsome, annoying woman who will not relinquish the treasure unless Marcus St. John agrees to sponsor her sister into society. He refuses until a heated argument ends in a stolen kiss ... and more. Marcus and Honoria are caught in a compromising position and must marry. Marcus finds his pristine palatial house invaded by his new wife, her lively family, their pets and servants. Mischief and mayhem ensue ... especially at night. In bed and out, Marcus finds Honoria his equal in every way, until he discovers that her heart might be too stubborn to let him in. Determined, Marcus sets out to win the one thing he cannot bear to lose: his own wife ...… (more)

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