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Twice a Rake (Lord Rotheby's Influence Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Catherine Gayle

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Some scandals are meant to be . . .

When Aurora Hyatt loses her journal in Hyde Park, her ruin is a foregone conclusion. After all, if anyone discovers her writings, they'll find scandalous fantasies involving the newest rake in Town alongside entirely-too-candid thoughts about her typical dreary suitors. Aurora will either be forced into a loveless marriage with the first nodcock to make an offer, or she'll be assigned a permanent position on the shelf. Oh, dear good Lord. What catastrophe will God smote down upon her next?

If Niles Thornton, Baron Quinton, desires to maintain any semblance of his current lifestyle, he must fulfill the requirements his grandfather, Lord Rotheby, has set for him. First and foremost: he must marry and begin filling his nursery within the year. When he is nearly barreled over by a racing curricle and a journal flies out to land at his feet, his troubles are over. Inside the journals pages, Quin discovers a scandal waiting to happen. Surely a young lady who would write such brazen things in a journal (and then dare to lose it) must recognize the necessity of a hasty marriage, even if the gentleman making the offer is rather less-than-honorable.

In a drunken haze, Quin kisses Aurora on a crowded ballroom floor, necessitating their immediate marriage. Quin's troubles are only beginning, however, as Aurora's writings are soon the focus of both gossip rags and drawing room conversation. When word arrives of an even greater scandal following in his wife's wake, will he prove himself a drunken abuser like his father, or will he become the loving husband of Aurora's fantasies?

Biographie de l'auteur

Catherine Gayle has been an avid reader of romance novels (and almost anything else she can legally get her hands on) for as long as she can remember. Her mother might say it started in the womb. When she is not writing or reading, she can often be found buried beneath her sleeping cat or chasing the Nephew Monster. She's a reality TV junkie, a hockey addict, and experimental cook.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 4805 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 318 pages
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  • Editeur : Night Shift Publishing (22 avril 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004XR01DC
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Catherine Gayle is a bestselling author of Regency-set historical romance and contemporary hockey romance with a New Adult feel. She's a transplanted Texan living in North Carolina with two extremely spoiled felines. In her spare time, she watches way too much hockey and reality TV, plans fun things to do for the Nephew Monster's next visit, and performs experiments in the kitchen which are rarely toxic.

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80 internautes sur 83 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 I wish it had been a murder mystery... 8 juin 2013
Par CHB74 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
...and that our "hero and heroine" had been done away with in the first few pages. :)

Honestly, I'm not all that picky when it comes to historicals. I've read hundreds this year (I know, I know...I need a life!), and I've liked or even loved a surprisingly high percentage of them. I wasn't even that deterred by the negative reviews, as amusing and well written as they were. That's because most of them cited the horribly unlikable characters as their primary reason for disliking this book, and I have a higher tolerance for unlikable characters than most. Flatly 'perfect' characters bore and annoy me beyond reason. I actually think making the H and/or h unlikable can make a book far more humorous and compelling while giving us a satisfying character arc in which the H and/or h authentically evolves by the end of the novel. (The problem with some of the eye-rollingly perfect heroes and heroines we get in certain novels is that there's no room for growth or change because they're already so absurdly flawless!)

So I opened this book feeling hopeful and ready to give it a chance to earn a spot on my Kindle's keeper shelf...only to discover within the first few pages that, if anything, some of the negative reviews actually understated its abject awfulness! The writing style, subjective as I realize this is, struck me as uncomfortably amateurish. The pacing was beyond erratic and just plain odd. And the characters were actually far worse than I'd feared, living down to the very lowest expectations. As others have noted, the "hero" is drunk in the vast majority of his scenes---think Nic Cage in Leaving Las Vegas---and a nasty boor even during his rare moments of sobriety. He's mean and belittling and, hey, nothing says romance like cruelly *blackmailing* the heroine into marrying him so he can get his hands on some extra cash, right? ;) I neither expect nor want my heroes to be saints, but this guy wasn't even awful in a remotely interesting or mildly amusing way. I'm not being hyperbolic when I say that he might be among my five least favorite heroes EVER...and there's some stiff competition for that title!

And I know "Too Stupid To Live" has become an overused descriptor for too many heroines, but really, this heroine earns it like few others. And she's not just endearingly ditzy, either---more like a hopelessly entitled, selfish and maddeningly oblivious twit. Granted, I suppose one would *have* to be oblivious to endure more than a few seconds in the hero's company.

The H/h dynamic is kind of the classic love/hate...only without the love part. They seem to outright detest each other...and who can blame either one of them?! Naturally, that doesn't stop them from having sex. Cue the obligatory, tiresome sex scenes which I suppose are supposed to compensate for the utter lack of connection they have anywhere other than (allegedly) the bedroom. By the end, these two terrible people who have a terrible marriage decide, for no discernible reason, that they actually "love" each other. That's great for them and all, but I still can't stand either one of them.

I almost never, ever give one-star reviews. This was the very unfortunate exception to that rule. I totally understand that writing styles, characterizations, themes and storylines resonate differently with all of us, and I'm sincerely jealous of those who enjoyed this book. But with so many fantastically witty, engaging, and mood-lifting historicals out there, I'd strongly advise steering clear of this one.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Oh dear good Lord! 17 juin 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is the story of Aurora, a selfish acting debutante who loves to write fantastical stories in her journal, and Quin, a reckless acting rake. Quin's grandfather, Lord Rotheby, insists he find a suitable wife and settle down to produce heirs or risk being disinherited. Lord Rotheby is tired of Quin's wild behavior and is trying to tame him into becoming responsible.

Although she had yet met him, Aurora had written some scandalous stories involving Quin and herself. While out in the park one afternoon she loses her journal. Who should find it but Quin. After reading her entries he decides she will do quite nicely as his bride. Later, Quin meets her at a ball and completely debauches her reputation with an extreme smoldering kiss right in the middle of the ballroom with all eyes of the fashionable ton watching the event. With no choice but to wed him in order to salvage her reputation, Aurora accepts his offer to become his bride.

Scandal seems to follow Aurora with every move she makes. Of course with Aurora being the unpredictable little miss that she is, the wedding doesn't happen without a hitch. Read the story to find out how these two ended up together after Aurora tries to jilt Quin at the altar.

Why the title? Well throughout the book I noticed the author had Aurora using "Oh, dear good Lord" quite a bit. It was her favored expression that conveyed different emotions in each situation she found new, interesting or distressing. She used it in fear, shock, surprise, pleasure, pain, and discomfort. It really was cute to read how the phrase was used differently each time.

I would highly recommend this book. It's a much different romance than most other regencies I've read. This one is a keeper.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not likeable or believable 11 août 2012
Par Colliemo - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The premise for this book was good. The plot sounded intriguing. It was very hard to get through. This type book makes me wonder about the chain of editors it went through- and still was published.
The hero is a self-absorbed jackass. A backstory is introduced toward the end of the book but by then I didn't care why he was such a jerk. The heroine was much too brazen for a sheltered girl from that age in time. Scene after scene didn't ring true. Something so scandalous happens that they have to leave London & retire to the country, and yet every invitation to their house party is accepted. Wouldn't happen. The villain isn't properly dealt with- almost seems an after thought and their names are never cleared. Everything just seems to end ok. Poof- no more problems. Irritating and maddening. And the sex scenes go on soooo loonggg- I found myself yada yada yada'ing my way through them. I won't read this author again.
69 internautes sur 75 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Stupid people having sex 17 avril 2012
Par Heidi - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I just have to write a review to get the rating down on this book, and maybe save some poor soul's money. Mine are unfortunately lost.

Lord Quinton has to marry to avoid being disinherited, so he is looking for a lady desperate enough to have him. And desperate she must be as he is an immature drunk with a seriously bad personality and no redeeming features. So when he finds Lady Aurora's journal and realizes he can bribe her into marrying him, he is obviously happy. Still, he decides to compromise her in a ballroom to achieve his goal. Lucky for him, she is stupid enough to want him in spite of everything because he looks like a pirate.

I could write pages on why I don't like this book but basically it comes down to this: the characters are childish and stupid, the humor is contrived and the plot... Well, I'm 50% in and not sure there is one. At this point, they are married and have nothing to do with each other except at night. Quinton is determined to keep her at bay, and Aurora is really bored because she only has a household to look after and a house to redecorate, and she has no one to talk to at all... Before she was married, she lived with her father, and actually left the house. This never occurs to her now. To be fair, she is actually so self-centered that it is very believable that she would expect to world to come to her.

In this genre, it is always useful to lower one's expectations and standards before trying a new author. I find, that I do not have standards this low. In two minutes, I am deleting this book. Buy something else.
16 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 This book is actually disturbingly bad. 1 juillet 2013
Par Cat - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I'm honestly not sure where to start. The characters are horrible, the plot is both boring and involved, and the prose is wretched. Also, my live-tweeting of the sex scenes kept dozens of people in stitches of horrified laughter one evening.

It's entertainingly bad for a while but then doesn't have the grace to *end*.
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