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her signature superbly nuanced characters, subtle sense of wit, and
richly emotional writing, Gracie puts her distinctive stamp on a classic
Regency plot." The
SPRING BRIDE ~ JUNE 2nd
Weekly: "an enchanting spin on Regency
tropes with the romance of pragmatic Jane Chance and dashing,
disguised gentleman Zachary Black."
Romantic Times 4.5 stars: "With a pragmatic
heroine, dangerously sexy hero, thoughtful plot and unforgettable
cast of characters, Gracie once again catches readers' hearts."
Reviews: " funny and fast-paced . .
. vibrant and complex . . . well worth reading."
Owl Reviews "humorous, witty and romantic.
. . captivating."
Junkies Recommended Read:
"a lovely, memorable HEA. . . historical romance fans
will get swept away."
the eve of the London Season, Jane Chance is about to make
her entrance into high society. Haunted by a childhood riddled
with poverty and hardship, Jane is determined her own children
will never suffer the same; she intends to make a good, safe,
sensible marriage. All goes according to plan until a dark,
dangerous vagabond helps her rescue a dog.
Zachary Black is all kinds of unsuitablea former spy,
now in disguise, he's wanted for murder. His instructions:
to lie low until his name is cleared. But Zach has never followed
the rules, and he wants Jane Chance for his own.
If that means blazing his way into London society, in whatever
guise suits him, that's what he'll do. Jane knows she shouldnt
fall in love with this unreliable, if devastatingly attractive,
rogue. But Zach is determinedand he's a man accustomed
to getting what he wants.
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the start of the book, it's the "enter the hero"
A clerk poked his head into the Honorable Gilbert Radcliffe's
discreet Whitehall office. From the outer office, Zachary
Black watched, faintly amused by the clerk's excessive caution.
Surely he didn't look that dangerous?
"Yes, Evans, what is it?" Radcliffe sounded preoccupied,
"There's a man here asking to see you." The clerk
lowered his voice. "Demanding to see you."
"The thing is, sir, he's a gypsy."
"Yes, sir. Dirty and disreputable-looking. I would have
shown him the door, only the fellow asked for you by name,
sir, insisted you'd want to see him, and wouldn't take no
for an answer." He added doubtfully. "I could try
to have him removed, if you insist, sir, only he's quite large
and I fear it would be. . . difficult."
"An ugly customer, eh? Well then, send the fellow in.
I'll deal with him."
The clerk turned to Zach, and stepped back to let him pass.
"Watch yourself, gypsy. Mr Radcliffe might be a gentleman
but he won't put up with any nonsense."
Zach winked at him, and sauntered into the the office, saying
in a roughly accented voice, "Gen'leman give me a message
for some toff called Mr Gilbert Radcliffe--that you, is it?
Said I was to give it only to 'im. Said Mr Radcliffe would
give me a gold guinea for it."
The Hon. Gilbert Radcliffe leaned back in his chair, regarding
his visitor through narrowed eyes. His gaze took in the the
darkly bristled jaw, the worn, faintly foreign clothing, the
muddy boots, the shabby sheepskin coat with the faded but
outlandish embroidery and most damning of all, the small
gold earring. "Gold, is it? For a scoundrel such yourself?"
"Gold, 'e promised me." Zach edged closer. "And
gold is what I'll 'ave."
Gilbert Radcliffe wrinkled his nose. "Faugh, that smell.
. . Have you been sleeping in a barn?"
Zach's mouth twitched, but he whined in an aggrieved voice,
"I come a long way wiv this message, I 'ave."
"Shall I call someone and have the wretch removed, sir?"
said Evans from the doorway.
"No, no." Radcliffe waved him away. "Bring
a pot of tea and two cups."
The clerk gave him an incredulous look. "Tea sir?"
"And some biscuits?" Zach added hopefully. "Ginger
The clerk gave him a dirty look and glanced at Radcliffe,
who nodded. "Yes, and biscuitsginger if you have
them. And shut the door behind you." When the clerk had
gone, Radcliffe looked at Zach and shook his head. "He
probably expects you to steal the spoons."
Zach gave him an indignant look. "I'll have you know,
Gil, I haven't stolen any spoons for, oh, weeks."
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