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Confessions of a Little Black Gown (Bachelor Chronicles #4)

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She spied him in the shadows . . .

And in an instant, Thalia Langley knew the man before her was no saint. He might claim to be the Duke of Hollindrake's unassuming country cousin, but no man that handsome, that arresting, could be anything but . . . well, he simply must be an unrepentant rogue. His cat-like grace and power leave Tally shivering in her slippers at the notio
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ebook, 384 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published March 24th 2009)
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Angelc
Unfortunately, I didn't finish this one, so no star rating for me. I felt like it was one of those romances where the 'mystery' takes up more of the story than the romance. I loved the basic idea of the rakish hero masquerading as a nerdy vicar, but the lack of interaction between the hero and heroine made me uninterested in them. If you are a big fan of the rest of this series, I'm sure you would like the book because the supporting characters are a huge players in this one. One thing that disa ...more
kris
Nov 10, 2015 kris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Geoff Larkin is tasked with locating the escaped pirate Daswhwell and killing him dead. Thalia "Tally" Langley helped the dread pirate escape and now must keep him hidden from those who'd like to kill him dead. When their paths cross, SPARKS FLY because something something BONERS. Will these two spies be able to out-spy each other before someone gets their spy broken?

1. WHY WAS ANYONE EVEN TRYING TO SAVE DASH HE SEEMED LIKE AN ASSHOLE?

2. So as much as I loved the fact that Tally was On her Game
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Angel's books
Sep 05, 2015 Angel's books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tarihi-ask
Tarihi aşka doyamadım, hemen bir yenisine daldım ☺ Seriye ortadan giriş yapmışım yalnız. Bu yazar bana biraz Nora Roberts'ı anımsattı. Kurgu itibariyle tabii, yoksa tarzlarının birbirine benzediğini pek düşünmüyorum. Biraz macera, biraz suç, biraz polisiye karışımı ve oldukça heyecanlı bir tarihi aşk romanı. Çok olmasa da komedisi de var. ...more
Canan
Mar 27, 2015 Canan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5
Neredeyse her kitabın sonunda aklımız Pippin ve Dash'ta kalıyor. Olmuyor ama... ♥
Isalys
May 22, 2009 Isalys rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book! One of my favorite qualities in any book is if it could make me laugh - and while reading this, if I wasn't giggling, I was trying to unravel the mystery of the missing American pirate that was freed from one of England's most secure prisons.

In the very beginning, the book didn't seem anything out of the ordinary [for a historial romance:] but at about chapter 3, it really started to come to life. Tally (Thalia Langley) was such a fun, flirty character who was anything but or
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nurmawati
Jun 22, 2011 nurmawati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, hr, buku-eng

ceritanya ttg lady thalia langley, kakaknya felicity langley menikah dengan duke of hollindrake (di buku sebelumnya)...
disini thalia yang biasa dipanggil tally terlibat dengan sepupunya, lady phillipa (pippin) menyelamatkan seorang pirate yang di cintai lady pipiin (juga dari buku sebelumnya )..dengan menyamar mereka membebaskan dashwell dari tahanan dan menyembunyikannya ( cerita ttg pippin dan pirate dashwell bakal ada di buku lanjutan buku ini )...
eniwei....kerajaan menugaskan lord larken, se
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Jessica Grogan
DNF. I Usually really enjoy Elizabeth Boyle's books and this started out well but I found myself bored and thinking of other books I want to read. It's been a few years since I read Felicity and Thatcher's story but I loved it and I don't remember her being so annoying. And I felt like this book was mostly to help set up Pippin and Dash's story and since I don't like Dash I've never been interested in reading that. I'm not invested enough in any of the rest of the characters to finish the series ...more
SidneyKay
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Blodeuedd Finland
I enjoyed this book a lot, I even giggled from time to time. And it was sure hard to keep a straight face while reading if there were others having lunch at the same time. I do love a good historical romance, there is just something sweet, and sometimes oh so wicked about them. Not to mention that I love the time and the manners.


I liked Thalia, she was strong, and she knew what she wanted, a wicked rake, pirate or perhaps a spy. So when the man she spies in the shadows actually is a vicar she is
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Cynthia
Dec 03, 2009 Cynthia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There were some ideas with potential floating around in this book:
Little Black Gown, Spy/Vicar, playwriting heroines, pirate jailbreaks, secret female spy order, and such. Too bad it came together in a boring inane mush. Ugh.

Honestly, I don't really care about Tally or Larken, especially when they aren't all that admirable and don't have any depth. Boyle tries to give them life but they fall flat.

Also, I'm assuming the sister Felicity and the Duke were the H/H of a previous book, but Felicity ca
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Yumru
Nov 19, 2014 Yumru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keyifli bir hikayeydi.Hayvanların kitaplarda yaptığı muzurluklar çok güldürüyor beni.Burada da köpek çok güldürdü birde erkek karakterin köpeğe bakış açısı iç sesler komikti.Seriyi beğeniyorum bakalım sıradaki kitap nasıl olacak ama 3.kitap daha iyiydi.
Melis
Sep 07, 2014 Melis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Larken ve Tally'nin eğlenceli ve bir o kadar komik halleri için sizleri Okyanusun Sözleri'ne alalım ^_^
Kimberly
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Upon hearing the voice of a mysterious stranger in her brother-in-law’s study, Thalia Langley thinks she just might have met her destiny…or not. How could the duke’s bumbling, poorly-dressed vicar of a cousin be the man of her dreams? From the moment she meets the awkward Milo Ryder, Tally knows there must be more to him than meets the eye. And when a mysterious little black gown lands in her lap, Tally knows just ho
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Amber
Apr 14, 2013 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Momma
Jul 21, 2013 Momma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
From the moment Thalia Langley first caught a glimpse of him in her brother-in-law's study, she knew. He was the one. And then he stepped forward and proved to be a bumbling vicar. Somehow, despite his appearance, she knew from that moment that the rake she desired was hiding underneath. Tally has more intuition than I do apparently :)

With twists and turns, secrets, spies and intrigue this one will keep you on your toes and interested throughout it all.

In the interest of not ruining the book for
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Kristal Kitap
Oct 03, 2014 Kristal Kitap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5

Ben Tally'nin hikayesini okudum değil mi? :) Kitap boyunca Tally'nin başına neler gelecek sonuçlar ne olacak diye değil de daha çok Pippin için meraklanıp durdum. Haliyle yetmedi bana. Yazar 5. kitap için neler neler hazırlamış. Tally yazık arada kaynadı gitti benim gözümde. :))

Düşesede nedense çok soğuk bir karakter havası çizmiş yazar. Biraz zorba biraz kibirli birine dönüşmüş. Okudukça diğer kitaplarda ki Felicity bu mu diye kendime sorar oldum. :) Son sahneler olmasa Felicity'de ki bu değ
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Sarah
Feb 17, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, suspense, 2013
This was an intriguing and thrilling story. I was caught up in the suspense it had. Thalia, our heroine, is being matchmaked by her determined sister at an upcoming house party. Along comes Lord Larken, our hero, disguised as Mr. Rider, to spy on Thalia and her cousing Pippin, the suspects of a jail break-out.

I really adored the storlyine, the plot. It was refreshing to read in a historical romance, and I was eagerly wanting to know if Thali and Pippin really were the culprits of breaking out L
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Shelly
Apr 19, 2009 Shelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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Gamruk
Jun 13, 2016 Gamruk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Kitap tam da Elizabeth Boyle tarzını yansıtıyordu. Oldukça eğlenceliydi okuması. Seriyi kısa bir süre önce okumaya başladığım için kişileri ve olayları birbiriyle iliskilendirebildim kolayca. Ancak benim gibi olmayan oldukça uzun zamandan beri bu kitabı bekleyenler için biraz karmaşık gelebilir olaylar. Kitabi okumaya baslamadan, onceki kitapları söyle bir kısaca hatırlatma yaparsanız sizin için daha iyi olur kanımca^^

Onun haricinde bayıldım her şeye ama son sahnelere kadar neredeyse Düşes' ten
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Nur D.
Mar 19, 2016 Nur D. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Serinin ilk iki kitapla sınırlandırılması gerektiğini düşünüyorum.
Evcilik Oyunu'nda Emmaline'i başta cüretinden dolayı sevememiş sonradan ısınmıştım. Bunun dışında ilk iki kitapta da ne karakterler ne konu açısından sorun yaşamamıştım. Ama özellikle bu kitapta konunun ana karakterlere bir türlü odaklanamadığını düşünüyorum. İkili arasında düzgün bir etkileşim olmadı ve diyaloglar sıkıcıydı.

Kısaca; Dash ve Pippin'in hikayesinin arka planını okuyup durmak bunaltıcı.

Ayrıca bu durum en azından be
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Leya
Feb 09, 2013 Leya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
The characters were likable. I found both the hero, Lord Larken, and heroine, Thalia "Tally" Langley very compatible, they just clicked. They're both adventurous, inquisitive and humorous. The only thing missing was chemistry. Alright, it may just be me, but the "umph" was missing.

The mystery, well not really a mystery...I found it a little tedious at times, and the reason for it was I was expecting more of Pippin and Dash in the book. I really enjoy those two, and I cannot wait to get my hands
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Erica
May 11, 2014 Erica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Boyle's novels are a fun and engaging read, and I always look forward to her next release. I read this one a bit out of order, so I was familiar with some of the later storylines and the future development of the characters.

I enjoyed this book, for the most part. The characters were fun to follow and easy to like. However, some of the ending pages felt forced and unnecessary. In addition, some aspects of the plot seemed underdeveloped, so I found myself backtracking to see if I missed
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Michelle
Jul 08, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a little behind with the Elizabeth Boyle books so this is only the second I've read behind Lord Langley is Back in Town. Since I'm reading these in the wrong order I am a little confused with some of the background and secondary characters but I've found that in the end this didn't matter to me. I loved Tally. She was the right kind of sassy and independent. She knew what she wanted and she went out and got it. What she wanted was Lord Larken and he was a great hero. I've always enjoyed a no ...more
Vasilena
Sep 03, 2015 Vasilena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best one in the series yet! Both characters very much to my liking, no nonsense people. Many very good scenes in this one, the comedic runs well done.

Only shade is cast by Pippin and Dashwell's tragic story which made it hard for me to be super happy about the characters here, but then again like hero said they wouldn't have spun their story without that happening...

I am liking these series for entirely different reasons than other series: some dealw ith deep emotions, some with ce
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Linda
Jan 09, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an accidental re-read but the novel is actually better the second time round, since I'm now reading the The Bachelor Chronicles series in order. This title is strongly connected to the previous book, Love Letters from a Duke.

Thalia Langley, better known as Tally, is up to no good. She's assisting her cousin, Pippa, in her tempestuous romance with Dashwell. They have a plan...

Then, Lord Larken, disguised as a vicar appears. Tally sees through his masquerade quickly, but he's in search o
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Patricia Kate
Sep 21, 2016 Patricia Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Boyle is a great new discovery! Confessions of a Little Black Gown is the first of her books that I read and it did not disappoint. Tally was smart and likable. Larkin was so interesting. Many plot points were unpredictable in the best way . . . including the introduction of the H/h. There was a fair amount of adventure in this book, but I didn't feel like the adventure completely overtook the romance. And all of the supporting characters were interesting and went beyond stereotypes.
Mary
Jan 06, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
There's a lot of spying going on at this little house party! Lord Larken, master spy, is undercover to find an escaped traitor pirate who happens to be his friend. The women in the Langley/Knolles family are scheming to pull off a great escape. And a deadly assassin is trying to tie up loose ends and retrieve a certain sexy black gown. Meanwhile there is the serious business of matchmaking to attend to.

Larken and Tally made a great couple. They were both very skilled at espionage and just plain
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Zoe
Jul 28, 2010 Zoe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a lot going on here, with the fact that I'm not reading the series in order making it a bit complex. The hero is a so what jaded spy, the heroine an adventurous woman who fears nothing save the discovery of her and her cousins involvement in breaking a wanted criminal from jail. Reading the first in the series might have helped clear up a couple of questions (for instance, we never really get more than vague notions as to why said criminal is wanted In The first place beyond 'he knows t ...more
Mandy
Apr 16, 2013 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this story, both the hero and heroine are keeping big secrets from each other. I shouldn’t have liked this book as much based on the secret identities, lies, and the amount of time devoted to the spy story. But, I did. I didn’t even know the characters from the previous books and I still smiled while reading this book. That’s because the characters are so distinct and entertaining. But, the mystery/adventure absolutely takes the lead with the romance falling behind. When finished, I really wa ...more
Freja ☼
This book is so funny! I love, love, love the epilogue ending!!!! I mean, how genius is that?

The story is really sweet and I love the turnout, for most of the characters. Though the Pippin part makes me a bit sad.

I think that Tally is an amazing girl! She's just so lively and cute and gifted. Mr. Larken is a very good con artist, and oh, how I love him for it! He's like the most epic dude ever!

This story is just great, and I really, truly think that people should read this book, if not for th
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 05, 2015 11:11AM  
  • Three Nights of Sin
  • The Sins of Lord Easterbrook (Rothwell #4)
  • When Harry Met Molly (Impossible Bachelors, #1)
  • In Scandal They Wed (The Penwich School for Virtuous Girls #2)
  • The Virgin's Secret (Lost City, #2)
  • The Disgraced Playboy (Bad Blood, #2)
  • The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton (The Burgundy Club, #3)
  • Always a Scoundrel (Notorious Gentlemen, #3)
  • Love with the Perfect Scoundrel (Widows Club, #3)
  • Always a Temptress (Drake's Rakes #3)
  • Wicked Delights of a Bridal Bed (The Byrons of Braebourne, #4)
  • Reckless (The House of Rohan, #2)
  • Wicked All Day (Lorimer Family & Clan Cameron #5)
  • The Duke's Indiscretion (Duke Trilogy, #3)
  • Hero, Come Back
  • Bring Him Home (Special Forces, #3)
  • A Perfect Hero (Sterling trilogy, #3)
  • The Serpent Prince (Princes Trilogy, #3)
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Elizabeth Boyle was an antipiracy paralegal for Microsoft before settling down to write full-time. Her first novel, Brazen Angel, which won Dell's Diamond Debut Award in 1996, also won the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best First Book, and was a finalist for Best Long Historical Romance. She lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. She is also the author of Brazen Heiress.
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Other Books in the Series

Bachelor Chronicles (9 books)
  • Something About Emmaline (Bachelor Chronicles, #1)
  • This Rake of Mine (Bachelor Chronicles, #2)
  • Love Letters From a Duke (Bachelor Chronicles, #3)
  • Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress (Bachelor Chronicles, #5)
  • How I Met My Countess (Bachelor Chronicles, #6)
  • Mad about the Duke (Bachelor Chronicles, #7)
  • Lord Langley Is Back in Town (Bachelor Chronicles, #8)
  • Mad About the Major

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