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A Dangerous Love (Swanlea Spinsters #1)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  2,766 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
He was playing a dangerous masquerade...

Griff Knighton's found the perfect way to avoid being trapped into marriage with one of the Earl of Swanlea′s daughters: he′ll swap identities with his man of affairs during their next visit to Swan Park, and be free to pursue his own desires! After all, he's not about to marry some homely spinster just to claim his rightful title. B
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published November 7th 2000)
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Sep 04, 2010 Bookworm1858 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, romance
A Dangerous Love by Sabrina Jeffries
Avon Books, 2000
373 pages
Romance; Historical

Summary: Griff is officially a bastard but if he agrees to marry an ailing earl's daughter, he can receive proof of his legitimacy. He figures he'll visit, skulk around the place, find the marriage certificate and take off. To aid his search, he switches place with his manservant so that he has more free time. He did not count on feisty Lady Rosalind though who suspects him of something and may just lead him to the a
Feb 25, 2011 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the first few sentences, I was hooked. I always liked the identity-swapping conflict and anticipating how it'll be resolved. This story was quite unpredictable so that's another plus. While the setting was mostly in Swanlea Park, the characters' wit and banter were exciting enough.

I immediately liked Rosalind! I have a thing for independent, sassy, and sharp-tongued heroines. Aside from her striking good looks and her passion to be an actress, she also has a fancy for loud colors.
Why only 3 stars? I loved the witty banter, plot line, the typical SJ formula which I love, the secondary characters (can't wait for Helena and Daniel's story!!). What didn't I love? The two main characters. Although I liked Griff a bit more, I didn't feel a connection to either one of them. In fact at times I grew tired of Rosalind, and highly annoyed. I don't think she did anything wrong, but obviously there was just something I can put my finger on to cause me not to really like them. I think ...more
This one gets a 3.5 because I really like the author and her writing is very captivating however this time I had a hard time liking the main characters both. The woman was too stubborn and suspicious and the man was selfish and inconsiderate. It ended well but I wasn't thrilled with them for the most part of the story.
Despite my utter annoyance with Rosalind, the female lead, who I find completely slappable and truly frustrating, I still liked the story overall. Even though I found the secondary leads far more interesting and found myself reading the book for hints of their story (and of course, the setup for the next in this series), the main pair's storyline and conflict and resolution was interesting enough, I suppose.

Since I mostly skip the smexy parts of romance novels (after you've read hundreds of nov
Buku ini awalnya bikin tertarik dibaca karena sinopsis yang tertulis di belakang sampulnya, tapi setelah membaca sinopsis buku keduanya, aku malah lebih tertarik dengan buku keduanya. :P Hanya saja, berdasarkan pengalaman, lebih baik membaca buku pertama dan membangun feeling pada tokoh-tokohnya dari pada langsung lompat ke buku kedua, jadi aku baca buku ini dahulu.

Rosalind, tokoh utama kita, anak kedua dari tiga bersaudara yang kesemuanya adalah perempuan, punya kakak yang sakit dan bermulut pe
Fanny Roswita Ria
Dari awal sudah rada ngebosenin padahal ini salah satu author fav gw,,ga tahu salah diterjemahan atau memang dari sananya alur ceritanya ngebosenin.

Rosalind menentang keras permintaan ayahnya untuk mengundang Marsden Griffith Knighton ke rumah pedesaan mereka tanpa mengetahui alasan jelas dibalik undangan ayahnya ini adalah menebus dosa masa lalu ayahnya yang merebut gelar Earl of Swanlea dari tangan ayah Griff sendiri. ROsalind semakin tidak suka ketika ia menemukan Griff, yang saat itu menyama
Felita Hardigaloeh
A dangerous Love, salah satu novel historical romance kocak.

Griff dan Daniel adalah rekan kerja di perusahaan Griff: Knighton. suatu hari Griff meminta Daniel utk ditemani ke rumah Earl of Swanlea dlm rangka undangan perjodohannya dg salah satu putrinya dan meminta Daniel utk berpura2 mjd dirinya sementara Griff berpura2 mjd asisten Daniel krn Griff ingin menjelajahi rumah Earl of Swanlea demi menemukan akta kelahirannya tanpa terganggu.

begitu nyampe di rumah Earl of Swanlea, usaha ilegal Griff
Apr 07, 2012 Ifigenia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historico, saga, retos
Cuando Griff recibe la noticia de que el conde de Swanlea está dispuesto a "devolverle" su legitimidad siempre y cuando se case con alguna de sus tres hijas, decide ir acompañado de su hombre de negocios, Daniel, pero intercambiando las identidades con él para que mientras Daniel entretiene a las muchachas y es el centro de atención él pueda buscar y rebuscar libremente el certificado para no tener que casarse con las hijas (si son solteronas, por algo será), pero llevarse el certificado del mat ...more
The first half of this novel had some promise. Rosalind and her gentleman-in-disguise had good chemistry. There were several threads that seemed to be leading somewhere - the midnight sword fight, the secret passageway, Rosalind's love of bright, bold colour schemes, the strongbox, Juliet's story - and then they never did! Or, at least, nothing had come of them by the time I abandoned the book. The conflict between the hero and heroine really felt more and more contrived and her responses to it ...more
May 12, 2012 Aldy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me encantó! me gusta mucho cuando los personajes tienen carácter fuerte, ella es una mujer muy aguerrida y decidida, él es el típico lord tozudo y frío que no puede comprender que se ha enamorado y le toma tiempo entender que ya no es pura pasión sino que también hay algo más aún.
Se va desarrollando de a poco, pero ninguno de sus personajes cambia radicalmente y eso es algo que me gustó mucho, no es como en algunas novelas que se enamoran desde el principio y ceden un 100% en su forma de ser.
Karyn Gerrard
2.5 out of 5 rounded up to 3.

A regency version of 'The Taming of the Shrew'. Shrew being the key word here. The heroine Rosalind was a full-bore shrew through most of this book. When she wasn't coming off the rails, she was crying. The hero Griff's wild mood swings were hard to swallow. He uttered some nasty thoughts aloud. That said, it was well written and plotted, but I didn't really connect with either of them. I was not really rooting for their HEA, though Griff was entirely sexy when he wa
Jan 23, 2016 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bintang 4 untuk buku 1 Swanlea Spinsters.

Marsden Griffith Knighton, Griff, seorang pria sukses pemilik Knighton Trading. Merencanakan untuk melebarkan sayap perusahaannya ddn menjadi salah satu delegasi utusan ke Cina. Tapi semua itu butuh landasan yg kuat sebagai seorang Lord di House of Lord. Dengan kata lain Griffharus memiliki gelarnya yg selama ini seharusnya menjadi gelarnya.

Earl of Swanlea, pria tua yg sakit sakitan mengundang Griff untuk berkunjung ke Swan park dan menawarkan pernikahan
Nov 12, 2012 Sweety rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: virgin, sbm
The back cover story is interesting and make me want to read this book, unfortunately the hero and the heroine character not make me want to say they're my favorite. I don't like both of them, they so head-strong.

The story is quite interesting, i enjoy the interaction between the hero and heroine, and i laugh about code 'St Peter', but my opinion is interaction between Daniel and Griff that make me stay to the end of this book. Between the employee and employer they become close friend, and shar
Danielle (Bookwhoreblog) Perez
Rosalind is one of three Swanlea spinsters an odd bunch of gals distant from ton. When the trio’s father falls ill he devises a plan to right his wrong, and save his daughters at the same time. Little did the Earl of Swanlea know the man he wronged had plans of his own, and falling in love with one of his daughters isn't one of them. Packed with mystery and romance A Dangerous Love is an adventurous read, with a plot that is constantly unfolding keeping readers on the edge of each kiss...I mean ...more
Feb 03, 2013 Michelle marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
this is my second attempt at reading this book. while the writing isnt bad, it's the style that just isnt my style. more a comedic romance from the tone. A lot like Lyndsay Sands. Got about a quarter of the way through and just couldnt continue with it. especially since the story could have ended in that first quarter once Lady Rosalind and Griff took the walk through the woods. all could have been said and done and no story was needed. his reasoning for not telling her his end didnt make much s ...more
Feb 24, 2013 Lily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Esta novela llamó mi atención en un principio por tres razones: el título (sugerente...), la portada (bastante alejada de lo que lo suele ser la carta de presentación habitual en las novelas de este género y, por lo tanto, original) y la autora (tenía bastantes ganas de probar algo suyo ya que he leído bastantes buenas críticas.

Rosalind, la protagonista, es una de las tres hijas solteras del conde de Swanlea. Viven en la finca de su pa
Joy (Cheery♡Reads)
I finally finished this book after so long but it was a pretty good read albeit a very slow start.
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Oct 05, 2013 Eva rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
Buku ini secara tidak sengaja terbaca oleh gue karena salah baca judul. Alasan yang konyol, malu2in, tapi malah keterusan baca karena ceritanya kayak film Disney.


Iya, ciyusss miapah! Kayaknya gue nggak perlu ngemeng panjang lebar soal cerita corny horny ala Harlequin sebab pada intinya kalo lo berani buka tu buku ya lo niat baca kumpulan ampas2 kopi sama air panasnya yang bikin melek seger tapi lidah kepahitan itu.

Hal pertama yang bikin gue tertarik ngebaca novel ini sampe abis adal
Devi Rouli
Griff yang ingin maju ke delegasi Cina berusaha mendapatkan surat keterangan Pernikahan orang tuanya namun dibalik itu ia memiliki ambisi menghilangkan jejak sebagai anak haram dengan menyamar sebagai Daniel, tangan kanannya dan sebaliknya bagi daniel karna ia ingin mencuri surat itu tanpa menikahi salah satu dari 3 perawan swanlea. Tapi saat tiba ia memulai rencananya muncul Rasalind yang menghalangi dan membuatnya terpikat...... Kisah cinta yang diliputi ambisi Griff membuat Rosalind mundur ka ...more
Mar 08, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started off this series by reading the third book (After the Abduction) and I was intrigued by the comments made by and about Griff and Rosalind in that book. They sounded like an interesting couple. Having finished this book, all I can say is that they are truly one amazingly well matched pair of characters - strong willed, loyal, determined, passionate, and intelligent. Sassy Rosalind matches wits with Griff from their first encounter and they both try to gain the upper hand by quoting Shake ...more
Mar 26, 2014 EB rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never have I ever more deservedly given a book 3 stars. Let’s do this pro/con style.

Lovely, lively, intelligent, robust, loyal, protective, self-sufficient heroine.
Total asshole, deceitful, easy to anger, belligerent hero.

Use of the word cock!
Use of the word honeypot! :(((

Wonderful side characters. Hell, I cared more about the hinted at romance for the second book than I did this one.
The sex was WAY too dubiously consensual and always seemed to be the hero’s way of shut
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
"Sopra di loro,il cielo era un miracolo di seta a strisce viola,rosa e oro,l’ultima estasi del sole prima di calare all'orizzonte. Tutt'intorno regnava il silenzio come se persino gli uccelli fossero incantati dai due miracoli,uno nel cielo e uno sulla terra"

In realtà sarebbero 3 stelline e 1/2 ma ho voluto premiare l'abilità dell'autrice che riesce sempre a coinvolgermi con la sua scrittura! ;D Non mi piacciono molto le trame che si basano sullo scambio di identità, anche se in questo caso l'in
Adriana Davesa melero
Hacía tiempo que no leía histórica y me apetecía probar esta autora, cuya novela lleva casi dos años en mi estanterías. Tengo que decir que ha superado mis expectativas. Al principio me costó engancharme, pero ese "tira y afloja" de los protagonistas me embaucó. Me ha encantado los diálogos entre ellos y la pasión que transmitían. Rosalind me ha caído muy bien, adoro su caracter. Lo único que no me ha convencido ha sido la rapidez con la que llevan la relación; de un día para otro, cambian demas ...more
Beth F.
He was an asshole. She was not likable.

Three stars because I like the author. And Daniel Brennan. I liked him a lot. He seems like a decent guy.
The 1st book of the Swanlea Spinsters series is near perfection!
If you want the H and h quoting Shakespeare to one another, 'A Dangerous Love' has that in abundance.
The hero, Griff is a bit of an ass, quick to anger and can lie easily(ergo his disguise-but even when that is found out he keeps some of his cards to his chest which for the story is great but for being a good human being, not so great) BUT he does a nice bit of 'grovelling' or rather 'convincing' in the end which was actually reall

Une petite déconvenue... Le côté canaille du héros, Griff, n'a pas réussi à sauver la donne. Un côté insolent et sexy, dont il n'hésite pas à faire usage en matière d'argument face à la virago sensuelle qui l'occupe. Bon, pourquoi pas?
Mais je n'ai aimé ni l'intrigue (une histoire de vengeance qui ne met vraiment pas Griff en valeur), ni Rosalind, l'héroïne (catégorique et virulente, avec une propension certaine à faire des raccourcis exagérés, trop mégère
Aug 31, 2015 Divia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i good first installment in the swanlea series, it was funny quirky and cure, but Helena and Rosalind irritated me with their brainless behavior.
Going off on your own to London in any time period by road - especially if you don't have your own vehicle - is dangerous, and for both heroines to sanction the action it was not just stubborn but foolish.
Sure she could have managed to get there herself but it would have been better if she failed and realized it was a stupid idea, get her self out of
Aug 01, 2016 Layne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Dangerous Love

Once again Sabrina Jeffries delivers a journey worth taking. Did you know that Shakespeare was "a naughty bard"? Trust me, that's a hysterical note in this book. I had no idea! This book offers love, revenge and laughter. Take the journey! It's worth it!
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Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of over 50 novels and works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze of dreams and madness is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music. With over 8 million book ...more
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