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Guarding a Notorious Lady (Devine & Friends #3)

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Exquisite trouble...

A woman of pristine breeding, Lady Rosalind Devine is also an unrepentant meddler and snoop—which is why her brother refuses to leave her to her own devices while on his wedding trip. But Rosalind will not make things easy for any unseen, unwanted "nursemaid"—and vows to use her considerable wiles to expose her mystery guardian.

Nicholas Kincaid, the Mar
ebook, 384 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by HarperCollins e-books
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3 stars – Historical/Regency Romance

Rosalind has been infatuated with her older brother’s best friend, Nicholas, since she was a girl, and she’s spent the past few seasons playing matchmaker for others and dodging unwanted suitors left and right, convinced that no other man could ever possibly capture her heart. Nicholas’s unexpected appearance for the London season brings a flutter of excitement, and she hopes to finally gain his attention. And when she finds out the real reason for his sudden
3.00 stars Historical Romance!

He was in love with her and he hid it well! She was in love with him and she hid it well! Yet alas in the process of dancing around each other the H/h finally admitted their unrequited feelings for each other! Dear readers, does the story sound familiar to anyone?

I admit it is a sweet and sexy Historical Romance with a blend of hilarity, but it is very much forgettable.

Lady Rosalind is a pristine noble and one of the most eligible women in society. Various fortune
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Please indulge me as a take a moment to gush over how much I loved this book. Guarding a Notorious Lady gave me everything I want in a Historical Romance. It was sweet and sexy. It had great characters. And fantastic sexual tension.

Lady Rosalind is one of the most eligible women in society. The local men have even started taking bets as to who will win her hand. So when her brother decides to go out-of-town with his new wife, he asks his old friend Nicolas to be her guardian. Of course, her brot
The third book in Olivia Parker's Devine & Friends series. Lady Rosalind Devine, sister of Gabriel (who we met in book 1), is in London for the season. Gabriel, her brother is leaving on his wedding trip and tells her she has a guardian to watch her while he is gone. Only he won't say who it is. Being a Duke's sister has its dangers and with Rosalind's ability to meddle and such, he feels the need to ask his friend, Nicholas Kincaid, the new Marquess of Winterborne, to secretly watch her. It ...more
Very disappointing - no where near as good as the first two books in the series (both 5 stars for me). Had some funny moments and good banter between brothers (Gabriel & Tristan) and sister (Rosalind), but the story lacked between Rosalind and Nicholas. I could believe the attraction between them, but the reasons they weren't together were totally lame (on his part). They seemed to keep circling each other, he would be weak and act on his desires, then feel guilty and swear he would never to ...more
Jun 06, 2011 Vashti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this 3rd installement about the Devine Family.This book had all that I liked in an historical romance, the sexual tension was great right up to the consumation by the lake. One of my mostfavorite scenes ws when the hero breaks into the heroines's room prior to telling her to keep her door locked from him.
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Jul 29, 2011 Book Binge rated it really liked it
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First and foremost, I thought this book was too cute for words. I mean, I love the whole brother's best friend falls for the sister love stories and this was definitely one of them. Rosalind has had more marriage offers than she knows what to do with but she's refused every single one of them because she's in love with someone who doesn't know that she's alive.... least as far as she's concerned.

But Nicholas knows she's alive and really, each year Rosalind kills him a little more with how t
Apr 06, 2012 Chanpreet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Rosalind Devine is a matchmaker. She's the first one to see how well the lively Madelyn would suit her brother, Gabriel, an upright and staid Duke. She also saw how the Earl of Rothbury was in love with Charlotte. She's 24 going on 25, and she's never been even remotely interested in any of her suitors. That's because she's already given away her heart. Nicholas Kincaid is the best friend of her older brother Gabriel. they've grown up together, but Nicholas has never given Rosalind even the ...more
Apr 30, 2011 Lisarenee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How does the saying go?
‘While the cat’s away, the mice will play?’

A wager has been made
(in one of London’s gambling hells to
see who can win Lady Rosalind’s hand)

A Duke will go away
(on his wedding trip)

Hopeful suitors will wish to play
(at winning his sister Rosalind’s hand by fair or foul)

A protector will be named…
(to ensure his sister will come to no harm)

Rosalind has it all: brains, looks, pedigree, connections, and soon the one thing all rakes and fortune hunters desire the most - an absentee
I know it has that original lovely cover right up there. With that hottie Nicholas RIGHT UP THERE. :> but hey. I was itching for some photoshop.

I am most definitely curious on what happens between Lady Rosalind and Nicholas. I've loved the former ever since At the bride hunt ball. Karma is so lovely. The matchmaker is the one finding her match. This'll be too fun to ever miss out <3

ETA: 2012
Since there is a first time for everything, this would be the first time I was completely not at all
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: May 31, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Avon
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Devine & Friends
Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone
Steam Level: Hot

**Reviewer's Note** The version of the book that I received was an Uncorrected Advanced Reader Copy, and therefore some issues may have been resolved
Aug 08, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I reviewed this book for Night Owl Reviews:

Guarding a Notorious Lady by Olivia Parker is a fun and playful regency romance. The characters are well developed and the dialogue is bright, quick and humorous. I found myself captivated by both the story and Ms. Parker’s writing style. While this is the third story in the Devine and Friends series, it can easily be read on its own.

Lady Rosalind Devine is a fun and highly energetic heroine; she’s young, attractive and rich. She’s also sneaky, a busybo
Mar 16, 2011 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time with this book. It just didn't build tension like I would have liked. The storyline is good, the characters were something, but there just wasn't any need or want for me to find out how they got to their HEA. I am not really sure why. It felt like I knew the entire book before I was out of the first chapter which was frustrating.

The fact that he is Scottish-ish doesn't add anything to the story other than mind-eye-candy, which is nice except that you then wonder why on earth h
Oct 04, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I reviewed this book for Romance Reader At Heart website.


We met the heroine Lady Rosalind, a sister to Gabriel Devine, the Duke of Wolverest, in AT THE BRIDE HUNT BALL where I liked her well enough. But here, in GUARDING A NOTORIOUS LADY, I came to know who she is; what her dreams and desires are; and finally I get to know the love she feels very deeply for her brother's best friend.

We also met Nicholas Kincaid, Marquess of Winterbourne, in the same book and kne
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
3.5 Enjoyable Stars

GUARDING A NOTORIOUS LADY was an enjoyable ‘hero falls for his best friend’s sister’ story but it just didn't tick all the right boxes for me.

Rosalind is a charming heroine...independent, smart and funny with a penchant for matchmaking, although some would tend to call it meddling. I love how she isn’t afraid to stand up to her brother, Gabriel (At The Bride Hunt Ball)…

“Am I not only to be pitied for my unmarried state but considered utterly helpless as well?”
“See here, Rosie
this is the third book in the Devine series and unfortunately it left me disappointed - even a little bit more than the second.

Rosalind is the sister of the duke of Wolverest - our hero from the first book - and is quite adapt at finding matches for the Ladies and Gentlemen of the Ton. But she has a problem finding her own because secretly she is in love with the best friend of her oldest brother.

as the Duke and his new wife leave London for their wedding trip, Gabriel ensures the help of his b
RATING:4.5)GUARDING A NOTORIOUS LADY(DEVINE & FRIENDS) by Olivia Parker is an interesting historical romance set in Regency London.It is the third in the "Devine & Friends" series,but can be read as a stand alone.See "At the Bride Hunt Ball" and To Wed a Wicked Earl". First let me say this is a story with witty banter,funny events,
romance,sweet sensuality,and love.This plot is interesting,how one man can the the guardian of one little woman and not become further attached.For Nicholas Ki
This should have been a very easy book to review because I liked both the story and the characters, but instead, it’s giving me a headache. Why? Because someone didn’t follow through on their job as editor.

I like Rosalind as the protagonist and Nicholas as the secret bodyguard. Their interactions are good with only an occasional bobble in the flow, but I can live with that.

What drove me to distraction, and stopped the story many times, were the abrupt changes in point of view. The story would
May 28, 2016 kris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rosalind Devine has been in love with the boy next door for 7 years. The boy next door, Nicholas Kincaid, has had boners for the girl next door for 7 years. Now he's a marquis and on guard for Rosalind. The only obstacles to love are lack of physical contact and approximately 15 chapters.

1. While this was more...coherent, in my opinion, than the second book, it still did not come together in a way that made me excited. One solid conversation would have taken this book out at the knees. Rosalind
Mar 29, 2016 Nessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Whenever there are moments you wish for stories with similar and repetitive themes or stories, this is one of them.

Nicholas is a Scotsman who has been friends with our heroine's brother since they were children. Naturally he became the obvious choice to be appointed guardian to the sister which he has been pining for but he was in denial. Nick wasn't hard not to like. He is warm, caring and a strong man who makes one feel very VERY safe and very awar
I was sad when Guarding a Notorious Lady ended. Not because I was so enthralled I rushed to the ending only to be crushed with disappointment when the story ended. More because I never connected with the characters enough that their story didn't feel over. I wanted more emotional connection.

A notorious (heh, I think I'm clever) piece of writing advice is to show, not tell. The dangerous part of that advice is that description can become mechanical. Insert peg A into slot B. I wanted more of a lo
Jun 26, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Guarding a Notorious Lady" continues Olivia Park's "Devine & Friends" series with Lady Rosalind as the heroine. Having played an integral (if secretive) part in the couples that appeared in the first two novels, she finally gets her own happily ever after!

Rosalind is a nosy matchmaker who enjoys helping people find their perfect partner while dodging suitors of her own. She has been harboring secret, unrequited feelings towards her brother's friend for almost a decade and therefore has refu
Apr 30, 2014 Greselley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another "his bestfriend's sister" love story. I always went gaga with this kind of story. I was happy that it turns out like this. And it was the best book among this series. This is the kind of book that once you started reading it, you'll get anxious if you will stop in any part of the story. I was always holding my breath with every unintentional, inevitable kiss and more.

Lady Rosalind has went through many seasons while discarding several proposals, giving advices to new comer in terms of fa
Apr 17, 2014 Lubnaa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad. There were lots of funny cliched moments, but I didn't mind that they were cliche cuz they made me laugh out loud.

What this book needs is an editor. There was quite the overlapping between perspectives and it made things confusing. I feel that the ending was too rushed. And while I loved the fact that Rosalind was always clumsy around Nicholas, I felt that the scenes were too repetitve. For instance, they were always bumping into one another or falling onto one another.

I wanted to actua
Nov 19, 2011 Virginia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parker is definitely on my list of authors to follow. She is another Julia Quinn in my mind - full of humor and likable characters. This story hit all my buttons in terms of banter and chemistry. My only complaint is that the ending seemed a bit rushed and abrupt. Other than that, had a great time. :)
Mar 19, 2016 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
How awful to think that Rosalind has been unhappily in love with Nicholas for seven years! That's a ridiculous amount of time! And instead of doing anything about it, she just pines away. That does not make sense with her character. We were introduced to her in the previous books as a resourceful, confident woman, that was utterly lacking here. Besides, one would think she'd just get over it, in view of his lack of encouragement. Real women, I hope, have more sense than she displayed. This was d ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Dancer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Olivia Parker enchants with her third historical romance delight, Guarding a Notorious Lady. Romance superstar Julia Quinn calls this talented author’s work, “Utterly charming”—and Quinn’s devoted fans, as well as readers hooked on the lush and intoxicating novels of Victoria Alexander, will absolutely adore Parker’s blend of wry wit and delicious sensuality in this Regency battle of the sexes between a mischievously, scandalously stubborn English Lady and her dashing secret guardian.

This book w
Ladi Rosaline Devine terkenal menjadi incaran begitu banyak pria di setiap season, karena tidak hanya cantik, tapi dia merupakan adik Duke of Wolverest. Hal ini membuat Gabriel, Duke of Wolverest, resah meninggalkan Rosalind sendiri dalam season di London karena itu Gabriel memutuskan untuk menyuruh seseorang untuk mengawasi Rosalind selama Gabriel pergi. Merasa diperlakukan seperti anak kecil, Rosalind pun ingin memancing agar pelindungnya untuk muncul, sementara Rosalind juga bertekat untuk me ...more
Sep 15, 2014 Maz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After the first two insightful and emotional books, the third one in the series is a massive disappointment. While in her previous books Parker went the extra mile to invest in conversations and character-building to explain the romance to us, this book is all about the heroine falling on top of the hero and the hero getting a hard-on as a result. Then the hero kisses the heroine, she responds like melting butter, then the hero sudddenly throws her off and says, "No this is improper/ this was a ...more
Michelle Dee
3 Stars

Spoilers Alert.

I feel like rewriting the synposis.

This is a story about two people who love each other for no reason whatsoever. It is a story about a man who becomes a Marquess, also for no apparent reason, and comes to town to watch over his best friend's little sister because Men Want Her and that's Bad. It is about Rosalind - a gorgeous, noble heiress who thinks Too Much of herself, yet is somehow likeable anyway. It is about Nicholas - a gorgeous, kilted Scot who doesn't give a stuff
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  • The Viscount in Her Bedroom (Willow Pond, #3)
  • How to Seduce a Scoundrel (How To #2)
  • The Perfect Waltz (The Merridew Sisters, #2)
  • Wicked Delights of a Bridal Bed (The Byrons of Braebourne, #4)
  • After Dark with a Scoundrel (Lords of Vice, #3)
  • Lady of Seduction (The Daughters of Erin, #3)
  • The Earl's Dilemma
  • Seduction & Scandal (The Brethren Guardians, #1)
  • Waking Up With the Duke (London's Greatest Lovers, #3)
  • A Dangerous Man
  • Engaged in Sin
  • The Devil in Disguise (Regency Rogues, #1)
  • A Marriage of Inconvenience (The Arringtons and Wright-Gordons, #1)
  • Nearly a Lady
  • Once Upon a Scandal (Scandal, #2)
  • In Total Surrender (Secrets, #3)
  • Heiress in Love (Ministry of Marriage, #1)
  • Lessons in Seduction (Once Upon An Accident, #2)
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When I was sixteen, I discovered my grandmother's historical romances. At first I would just sit on the bed, spread them all around me and gaze at their lovely covers. And then one day I read one. It was bliss! Woodiwiss, Rogers, and eventually Garwood. I quickly became a romance book addict and
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  • To Wed a Wicked Earl (Devine & Friends, #2)

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