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A Change of Heart (Regency Rakes #2)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  552 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Fans of the traditional Regency Romances of Georgette Heyer and the more emotional Regencies of Mary Balogh will enjoy this unforgettable romance from New York Times bestselling author Candice Hern. Jack Raeburn, a longtime pleasure-seeking rakehell, is now unexpectedly the Marquess of Pemerton, a title inherited after the tragic deaths of his father and older brothers. Un ...more
Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published (first published December 1st 1995)
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Sep 03, 2012 Jolene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you think one rake is very like another, perhaps you have never attempted to befriend one, with no intention toward reform or romance. Well, put it on your bucket list and, perhaps, we'll compare notes someday. In the meantime, this heroine, secure in her own lack of appeal to the opposite sex, is able to converse openly and artlessly with all those boys your mama told you were only after one thing. The result, of course, is that she becomes bosom buddies (and please know that I employ that e ...more
2 stars
Out of the three books in the series, this one was the weakest. Even though it is well written and a true traditional regency, I had real problem with Jack and his behavior especially when we were told in one scene after having a confrontation with Sedge that he visited (view spoiler)
Apr 04, 2012 Jennette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook
I found this story in a Barnes and Noble Nook collection Regency Rakes Trilogy Omnibus containing The Proper Companion, A Change of Heart, and An Affair of Honor by Candice Hern

The story
Mary is 29 and “on the shelf” but she seems to cheerfully accept her position in society. But Mary has a sad history that she hides under her cheerful smile so well that no one would suspect the pain that she has endured. When Mary sees Jack looking over the latest debs and trying unsuccessfully to find a bride,
Jul 09, 2011 Radella rated it really liked it
Lady Mary Haviland is a 29 year old spinster, who considers herself comfortably on the shelf. After years of abuse at the hands of her father, she hides her fragile spirit behind a facade of gregariousness. While she has many acquaintances, and most of the ton loves her, she has few friends. She carefully hides her great fortune, certain that no man would ever want her except for her money because she is so plain. She is a heartbreaking character, so realistic in her complete lack of self esteem ...more
I realize that it's not easy to write story about a plain-looking heroine and a handsome, rogue-ish hero. To me, the hardest part is how to convince reader about the hero's change of heart. Most of the stories I've read so far relies on sexual attraction between hero and heroine, which - after some time - doesn't work very well with me. However, this book DID IT. True, we will always need the sexual chemistry to prove a point, but this book focuses more on other aspects, yet still believable.

Aug 21, 2013 Lyuda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful story of two people with troubled past making them difficult to trust one another
Notorious rakes can be interesting heroes. They bring out the “fix-it project” in any female. On the other hand, on-the- shelf spinsters can be totally perplexing to the female mind which is inclined to want to couple. Mix those two personalities together and you have the premise of A Change of Heart: A Regency Romance, the second novel in the Regency Rakes Trilogy by Candice Hern. What do you do with two complex characters who are happy with their life choices but forced to break down their bar ...more
Janice Liedl
Apr 04, 2014 Janice Liedl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Beautifully written and featuring two very human characters in Mary and Jack, this Regency romance also had a darker side. Jack's a rake and rogue who's on the make when a tragic accident takes most of the men in his family, leaving him with an unexpected inheritance and even more unexpected burdens. Mary is a confirmed wallflower, hiding a healthy fortune, who offers to help Jack on his search for a wife. The two have no idea that they were meant for each other but that becomes clear for the re ...more
Dec 21, 2013 Sita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Of the trilogy I think I like this second story the best. Here the hero is still gorgeous, although on the older side of bachelorhood and the heroine is not a head turning beauty. Gasp! Not a beauty? how could that be? Ah but that's what's interesting. Not only she's not a drop dead beauty, she's old as well! (Well, in Regency land any women beyond 20 is basically on the shelf old) But, she is of noble birth so that's how she can still hang out and mix with the 'ton'.

So, unlike most heroine, La
Reading In Uraniborg
3,5 stars

I liked the book, I just didn’t love it.

The review has some spoilers, so be warned:
Jack, Lord Pemerton, is a cynical rake forced by family circumstances to seek a bride. Lady Mary Haviland is a plain, charming, but firmly on-the-shelf spinster who offers to help Jack by presenting him with suitable candidates. Once Jack learns that Mary is very wealthy he realizes that he won't need to look elsewhere for a bride. He believes that Mary should be very happy and thankful for the opportun
This story has great potential. I like the idea of two wounded souls coming together. Elements of the story are very good in isolation but together, the plot did not thrill me. The story took an unexpected direction that I would not have taken and if I had chosen that path, I would have avoided the cliche and done something more meaningful to bring the characters together. As it stands, the plot is very slow moving and a lot of the relationship between Jack and Mary is told as they observe each ...more
I almost put this book down a couple times. The leading man was a real jerk,he did have one or two nice moments. I think by the end of the book he was changed, it just took him a long time to get there and that was frustrating for me. This book walks the clean line, more pg 13 than R, but our leading man just had to make it racy with his loose ways. Nothing was detailed and it was cleaner than some Pg13 movies I have watched lately. (Might be considered Spoiler)What kept me reading....The our he ...more
Mending hearts <3

What your brain wants your heart's decided in a different way . Lord Pemerton is looking for a bride but not any lady will do just the ones with a big dowry; he doesn't want to be categorized as a fortune hunter that's why he's keeping it under water, the ton only knows that Lord Jack is in the market for a wife to get the next generation of Rabeurns .
Lady Mary loves and finds rakes , rogues and libertines fascinating that's why she takes Jack as her project with her matchmak
Lynne Tull
I really was liking this story however unlikely it was. I liked both the H/H and their friends. Then, we got to the part that was going to mess everything up between the H/H. I knew it had to happen. Things were going too smoothly. It was just a matter of when, what, how, and why. We know the who. So I was almost to the happily every after and it happened. Then, it took much too long for all to be resolved. I think Ms. Hern was trying to convince the reader that the heroine was not acting out of ...more
Jan 30, 2013 Charlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book in a seris of regency rakes trilogy. In this book we continue the story of one of Lord Bradleigh's friends. Jack,Lord Pemerton has recently assumed his father's title which he gained because his 2 elder brothers,father and nephew all perished in a boating accident. A confirmed bacholor and Rake he must now marry and marry soon. He has realised the state of his father's affairs and they seem grim. Anyway while he is taking in the season he meets Lady Mary Haviland who at 29 i ...more
May 26, 2012 Mixedbagreader rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I should have liked this one more than I did. I love redemption plots, where the hero does the heroine wrong and then has to make up for it.

But I'd gotten the impression from reviews that the hero makes amends for far longer than he actually does in the book. After the heroine finds out about his Dastardly Plan we get like 1 page of groveling from him. It was really weak.

I wanted to see him WORK for his forgiveness, but instead it was basically, "I'm in love with you now, so that part where I w
Romances can be so hit or miss. Sometimes there's a good story that has a large focus on the romantic aspect, and other times you just get romance tropes. A Change of Heart is full of the trope that I hate the most, where the plot depends on misunderstandings, either from people not talking to each other or through wilful blindness. For me this makes the whole thing completely unrealistic and contrived, and I am frustrated that people don't just talk to each other or listen to each other. It is ...more
A woman convinced by her abusive father she was ugly and unlovable. A man desperately in need of money to save his estates. She offers to help him find a bride, not knowing his main requirement is a fortune. But she has a fortune ...

I loved these two people. Perhaps because some of what Mary experienced resonated with me (though not the fortune bit). The reasons for them being as they are make sense, even the plot device that separates them though a bit hackneyed is written convincingly. You can
Amanda Caswell
While certainly not the best book I have ever read, it was hard to put down today. The characters were interesting, though a little pig-headed, and I thought the chance for healing was well-played. I was in suspense most of the novel wondering when the heroine was going to overhear her fiance's reason for proposing, but when it finally came the mistake didn't annoy me as it usually does: the feelings and frustrations felt genuine. Overall, a delightful read, though the first half is amusing whil ...more
Sep 08, 2013 JJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
where to start? This book was kind of painful for me to read. I almost stopped reading it at the beginning. I found both Jack and Mary to be cold characters. I didn't find them endearing and I didn't particularly feel their chemistry. So the ending was lackluster for me. I guess he was supposed to be a charming rake but he almost came off slimy to me. I like my romances to be well romantic and I didn't feel this at all. I will say the story picked up in the last half but I wasn't left feeling wa ...more
Jan 16, 2016 Seema rated it did not like it
Liked the heroine Mary and disliked the hero who was womanizer because someone jilted him a long ago. He decides to marry for a fortune and then realizes he is falling in love. The heroine runs away when she overheard him ..the big misunderstanding. Instead of following her the hero goes back to his drinking and debauching..especially one line where the author says he goes to a brothel with fresh young girls was disgusting.
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Tam B.
May 23, 2013 Tam B. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book but made the mistake of buying the box set for the collection. Reading them too close together kind of makes the books run together and rather than each being a fun read, you see the similarities and it feels a bit like watching a not quite as good sequel.

So this was about what you'd expect from the summary. It was entertaining but it didn't blow me away.
My 1st Candice Hern book. I read this for the Regency Authors challenge. (It is the February book). I rather enjoyed it. It did remind me of Willig but lacked the political history of her novels.
I liked Mary alot.
Feb 09, 2014 Marlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was enjoying this story of Mary and LORD Jack Pemerton until she ran away without saying a word. A cowardly response, in light of how Pemertons family accepted her into the family. And Pemerton's foray into debauchery and gambling in response to being jilted seemed very immature.
Sep 26, 2013 June rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this book. The hero could be jerk at times, but Mary, the heroine, completely made it up to me. I love her cheerfulness, despite her horrible childhood, and her relationship with Olivia, her companion. THe second romance between Olivia and Jack's uncle also a nice touch
Suzanne Fajardo
Jan 28, 2016 Suzanne Fajardo rated it really liked it
Ms. Hern has always fascinated me with her romance novels - they are full of color and flavor. This one is no exception. You can quite believe that you have stepped into a different time with her portrayal of Jack and Mary's romance.
Apr 21, 2016 Elen added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
the book starts with interesting, and relatively original premise.. but tries too hard to be original and interesting that it gets ridiculous both with characterization and plot execution. couldn't get beyond the first chapter
ms bookjunkie
A thoroughly satisfying read.

Though the beginning felt slow, once it got going it was a splendidly satisfying traditional Regency. Misunderstandings due to feelings realized but not confessed, overhearings, disappearances, hurt feelings, groveling… *happy sigh*
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I read a few chapters and couldn't get into it. I didn't like Jack, he is a total rake with a capital R. Not my idea of a leading man. Maybe I'll come back to it and see if his character undergoes some major changes (though I doubt that will happen). I liked Mary though, so we'll see...
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Candice Hern is the award-winning, bestselling author of historical romance novels set during the English Regency period. Her books have won praise for the "intelligence and elegant romantic sensibility" (Romantic Times) as well as "delicious wit and luscious sensuality (Booklist). Candice's award-winning website ( is often cited for its Regency World pages, where readers inter ...more
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