A Change of Heart (ARegency Romance)
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A Change of Heart (Regency Rakes #2)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  366 ratings  ·  42 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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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
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

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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,...more
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
Janice Liedl
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
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...more
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
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...more
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
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...more
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
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
Great characterizations, though the plot wasn't quite where I expected it to be based on the others.
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...more
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
It was ok, but nothing special.
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
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
Tam B.
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.
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.
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
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...
Another one by Candice Hern. These books are pretty formulaic, but I love the intertwining of characters from other books ... so it's very much like a series, but at the same time you can read the books independently of each other and not feel like you've missed something.
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*
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.
Susannah Carleton
Delightful, but rather predictable. The heroine was particularly intriguing, with an unusual backstory; the hero was interesting, but fairly typical of his breed (rakes). An enjoyable read.
Aside from all the "negligent lounging" Hern gives readers two more or less complex characters that make her simple plot rather engaging.
This book was not as good as the first in the series. It wasn't boring or slow in parts, I just wasn't crazy about the storyline.
I liked Jack and his true distress when he loses Mary. It makes him seem very real and very reformed from his rakish ways.
Beautiful story of two people with troubled past making them difficult to trust one another
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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 (www.candicehern.com) is often cited for its Regency World pages, where readers inter...more
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