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Valiant Soldier, Beautiful Enemy (Three Soldiers Series #3)

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A soldier's second chanceCaptain Gabriel Deane has known his fair share of pain, but he'd take a dagger to the chest rather than relive the torture of rejection from the woman he loves.Saying no to Gabriel broke Emmaline Mableau's heart, but being a soldier's widow had already cost her family too much. Now she wears Gabriel's ring around her neck: a reminder of the man who ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2011)
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SOS Aloha
Diane Gaston reminds me of why I enjoy Regency Romances – she captures the chivalrous spirit and regal pageantry in her stories from this slice in time. Gaston delivers again in her final book of Her “Three Soldiers Series”. I have read the previous two books, GALLANT OFFICER, FORBIDDEN LADY and CHIVALROUS CAPTAIN, REBEL MISTRESS. All three books can be read as standalone books as they open with a single incident that shapes the heroes’ futures. The heroes are serving together in Badajoz just as ...more
Arlene Allen
You read enough romance, it does become formula. Not this one! No lords, no ladies, no balls, no ton, just a middle class soldier and a French refugee....lovely! Gaston is more than a competent writer and I'd actually like to read more of her books. My third BBA book.
Soyanut
This is a true well written Historic Romance set in the Regency period, and I have been looking for it. Having been reading books from this genre for only a couple of months, pretty intense reading to escape the grieve resulted from the passing of my beloved dog, I have enjoyed many from authors such as Tessa Dare and Lisa Kleypas but I just felt some better ones must been out there. I kept reading and found Diane Gaston's books. those characters are well developed with story set in extraordinar ...more
Tasneem
This was a wonderful read for a Sunday morning in bed. I adored Gabriel. He was so honourable and so in love with Emmaline. He wanted to make her happy, even if it came at a cost to himself and giving up his dreams of settling down and leaving the army.

Emmaline was so sweet too. She'd regretted not speaking up when she disagreed with her first husband and then, she regretted not speaking up soon enough when Gabriel leaves her so she can be with her son. Emmaline grows as a person in the book. Sh
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Bookaholics
Valiant Soldier, Beautiful Enemy by Diane Gaston
Historical Romance – Aug. 23rd, 2011
4 1/2 stars
Aug 23, 2011

When the English army was pillaging the city of Badajoz, Spain in 1812, Captain Gabriael Deane managed to save a widow from a brutal rape by his superior’s son. Ever since then, he could not forget Emmaline Mableau, the beautiful French widow, who managed to flee to Belgium with her son. Three years later, Gabriel comes across Emmaline again when the English army is stationed in Belgium get
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Bookaholics
Valiant Soldier, Beautiful Enemy by Diane Gaston
Historical Romance – Aug. 23rd, 2011
4 1/2 stars
Aug 23, 2011

When the English army was pillaging the city of Badajoz, Spain in 1812, Captain Gabriael Deane managed to save a widow from a brutal rape by his superior’s son. Ever since then, he could not forget Emmaline Mableau, the beautiful French widow, who managed to flee to Belgium with her son. Three years later, Gabriel comes across Emmaline again when the English army is stationed in Belgium get
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M.J. Fredrick
A gallant hero, a wonderful heroine, generous but torn between what her responsibilities and her desires.

Brit Gabriel meets French Emmaline in Spain during a battle. He rescues her from being raped just after her husband is killed, and saves her son's life. He protects them and gives them money to leave the country. Time passes and he sees her again in Brussels. Her son has gone to war and she's alone. She invites Gabriel to her bed, and they have an affair that ends when he goes to battle--agai
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Susan (susayq ~)
2.5 stars hmmm, not sure what to say about this one. Did I enjoy it? yes. Were there parts of the book that I didn't like? yes. Would I read it again? No.

The hero and heroine kept their feelings to themselves for way too long in the story...even though they were making whoopie out the wazoo, they didn't tell each other they loved one another until about 10 pages from the end. And at that point, they'd already broken up twice. I feel a little let down because the whole reason Emmaline wouldn't be
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Dancer
A soldier's second chance
Captain Gabriel Deane has known his fair share of pain, but he'd take a dagger to the chest rather than relive the torture of rejection from the woman he loves.

Saying no to Gabriel broke Emmaline Mableau's heart, but being a soldier's widow had already cost her family too much. Now she wears Gabriel's ring around her neck: a reminder of the man who can never be hers.

Two years later, Emmaline's hand trembles as she goes to knock on Gabriel's door. Now she has a proposal f
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Regina
*Yawn* Good writing but a dull plot. Way too vanilla for my taste. Gabriel was an endearing hero, but Emmaline's devotion to her angry son become tiresome, which ultimately dragged out the story unnecessarily. However, I did enjoy the history and time period beginning at the Battle of Badajoz. Still, it's not the best historical out there. 3 stars.
Dawn ♥ romance
This historical romance started out good, set in Badajoz and Waterloo but before long I started to dislike the heroine and how poorly she treated the hero. Then all they did was think back to the good times and midway I started skimming. Captain Gabriel saves Frenchwoman Emmaline and her son during the British riots at Badajoz.
Aarona


This is not only a romance novel. It's also packed with adventure & action. Almost at the end of the book, I felt sad that they wouldn't be together. But I know that it will be a happy ending. And I was right!
Mina D.
Really a great book with an interesting plot. I found Gabriel being a bit idealized - the perfect man with no faults, but I don't think it affects the book in a negative way.

Meghan
There was nothing super exciting or remarkable about this book but I know I can count on Diane Gaston to deliver a kind, honorable hero. So, there's that.
Cherish
This was book that was quite unexpected, considering that it's the final book of the three solider series. I enjoyed it!
Janga
Review will be posted later at The Romance Dish.
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Diane Gaston’s dream job had always been to write romance novels. One day she decided to pursue that dream and has never looked back; she is now writing full-time. Her books have won Romance’s highest honour—the RITA Award, the National Readers Choice Award and the Golden Heart. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three very ordinary house cats. Diane loves to hear from readers and friends. ...more
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