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Promise Me Heaven (Royal Agents #1)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  639 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
Lady Catherine “Cat” Sinclair will do whatever necessary to save her family from financial ruin—including marrying the ton’s most eligible bachelor for money. Lacking the skills to seduce the rich lord, Cat seeks out a legendary rake to school her in the art of desire. But when she finally tracks down Thomas Montrose—now retired—she dismisses him as “over the hill.”

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Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 24th 1994 by Avon Books (first published February 1994)
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Jul 03, 2016 Giedre rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

The heroine's "brilliant" idea to get tutelage from a famous society rake that spawns their whole romance is harebrained as f***, but that's not the biggest flaw of this novel. It's the fact that this book is wildly uneven in tone. The story starts out as some light fluff and then free falls into much darker themes. The transformation felt very clumsy. Add to that the fact that the protagonists fall in love quite early and then spend the rest of the novel meandering around their feelings, a
BUR 2012
May 16, 2014 BUR 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded to a four

Mini review: Considering that it's Connie Brockway's debut novel, this is an impressive effort. However, as I have adored most of her later works (some are now on my prized re-read shelf), I did not enjoy this story as much as I wanted to.

The Big Misunderstanding trope here did not frustrate as much as in most books, likely due to the emotional attachment of the characters, though it dragged on till nearly the end...within the last 10 pages on the ebook version. The la
3 1/2 stars (rounded down to 3 stars, because two Big Misunderstandings in a book are too much for me - no matter how much I really liked the overall story and the cast of characters)
This is the first in a connected trilogy with "All through the night" next and the last is the latest "No place for a dame".

I had a bit an issue getting into this one. Especially the heroine and especially in the first 3rd or more of the book. Can't really explain why. Just one of those things. I think part of it was the stupidity of both not telling each other they love one another until almost the last page. It got old.
Retired rogue and rake and former spy with gray streaks, so old in his 30
Jan 31, 2014 Cecily rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-archive
Ohmigoodness, I see what some of the other reviewers mean now by Cat and Thomas' mutual inability to just be sensible, say what they mean and then get over it. And the age thing is just plain silly. He's 32 for heaven's sake!!! Cat's propensity to flounce off (to another country or county) on the evidence of a moment's misconstrued peek through a doorway or an overheard comment stretched my credulity and patience with the characters and plot. Actually, Cat's behaviour was less 'cat-like' than ...more
Laura J.
Aug 25, 2016 Laura J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a keeper

Humor, depth, teasing, sensual. The hero has a past he is ashamed of (he acknowledges his luck in avoiding catching any STD's which is refreshing in a historical romance). The heroine wants to use his past to learn how to catch a husband. Both characters were well written, the plot moved smoothly, the dialogue excellent.
Aug 09, 2014 Cecilia rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Too much going on in this book - a contrived plot about getting a rake to teach a young woman to be seductive, misunderstandings, an Other Woman, spies, overcoming self-loathing, money problems, modern agricultural methods. Actually, I probably would have been find with all of the above tropes, if only the spy plot wasn't part of it. Spy plots make everything ridiculous.
Overall, I liked the book. It got off to a good start and I instantly liked the hero, Thomas (heroine was a bit tetchy though.) He has an ignominious past as something akin to being the king of rakes in his "youth", (he's now a doddering old man in his 30's with graying hair.) Our heroine has the crazy notion to go to him for lessons on how to be seductive so she can catch a rich husband to bolster up her impoverished family. Of course she's beautiful and feisty and he falls for her immediately, ...more
May 24, 2013 Thenia rated it really liked it
A solid, satisfying romance.

Although I'm not a fan of historical romances with spy heroes, that element was light enough to not affect negatively my enjoyment of the story. The main couple are both interesting characters who held their cards too close to their chests for their own good and as a result end up torturing themselves quite a bit.

Thomas is a smart man, accepting his feelings early on, but for his own reasons, some understandable, others leftover trauma from his past, doesn't act upon
Aug 06, 2016 Dianna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Cat Sinclair wants to catch a husband. She’s made a list, chosen her top candidate and formulated a plan of attack, but she needs help. She wants to learn how to be fascinating, so she has arrived on Thomas Montrose’s doorstep, to request lessons in seduction. He isn’t at all what she expected. Thomas is a big muscular man in his early thirties and going grey. In the paranormal vernacular, Cat conceptualises a rake as more vampire than werewolf, and Thomas is a scruffy dresser and kind of ...more
Sheila Majczan
Mar 23, 2015 Sheila Majczan rated it really liked it
This book began (for me) as "My Fair Lady" but then progressed into a sort of "Beauty and the Beast". Lady Catherine (Cat) Sinclair is very thorough in her research for a husband to save her family from financial ruin but how to corner him? It seems her mother has run off with her fifth husband, who has money, but DID NOT leave any for the family to live on while they gallivant on an extended honeymoon. Cat has become the manager for the family property plus that which her young brother has ...more
This novel started out with great promise as you can't help but really grab on to the leads and want to follow their stories as they are humorous, smart, sassy and interesting.

Yes, it's a predictable layout, but that didn't bother me. In fact, I looked forward to finding out HOW the leads would end up together (because isn't every romance book predictable in that way??) Anyhow, Lady Catherine "Cat" Sinclair seeks to capture the eye of a wealthy lord who will marry her, and thereby take her fami
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เราอานเลมนีเพือเตรียมตัวอานเรือง All through the night อีกรอบ (เพือเตรียมอานเรือง No Place for a Dame ซึงเปนเลมสาม และเพิงออกขายเมือปลายปี 2013) แตพอเอาเขาจริง อานเลมนีจบ แลวเตรียมขึนเรือง ATTN กทำใจไมไดคะ หยุดอานไปกอน (คือสำหรับเรา ATTN เปนเรืองทีเครียดมาก ตองเตรียมใจใหพรอมกับความกดดัน และความมืดมิดในเรือง)

เรืองนาแปลกกคือ เราวา เรืองนีสนุกกวาทีคิด

เนืองจากเลมนีเขียนไวเมือนานมาแลว (เมือเทียบกับ ATTN) และเราอานงานของคอนนี บรอคเวยในยุคทีเขียนเรืองนี เราไมคอยชอบคะ (เรามาเริมชอบงานของเธอกตอนทีเธอเข
Promise Me Heaven had me cracking up in the beginning. Lady Cat needs a husband. Not just any husband. A rich, but interesting husband. One that will help her family's financial situation, but also won't demand too much attention from her. Cat has her eyes on a marquis who is becoming quite the rake, so she seeks out ex-rake Thomas to teach her how catch his eye. She basically tells him that he's old and probably doesn't have it in him anymore to tutor her, but he certainly shows her.

I really li
Marie Ledoux
Sep 06, 2015 Marie Ledoux rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Lady Catherine Sinclair will eine gute Partie machen. Aber nicht irgendeinen Ehemann, sie hat eine Liste möglicher Kandidaten gemacht und ihre Wahl getroffen. Ihr Plan sieht vor, Lord Strand zu verführen und ihn so an sich zu binden. Ihre Verführungskünste sind allerdings kaum vorhanden. Ihr ausgeklügelter Plan deckt aber auch dies ab. Sie will sich in die begabten Hände des Lebemanns Thomas Montrose begeben. Er soll ihr alles Notwendige beibringen. Eigentlich erwartet sie einen etwas älteren ...more
Dec 17, 2013 Katie rated it liked it
My first comment before reading this book is that the cover artwork is completely ridiculous! :) My second comment after starting the book is that it is not quite the "proper romance" I've grown accustomed to's not as genteel or time period-appropriate. That said, it's still an entertaining read. The cover artwork, at least at the early part of the book, I think is a wink at the reader and not meant literally...yet. UPDATE: The lack of communication, typical of this genre, is quite ...more
Jul 13, 2016 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh this hit loads of my favourite historical tropes. Young girl, practically raising her siblings single-handedly goes to a notorious rake for his assistance in attracting the notice of a wealthy man.

Lady Catherine 'Cat' Sinclair is horrified that the man mountain she finds lugging sheep around on the farm is the fabled Thomas Montrose, surely a fabled libertine would be slender, dressed in fine lace and silk, not some bucolic farmer with long hair liberally streaked with grey? Suddenly her idea
Lord Rose
This book started out pretty slow, but it did pick up about halfway through.

I kept thinking that some of the characters seemed awfully familiar, and then I realized it was because they're also in All Through the Night. (According to Connie Brockway's website, apparently Giles is now in the process of having his story written. It's certainly taken him a while, considering this book was published in 1994...)

The dialogue at the beginning often felt rather stiff. Some portions seemed more like spee
Dorothea Müller
Jun 11, 2015 Dorothea Müller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Catherine Sinclair ist auf dem Weg zu Thomas Montrose der früher mal der Schwerenöter überhaupt war. Denn Catherine muss sich einen reichen Ehemann holen um ihre Familie vor dem finanziellen Ruin zu bewahren. Thomas der sich zurück gezogen hat und auf dem Land lebt, will davon erst einmal nichts wissen. Doch hilft er ihr und dann kommt seine Vergangenheit wieder zurück...

Historische Liebesromane lese ich nur noch selten. Früher habe ich sie verschlungen. Doch hier habe ich genau die richti
Sep 29, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Every Connie Brockway book I read makes me like her stories a little more. This one was no exception.

The story: Cat Sinclair has been taking care of her family for as long as she can remember. She's very logical and now she needs to marry well so that the rest of her family can also prosper. So she turns to her stepfather's half-brother, renowned rake, Thomas Montrose, to learn the art of seduction.

Cat is so wonderfully naïve and Thomas so jaded and so not looking for love that it's a very sweet
Aug 03, 2016 Loretta rated it did not like it
Considering I enjoy reading historical romance, I decided to buy this book for Kindle when it became available for $1.99. It was a fast read, but more frustrating than anything else. Cat and Thomas fell in love too quickly during the rake’s tutelage. I found both main characters annoying, and it seemed that whenever a resolution may be reached, someone was always leaving the room. Cat and Thomas were too hung up on their issues to express their feelings toward each other, and as a result the ...more
Natasha Chowdory
I will honestly say that this was filler for me until Republic Thieves came out (TODAY!) and as such was chosen for it's lack of, well anything. The characters are typical, and guess what the problem is - lack of communication (who knew talking to people you love would work?!). The one selling factor were the nods to history. Given that the Brighton Pavillion was being built, this places the book in the reign of Charles II (please correct me if I'm wrong) and the hedonistic and debauched times ...more
Dennis Hinton
Jul 18, 2016 Dennis Hinton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
...and Everything in Between!

Wow, I had to read this twice to do it justice. And I swear someone inserted whole sections that I missed the first time around. However, I really wish there was some way to grab MEN who read fiction and direct them here. For in my estimation Connie's nuanced portrayal of Thomas is what makes this an extraordinarily complex and poignant story that spans two Countries during an extremely turbulent time and place in history.
Don't begin reading this until your weekend.
Dec 23, 2013 Trea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenges-2013
This book dragged quite a bit for me. The writing seemed to meander, oftentimes making very little sense. The plot was only mildly entertaining, though I had not encountered a "teach me to be a temptress" tack in quite some time, so it made it like reading it for the first time. That being said, I am disappointed in this outing. I received the much anticipated third book in the trilogy for free from Amazon's Kindle First program, and while it does not say that we have to leave a review, I am ass ...more
Dec 13, 2013 Julia rated it did not like it
Shelves: lemmed
after 39 pages I think its time to call it a day. consider yourself lemmed. the only reason I downloaded this book (wasting my precious book per month borrowing abilities from kindle) because I had gotten the third book as my free prerelease and OCD kicked in so I had to start from the beginning. Thank god I didnt put that one on my to read list because I will be deleting it as well. *shakes fist in the air*
Jan 04, 2014 Yolanda rated it it was ok
This started off really good and then dragged on. I Loved cat and Thomas together. I enjoyed the humor to with their romance. I wanted more. Then the storyline went off on his career and I lost interest. It did pick back up and then I enjoyed it again. I do look forward to reading about the colonel and the marquis. I doubt I would read again which I usually do if it's good.
Debby Dimeglio
Jan 20, 2014 Debby Dimeglio rated it liked it
this was a goodreads book. I liked the story which is a little different then regular historical romance novels. The lead character which is a young woman wants to learn how to make a great catch and goes to a man who was very successful with women. He teaches her the techniques she would need to make a great match. The ending is predictable but enjoyable.
Nov 03, 2016 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have won this free book. I like this book Cat is trying by any means to take care of her family even marry someone she doesnt, but then she found a teacher to help to get a guy attention by teaching her how to dress and flirt. that is til she fell in love with her mother husband brother Thomas which is also her teacher and a rack which to be a player or a man whore
Jul 01, 2014 Dolly rated it really liked it
A fun romp through the post-Elba Napoleonic era. An interestingly fresh, teasing, dynamic between the main characters and a delightful secondary character in an irascible Great Aunt. Also the heroine is just, really fun to read.
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New York Times and USAToday best selling author Connie Brockway has twice won the Romance Writers of America's Rita award for best historical romance as well as being an eight time finalist. After receiving a double major in art history and English from Macalester College, Connie entered grad school with an eye to acquiring her MFA in creative writing. Soon enough she jettisoned the idea of ...more
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