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L'idéaliste (The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy #3)

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Isabel Grayson a un rêve : devenir une femme d'influence luttant contre les injustices sociales grâce à la fortune et au rang social de son mari. Sir Tobias Aldridge est loin de correspondre à cet époux idéal, et pourtant, si elle parvient à transformer cet incorrigible séducteur en un homme respectable, elle obtiendra ce qui lui est si cher, le respect de tous. Mais Isabe ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published December 2011 by J'ai lu (first published September 29th 2009)
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Dinjolina
Well...
I loved the first two books.
And Toby?
I just could not wait to read about him!

But Bel annoyed me so much I could not even read it to the end.
I just skipped it all and read the epilogue.

She was a horrible whiney person.
Yes, charity is admirable,and your faith in God is a good thig.
But please don't be a darn Mother Teresa if you are not one.
We had the constant motive of her oh-so-sizzling Spanish blood that clashes in a big CAA-BOOOM! with her want to be all prim,proper and saint like.
I hate
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Rachel (BAVR)
Warning: GIFS and light spoilers ahead!

Blergh di blah crap.

There are no words to describe what a tedious experience reading this book was. I have no one but myself to blame. Well, I suppose a portion of the blame can fall on my GR buddy Karla for this buddy read. We went into it for the LULZ and suffered instead, the blood of bad romance staining our hands forevermore. Our mistake, I guess.

A Lady of Persuasion isn't much of a story. Reading it was like watching one of those reality shows where
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Dina
Oct 21, 2009 Dina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's official: Tessa Dare has become one of my (very few) auto-buy authors. Three books, three winners. What else could I ask for? Just keep 'em coming, Ms. Dare. If you write it, I'll read it. :)

Note: I have no time to write a review now, but I'll try to get back and do it eventually.
Rane
What happens when the well known and infamous rake Sir Toby Aldridge and a reformer for all causes in need of help Isabel Grayson surprisedly fall in love!


The last in the trilogy by Tessa Dare, A Lady of Persuasion was a wonderful ending to this amazing trilogy. Bel Grayson (The sister of Gray hero from Surrender the Siren) is a true do- gooder willing to help any and all causes while at the same time fighting down her passions and feelings due to a harsh life lesson by her mother whom went ma
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Beanbag Love
This one actually only rates 3.25 from me.

Isabel and Toby are somehow the title for this series, and their story really doesn't deserve to be elevated that high. While I still love Dare's writing, I was disappointed in several aspects of this book.

First of all, Dare loses one star right off the top for squeezing Joss and Hetta's HEA into a tiny side story. Their back stories and their personalities, the difficulties inherent in an interracial marriage during the Regency era, are enough to fill
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Sharon
4 stars for the side couple. 2 stars for the main couple. The side couple literally only had like 4 short scenes together throughout this whole book, but they were everythinggggg. On the other hand, I have to say the main couple and this book as a whole were rather dull. The characters didn’t feel particularly endearing in my opinion. The protagonist’s passion for justice was beautiful, but not executed in a way where my heart was engaged. It all felt so vague to me, and as a result, the protago ...more
Barbara
Oct 23, 2009 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 Stars...It was just ok

I'm so very disappointed...and very very shocked!

I've been a HUGE fan of Tessa Dare ever since I read "Goddess of the Hunt" and as you all know I do not give ratings where ratings aren't due, and I'm not going to start now.

This author built two perfect and entertaining characters in her previous books...And I can't believe this is how she decides to tell their stories. We all get to know Sir Toby in "Goddess" and I found myself in awe of him...I liked Toby from the start
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Robin
After being jilted by his fiancee, Sir Tobias Aldridge finds himself at loose ends. When his former fiancee, Sophia, comes back to town with a new husband, Toby wants revenge against the man who married the woman he considered his own. What better way than to marry the man's sister. Isabel Grayson is looking to marry a powerful lord that will allow her to become a lady of influence. She fights for the poor and knows she needs wealth and power to make a statement. Toby doesn't have the big title ...more
Katie(babs)
Oct 06, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady of Persuasion is the third and final book in this marvelous trilogy by Tessa Dare. Tessa has written a beta hero who is a gentleman in public but quite the tiger in the bedroom. This is quite the change from those heroines who embody the Madonna/Whore complex. They are women who are polite and proper in public, but when they are alone with the men they desire, off goes their proper mask and out comes a seductive and lustful woman who will do whatever they want with the hero in terms of bedr ...more
Maureen Feeney
Jilted and now scandalous rake,Sir Toby Aldridge, sees his ex-fiance sophia and her husband Gray at a ball. He sees Gray's beautiful dance partner, and seeking revenge he whisks her away. When realising its Gray sister Isabel he does something rash, he proposes.

Isabel Gray while dancing with her brother is swept out on the balcony by a beautiful stranger. Isabel has a plan, she must marry a titled man with money, and political views. This way she can become a influential member of society so th
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Ruth
I really didn't care for this one. I think with 3 stars I'm being really generous, since it was only by an incredible effort, and a lot of page skimming, that I managed to finish it.

I loved the hero, Toby. He's a perfect physical specimen, and blessed with the ability to not only charm ladies, but also to get on with them as well. He's perfectly happy to drift through life enjoying himself and making the lives of those around him more pleasant.

I have to admit, though, that I really disliked the
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Mara
God, how I hated this heroine. She was absolutely obnoxious. I could see how she came to be that way, but I still found it hard to care for her. *insert random muttering and grumbling*

This book is a perfect example of why romance trilogies/series often piss me off. I liked the hero in the previous two books, he was a charming rogue. But then, in time for his own book, he got a personality transplant, and became this boring, eager to please, sappy wuss. WHY??? Was that really necessary, Dare? *in
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Desi
Jul 09, 2017 Desi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forging steadfastly ahead past the first few shaky chapters with their weird setups, awkward characters' thoughts, and iffy premises, this book went from a rocky 2 star start to 4 star end. I've not read an author that pulled off a"Most Improved" in the middle of the actual book before.

Toby is a darling. It's been a while since I've encountered such a light hearted, charming yet deeply caring, open hearted lead male character. I love that his family was not the usual angsty variety too. I also
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Courtney Milan
Jul 30, 2009 Courtney Milan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Lady of Persuasion is the final book in Tessa Dare's trilogy, and it’s the story of Toby—Lucy’s school-girl crush from Goddess of the Hunt (which you should have already purchased). It’s also the story of Bel, Gray’s sister, from Surrender of a Siren. Which, y’know, you should already have purchased, too. Sorry. Not trying to make you feel guilty.

But speaking of which, A Lady of Persuasion is a book about guilt. It takes Isabel, a lady who is afraid of feeling good, and in fact, feels guilty w
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Tandie
I've read some of Dare's other books & enjoyed them. I just couldn't get into this one. Lots of skimming! I wanted to kick Mr. Nancy-pants (Toby) in the teeth. Bell was a walking/talking contradiction. She's run out of charitable causes, so she decides she's going to marry for a title and money -then use her new status to take do-gooding to a new height. I guess she feels like it's okay to be a fortune hunter if you're going to use your husbands status & money to make a real difference i ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Oh dear lord. Here I am again. A Lady of Persuasion is officially my least favorite Tessa Dare book, and hopefully that will remain the case. There are still some awesome, unique things for a historical romance, but also I unship the main ship, which is sort of hard to get around.

Here’s the problem: I don’t like Toby much. He puts women on a pedestal and he’s a flirt, which is fine, except that he’s a smarmy flirt. Also, he sets out for Isabel because she’s dancing with Gray and he wants to get
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Kate
I found this book really disappointing, mostly because I found Isabel borderline insufferable. For all her so-called angelic goodness, she was completely selfish and very self-centered. She was a know-it-all and self-righteous and I spent half the book wanting to give her a good shake. Every time she started nagging Toby to do these things that she wanted without thinking about him at all? I went a little nuts. She was also sort of hopelessly naive, and I didn't understand that at all. How can s ...more
Lennongirl
What a disappointment. After a really good first part and a second solid, I felt rather let down by this final part of the trilogy. I just didn't like it. I never felt any sort of attachment to the (main) characters. I didn't understand any of their "problems" or motives, and the "drama" part was too shallow. It felt as if there wasn't any resemblences of plot at all. Everything happened so fast, I was always waiting for something big to happen, some event that might give this story some directi ...more
Mei
Oct 13, 2014 Mei rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I'm disappointed... This series started so well, but with each book the rating went down one star... :(

I was so curious to read Toby's story... but it just didn't live up to the expectations!

Toby was really immature. I couldn't get why he didn't want to do anything with his life! He had a wonderful family, didn't have an abusive father, a shrew of a mother, odious sister/brother... So why???? He was like a butterfly: very decorative a nice to look upon, but without substance.

And Isabel... She wa
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Cheryl
Loved this book, Loved this series, and Love this new author!! I actually won this book from Tessa Dare's website and she wrote a little note in it and autographed it! This book was my favorite of the three in the trilogy.

Toby was so sweet, funny, charming and such a gentleman! I am so glad he got his happy ending! I have been able to relate to the leading females in each of the three books in one way or another. It was so wonderful reading their stories and watching them grow and work through
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Missy Ann
Made it almost a third of the way in. I can't stand it. It's awful. I want to choke the life out of Bel. It's a shame, I really like the first book - but this one was a waste of time.
Nyra
Apr 16, 2017 Nyra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
PERFECTO. 4.5

No logro entender como otros han dado baja a puntuacion a a este libro. Para mi el libro de Toby fue el mejor, les explico porque: es osado, perverso, romantico pero dolorosamente enternecedor, posee alguno que otro estancamiento en Isabel, pero Toby lo compenso con creces. Tengo una unica queja y es con Joss, hermano de Isabel, no entiendo porque la autora no consideró la posibilidad de un libro adicional para su historia, desde la segunda parte de esta trilogia esperaba una secue
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Alexis
Aug 11, 2011 Alexis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, my-reviews
Isabel Grayson is a half-British and half-Spanish beauty, born and raised in the West Indies and newly arrived in London. It's her first season, and Bel is determined to find a husband - and fast. Her main goal in life is to help those less fortunate than herself, and nothing makes her happier than devoting all of her time and energy to charity. After all, it's the only way she knows to channel the fiery passion that burns within her, a passion she fears is too like the madness that ripped her m ...more
Christine
Jan 06, 2011 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third and final novel in the historical romance trilogy by debut author Tessa Dare, this is the love story of Toby Aldridge and Isabel or 'Bel' Grayson, the half sister of Gray Grayson and Joss Grayson from Surrender Of A Siren. In order to exact revenge on Gray Grayson for 'stealing' his betrothed in Surrender Of A Siren, Toby is determined to marry Bel in order to steal Gray's little sister from him. Bel finds her happiness and life goals in serving the charitable needs of children and the ...more
Samantha
Dec 29, 2009 Samantha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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Christine
My library didn't have book 2 in this series so i went from book 1 to book 3, but I really enjoyed reading it. Toby is adorable as a hero, and the heroine was a unique change of pace. Almost as satisfying as the HEA was the come-uppance of the the catty society lady at the end, lol. I also enjoyed the little side romance of Hetta and Joss, yay. It was nice to see how Lucy and Jeremy were doing. I thought the author did a good job of writing a story that stood on its own, while connecting it to t ...more
Mary Kathryn
Really this book is a 31/2 star book. Isabel was SO annoying!! Why did Tessa Dare match Toby with Isabel? I hated her so much so I am not going to talk about her because talking about her is annoying. So I'll talk about Toby. I loved Toby. He actually reminded me of my husband. Maybe because everyone liked him and he was a big flirt. I also really liked Joss and Hetta. I wish we could have seen more of their story and less of Isabel.

Side note: If you have never had children then the chapter dev
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Summer
I really liked the first two books in this trilogy. I had my complaints but as a whole I remember really thinking they were rather good. However I just couldn't get myself into this final book. I was interested in the hero as he plays a part in the first book and I was curious to see how that goes. But his reiterating need to state his desire for revenge got old very quickly. And when it switched to the main female character I could care less. Oh well.
Zoë H ☽
*3.5 stars*
I really enjoyed this book, the only reason I didn't rate it higher is because I got a little annoyed at Isabel when she was always talking about her morals and such... It did get better as the book went on though. Toby was amazing, I adored everything about his character. The ending of this book was also amazing, it was definitely one of my favorite endings...
Anne
It's a good book, but I got a little tired of Isabel's angelic nature. Honestly, I prefer a heroine with a little more spunk.
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  • Trial by Desire (Carhart, #2)
  • Tempting the Marquess (Weston, #2)
  • The Unclaimed Duchess (Billingham Bastards, #2)
  • Seducing the Heiress (Heiress in London, #1)
  • Like No Other Lover (Pennyroyal Green, #2)
  • Lessons in French
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  • A Touch of Scandal (James Family, #2)
  • The Wicked Ways of a Duke (Girl Bachelors, #2)
  • How to Seduce a Scoundrel (How To #2)
  • Let Sleeping Rogues Lie (School for Heiresses, #4)
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  • A Lady's Guide to Improper Behavior (Adventurers’ Club #2)
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  • Surrender of a Siren (The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy, #2)

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