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Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  245 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
EFFICIENT SPINSTER OR DESIRABLE WOMAN?Adopting the guise of a buttoned-up spinster is nothing new for Chloe Hardwick. But under the watchful eye of her unnervingly handsome employer, the Marquess of Marland, for the first time Chloe yearns to be unbuttoned! Yet he sees her only as his assistant, the efficient Hardwick-not as Chloe the woman.

Determined to escape Braedon's
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2012)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This book called to me because I love unrequited love stories. I also like the idea of the heroine working for the hero and having a buttoned up/no-nonsense demeanor but still getting under his skin. I have to say I was very satisfied by this book. Deb Marlowe is going on my reading list now for sure. Her sense of time and place is excellent, but so much life and feeling in her writing, her characters.

Chloe found her way into my heart. I liked everything about her. I can see a little of myself i
Jul 12, 2012 Rane rated it really liked it

It's been a long time since I became so fascinated by characters in a novella, Deb Marlowe created two heartbreaking characters, with their pasts that haunt them and weight heavy on their present. Living behind masks that protect them from the world. It's until them meet one another does the ice that encases their hearts slowly start to melt.

Chloe Hardwick hides behind her clothing and being helpful to those around her, as those who has cared for her has sadly abandoned her without showing her
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Aug 01, 2012 Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥ by: Ƥʋиʏα [Punya Reviews...]
A must read from Deb Marlowe. She is a new author to me but her style of writing drew me right in. I couldn't help but fall in love with this book!

An enjoyable read from beginning to end.
Ƥʋиʏα [Punya Reviews...]
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I really wanted to love this book. How many time do you come across a HR with an independent, working heroine? Not only was she working a real job and highly competent at that, but she's trying to figure out her place in the world, like any modern woman. It was refreshing to see a heroine who isn't running away from crazy relatives or something equally unrealistic.

Chloe Hardwick works as the highly efficient assistant to the Marquess of Marland, Braedon. After meeting him, she's slowly fallen in
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Yanking off the buttons was never this exciting or sexy.

I'm still new to historical romance and wasn't much of a fan. I've since changed my stance on historicals. Why? Because I read Unbuttoning Miss Hardwick. Ms. Marlowe's words flow from the page. I felt like I was right there rushing down the road in the phaeton, feeling the wind whipping my hair. I could see the characters well and am looking for my own Braedon. Goodness, he is yu
Jun 18, 2012 Cherish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 30, 2012 Fedora rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this! Miss Chloe Hardwick took over for her stepfather in overseeing the absent Lord Braedon Marland's construction and restoration project when her stepfather fell ill. The Marquess returned after his military service and overcame his shock to appreciate her competence and skill.

While they have a solid working relationship, Chloe comes to realize that she really wants more--more for herself than to be an invisibly perfect right-hand. She wants to be seen and appreciated for
Alyssa  *Tyrahnny*
Jul 25, 2012 Alyssa *Tyrahnny* rated it liked it
For me, there was nothing really outstanding about this book. I know it's the main idea but I found it irritating the way Lord Marland didn't want to acknowledge Miss Hardwick feminity and that he was treating her like any other employee. Or that she had to hide who she was to live up to his expectations. I didn't find the story interesting 'til the middle of it and by then it was too little too late. I liked the idea of the heroine leaving to find her own self but it was not expand enough. The ...more
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Aug 27, 2016 Tabetha Waite rated it liked it
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Jul 01, 2012 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! Absolutely fabulous read!
Lisa Jo
Sep 23, 2012 Lisa Jo rated it liked it

UNBUTTONING MISS HARDWICK is an enjoyable historical romance about discovering love when you least expect it. Deb Marlowe creates a fascinating relationship between two characters that will capture your heart.

Miss Chloe Hardwick has become invaluable to the handsome, yet stern Marquess of Marland. So much so that Braedon only sees her as his prim assistant rather than a woman. Which would be fine, except for the fact that Chloe has begun to fall in love with her coldly distant employer. Wanting
Jul 19, 2012 SidneyKay rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance-regency
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Nov 06, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok
This is my first book from Deb Marlowe, which I read based on recommendations on GoodReads.
I think it was ok. About half way thru, I was wondering when we'd get past all the love for weapons, and Hardwick was going to leave him. When she finally did, it wasn't on her own, she went to help Braedon's sister throw a bithday party. I was hoping it would have been his sister who would help Hardwick discover the real Chloe, which in a way she did, by giving her some pretty gowns, but not what I was ho
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UNBUTTONING MISS HARDWICK by Deb Marlowe is a fast paced historical romance set in Regency England.Chloe Hardwick is a proper, spinster or so her employer thinks with secrets and a multitude of buttons on her clothing. Braedon,the Marquess of Marland,has a cold detachment toward her and sees her only as his efficient assistant until she leaves. Braedon must on to London,and find her. What he find is the true Miss Hardwick. She is not only efficient,but beautiful,passionate,and the one he longs f ...more
Good book. Chloe has done an excellent job as Braedon's assistant. She has come to the point that she longs to find the real her, under the disguise of the so efficient Hardwick. She also realizes that she has fallen for Braedon, and that he is unlikely to love her back. So she goes to London with Braedon's sister, to assist that lady with the planning of a special party. Braedon can't believe that Chloe has left. She was there one day, in her shapeless clothing, doing her job. Then she appeared ...more
Jul 29, 2014 Becca rated it did not like it
I got about 30% of the way in and I just couldn't get interested. I've read other, more recent works by Deb Marlowe and really enjoyed them, but this one just wasn't my cup of tea. I liked what I learned of the heroine, Chloe, a very resourceful, organized young woman determined to find her place in the world. However, I really hated the hero and just couldn't keep reading. What a boring, self-centered stick on the mud. He has a collection of antiquities that he collects only for his own persona ...more
Sep 20, 2012 Kirsti rated it liked it
Shelves: regency
I think I liked the idea of this book much more than the actual story itself, which was surprising I thought from the summary that this one would prove really unique, but I wish it had been longer and that the Marquess of Marland had remained more aloof and harder to crack and shape into the usual Harlequin ultra male lover. Still, it was enjoyable, and I never go into this books excepting much, so I'll stick with a three star rating, and maybe check out more of this author's work at a later dat ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Marjorie rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
First found out about Deb Marlowe when I went to romance writer's panel at Barnes and Noble in Cary. I will definitely look for more of her books.

Chloe Hardwick has to maintain a certain distance from her employer, Braedon Denning, a marquess. She has been in charge of his weapons collection because her adoptive father has become ill. She pleases the marquess but he doesn't see her for the beauty and love mate that she can be. When she leaves with his sister, he tracks her down and realizes what
Feb 06, 2013 Tasneem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency
Chloe is the epitome of organisation. But she is hiding behind that. She has no concept of how to live and who she is. Her love for Braedon is tempered by the knowledge of his coldness. He wants to be alone, to not feel. And his pursuit of that is pushing her away. Their coming together is rather philosophical and mythical. I think it is nice when something like a oft done regency romance shows you how exciting the genre really is.
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
"Forse, con l’amore era lo stesso: era un’arma meravigliosa che diventava complicata nelle mani sbagliate."

Storia piatta e poco coinvolgente, non so se sia colpa dei tagli o dell'autrice ma tutto è affrontato troppo velocemente e superficialmente. Non che mi aspettassi chissà cosa ma almeno un briciolo di empatia con i protagonisti non avrebbe guastato XD
Jun 18, 2013 Juliem rated it it was amazing
Chloe is looking for security and hiding behind a disguise. Braedon is hiding too, but behind a distant demeanor and a collection of ancient weapons. An romantic and enjoyable story of two people learning to trust in each other and love. There is suspense too, in the search for a cursed weapon, a touching thread with a young boy, and a nice bit of groveling. I enjoyed it.
Harlequin Books
"With its delightful twist on Cinderella, Marlowe's latest pits a straitlaced lady with a weapons-obsessed nobleman and lets the battle begin. Along with the charming main storyline Marlowe incorporates several subplots, which add interest and danger." from RT's Book Review, rated 4 stars
Ankur Chawla
Oct 05, 2012 Ankur Chawla rated it it was ok
Kinda disappointed.. not what was expected from the book... the writer did try to create curiosity but eventually failed... overall and ok sort of efforts nothing very interesting there...hopes were high but got smashed in between.
MMM This is really strange. This story is identical in everything to another book called Guilty Pleasures by Laura Lee Guhrke. I mean in every thing events, plot and characters . Believe me the plot is not similar but really identical.
Apr 25, 2016 P. rated it liked it
Started out OK, fell apart, and never put itself back together. The hero had reason to be repressed, the heroine's reason was that, for a bit she was pretty poor. It's a pretty poor reason to button yourself down as fanatically as she does and doesn't wash.
I couldn't get interested in these characters. I tried skimming ahead a bit, but to no avail. Still cardboard characters lacking passion. DNF
Jun 20, 2012 April rated it it was amazing
A wonderful,enjoyable read! Visit for the full review.
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May 27, 2012 Linda rated it liked it
Slightly above average. Both the H/H are scarred & afraid to trust in love. Never explained quite why the heroine was that way or did I miss sthg? Overall an ok read; but not fantastic.
May 16, 2016 Apurva rated it it was amazing
Shelves: most-cherished
amazing.... spellbound......the story has moved me..thank you deb marlowe for u have changed me irrecoverably.... u are amazing...
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USA Today Bestseller Deb Marlowe loves History, England and Men in Boots. Clearly she was destined to write Historical Romance.

A Golden Heart winner and Rita Finalist, Deb grew up in Pennsylvania with her nose in a book. Luckily, she'd read enough romances to recognize the true modern hero she met at a college Halloween party—even though he wore a tuxedo T-shirt instead of breeches and tall boots
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“His kiss burned hotter, coaxed harder than it had done earlier and she responded in kind. Her arms crept higher. Up and up again, she allowed her fingers to wander, over the broad expanse of his chest and along the strong and solid column of his neck. She fulfilled the fantasies of a thousand nights when she slid her fingers home—into the thick, silken strands of his hair.” 4 likes
“Look what just happened,’ she said softly, allowing laughter to leak into her words. ‘You just shared something of yourself—and the world did not end. Nor did I fall hopelessly at your feet.’

‘Why do you bother, then?’ he asked hoarsely.

She stroked a hand in his hair. ‘Because I want you to know that it is possible.”
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