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A Private Duel with Agent Gunn (The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard #3)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  114 ratings  ·  25 reviews
From the author of An Affair with Mr. Kennedy and A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis comes a sexy new romantic caper in the Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series.

Prima ballerina Catriona de Dovia lives the glamorous life of a starlet, filled with glittering jewels, sumptuous dinners, and admiring suitors. She's grown up considerably since losing her heart to Hugh Curzon...more
Mass Market Paperback, 375 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Pocket
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SOS Aloha
‘A’Ole E ‘Olelo mai Ana Ke Ahi Ua Ana Ia.
Fire will never say that it has had enough.

Agent Phineas “Finn” Gunn attends the ballet with his brother and another agent to learn his next assignment – use his expertise in jewelry to find an elusive thief. No sooner do they settle into their box when Finn comes face to face with the “flying” ballerina – Catriona “Cate” de Dovia. He seduced her in Spain as Hugh Curzon to gain information on her brother, an anarchist. Finn meets Cate backstage to explain...more
Why oh why must every series go downhill eventually?

I sort of wish author wrote straight-out adventure novels. Becase while in other books so far sex felt more-or-less fitting, here it really sounded shoehorned in. It got in the way of plot, I daresay. I'd even go as far to say some parts of the characterisation were muddled in order to get them doing the deed ASAP. It's almost as if though author was under a contract to insert a certain number of scenes at certain intervals.

Here, there is also...more
Jul 19, 2014 Tin rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Warning: This review contains spoilers.

In the continuing saga of discovering what kind of reader I am, I have discovered that I do not like this sort of story. It's too action-packed and too fast-paced for me to process and appreciate. I like to think about the plot, but never had the chance to do so with this one because it changes direction too quickly.

The novel begins with Phineas Gunn being assigned to do surveillance on Catriona de Dovia Willoughby, whose older brother, Eduardo de Dovia, wa...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Cate Willoughby is not like most ladies of her time. She is Catriona de Dovia prima ballerina of the French Ballet. The adventuring spirit seems to run in her family, especially when it comes to her anarchist-supporting brother, Eduardo. Thinking him dead after a Spanish plot gone badly, now she has news that not only Eduardo may be alive and imprisoned, but his fate rests in her ability to cooperate with anarchists bent on creating havoc for England.

Phineas Gunn never expects to see Cate Willou...more
May Mostly Romance
คงต้องบอกว่า เป็นเรื่องที่เราค่อนข้างผิดหวังเล็กน้อยนะคะ เพราะหลังจากที่เราชอบเล่มแรก และชอบเล่มสองมาก ๆ เราคาดหวังว่า เล่มนี้จะพัฒนาดียิ่งขึ้น แต่เมื่อเทียบกับสองเล่มแรก เรากลับคิดว่า เรื่องนี้อ่อนที่สุดในชุด ทั้งที่พล็อตเรื่องก็เป็นเรื่องแนวที่เราชอบมากด้วยซ้ำ

ฟินน์ นักสืบแห่งสก๊อตแลนด์ ยาร์ดได้รับมอบหมายให้เฝ้าติดตามนักบัลเล่ต์นามว่า คาทริโอนา เพราะเธอต้องสงสัยพัวพันการลอบก่อการร้าย แต่ทั้งคู่ไม่ใช่คนแปลกหน้าสำหรับกันและกัน เขาเคยหลอกใช้เธอเป็นเครื่องมือในการติดตามพี่ชายของเธอมาก่อน ภารกิจที่ส...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
PRIVATE DUEL WITH AGENT GUNN by Jillian Stone is an exciting historical romance/thriller set in 1887. Book 3 in "The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard" trilogy,but can be read as a stand alone. See," An Affair with Mr. Kennedy" and "A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis".Race across a continent by land,sea and yes air with Phineas "Finn" Gunn,reclusive Scotland Yard detective and Catriona de Dovia Willoughby, ballerina and possible anarchist as they battle not only danger but desire. Filled with fas...more
An adventure-packed historical romance that I rated 4.5! Taken from my review at


Just over a year ago, Phineas ‘Finn’ Gunn, a Scotland Yard agent, had been involved in a mission to capture an anarchist, Eduardo de Dovia, known as the Sole Tiger. To get close to Eduardo, Finn had made the acquaintance of his sister, Cate, and he had found her irresistible. Shortly after spending a passionate afternoon with her, Finn’s mission had...more
My Booklist review:

A Scotland Yard agent and a murdered man’s sister play a cat-and-mouse game across Europe involving stolen jewels in the fourth installment in Stone’s Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series. Agent Phineas Gunn bedded prima ballerina Cate three years prior to the opening of this story and hasn’t forgotten her. Having been on the scene when her brother supposedly died in a bomb blast, Phineas has now pulled the assignment to follow her and retrieve some missing jewels thought to be t...more
Feb 27, 2013 Wendy added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Gave up on it about 100 pages in. I just flat-out did not believe these characters. The heroine, a ballet dancer-slash-cat burglar, thinks the hero is responsible for her brother's (an anarchist who got blown to kingdom come in a dynamite explosion) death. She feels that the hero used her, while in Spain, to get get close to her brother. Her response to meeting the hero again in England? She's still attracted to him (despite the whole murdering her brother thing), her girly-bits are in a constan...more
The other day I was at a discount retailer looking at a shelf of random gourmet goodies. Behind the buckets of popcorn, white chocolate pretzels and jelly bellies was a small bag of toffee bits covered in dark chocolate with 72% cacao. It was $2. I took that bag home and ate a few pieces, my eyes rolled back in my head and it was my idea of the nectar of the gods. This is precisely how I feel about Jillian Stones Gentlemen of Scotland Yard.

Jillian has mastered piquing my interest, engaging me i...more
Originally published at Reading Reality

There are two private duels with Agent Gunn in this story. Come to think of it, there are two Agent Gunns in this story, but that’s part of what makes it so delicious.

The senior Agent Gunn, and the older brother Agent Gunn, is Phineas Gunn. Readers have already become intrigued by his story in the previous books in this series, particularly in A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis. Phineas relates the entire sad story of how he lost his first love in a m...more
Another rollicking, fast pace, edge of your seat adventure romance in the Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series. Cate and Gunn were a sweet couple who played each other just as well as they played the espionage game. I loved their one upmanship and Ms. Stone did a delightful job of spotlighting each of their skills and strength. And when they were together, I could feel the pages heat up. This was probably my favorite of all the books. I liked how the main couple already had a history so were were a...more
London 1887
This is another exciting episode in the Gentlemen of Scotland Yard that I enjoyed immensely as Finn and the Yardmen solve another mystery with the help of a beautiful woman that may harbor secrets.
Phineas Gunn is an agent for Scotland Yard and with the help of his current doctor (Dr Montague Twonbly) he is able to function in the world much better than in the past. Dr Twonbly studied under some unorthodox Austrian physician named Freud (too funny) and has been trying some novel ideas...more
I thought this book in the series more entertaining than the first. Super sexy spy and the dancer from his past. Cliche, yes, but surprising entertaining nonetheless. The story was a bit a long and convoluted with details. As the story progressed my enthusiasm for the book waned. I found myself skimming the last 25 pages. Too many rescues in an attempt to add depth to the story.
Brenda Margriet
Liked this book, but felt it could have been edited a bit. Felt a bit draggy in places.

Catriona is a prima ballerina. Phineas met her when he was investigating her brother for being a Spanish anarchist. There is a storyline about Phineas having "soldier's heart" - what we would call post-tramautic stress disorder - because of his experiences as a POW in Afghanistan (book takes place in late 1800's). Liked that vulnerability from him, although he didn't let it take control, really. Catriona is al...more
Jan 28, 2013 Donna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: hr, series
This was my after Christmas madness is over reward. This series was my favorite find of the year. Romances taking place in the later half of the 19th century are starting to become a trend, and I don't think anyone is doing them better than Jillian Stone. She's obviously done her homework when it comes to the popular culture and industrial inventions of the period, but what truly set them ahead of the rest is the wonderful fully realized people that she populates her stories with. Phineas Gunn i...more
Heather andrews
Oh Mr. Gunn you, and your sly sexy ways, "I want you to keep an eye on the young woman who lives here." Finn handed the card over. "Raven-haired, blue eyes, tall and attractive. She takes long graceful strides..." You make my heart go thump, thump Finn, and I'm glad you've met your match in Cate. I'm kind of sad that the book ended because I think this was the last book in the series as I haven't met any more of the Gentlemen of Scotland Yard. I really did enjoy the series and I can't wait to se...more
Peggy N
This book is more a Scotland Yard spy novel than romance, though the romance is sprinkled in with the adventures of Phineas Gunn who is a Scotland Yard Agent as is his brother Hardy. It also involves, a beautiful ballerina named Cate, a jewel thief, A Spanish anarchist, a prison break from the Citadel, ride in a dirigable, and action on the English Coast as well as on the continent. It is full of adventure, a fast moving plot and just enough romance to keep it interesting.
3.5 stars.
Eh, did not like this one as much as the second one. Still, heaps better than the first one. Still a kick-ass historical romantic action adventure. The reason I liked this less was the heroine. I could not make myself care for heroine. Loved the hero, though.
Kelsey Miller
I actually am from clan Gunn, so it was kind of cool to read a character who was from it (and believe me, he was an accurate clansmen!). I nearly died when the author slipped the clan motto in there.
Joy Gifford
I thought this story started out well but when Gunn has to save the heroine twice in one day from the same group because of her own determination, I just had a harder time staying interested.
I really enjoy this series. This is as good as any of them. fast paced with an interesting plot and good characters. Hope the next one comes out soon.

Jillian never fails to entertain me with her stories that she Rights. Though this book is probably one of my favorites. Love Gunn an Cate dynamic.
Jen Pezzotti
I hope this isn't the last of the yardmen books. Hope there is more to come.
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Adventure, romance, technology, surprises…what's not to like?
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Jillian Stone was born a storyteller. A skill that got her into considerable trouble as a youth until she solved the problem by becoming an advertising creative. And the career did seem to suit her as she won many national ad awards including the Clio and the New York Art Director’s Club Gold. What more could she ask for? Create her own worlds? Become goddess of her own universe? Yes! So, she bega...more
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