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The Lady Risks All

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  2,443 Ratings  ·  253 Reviews
Neville Roscoe, notorious and enigmatic, lives resolutely outside society, bound only by his own code of honor - until challenged by his desire for the one woman he cannot have.

Miranda Clifford is a lady imprisoned by rigid respectability - until tempted by a passion beyond her power to deny.

Flung together in peril, through danger and intrigue, they discover a love impossi
Paperback, 496 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Avon (first published September 1st 2012)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

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"As for the way he moved, and that drawl . . . quite what manner of man he was she wasn’t sure, but a single glance into that chiseled face, at those well-set dark eyes steadily regarding her, at his patriarchal nose and sharply cut jaw, was enough to assure her that he wasn’t manageable. More, that he was dangerous, on multiple levels and in complex ways."

This was a wonderful romance, and I have to say I really enjoyed it :)
It's pretty slow with the story and the romance part too, but it s
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

The Lady Risks All is an exciting mystery, one filled with enough twists and turns to keep me wondering who the villain is right ‘til the very end. It's also a lovely, historical romance, that was sweet, passionate, and very sensual.
Neville Roscoe, notorious and enigmatic, lives resolutely outside society, bound only by his own code of honor - until challenged by his desire for the one woman he cannot have.

Miranda Clifford is a lady imprisoned by rigid respectability - until tempted by a passion
Nikki Markle
The Lady Risks All Drinking Game!!!

Take a drink if...

*Someone says "thank you"

*A word is given, then a synonym is given just after
(ex. "their liaison, their affair" or "joy, pleasure, happiness"

*You confuse the names Roscoe & Roderick

Take a shot if....

*The heroine's age is told or surmised

*The phrase "gambling king" is used
Oct 17, 2012 Cindi rated it it was ok
This book is killing me. I usually like Stephanie Laurens but geez she is going on FOREVER about every emotion and sex scene. I am skimming and just keep going so I can be done (can't have an unfinished book!). Decent story but much too wordy.
Sep 12, 2012 Desi rated it did not like it
I swear she thinks her readers are dumb beyond measure. She repeats the same thing every chapter and explains motivation and character's thoughts in excruciating detail as if we have short term memory problems and an inability to infer anything. Rambling and histrionic work as all her latest books have been. I have vague memories of when she used to be good. She needs an editor who has a firm hand  with a thick black marker to fix her work. As usual there is a good underlying plot. 
Sep 01, 2012 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: laurens, fv
Roscoe and Miranda

Fiction Vixen Book Reviews

Stephanie Laurens is a prolific writer of historical romance. Her Cynster series is one of my favorite long-running romance series so I was happy to get my hands on The Lady Risks All, Ms. Laurens’ latest book.

The Lady Risks All with our hero, Lord Julian Delbraith, giving up his current life to save the family. The family has a special curse that keeps them from being able to resist gambling. One family member per generation is actually good at gambl
The Window Seat
Sep 12, 2012 The Window Seat rated it it was amazing
I am very late to the Stephanie Laurens party. My first exposure to her writing was the recent Cynster Sisters trilogy, but I was immediately hooked by her vivid storytelling and compelling characters. While I haven’t had the courage to tackle her entire back catalog of books, I was quite anxious to read her latest story. I must say that The Lady Risks All was worth all the anticipation as I was rewarded with a great story and two very strong, vibrant lead characters.

Because my exposure to the
Jul 05, 2012 Letitia rated it liked it
Rating: C ... Heat: Warm

Miranda Clifford has spent most of her life ruled by societies expectations. Raised with the belief that scandal must be avoided at all costs, Miranda’s guardians—two elder aunts—have managed to quell her fiery, independent nature. Having spent most of her adult life in the role of caregiver and, essentially, mother to her brother Roderick, she has always focused all her time and energy on him. But now that he’s reached his majority, she realizes she needs to let him go.
Aug 01, 2013 Keri rated it it was amazing
I was absolutely thrilled when I found out that this was Roscoe Neville's book. It was like Christmas for me. I love it when I want somebody's story and I don't have to wait for it. It is not too often that a character pops up that demands their own story as hard as Roscoe did when we met him the first time. It also isn't too often that a author does a good job of filling in a backstory for the character. When I say that, I mean to the point that it is believable, IMO. But SL did an awesome job ...more
Oct 23, 2012 dakotapie rated it did not like it
First of all, contrary to the title I'm not sure what the lady in question was risking.

Now, as to the book itself ... meh. I got about 1/4 of the way through before I remembered why I stopped reading Laurens in the first place: that woman couldn't string a cohesive sentence together if her paycheck demanded it. So many broken sentences and non-sensical descriptions - especially the sex scenes. Goodness, there is nothing at all titillating about the same poorly written sexcapade popping up again
Sep 22, 2012 Lisarenee rated it it was amazing
Notes: I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My synopsis:
Gambling. It is a game of chance, luck, skill, and risk. For a small percentage of the populous the game becomes addictive, an obsession they cannot resist. The stakes are high and the games have been the ruin of many a man and family. It was also a known danger or curse, as the family looked upon it, for the men of the Delbraith family. One that seemed to have a habit of taking hold of just abou
I have to say first of all that this is the first of Ms Laurens’ books that I’ve read. I thought the story was good, and the characterisation was generally strong – although I admit that Miranda’s tendency to remind us at regular intervals that she’s 29 and practically on the shelf every few pages became annoying quite quickly.

Roscoe is a wonderful hero. Beginning the story as somewhat of a Jack-the-Lad with the luck of the devil, he abandons his carefree existence in order to save his family fr
Melissa McHugh
Aug 10, 2012 Melissa McHugh rated it it was amazing
It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to rate Stephanie Laurens at a full 5 stars, though her last three novels were at 4.5. Her stories are always solid and exciting, well-plotted and fun to read, but occasionally, I was frustrated because her characters remained the same. She seemed to be varying that with the Cynster sisters trilogy, and with The Lady Risks All she steps out of her mold with her leads. Miranda Clifford and Roscoe Neville have shades of similarity, but have qualities that ...more
Sep 13, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Neville Roscoe was not always Neville Roscoe, he was born Lord Julian Delbraith, Males in his family are susceptible to a gambling addiction, only Lord Julian was the exception, he was actually a good gambler. His older brother commits suicide and leaves the family in imminent financial ruin, Lord Julian gives up his life to save his siblings and nephew from ruin and secretly becomes Neville Roscoe the successful gambling kingpin

Lady Miranda Clifford also has a family “curse”, members of her fa
Jul 18, 2012 Debra rated it it was ok
If you can get past the redundancy of wording and the overwrought tone of 3/4 of the book, there is a pretty good story in there, one for which I wasn't sure there would be a suitable resolution. But resolved, it was, and Lord Julian/Neville Roscoe and Miranda Clifford found their happy ending.

Ironically, the best written part of this book was the Epilogue. Not a synonym to be found. Now if Ms. Laurens can extend that writing style backwards to the beginning of her books, I may read another one
Laura Beagle
Oct 04, 2012 Laura Beagle rated it did not like it
Shelves: bad
Boring and sex scenes were riduculous. If I read "cataclysmic" one more time I was going to throw the book against the wall.
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Favorite Quote: “This wasn’t some passing connection. This power and glory wasn’t something that would fade and die- “

Neville Roscoe is the notorious, scandalous owner of several gambling dens. A private man, he exists on the fringes of society and is given wide berth by everyone. We learn early on that Neville is really Lord Julian Delbraith and his decline into society’s more dark ventures is forced by family circumstances. He choose
Oct 16, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
Loved the book. Miranda is twenty nine and unmarried. She and her brother live with their aunt who has raised them under strict rules of respectability. Miranda has always watched out for her brother and follows him one night when she is worried about his activities. She is caught by the owner of the house, Neville Roscoe, the gambling king of London. He shows her that she doesn't need to worry about Roderick's presence there and escorts her home. A few nights later, Roderick goes missing and sh ...more
I've read many Stephanie Laurens books and they usually are either hit or miss for me. There will be a book where I really enjoyed the characters or one that I couldn't connect to them at all. The Lady Risks All was different; I really enjoyed parts of the story and its characters and some of the parts I had issues with.

Born of a union between local gentry and the son of a mill owner, spinster Miranda was raised to always be conscious of her tenuous place in society. She spent her days taking ca
Review originally posted on TBQ's Book Palace

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I've been a fan of Stephanie Laurens since I picked up “Devil's Bride” years ago (back when I was still a teenager and had to sneak my romance novels...). I quickly devoured most of her books, and while I liked some more than others, overall I really enjoyed her books.

I haven't read one of her books in a few years now; I'm behind on many of her series. And so I was looking forward to reading The Lady Risks All. But, after a few chapters,
Book Him Danno
I love regency romance and this is another winner from this author. This is a long book, but I enjoyed the twists and turns of the romance in this book. Finding out someone is not the someone you thought they were is always interesting and fun. Especially when you add to it a yummy single wealthy man who wants to do the right thing…every time, everywhere, then you have a mixture worth reading about and romance that is off the charts.

This is a book worthy of this author and the way she weaves a
Sep 27, 2012 Jean rated it really liked it
I almost didn't feel like picking up this book after burning myself out on reading so many of her novels and the teaser didn't do anything for me. But after reading the reviews of fellow GR users, I decided to give it a try and was not disappointed.

I liked the story though at times certain scenes seemed to drag. However, the suspense has you guessing and leaving you anxious to figure out who and what is going on with Roderick and the ultimate plot. I enjoyed the story and the characters. We also
Sep 11, 2012 Regan rated it liked it
After a slow start the story takes off with some intriguing twists and turns. For mystery lovers there's an interesting "who done it?". What I liked was that rather than a traditional Regency the story can transcend several time periods making it a fun read for any historical or contemporary period.
Sep 30, 2012 Shauni rated it really liked it
Stephanie Laurens is the queen of sensual delight and once again she makes it known that she remains on top. While many of Ms Laurens books are fast paced and action packed, The Lady Risks All is a Slow Slide into Sensation.. While this book is not part of any of her series, its main character Neville Roscoe has made an appearance in two previous books. And he has been slinking subliminally in the shadows for quite some time. It was great to see Ms Laurens sweeps him into the light.

Neville Rosco
I closed this book feeling surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I've read a lot of Stephanie Laurens over the years and while I never hate her books, I have found the her latest published books don't entice me as much as her earlier ones do. Not so with this book.

Roscoe and Miranda are two people who had given everything up to take care of their families and now, years later when their families have either grown (in the case of Miranda's twenty three year old brother who no longer needs her const
Ann Keller
Nov 12, 2012 Ann Keller rated it it was amazing
A horrific event forces Lord Julian Delbraith to make a terrible decision, one in which he will sacrifice himself for the greater good of his family. Gone is his former self, his life of comfort and noble decadence. In its place arises a man of danger and intrigue, a seemingly ruthless opportunist praying upon the gambling weaknesses of men.

Miranda Clifford is a captive to the life her aunts decreed for her, one of rigid respectability and the fear that their true origins might be discovered. Th
Feb 07, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This novel is tangentally connected to the Bastion Club novels as one of the mail characters, Neville Roscoe, appears in a previous Bastion Club novel as well as the concluding novel of the Brides Quarter series.
Miranda Clifford is a single woman of 29 years. She and her younger brother Roderick have been raised by two aunts in an atmosphere of unbending strictures on respectability. An older sister had fled the family and joined a gypsy band. She returned to the family diseased and dying. Miran
Feb 19, 2013 MB rated it liked it
I really liked the characters quite a bit, especially Miranda and Roscoe (Laurens really loves her some names that begin with R, doesn't she? ;-)). They were fully-developed and interesting in themselves, and a good match for each other. But three quibbles kept this from being a 4-star read for me. ***SPOILERS AHEAD***

1. The fact that Miranda and Roscoe hump like bunnies at least once a day for at least three weeks, yet never ONCE does either express any concern, to themselves or to each other,
May 04, 2013 Cindy rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Lord Julian Delbraith had to give up his respectability and identity to save his family from ruin. He became Neville Roscoe the owner of a gaming establishment who could financially care for his family, but loose his standing in society. Miranda Clifford lives with her brother under the guardianship of her two protective aunts. Miranda lives her life suppressing her independent nature to satisfy her aunts and to act as a mother for her younger brother. When her brother Roderick disappears Mirand ...more
Oct 28, 2012 Angelc rated it really liked it
Shelves: already-own-read
This is the first book I've read by Laurens, and I must say I enjoyed it quite a lot. I attempted to read one a few years ago, but I felt like the story was lost in all the Regency era manners and witticisms, so I only read a few chapters. While this story is still a hefty 450 pages long, I feel like it wasn't as bogged down with bows and how do you dos.

The characters were very likable. I worried that the hero would be that old fashioned 70s and 80s style of creep, since the author has been writ
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 28, 2015 09:43AM  
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  • Rules to Catch a Devilish Duke (Scandalous Brides, #3)
  • The Bride Wore Pearls (Fraternitas Aureae Crucis, #3)
  • A Gentleman Says "I Do" (The Rogues' Dynasty, #5)
  • My Scandalous Viscount (The Inferno Club, #5)
  • The Devil's Heart (The Chattan Curse, #3)
  • Five Golden Rings: A Christmas Collection
  • Storming the Castle (Fairy Tales, #1.5)
  • How to Capture a Countess (The Duchess Diaries, #1)
  • Confessions from an Arranged Marriage (The Burgundy Club, #4)
  • A Notorious Countess Confesses (Pennyroyal Green, #7)
  • When You Give a Duke a Diamond (Jewels of the Ton, #1)
  • The Lady Most Willing... (Lady Most..., #2)
  • The Way to a Duke's Heart (The Truth About the Duke, #3)
  • The Autumn Bride (Chance Sisters, #1)
  • My Scandalous Bride
  • How a Lady Weds a Rogue (Falcon Club, #3)
  • A Tale of Two Lovers (The Writing Girls, #2)
Stephanie Laurens was born in Sri Lanka, which was at the time the British colony of Ceylon. When she was 5, her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she was raised. After continuing through school and earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in Australia, Stephanie and her husband moved to Great Britain, taking one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London.

Once in London, Stephanie
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