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The Pretender (Liar's Club #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,088 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
Rule #1: Never fall in love.

Celeste Bradley captivated critics and readers alike with her unforgettable novel Fallen, which was nominated for the prestigious RITA Award from Romance Writers of America for Best First Book. Now, she brings us The Lover, the first book in the wildly fun, exciting, and sexy new Liar's Club series both featuring irresistible heroes who are out
Paperback, 358 pages
Published June 16th 2003 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Mar 09, 2010 Catherine rated it liked it
This book was alright. It didn't blow me away but it kept me entertained. I'll look for the other books in the Liar's Club and see if any of them do better for me.

I had a problem with Simon's spy business right away. He thought that Agatha was her brother's mistress (which I can believe) and that she might be a spy too. He kept remarking that she put everything together too well to be anything but a spy. I really started to doubt his intelligence. Agatha's logic didn't really strike me as anythi
Kristal Kitap
Dec 16, 2014 Kristal Kitap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bebekli bir ablayı ziyaret etmenin ve bir kaç günü onda geçirmenin faydaları işte. Ablam dinlenirken bebekte ayakta sallanırken boş boş oturmamak adına yanıma kendimi pek kaptırmayacağımı düşündüğüm ve ıngalamaların arasında bile eğer okumak istersem şurasını anlamadım diye dert etmeyeceğim bir kitap seçip ziyaretimi gerçekleştirdim. Sonuç ise oldukça eğlenceli bir kitabın uzun süredir kitaplığımda 'aldım ama artık ilgimi çekmiyor' bölümünde beklediğini öğrenmiş oldum.

Kadın karakter çok enerjik
Jul 03, 2015 Zoe rated it it was ok
The book started great. The chimneysweep of a hero totally had my attention and I love Simon for a name for my hero, a close second to Harry, my all time favorite.

But I digress.

Then Agatha happened. Oh, overly bold, lying, plump, virgin-turned-harlot, love-being-on-top, Simon-jumping Agatha. Very early on in the book I realized that Agatha is what I know as........crazy.

Agatha's brother disappeared. She wanted to ingestigate, decided on a scheme and went to London. In from the back of the hou
J'hésite à mettre même 4 ... y'a quand même un petit côté n'importe quoi même dans les péripéties qui me font hésiter....

Mais j'ai bien aimé. L'héroïne, Agatha est ... pleine d'entrain mais pas stupide. Et elle ne se laisse pas dicter sa conduite (et elle n'attend pas tant que ça qu'on la sauve ^^). Bon elle est un peu comme Loki dans Thor, elle se perd un peu dans ses plans, mais elle a quand même une sacré réactivité (et un don pour trouver des faux noms à la con.... n'est ce pas Simon "Mortim
Miss Agatha Cunnington is in dire need of a man. In search of her missing brother, James, she has ventured to London as Mrs. Applequist, but needless to say, her dear Mortimer does not exist. Now, with callers banging on her front door demanding to meet this elusive, adventurous Mortimer, Agatha snatches herself the first man available – a chimneysweep, Simon Rain. He’s an immediate success and the newlyweds promptly receive a pile of invitation for social gatherings.

Agatha has no intention of d
Aug 18, 2013 HÜLYA rated it really liked it
Kitap Adı : Gönlünü Kimseye Kaptırma
Yazar : Celeste Bredley
Sayfa : 432
Yayın Evi : Epsilon Yayınları
Goodreads Puanı :5/4
Puanım :5/4

Celeste Bradley'in Gönlünü Kimseye Kaptıma romanını genel olarak çok beğendim..Yalancılar Kulübü Serisinin ilk romanı Yazarın kalemi biraz Amanda Quick biraz Stephanie Laurens biraz Liz Carlyle Biraz Andre Kane'i anımsattı bana.
Fakat Celeste Bradley'in kalemi mizahi olarak daha kuvvetli.Kısaca yazarı kalemini beğendimse de başlarda hikayenin içine giremedim ilk 50 say
4.5 stars

A great book that I thoroughly enjoyed even though light romances are not really my kind of thing. Still, Bradley's humor works for me just right. Plus, I just adored the hero and heroine; they were perfect for each other and had great chemistry. And the secondary characters, from the buttler and the valet to the enigmatic lord Etheridge were all incredibly intriguing. Had me laughing and had me emotionally invested. What more could I ask?

Still, I had a problem near the ending that luck
Me divertí muchísimo leyendo este libro, tenia semanas buscando algo de este genero que me enganchara y seleccione aleatorio en mi programa de lectura y me abrí este libro y estoy supero agradecida por eso querido aleatorio <3.

Ya había escuchando anteriormente de esta serie pero no me acordaba de ella, así que comencé a leerla y me enamore de Agatha que mujer tan fuera de lo común y locuela como mi querido Simon la llama. Es un libro con un toque perfecto de misterio, romance y humor!
Sevimli Hırsız
Jul 04, 2012 Sevimli Hırsız rated it it was amazing
Gönlünü Kimseye Kaptırma / Celeste Bradley(03.07.12)
Ah! Bu kitaba dolu dolu bir yorum yapmak istiyorum.Ama anlatılmaz okunur cinsinden bir kitap olduğu için fazla bir şey söylemek istemiyorum.Bu seneki favori 2. Hist. Kitabım oldu.Okurken çok eğlendim , her satır her cümle beni kahkahalara boğdu.Yazarın mizacı çok eğlenceliydi.Karakterlerini öyle güzel yaratmış ki kitabın konusunu kurguymuş gibi hissetmenizi imkansız kılıyor.Bir solukta bitebilecek bir kitap ama ben okurken gülmekten sürekli kit
I LOVED this one. Both the hero and heroine are great, and I love that the heroine is the determined pursuer in the relationship. It makes a nice change in historical romances. The secondary characters are also well-balanced - they are introduced for the purposes of future books, but in a way which benefits this story without intruding in the central romance. The plot is also extremely exciting, without detracting from the saucy bits (I wouldn't describe them as steam precisely, but they are fun ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
re-read July 2010

Oh how I love a good regency spy novel lol

This book was a true comedy of errors. Everyone has their own secrets and machinations and they all keep inadvertently mucking up everyone else's plans.

Simon and Agatha had such chemistry! Even when they were telling themselves to stay away from the other, the tension between the two simply sizzled.

A very light hearted, fun read with just enough angst to keep you from gagging ;)

5 Stars.
Feb 09, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
3.5 Stars!
Aug 08, 2012 Yumru rated it liked it
Kitap fena değildi karakterleri sevdim ama tekrardan okuyacağım tarzda değil.Değişikti eğer Amanda Q.seviyorsanız biraz onun havası vardı sanki, ama çok değil:)
Eğlencesi aksiyonu bol bir kitap karakterleri konusuda çok hoş tam benlikti Hem romantizm hem macera olsun biraz da komik olsun diyorsanız buyrun
Dec 27, 2009 Anne rated it it was amazing
Wow! I loved the banter between the couple! In fact, I loved Agatha's banter with almost everyone around her. She was different than most of the heroines you find in historical romances, because even though she wasn't worldly, she never missed a beat when confronted with a strange situation. She thrived on the adventure of being thrust into a world of espionage, and even surpassed two of the best spies in England when it came to fitting the pieces of the puzzle together. Even though she was cons ...more
Aug 02, 2009 Nisha rated it really liked it
A spy regency. I should have known. I should have known better than to let my fascination of how chimney sweep/thief/spy Simon Rain would look, if I caught him and dragged him around to be my husband. Delicious, is what I think. Ms. Bradley really did try hard to make something of the spy business, but with a name like the 'Liar's Club' I couldn't really get past a schoolboy clubhouse. And it was Simon's incredible consuming obsession with Agatha, that held me from truly respecting this novel. I ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing
This was a simply delightful romance - I really loved it! It was a rollicking roller coaster ride of a story, funny, charming, exciting, mysterious and sexy - plus, a happy ending! What more could you want?

I loved Agatha, our heroine. She was so spunky and strong willed! Yet, she was ingenuous and delightful - not to mention she had a delicious figure, and knew how to use it to her advantage when out to get information (or her way) from men. Whether dancing with overstuffed generals or dealing c
Elis Madison
Simon Montague is the leader of a secret society known as the Liar's Club. The members of this club are covert operatives for the crown, but more to the point, a lot of these guys have turned up dead in recent weeks. Near as I can tell, all the men in this club are also all extremely well-endowed .

Yeah, bummer.

The enemy appears to know too much about the Liars, and there's only one man besides Simon who could out them—that's James Cunnington, who has conveniently disappeared.

Last time Simon t
Desiree the Reader
2 stars.

This was a disappointment and I don't think I'll be trying this author again. I might but it's unlikely.

I read the first 40 pages and I got bored. So from there I skimmed and skipped the next 150 pages. After that I started reading it more completely.

The last half of the story was good and entertaining. However I did have a problem with one major thing. Simon and James are spies but they both (mostly Simon though) seemed really stupid. There were so many moments where neither Simon no
Jul 29, 2014 Cécile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Voilà la romance historique qui fait du bien.
Des personnages originaux mais surtout aux réactions originales !!!
Agatha m'a surprise (en très très bien) de nombreuses fois par ses réactions... C'est que quand elle décide quelque chose hein^^.
Une intrigue prenante donc, des personnages supers, des moments couinants, un peu d'action, des rebondissements, des scènes qui font rire, des personnages secondaires attachants.
Bref, à part une longueur dans l'intrigue vers la fin, à un moment précis, c'est
May 27, 2015 Patacaisse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amanda est une jeune femme aux abois. D’une, son frère ne lui a pas donnée de nouvelles depuis deux mois, de deux, son nouveau tuteur veut la marier avec son affreux fils. Elle décide de partir à la recherche de son frère à Londres mais pour cela, elle ne peut pas demeurer célibataire. Elle s’invente donc un mari, Mortimer Appelquist.
Tout ce complique quand elle doit présenter son mari à des dames de son entourage. Où trouver un mari ? Elle n’aura pas à le chercher bien loin car il se présente à
AZt hiszem valami egészen másra számítottam, mindenesetre a 19. századi londoni elit élete fűszerezve Anglia kémhálózatának kusza ügyeivel sokkal jobban hangot elméletben, mint ahogy végül is történt. Untam.
Mar 11, 2015 Beno rated it really liked it
Celeste Bradley, I recently found this author and I am completely in love with her work every time I read something by her I am surprised again with how great it was. she has this way of writing historical romance novels that have a modern feel to them with open minded characters. I am not saying the whole cave man/woman isn't fun to read but sometimes you want to read about historical characters being a bit more contemporary.

Simon- I don't have much to say about him he is a person that is not
Standard-formula historical romance. Oh-so-handsome man who seems to lose all brain cells instantly as the blood rushes from the big brain to the little brain, a frequent occurrence at the very thought (much less the presence) of the just-met beautiful, charming, generous woman. Sparks fly between them, there is lust at first sight which somehow becomes love in spite of the fact that both have told monstrous (but charming!) lies to one another and kept monumental (but charming!) secrets. Misunde ...more
Jan 04, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
it was ok .... a few of the scenes made me chuckle but the way she forces herself on him all the time is pathetic. hoping #2 in the series has a better leading lady
Isabella Oliveira madeira
Dec 16, 2015 Isabella Oliveira madeira rated it did not like it
Péssimo, já tinha lido um livro dela e não gostado.... os livros não tem uma boa narrativa e os diálogos então, deixam muito a desejar. As ideias centrais são boas mas a forma como a autora desenvolve suas histórias são muito simplistas e algumas vezes desconexas não aprofunda os temas e muitas vezes coloca informações desnecessárias que não enriquecerá em nada o enredo. Chegou num ponto em que ou eu desistia de ler ou seguia lendo para descobrir mais absurdos. As mocinhas do campo do nada tem m ...more
Aug 26, 2014 Jm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Une série à ne surtout pas manquer ! Humour, quiproquos, passion et espionnage, un mélange explosif qui fait mouche.

Lady Agatha Cunnington est en mission : elle doit retrouver son frère, qui a disparu, afin qu'il empêche son voisin et tuteur de la marier à son fils. Mais une jeune lady de la bonne société ne peut pas fréquenter les bals et les officiers sans être mariée ou accompagnée. Elle se retrouve donc obligée de s'inventer un mari. Mais quand son mensonge se retourne contre elle, elle n'a
Aug 15, 2014 Galleane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ce premier tome comporte certes des points positifs, mais à la fin de ma lecture le négatif aura pris le pas et plus j'avançais dans ma lecture et plus j'étais pressée de passer à autre chose. Après un début intéressant, une mise en situation drôle et un personnage féminin qui me plaisait, la succession des événements devenaient de moins en moins attrayante à mes yeux et le contenu n'aura essentiellement pas été de mon goût. Je ne pense pas lire la suite, même si je ne suis pas fermée, mais clai ...more
Apr 19, 2016 aj rated it it was ok
Shelves: lawful-evil
i can't sort this bye
Feb 28, 2016 Shari rated it really liked it
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Celeste Bradley is the author of Fallen, which was nominated for a RITA in 2002, and The Pretender, the first book in the Liars series. According to Bradley, the best thing about writing is that she finally gets to use the brain full of trivia she's collected over a lifetime of living in eight states, residing in over twenty homes, and changing her major five times. "It was research for my writing ...more
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