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The Lady Who Broke the Rules (Castonbury Park #3)

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'Your rebellion has not gone unnoticed...'

Anticipating her wedding vows and then breaking off the engagement has left Kate Montague's social status in tatters. She hides her hurt at her family's disapproval behind a resolutely optimistic façade, but one thing really grates... For a fallen woman, she knows shockingly little about passion!

Could Virgil Jackson be the man to t
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ebook, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Harlequin Historical (first published January 1st 2012)
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Lori
I was particularly looking forward to this book because it's about a relationship between a freed slave and a Duke's daughter. I thought that an ambitious and interesting idea and I applaud Marguerite Kaye for attempting it. I think, overall, she succeeded. Being a category romance, she had only a short space in which to fit the story, and she brings in prejudice, the famous abolitionists of the period, and the horrors of being a slave considered incorrigible. Of course, I also have problems wit ...more
Jo
I cannot deny that I adore historical romance. The beautiful clothes, the manners, the propriety. I love it all. I’m not oblivious to the obvious issues with plumbing, but I find the idea of literary time travel delicious, especially between the covers of a well written book. And this is an extremely well written book.

Lady Katherine Montague, Kate, is a strong, independent woman who has had to weather her fair share of heartbreak and difficulty. Maligned by her former fiancé, she finds herself
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Lady Wesley
A Regency-era interracial romance? Sounds intriguing, but ultimately I was disappointed in this book. The hero is an amazing man who worked his way out of bondage and has become a wealthy businessman in Boston. The heroine is the daughter of a duke, whose reputation has been ruined. She is also a free-thinking abolitionist. She meets Virgil when he is in England meeting with that country's leading abolitionists. The attraction is strong and immediate, but . . . .

In HR, there's always a "but . .
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Wendy
I love Marguerite Kaye's writing style, attention to detail and atmospheric descriptive passages.
Her novels are well researched and always hold my interest. The Lady Who Broke The Rules was expertly written about an extremely controversial subject, especially for the time.
I would have given this novel a 5 star rating except that it was not a stand alone story. It was written as part of an 8 book anthology and I was not happy that the ending was left as a bit of a cliff hanger. Had the complete s
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Sara Jo Easton
Yes, I bought it and finished it the first day it was out. I am not ashamed; Virgil and Kate are great characters who work together to overcome the demons in their pasts.
Andrea Guy
This is the first mixed race romance I've ever read. To make it even more unique, it is a regency romance!

This is by far one of the best romances I've read this year.

Here's why:

The hero and heroine are both strong and determined characters for their own reasons. Virgil has ghosts from his past when he was a slave to deal with and Kate has family issues that stem from a broken engagement.

The story wasn't all sweetness and light and though the characters had a HEA things weren't all happy. Kate fo
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willaful
I’m not sure which surprises me more: a Harlequin Historical featuring an interracial romance, or a Harlequin Historical featuring juicy sex. The language isn’t graphic — we’re still in the land of potent manhoods here — but it’s definitely steamier than I’m used to.

Virgil, a fiercely determined and intelligent plantation slave, was sold after a failed rebellion. His buyer chose him for those same qualities, freed him, and gave him opportunities which have led to Virgil becoming an extraordinari
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Marcie
The Lady Who Broke The Rules is part of the Castonbury Park series from Harlequin. All the books are written by different authors. I read a prequel of sorts many months ago. It wasn't my favorite historical fiction, but it was enjoyable. I haven't read the first two book in this series either. One of the things that I like about this series is that you don't have to start at the beginning to understand the characters. There are cross-over characters in this book, but you get enough explanation t ...more
Farrah
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

The Lady Who Broke the Rules is a different historical romance, but in a good way. It was a lovely book, as well as a breath of fresh air from the usual historical romances.

Just the fact that the love interest in this book is black gave it points. It immediately set it apart from the usual. Though, I did raise my eyebrows at the historical accuracy of an English lady falling for a black ex-slave-I mean, the probably w
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Maja  (The Rambling Readerista)
The review is also posted on my blog, The Rambling Readerista.

The rating is more like 4.5.


Have you ever wondered what it would have been to live and love at a certain point in human history. Well, if you did, I would recommend this book. It was really a mind opener for me. It brought me closer to the slavery of American 19th century South, and the still aristocratic England. I have absolutely loved reading about the clash of tradition, newer ages coming and how it could have possibly influenced
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Dottie
An intriguing and sexy tale! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:

A slave, Virgil Jackson’s latest attempt at a strike had resulted in another whipping for him and being imprisoned. As long as he had been confined, he knew that Master Booth was going to sell him. He should rejoice at this news, but instead he is filled with guilt as he would be leaving behind Millie, who meant everything to him. At nineteen, his body was well-built, muscled after all the years he had spent laboring. He kne
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Melanie Rose Meadors
This is a long review, but there is a lot to love about this book.

Note: this book can stand alone, you don't have to read the first two, but you will want to!

Kate, the heroine of this tale, is not your average Regency heroine, in that, as the title states, she breaks the rules. Her reputation is, she thinks, in shambles thanks to events and people in her past, so she goes forth and does what is in her heart. This doesn't mean she doesn't care what people think about her; I think she cares a grea
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Cinzia
"Il tuo atto di ribellione non e' passato inosservato."

Kate Montague ha rovinato la sua reputazione e il suo status sociale all'interno della l'alta società inglese: dopo aver ceduto alle avances del fidanzato, decide di non volerlo sposare. Nasconde il dolore che prova di fronte alla disapprovazione della sua famiglia e nasconde i suoi reali sentimenti dietro a una facciata di costante ottimismo; ma c'è una cosa che risulta strana: per essere una donna dalla cattiva reputazione, Kate conosce be
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E_bookpushers
Review originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2012/10/22/...

Publisher: Harlequin
Publish Date: Out Now
How I got this book: Purchased (Failed to request it via NetGalley when it was available)

Castonbury Park, Autumn 1816
Shunned by society since she ended her disastrous engagement, Lady Katherine Montague is determined never to allow any man to hurt her again. Instead, Kate invests all her energy and emotions in philanthropy, building a village school, rescuing fallen women and supportin
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Alison
I was given a copy of this book for an honest review. Part of the Castonbury Park continuity series, this book stands alone, but numbers third in the series. *likely spoilers ahead*

Lady Kate Montague, always a square peg in a round hole was never going to be conventional, despite her privileged upbringing. Bring in former slave Virgil Jackson and you have a huge scandal on your hands.

This book for me, was something of a surprise - though in a good way. It begins with a prologue which explains s
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Amanda
This is the first Castonbury Park novel I have read and it is really very good. I really was NOT expecting the book to contain what it did. When I read the first chapter about Virgil, my eyes widened in surprise. Wow! Never read a M/R book before, and Marguerite has set an incredibly high standard for other writers to follow.

The book itself left me wanting to read the rest of the Castonbury Park series. I loved Kate and Virgil's romance. The way Marguerite describes the scenery and puts into wor
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G. Bell
An enthralling tale of two lovers who overcome societal pressures to be together during the Industrial Revolution.

Kate leads a lonely existence with a passion for educating all of society, not just the elite in England.
Virgil, a freed slave and entrepreneur, struggles against his own dark past until he meets Kate who helps bring him out of it.

Settings are described in vivid detail, in particular i liked the author's sumptuous descriptions of all of Kate's wardrobe from her lace garters to her si
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May
Having the read the first two books in the Castonbury Park series, I can say, without a doubt, that Virgil Jackson is the most interesting hero so far. Even though he is "damaged", he can still see beyond the shields that Lady Katherine puts up and their romance is definitely out of the ordinary for Regencies. While it's not uncommon in Regencies to find an aristocratic female falling in love with someone from the lower classes, I can't think of another romance where the male lead is an African ...more
Amyra
La Kaye maneggia la penna (o la tastiera del compuer, visti i tempi) con una maestria rara. Le sue storie sono sempre molto intense e coinvolgenti, e questa non fa di certo eccezione. Nonostante io non abbia letto i titoli precedenti di questa serie, Marguerite non me ne ha fatto sentire assolutamente la mancanza... un libro consigliato a tutti.
Ho apprezzato in particolar modo il modo in cui l'autrice ha creato questo rapporta tra una nobildonna inglese (anche se con una pessima reputazione, pov
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Charlotte Mcfall
The prologue chapter brought back a few painful memories for me personally. But with that aside it was great to read about a mixed race relationship which would have been frowned upon during the regency period. Kate is a sassy heroine and not afraid to stand up on her own. Virgil is a kind heart man who has gone through the horrors of slavery and brutality. Marguerite always manages to transport the reader into what ever historical period she is writing about. Historically accurate and i just ha ...more
Becky
Very nicely done on a difficult subject.
Annie Burrows
a difficult topic sensitively treated.
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Marguerite Kaye writes hot historical romances from her home in cold and usually rainy Scotland. Featuring Regency Rakes, Highlanders and Sheikhs, she has published almost thirty books and novellas.

When she’s not writing she enjoys walking, cycling (but only on the level), gardening (but only what she can eat) and cooking. She also likes to knit and occasionally drink martinis (though not at the
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