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Dawn Encounter (Masters at Arms #2)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  161 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Lisette Moisant is a widow, courtesy of the swordsmanship of Caid O'Neill, one of the city's legendary maitres d'armes. He bested her loathsome husband in a duel, but now she is a pawn of schemers who wish to steal her fortune and see her dead. It is Caid to whom she turns for protection, and guilt leaves him no recourse but to agree to Lisette's request.

But soon a whisper
ebook, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Suzainur K.A.R.
I don't read very many Americana historical romance. Primarily it's because the more I learn about the victimisation of the indigenous people of North America, the harder it is for me to read about the romantic half breed yearning for the blonde homestead daughter. So that takes the cowboy genre out of circulation for me and except for Pamela Morsi and Rebecca Paisley, I rarely come across other settings for Americana historical.

I liked the premise of New Orleans prior to the War Between the Sta
The plot is top-heavy, with much extraneous baggage weighing it down. Perhaps it adds color for some, but it bogged down the plot for me. Blake's legion of fans will like as not enjoy this latest entry but I didn't.
I would say it's more like 3.5 stars honestly. The story was very sweet with good honorable characters. It was well written with a good, interesting plot. My biggest frustration was that the author EXPLAINED EVERYTHING. If she used a French word she told is what it meant and a little about it. If there was a custom they practiced, she gave some history on it. She even explained what mosquito netting was used for as if it's not self explanatory. My opinion was that such explanations disrupted the ...more
Elis Madison

Maitre d’armes Caid O’Neill is in the habit of walking home from his evening entertainments via a graveyard.

He’s thinking about a guy he recently killed in a duel (the man in question was apparently responsible for Caid’s sister’s death). As Caid approaches the man’s tomb he finds an unconscious young woman—the dead man’s widow. She smells of laudanum and might’ve died of exposure had Caid not come along. He scoops her up and takes her to a woman friend’s house, where a doctor can attend her wi
Tabetha Waite
I definitely liked this book better than the first in the series. The dialogue and the plot was much more intriguing and we seemed to have more interaction between the MCs. The problem I had was Lisette's almost pitiful obsession with Caid and the fact she seemed to be running after him and declaring her feelings all the time while he merely brushed her off, simply because he retained some physical scars from his past. Not only that, but I almost found myself more interested in the side characte ...more
I guess because I live in LA, I liked reading something where I could envision the settings and thinking about New Orleans "back in the day"
Anjeanette Porter
It is a very well written love story. One of those books that won't let you put it down until the very end. I love this book.
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