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A Reputation for Notoriety (The Masquerade Club #1)

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Raising the stakes…

As the unacknowledged son of the lecherous Lord Westleigh, John "Rhys" Rhysdale was forced to earn a crust gambling on the streets. Now he owns the most thrilling new gaming establishment in London.

Witnessing polite society's debauchery and excess every night, Rhys prefers to live on its fringes, but a mysterious masked lady tempts him into the throng.

Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Harlequin
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A Reputation for Notoriety was an enjoyable, quick read that was tightly plotted and well written. The hero and heroine were both pleasantly less stereotypical than your usual gorgeous alpha-male and widow-fallen-on-hard-times, and I felt that the emotional connection between them seemed honest and more likely to last as a result. The story is immediately engaging and well-paced, although I did have a few quibbles with the direction that was taken in the later part of the
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Jun 16, 2013 BUR 2012 rated it really liked it
This novel is a delightful read that at once moves slowly and quickly. Its selling point is the hero, Rhys, who is the illegitimate son of the Earl of Westleigh and estabished a gaming club at the request of his legitimate brothers, intending to prove his success to the world. Rhys has a notorious reputation, yet unlike most other rakes and rogues found among Regency romances, he does not actively seek a scandalous reputation; he already had one from being born a bastard. That said, his ...more
Good book. Rhys has been asked by his legitimate brothers to run a gaming hell in order for them to regain the money that their father has lost. He agrees on the condition that he has total control over the running of it. He has a scandalous reputation, mainly because of his birth. As a man he is honest and straightforward and determined to make a success of his life. When Celia appears at the hell, the masked woman draws Rhys's attention. He helps her get started playing the games and keeps an ...more
Aug 31, 2013 Jena rated it really liked it
Love, money, and gambling – the PERFECT combination for a Regency romance conflict!

Rhys is the gambler and game club manager extraordinaire. His terrible family disowns him but then asks him to run a gaming house for them (to pay off their debts) and this appeals to him for three reasons: 1 – he’ll run the entire business, getting richer than he already is, 2 – he’ll humiliate said horrible relatives by forcing them to acknowledge he is related to them, 3 – he’ll find out the identity of the se
May 26, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Loved this book! I loved the game hell setting. I loved the characters and their conflicts. Well written. Kept me turning the pages.
Oooooh, a book with some of my favorite elements in Historical Romance ~ gambling hells and masquerades. Exciting! Titillating even!

Unfortunately, A Reputation for Notoriety fails to live up the title and the book blurb.

This isn’t to say that this isn’t a good, well written book. It is, it’s just not as edgy as you’d think.

**Warning, though I don't reveal exact plot points, there are some very minor spoilerish stuff in here**

Rhys is a good character and a good man. His straightforward, shoot
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Sep 10, 2013 CoffeeTimeRomance andMore rated it really liked it
John Rhysdale does not gamble for the typical reasons. As the unacknowledged bastard son of the Earl of Westleigh, he either won at cards or went hungry. Now he is the proprietor of one of the most intriguing new gaming establishments in London. Lady Celia Gale only knows of one way to restore her family’s lost fortune. Wearing a mask and using the name Madame Fortune, Celia sets about winning every penny she can. The trick will be to walk away when she has what she needs, from the tables and ...more
Nov 10, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
(sex, gambling shown as something that can be controlled) I thought this had a good plot, but I never bought that these characters were from the stated time period. It felt like they were modern day people put on a stage of the 1820's. Also, it was very predictable and it didn't have to be. For example, (view spoiler) ...more
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"This is the first of two books in Gaston's Masquerade Club series, in which "identities are concealed and desires revealed." It's passionate, intense and seductive. The characters are lively with pulsing sexual tension and there are enough secrets, scandals and complications to make a lady swoon with glee!" RT Book Reviews, rated 4 stars

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This was a pretty good book until about the last part. Then both the stepdaughter and the heroine got on my nerves and caused a 1-star decrease in my enjoyment of the book. The ending of the book was good though.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 09, 2015 10:24AM  
Diane Gaston’s dream job had always been to write romance novels. One day she decided to pursue that dream and has never looked back; she is now writing full-time. Her books have won Romance’s highest honour—the RITA Award, the National Readers Choice Award and the Golden Heart. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three very ordinary house cats. Diane loves to hear from readers and friends.
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