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The Painted Lady

3.41  ·  Rating Details  ·  128 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
When one of the Duke of Caswell’s painted portraits started talking to him, he knew he’d best find treatment for his problem. Sir Osgood Bannister offered such a program—and expected his niece, Lilyanne, to carry out the bland regimen. Lilyanne was not at all the sort of woman the duke would ordinarily meet—and her innocence intrigued him. But that wouldn’t do in his world ...more
Published July 3rd 2012 by Belgrave House (first published July 1st 2001)
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Aug 01, 2015 Nenya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Finally, a good one by BM. Not that this doesn't have a rake as hero, it does. But he's not sleeping around during the time we are peeking into his life.

And he is in a world of trouble-- he paints his current mistress Dolly (like he does all his women- shagging them, and then running upstairs to paint them-naked), and then makes a few changes, cos he's not happy with the painting, ends up with another woman altogether, and now that woman in the painting is talking to him!

He thinks he's mad, he
I read this when I want a light, humorous escape from reality. I love it. :o)
Jan 27, 2013 Spazfungus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Deborah Darsie
An almost generic regency, the best part was Kasey (the Duke) and his battle with society - a duke just does not paint in Society!

When Kasey believes he is having a conversation with the subject of his most recent painting, he travels to a remote supervised home where people who are dealing with overwhelming Turbulence go to be treated by a quack...and he falls in love with the quack's niece, Lillyanne.

She was the wise woman of the house and had a very sensible, healing approach to life...which
I liked that for the most part it is told through the eyes of the male protagonist. A fast paced, lighthearted romance but with a message "To thine own self be true".
Aug 20, 2015 Ali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two-and-a-half stars. It's weird, but very nearly works. If nothing else, I liked Kasey and Lilyanne.
Mar 12, 2015 Taylor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy creative writing as much as the next guy, but this adventure's so abundant with alliteration it's absurd.
an engaging and different twist on a regency romance - the perfect Duke has a secret vice; painting. His talent is prodigious, and his entire life is a cover up for his guilty pleasure. When his paintings take on a life of their own, he retires to a "mental" doctor in the country, where his own personal Nurse Ratched becomes his muse. I reallly like this tale, it was well written, the characters were fun and the author has a sly sense of humor
Jan 16, 2010 TJ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure what the author was shooting for in this book but it didn't work. A duke who is a closet painter, a painting that speaks (literally) to him, murders, theft... it's all just a muddle, and a boring one at that.
Oct 04, 2012 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not your normal regency romance, since it has an element of supernatural, but I enjoyed the story.
Jan 05, 2010 Cortney marked it as ebooks-to-read-i-own  ·  review of another edition
started reading but I can't get into it. Postponed until a later date.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Jun 10, 2015 07:10PM  
  • A Regency Christmas Eve
  • The Rake and the Wallflower
  • Deirdre and Don Juan (Lovers and Ladies, #6)
  • Three Lords for Lady Anne
  • The Highland Countess (Cotillion Regency Romance, #10) (Regency Royal, #7)
  • The Duke's Double (Lords of Love)
  • Back in Society (Poor Relation, #6)
  • Isabella & The English Witch (Trevelyan Family, #1 & #2)
  • The Nobody (Nobody, #1)
  • The Sugar Rose
  • The Unflappable Miss Fairchild (Rogues and Rakes, #1)
  • The Best Intentions (Country House Party, #2)
  • The Captain's Inheritance (Rothschild Trilogy #3)
Barbara Metzger is the author of over three dozen books and a dozen novellas. She has also been an editor, a proof-reader, a greeting card verse-writer, and an artist. When not painting, writing romances or reading them, she volunteers at the local library, gardens and goes beach-combing and yard-saling.

Her novels, mostly set in Regency-era England, have won numerous awards, including the Romance
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