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Claire Thornton
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The Defiant Mistress (City of Flames #1)

3.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  38 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
A time for revenge...

For eight years Gabriel Vaughan, Marquis of Halross, has believed he was duped by a clever, money-grabbing harlot. He has tried to forget the beauty who left him at the altar, and then an accidental meeting in Venice places her entirely at his mercy!

Although Athena Frances Fairchild claims to be innocent, maybe this is just another of her deceptions. I
ebook, 304 pages
Published December 15th 2011 by Harlequin Special Releases (first published 2005)
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Finally got around to reading my February pick-it book for WaMRL, way late, it's only April/May... But got there!
This was a book I'd picked up awhile ago. This trilogy had caught my eye because of the setting in the 1600s, a not so commonly seen time-period for HRs. This first book was also partially set in Venice, another thing that drew my attention.
The story started out interesting, with young Athena (going by the name of Frances, her middle name), in London preparing to wed her love, Gabrie
Apr 03, 2008 Sarai rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romance lovers
Recommended to Sarai by: Amazon
This book was okay I felt the characters were strong and believeable. Better yet their actions were something I could totally relate to. However, the heroine had at least a few TSTL moments which made this go down a star. However, I still really enjoyed reading it and learning about Venice, Florence and London in 1666. The author did a great job showing us what the city of London was like during the Fire. I will definately buy her other books.
Okay so the second chance love story with the "dreadful misunderstandings" and "mistaken belief of betrayal" and "sacrificing love for the sake of love" and "oh dear, must be an asshole because we can't admit we have feelings" tropes was okay, just kind of meh for me. Though I will say that the author made the tropes seem plausible in context. What was really really cool, though, was the historical setting. Really enjoyed that. The book was meh, but I'd definitely read something by the author ag ...more
Jun 09, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy books when the H/h had a previous relationship and are now estranged. Thought this was a good example of that with the added bonus of a Venetian setting and then a trip to the Great Fire of London. Curious about the rest of the series.
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