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Guarded Heart (Masters at Arms #4)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  148 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The New Year begins with a lady's intriguing proposition for Gavin Blackford—though not the sort he's accustomed to. Alluring widow Ariadne Faucher requests private lessons from the rakish sword master in order to challenge her sworn enemy to a duel.

Though disinclined at first to teach a woman, Gavin is fascinated by this statuesque beauty, cloaked as she is in grief and m
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 22nd 2008 by Mira
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Barbara M.
Gemanee cricket...and to think I spent good money on this one! The first chapter was wonderful (but of course it was, that's the one they they really work on to hook you into buying it)...but after that...BLAH! Oh well, you win some you loose some...and now onto the next.
Elis Madison
This is a "use your words" story. In short, most of the story's drama stems from the fact that the H/h can't seem to just talk about it.

Ariadne Faucher, a wealthy widow, wants fencing lessons from Gavin Blackford. Gavin is of course reluctant to provide said lessons, but some parts of him are en garde anyway, just thinking about "swordplay" (wink, wink) with the comely widow. She's gonna do it anyway, so why not?

Despite the fact that his assent is a foregone conclusion, an abundance of caution
It's been about two years, since I've read a historical/contemporary romance by Jennifer Blake. In Guarded Heart, Ariadne Faucher, a widow who's avenging the death of her foster brother, by asking Gavin Blackford to give her fencing lessons. Little did they know, that he would be onto her plot on why she wants him dead, and fall in love with him. But Ariadne had emotional baggage with her birth mother who gave her away, and her Russian servant, who wants her to himself, more for money than in lo ...more
Bettye McKee
I love these guys! I need to go back and read the entire Masters at Arms series because the settings and characters and stories were so good.
Tabetha Waite
Gavin Blackford was by far, my favorite character thus far in the series. He seemed to have a dark aura about him that gave him a mysterious air. Ariadne, in turn, was a good counterpoint to him, if the tumultuous relationship with her former beau, Sasha, was a bit choppy and unrealistic. However, the original aim Ariadne had for seeking out the Master at Arms was intriguing, though not the 'fall at your feet' romance that I am used to reading in historicals.
This started out a little slow not much going on between the two main characters but as it goes on it gets better the end was very good and heart warming and written very well a little on the dark side but enjoying follows with Gallant match to read.
Book about a fencing instructor in 1844 New Orleans and a woman who decides to take fencing lessons to get vengeance. Good characters, but not a very complex story. Something different from the other romances I've read lately.
I enjoyed the story but found the dialog a little difficult to get through at times. I often found myself annoyed at having to re-read to ensure that I understood things.
Barbara ★
Jennifer Blake's earlier books are much better than this one.
Dorothy Tran
it was very hard for me to finish the book but at least i manage it
Jan 23, 2010 Alana rated it 5 of 5 stars
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best book ever! great play between the characters.
Kate E.A.
Not as good as books 1 and 3 in this series... Alas.
Slow slow slow....
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