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Guarded Heart (Masters at Arms #4)

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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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☆.。.:*・°☆Love2Read♡HEAs☆.。.:*・°☆ {Anne}
Rated "Badass Swords-woman" Stars

Her husband was murdered. She wants revenge. She's strong, capable and determined. She wants to kill the bastard in a duel. Her problem, no one wants to teach her how to fence. Until, she hears of a private club that offers fencing lessons. She observes the club from afar and discovers the perfect candidate that she wants to teach her. Getting him to agree is a whole other story. Obviously, the brotherhood are the master teachers.

These two are electric together.
May 16, 2009 Barbara rated it did not like it
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
Hazel McNellis
Der letzte historische Liebesroman, den ich gelesen habe, liegt schon eine ganze Weile zurück; vor allem von Jennifer Blake. Ich weiß nicht, warum meine Meinung bei diesem Roman nur für "Okay" reichte, ob es die Story war oder eine generelle Einstellung von mir. Aber Fakt ist: Ich habe die Liebesromane lange Zeit sehr gerne gelesen. Dabei mochte ich bisher die Romane von Amy J. Fetzer, Jennifer Blake und Amanda Quick ganz besonders gut. Aber bei "Kampf der Gefühle" war ich ziemlich ... gelangwei ...more
Jan 08, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it
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
Tabetha Waite
Dec 05, 2012 Tabetha Waite rated it liked it
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.
Nov 12, 2009 Terri rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 31, 2013 Joy rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 19, 2010 Alana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
best book ever! great play between the characters.
Jul 25, 2012 Mollie rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
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.
Bettye McKee
Jan 05, 2015 Bettye McKee rated it really liked it
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.
Barbara ★
Feb 06, 2009 Barbara ★ rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2008, romance
Jennifer Blake's earlier books are much better than this one.
Apr 21, 2016 Wyldrabbit rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was excellent.
Dorothy Tran
it was very hard for me to finish the book but at least i manage it
Sep 15, 2010 Lorie rated it it was ok
Slow slow slow....
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Jul 31, 2013 Kate E.A. rated it it was ok
Not as good as books 1 and 3 in this series... Alas.
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Jennifer Blake has been called a “pioneer of the romance genre”, and an “icon of the romance industry.” A New York Times and international best selling author since 1977, she is a charter member of Romance Writers of America, member of the RWA Hall of Fame, and recipient of the RWA Lifetime Achievement Rita. She holds numerous other honors, including two “Maggi
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