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Touch The Sun (Rakes & Rebels #3)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  579 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Meagan Sayers, rebellious Southern beauty, was a runaway. The newly-orphaned daughter of Virginian aristocracy, connected to Madison, Jefferson and General Washington himself, arrived in bustling Philadelphia disguised as a lady's maid.

Irresistibly drawn to dazzling young Lion Hampshire, pride demanded she keep her secret as he arranged a loveless marriage to advance his p
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Published February 12th 1983 by Ballantine Books (first published November 12th 1978)
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Apr 29, 2014 Kelly rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf
Once in a while I decide to try to plow through something I got as a Kindle giveaway. This one managed to have a Mammy stereotype and about a hundred head-hops in the first few pages. Life's too short. Next!
I was so excited to read this when I discovered it was a romance set in America after the Revolutionary War. The beginning was good and I enjoyed the first half of the book.

By the second half I was questioning why Meagan was in love with Lion. He went from being a total ass to being nice to her and then back again too often for me. The almost-rape scene where he refused to take no for an answer didn't work for me. I've read a few that didn't rub me wrong, but this one did. I also couldn't figure
Mar 10, 2012 GoldenjoyBazyll rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Betsy and Michelle
Recommended to GoldenjoyBazyll by: Got it free on Amazon Kindle Best Sellers
Shelves: romance
What a fun book. This is the story of a young girl who is born to wealthy society parents in Virginia. Sadly, they die while she is a teen and she is able to live in her home until she learns that there is no more money and the estate must be sold. (Hisssss) herparents were big spenders and spent the fortune into the ground. What is a young and irreverant girl to do???? She poses as her best friends maid to escape being sent to a spinster aunt in Boston. What comes next is a madap array of event ...more
I'm SO enjoying re-visiting all Cynthia's novels. This one has always been one of my favorites. Megan and her feistiness, strength and beauty made me long to be her! The true and pure love that she and Lion share are the reason I read these books.

I loved "seeing" Caroline and Alec in this book and know Cynthia does this throughout the whole Beauvisage series, which I really like!

I rarely read historical fiction anymore, but these books and any new ones Cynthia writes are automatic winners in my
Tough one. The parts of this book I liked, I really liked. The parts I didn't like, I really, really hated.

I ignored the historical aspect because I'm pretty sure that it would've ruined it for me. I put it down at least once because how they spoke and acted drove me nuts, but I wanted to know what happened, so I kept picking it back up. (Plus, being trapped on a plane for seven hours didn't give me a lot of options.) Rape in a romance novel doesn't sit well with me. I know it happens; in ficti
I think I actually lost IQ points reading this piece of junk. Why did I stick with it? It became hilarious to see how many historical inaccuracies the story contained.
I liked the setting of post-revolutionary Philadelphia and enjoyed the period details, especially the clothes and decor descriptions! Sometimes I'd like to get rid of my jeans for just a day and dress how these women did! I could sympathize with the main characters, entangled in the proprieties of their society when their heads and hearts are elsewhere. Lion was a stormy, delectable hero and Meagan a firey, beautiful heroine who wouldn't settle for less than her heart demanded. Thought the cameo ...more
An absolutely wonderful read. Even the second time around.
Lion is a misguided hero with an ambitious ill choreographed plan to achieve a seat in the budding nations Congress.
Formerly a headstrong free-spirit with wealth to spare, the lovely and destitute Meagan hatches a wild scheme to pose as a lady’s maid to her best friend.
Match one eye on the prize man with one nothing left to lose woman and what do they get…? Electric chemistry…sleepless nights…clandestine meetings…hearts and heads in turmo
Sarah Murphy
Lion and Meagan's story was delightful to read! I love the Beauvisage Series by Cynthia Wright, and can't wait to read the next one, or any of her works!
Pat aka Tygyr
Meagan Sayers has been a rule unto herself as she grew up in a rich household to parents absent more than present. Wearing breaches, riding astride, reading everything. Her parents recently died in a carriage accident leaving many debts. Her home is to be sold off for debts and she is being sent to her spinster aunt in Boston. Meagan does not want to go. She goes to her nearest neighbor. Though she and Priscilla are not close friends they tolerate one another. Learning that Priscilla is betrothe ...more
Alpha males and subservient women

I've read three of these books now. I don't understand how Wright's females go from outspoken, radical, independent young women to naive, mind melting fools. This girl lets herself get sold as a servant, to a dirty old man with clear intent for her. She lets him drag her upstairs to "her new bedroom", though servants sleep on the lower level. Then surprised that it's a revolting room made for seduction. Shocked frozen when he starts to grope and speak of her so c
R.C. Matthews
What I loved about this book were the characters and the overall concept of a rich man falling in love with a servant (or at least he thinks she is a servant).

Meagan is a free-spirited young woman who turns her nose up at most of society's dictates about how young ladies should behave. She spends most of her time in breeches, riding her horse, reading and doing whatever she pleases. Her parents die on a sea voyage, leaving Meagan with a mound of debts that can only be paid-off by selling the fa
Chantelle Larson
I suprised myself by finishing this book. This read was hard to gauge, at times I couldn't put it down but then other times I was so bored I wanted to give up and start a different one. I think that despite the bland and boring story line I really enjoyed the style and jazz of the writers style. I think she did a great job with blending of characters and growth throughout the story. I really loved all the inclusions of true history tidbits but a stronger and more busy plot line would have made t ...more
Sherry Haynes
I was so wrapped up in this story that I didn't want it to end. I enjoyed not only the romance of the story but the details of history within it. With talk of the Constitution and characters such as George Washington wrapped in the midst of Society's elite backdrop, it made me feel as if I could picture the events really happening. I hadn't read the first books in the series so I cannot say if reading them out of order will affect your viewpoint but I do know that I didn't feel lost or lacked un ...more
Mary Waldo
Fun story, good characters. At one point I was skimming the story because I really wanted to see them together! Another easy summer read.

Meagan Sayers, rebellious Southern beauty, was a runaway. The newly-orphaned daughter of Virginian aristocracy, connected to Madison, Jefferson and General Washington himself, arrived in bustling Philadelphia disguised as a lady's maid.

Irresistibly drawn to dazzling young Lion Hampshire, pride demanded she keep her secret as he arranged a loveless marriage to advance his political career. As passion drew them together, bitter intrigue drove them apart. In an atmosphere of breathless exc
Apr 28, 2014 Noor rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: blah
I was excited about this book, but while reading so many thing made me scratch my head. I feel the author kept getting sidetracked with other things that really had no relevance to the story. George Washington and Dr. Franklin really? The story seemed so drawn out and then ended so abruptly. I enjoyed parts of it, but overall it seemed kind of bizarre. Yes, it was fiction, but yo be good it needs to be believable and this was not that at all.
Another amazing and dashing romance by Mrs. Wright! Lion and Meagan will capture your hearts as well as made you go insane with their stubbornness. Both main characters are willful and will not give in an inch until they get what they want. I love the fact that Meagan has a strong leading character and knows what she wants in life but at the same time is feminine, beautiful and vulnerable. Beautiful story overall that will entertain you and will keep you flipping the pages.
I enjoyed the post-Revolutionary War American setting, especially since the author wasn't afraid to throw in real people modern readers will have heard of. And I really enjoyed the heroine, especially at first. I got a bit bored, though, when (view spoiler).
Apr 18, 2014 Delta marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Historic Romance: Colonial United States

Miranda Vaughn
Was amazing!!!

I can't wait to read the other two books as I got this one first not realizing it is one of at least three novels in a series. I highly recommend this novel to those that enjoy their historical novels with humor, romance and hidden identities and agendas.
Cynthia Wright's series novels are beautifully written and historically fascinating. I only mark them down because there is too much emphasis on graphic sexual scenes for me. If that doesn't bother you, The Beauvisages Trilogy is excellence in historical romance.
Tina Ullrich
Should be Reach For The Moon

I never liked that word for children. I enjoyed this story and the way you presented Lion as the bigger man. Meghan is the perfect person for him. They complement each other
There are several books in this series and I recommend you read them all. These books are better when read together. For the time they were written, 30 years ago, they are well written and a solid read.
Couldn't put it down! I do love a good well written romance doubled with a bit of intrigue. Can't wait to read the next book!
Barbara Svetlick
I enjoyed this story finding it very easy to read.
abandoned ten pages in due to flippant dialogue
Fine. Romantic. Predictable. A bit of fluff to clean the attic.
very readable romance
Loved it! Kept me captivated. Really liked how spirited a "free thinking" Maegan was. Loved how she & Lion fit together. Priscilla & Marcus deserved each other.
One thing I would of like to know though...What happened to Marcus! He was responsible or at least had a hand in Clarissa's death.
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Because so many readers have asked, "In what order should I read the Beauvisage & Raveneau books?" - here is that oft-requested list!
Although the titles stand alone, these two series intertwine with some characters crossing over, and many readers enjoy them in chronological order:
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Rakes & Rebels (9 books)
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