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From a dazzling new voice in historical fiction comes a pair of mismatched lovers who find themselves caught in a most scandalous position.

Miss Gail Alton is not having a good day. Or a good year. First, her new stepmother strong-arms her into attending the Season as a foil to her beautiful sister Evangeline. Then, while riding her mare in the park, she gets toppled by a
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Published March 4th 2008 by Berkley
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Apr 02, 2011 Dina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dina by: Katie(babs) Garrabrant
I'm not "inspired" to write a full review, so I'm just going to share some of my random thoughts...

If you're a fan of Lady Whistledown, the popular character created by Julia Quinn in the Bridgerton series, chances are you'll enjoy Compromised. While I was reading this book, I found myself thinking that it could have been written by Lady Whistledown, so "peculiar" its humorous writing was. Here's an example:

Finding the drawing room in perfect order, bookish Gail, lovely Evangeline, and Romilla d
Jan 24, 2010 Rane rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rane by: Dina
Miss Gail Alton is in a real bind, from being forced to make her may into society by her beautiful sister, then knocking down a man into the lake, then getting sick at her coming out ball! Gail isn’t very lucky the moment, and worse yet to come the man she knocked into the lake Maximillian, Viscount Fontaine has just compromised her sister!
By mere chance and mistake, Maxmillian asks Gail’s sister for her hand, knowing it’s the right thing to do, only he can’t get Gail out of his head, she chal
Gabriella ♥ Liam Callahan's girl ♥
2.444444444444499 stars...(oooh why cant GR come up with half stars ! )

ive got to say i didnt really enjoy this book as much as i hoped to... with all that fabulous 4 star reviews and GR's usually unfaulty recommendations , i really picked this one in hopes to enjoy my weekend with a totally worth 5 star read :/

How disappointing...

Mar 21, 2010 K. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to K. by: KarenH

I found "Compromised," exactly as all my "reading buds" here predicted: Intriguing enough to keep me going to the end, a bit bumpy along the road, some "hints" of a (very early) Julia Quinn feel to the story/writing, but not enough "togetherness" pages for the hero and heroines' eventual HEA.

My random thoughts:

Noble's hero really took warming up to for me. Max had many of the "usual" issues with his father's lifetime oppression and dominance of him, and inheriting his father's title. I f
Why is Compromised such a grand book? There are so many things to recommend. Could it be the witty dialogue between the hero and heroine? Could it be that even though the setting is the typical Regency England where young misses must marry snooze worthy gentlemen, Kate makes things so lively and interesting? Or could it be that the first interaction between the dashing hero Viscount Maximillian Fontaine and the plain Jane heroine, Gail Alton will have you in stitches? Max’s poor horse Jupiter is ...more
Feb 18, 2013 D.G. marked it as dnf
Shelves: reviewed

Full of cliches and bland characters plus the author didn't do her research: the hero's father threatens to tell people he's a bastard and "relatives you didn't even know you had would be clamoring to take your place." Anybody that reads historical romance knows that any legitimate issue can inherit regardless of who their father is so this doesn't make any sense. Also, there's a lot of very modern some point the hero's friend tells him to "remove the rigid wooden object that oc
Julie (jjmachshev)
"Compromised" was a light romance from new (to me) author Kate Noble. It's very much a regency romp with the added fillip of a touch of extra heat not normally found in your average regency. At 375 reading pages in trade paperback size, it's not exactly a quick read but I didn't find it hard to finish.

Gail is the smart daughter, the tall daughter, the daughter in the shadow of her classically beautiful sister Evangeline. Her father's job kept them moving from country to country in service to Eng
The relationship between Gail and Max was absolutely lovely ... if only there hadn't been the love square component (4.5 stars)

This is my second book by Kate Noble and one I actually picked up thinking only to read a chapter or two right before going to bed. That did not at all work out well for me and I was up till I finished it at 5am! That in and of itself tells you how good I thought it was and how much I enjoyed it.

The story is absolutely lovely and very much of an enemies-attract romance -
I've given this a B- for narration and C+ for content at AudioGals, which puts it at 3.5 stars

Compromised, originally published in 2008, was Kate Noble’s début novel, and while a little rough around the edges in some places, is nonetheless competently written and strongly characterised.

Maximillian, Viscount Fontaine, is heir to the reclusive and controlling Earl of Longsbowe, who, at the beginning of the story, threatens to disinherit his son if he does not marry within the next three months. Ma
Sep 15, 2011 Nisha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: HR lovers who love Love-Hate relationship with a twist
This is one of those books that falls neatly between 3 and 4 stars. I enjoyed reading it, but at the same time, it's not going to make me want to ride a lovestruck horse into a handsome man, so we both fall into a lake. Wait, maybe I would like to do that, but what I'm trying to say is that it wasn't life-changing. It was amusing and cute and a bit different from the run-of-the-mill HR. In that aspect, at least, it should get some recognition.

Our heroine, Gail, and her sister, Evie, have spent m
Linda Cohen
This is a story full of familiar tropes-two sisters-one beautiful and one bookish. Both in love with two men and both of them unsuitable.

This book fit right in with my year of fun reading--light and fluffy and made me ready to read another Kate Noble immediately--which I did!

The Summer of You (The Blue Raven #2) by Kate Noble

Beautiful Evangeline and bookish Abagail are finally back in London after a lifetime spent abroad, with a new stepmother, Romilla, in anticipation of their debut season's. With a good London address, a father who's been re
Miss Gail Alton is definitely not the usual sort one would expect in London's Ton - she is stubborn, a bit clumsy and has the tendency to say what she thinks. as this was once already a problem for her family she tends to be quiet during the social affairs.
her sister, Evangeline, is exactly the opposite (not only in character but also in appearance), which leads to her being compromised by Max on her coming-out ball at the beginning of her first season.

Max is forced to marry by his father but so
The book started out giving me a bit of a strange and icky feeling with Max liking Gail's sister Evie first and kissing her, I just like my romances to keep it out of the menage a trois family arena I guess.
I love, love, loved the small bit of Gail's intelligent passion about British taking artifacts from other countries and in her eyes stealing from their cultures, so refreshing and endured the character of Gail to me heartily. By adding this part of Gail's personality is how characters become
Gail is the too tall, too smart, too awkward, too bluestocking sister of the beautiful, ethereal, just all around awesome Evangeline. Being faced to having to debut at the same time as her, Gail accepts the fact that she's overshadowed and escapes the pressure by riding. In fact, she rides in the early morning where she meets the too handsome, too arrogant, too rich (or eventually soon to be rich enough), too troubled (waaaah! I have daddy issues) Maximillian. During a ball, after rescuing Gail, ...more
I enjoyed reading this book because it was light and fun. Both the hero and heroine were likable, and I wanted them to end up together. The setting is post the Napoleonic wars in London, and the family is part of the ton (that is, they are high society). The younger sister, Gail, has a run in with Max, a future Earl, but it is her elder sister who ends up caught in a compromising position with him. Soon a deal is struck where Max must court the elder sister, Evangeline. Eventually it turns out t ...more
Max ends up falling for his fiancee's sister Gail. There are hijinks.

1. WHELP. For two people who claim to either be honorable or care about Evangeline, I call BULLSHIT. Like I get that AN ENGAGEMENT is not always going to be at the forefront of your mind, but COME ON. Completely forgetting about it to the point that you're about to Lose It in the middle of a park seems a bit heartless to me.

2. The tone was wry and clever in a few places, but those moments of levity did not stand up well with
RATING: 4.5 stars.

Well, this was just so good! I really liked the protagonists in "Compromised", the care the author put into developing their relationship and how all the "discoveries" they made about each other were cute.

I could really see them going from enemies to lovers. This isn't something that I can say for a lot of books in this genre. That isn't intrinsically bad (fast romances, I mean), but sometimes reading about a more... realistically paced relationship is pretty cool too. Not to m
Refreshing and fun. This has a love/hate relationship start to it. Much in the tradition of Julia Quinn, lots of witty banter, the story is light and flows quick and easy to the end. It worked for me.
Christine (Cagnes)
My 1st read from this author & really enjoyed it - looking forward to reading more of her work!
This book was delicious. From the first sentences it brought me straight into early 19th century. This is how more historical romance books should be - making reader to feel that special, authentic atmosphere of the century. I was amazed by author's writing style! I was entertained throughout the whole book, and that is not something that happens very often - especially if the book has as many non-main-heroes scenes as this one.

Why not 5 stars? Firstly, I guess because towards the end Compromis
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I am going to make this short because mostly I am just annoyed by this book. Kate Noble is an excellent writer, the book is good, fun, but the story. I did not like it one bit.

Max our hero compromises lovely Evangeline. He finds her alluring and wants to do naughty things with her. At the same time he is annoyed by her sister who he calls the brat. Ok everything seems fine, except for the fact that Evangeline is not the heroine. The Brat, also known as Gail is the heroine. Gail is smart, witty a
Boy meets Girl, Boy and Girl detest one another on sight... standard setup for a tempestuous romance, yes? Except... Girl's *sister* is the "compromised" woman of the title; she is the one that Boy falls in love with at first sight, and is determined to marry. Or... is she?

This was an intriguing book about romance, marriage, and everything that comes between (not to mention everything that can come between the couple themselves!). It's about how two people who believe they're in love decide if
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Compromised by Kate Noble is a really fun historical romance novel. It is the type of book that, as you read, gets more and more frustrating and you want to yell at the characters to "FIGURE IT OUT ALREADY!" I love the type of plot line in which the characters are determined to do (or be) one thing, as the reader is quickly made aware that they should be doing the opposite. I think it's a really great way to get readers invested in the character's lives incredibly quickly - you can't help but wa ...more
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Gosh I really enjoyed this book, the first I've read from this author. Very different to many of the historical romances I read. I felt like I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, anxiously anticipating what was to come next.
Miss Gail Alton is not having a good time of things. Her new stepmother is forcing her to attend the Season along side her beautiful and much admired sister Evangeline. Whilst riding in the park, she gets toppled by a stuffy, self-important, too-handsome-by-half "gentl
Tara Gelsomino
It's been a long time since I read a new romance novel, esp. a historical romance. But I read a fantastic review of another book by this author and managed to get this one first, so I thought I'd give this one a try. It was enjoyable enough, though not mind-blowing or anything. It's very Julia Quinn-like in style and tone, right down to the nosy, sharp-tongued matriarch who takes a shine to the heroine. Gail is like most Regency heroines modeled after Elizabeth Bennett--clever and witty and unen ...more
I had heard lots of good things about this book, and it lived up to expectations. I had to get used to the writing style, but after the first few pages, I was hooked.

Writing a sisters-who-fall-for-the-same-guy book is hard. I mean, you already know what will happen (Gail and Max will end up together), so then it's all about how the two will get together with that sister in the way. Noble did a great job of getting the reader to the obvious conclusion without getting bored along the way.

by Kate Noble
5 stars


From a dazzling new voice in historical fiction comes a pair of mismatched lovers who find themselves caught in a most scandalous position.

Miss Gail Alton is not having a good day. Or a good year. First, her new stepmother strong-arms her into attending the Season as a foil to her beautiful sister Evangeline. Then, while riding her mare in the park, she gets toppled by a stuffy, self-important, too-handsome-by-half "gentlema
2.5 stars
This held a lot of promise, I liked the characters and certainly didn't dislike he story. I did found some areas a bit lacking. In particular the long descriptive passages and the historical research.

I don't understand how you can write a novel set in regency England (technically I think it was Georgian, but it certainly read like your average regency romance) and not bother doing the most basic research. All the research behind this books seems to have been reading one or two Jane Aus
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 04, 2015 11:14AM  
  • Her Notorious Viscount (Stoneworth, #1)
  • Tempting Fate (Providence, #2)
  • Merely Married
  • Her Ladyship's Companion
  • Heiress in Love (Ministry of Marriage, #1)
  • The Portrait
  • Scandal
  • A Lady's Lesson in Scandal
  • A Groom of One's Own (The Writing Girls, #1)
  • A Midsummer Night's Sin (Blackthorn Brothers #2)
  • The Bride Thief
  • Pride & Passion (The Brethren Guardians, #2)
  • All About Seduction
  • At the Bride Hunt Ball (Devine & Friends, #1)
  • Like No Other Lover (Pennyroyal Green, #2)
  • Romancing the Countess (Romancing, #1)
  • Midnight's Wild Passion
  • Waking Up With the Duke (London's Greatest Lovers, #3)
Kate Rorick

Kate Noble is the national bestselling, RITA-nominated author of historical romance, including the acclaimed Blue Raven series. She has also written television for NBC, FOX, and TNT under the name Kate Rorick, as well as the Emmy award–winning hit YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Kate lives in Los Angeles.
More about Kate Noble...
Revealed (The Blue Raven, #1) Follow My Lead (The Blue Raven, #3) The Summer of You (The Blue Raven #2) Let It Be Me (The Blue Raven, #5) If I Fall (The Blue Raven, #4)

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“Leaving?” she squeaked, bemused, as Max opened her wardrobe. “You’re abducting me?”

“Eloping. Eloping involves hurried packing. Abducting involves masked men and a burlap sack.”
“Love…love is understanding. Love is knowing that other person so well, you can anticipate them. Like if someone knows you’re uncomfortable, and they loosen your boot strings. Or if he knows you’re deeply worried about something, and does his best to remedy it and soothe your fears.” 7 likes
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