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The Reluctant Reformer

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  1,093 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Lady X
Everyone knew Lady X . . . or, at least, everyone knew of her. The masked courtesan was reputedly a noblewoman fallen on hard times. What Lord James had not known was that she was Lady Margaret Wentworth—the feisty sister of his best friend. Gerald claimed his sibling was beautiful, virtuous, naive; and he had forced James into an oath of protection. But when James t
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Published February 3rd 2002 by Leisure
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Feb 07, 2011 Natasha rated it really liked it
I was in the mood for a Historical Romance, and enjoyed many of Lynsay Sands novels so I figured I was safe. I was right! Sure there were times where I thought the Heroine got into trouble just for fun, and it seemed a bit unrealistic that she could so many times, but then I thought, this was a different time, and it was different for woman, so sure, it could happen! lol

As characters go, I really enjoyed Maggie. Her personility was sweet yet strong. She was strong willed and kind. A true lady. I
Feb 16, 2010 Britta rated it liked it
Maggie is just doing her job. She's a journalist. Well ... she has been ever since her brother died and left her the pen name of G.W. Clark.

Maggie's latest article is a piece on the working girls of one of London's houses of ill repute. Maggie is interviewing one girl when a client of that girl comes in. It's Maggie's beau and the local pastor. In an attempt to get Maggie out of the room (and the wardrobe she's hidden in), the girl changes dresses with Maggie and gives her a mask. Maggie sets o
A few Lucille Ball-esk moments had me laughing out loud.
Nov 09, 2011 Netha rated it really liked it
cerita yg bikin aq gemes2 gimanaaa gitu bacanya...gemes2 ngelus dada
secara ke 2 tokohnya sukanya ngomong pake bahasa isyarat menurut pendapat mereka masing2 yg akhirnya hanya menjadi kesalah pahaman yg panjang karna ditanggap menurut pendapat mereka sendiri2.
makanya kalo ngomong tuhh yg jelas.....sukanya kok ngomong puter2.
Apr 05, 2016 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Brilliant story, so witty. Loved every moment of it. One of my favourite stories!
Nov 30, 2013 Noura rated it it was amazing
I've not read Lynsay Sand's books for quite sometime. I've forgotten how entertaining and funny her stories usually are. I must say that this book was great. It has its LOL moments. So yes, the character can be quite silly and ridiculous but i think that's what romantic comedy is all about. I find that the story works well if one doesn't get too tied up with stories having to be logical or the characters having to be smart and sensible.

The heroine, Maggie is not exactly a typical naive and inno
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
This was an old book I picked up at a flea market. I read all of lynsay sands books, she's funny and can always come up with a plot that has you saying "how can she be so stupid" or they get in one mess right out of another trying to cover up for something. Some can be pretty funny.

I think this was one of her very early books before she got so funny or had much plot. This one was a little boring & I had to keep puting it down. Neither character got me.

A girl took over being her brothers gho
Sarah Greenwood
Dec 30, 2015 Sarah Greenwood rated it it was amazing
I love a good Historical Romance and know that Lynsay Sands can always deliver a good one. I love her paranormal books the most but the historical ones are just as fun to read. Goes down as another book from my 2015 reading challenge - A book by a female author.

The book had quite a few funny bits and misunderstandings that had me laughing throughout. A great story to get your teeth stuck into while curled up on the sofa.

Got some great one liners in it, that as a book lover myself made me smile
Sep 20, 2007 LJ rated it liked it
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Since her brother Gerald died and left her property without the proper funds to maintain, Lady Margaret must find a way to support herself and old family retainers that she cannot let go of. She assumes her brothers pen name and begins to write articles for a local newspaper. Now everyone knows that a certain amount of research must go int these articles, so donning a plethora of disguises, Lady Margaret has gone into a number of places no 'Lady' should be s
Oct 22, 2009 Nisha rated it really liked it
This is really a cute, slightly raunchy historical romance that is removed from normal respectable society. There is essentially no dealing with the ton and while the H/H are caught in compromising situations, there is no real push to marry because of society. Basically, its very modern in the characters and their actions.

I did happen to like the end since it was so scandalously funny. This is worth a read - the quick, cute, funny kind. The Hero gets infuriating when he is adamantly mistaking he
Jan 02, 2016 Paula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly relieved to discover that this book was much more intriguing that the synopsis suggested. The love story was good. The over arching mystery was pretty decent, it added suspense and danger, but for someone so smart the heroine makes a bunch of very stupid moves that land her in more danger than she out to have found. I was less than thrilled at the end when there was way to much emotional angst for book where the protagonists are adults over 25. That knocked it down a star when t ...more
May 02, 2011 Annie rated it really liked it
i love a good romance novel. and my favorite story is when someone is mistaken for someone else. you know the ones. A respectable lady somehow finds herself on the sex slave trading block, only to wind up purchased by a lord or something who ravishes her to within an inch of her life before he realizes his mistake, and then has to do the honorable thing. this story wasn't quite as good as that, but sands has a way of telling a mediocre story in a very appealing way.
Rebecca (everyday reader)
May 24, 2011 Rebecca (everyday reader) rated it it was amazing
I love books that I can't put down! James is a stranger to passion, but Maggie introduces him. They complete each other when they finally look past their initial meeting and impressions. Mystery, kidnappings, attempted murders, misunderstandings, and can't-keep-their-hands-off-each-other-passion. Not what I expected. Great read!!
Lil' Grogan
Jul 26, 2011 Lil' Grogan rated it liked it
Cute, funny romance. Loved that they never seemed to be able to get to a bed to get it on. The two seemed reasonable despite misunderstandings at first. Liked that Maggie was off writing articles about the seedier side of London. Liked the strong, sensible female characters in this. Not much to James' character though.
Aug 20, 2014 Alex rated it it was ok
Both characters were mostly clueless throughout the book. Heroine annoyed me. It was an okay book.

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Jan 09, 2016 Dreamer rated it really liked it
A mistake that led to love.

Lord Gerald Wentworth had been Lord James's best friend before dying saving his life. James had promised to protect Gerald's sister, Margaret, but when he found her in a house of ill repute, he was sure she was Lady X, London's most enigmatic wanton.

He had to find a way to reform her and save her from scandal, and, at the same time, keep his hands off her.
Autumn Mcquarrie
Jan 27, 2013 Autumn Mcquarrie rated it really liked it
I wanted to give this book a five cause normally Lynsay Sands does such an amazing job that is what I give her books. This book however disappointed in some areas. It was really good. I am glad I read it, but sometimes I thought she didn't put feeling into it. This one just didn't tug at my heart as much as all the other books I have read by her.
Michele Lacroix
I enjoyed this book, but not enough to give it a four star rating. In my honest opinion at times Maggie was to stupid to live. The woman was contently getting into trouble. At first it was enduring, but as I got closer to the end it got annoying.
Megan Altorfer
Mar 02, 2016 Megan Altorfer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful Lynsay Sands novel!

It was great! I'm so happy I picked it up finally! It was a non-stop read for me. I'm happy that everything worked out and I love how Sands made it work out!
Nov 08, 2010 Marie added it
I picked up this random book one night and just couldn't put it down! I hadn't read in YEARS either! Since then i have been reading A LOT!!!! Think i'm really liking the romance genre! Especially the hot steamy scenes!
Jul 30, 2012 Deidre rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All who enjoy a good laugh at the unexpected predicaments one can find themselves in.
This book lived up to all my expectations for a Lynsay Sands historical novel. It was throughly enjoyable and her herione's antics for getting herself into trouble kept me laughing the whole way thru.
I found this book to be below average for the genre. It had some funny parts that I enjoyed and the characters were likable. Most of the time I just found myself thinking, 'Enough is enough, already.' I also found the ending lacking.
Aug 13, 2012 Amy rated it did not like it
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I made it most of the way through this one before deciding that life is just too short. I did not like the way the heroine kept getting beat up and kidnapped and just plain man-handled.
Loved it! Such a funny HR... I was almost PIMP laughing at Margaret's first meeting with James' aunt Viv:-D
Lynsay Sands is such a great writer!!! 4.5*
Aug 21, 2012 Sally rated it really liked it
Every book I've read by this author has enchanted me. The Reluctant Reformer continues this tradition.
Mary Rodriguez
Jul 26, 2016 Mary Rodriguez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it !

This book was a joy to read ! I love the characters and Lynsay has just the right amount of humour in her book to make me laugh !
Deanna Noble
Jul 01, 2009 Deanna Noble rated it liked it
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I liked this book but I was disappointed. The first book I read by this author was so funny and this one was lacking. Good story line but I just got my hopes up. I'd read it again though.
Brittney Bower
Jun 08, 2013 Brittney Bower rated it really liked it
true love has no real boundaries, and it could stop any evil if it is backed up with more that actionless words.
Gay Landberg
Dec 22, 2013 Gay Landberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the humor

loved the anticipation of the characters in this book.the ending was awesome made me laugh and worry over Maggie.a very good book

Mar 23, 2011 Alisa rated it really liked it
I give it a four but only for it's humor. It was kinda of cheesy at the end. Def a good quick read though.
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LYNSAY SANDS is the nationally bestselling author who is known for her hysterical historicals as well as the popular Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series. With her witty and charming personality, Sands describes books as, “Waking dreams or stories, tales to amuse, entertain and distract us from everyday life.” She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to ...more
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“Good Lord, not again! What the devil is it with you and libraries that makes you unable to control yourself in them, James? You have always had a passion for books, but really!"

"I fear she is right. I always have had a passion for libraries. Still, i never realised quite how much pleasure they could afford until i met you.”
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