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The Dangers of Deceiving a Viscount (Desperate Debutantes #3)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,720 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Lady Phoebe Fairchild is well aware that the ton would be appalled to learn of a young lady of quality involved in a trade. Therefore, she resorts to selling her beautiful handmade gowns under a fictitious name: Madame Dupree. So when circumstances force her to visit the estate of William Darby, the Viscount of Summerfield, to design ball gowns for his sisters, she assumes ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published 2007 by Pocket Books
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BJ Rose
Well, at least this was better than The Perils of Pursuing a Prince, but not by much. I actually liked the theme about the heroine's talent in designing and sewing women's clothes, and the blackmail threat to expose Phoebe to the scorn of the ton was very realistic, so I had no problem accepting that premise. My problem was with the behaviors of the two main characters - Will couldn't see that his attempts to seduce a widowed, defenseless seamstress were more reprehensible than the sexual habits ...more
****3.5 stars****

I'm glad I read this series until the end, otherwise I would have missed Phoebe's story. I believe her storyline is the most interesting one. I got hooked in the first pages and couldn't put it down until I reached the very last one.

Lady Phoebe Fairchild, daughter of the Late Earl of Bingley, sister to the Marchioness of Middleton and cousin to the Princess of Powys, is being blackmailed by her ruthless employer, Mrs Ramsey, into working as Madame Dupree, a fake identity Phoebe
IMO this was the weakest book of the series. I love London's writing because she usually writes a big part of the book from the hero's POV, which didn't happen here. That left Will kind of a stranger for me, plus I didn't really like the way he pressed an employee of his into an illicit relationship. No matter how mutual the attraction was, her initial response was 'No' and I believe pressing, even gently, someone who's financially dependant and in lower social standing than yourself, is not pro ...more
The last book of the trilogy, where Lady Phoebe Fairchild finds her own happily-ever-after.

Being blackmailed into working as Madame Dupree by her unscrupulous employer, Phoebe finds herself in William Darby, Viscount of Summerfield's estate, where she is designing ball gowns for his unruly sisters, while learning first hand how life is as a servant.

William has just returned from his extensive travels around the world to find his home in shambles, his father infirm and unable to talk and his sibl
Lady Phoebe Fairchild is a great modiste. She can fashion clothes that everyone admires, however since she is a part of a society which rules dictate you cannot have a profession and be a part of the ton she is pretending to be Madame Dupree. However she is blackmailed to go to a country estate and fashion dresses for two young ladies or she will get exposed. So she travels to the estate of William Darby, the Viscount of Summerfield to make dresses for his two sisters who are going to be coming ...more
I was MUCH more pleased with this book. I loved Lady Phoebe and Will. Those HELLIONS that Will called siblings deserved a good ole' fashioned butt whipping. They were horrible but I loved Phoebe's responses to their shenanigans. I had a good feeling about Phoebe in book 1 and I was right. Hands down, the best in the series!

Dec 16, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one better than the average, most of my usual frustrations with romance novels occurred (not caring about propriety, the difficult angry siblings or children, the hero being ridiculously unreasonable about something silly) but were resolved in a believable and satisfying way. The hero actually REALIZED he was being unreasonable and apologized! Also, for once a series like this didn't make me feel like all the characters from the previous books were simply tacked on. In the first "De ...more
3 Stars...

Lady Phoebe gets blackmailed by the women she secretly works for into working as a seamstress under the name of Madame Dupree for William Darby, the Viscount of Summerfield's rowdy siblings.

She didn't expect to fall in love with Will or to become so attached to his family, but as the lies she really had no choice of spinning starts spiraling out of control she's in a place was she's never been. Lost.

Honestly there really isn't anything spectacular or unique about this book or the char
Aug 08, 2014 Tonileg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
Historical English romance with a well born lady that wants to be in trade as a high fashion seamstress who finds love the another titled Lord who mistakes her for a light skirted seamstress instead of a innocent noble lady.
Lady Phoebe Fairchild has been making money as the modiste, Madame Dupree and she is being blackmailed to make a wardrobe for Lord William Darby, the Viscount of Summerfield's young sisters who will be coming out that season. Lord William makes mistakes, lots of them, but alw
Jul 27, 2014 Christine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
A good book, but not quite as good as the first Julia London book I happened upon so I'm rounding down. I liked the characters, the situation was plausible, and the romance was passionate. I like the way that London brings family into her stories; or at least, we're 2 for 2 on that trait. Brothers, sisters, ailing fathers ... there were more relationships here than just the main romance and it all played into the plot.

My main reservations was that I thought the plot was a bit flat, especially t
Oleta Blaylock
Apr 03, 2015 Oleta Blaylock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am going to state once more that I am not fond of the “big misunderstanding” plot device. I always tell myself I won’t read the whole mess but just skip over it and finish the story. I never do skip ahead though, first it becomes like watching an accident you just can’t seem to look away and second you never know what may be important that will be tucked away in the oncoming drama. This story is one of those plots.

William Darby, Viscount of Summerfield, has come home to assume his duties as he
This book has more assholes than a donkey in an iron maiden, and more inconsistencies than anything else I've read. You can barely get through a page before there's a contradiction in scene, timeline, or characterization. Julie London now has the dubious honor of being on my NEVER READ list, after less than 80 pages. Not even Gaelyn Foley of the too much words and Highlander ripoff managed THAT.
I did like this book, but there were times when it dragged on to let everyone know how wrong it is to judge people by the way they look. There was a long drawn out chapter ll about it, of which I could not see happening. But that is just me. Also the end of the book, it was too HEA... Almost cheesy. And the ending interlude.... talking through it was a little much. I never got a good feel for the hero character. I think some of the characters needed more development. I cant say I liked or dislik ...more
Biscotte Cynique

Une petite romance historique qui m'a bien plu.

Pas la meilleure que j'ai pu lire mais pas mauvaise.

J'avoue avoir été légèrement déroutée au début car je n'avais eu droit qu'à quelques pages sur le point de vue de Will. Ce qui était assez étrange,ça enlevait de la profondeur au récit, mais l'auteure c’est bien rattraper après!

En effet, on rencontre tout d'abord Will Summerfield, qui revient après six ans de voyage dans le monde, auprès de sa famille qui a
RomReader *Spoiler Giver*
Titled heroine is being blackmailed to work as a seamstress for the sisters of the newly-returned Duke's heir Hero. So she pretends to be a widow during her stay at Hero's estate. Heroine has been making dresses incognito for other society ladies when she & her 2 sisters were impoverished & she fears that being exposed as a working woman will taint the political progress her sisters' new husbands are making. As busy as he is in trying to repair the years of neglect & damage due to hi ...more
Sara ♥
Feb 01, 2008 Sara ♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2008
I read this a while ago, so I can't remember everything that happened, but it was really good! She gets sent to Summerfield's home where he's just gotten back from galavanting around the globe because his father is very ill and he needs to take care of the estate and his younger siblings (2 sisters and a brother, I believe). His siblings are practically heathens, and Phoebe is supposed to be designing and sewing dresses for the sisters.

Phoebe poses as a widow and she and Summerfield end up falli
Dec 28, 2014 Martina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved how the story rolled out, there are 2 other romances that unfold behind the scenes. Which I love, because who doesn't want to see more couples find happiness? I would have liked to have seen the Hero a bit more human and the ending didn't feel a bit rushed. There were a couple moments where he was a little off to me. I have to give it a 5 though, because the ending ties it all up so sweetly. I literally squealed with happiness at the end, lol.
Sep 13, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly I don't believe this is one of Julia hundred best works. To be fair, I did read it all in one shot on audiobook so maybe I didn't get quite the contemplation time I might have otherwise. I didn't care for the main characters as much as I have in her previous books. I'm not really sure why. It was a good read for Sunday and relaxing. But that's really all I can say for it.
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
I Loved reading the Desperate Debutantes series, each novel in this series has an amazing story line with amazing characters. Each novel is different but each includes characters from the other novel. Julia London has got to be the best romance author out here at this time!! None of her novels are the same and their are stories within stories. Her novels are very sensual, which for myself this is what a romance novels should be about, it nothing slutty but its Hot!!! and it makes you wish you we ...more
Feb 08, 2013 Leya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
I loathe, loathe the mistaken identity theme. Mind you I knew what I was getting into before I read the book. But my reason for it reading the was the author. I love her books, and I thought that maybe, just maybe, I wouldn’t be put off by the theme. My mistake. It bothered me a lot.

I found that the whole masquerade/mistaken identity in this book, was overly done. She could have told her secret at any point, in my opinion. But it continued until, well you guessed it, someone recognized her, and
Jan 24, 2013 Victoria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
So I started reading this thinking it was book 1 instead of book 3. In all honesty I didn't even realize until the story was over and starting Book 2 that I went in the wrong direction! Oh well!

I really enjoyed this for the romance novel it was. It is historically set, but I found it was loosely constricted in its setting. The bounds of propriety are very, very loosely bound. If you give some leeway on this point you should find it a very pleasant read.

There are some more detailed intimate scene
May 12, 2011 Nana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gdiaf
I remember the horror of this book quite clearly. The book was too appalling that it kept me from reading any books by the author. I was initially happy for this book as an object for relaxation that ended with the opposite results. After I was done I had to go out of my apartment at dawn to buy my favorite cheeseburger to refresh my mood. Phoebe is a good woman though a bit docile at times and the viscount does not particularly deserve her. He is, everything similar to an arse.

Almost a year lat
Aug 22, 2011 Judith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This won't be the greatest Regency read in your library but it is fun: Will's history of wanderlust made his conflict over family responsibilities that much more believable without being overly dramatic. Phoebe's reluctance to spill the beans about her identity to Will made perfect sense, given the circumstances of HER family's situation. The character development was adequate and varied and although there were a few moments where a willing suspension of disbelief is necessary (most notably how ...more
Jun 22, 2008 Katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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Lisla Cavill
Leí la serie, y debo decir que me desilusionó por completo, esperaba más de los protagonistas.
De los tres, este último libro a mi parecer fue el mejor.
Amanda L
Oct 18, 2014 Amanda L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great read. I really enjoyed Phoebe's adventure and look forward to reading more by Miss London.
This book gave me such a high opinion of London's skill, it was really disappointing that the other books in the series were nowhere near as good. Probably what makes this book more interesting than the other two is that there are more characters, in the form of the hero's young siblings, to keep things lively and prevent the romantic plot from becoming entirely stultifying. The hero and heroine have their stupid moments, and indeed, the heroine is almost unrecognizable from her cameo roles in t ...more
Sep 03, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this book. Well written, engaging characters and well thought out plot.
Mar 24, 2011 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love fantastic historical romances, you'll love this book in the series by Julia London. Lady Phoebe Fairchild is a seamstress under the name of Madame Dupree. Once she's threatened to be exposed to the ton, she's forced to work for Lord Summerfield at his castle, and mend dresses for his sisters. Little did she know how hard it would be, when she falls in love with Will Darby, as her façade crumbles, when there's some threats who might uncover the truth, including her competition. In a b ...more
Jan 09, 2014 Anneke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I just could not help reading and reading this novel until the last page. When I first spotted it in a nearby bookstore and read the review story at the back cover, I thought it had to be an intriguing story as a lady of quality working as a seamstress for a Viscount. Never had I found such a topic.
For those who love historical-romance novels, this one is a must !
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“-On creating a false identity for Pheobe-
"A widow," Ava insisted.
"How did her husband die?" Greer asked.
"I hardly know," Ava said with a shrug as she rocked Jonathan in her arms. "How do men typically die? A fall from a horse or some such thing."
"I scarcely believe scores of men are falling to their deaths from their saddles," Greer said drily.”
“Is this the happiness you seek?” he whispered hoarsely. “Tell me now, and I will give it to you.” He
moved down her body, his mouth on her bosom, his breath hot on her skin, and his hand freeing her
breast. Phoebe ran her fingers through his hair, thrusting her breast forward as he took the peak into his
This was insanity!“Only a profligate would confuse happiness with desire—Oh!” The swell of pleasure
his mouth on her breast gave her was startling, and she cried out.
“And only a fool would try and separate the two,” he responded hotly before he closed his mouth
around her other breast”
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