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

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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
Fani
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
Slavena
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
Laura
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
Barbara M.
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
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Tonileg
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
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Christine
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
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Emmatom
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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
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RomReader
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 ♥
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
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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
Leya
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
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Victoria
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
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Nana
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
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Judith
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
Katie
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Amanda L
This book was a great read. I really enjoyed Phoebe's adventure and look forward to reading more by Miss London.
Tasmia
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
Michelle
I very much enjoyed this book. Well written, engaging characters and well thought out plot.
Kristen
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
Anneke
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 !
Christine
This one was the most romantic out of all three I think and had a bit more story to it than the others. When she saw his sketchbook I was really expecting a Titanic moment where she asks him to sketch her. I may have related with the character because I'm a bit of a modern "modiste" myself, but regrettably do not foresee any extended stays with dashing viscounts in my future. I really enjoyed the series and thought they all interrelated well. (I wonder, do Lord Middleton's friends Stanhope and H ...more
Victoria
I finished reading this a couple of nights ago, and though I didn't enjoy it as much as the other two books in this series (The Desperate Debutantes) it was still a good story. All throughout the book I kept waiting for Will to discover Lady Phoebe's secret, and when it finally happened, I didn't find it as juicy as I was hoping, but ah well. But I was so glad when they met again and resolved everything. I still can't help but wonder what happened to Frieda though.

There is also a lovely intervie
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Julie
Too predictable. Too much sex.
Larryjc
as opposed to the title of the series, the heroine here isn't desperate, at least not in the way her sister Ava was. and i was disappointing with the hero after he found out who she really was. i had high hopes for this book because i totally enjoyed Ava's story but it didn't meet my expectation. it seemed to me like a rushed product to satisfy readers that have enjoyed the first two series. but still, in all it was interesting but not in the league of Ava's story. and i haven't read the second ...more
Elle
This is the strongest story in the series in terms of the characters' conflicts and emotional tension. I also really liked the way Phoebe got a glimpse into how differently servants were treated, how disrespected, how easily dismissed, though unfortunately it really never went anywhere. There was a rather huge logic flaw in the basic premise of the story, which bugged me a bit but the story was nevertheless riveting. I highly recommend this series and this last book particularly.
Denise
This was the third book in this series and, while good, I thought it went on longer than I thought it should - even though I understood why it did. There would have been too many loose ends not tied up if it had ended where I originally thought it should.

If you consider yourself a connoisseur of historical romance, you will need to suspend your belief system for this one, but I won't tell you why. I liked this book enough to recommend it (and the entire series) anyway.
Kim
Can't say as I found any of the characters likable, which is a shame after enjoying the first two in the series. Phoebe didn't seem capable of thinking her way out of a paper bag except when it was convenient for the plot, and what's-his-name-hero-guy spent the majority of the book bullying everyone, including Phoebe, and prosing on about his "spiritual" six-year journey across the globe. (Where he apparently failed to discover any new ways of looking at the world.)
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Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than a two dozen romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Secrets of Hadley Green historical romance series, as well as the new Cabot Sisters historical series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Fall of Grace, and The Perils of Prudence. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, includ ...more
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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.”
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“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
mouth.
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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