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A Dangerous Beauty (Widows Club #1)

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Love : n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by the removal of the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder. —The Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce

A Courageous Outcast...

Rosamunde Baird has lost everything and has no choice but to accept an invitation to spend a season with a dowager duchess and her clandestine ladies club. Determined to
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by Avon
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Beanbag Love
Sep 28, 2009 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It bogged down a bit in the middle and I never quite buy the excuses for past abusive behavior from family members who instantly get forgiven, but since that seems to be typical for regencies, I shouldn't complain so much.

The leads both have issues and they're both very likable. He's cranky and she's subverted a wild streak after a bad marriage. Tragic pasts, but not so tragic you can't believe they'd ever get beyond them. There's a secret out there, though, that comes out of
May 15, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it did not like it
The title and book cover is lovely, but other than that this newest by Nash for Avon is a major disappointment. The plot and characters were written in a way that has been done over and over again. Simply, no originality here.

The heroine Rosamunde has been harshly punished for simply kissing a young man (GASP THE HORROR!) when she was a teenager and because of that she runs away and marries a man who tortures her sexually for years because she is wanton and a sex fiend- all because of a kiss. P
Oct 11, 2009 Ridley rated it did not like it
Rosamunde is the stereotypical widow whose husband was a total douche. Of course Dr. Hero - in this book played by a duke named Lucifer - will heal her with the power of love, but not until the author has dragged the story out by 100 pages with a Big Misunderstanding.

The novel starts off well enough. Luc feels bad at how his father bollixed her life up so he endeavors to befriend her. He takes her on walks, horse rides and other platonic adventures while honoring a self-imposed "no touching" rul
♥ Melody
I really loved this book. The execution was very impressive and just made the entire story pretty amazing. Loved this author's style of writing. I had randomly picked this up on a whim because the cover intrigued me and the back cover description caught my interest and when I started reading it, it really surprised me. A very pleasant wonderful surprise for me. I was expecting to get the predictable plot seen in romance books but this book really grabbed me and kept surprising me. I couldn't put ...more
May 19, 2010 Crista rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, historical
This is a good book. Not great, not memorable, not life-changing, just good. I'll refrain from giving a synopsis as other reviewers have done such a great job, but I will tell you why I give this 3 stars.

The torture of this heroine took place within the confines of a marriage that we are not privy to. She speaks of the marriage only in bits and pieces to the Dowager and then to Luc. This is such a huge component of this book and it's what makes her the woman that she is, however, because it is
Apr 18, 2012 Christine rated it liked it
Rosamunde Baird grew up the apple of her father's eye and adored by her older brothers and her younger sister Sylvia. Raised by her father the Earl with the manners of a proper lady, Rosamunde's spontaneous sense of adventure lands her in great scandal when she is seen unchaperoned on a private stretch of beach giving the heir apparent Duke Henry a kiss. She refuses his marriage proposal because he admits he loves someone else and Rosamunde is then cast out by her family and banished from the pa ...more
Carrie Olguin
Jan 29, 2013 Carrie Olguin rated it it was amazing
Amusing and touching story of two tortured souls finding redemption by learning how to love each other.

The first chapter is necessary backstory told simply and quickly in an omni-present POV. Chapter two begins eight years later where the heart of the romance begins.

The dialgue is witty, the characters complex, the plot simple but elegant. (I love when dukes behave like the powerful men the title gives them. This duke plays by the Devil's Rules - which means he decides when or if any rules apply
Juliana Philippa
Jun 10, 2009 Juliana Philippa rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars) Sophia Nash is a relatively new author to the genre, so although I really enjoyed this book (obviously, since I gave it 4.5 stars), I think she needs to work a little more on making all of the puzzle pieces and threads come together. There were some holes in the H&H's stories/pasts that were hinted at or given to us in bits and pieces; also, the heroine's estrangement from her family needed to be worked on a little, because it was hard to believe that it lasted eight years if bot ...more
May 29, 2015 Greselley rated it really liked it
Intimacy, n. A relation into which fools are providentially drawn for their mutual destruction.
—The Devil’s Dictionary, A. Bierce

Yay. That was good. I always skip this whenever I am on a hunt of a book to read mainly because I hate the heroine of the first book of this author's Royal Entourage series. Because for few weeks already, I can't find any books that is passable enough to be satisfying so I settled for this. And I'm freaking glad I did. I like the heroine and hero so much. I really th
Brenda Margriet
I enjoyed this book. Like Luc(ifer) especially - he had a sardonic wit I loved. Rosamunde was a bit meek and mild - although she did stand up to Luc.

Felt the book jumped from her being dishonoured to being married to an abusive husband to him dying very quickly. The fact that Luc is the brother of the man she "dishonoured herself with" felt odd to me. And while the book did try and explain why her family forgave her so quickly, after 8 years of exile, it felt a little pat.

Loved some of the writi
Jun 07, 2012 Anna rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
Stupidest premise ever.
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Not many books can make me laugh and sigh at the same time. Very few books make me want to re-read them—right after finishing the last page! But A Dangerous Beauty is such a book!

Charming, witty, funny and passionate—this romance novel has it all! I found myself laughing, actually laughing, many times during my reading of it. And when I wasn't laughing at some
Virginia Campbell
Aug 23, 2009 Virginia Campbell rated it it was amazing
Rosamunde Baird defies convention and becomes an outcast from her family and the elite society set. Only her sister, Sylvia, remains by her side. Forced to choose a loveless marriage in order to provide a home for herself and her sister, Rosamunde endures years of marital misuse. Her husband, an icily cold clergyman, abuses her mentally and physically until at last she is freed by his death. She and her sister take refuge at the estate of a lively older widow, who has formed a "Widow's Club". Th ...more
Apr 20, 2014 Cherie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
A good story with a decided twist I never saw coming. Sometimes Rosamunde was overeating self-pity and martyrdom but she certainly had reason for a dose of it. Ata, the hero's grandmother, is a central figure and adds more than a modicum of hilarity to the dialogue. Luc is a scoundrel with a healthy sense of humor and more honor than he lets others credit him with. I fell in love with him.
Mar 15, 2008 Loralee rated it liked it
This was my first Sophie Nash. I liked it, but I didn't absolutely love it. I don't know if it was just me, and that I never really got a chance to sit down and read more then a chapter or two at a time, but I didn't feel like I really got to know the characters enough, and their stories, what made them who they were. I got the gist of them, but not as deep down as I would have liked. I also had some issues with the heroine and how she handled certain things, especially with her family, but most ...more
Borders Broad
Dec 28, 2011 Borders Broad rated it it was amazing
(4.5) I have been reading a lot of historical romances lately. Sophia Nash has impressed me with her writing. It is atypical in a genre filled with similar stories and characters. I rank historical romances differently than other genres because it is so much harder for a book to stand out. And these types of mass market books, unless you are a huge romance author like Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts etc., the low amount of readers who will rate a book like this is small. Thus, i rate romances high ...more
An okay sort of book, with nothing to make it memorable. Ms. Nash writes fluidly for the most part; in small segments the flow gets dammed with use of long words and clunky language - the editor needs to be woken up.
The story is a standard plot of a disgraced woman fighting her basic fun loving spirit to stay under society's radar and a gruff rakish Duke who early life experiences have made him cynical. Both attracted to each other, denying their feelings and then surmounting obstacles to find
Jan 25, 2016 LateNiteReader rated it it was amazing
This was a very pleasant surprise. I wasn't familiar with Nash before this, but I'll be stocking up now!

The main characters are fairly typical... the misunderstood Duke who hides his sensitive nature behind a facade of acid humor and hauteur. The feisty lady whom fortune has spat upon, rendering her exhausted and vulnerable. The secondary characters and plot aren't unusual either.

What sets the book apart is the quality of the writing. Many books, you sort of skim along on the surface, never real
Sep 03, 2013 Donna rated it it was amazing
This was a very pleasant surprise. I wasn't familiar with Nash before this, but I'll be stocking up now!

The main characters are fairly typical... the misunderstood Duke who hides his sensitive nature behind a facade of acid humor and hauteur. The feisty lady whom fortune has spat upon, rendering her exhausted and vulnerable. The secondary characters and plot aren't unusual either.

What sets the book apart is the quality of the writing. Many books, you sort of skim along on the surface, never real
Jan 21, 2009 Liz rated it it was ok
This is a fairly typical Regency romance. Rosamunde is a widow whose indiscretion several years ago caused her father to cast her out, whereupon she eloped with a man who she didn't love and he in turn abused her emotionally and sometimes physically.

Luc was a captain and is now a closet author who indulges his dowager duchess grandmother's whims to take widows under her wing and make their lives better.

They meet and despite a few stumbling blocks, they fall in love.

Not a bad entry into the genre
Aug 19, 2014 Martha rated it really liked it
The heroine had so many obstacles to reach her happily-ever-after. I admired her courage, tenacity and resilience despite being judged (unfairly) and shunned by society.
Bebe Four
Jul 28, 2014 Bebe Four rated it liked it
This was disappointing. It seemed like there were too many unnecessary plot threads and unbelievable characterization.
Jun 02, 2014 Lee rated it liked it
Really this was 3-1/2 stars...
May 15, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
Rosamundes had a hardship the last eight years, all for a misconception where the Duke of Helston was forced to ask for her hand in marriage.
Headstrong and hardheaded, Rosamunde eloped with the first one who seemed to want her for her self, and that ended in disaster. Now a widow with a reputation, Rosamunde and her sister Sophia gets invited to spend a season with the Dowager Duchess, and meets the new Duke of Helston. Instant attraction but what can come from this? Regency romance and heartac
Feb 15, 2009 Daneesha rated it it was amazing
OMG. I read this book in like 12 hours. Amazing! This goes into my all time favorites! It was fresh, witty, and funny! I loved the hero and the heroine. Each chapter also started with something called The Devil's Dictionary. It featured definitions such as
Baby: a misshapen creature of no particular age...chiefly remarkable for the violence of the sympathies and antipathies it excites in others, without sentiment or emotion.

Jul 01, 2009 Jc rated it liked it
Rosamunde is considered a fallen woman after being caught in a kiss during her teen years. Now a widow after suffering through a loveless marriage, Rosamunde becomes a member of the secretive "Widow's Club," but begins to flirt with disaster again when she catches the eye of the Duke of Helston, notoriously called the Lord of Ice and Fire. Read this one if you like your heroes sarcastic, but with a heart of gold.
Apr 15, 2008 Terri rated it it was amazing
I met Sophia at the RWA conference in Dallas last July and got a copy of this book. The first Historical Romance I'd read in 30 years and I enjoyed it a lot. There's now a sequel out and I'll have to get that one. Sophia is ever so nice to chat with and she explained that this novel is based on her grandmother and that made it all the more interesting. If you like Historicals, I highly recommend this one!
Mar 07, 2009 Kim rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoy this chapter in Sophia Nash's "Widows Club" series and am seriously looking forward to the remaining books in the series.

Rosamunde Baird is a sympathetic heroine who will only be rescued from the dark demons of her past, both within and without, by the charmingly wicked Luc St. Aubyn, a man with plenty of secrets of his own.

Quite the delightful romp and wickedly amusing, to boot!
BJ Rose
Mar 19, 2011 BJ Rose rated it really liked it
This book has been languishing on my bookshelf for two years, so I finally told myself to read it already! Now I'm wondering why I waited so long - I had never read this author before, so I had no expectations either way, but now I know I will read her again. In fact, this is the first book in her 'Widows' Club' series, so I'll probably continue with the next featured widow.
Jan 24, 2016 ARomanceLover rated it really liked it
I thought this was very witty and heartbreaking but ultimately satisfying. I really enjoyed the language of flowers that Nash included and the quotes from the Devil's Dictionary and the banter between the hero, heroine and the hero's grandmother was delightful. I definitely became invested enough in the widows that I will be reading the next book.
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Sophia Nash’s novels have won almost two dozen national awards including the prestigious RITA Award and two spots on the American Library Association's “Top Ten Romances of the Year.” Sophia was born in Switzerland, raised in France and the United States, but says her heart resides in Regency England. Her ancestor, an infamous French admiral who traded epic cannon fire with the British Royal Navy, ...more
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