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The Mad Mistress (The Rakehell Regency #1)

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Book 1 of The Rakehell Regency Romance Series

A Desperate Gamble … on Love!

Wealthy heiress Vanessa Hawkesworth is offered as the stake in a card game by her half-brother Gerald in order to cover his gambling debts.

Clifford Stone, their nearest neighbor, only agrees to play for her hand in marriage in order to free her from Gerald’s excesses. Clifford is fascinated by the l
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Kindle Edition, 379 pages
Published (first published September 1st 2003)
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Susan
Nov 11, 2015 Susan rated it it was ok
Regency England, 1812 and Vanessa Hawkesworth, an heiress, is offered for sale at a gambling table by her brother Gerald. A neighbour, Clifford Stone, decides that the only way to save Vanessa is to buy into the card game and win her for himself.
Does the dreams that Vanessa have prove she is mad or are they real. As highwaymen bring havoc to the neighbourhood who can Vanessa really trust and who are these highwaymen.
Herstorybooks
Sep 12, 2009 Herstorybooks rated it it was amazing
This was clearly intended to be a traditional Regency romance (that is, not too many love scenes) as compared to what another reviewer describes as a 'bodice-ripper'.

So, there is no rampant sex throughout the book, just the love scene at the end, but having said that, this novel was a rollercoaster of romance and surprise I read in one sitting.

In the first scene, a lovely woman is brutally murdered, with at least one witness looking on....

Then we get a card game at a County Ball, in which the he
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Tonileg
First in the series of the Rakehell Regency Series. I just finished the sixteenth book Madness in the series first, so I doubt that you must read in order because there is only a tiny bit of overlap between the stories.
So this story starts up with a crazy scenario which could have happens with a desperate evil man, so we're introduced to Gerald Hawkesworth who is totally useless, violent and evil; no grey area here.
Wealthy heiress Vanessa Hawkesworth is put up for marriage like a slave or cattle
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Jo Notary
Jan 23, 2016 Jo Notary marked it as to-read
Shelves: shelfari-regency
379p A Desperate Gamble 26 on Love!
Wealthy heiress Vanessa Hawkesworth is offered as the stake in a card game by her half-brother Gerald in order to cover his gambling debts.
Clifford Stone, their nearest neighbor, only agrees to play for her hand in marriage in order to free her from Gerald 19s excesses. Clifford is fascinated by the lovely if unworldly young bluestocking.
As his attraction grows, so too does his certainty that his new-found love is in increasing danger from malevolent forces wh
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Kathryn
Dec 23, 2011 Kathryn rated it did not like it
I wish I could have given this a zero. It was that disturbing. This book has officially cured me of my compulsion to finish a book. It was truly that bad. One of those books that I wish I could unread. It was a Kindle freebie and she had another free book on the list as well. But after this one, there is no way I would read it.
Jess
An unfortunate title, but not a bad read. There were even supporting details for *why* our hero and heroine each have such modern thoughts. I might be willing to revisit the series...though there are SIXTEEN of them...
Vernon Keszler
Apr 04, 2014 Vernon Keszler rated it really liked it
Interesting historical mystery/romance story.
Stephanie Bolen
Jan 05, 2013 Stephanie Bolen rated it liked it
It was pretty good, I liked the characters and the plot line was decent.
Linda
Sep 23, 2012 Linda rated it liked it
I did enjoy this book.
Tara Cadenelli
Jul 25, 2009 Tara Cadenelli rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance-erotica
i like a good bodice ripper, but this was really badly written and strangely preachy. as much as i love reading books in a series, i cannot bring myself to continue with this one.
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