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The Unscrupulous Uncle (Jack Caldwell #1)

3.23  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
She had adored her older brother's best friend since childhood, but that was long ago. Now an orphan in a household that has reduced her to stocking servitude, he has suddenly returned. But why does he propose marriage, when it is clear that he loves another? Is he paying a secret debt, or simply intent on making a fortune through her? She must quickly find answers, even i ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Signet (first published 1997)
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Apr 12, 2009 Michelle rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: masochists
Shelves: posted
Damon promised his best friend Peter Braxton that he would take care of his sister should anything happen to him. And of course, Peter dies in Portugal.
Around the same time, Peter's father died as well, leaving Peter's uncle heir to the title (Baron, I believe). However, Peter's father, ticked off because Peter ran off to war, left everything to his sister Catherine.
In comes the unscrupulous uncle - he cut Catherine off from all her friends, told Damon she was engaged etc.
Damon, although he mad
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Apr 26, 2015 Lydia Gastrell rated it it was ok
I'm giving this one two stars, as opposed to just one, because I loved the setup. The first half of this book is actually amazing. I really did not see the nature of the uncle's crimes coming--though I knew it was something--and the manner in which the family is presented and her dull life created is pretty realistically shown. It's when Damon shows up to save the day that the story goes to pot.

Thwarting the schemes of the main villain should not have taken place smack dab in the middle of the
Lynne Tull
Apr 15, 2012 Lynne Tull rated it liked it
Shelves: regency-romance
I love reading these old Signet paperbacks. The book is more about the H/H and their story than about activities in the bedroom. Also, Allison Lane is good at putting us in the time period without us feeling we are reading a history book. All of the history is portrayed through the experiences of the various characters. It flows seamlessly with the story line. I did have a little trouble keeping track all of the characters as some of their stories weren't connected very well to the H/H when they ...more
Not my favorite. I really didn't like Damon at all. My main reason for reading it was that it comes first in the series and I want to read the other two books.

However, I wonder if I should have bothered as Jack, the hero of book three, mentions he's already married in this one.

I really need a chart of Lane's characters as they pop up throughout all of her novels and I can never remember which book they appeared in (with the notable exception of Thomas Mannering).
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Allison Lane is the author of 20 Regency novels and 6 novellas. She is a Holt Medallion Winner and the 2005 Romantic Times Career Achievement Award Winner, as well as National Readers' Choice Awards Finalist for three books.

Notes from Allison Lane:

I am not one of those who always wanted to be a writer, though I suspect I wanted to be just about everything else -- doctor, astronaut, artist, scienti
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