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Let Me Be The One
Jo Goodman
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Let Me Be The One (Compass Club #1)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  426 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
In bestselling author Jo Goodman's captivating new quartet, you'll meet the four intriguing gentlemen of the Compass Club -- North, South, East, and West -- as they find adventure, excitement, and, of course, romance. Now, in book one of this sweeping and sensual series set in Regency England, join Brendan David Hampton, Earl of Northam, as he unravels a mystery...and the ...more
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Published 2002 by Recorded Books
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Sep 29, 2009 K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K. by: KarenH
Shelves: audiobooks
England, 1818
Brendon (“North”) and Elizabeth

Okay, I have quite a few books that I can't write really "formal" reviews on lately because I'm too busy, so I'll just write my "informal thoughts" on becuase I don't want them to go by "forgotten."

"Let me be the One" by Jo Goodman was my very first book by her and I have to say it was a mixed bag, but mostly wonderful. I liked it (obviously because I gave it 4 stars).

From the beginning, the Heroine's "guardians" were very suspicious in whatever they
Mar 29, 2016 Keri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an absolute phenomenal read to me. LOVED IT!! This is the first book in the Compass series, four friends who weren't good enough to make the "a" list in school when they were young, so they formed their own club. It just so happens that each of their last names have the 4 directions...ergo the Compass Club. First up is North's book. Brendan does different secret duties for the Crown. He has arrived at a house party with several jobs that he has been given. One of those jobs is to meet a ...more
Jan 31, 2012 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars. Its hard to rate this one. I liked the story very much, I have no fault with the writing, but it just seemed so slooooow... I found this also with If His Kiss Is Wicked
Also there are 4 books to this series. They are each based on one of the 4 friends that make up the compass club. This one was about the Earl of Northam. Book 2: Earl of Southerton
Book 3: Marquess of Eastlyn and Book 4: Duke of Westphal. A bit silly eh? But I assure you, there is no silly substance to this book. No f
Feb 18, 2016 Dabney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. I'd read it years ago and forgotten about it. Ms. Goodman is so good. Now I have to reread the other three!
Jill Dunlop
Jun 10, 2010 Jill Dunlop rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let Me Be the One is the first book in Jo Goodman's Compass Club. Brendan David Hampton, Earl of Northam finds himself intrigued by Libby Pinrose, who is superior Officer, has tasked him with checking up on her. Her quiet and composed demeanor compels him to dig deeper because he is certain she is hiding something. Northam's instincts are correct because she certainly is hiding a dark secret.

I really enjoy Jo Goodman's writing but I have never listened to one of her books before and wondered how
A partir de la mitad el libro mejora considerablemente, no así su ritmo. Me tuvo atrapada las ganas de conocer el pasado de la protagonista, y aunque no es para tanto, la autora juega bien sus cartas para que mantengas el interés. La pareja no mejora, me sigue pareciendo fría desde el principio hasta el final, muy comedida y con falta de pasión.
A pesar de que el argumento se anima y empieza la acción, no logra contrarestar el lento comienzo... de todas formas, leeré al menos otro más, que lo te
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Unabridged audiobook review from Speaking of Audiobooks column 3/08/10:

Narrated by Virginia Leishman
Discovering that the entire Compass Club series was available in audio format, I listened to this, the first of four in the series and found I was quite pleased with the experience. The story contains a few too many coincidences or plot twists to be a favorite but narrator Virginia Leishman’s performance was such that I enjoyed nearly every moment. Leishman differentiates the characters more with
Apr 04, 2016 SidneyKay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-regency
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Quickly paced regency romance filled with mystery and suspense.

Four young men form a school boy bond, calling themselves the Compass Club. Although a bit contrived each young man had a compass direction associated with their family name or title. The main plot takes place when they are in their early thirties and trying to avoid matrimony as long as possible. Lord Northam (North) meets an intriguing young woman (Lady Elizabeth) while working undercover for the British government, specifically un
Zel Polev
Dec 30, 2014 Zel Polev rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
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*big smile* I don't think I have words that would accurately describe this journey through North and Elizabeth's story. I can say that it took them long enough to disclose everything. Peach, indeed!
Dorothea Müller
Auf einer Wochenendparty auf dem Land begegnen sich Northam und Lady Elizabeth. Zwischen den beiden funkt es gewaltig. Doch als der Dieb sich auf dieser Party zeigt, wird Northdam aktiv und sucht ihn. Doch er was nichts von Lady Elizabeths Geheimnis. Auch viele andere auf dieser Party habe ein Geheimnisse.

Ich mag diese historischen Liebesromane einfach. In der Zeit waren Männer noch Männer. ;) Nein, es einfach schön zu sehen wie die Liebe sich seinen Weg bannt ohne das man was da gegeben zu kann
Well written and engaging.

3.5 - 4 stars

Brendan, Earl of Northam, commonly known as North, attends at a house party held by Lord + Lady Battenburn. Here we are introduced to his 3 school chums, South, East and West, who make up the Compass Club ( yes this is the first in a quintet).

North is on a double mission: discover the identity of the Gentleman Thief, who has been robbing the Ton and also to befriend his patron Colonol Blackwood's relative Lady Elizabeth Penrose and ascertain the nature of
May 29, 2013 Kereesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance lovers
Recommended to Kereesa by: Grandma
Not a particularly exceptional novel, Let Me Be The One is one of the few purely romance novels that I continue to like, despite its slight predictability, a few stereotypical characteristics, and a nice heap of purple prose that included our fair heroine meowing her pleasure.

it was weird. I'm pretending it didn't happen. The fact that I read that part while my cat was around me didn't help.

It's also one of the books my grandmother left me, so it also holds an amount of sentimentality for me.

Let Me Be the One, Jo Goodman – Goodman has such a sizable body of work that it’s intimidating to know which one to read when I’m in the mood for one of her books. I have decided to read her “Compass Club” series, and so far so good. As with the other books of hers that I’ve read, this one is fairly dark in tone in that the heroine, Elizabeth, is a woman very much in need of rescue. There are some unsavory themes including blackmail as well as one’s precarious role in a society that puts severe ...more
Lord Rose
It was a good book, yes, but I can't say I actually liked it that much. And especially the heroine. There were reasons for the ways she acted, but it took such a long time for them to be revealed that I was already getting very tired of her. And the hero, although okay initially, just kept going down in my estimation over the course of the book. (The heroine's father was probably my least favorite character besides the villains, though. The way he treated the heroine was just... Argh!)

So yes, th
L.H. Williams
May 02, 2016 L.H. Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting plot, but way too long

I read a lot of RR and this one is better than average in terms of character and plot development. However, the soul-searching elements of the main characters takes up waaaay too much time and space. With some good editing this book could have been reduced by a quarter in length and improved in readability. Some well-written sex/love scenes and a few new plot twists that I have not seen before in Regency novels make it worth the read.
Deb Diem
Apr 18, 2016 Deb Diem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let Me Be the One by Jo Goodman is a fantastic read. Ms Goodman has once again delivered a well written book. I love the characters, they are fantastic! There is plenty of action, suspense, humor and sizzle in this fast paced story. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from the talented Jo Goodman in the future. Let Me Be the One is book 1 of the Compass Club Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Mrs S Coster
Jan 29, 2016 Mrs S Coster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great plot but something is missing

The plot was brilliant and I loved the idea of the characters and the humour. However I felt to much time was spent expanding the scenery and setting the historical facts than delving into the characters personality. You never get a true feeling for how Elizabeth felt her despair etc. As for North I didn't get how he went from adverse to marriage to offering a proposal there was no mind err dialogue to explain his feelings. I did love the bits of humour that
Rebecca Grant
Aug 08, 2014 Rebecca Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jo Goodman is one of the first authors to center a Regency series around the heroes instead of the heroines. The Compass is a 4-book series about four boyhood friends, set in 1818 England. Let Me Be The One is the first book and is one of the best stories I've ever read. I've read the quartet numerous times and my copies are just about worn out. "Amazon!! Please put in the Kindle version!"
I received a copy of this book from eBook Discovery in exchange for my honest review. This was one of the best reading experiences I've ever had! The story included two mysteries, a romance, villains that didn't appear villainous, loyal friendships begun in childhood, and a hero and heroine that were not perfect, but perfectly captivating. The story captured my attention from the first page and kept my attention to the last page. I gave the book 5 stars, because I know this book will become an o ...more
Susan Ross
I found the first half of the book REALLY slow but enjoyed the last part. I must say the book was hard to get through and I almost stopped reading it after a chapter or two.
I think the storyline was good but it took way too long for the heroine's dilema to come to light.
Oct 09, 2012 Jaime rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Listened to the audiobook: I want to lean more towards a 4 star, but honestly I spent the majority of the book confused by all of the mystery. The author did a great job keeping you completely clueless to what was really going on but it may have been too mysterious. There were points where I was so perplexed that I almost stopped listening, since I was listening to it, I was having trouble keeping track of all the characters and I was also working on a deadline that may have distracted me. Eith
Lynde Shaw
This actually was a re read for me that I immediately recognized with the he first line of the book. I enjoyed it the second time around as much as the first.

I was given a copy of this book by ebook discovery in exchange for a review
Apr 03, 2016 Mona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really great story -- well written, a great plot with a lot of mystery, I knew where it was leading, but I didn't get the final plot twists until the very end. Now that's a writer....
May 09, 2016 Darien rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I liked the characters and their friendships, but sadly, my tastes have changed and I no longer enjoy most modern regencies. This is an author I've enjoyed in the past, but just couldn't get that interested in the plot or characters. I think this is entirely on me....
This one is not quite as good, primarily due to the narrator, but also because the plot is more meandering than usual.
Apr 02, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book more than I'd expected. For the first three quarters of the book I'd imagined all kinds of intricate plots regarding Elizabeth's past. In the end, though, I was a little disatisfied with the author's version. And North was a little too accepting than would be believable. I imagine he should have had a lot more questions.
May 11, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks-read
This is the first of four books in this series. I found North to be a very detail oriented character. He is considered a prig; I didn't think that. The series is more about the male characters and their roles in government. I enjoyed the story, the background of the four male characters and the development of the plot.
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