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Lady Gallant (European Renaissance Duo, #1) ( European Renaissance Duo #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  561 ratings  ·  55 reviews
AN INNOCENT TEMPTRESS

The ladies of the palace called Nora Becket "mouse." But beneath her shy, artless ways hid the heart of a lioness. A daring spy in Queen Mary's court, she risked her life to rescue the innocent from a terrible fate. Yet it was Nora who needed rescuing when cutthroats attacked her--and when Christian de Rivers, a lusty, sword-wielding rogue, swept her o
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Paperback, Reprint Edition, 368 pages
Published December 1st 1991 by Fanfare
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Booklover
This was a really difficult read for me,i only gave 2 stars is one star for the mystery-suspense part and second for the grovelling

The way hubby treated his wife was really hard for me to read,sleeping with OW woman in front of his wife and purposely doing it next to the room of her and making loads of noises so that she comes and sees he is doing it with them and also in one scene he says "Just don't stand there i have to finish what i started and ask her to close the door if she is getting di
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Kathleen
Content: Sex, swearing, profanity, violence

4.25 stars. I am re-reading an old favorite, now on kindle. This historical has it all -- history, action and suspense, chemistry and sex, tenderness, heartbreak, heapings of angst (!!), and a good deal of humor. I truly did laugh and cry. Again. Wow!!

Set in Tudor England in 1558, after the death of King Henry the VIII, who had ousted Catholicism and established the Protestant Church of England, so that he could divorce Catherine of Aragon. Now Henry is
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Ana T.
I had this book in the TBR pile for a very long time. I heard very good things about it but at the same time I was unsure about how I would feel as I'd also heard the hero behaves very badly towards the heroine. I'm happy to say this was an A read!.

The ladies of the palace called Nora Becket "mouse". But beneath her shy, artless ways hid the heart of a lioness. A daring spy in Queen Mary's court, she risked her life to rescue the innocent from a terrible fate. Yet it was Nora who needed rescuing
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Crista
I was so excited to read this book! It is set in the Tudor era and if you are reading this book PLEASE read Robinson's introduction. It gives a nice "back drop" to the story and describes what was going on in England during that time. It was very interesting.

Then the book started.

This is a case of "too little too late". Christian de Rivers is not a nice man. He has been through a lot in his life, but he is a mean and nasty man. Not my kind of hero material. The heroes I love don't have to be s
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Amber
WOW. This book was repeatedly recommended for its great grovel scene. The title and cover put me off reading it for a long time, and I didn't even realize it was medieval, which I normally don't go for. But OMG, this book is AMAZING. So witty and intelligent, but I couldn't stand to slow down and savor it because I had to see what happened next. Both H and h were beautifully flawed. I adore this book.
Gerrie
I don't often read books about the Tudor period, but I am so glad I relied on the rave reviews and picked this one up. Also, this is about the reign of Mary, which has received a lot less literary attention than Henry and Elizabeth. The historical research was absolutely first class but it never felt like an information dump or history lesson. It was a seamless, but integral, part of the story.

I wasn't sure if I would like this book. The beginning is a little confusing, and it was unclear at fir
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Sakura
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Jennifer
Just not my thing. I never got a handle on the tone - it was almost lite a la Julie Garwood (especially with the heroine, oy), but then got all angsty, but there was lots of banter, but it was almost too light after the rough treatment.
Linda Sims
PASSIONATE TUDOR ROMANCE

Christian de Rivers Lord Monfort, son of the Earl of Vasterne is a favourite at the court of Mary Tudor. Taken by a band of cut throats as a boy, taught to rob, steal, lie and cheat. It was some time before his father found him and took him home. The result was a nobleman with a disregard for propriety, he still retained his outlaw friends and enjoyed their company often. His loving father tolerated Christian's behaviour as did Queen Mary.

Nora Beckett was one of Mary's la
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Krista the Bookaholic
3.5 stars

This was quiet good, but a bit too long, IMO. At some points it felt like it was dragging. On the positive side, this really does have one of the best grovelings done by the hero. Christian did redeem himself in the end. I was laughing so hard during the "love spell" and how he took Cat the puppy to do the pulling LOL

The side characters were very likeable, too, especially Arthur. That mite was too cute for words. The way he kept saying "we" and "us", like "we don't like you", "you marri
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Lemon
I give this book a low rating not because of the terrible things our hero perpetrated on our heroine, but because it was simply a badly told story. I take it this story was supposed to feel as though it is a tale told by a court jester, what with all the random bits of poetry song spewed by our hero Christian at the most random times. And I really did feel like it was a silly tale told by a court jester for this book has the dubious honor of presenting the most breathtakingly stupid fictional ch ...more
Noelle
Uggh, I had such high hopes for this story but in the end, I just couldn't wait until it was over. =/

Nora (h) was a product of her mother's infidelity and when she dies all Nora had was the man who raised her as a daughter, a man who basically hated her and felt as if she was a burden. All she wants is to be loved but knowing that she's very plain and that she will never catch a husband, she instead turns her self to court intrigue.

Christian (H) is used to having women through themselves at him
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Marilyn
I only read this 50%. I couldn't finish it. When I selected it to read, I envisioned a romance set in Tudor England with intrigue, and daring-do; a handsome rogue, a courageous lady-in-waiting. Instead, it read like something I might have enjoyed twenty or thirty years ago but not now. It's too dated. What might have been okay in 1992 does not hold up to today's standards. To me, it was like the author couldn't make up her mind which way she wanted this novel to go -- to write it for real or to ...more
PNR
This kind of book is tough for me. The hero is a complete asshole and is unforgivably awful to the heroine. The heroine is a spineless doormat. Actually, I think I know where Stephanie Meyer gets her inspiration from... Basically, I would hate for any girl to read this and think it is what love should be like. But, for me personally, there is something that resonates. I had someone I loved tear me down in a not dissimilar manner to what the heroine in this book experiences. There is part of me t ...more
Gaile
Against the background of the court of Bloody Mary, this novel is about the fate of one of her ladies in waiting. Nora Becket doesn't feel fulfilled in Mary's court. She is also a spy for William Cecil.
Unknown to her, Christian De Rivers is also a spy. Nora is not sure she trusts him but when her father settles on a bridegroom for her against her wishes, suddenly Christian seems a more attractive prospect but either knows which side the other is on.
This is an excellent heart stopping love story,
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Tina
Had some of the best grovel scenes, and the hero completely redeemed himself in my eyes.

Spoiler:

Cheating scene is pretty vague, and questionable. I read it as cheating but I know some people did not view it as such. I just wanted to mention this here because I didn't want to turn people off from my cheating tag. Some authors can pull off cheating without making the reader go crazy (Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers), this author pulled it off as well.

This was a great book. Absolutely recommend
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Danica Avet
I read this book at least once a year and it breaks my heart every single time.

Christian is cruel, but has a very good reason for it. Nora is timid, but loyal. Together, they're a perfect pair.

I'm not normally a person who enjoys Elizabethan historical romances, but Robinson has a way of making the period and settings appear everyday. I absolutely LOVE this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants to have their hearts ripped out of their chests, and given back to them with a sweet kiss.
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KatieV
Honestly, I read this because I heard it was the best "grovel" ever by a hero. Yes, it does go on longer than most, but I still don't see that he deserved to be forgiven yet (if ever). What he did to make her forgive him was "cute" but not the depth of emotion I wished to see. I also did not like the language. It was probably accurate to the time, but it didn't work for me. I feel the same way about Regency's. I just can't stand the way they speak. It's just a personal preference, I suppose.
SmittenKitten
This book is great. The beginning is so cute and romantic... and I was totally loving it, but then some heartbreaking stuff happens. The hero cheats in a pretty despicable way. Christian's treatment of Nora is like taking a puppy, shoving it into a bag, and throwing it over a bridge into the river. At least he feels guilty afterwards and does some major groveling. Nora is forever changed after the cheating incident, and reinvents herself from a mouse to a dragon.

Christina A. Marley
It was a difficult read for me. I liked the heroine but not the hero. However, I did enjoy his grovelling. It didn’t make me more inclined to like him in any way though. Christian was not a hero I would like to read about. I mostly stuck out this book for Nora. She eventually develops a backbone throughout the novel and I loved reading that about her.
☆Eiko
It's been years, and I mean YEARS since a book made me cry... I was certainly not expecting this book to do the same thing, I was simply looking for something engaging or entertaining for me to read, but alas, I found a treasure instead.

It began when I finally was able to finish watching the second half of 'Sense and Sensibility' (the 1995 film with my beloved Alan Rickman <3 ) that I decided I wanted to read about about a hero who falls in love with the heroine first and has to try and conv
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Twiggy
I am not a big fan of medieval/tudor historical romances but overall this was pretty good.

I did struggle with the language a bit, which is very Tudor England and has many trulls, turnips, cocks etc etc . That said, it would have been fairly hard work to maintain the tone and the author manages this throughout the book and captures the time period well.

The book starts off with the hero Christian de Rivers rescuing the hapless heroine, Nora Becket from the infamous highway man Jack Midnight.
The
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♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Overall: 4.50 // Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 4.75 / Romance: 4 / Sensuous: 1.5 / Suspense: 3 // Historical Flavor: 5 / Laughter: 3 / Tears: 6

All-in-all, Lady Gallant by Suzanne Robinson was a wonderful, engaging, interesting read. It featured: {1} a gorgeous, hunky, 'all the women wanted to bed' hero, that inspired a broad spectrum of feelings from love to sympathy to hate. {2} A unique, courageous, yet, meek, mild-mannered, heroine who embraced her feelings of unworthiness through half the book. {3
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Annika
I was very much looking forward to read Lady Gallant after I read so many glowing reviews about this book. What made me especially eager was the problem I had to get a copy of it at all. Now after reading it I’m not really sure if I did like it or not. There where passages (whole chapters) which were fantastic and then others (more I’d say) where I had the feeling I’m dealing with a bunch of hyperactive children with extreme mood changes every few minutes. The only one acting up to his age and s ...more
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Lord Rose
This is not really a review and is mostly just random thoughts on this book.

1. The H's father seemed a lot more like your average romance hero than the actual H did. The H acted like the volatile teenage son (who is actually 26). That said, I actually liked the H a lot, but then I have a major soft spot for overly dramatic heroes. (Especially if they use a lot of endearments for everyone, not just the heroine. Haven't you ever wanted to call someone a comfit?)

2. This was recommended as one of th
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Dangermousie
A romance novel set during the reign of Bloody Mary is quite a rarity, especially one such as this, with a plot and a strong sense of place.

But in addition to the unusual setting, the novel is blessed with a great leading pair - they are both damaged and complex and made me laugh and get angry and sniffle. Our hero is Christopher, a courtier at Queen Mary's court who is secretly a spy for Princess Elizabeth (yes, the future Elizabeth I) and someone who hides heretics. Christopher has a vicious
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Usagi77777772003 Chi
Have to admit...really good romance! Especially loved the fact that the H started softening towards the h BEFORE obtaining evidence revealing her innocence. This proves that his feelings for her weren't led by evidence. I've always hated romances where the only reason the H shows affection towards the h again after a supposed "betrayal" was because some evidence cleared her or he was told the truth by someone else, etc. Also loved his jealousy and vulnerability/insecurity when it came to the h's ...more
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Lynda Suzanne Robinson (b. July 6, 1951 in Amarillo, Texas) is an American writer, author of romance (under the name Suzanne Robinson) and mystery novels (under the name Lynda S. Robinson). She is best known for her series of historical whodunnits set in Ancient Egypt during the reign of Tutankhamun and featuring Lord Meren, "the Eyes and Ears of Pharaoh". She lives in Texas with her husband and h ...more
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