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The Abduction of Julia (Rogues #1)

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What can a respectable Regency miss do when kidnapped by a nobleman intent on marriage? Why, marry him, of course.

Julia Frant has secretly loved Alec MacLean, the wild Viscount Hunterston from afar. So when he accidentally snatches her instead of her lovely, scheming cousin for an elopement to Gretna Green, Julia leaps at the chance to make her passionate dreams come true.

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Paperback, 373 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Avon (first published 2000)
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Juliana
Two very different reactions two years apart - first time loved it, second time ... did not

This book would get a solid 5 if it weren't for that the ending comes up and hits you like a wall that suddenly appears while you're going 60 mph on the highway ... would have liked to catch my breath after everything works out with "the obstacle" subplot (guessed the truth early on but was still well done and a nice twist) and enjoyed the at-last get-together and "I love yous" of the H&H - although it
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Huma Rashid
This book was enjoyable enough, but also ... annoying. I have a few little issues with it.

* The chick, Julia, is surprisingly dim-witted and naive. It's like she was born under a rock and has no idea how real life works. Or, at least, her new life as a lady.

* Julia is always described as prim and proper, but she constantly blurts whatever comes to mind, even if it's shocking, and that's how her cousin describes her - that she's always blurting out shocking things. The back and forth is irritatin
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Ruth
This was a fairly good read. I really liked some of the secondary characters, which really held the whole thing together, from Nick and Therese to Lady B and Edmund. I did have some issues with it though, which took the shine off for me, and knocked it down to a generous 2.5 stars.

- It relies too heavily on a Big Misunderstanding, which doesn't pass muster with me. I completely struggled to believe that two people who completely lust over each other couldn't have actually realized they lusted ov
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nurmawati
ceritanya ttg miss julia frant yang suatu hari mengalami salah culik, dia di culik oleh lord alec, viscount of hunsterton...
tadinya alec mau menculik Therese frant, sepupu julia yang cantik dan culas karena alec mestinya merit sama therese buat memenuhi persyaratan almarhum kakeknya dimana dia mesti menikahi cucu dari bangsawan pilihan kakeknya dan hidup selama setahun jauh dari skandal kalo alec mau dapetin warisan yang gede banget, kalo gagal, warisan akan jatuh ke tangan Nick, sepupu alec yan
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Dwayne
Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.

I used to shun Regency romance novels, preferring instead highland and medieval romances, but Karen Hawkin's The Abduction of Julia is a really good book that I think reading it might have led me to warm up to the sub-genre. It seems it only occured to me that the rigid etiquette of the ton and the double standards of their actions, not to mention the innumerable marriages of conveniences sets the scene for an endless array of hilarity and romance!

A marriage
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MaggieReadsRom
It took me a while, several chapters to be honest, to get into this book and I can’t quite pin-point why that was. The story was defenitely nice but still it didn’t grip me as some other books recently have done.
I was really at the verge of putting it down and picking another book to read and that would have been a first because I’ve never done that.. I always finish what I start!
But luckily I hung on and from chapter 6-7 I really got pulled into the story...
Maybe because the story really began
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Deedee
This book had me at the first paragraph. Its a good read makes you laugh out loud at some of the thing the hero says.

Alec MacLean, Viscount of Hunterston, must marry or he will lose the inheritance left to him by his grandfather. But the will specify that he must marry the daughter of the Earl of Coverington. There's a problem he has the wrong girl.

" Perhaps there would be some benefits from this arrangement, after all. “You smell like heaven. Kiss me, sweet Therese.” She kicked him. Hard. “O
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Carrie Olguin
DNF.

I liked the setup and premise: Rake must marry into a specific family and remain without scandal for a year to inherit a fortune.

But as the story progressed, the heroine grated on my nerves. She's American but her father was English. She has no money and lives as an unpaid servant with uncaring relatives (that is becoming a bit cliche). Once she marries the hero with half of his fortune (and he has to pay for all of their living expenses, including her clothes and jewels) all she can think o
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Jessica
Maybe a 3.5

Hawkins is a default author for me. Every time I walk into a bookstore or library, you can bet I am looking (after J. Quinn, James, and Kleypas) to see if there is an unread Hawkins book to unearth.

Her Scottish tales have been great to follow; I could basically say the same for this one. Julia Frant, the awkward chaperone to her cousin Therese, has a bit of a problem. One night, she is swept bodily from her home and taken across England on the desperate whims of Alec Hunterston. Alec
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Yossra kerkeb
3.5 stars.

I have come to the conclusion that I am going through some sort of phase.Indeed,it seems I've become obsessed with historical romances these past few weeks,and especially the theme of arranged marriages/marriage of convenience. I was probably a very ambicious matchmaking mama in an other life. This is my first Karen Hawkins' novel,and the introduction to the 'Rogues' series.

Lord Hunterston or Alec,is a viscount who enjoys life's basic pleasures: sex,alcohol and gambling. He's also
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Ashlee
Apr 20, 2010 Ashlee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hist-Fic-Romance Chicks
Recommended to Ashlee by: Katrina
Shelves: adult
Not bad. Over all though, I really enjoyed it. The only thing that really got me was the end.

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Nick just all of a sudden decides that he's going to leave the country and just let them have the fortune after everything he's done? He repented SO easily!! In one paragraph he's all, "I'm killing Alec and taking the money..." and in the very next (after Julia tells him that he can't inherit anything if he kills Alec), he's like,"
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Lita Bouquard
A viscount plans with his latest lady to kidnap her and marry on the quick so he can fulfill the stipulations of his grandfather's will. Alec discovers to late he has abducted Julia, the frumpy impoverished cousin and not the beautiful Therese. Julia has loved him for years and offers to marry him as the deadline is midnight. Alec agrees to meet her conditions- no sex and split the money 50/50 so Julia can donate to her charities. Despite her nicknmame of the Frant Dragon, Julia has beautiful gr ...more
Tonileg
This starts out with a scene I have never read nor thought of before, so its originality surprised me a bit in the Regency English romance novel genre. Alec, Viscount Hunterston has grabbed his fiance to run off to get married by special license before midnight because the next day is his birthday and he will lose his inheritance from his grandfather ( reportedly the biggest in England) if he doesn't get hitched up legal with the daughter of a certain Earl that day. Of course he waited last minu ...more
Lover of Romance
Julia Frant, in a case of mistaken identity, gets taken by the one man that she has loved for over four years, Alec MacLean. Alec MacLean in order for him to get his inheritance and keep it from his cousin, must marry by a appointed day and live free of scandal for one year. Julia Frant see's this as a opportunity as her dream of being with Alec, whom she has loved for four years, finally coming true when she thought it would be impossible. She also after coming into a agreement with Alec will h ...more
Netha
Alec MacLean, viscount Hunterston, harus segera menikah jika tidak ingin harta peninggalan sang kakek jatuh ke tangan saudaranya Nick.
tidak itu saja, sang kakek memberikan persyaratan dlm hal tersebut.
1. mempelainya adl putri dr earl of covington, 2. selama 1 tahun pernikahan tersebut harus scandal free for a year.
karna waktu sudah mepet alec mengajak therese, putri dr earl of covington untuk kawin lari dengannya ke gretna green.
setelah lama menunggu ternyata yg masuk ke dalam keretanya bukan th
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Jenni Ebba
I liked Julia. Maybe it's because she is an American, maybe it's because she is nicknamed the Dragon, or maybe it's because she cares about those less fortunate while still remaining headstrong, any reason is good enough- I just like Julia. And many people in London's ton will fall for Julia, including her husband.
Alec Maclean is a little less likable. He's a rogue who wants nothing except to marry a daughter of the late Earl of Covington- a stipulation in his grandfather's will for him to inh
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Julia Frant is plain, prim and poor. Born in the colonies, she moves to London to live with her aunt and cousin after her parents die. At 27, she's on the shelf and with no prospects, dividing her time between chaperoning her flighty, beautiful cousin Therese and working for a charitable society working with destitute women. When she steps into what she thinks is a hack, one night, only to find herself swept off on an elopement with the man she's been in love with for the last four years, Alec " ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
Re-read April 2011 -- First read July 2010

This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: Available Now!
Publisher: Harper Collins
Imprint: Avon
Author’s Website: http://www.karenhawkins.com/
My Source for This Book: Amazon.com
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1 Rogues series
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

I first read this book in July of last year, and at that time, placed it firmly on my Keeper Shelf. I just re-read it, and I am happ
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Brittany
Okay, to begin with I loved this book overall but there are a few things I am going to pick on. First, Alec was just an idiot for most of the book. I mean how could he really be that blind? The heroine obviously loved him but no he had to be all stupid and ignore it, for a supposed rake he was not very good with her. Secondly, I was beginning to get over my irritation with Alec but then the epilogue happened and I was not happy at all. I honestly do not know what the author was thinking she blat ...more
Sabaahath Ibrahim
An absolute favorite. One of the best story's by Karan Hawkins. Alec and Julia, a dreamy, rebellious, and adorably sweet couple. And Alec never fails to surprise. At one point Nick started to rise above Alec, but in the end Alec stole the spotlight back all to him self.
The best hero in the best book of this series.
I could read it as many times as I could and still fall in love with him all over again.
Nova
Ceritanya sih sederhana dan cukup menarik..tapi Heroine nya bikin gregetan dan pengen ngelempar buku aja.

Julia si Heroine-nya, sangat-sangat naif, egois dan bodoh. Saat dia setuju menikah dengan Alec, Alec membebaskan dia melakukan apa yang dia suka, termasuk kegiatan-kegiatan amalnya. Sementara Alec, ga boleh judi, minum dan punya mistress. Alec menuruti semua perjanjian mereka, sementara Julia berlaku semau-maunya. Bilangnya mencintai Alec sejak empat tahun lalu, tapi caranya bicara dan memper
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Beate
This was a fun read, and it inspires to read the next one in the series as well.

What I didn't like in this book, is that a strong female character always seemed like she was weak at the chore. Like her strength was a ploy, and that she really was just a dumbass idiot. And the story wrapped up too quickly at the end.

Regardless, I liked Julia. She had some crazy notions and said so many funny things, it made me laugh.

The hero, Alec, seemed a bit distant. I never really connected with him. I liked
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Anna
Not too bad. Pretty much exactly what I was in the mood for, though on a more critical day some of the tropes would probably have put me off. The Regency tone was passable--had an interesting time trying to track the effort to make the heroine sound more American, mostly by having her say "darn" when "drat" would have sounded better.
Stephanie Bolen
It was really cute, especially the way she made the villain react more like a little kid than a true villain. She saw the good in everybody, but she wasn't naive or obvious to their faults instead she saw the truth behind all the bluster. I love how Alec gradually falls in love with her and you can watch it happen. A very good Regency.
Laura
I would have liked this wayyyyy more if I wasn't at the same time going through Georgette Heyer's novels. I kept looking up from the book going 'oh shes saved a chimney sweep who has been mistreated and is now foisting the poorly behaved imp on the Hero. Isn't that Arabella?' and then cousin who is jealous over the marriage of Hero and Heroine due to financial concerns? Dastardly villain who tricks Heroine into location so that scandal will brew and assume they were having an affair? Aren't thos ...more
Jennifer
I LOVED this book! I did not want to put it down. It took a while to get going, but once it did I was completely enthralled. Julia was smart and so compelling. Alec was so hot and his transformation was amazing. I loved them and their story. I cannot wait to read another one!
Kristen
If you love beautiful historical romances to become a timeless classic, this one is for you. Alec MacLean needs a bride to inherit his grandfather's money before his evil cousin Nick does. Julia Frant needs money for her charitable causes and agree to have a marriage of convenience. She's not an ordinary woman, until she transforms into a beautiful lady. But in order to obtain all the funds, they've got to avoid having a scandal. But there's more than their opposites attracting this couple, when ...more
Lori Kurochkina
I was excited to read this story, just going off the description on the back of the book. It started of... OK. But something never clicked for me with the guy and girl. She supposedly had been in love with him for 4 years, but for numerous reasons that I didn't buy, she kept avoiding kissing/contact with him, only wanted a marriage of convenience, spent way more time with her charity works.... I also felt that the author spent way more time telling us things instead of showing us those things th ...more
louise haithcock
One of my personal favorites. I come back to it from time to time to re-read. Hawkins writes for the simple enjoyment of a good romance and humourous characters that carry from book to book.
Jenn
Since I'm almost done with all the Quinn and James books, I've been looking for someone else else to fill the void. Hawkins might be it, but not from this book, so much.

This story started out pretty good. I liked the idea. But along the way, I just wanted to throttle the both of them. They were so incredibly annoying with how they felt about each other. Not to mention Julia and her oddly prudish behavior.

I'll try some more from this author, but I didn't love this one.
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