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The Indiscretion

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  492 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Daring To Love

Lady Lydia Bedford-Browne's small rebellion becomes the adventure of her life, when her coach crashes and leaves her stranded on the treacherous Dartmoor with the only other passenger: a rugged, disarmingly attractive Texan named Sam Cody. Sam's slow, melodic drawl and dark, hypnotic eyes tempt Lydia in ways she never thought possible. But dare the lord's dau
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Published April 3rd 2001
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Oct 30, 2009 Julianna rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Insomniacs Who Need a Sleep Aid
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"1.5 stars" I'm going to preface this review by saying that I believe every book I pick up has the potential to be a great or at least good and worthwhile read. I also go into reading every book with an open mind and a desire to love it. I'm pretty good at discerning ahead of time whether I will like a book, based on the synopsis, or other readers' recommendations and reviews. The Indiscretion happened to be one of those books that I really thought I would like, mostly be
Lisa Kay
★★★★✩ I tried this one to fulfill a challenge and I’m thrilled to find a wonderful “new-to-me-author.” (Can you believe, even with all the romances I’ve read, I haven't read any of her work? It won’t be my last!) Well narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt; I don't think I've heard her before, and she did a great job on Sam’s voice and cowboy accent.

Dartmoor is now a protected area of moorland in south Devon, England.

The book is in two parts and the first ー where they are trying to survive on the Dartm
Such a talented author! Loved this book. The bleak moor is still vivid after several years. Lady Lydia -- prim and proper English miss -- is stranded on the treacherous Dartmoor with Sam Cody, a rude, rich, rascally Texan.
♡Karlyn P♡
This story was a nice twist to the typical historical romance novel based around London's royalty crowd. In this novel, Sam, a rich and politically well-connected American "Cowboy" falls for Lydia, a sheltered daughter of a Viscount. They find themselves in a desperate survival situation, where they are lost and alone in the wilderness for several days. Sam is a great romantic hero. He is rough around the edges, speaks his mind regardless of who gets offended, and overall the most loyal and tru ...more
This was a very nice book, though not as good as Beast IMO, basically because the heroine was way too cold for the most part of the second half. The first half where the hero and heroine find themselves stranded in the moor was great; heartwarming, tender, sweet, passionate. I couldn't have enough of it.

In the second half, where the hero and heroine meet again, well, she kept refusing him for way longer than I thought was necessary. She did quite a turn in the end, and I was glad for it, I just
Jenny Rebecca
The Good: I really liked the main characters, I liked the plot, two strangers meeting under extreme circumstances, falling in love. I liked the sexual tension, Judith Ivory does that well

The Bad: The book peaked too soon. By the second half, I was less invested in the characters, it was obvious that the two were in love, the obstacles were already solved.


THE Worst: I'm so tired of "And Baby Makes Three" Why must so many romance novels use babies as a problem solver? I hate you, I'
I really, really liked how this book began. Liddy and Sam's coach crashed out in the middle of nowhere and they are forced to work together to stay alive and find rescue. They develop not just an attraction, but a friendship that was fun and interesting to read, and quite romantic. Once they are rescued the book goes downhill. Liddy goes from being sweet and likeable to a complete snob and stays that way until nearly the end of the book. She constantly tells him to leave the country even though ...more
Mary B.
The first half of this book - loved it. As I was reading I thought finally a book that lift me out of my slump! But no... then the second half came a long and it just kind of died. The heroine became way too prissy, and the author kept up the characters' willful stubbornness up for far too long. I kept getting to points in the book where I was like "Oh ok, now finally they will break and show their true feelings." Nope. As the reader, I felt like kept getting the fact that these two just didn't ...more
Arthaey Angosii
I'm leery of romances that are filled with annoying tropes that distract from my enjoyment of the story itself. While this book isn't 100% devoid of them, they are (mostly) well-justified enough to not get in the way.

I liked that there were few out-and-out "misunderstandings" — it drives me CRAZY when the entire conflict of a book would evaporate if they would just TALK TO EACH OTHER. The conflict comes from the seeming impossibility of continuing (or even admitting to) their attraction once the
What a wonderful story and certainly deserving of all the awards it received. Sam Cody is a Texas cowboy in England to get married. But he missed his wedding being a good samaritan and got beat up pretty badly for his trouble. His wife and her family refused to talk to him since this wasn't the first time he had left her standing at the altar.

Lydia is a member of the British nobility and is playing hooky for three days wanting a taste of independence.

Lydia and Sam find themselves on the same il
A sweet, sexy romance between and English beauty and a tall, blue-eyed Texan. Sam has come to England to be the Ambassador of US in negotiation of a treaty over a canal with England. Only when Lydia meets Sam he is drunk, been beat up and left a woman at the alter for the second time.

Through a weird circumstance they end up stranded on the moors for 3 days. During that time Lydia finds herself and decides that she should have her Sam for herself. At the end of that time though, Lydia becomes he
Finished The Indiscretion by Judith Ivory and I'm afraid I wasn't too thrilled with it. That first part of the book had a lot of potential, but as the story went along it just fizzled for me. I never really got to know those characters -- not really -- there were reasons behind their actions, but depth? I don't think so. I didn't really like the main characters and that's a problem. I didn't understand why Sam didn't just turn around and walk away from Lydia. And to top it all off, Sam's lack of ...more
Ivory's 'The Indiscretion' was a very enjoyable read.

As usual, Ivory writes wonderful dialogue, vivid descriptions, and interesting, multi-dimensional characters. The storyline unfolds well. In particular, I enjoyed the contrast drawn between the proper English woman and the lovable American cowboy. The two had good chemistry.

The secondary characters were interesting as well. I would have liked to know more of Lydia's brother Clive and her parents.

Well done.

Evie Byrne
No subplot, no mustache twisting villain, and thank the lord, no punishing kisses. Just two people out on the moor, all by themselves, slowing falling in love. It's not deep, it's not angsty, it just makes you smile. And as always, Judith Ivory writes like a dream.

And the hero is a cowboy.
Diana Biller
Another beautifully written Ivory book, The Indiscretion suffers the same kind of ending problem as the first—but it’s a lot more serious. This story, like The Proposition, uses class differences as its central problem; but similarly balks when it comes time to unite the hero and heroine permanently. This feels almost like a betrayal: she’s such a good writer that she sells these romances completely, so for her to then turn around and make all the serious problems she’s set up so compellingly ma ...more
I can see a lot of people not liking this book if only because of Lydia, which makes this very much like Archangel by Sharon Shinn- you liking this book is dependent upon whether you like or hate Lydia (at least to me). I loved Lydia. I loved that I could completely identify with her and understand where she was coming from, and, yes, her flightiness felt real to me. In a lot of Historical Romance you have characters who have sex and do not really care about the consequences- and that can be awe ...more
Part 1: Cowboy and Englist girl stuck on the moor together in 1899.
Part 2: We are from different cultures and we fight over everything but I love you so we'll get over it eventually.

The first time I read this I gave it 3 stars, and while I enjoyed it, I didn't think much of it. So what made me reread it about 3 years later? It just simply stuck in my head, it was memorable. I didn't think it would be at the time, I find most romances go in one ear and out the other in about a year. You know th
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Lady Lydia Bedford-Browne está a punto de experimentar la mayor aventura de su vida cuando su carruaje sufre un accidente y la deja a solas, en Dartmoor, con el otro pasajero que viajaba con ella: un enorme y apuesto texano llamado Sam Cody. Su voz pausada y melódica, la forma en que arrastra las palabras y su hipnotizante mirada, tientan a Lydia hasta el extremo. Pero, ¿podrá la hija de una Lord inglés abandonar las estiradas normas sociales de la época y dejarse llevar por la pasión?

La mala su
I guess I would say this was a strong 3. It's certainly well-written. I enjoyed the premise and liked the hero. The heroine was mostly likable, but eventually grew tiresome with her snobbery (which I guess I understand, but still). At the end, things turn a turn for the seriously anachronistic, with a secondary character (and this is completely unrelated to the plot) announcing he's gay, and nobody reacting with any concern (I mean, considering the prison sentences and the social ruin, you'd thi ...more
Indiscretion begins in a clunky fairly uninteresting way but straightens out to become quite readable. There are a few moments where the plot seems to get away from Ivory in blots of unrelieved silliness. And there is the de rigeuer female who wants the kind of freedom her lot won't get for a long time. This time at least she has a charm of her own.
Best of the best. A fainting-couch-worthy historical romance by an author who wrote too few novels before disappearing from the scene. The Indiscretion has everything. Two vividly realized characters are thrown together in the mismatch of the century (American cowboy-adventurer versus prim English heiress), share an adventure lost on the moors, engage in razor-sharp repartee, and tumble into an inconvenient love affair punctuated by supremely erotic love scenes. Splendid fun! Downton Abbey fans, ...more
Emily Barnes
I liked it overall, though it was not as good as the Proposition and the ending dragged on a bit. I am not a big fan of the "he can't say I love you" ending, but I would say it is JI's second best book of the ones that I have read.
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This book surprised me. I was not expecting the heroine to make the decisions she did, and I liked that certain consequences were shown (view spoiler) I thought there was some great characterization of the secondary characters and I love that the leads were imperfect and *remained* imperfect. (view spoiler) ...more
Really wonderful first part where the two of them are lost in the desolation of Dartmoor, something like a "land before time" - 5 stars, but the second part, where their true identities are revealed and they have to come to terms with each other, is less effective - 3 stars. I had trouble suspending my disbelief that an American diplomat would have been permitted to behave as informally as Sam - they were a lot more formal back then (and they're still very formal now) and to be a diplomat with a ...more
Not up to her usual standard. Too much sex, not enough plot.
Jane Stewart
I like Barbara Rosenblat as a narrator, but the sound recording equipment picks up all her swallowing. Listeners complained. It was distracting. So I won't get the audiobook even though I like Rosenblat.
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Judith Ivory "accidentally" acquired two degrees in mathematics, then sold her first novel in 1987 and closed up the math books for good. She lives in Miami Florida, with her two children, two cats and a dog.

"Judith Ivory" is the pseudonym of author Judy Cuevas (real name).
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