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The Dangers of Deceiving a Viscount (Desperate Debutantes #3)

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Lady Phoebe Fairchild is well aware that the ton would be appalled to learn of a young lady of quality involved in a trade. Therefore, she resorts to selling her beautiful handmade gowns under a fictitious name: Madame Dupree. So when circumstances force her to visit the estate of William Darby, the Viscount of Summerfield, to design ball gowns for his sisters, she assumes ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 23rd 2007 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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BJ Rose
Feb 20, 2009 BJ Rose rated it liked it
Well, at least this was better than The Perils of Pursuing a Prince, but not by much. I actually liked the theme about the heroine's talent in designing and sewing women's clothes, and the blackmail threat to expose Phoebe to the scorn of the ton was very realistic, so I had no problem accepting that premise. My problem was with the behaviors of the two main characters - Will couldn't see that his attempts to seduce a widowed, defenseless seamstress were more reprehensible than the sexual habits ...more
laurooou
Apr 26, 2016 laurooou rated it liked it
****3.5 stars****

I'm glad I read this series until the end, otherwise I would have missed Phoebe's story. I believe her storyline is the most interesting one. I got hooked in the first pages and couldn't put it down until I reached the very last one.

Lady Phoebe Fairchild, daughter of the Late Earl of Bingley, sister to the Marchioness of Middleton and cousin to the Princess of Powys, is being blackmailed by her ruthless employer, Mrs Ramsey, into working as Madame Dupree, a fake identity Phoebe
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Fani *loves angst*
IMO this was the weakest book of the series. I love London's writing because she usually writes a big part of the book from the hero's POV, which didn't happen here. That left Will kind of a stranger for me, plus I didn't really like the way he pressed an employee of his into an illicit relationship. No matter how mutual the attraction was, her initial response was 'No' and I believe pressing, even gently, someone who's financially dependant and in lower social standing than yourself, is not pro ...more
Slavena
Lady Phoebe Fairchild is a great modiste. She can fashion clothes that everyone admires, however since she is a part of a society which rules dictate you cannot have a profession and be a part of the ton she is pretending to be Madame Dupree. However she is blackmailed to go to a country estate and fashion dresses for two young ladies or she will get exposed. So she travels to the estate of William Darby, the Viscount of Summerfield to make dresses for his two sisters who are going to be coming ...more
Thenia
Apr 06, 2015 Thenia rated it really liked it
The last book of the trilogy, where Lady Phoebe Fairchild finds her own happily-ever-after.

Being blackmailed into working as Madame Dupree by her unscrupulous employer, Phoebe finds herself in William Darby, Viscount of Summerfield's estate, where she is designing ball gowns for his unruly sisters, while learning first hand how life is as a servant.

William has just returned from his extensive travels around the world to find his home in shambles, his father infirm and unable to talk and his sibl
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Christine
Jul 27, 2014 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
A good book, but not quite as good as the first Julia London book I happened upon so I'm rounding down. I liked the characters, the situation was plausible, and the romance was passionate. I like the way that London brings family into her stories; or at least, we're 2 for 2 on that trait. Brothers, sisters, ailing fathers ... there were more relationships here than just the main romance and it all played into the plot.

My main reservations was that I thought the plot was a bit flat, especially t
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Leya
Feb 08, 2013 Leya rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
I loathe, loathe the mistaken identity theme. Mind you I knew what I was getting into before I read the book. But my reason for it reading the was the author. I love her books, and I thought that maybe, just maybe, I wouldn’t be put off by the theme. My mistake. It bothered me a lot.

I found that the whole masquerade/mistaken identity in this book, was overly done. She could have told her secret at any point, in my opinion. But it continued until, well you guessed it, someone recognized her, and
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Laura
Dec 16, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
I liked this one better than the average, most of my usual frustrations with romance novels occurred (not caring about propriety, the difficult angry siblings or children, the hero being ridiculously unreasonable about something silly) but were resolved in a believable and satisfying way. The hero actually REALIZED he was being unreasonable and apologized! Also, for once a series like this didn't make me feel like all the characters from the previous books were simply tacked on. In the first "De ...more
Barbara
Jun 06, 2009 Barbara rated it liked it
3 Stars...

Lady Phoebe gets blackmailed by the women she secretly works for into working as a seamstress under the name of Madame Dupree for William Darby, the Viscount of Summerfield's rowdy siblings.

She didn't expect to fall in love with Will or to become so attached to his family, but as the lies she really had no choice of spinning starts spiraling out of control she's in a place was she's never been. Lost.

Honestly there really isn't anything spectacular or unique about this book or the char
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Wyldrabbit
Feb 03, 2016 Wyldrabbit rated it liked it
I did like this book, but there were times when it dragged on to let everyone know how wrong it is to judge people by the way they look. There was a long drawn out chapter ll about it, of which I could not see happening. But that is just me. Also the end of the book, it was too HEA... Almost cheesy. And the ending interlude.... talking through it was a little much. I never got a good feel for the hero character. I think some of the characters needed more development. I cant say I liked or dislik ...more
1CheekyLass
I was MUCH more pleased with this book. I loved Lady Phoebe and Will. Those HELLIONS that Will called siblings deserved a good ole' fashioned butt whipping. They were horrible but I loved Phoebe's responses to their shenanigans. I had a good feeling about Phoebe in book 1 and I was right. Hands down, the best in the series!

4.5
Shelly
Jan 08, 2017 Shelly rated it liked it
I'm glad this series ended on a high note. This book was definitely the best of bunch. Phoebe was my favorite of Fairchild ladies. I also liked Will, although I thought more could have been done with his character. Overall, this series was a little disappointing.
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Nada del otro mundo, la verdad fue el que menos me gusto de la serie, hubiera podido ser tan divertido
Pero vale la pena leerlo para saber la historia de Phone
Sandra Munger
Feb 20, 2017 Sandra Munger rated it really liked it
Pheobe is the last single one. She has been helping supporting her sister and cousin with her sewing. Now she doesn't need to because they hae both married. But the person who has been selling her dresses forces her into going to an estate in the country to make clothing for the viscount's sisters. They develop a relationship but he doesn't want to marry a seamstress and she is afraid to tell him the truth. Nice ending to the series
Artisa
Jul 04, 2017 Artisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
muy entretenido, un libro para pasar el rato
kroana
Nov 02, 2016 kroana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro lleno de alegría, situaciones complicadas, situaciones más complicadas aún y un muy lindo romance contra todo pronóstico.

Me ha encantado, ¡genial final para la trilogía!
Oleta Blaylock
Mar 28, 2015 Oleta Blaylock rated it really liked it
I am going to state once more that I am not fond of the “big misunderstanding” plot device. I always tell myself I won’t read the whole mess but just skip over it and finish the story. I never do skip ahead though, first it becomes like watching an accident you just can’t seem to look away and second you never know what may be important that will be tucked away in the oncoming drama. This story is one of those plots.

William Darby, Viscount of Summerfield, has come home to assume his duties as he
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Sara ♥
Jan 15, 2008 Sara ♥ rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2008
I read this a while ago, so I can't remember everything that happened, but it was really good! She gets sent to Summerfield's home where he's just gotten back from galavanting around the globe because his father is very ill and he needs to take care of the estate and his younger siblings (2 sisters and a brother, I believe). His siblings are practically heathens, and Phoebe is supposed to be designing and sewing dresses for the sisters.

Phoebe poses as a widow and she and Summerfield end up falli
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Emanuellen Trizi
Feb 24, 2017 Emanuellen Trizi rated it did not like it
Jesus Almight, how I've hated this lord! Summerfield is by far the most self-assured caracter that I ever seen and all the "do you know with whom you are talking to" maked me sick in so many levels throught the book that I was pleading that Phoebe get back to London and let this bastard alone. Ugh! The end is beautiful, but predictable. Maybe if Phoebe had dropped the commission and in some way Summerfield chase her in London and "WOW YOU ARE MADAME DUPREE?" and then discovered that she was a la ...more
BLØOM CØMETE.
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Une petite romance historique qui m'a bien plu.

Pas la meilleure que j'ai pu lire mais pas mauvaise.

J'avoue avoir été légèrement déroutée au début car je n'avais eu droit qu'à quelques pages sur le point de vue de Will. Ce qui était assez étrange,ça enlevait de la profondeur au récit, mais l'auteure c’est bien rattraper après !

En effet, on rencontre tout d'abord Will Summerfield, qui revient après six ans de voyage dans le monde, auprès de sa famille qui a
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RomReader❤️Spoiler Giver❤️
Titled heroine is being blackmailed to work as a seamstress for the sisters of the newly-returned Duke's heir Hero. So she pretends to be a widow during her stay at Hero's estate. Heroine has been making dresses incognito for other society ladies when she & her 2 sisters were impoverished & she fears that being exposed as a working woman will taint the political progress her sisters' new husbands are making. As busy as he is in trying to repair the years of neglect & damage due to hi ...more
Tonileg
Aug 03, 2014 Tonileg rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, historical
Historical English romance with a well born lady that wants to be in trade as a high fashion seamstress who finds love the another titled Lord who mistakes her for a light skirted seamstress instead of a innocent noble lady.
Lady Phoebe Fairchild has been making money as the modiste, Madame Dupree and she is being blackmailed to make a wardrobe for Lord William Darby, the Viscount of Summerfield's young sisters who will be coming out that season. Lord William makes mistakes, lots of them, but alw
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Nana
May 12, 2011 Nana rated it did not like it
Shelves: gdiaf
I remember the horror of this book quite clearly. The book was too appalling that it kept me from reading any books by the author. I was initially happy for this book as an object for relaxation that ended with the opposite results. After I was done I had to go out of my apartment at dawn to buy my favorite cheeseburger to refresh my mood. Phoebe is a good woman though a bit docile at times and the viscount does not particularly deserve her. He is, everything similar to an arse.

Almost a year lat
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Victoria
Jan 19, 2013 Victoria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
So I started reading this thinking it was book 1 instead of book 3. In all honesty I didn't even realize until the story was over and starting Book 2 that I went in the wrong direction! Oh well!

I really enjoyed this for the romance novel it was. It is historically set, but I found it was loosely constricted in its setting. The bounds of propriety are very, very loosely bound. If you give some leeway on this point you should find it a very pleasant read.

There are some more detailed intimate scene
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Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Jul 13, 2012 Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb" rated it it was amazing
I Loved reading the Desperate Debutantes series, each novel in this series has an amazing story line with amazing characters. Each novel is different but each includes characters from the other novel. Julia London has got to be the best romance author out here at this time!! None of her novels are the same and their are stories within stories. Her novels are very sensual, which for myself this is what a romance novels should be about, it nothing slutty but its Hot!!! and it makes you wish you we ...more
Katie
Nov 21, 2007 Katie rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
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Alice M. Black
Sep 03, 2016 Alice M. Black rated it liked it
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Mina
Feb 20, 2010 Mina rated it really liked it
This book gave me such a high opinion of London's skill, it was really disappointing that the other books in the series were nowhere near as good. Probably what makes this book more interesting than the other two is that there are more characters, in the form of the hero's young siblings, to keep things lively and prevent the romantic plot from becoming entirely stultifying. The hero and heroine have their stupid moments, and indeed, the heroine is almost unrecognizable from her cameo roles in t ...more
Christine
Feb 23, 2010 Christine rated it really liked it
This one was the most romantic out of all three I think and had a bit more story to it than the others. When she saw his sketchbook I was really expecting a Titanic moment where she asks him to sketch her. I may have related with the character because I'm a bit of a modern "modiste" myself, but regrettably do not foresee any extended stays with dashing viscounts in my future. I really enjoyed the series and thought they all interrelated well. (I wonder, do Lord Middleton's friends Stanhope and H ...more
Haley Osborn
May 27, 2009 Haley Osborn rated it really liked it
This book is amazing to say the least. From chapter one I was hooked. The characters of Will and Pheobe are very compelling both together and seperately. Even characters that a reader would generally find annoying are interesting to read. I was very entertained with the amazingly well written story and the characters straight through to the end. The only complaint I have is that for such a great story I felt that the ending was a bit rushed but it made no difference because it was still a great ...more
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Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than two dozen romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular historical romance series, the Cabot Sisters, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming R ...more
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“-On creating a false identity for Pheobe-
"A widow," Ava insisted.
"How did her husband die?" Greer asked.
"I hardly know," Ava said with a shrug as she rocked Jonathan in her arms. "How do men typically die? A fall from a horse or some such thing."
"I scarcely believe scores of men are falling to their deaths from their saddles," Greer said drily.”
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“Is this the happiness you seek?” he whispered hoarsely. “Tell me now, and I will give it to you.” He
moved down her body, his mouth on her bosom, his breath hot on her skin, and his hand freeing her
breast. Phoebe ran her fingers through his hair, thrusting her breast forward as he took the peak into his
mouth.
This was insanity!“Only a profligate would confuse happiness with desire—Oh!” The swell of pleasure
his mouth on her breast gave her was startling, and she cried out.
“And only a fool would try and separate the two,” he responded hotly before he closed his mouth
around her other breast”
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