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Her Master and Commander (Just Ask Reeves #1)

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Just ask Reeves!

Dying without legitimate issue, the late Earl of Rochester sent his butler extraordinaire, Reeves, to find his wild, illegitimate children and "civilize" them. Reeves must seek out the first of the earl's arrogant sons, Captain Tristan Llevanth, a one-time pirate, and teach him to be a gentleman.

A will of steel...

Tristan Llevanth gave up his free-wheeling l
Paperback, 358 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by Avon (first published 2006)
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
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Head in the clouds
Where have you been all my life Karen Hawkins?

This book came a such a surprise - it was filled to the brim with whimsical, slapstick humour - and although I appreciate more subtle approaches to humour - this book cracked me up. I swear the story of Daisy the sheep almost overshadowed the main romance.

There was never any doubt that Tristan was a cuddly bear. Even in the prologue you can tell that Tristan is going to be the gentle giant while Christian (his twin) is the brooding rake. His relation
Lover of Romance
Tristan Llevanth loved the sea and being aboard his ship, but when he is injured fighting side by side with Admiral Nelson, he has to give up what he loves, and his men come with him. Tristan settles in a house in the countryside that overlooks the ocean. And despite the peace he desires, he never manages to hold onto it. A neighbor widow, Prudence Thistlewaite, is definitely the bane of his existence and they tend to get on each other's nerves. Then Reeves (his late father's butler) tells him t ...more
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The first book in the Just Ask Reeves series by Karen Hawkins. If you are looking for something light and amusing this might be it. It was a pleasant read but nothing really special for me. Tristan, the hero, is a hero and ex-pirate. Injured and unable to return to the sea, he is living in a small cottage by the sea with a houseful of other injured sailors/ex-pirates. Lady Prudence has come to the remote area in hopes of opening a school. Unfortunately, the pirate's sheep keeps getting into her ...more
I am a fan of KH, but this one just ran a little to slow and a little to *ehh* for me.
Not a bad read at all, really. Reeves was most intriguing.
I think I just didn't get the heroine's over all character portrayal for me to connect with her.
One minute she's hot and fowl mouthed (if only to herself, which was entertaining), next minute she's so prim that she's an autotron. If KH had meant to make her vulnerable yet strong, to me, she came across as a bit of a whiny self-centered child woman. But
Bronwyn Rykiert
Nov 16, 2010 Bronwyn Rykiert rated it it was amazing
Tristan Llevanth’s life changed when he was 10 years old, his mother was taken to prison on a false charge of treason, he was separated from his twin brother Christian and he was impressed for a life at sea.

The Duke of Rochester has not been able to father legitimate children and now that he is dying he needs to find his illegitimate twin sons so that he has someone to inherit his title. He concocts a plan to legitimise them and sets his butler extraordinaire, Reeves, the task of finding them an
Dec 22, 2013 Tina rated it liked it
I love author Karen Hawkins. Her books are almost always a fresh glimpse into days past, light and funny romances with a smattering of history that make me wish I was wearing a ball gown and dancing with an earl. This book, however, was something of a disappointment.

Tristan Levanthe is the typical reclusive, rough-and-tumble personality you might find living alone on the cliffs of the sea. He is of course dashingly handsome, and reveals himself to have a soft heart as well by caring for all the
Dec 27, 2011 Dawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: hawkins-karen
This was a fun read. The hero, Tristan, is a grounded pirate who inadvertently became a war hero during the Battle of Trafalgar. Wounded during that battle, he can no longer sail the high seas so now lives in a rather grand secluded estate taking care of his fellow crewmen who have also been grounded due to various injuries, or, in some cases, just dedication to him.

His neighbor, a widow named Prudence, comes into his life because his sheep keep eating her garden and she is not happy about it. O
May 11, 2014 Stefanie rated it really liked it
I loved Tristan and Prudence!
Tristan loves the see, he loves his freedom. So when he's confined to a life on the shore, he hasn't anything left to live for. Until his crew comes to his cottage, one by one. He's is such a wonderful man. Even though he doesn't have many resources himself, he welcomes everybody in his crew and tries to take care of them as good as he can. And the way he reacted when Prudence came to tell him about the problem with the sheep... I couldn't stop laughing.
Prudence is a
I liked this one quite a bit. The hero used to be a pirate, but he's not one any more. I'm not sure how I feel about romances that take place almost exclusively on ships. However, this one does not. The hero has retired because of an injury, and has taken in a bunch of his old shipmates who've also been injured. He has sheep to give the sailors something to keep them busy. One of the sheep keeps getting into the heroine's garden, and she keeps having to come over and give him what for. Then Reev ...more
Nov 02, 2015 Layne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reeves is hard to beat

As is Tristan, Prudence and Christian. This author never disappoints me. I always fall into her stories and end up sighing and wishing I was the heroine. This book was no different and I cannot wait to start Christian's story which I'm going to do right now!
Apr 06, 2014 Petula rated it it was amazing
A fun historical romance, with a little sex but a lot of laughs.
For Tristan to claim the money that goes with his new title he must pass the scrutiny of a board of trustees. Prudence is persuaded to teach Tristan how to behave in polite society. Reeves the Butler is making sure everyone does as they should. A very enjoyable read.
Melissa Jaccard
Sep 16, 2014 Melissa Jaccard rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I fell instantly in love with Tristan and loved the tension between Prudence and himself. Karen didn't disappoint and I can't wait to read his brother's story.
Jessica Grogan
Apr 04, 2014 Jessica Grogan rated it liked it
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Mar 09, 2014 Gmc rated it really liked it
Her Master and Commander - Just Ask Reeves, Bk 1 by Karen Hawkins

Caaptain Tristan Llevanth once a pirate and commander of Admiral Nelson's flag ship during the battle of Trafalgar. Tristan is badly wounded but will never have the balance needed to go back to sea. He takes a cottage on a lonely cliff where he can watch the sea, and sometime his new neighbor. To further complicate Tristan's life Reeves the late Earl of Rochester's butler has come to tell him he has been legitimized and is now "Ear
Delacey Von Busse
Aug 25, 2016 Delacey Von Busse rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This book was amusing at times, yet slow and boring at others. I have no issue with a pure romance with no side plot/outside tension, however, this book is a little long without those extra dimensions. The ending also felt a little rushed and unfulfilled (am I the only one wondering about the maintenance, and running of the Earls estate that is entailed to T and will produce an income, oh and are the ladies really going to be able to run their school?)
Oct 08, 2013 Joan rated it it was amazing
This was another very well written story. I really like a strong female character that is willing to stand up for herself and others when need be. Karen Hawkins doesn't do whinnie woman thank goodness. This was a fast paced story about the captain and the wronged neighbor with a very funny butler thrown in. The secondary characters were very entertaining.
Aug 28, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009-reads, romance
A promising beginning dives off a cliff into an ocean of obvious after about the first three chapters, leaving the reader to follow along bemusedly ticking off cliches on her fingers and toes. And it's wrong, wrong, wrong when the sexiest man in the novel is the impeccable, inscrutable butler and not the swashbuckling pirate.
Jul 19, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was ok
One of the first books I read on my Nook, I don't know if it was the download but one spot in the book has the lead characters brothers name instead of his own. I was a little disappointed in this book, I think the location could have been a character as well as the house but it wasn't explored, the main characters were good.
Aug 13, 2016 Readerkuna1 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 19th-century
I just finished this book. I loved it. I will read the other one in the series. I love Karen Hawkins books. I love how Tristan and Prudence sparred with each other until they both realize that they love each other. Neither one thought that they would find love but it happened and they belong together.
Nov 07, 2012 Mindy rated it really liked it
Fun and romantic. Hawkins has the most wonderful characters. I must say that I would love to have a butler like Reeves. He is so much more than a butler. More than once I was on pins and needles.
A duology, Bk. 1, Tristan and Prudence. Funny and sweet, and the parts with the sheep are hysterical.
Maggie Shanley
Aug 28, 2013 Maggie Shanley rated it liked it
Okay story of an illegitamate Pirate/ Captain, his highway man brother and the women hired to tame the Earl.
Jun 03, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-novels
Really enjoyable. A little melodramatic and old-fashioned romnov-esque, but it was fun and a fast read.
Courtney Anderson
Jul 29, 2008 Courtney Anderson rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This book was really funny and the characters were charming.
Elaine Mcdonald
Apr 27, 2011 Elaine Mcdonald rated it liked it
Shelves: karen-hawkins
3.5 I enjoyed the book. But there are better books.
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Catherine A. Watson rated it it was ok
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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Karen Hawkins is known for her wonderfully humorous and emotion-tugging historical and contemporary romances. The author of over 30 novels, Karen writes for a living between shopping for shoes, playing around on Facebook and Pinterest, looking for fun items for Hawkins Manor, and napping, although usually not at the same time. Sometimes, for fun, sh ...more
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“Mother always said he was like a lake, calm on the surface though a powerful current rumbled beneath. Tristan, meanwhile, was the ocean—his feelings frothed and foamed on the surface, crashing like waves into every situation.” 2 likes
“As I reach my thirtieth year of service as a butler in a gentleman’s household, I find myself looking back. Between my secret recipe for boot blacking (an indispensable tool for a butler), and a vastly superior method to remove wine stains from velvet (which some will erroneously hold to be an impossibility), I find my memories salted with some faint wisdoms, a few tested experiences, and many, many interesting stories.” 1 likes
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