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Bought: The Penniless Lady (Gentlemen of Fortune #2)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  356 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews

Desperate to safeguard the future of her precious nephew, penniless Lady Artemis Dearing will do anything--even marry the man whose brother ruined her darling sister!
Hadrian Northmore's suffered enough heartbreak--he will not lose his brother's son, too. Calculating and deceitful as Lady Artemis may be, he will marry her if he must! But Hadrian isn't prepared for overwhel
ebook, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Harlequin Special Releases (first published August 1st 2010)
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Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First: the title is pretty misleading. Yes, technically, Artemis suffers from that harrowing disease, genteel poverty, but she's not really penniless. Or bought. And she's the one to propose marriage. It was much less MOC than I was thinking it was. :(

So, basically, Artemis's sister had this illegitimate kid (Lee) and then died, taking with her Artemis's brother and Hadrian's brother as well. DEATH FOR ALL. So Hadrian comes back from his business deals in Singapore to discover his brother is dea
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Hadrian and Artemis marry in spite of their mutual hostility to raise their nephew. Their nephew is the son of her sister and his brother, both now dead. She died in childbirth or shortly after and Artemis' brother fought Hadrian's brother in a duel that killed them both. Hadrian returns from the Orient a year after to discover his brother dead and that he has a nephew. He wants custody. Artemis is desperate to find a way to raise her nephew because her Uncle says he will not have him in his hou ...more
Poor relation raising her nephew ends up in MoC to mushroom who made his fortune in the East. To add to the drama, the nephew in question is also the mushroom's nephew. His brother had a child with heroine's sister. There are more convoluted familial relationships.

Both H and h have issues from their pasts although H's are more serious in my opinion. There are some misunderstandings but in general both characters talk to each other about their feelings so the plot itself doesn't revolve around t
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hesitated to read this story because of the title. But I was familiar with this author's Love Inspired Historical books, so I gave it a chance. And found the title was misleading. This is a tale of two wounded people who are healed and changed by their growing love for each other and that of a small child. One scene which I was able to skip without feeling I was missing any of the story.
I like that their relationship are more mature than some. They argued, they talk it out, they apologise and make amend,

And how open they are to each other before love even took place.

It's more angst to this story compare to Ford's story.

I'm glad they found happiness despite everything. These two deserved it.

This is the second book in the Gentlemen of Fortune series by Deborah Hale. I liked the first Married: The Virgin Widow it was a tasty meal of secrets and bitterness, just as I like it with family and first love trauma/drama.
This is filled with secret past suffering mixed with present grief of lost siblings for Hadrian Northmore (his last brother) and Lady Artemis Dearing (both her brother and sister in less then a year). I really wanted to throw darts at Lady Artemis's two uncles, they were the
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
3 e 1/2
"Hadrian le accarezzo con lo sguardo il viso rigato di lacrime. «... c’e solo un’amante che voglio, un’unica donna che amero sempre. Ed e quella che ho sposato.»"

Prendete un'abbondante manciata di lutti familiari (senza distinzioni: fratelli, sorelle, madri, padri, mogli, figli), aggiungete un orfano adorabile, un matrimonio di convenienza tra zii e una romantica e sofferta storia d'amore e voilà! ecco il libro della Hale XD Scherzi a parte, mi è sempre piaciuto come scrive quest'autrice,
The heroine's uncle has just inherited because her brother died in a duel. Uncle's trying to pressure her into giving up her nephew, her sister's illegitimate child, and the heroine is determined not to, ever, at all. (Sister's dead, also the baby's father.) It's all a big mess, and gets messier when the baby daddy's brother comes back to England and discovers that his reason for going to India--his brother--was killed in a duel with the heroine's brother. (Follow all that?) This is all in the f ...more
Feb 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the Goodreads First Reads giveaway, THANK YOU! I did enjoy it. I read it in about 3 sittings. <<<>> I found the writing to be very good but the storyline leaving something to be desired. I wasn't expecting them to get married so abruptly. There was no build up, no inner conflict. Artemis mentioned it and two pages later they were married. It would have been better to go through that decision making journey with her. To understand why it was the only choic ...more
The premise was intriguing but everything felt a little rushed in this book. First, the marriage...

- We didn't undergo the journey of pondering actions and decisions - was it the right choice? etc.
- We didn't really undergo the change of feelings - it was kinda there from the beginning.
- Why the hell didn't Artemis bring up the "Margaret" thing earlier? If I were snogging my husband and he said some other woman's name, even if I didn't dare bring it up at the time I wouldn't have just forgott
Jul 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Penniless Lady Artemis is the last child of the Dearing old Lordship. Her sister has died leaving her with an illegitimate child. He brother has died from wounds from the duel from the offender who took their sister virtue out of wedlock. The scoundrel, Julian Northmore, has died from the wound from the dual…The Dearing’s new Lords DON’T want the illegitimate baby, but Lady Artemis wants the last connect to her family.
When Hadrian Northmore learns of his nephew he rushes back from Asia to claim
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Anne Neville
Hadrian Northmore climbed from the coal mines of Durham to a position of wealth through his business ventures in the East Indies. He provides his youngest brother with the education and means to win a place in Parliament and abolish the dismal conditions that killed the rest of their family. When Hadrian returns to England only to discover that Julian died in a duel, he is devastated. He is also determined to gain custody of his illegitimate nephew. However, Lady Artemis Dearing, who has raised ...more
Nicole Laverdure
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I originally read this story in French!
The Penniless Lady by Deborah Hale .
Second part of this trilogy "Gentlemen of Fortune series"
This book tells the story of Artemis and Hadrian. Artemis has temporary custody of her nephew and when the child's uncle, Hadrian, who also wants custody, she will do everything in her power to keep him with her. Will she have a compromise with Hadrian. When you start this novel, you can not stop. You will not be disappointed by this book and I recommend this book i
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book last night. I hated to put it down. It was a very good read and I highly recommend it. It's the story of Hadrian and Artemis. Hadrian is a business man who has had a life-full of terrible tribulations. Now he's lost his younger brother in a duel. BUT... the brother has left a son. Artemis lost her parents at a young age and has raised her younger sister & brother. Now she's raising her sister's son. I don't want to disclose any more but, rest assured, their story is a ve ...more
May 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 'comfortable', well-written story. Both the H&H were emotionally scarred in some way - he by the horrific death of his family in a mining accident, she by the betrayal of the man she thought loved her - and I thought that the way that each managed to gradually break down the other's defences was well done.
Ici les personnages sont meurtris et torturés ils doivent apprendre à vivre, aimer et faire confiance
L'histoire montre comment d'un point commun au départ ils arrivent à évoluer et à se guérir mutuellement
Une belle histoire !
It wasn't a bad book, there wasn't enough within the story to make me care for the characters. I felt like Hadrian's problems were a bit much, and had I lived through what he had I don't think that I would have gone about things the way that he had.
Rosa C.
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Believable characters. I like her writing.
Apr 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
blah blah.
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Una historia muy bien llegada. Me ha encantado pero claro es que Deborah Hale me gusta mucho.
A penniless aristocrat and a self-made man marry for convenience, so they can raise their mutual nephew.
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
More like 2 1/2 stars -- it was especially interesting to read about the financial difficulties and decision points of the hero. Not a keeper though, for me.
Oct 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Romance is the quickest to read, and I'm so behind on my challenge I thought why not.. And I fell in to just like old times, it's pretty standard historical romance.
Lana Kamennof-sine
A historical romance that managed to address real issues, relay some history, AND avoid "ick factor" in scenes of, shall we say, romance.
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Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed it enough to seek out the remaining series.
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Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was alright, theres not anything great about it and the characters were kinda annoying.
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