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The Painted Lady

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  158 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
When one of the Duke of Caswell’s painted portraits started talking to him, he knew he’d best find treatment for his problem. Sir Osgood Bannister offered such a program—and expected his niece, Lilyanne, to carry out the bland regimen. Lilyanne was not at all the sort of woman the duke would ordinarily meet—and her innocence intrigued him. But that wouldn’t do in his world ...more
Published July 3rd 2012 by Belgrave House (first published July 1st 2001)
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an engaging and different twist on a regency romance - the perfect Duke has a secret vice; painting. His talent is prodigious, and his entire life is a cover up for his guilty pleasure. When his paintings take on a life of their own, he retires to a "mental" doctor in the country, where his own personal Nurse Ratched becomes his muse. I reallly like this tale, it was well written, the characters were fun and the author has a sly sense of humor
I read this when I want a light, humorous escape from reality. I love it. :o)
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rake-hero
Finally, a good one by BM. Not that this doesn't have a rake as hero, it does. But he's not sleeping around during the time we are peeking into his life.

And he is in a world of trouble-- he paints his current mistress Dolly (like he does all his women- shagging them, and then running upstairs to paint them-naked), and then makes a few changes, cos he's not happy with the painting, ends up with another woman altogether, and now that woman in the painting is talking to him!

He thinks he's mad, he
For being a Barbara Metzger, this was not very clean. I was disappointed, because her writing is great and she adds superb humor. This just crossed the line of what is pleasing.
Jan 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Deborah D.
An almost generic regency, the best part was Kasey (the Duke) and his battle with society - a duke just does not paint in Society!

When Kasey believes he is having a conversation with the subject of his most recent painting, he travels to a remote supervised home where people who are dealing with overwhelming Turbulence go to be treated by a quack...and he falls in love with the quack's niece, Lillyanne.

She was the wise woman of the house and had a very sensible, healing approach to life...which
Dec 26, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure what the author was shooting for in this book but it didn't work. A duke who is a closet painter, a painting that speaks (literally) to him, murders, theft... it's all just a muddle, and a boring one at that.
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not your normal regency romance, since it has an element of supernatural, but I enjoyed the story.
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two-and-a-half stars. It's weird, but very nearly works. If nothing else, I liked Kasey and Lilyanne.
Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy creative writing as much as the next guy, but this adventure's so abundant with alliteration it's absurd.
I liked that for the most part it is told through the eyes of the male protagonist. A fast paced, lighthearted romance but with a message "To thine own self be true".
Sep 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Jun 10, 2015 07:10PM  
  • A Regency Christmas Eve
  • The Highland Countess (Cotillion Regency Romance, #10) (Regency Royal, #7)
  • Three Lords for Lady Anne
  • Back in Society (Poor Relation, #6)
  • The Nobody (Nobody, #1)
  • The Rake and the Wallflower
  • The Duke's Double (Lords of Love)
  • Deirdre and Don Juan (Lovers and Ladies, #6)
  • The Unflappable Miss Fairchild (Rogues and Rakes, #1)
  • Isabella & The English Witch (Trevelyan Family, #1 & #2)
  • The Sugar Rose
  • The Counterfeit Husband
  • The Captain's Inheritance (Rothschild Trilogy #3)
  • Summer Campaign
Barbara Metzger is the author of over three dozen books and a dozen novellas. She has also been an editor, a proof-reader, a greeting card verse-writer, and an artist. When not painting, writing romances or reading them, she volunteers at the local library, gardens and goes beach-combing and yard-saling.

Her novels, mostly set in Regency-era England, have won numerous awards, including the Romance
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