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The Counterfeit Mistress (Fairbourne Quartet #3)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  405 ratings  ·  51 reviews
A refugee from the war in France, Marielle Lyon has established herself at the fringes of London society and welcomes the gossip that she is a s py. The more eyes watching her, the better protected she is -- and the better her chances are at saving her father's life. A warrior at heart, Gavin Norwood, Viscount Kendale, would still be in uniform if not for his older brother ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Jove
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UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick

4 solid stars for this new-to-me author!

Madeline Hunter is a name I see popping up all over the Historical Romance genre, and always in a favorable light. I hadn’t taken the time to really look into her books – “so many books, so little time” and all that rot – but when I was given this book for review, I really had no choice but to dive in. And oh, how very happy I am that I did!!

The Story:

With nothing in mind but saving her father's life, Marielle Lyon doesn't just welcome her reputation as a
Mary Chen *Nulla in mundo pax sincera*
Originally posted on Buried Under Romance book blog

Marielle Lyon is a French émigré with secrets – secrets that make Gavin Norwood, Viscount Kendale, suspect her of being a spy for the French. Marielle has been playing a game of cat-and-mouse with her Gavin, whom she dubs Handsome Stupid Man, not knowing he might actually be the cat in their game.

Kendale is a man unlike many of his aristocratic peers. His years in the military instilled in him lasting independence and discipline, along with the
I liked this one and it really worked for me. The book had a longer feel to it and Marielle and Kendell's romance was really able to flourish. The mystery of Marielle was well done and I am looking foward to the next book in the series.
Sonya Heaney
Originally posted HERE .

You know, I’m getting really annoyed with some historical romance readers! I made the decision a while ago not to read this series because there were quite a few negative reviews, and I really wish I had ignored them.

The historical romance genre at the moment is beyond bizarre. Disney fairy tales based on television shows like The Brady Bunch and House get raving five star reviews across the board, while richly-detailed historical books that actually capture the location
Janell Sutherland
In the years following the French Revolution, French nobility escaped to London. Gavin Norwood, the Viscount Kendale, was in the English army fighting against the Revolution. His company got ambushed when they were betrayed by a woman, and now he dreams of revenge while mistrusting women everywhere. He spends his leisure time building a private army and following a French woman around town.

Marielle Lyon may or may not be a spy, but she certainly acts shifty, skulking around town and delivering p
Joyfully Reviewed
Marielle Lyon has a few secrets to keep. However, she enjoys the fact that gossip speaks of her being a spy for France. Feeling as though the attention will keep her safe, she continues to push for her ultimate goal. Alban Norwood, Viscount Kendale, has made it his life’s mission to right some wrongs from the past. He doesn’t trust what appears to be the truth and ferrets out undercover spies to balance the past. Marielle soon comes on his radar and all signs point to her and her duplicity, yet ...more
Marielle Lyon has a few secrets to keep. However, she enjoys the fact that gossip speaks of her being a spy for France. Feeling as though the attention will keep her safe, she continues to push for her ultimate goal. Alban Norwood, Viscount Kendale, has made it his life’s mission to right some wrongs from the past. He doesn’t trust what appears to be the truth and ferrets out undercover spies to balance the past. Marielle soon comes on his radar and all signs point to her and her duplicity, yet ...more
4 stars for this one because of the really enjoyable love story and the main characters, as well as the amusing interaction between the hero Kendale and his friends Ambury and Southwaite, the heroes of the previous 2 books in this series, as Kendale gradually falls in love the Marielle, the heroine, and asks his friends for advice regarding women.

The 3 undercover subplots that the hero and heroine are involved in were less satisfying, mainly because only one of them (the release of the heroine's
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3.25 stars

I enjoy this series and have looked forward to each new book as we follow the adventures of the Fairbourne Quartet. Although this is not my favorite, I am excited to read more in this series and of course from this author.

Marielle Lyon is French and is keeping secrets. Many think she is a spy and she is fine with that, as it keeps people from finding out what she is really doing, trying to save her father’s life.

Gavin Norwood, the Viscount Kendale was in the English army during the r
Elis Madison
This is another series (The Fairbourne Quartet) that I've enjoyed following. The various heroes meet (and match) up with heroines who may or may not be giving information to the upstart, Napoleon.

In the previous two installments we've become acquainted with Gavin Norwood, Viscount Kendale. He survived the tragic battle at Toulous, but scars include a deep distrust of women. Especially French women. Especially beautiful French women who do things that look fishy.

Marielle Lyons is well aware the H
I loved books 2 and 4 of this series. Book 1 was ok, book 3 not so much. This seemed to be the weakest book in the series. I liked the Marielle character when she made an appearance in the other books in the series, but couldn't really connect with her character in this book. I did like the H even though he was kind of a boorish oaf both in earlier books and for part of this book. Madeline Hunter is an author I usually really enjoy, but this book was a definite miss for me.
I have mixed feelings about "The Counterfeit Mistress."

In this third installment of the "The Fairbourne Quartet" series, the story arc gets more complex. A lot of action and suspense happens, more plot threads and characters get introduced, and existing secondary characters get fleshed out. Whew! It's a very busy book!

However, it seems that this growing intensity happens at the expense of the relationship between Gavin, Viscount Kendale and Marielle Lyon, whom he suspects is a French spy. Absol
I can't to even begin to say how much I look forward to another book by this author. Such a great balance of fiction woven into the historical context of the time, bringing the Napoleonic era to life and teaching us so much about that culture while telling us sexy and romantic stories. What can get better than that for those of us who are lovers of history as well as romantic fiction? To put it simply, a beautiful lady is determined to find and save her father and she will use every one of her m ...more
I have really enjoyed this series so far. I like that the ladies are the ones with the secrets and mysteries, and that they get to join the men in the action and adventure. The Counterfeit Mistress is the story of Marielle and Kendale, who each had bit parts in the first two stories. I was looking forward to learning about them, since they seemed like interesting characters and the story didn't disappoint.
Boring. I quit reading this one once I got to page 200 and realized I didn't care at ALL what happened to any of the characters. I was actually hoping something dramatic might put them out of their misery. Maybe it wouldn't have been so boring if I had read the previous books in this series, as it seems to be fairly well written, but the boringness was killing me!
Marielle tried to leave France behind when she emigrated to England during the Terror but she left a big part of herself behind. Transporting and selling French art through London has brought her to the attention of Gavin Norwood who believes she is serving as a French spy. He has been following her from afar for a while but when she’s attacked on the streets Gavin knows he must act quick to rescue her. He’s intrigued by this fiercely independent woman and know he must get close to her to gain h ...more
Michelle Joyce Bond
I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Hunter, and she recommended this book to me, sensing that I'd love her dark hero. Well, she was right on! I haven't read the other books in this series (yet!), but The Counterfeit Mistress stands alone as an elegant/sexy love story between a flawed hero and heroine who complete each other perfectly.
good story. The story of Marielle and Kendale. I liked that Lord Kendale never lost his arkward social ability. I liked that his two friends would talk about him while he was standing right next to them.
Both this and the prior book were a little hard to read. I'm not sure if there were too many plot details, or if it is because it doesn't flow as easily as other romance novels I've read. Most of the way through this book I thought I would be giving it a two, but the last quarter of the book picked up enough for me to rate it a low three. I liked marielle, she was a strong independent woman, though I felt her background should have been revealed earlier. I did not like Kendale much, he was very ...more
I liked this book, I thought it was far better than Cassandra's book, but not nearly as good as Emma's.

Marielle was a mystery to me almost to the end of the book. I guess I understand why she didn't trust Gavin with all her secrets until the end. But I don't understand why she didn't trust Emma and Cassandra with any if her secrets.

Gavin was delicious - I adored him. I loved his interactions with Ambury and Southwaite. I was in stitches when he was asking Ambury his hypothetical questions abou
I like Madeline Hunter, but I found this book to move a little slowly. I like the story and the characters, but I feel like Madeline's books generally hold my attention better.
This book was uneven in the plot. It started in an intriguing way but had several slow spots that I had to force my way through. I never really felt like I knew the H/h.
Adequate -- Pacing was uneven. I felt like it sort of meandered in the middle and then wrapped up too quickly at the end.
The one with the French heroine who isn't a spy, but the hero thinks she is.
This series is hot, hot, hot. Filled with intrigue, danger, and a sexy love story, I'm hooked on the Fairbourne series. Fairbourne is the name of the auction house in London where a lot of the action takes place. This is book three in the series & I highly recommend you read them in order. It makes Kendale's story all the more fun! I want to read more of Madeline Hunter's delicious writing. Breathtaking sensuality, a sexy hero, and dangerous situations, this book has it all. For my full revi ...more
Either I read this before or something similar as there was de javu, but still keep my interest.
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
This one was barely a three. Marielle Lyon did have a secret and it did cause Gavin Norwood to think she was a spy but there was not good reason not to tell him what she was actually doing. Instead most of the book was spent on was she or was she not a spy for France. For me the story just limped and limped along. The tension needed for a really good story was missing. The romance was OK but the journey to the HEA was long and boring. Not at all what I expect from Madeline Hunter.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 27, 2015 12:16PM  
  • When the Marquess Met His Match (An American Heiress in London, #1)
  • The MacGregor's Lady (MacGregors, #3)
  • In Love with a Wicked Man
  • What a Gentleman Desires (Redgrave #3)
  • And Then Comes Marriage (Worthington, #2)
  • Sins of a Ruthless Rogue (Sinners Trio, #2)
  • How to Entice an Enchantress (The Duchess Diaries, #3)
  • A Rake's Midnight Kiss (Sons of Sin, #2)
  • Moonlight On My Mind (Second Sons, #3)
  • True Spies (Lord and Lady Spy, #2)
  • The Duke Diaries (Royal Entourage, #3)
  • Duke of Midnight (Maiden Lane, #6)
  • Scandal in the Night (The Reckless Brides, #3)
  • The Scandalous Duke Takes a Bride (Dangerous Rogues, #3)
  • The Countess Conspiracy (Brothers Sinister, #3)
  • If the Viscount Falls (The Duke's Men, #4)
  • It Takes Two to Tangle (The Matchmaker Trilogy, #1)
  • Beauty and the Spy (Holt Sisters Trilogy #1)
Madeline Hunter is a nationally bestselling author of historical romances who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons. Her books have won two RITA awards and seven nominations, and have had three starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. In a parallel existence to the one she enjoys as a novelist, Madeline has a Ph.D. in art history and teaches at an East Coast university.
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Other Books in the Series

Fairbourne Quartet (4 books)
  • The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne (Fairbourne Quartet, #1)
  • The Conquest of Lady Cassandra (Fairbourne Quartet, #2)
  • The Accidental Duchess (Fairbourne Quartet, #4)
Ravishing in Red (The Rarest Blooms, #1) Dangerous in Diamonds (The Rarest Blooms, #4) Provocative in Pearls (The Rarest Blooms #2) Sinful in Satin (The Rarest Blooms #3) The Rules Of Seduction (Rothwell Brothers, #1)

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