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The King Of Threadneedle Street

(Rougemont #2)

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He owns three shipping companies, a diamond mine, and his own castle.
He knows Portuguese, Hindi, Mandarin and Morse code.
His assets net thirteen million.

Everyone thinks Andrew Tilmore, Lord Preston, the financial prodigy dubbed “The King of Threadneedle Street,” has it all, but he wants the one prize money can’t buy: his childhood sweetheart.

Alysia Villier can’t say if it’
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Paperback, re-release , 309 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by esKape Press (first published April 15th 2013)
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Moon Love
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Andrew, Lord Preston, aka "The King of Threadneedle Street" has been in love with Alysia "Lisa" Villier since he was child. While Alysia loves him back, a marriage between the two is unthinkable because of Alysia's parentage; she's the orphaned daughter of his father's mistress. It does not help that his father is Alysia's guardian and does not look upon Alysia as a favorable match for his son. And if it wasn't enough, Alysia loves her "Drew" so much she can't think of marrying him,putting her h ...more
Regan Walker
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: victorian
4 and ½ Stars… Entertaining Victorian romance!

This is book 2 in the Rougement series and it’s a good one. Set in 1870-73, this is the story of Andrew Tilmore, Lord Preston, dubbed “The King of Threadneedle Street” for his prowess at making money. He’s clever and mentally adroit… and determined to have the girl he has loved since his youth. But Alysia Villier, illegitimate daughter of Andrew’s father’s mistress, is not his family’s choice.

Alysia understands his family’s rejection of her and respe
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Judy
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Background: Eighteen year old Alysia Villier has been part of the Tilmore family since she was a young girl. Her mother was an infamous courtesan and the mistress of Lord Courtenay (Marquess by title and head of the Tilmore family). If you read Moriah Densley's "Song for Sophia" you will already know that Alysia and her mother actually lived in the Tilmore home along with the Tilmore family during much of Alysia's growing up years. From an early age, Alysia served in various roles in this home i ...more
Caz
I've given this a B- for narration and C+ for content at AudioGals, so 3.5 stars overall

This is book two in Ms Densley’s Rougemont series, the first of which (Song For Sophia) I awarded a B grade at All About Romance. I enjoyed listening to The King of Threadneedle Street, although it is very different in tone to the earlier book, and I feel it to be the weaker of the two in terms of plot and characterisation.

The hero and heroine are Andrew Tillmore, Earl of Preston, heir to the Marquess of
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Elizabeth
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I'm a sucker for childhood friends-turned-sweethearts stories, and The King of Threadneedle Street is one of the best.

Andrew and Alysia grew up together. He's the heir to a marquess; she's the bastard daughter of the marquess's deceased mistress. As they grew, their friendship deepened into love. For Andrew, the privileged son who could have anything he wanted, claiming Lisa for his own should have been the easiest thing in the world. Lisa lives closer to reality. As a young woman who
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
Not nearly as good as Song for Sophia. The real drawback to this book is the heroine, Alysia. She's almost completely unlikable. I really had a hard time finding anything at all to like about her, and I couldn't help thinking Andrew deserved someone who was willing to go through a hell of a lot more for him. That's the biggest drawback to stories like this; when an author attempts to tout the nobility and selflessness of a character by depicting that character as some kind of martyr, it insults ...more
Susana Ellis
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Spellbinding, sensual read: 4.5/5 stars

At nineteen, Alysia is a strong, resilient character who, unlike her melodramatic courtesan mother, recognizes that happy-ever-after endings are rare, even among the most privileged classes, and that spending one's life striving after them is an effort of futility. No matter that the object of her desire—the son of her late mother's protector—returns her feelings and tries to convince her to thwart convention. She can't risk ruining both their lives by givi
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Veri
So MUCH drama.... you have the illegitimate daughter of a courtesan living with the family of her mother's last lover (openly acknowledged by all) - she is in love with the son of her late mother's lover, but th father disapproves of the mAtch so he basically tries to get rid of her by giving her to another man as a lady's maid for his wife--- this was only part of the epic. Not only was it full of drama but it was long-- our heroine travels to Paris and is almost sold at an auction ( her mentor ...more
Kate Reed
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So very, very good! This book made me realized what so many other novels are missing... a real story! I found myself thinking "Oh, here is were she will wrap up the story" "no, here is where she will". And instead of taking an easy way out and ending the book where most others would, Moriah Densley gave me a real story, a full length story that didn't end with the characters happily married off after a few weeks of back and forth - instead you follow the characters as they go through their lives ...more
Jennifer
I just love the characters. They are immediately likable with cute realistic quirks. I adore Andrew. While spoiled (I mean it seems like he plays with money, but is so good with it it just grows immensely. Has his instincts ever been wrong when it comes to stocks? Actually you just wait and see) he is immensely honorable, humorous, affectionate and adorable. What I like is that many of the men in Densley's books are very intelligent. Wil (he and his family make a lovely appearance in this book) ...more
ava_magick
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
SPOILERS.

Definitely NOT as good as "Song for Sophia" which is the first book in the Rougemont series. I sincerely recommend people read that book as a stand alone.

The premise was interesting, two childhood friends who fall in love but are kept apart because the heroine, Alysia, is the daughter of the hero's (Andrew) father's mistress (WTF) and thus not deemed a good match for his own son.

This book read like 6 months worth of "Days of Our Lives" episodes or, better yet, like a dysfunctional scri
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Kym
May 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hated-it
Okay, I had several problems with this one, the first being the age of the characters. Andrew Tilmore is 21 or 22 year old hero. He is a super-genius financial prodigy, but he acts with the forethought of a young adolescent. He's very selfish and has no insight into himself and doesn't even seem to understand the problems presented in the plot. Alysia Villier is the 18 or 19 year old forever self-sacrificing heroine. Andrew is a lord and Alysia is the bastard daughter of his father's mistress ( ...more
Nicole
Dec 25, 2013 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

This book is as dramatic as a SoapNet (RIP SoapNet) marathon, and contains about as much logic. I didn't mind it while I was reading it, but when I thought about it afterwards, I realized that a solid 85% of it was unbelievably illogical. Why would a man raise his mistress's child alongside his own children? Having done this, why would he then object to his teenage son falling in love with the mistress's beautiful daughter? Having seen this happen, why would he try to use the concepts o
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Susie Carson
I love Moriah's books. This one is no exception. I think I liked Sophia and Wilhelm's story just a bit more, which is why I gave this one 4 stars instead of 5. I thought Threadneedle Street just needed a bit more plot to keep it going, although the interaction between the characters was very engaging. As always, Densley is witty, realistic, romantic, and believable. Of course I was pulling for the couple the entire time - often authors make up supposed "obstacles" to keep lovers apart in order t ...more
Suzanne Johnson
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was okay for Andrew and Alyssa to play at love when they were younger. Now that they're adults? The fact that she's the daughter of his father's mistress makes her unsuitable for more than a courtesan herself. But Andrew's not only a business genius; he can manipulate the wagging tongues of the ton. As for Alyssa, she wants more for herself than the life of a courtesan. A talented artist, every time she breaks free of her past and seeks an independent future for herself, society and her past ...more
BookMaven
Poorly Developed Plot

Alysia Villier is the ward of the Marquess of Courtenay. Alysia's mother was a celebrated courtesan, and, also, the mistress of the Marquess. The mistress and her daughter lived in the Marquess' household, so Alysia was raised with the Marquess' children. Andrew Gilmore, Lord Preston, the eldest son felt anything, but brotherly toward Alysia. Alysia felt the same, but this love was forbidden by the Marquess as well as society.

***SPOILERS: In the prequel to this book, "Song f
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Nicole Laverdure
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege to read Moriah Densley's new historical romance before its release! THE KING OF THREADNEEDLE STREET is a beautiful story of tenderness and passion! I honestly give her 7/5 stars! It’s a pure pleasure to read! A real beauty of words. A little gem to discover! Here is my review:
It’s a beautiful historical romance set in 1871 England
I discovered Mariah Densley’s books on a blog and I found her first book “Song for Sophia” amazing! To my surprise! Again, I read a beautiful story
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Denise
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is certainly becoming a favorite series of mine. The characters are so alive thanks to the talented writing of Moriah and the way she can weave a story. Romance at its finest no doubt about that brought forth again in this one. Love meeting each new character and revisiting ones I have already met and how they are fairing. In this one I meet Alysia and Andrew and their journey with each other. One determined to sacrifice her love for Andrew to have the match he deserves so she believes and ...more
Angela Blount
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Source: Blog Giveaway prize

4 1/2 Stars

What a delectable surprise! This was, hands down, the most compelling and original romance I've read in a long time. An endearing and beautifully crafted tale of childhood friends turned forbidden lovers.

As a hero, Andrew (Lord Preston) is an ingenious loose cannon. Temperamental yet witty and affable, he is a quintessential Tony Stark-like financial prodigy. (Why yes, I did just invoke the name of a comic book anti-hero in reference to a Victorian-era roma
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Peggy Bird
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
As she did in "Song for Sophia," in "Threadneedle Street" Moriah Densley has created two flawed human beings who aren't perfect by any means but who are perfect for each other. Andrew and Lisa grew up in the same household--he the elder son of the lord of the manor, expected to make the right marriage and produce the heir to the estate, she the daughter of the lord's mistress.

Lisa doesn't know who her father is (although she will find out in the course of the book) but she knows that she was bo
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Barbara
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-2014
Alysia Villers is the daughter of a courtesan who for some reason has been reaised in the home of one of her paramours. She has served as an all-around housekeeper, companion, and wedding planner to the family. Once the wedding is over her guardian is sending her away to be a companion, but really to start a life in the demimondaine. She has no desire to do so but at 19 and without control of her money, there are no options.

Home for his sister's wedding, Andrew, the son and next Marquess has alw
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Lisa
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ouab-2013
Charming and Enchanting

Andrew Tilmore, Lord Preston, is the heir to a marquess-ship. He is a maverick on the British stock exchange. I know maverick is not a regency era word, but it fits him to a T! He is young, brilliant, driven, very sure of himself, and gorgeous. He has loved her forever and wants her as his wife and mother of his children. His parents do not approve of Andrew being with Alysia. He has never really been given any boundaries by his family, but she can and does.

Alysia Villers
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Stephanie
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The king of threadneedle street by Moriah Densley. This story is all about what you would give up for the love of your life. What would you give up? these two characters would and did give up everything imaginable for their love to thrive and so that they could be together. There are a few lagging parts but power through them because the rest of the story and all of the characters will make you want to blow off school, work and maybe even your family so that you can read it. It had love, familie ...more
Elizabeth Bennet
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great read from start to finish. Well worth the .99. In fact, I've already downloaded Song For Sophia. I loved Andrew (hero) and the fact that he would not let anyone stand in his way of winning Alysia (heroin) over ,including Alysia herself. Her only fear was dragging Andrew down and was willing to give him up to save him,so the pair spent quite a bit of the book in turmoil. Andrew's parents only added to the trouble but in the end the last laugh was on them.

Moriah Densley's wri
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Gina
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
The novel did live up to my expectations. The plot in itself had me captivated and I was not left to disappoint. While reading the novel, I was in suspense, somewhat in agony, in the outcome of Andrew's and Lisa's relationship. I imagined the story would end with them together, but sometimes events in the novel made it seem the obstacles would somewhat contaminate their relationship. I was glad Andrew waited until Lisa was his wife to be intimate with her. This aspect of Andrew made him more pow ...more
InD'tale Magazine
Ms. Densley has nearly written a love story one would love to read. Unfortunately, the predictable storyline and lack of depth in both plot and characters hinder this book from getting off the ground.

Read full review in the 2013 July/August double issue of InD’tale Magazine.
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Shirley Hamlod
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG! I never thought the lovers would ever get it together! This book is brilliant and you clearly feel their frustration with one another! It's a blessed relief to get to the end. A very romantic read! I sighed over most of the pages!
BookMaven
Poorly Developed Plot

Alysia Villier is the ward of the Marquess of Courtenay. Alysia's mother was a celebrated courtesan, and, also, the mistress of the Marquess. The mistress and her daughter lived in the Marquess' household, so Alysia was raised with the Marquess' children. Andrew Gilmore, Lord Preston, the eldest son felt anything, but brotherly toward Alysia. Alysia felt the same, but this love was forbidden by the Marquess as well as society.

***SPOILERS: In the prequel to this book, "Song f
...more
Haselbrox
Gah. I have some feelings here. They are not good feelings. I am so frustrated with this book I honestly don't think I will finish it (I'm at 33% on my kindle), so I am going to go ahead and record my thoughts so I can step away. Sorry, Moriah Densley, but I hope you can take away from this shitty review that I wouldn't have so violently hated this book if I hadn't just finished (and LOVED) Song of Sophia, first in the series, yesterday. Mildish spoilers below (how can I spoil if I haven't read, ...more
Krystal
Nov 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this novel. In fact, I fully expected to love this novel as much as (or moreso than) Book #1 in this series A Song for Sophia. However, where A Song for Sophia was gripping, diverse and well interesting.... this one fell flat.

Please don't get me wrong, there were a lot of good things to be had in this story. To begin with, I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with several of the characters that I had first been introduced to (and come to love) in A Song for Sophia. I also found cer
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