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Shameless

(Banning Sisters #3)

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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,834 ratings  ·  161 reviews
In Regency England, a beautiful young woman finds her life thrown into turmoil by the arrival of a handsome scoundrel. Lady Elizabeth, the youngest and most headstrong of the three Banning sisters, has been engaged three times, and has most scandalously broken off all three engagements. Her fear of becoming any man’s property has kept her from marriage and earned her a rep ...more
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Pocket Books
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Lynsey A
Boring. That is one word to describe this book. It had some good parts but for the most part, I was bored with the book. There really seemed to be hardly any interaction between the H/h in the beginning part of the book. Plus, some of the scenes were just way too long.

The heroine was a "shameless" (pun intended) flirt even after her marriage to the hero. Even if she was doing it to make him jealous it just made me dislike her. Nor did I really care for the hero either. He did get a bit better th
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Miranda Davis
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
If a Regency could read like an Indiana Jones adventure, this is it. It's definitely different and in a good way.

This is the first of her novels for me. Apparently it's the last installment of a series but it holds up as a stand alone novel. First 100 pp. were terrific: gripping opening, engaging H/h, though hero is darker in tone danger-wise than most of what I read. The story was suspenseful with unexpected things happening one after another. This review will lack clarity bec. I am not going
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Jess the Romanceaholic
Good Lord this book was a long time coming!

In the tradition of the other Banning Sisters books, this novel was full of secret plots, spies, and intrigues.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. There was really never a dull moment, and every time it seemed that progress had been made, something else jumped forth to cause problems between them (just like I like it lol)

Sensitive readers should be aware that this novel contains attempted rape, kidnapping, and a sexual assault (some would call it "forced seduction
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Tammy Walton Grant
Oh, I am so disappointed in this book! The story, which begins with such promise, seemed to me to just fall down 1/3 of the way through. The rest of the book felt rushed, and the ending tacked on. Robards is so much better than this book would have you think. Ugh. I'm going to re-read the first 2, then read this one again to see if my opinion changes. ...more
Bookaholics
Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shameless by Karen Robards
Historical Romance – April 13th, 2010
5 Stars

Shameless is the third novel in Karen Robards’s Banning Sisters trilogy. This trilogy tells the stories of each of the Banning sisters: Gabriella, Claire and Elizabeth. The first book begins with Scandalous, then Irresistible and now concludes with the final story, Shameless.


Shameless is the story of the youngest and most headstrong sister Lady Elizabeth Banning. Despite her many seasons among the ton Lady Elizabeth is co
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♡Ann  Matalines♡
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing


All these years, he'd thought heaven was past praying for. Now he knew he'd been wrong. He'd found heaven right here, in this red-haired snip of a girl he meant to cherish for the rest of his life.


My first historical fiction in paperback and I wasn't disappointed. Lady Elizabeth has an unbelievable character considering that it has an assassin theme on it. I always admire her strength in book 1 and book 2 but I thought about the onslaught of events and the normal thing to do is to cry in frustra
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Shelly
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
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Mandi
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Lady Elizabeth, or Beth can’t quite make it down the aisle. She has had numerous engagements and has broken them all. Her reputation with the ton is hanging on by a thread. Beth is going to have much more worries than just her reputation though. By chance she meets Neil Severin, who sneaks into her family’s house to kill her brother in-law, The Duke of Richmond. Neil is a spy, and needs the Duke dead. When Beth inadvertently thwarts his plan, Neil comes up with an even better plan – kidnap Beth, ...more
Thenia
The story of Beth, the youngest Banning sister and Neil Severin, a ruthless man with no morals.

Beth unexpectedly meets Neil when (view spoiler)
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Bobbie O'keefe
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in a trilogy--and the best one in my view. Neil is a government asassin who has been marked for elimination by the people who employed him simply because he's too good at what he does. He belives himself that he's without redemption, but he's not quite ready to die; he just wants to be left alone so he can retire. Elizabeth is the sister-in-law of the man who put the kill order out on Neil and Neil intends to use her to get to his boss. When someone kidnaps her, the fun and the ...more
Cindy
Apr 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Picked up this book at the library today. Never have read anything by this author before, but what interested is the time period of 1800s (The high time of the English Ton). First chapter, already Miss Banning in a great deal of trouble; fixing to ruin her reputation. Hmmm........we shall see.

I finished this book last night; what a delightful read. I certainly will be reading more of Ms. Robards books. Her writing style is so skillful that you can perfectly picture the scenery and characters du
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Cici Edward
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this one. My favorite of the Banning Sisters series
Jessica
Oct 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
I had to wait a long time for this conclusion to the Banning Sisters trilogy. I was not disappointed! I really enjoyed Beth's character, although sometimes I thought she pushed the envelope a bit to far just because she could. But, we all know people like this. I also enjoyed Neil's character, but didn't particularly like the light that was shed on Nick and Hugh (the male leads from the other two books).

Overall this was fun and entertaining. It was worth waiting for.
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Linda Smith
Karen Robards has certainly found an unlikely heroine and hero in this rousing romance. Lady Elizabeth Banning has broken off three engagements. The fiery redhead is determined to never be any man's property. Neil Severin is a government-sanctioned assassin known as the Angel of Death. He breaks into the house where Beth is living with her married sister. Apparently the British government has decided to dispense with it's assassins and Neil is being hunted by other paid killers. Only Beth's brot ...more
Kelly
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book has been on my shelf for so many years and I have never had the impetus to pick it up, but I am glad that I finally did because I rather enjoyed it.

Both Elizabeth and Neil were well-developed and well-written and I liked the progression of their relationship. The supporting characters were equally as engaging and gave added depth to the novel.

The plot sometimes felt a bit random, but it certainly didn't dull my enjoyment. In fact, it kind of worked in keeping everything fresh otherwise
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Becky
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
I liked the plot of redeeming an assasin. However, I cannot give it more than two stars because some parts dragged, some annoyed me -Beth and her flirting in the end- and some were just ridiculous -the sex scene next to a corpse (Really? Who does that?).
But all in all the book was pretty okay, it did not make me skip through the pages and chapters like I did with Irresistible.
Felicia
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: karen-robards
When Beth breaks up with her current beau the night he planned to announce their engagement, she has no idea how far he will go to exact revenge. Neil, a government assassin intent on killing her brother-in-law, comes to her rescue at great personal risk.
Ana García
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first 150 pages where a lot more intense than the rest, and I read it a lot faster than the rest of the book. But it had a good closure and in general I really enjoyed the book. I was a really good story.
Kirsten Lawson
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Historical romance. I found the main character to be a bit annoying, but overall, it was an entertaining read.
Sherri
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
it was on the banned book pile @ Rockford Road library so of course I had to read it. Liked that she was a tough cookie and loved the family & friend dynamic of the book
Karen Carlson
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Audio- this was a fun summer read, good reader for it, good author
Brittany
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Plot a little tiresome but good, fun romance novel for beach reading.
Tambra
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
The third Banning sister, Lady Elizabeth, is not looking for love, but finds it in the most unlikely way.
Amy
2.75 Stars. Started off strong, if a bit clunky/overly wordy. Showed some potential but then things never quite clicked for me (and things were a little too convenient while completely outlandish) and I was a bit bored before the end and ready for it to be over.
Lady Rogue
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kimberly
Mar 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

The gossips of the ton all agree on one thing: Lady Elizabeth Banning is a shameless flirt. She has jilted two fiancés and when she gives the third his congé, things go very badly. Luckily for Beth, a mysterious housebreaker helps her out of a precarious situation. What she doesn’t know is that Neil Severin is no housebreaker…

Government-sanctioned assassin Neil has broken into the Duke of Richmond’s home for one purpose: to kill Richmond, the only man who knows Neil’s true identity and
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Susan (the other Susan)
I liked this a lot. A sexy adventure with a likable heroine, a refreshingly realistic "first time" scene (she doesn't like it much, and asks if it will be necessary to do it often. :-) ) The second book in the series, Irresistible, is still my favorite of the Bannon Sisters trilogy because, hey, pirates, but this was a fun and satisfying finale. TWO ISSUES, one big and one tiny: (view spoiler) ...more
Romantical Skeptic
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is my first KR book and I am VERY glad I picked this up!! Exciting find. I'm off to buy up her very considerable backlist...

What I liked
1) Great heroine - she gets embroiled in a LOT of drama (sometimes of her own making), but does a pretty decent job of getting herself out of trouble. (Well, 80% out of trouble, the hero has to do the last 20%)

2) EXCELLENT fidelity to Regency language. There were a few Americanisms, but those were so rare I was able to ignore them, and in general the langua
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PurplyCookie
Elizabeth Banning is breaking up with yet another fiance. Neil Severin, an assasin, is hiding in the library and overhears while her fiance attempts to force himself on her. So begins this Robard's tale of love and intrigue.

Although this was a good book of its own, I couldn't help but feel that the hero was very much like the heroes already portrayed within the prior two books. The heroine was spunky, witty and shocking when compared to her heroine sisters, and was honest with her feelings upon
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Phyllis Sommers
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
An unusual departure for Karen Robards, this novel takes place in England, in 1817. Lady Elizabeth Banning is the youngest of three sisters and the only one still single. She is known as somewhat of a scandalous figure for her flirtatiousness and her inability to commit to a relationship, over the course of 3 different engagements to be married. As the novel opens, in fact, Beth is breaking her 3rd engagement, to Lord Rosen, when she is rescued by a "housebreaker" by the name of Neal Severin. I ...more
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Karen Robards is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than fifty books and one novella. She has won multiple awards including six Affaire de Coeur Silver Pen Awards for favorite author.
Karen has been writing since she was very young, and was first published nationally in the December 1973 Reader's Digest. She sold her first romance novel, ISLAND FLAME, wh
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