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A Dangerous Deception

(Dangerous Lords #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  784 ratings  ·  74 reviews
London, 1816. A handsome baron. A faux betrothal. And Horatia's plan to join the London literary set takes a dangerous turn.

Baron Guy Fortescue arrives in England to claim his inheritance, abandoned over thirty years ago when his father fled to France after killing a man in a duel. He is set upon by footpads in London, and on his way to his country estate, robbers attack
Paperback, 220 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Knox Robinson Publishing (first published March 6th 2012)
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Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Baron Guy Fortescue was born and raised in France after his father escaped punishment by fleeing the country after a deadly duel. He stayed in France yet made sure that the estate was managed in his absence.

When Guy comes back he discovers that the estate that his father had paid to keep up, was indeed not in the shape he desired. When he meets Horatia Cavendish it is not a normal meeting. Guy, was unconscious and she was pretending to be a groom, a male groom.

The characters were very well
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
This is the first book in Maggi Andersen’s The Spies of Mayfair series. I have not read any of Ms Andersen’s books before but an engaging heroine, a dashing hero, interesting secondary characters and just the right amount of intrigue made this a very enjoyable read.


Frenchmen always seem to have that “Je ne sais quoi” that makes them totally irresistable. So it’s understandable that Guy charmed his way into my heart. He's romantic, seductive, passionate, flirtatious, witty, attentive and
Barbara Rogers
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A dashing hero, a delightful heroine, spies, mayhem and murder all abound in this thoroughly entertaining book by Maggi Anderson. This is the first book of hers that I have read, but it surely won't be the last.

I really liked the premise of the book. Usually in these books, when you see a Frenchman come to Britain, he is either a scoundrel or some poor aristocrat who has lost all his money and estates. In this book, the Frenchman is the hero and is very noble and honorable. While we can't say
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
I absolutely loved the cover of this book. But most definitely, don't judge a book by its cover. Because this book did pretty much nothing for me. It started off promising; however, it didn't live up to my expectations. First of all, dear writer, get a freaking editor! Wrong words being used reeeeeeeeeeeally irritate me. I liked Guy well enough as a hero. Horatia, she of the horrid name, was a heroine who was too stupid to live. Seriously, Guy should have let the bad guys carry her off and be ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Guy Trusedale , Baron Fortescue has come to England to claim his birthright. This is not a good time for those with French blood to come to England. There are spies everywhere. Someone seems determined to stop Guy from claiming his place. Is it the relative who has been looking after the estate all this time, or is someone else out to kill him ???
Miss Horatia ( Hetty) Cavendish is a clever and independent young lady, pushing against the rules applied to young ladies of her time. She loves
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Horatia is a typical Regency young lady brought up to a genteel but uneventful life in the country where her small rebellion is to go riding alone in men’s clothes on her father’s horse, The General. One day she happens to find a handsome, unconscious man on the roadside and helps him back to the nearest shelter, a hunting lodge in the woods. Trapped there for the night, Horatia has to continue her masquerade as a groom.

Things seem to work well and the next day, she discovers Baron Guy
Rosemary Morris
A Baron in Her Bed
The first of The Spies of Mayfair series.
The long war with France following the French Revolution is over and Napoleon has been exiled to St Helena after losing the Battle of Waterloo. A Baron in Her Bed is set against a background of unrest caused by those who ferment unrest in England. They plan to hope Napoleon will escape and rise again to instigate revolution. Some of the plotters, English gentlemen, hate the Prince Regent and deplore his reckless extravagance and even
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actually 4.5.

Guy Truesdale, Baron Fortescue, has come to England to claim his title and estate. After Guy's father was forced to flee England because of a duel, he married an aristocratic French woman and the family lived abroad through the French Revolution and Napoleon's reign. Now, Guy and his sister are all that is left of his immediate family, and he is determined to take his rightful place as Baron Fortescue. Unfortunately, someone seems determined to end Guy's life. Luckily, after Guy is
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Baron in Her Bed

Revolutionary wars have a way of bringing out the best and the worst in people and so it is in this story, the first in the Spies of Mayfair series. I love historical settings and protagonists who push the boundaries; both Guy and Horatia do so. At a time when women rode side-saddle, Horatio not only rides astride but dressed in men’s clothing. And where a woman’s lot in life was to wed, she has chosen literary spinsterhood. Naturally, Guy will change that, though not before
I have to admit what drew me to the book first was the cover. It was just... *sigh*.
I quite liked the book, it had an interesting plot although some of the twists were a teensy bit predictable however other parts I didn't guess at all and came to entirely wrong conclusions about which surprised me.
The hero's development was really sweet as he went from a complete flirt to someone who steadfastly loved another. I loved his sister who was funny and in some ways quite similar to heroine as they
Cindy Woods

This was a story that, I felt, started off very fact, it was funny, suspenseful and interesting. It continued along that same line for a time and became less so as the story progressed...I mean, being hit on the head extremely hard several times over a period of days would likely kill someone.
As to characters, they are well described and defined, but I began disliking Horatia by the middle of the story for her impetuous, immature behavior....enough is enough!!!! She seems to
Daniel Gibney
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found A Baron In Her Bed an intelligent read, keeping me guessing throughout and making me feel like I was really back in early 19th Century England. It was a thrilling tale, with a few twists and turns I didn't quite expect. The emotional journey and transformation for both of the main characters was believable and well-written. As this is apparently the first in a series, I very much look forward to reading the sequels.

In compliance with FTC guidelines, I must disclose that I received my
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a dramatic, suspenseful, captivating and engrossing romantic story. The characters are intriguing and amusing. The storyline is interesting, there's so much going on, involving many different people. It also has a few surprises thrown in. It's a book you won't want to put down once you start reading it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from ebookdiscovery. This is my honest opinion of it.
Karen Charlton
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘A Baron in her Bed’ is a delightful story of romance and espionage in Regency England. The action romps from country estates to the London salons and ballrooms of the aristocracy and brings that dazzling world alive. At times I was reminded of Georgette Heyer. I found the character of Guy really attractive and Horatia is a spirited heroine, with fewer inhibitions than most of Miss Heyer’s gals. Thoroughly recommended, in fact, I’m thinking of buying a copy for my mother’s birthday.
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one I loved the setting and the characters that helped to make Guy and Horatia's journey to a HEA a very sensual and exciting one.
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good.
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Attraction and intrigue in an entertaining story...

This is a really interesting romance between Guy Fortesque,an English baron, and Horatia, or “Hetty”, the daughter of a retired English colonel. Guy is half English, his other half being French, he has just returned to his father’s homeland to claim his title and inheritance. Guy is an attractive man, with French sensibilities, and he and Hetty meet under a set of under dangerous yet rather humorous circumstances. Guy does not see Hetty for what
Debbie Glenn Brown
Guy Fortescue comes to England to claim his inheritance, Rosecroft Hall, but England proves to be a dangerous place for him someone wants him dead. Miss Horatia “Hetty” Cavendish is the headstrong daughter of his neighbor Colonel Cavendish. They first meet when she discovers him lying on the road injured and she pretend to be young man Simon. Guy and Hetty have a pretend betrothal so he can discover who’s behind theses attacks on him. Guy is very noble and honorable hero who vows to find whose ...more
Lori D
Maggi Andersen does an excellent job of weaving suspense, Intrigue and wonderful characters together for a nonstop ride to the last page. Guy Fortescue comes to England after living in France with his parents, to claim the inheritance his father had left behind years ago. What he does not expect is to find someone trying to cause him harm. Miss Horatio Cavendish likes to live as she wants. Dressing as a boy when she rides, she comes upon Guy injured from a head wound. She nurses him and while ...more
Anne Farrington
This romance novel started strong but then fizzled for me. The beginning of the story has the hero returning to England from France after the napoleonic wars to claim his rightful place as Baron of Fortescue. However someone is trying to kill him. Our heroine, Hetty, saves him but is dressed as a boy since she was out riding without her father’s permission. The Baron quickly discovers her real identity and the attraction develops. However, the author seems to try to develop a mystery around the ...more
Sandra Standefer
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guy Fortescue comes to England to claim his inheritance, Rosecroft Hall, abandoned over thirty years ago when his father fled to France after killing a man in a duel. But England proves to be a dangerous place - someone wants Guy dead. Headstrong and lovely, Hetty agrees to the betrothal because it allows her to go to London where she can attend literary societies with her aunt. While her affection for Guy grows deeper, she must not forget the betrothal isn’t real. Guy will choose a bride from ...more
Barbara Literski
Great Book

I enjoyed reading this book by
Maggi Anderson !
Guy Truesdale, the sixth Baron Fortescue, was half British on his father’s side and French on his mother’s side. Their home was set on fire in the beginning of the revolution. Guy, his parents and sister were able to flee but they were unable to find Guy’s twin Vincent. Guy is now in England to accept his inheritance.
Living in the same area at Malforth Manor, Digswell is Hetty Cavendish. She dresses like a boy so she can ride her fathers
Kat Green
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was delighted to be able to read The Baron’s Betrothal. It had a very unique plot with unexpected twists and a good pace that keeps the reader entertained until the very end. I found the characters to be very entertaining during their interactions with one another and enjoyed watching them trying to second guess what the other was thinking. I appreciate that the sexual scenes were done very tastefully and in a rather limited quantity. Personally, I didn’t want to put the book down until I was ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surviving the fire that killed his older brother, Guy Truesdale, arrives in England to claim his title and inheritance. Unfortunately, someone in England has decided he must die. Hetty is not your typical miss. She prefers to dress in men’s clothing to escape the restrictions set by her father and for females. She rescues and nurses Guy, after he has been attacked. Realizing that he needs her, he devises and she agrees to a “fake” engagement. As they spend more time together attempting to solve ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, not to my taste

I liked the story line, but did not care for the numerous historical inserts. I felt as though the author was making too much of an effort to include as much period information as possible, which for me detracted from the story. Period information occasionally inserted into a story is great, provided that bit of information doesn't feel like it's being forced on the reader, or that the story isn't abruptly being interrupted in order to provide that knowledge to the
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely tale!.....4 Stars!

Baron Guy Fortescue and Miss Hetty...An English/Frenchman goes back to England to claim his estate inheritance and his aristocratic title of Baron. On his way to the estate, he was met by highwayman with a malicious attempt of his life. He was able to evade them but was knock off his horse when he couldn’t avoid a tree branch and come unconscious from the fall. Hetty riding her father’s horse found him and help him to a shack. This is where their story began. It’s a
Maggie Whitworth
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Sweet and romantic with an edge of danger and intrigue, this book is really good and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it .
Guy Fortescue has returned to England to take his place in society , but someone wants him dead .
His love interest is Hetty Cavendish, a young woman who it seems is constantly saving him.
It’s so nice to read writting Of this quality , and a story of this caliber .
If your a fan of this author, your in for a real treat .
I received an advanced copy of this book and chose to submit
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mystery and a love story

I found this to be very enjoyable and I thought it would end differently as well as who the "bad guy" was, right when I started changing my opinion to the correct answer, the author conveyed who that was. I would have enjoyed more sex/descriptive sex, but was pleased with how there not being it. Maybe the story less trashy. I believe the author did an amazing job and I'm not sure what she could have done, if anything, to make it better, BRAVO!
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the plot in this story. There is intrigue and a growing romance that develops very well!
What a great start to the series.

Guy Fortescue and Horatia Cavendish (Hetty) are two individuals who agree on a fake betrothal, which is to be mutually beneficial for both. As the story develops so do their feelings, but evil lurks.

This is a very nice story I strongly encourage you to pick it up.
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USA TODAY Bestselling author of Regency romance, Maggi Andersen wrote her first book for publication after gaining a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing. She lives with her husband, a retired lawyer in an historic country town near Sydney, Australia. She wrote her first adventure story at 8 years old. Her novels are still adventure stories, but also seductive romances. Georgette Heyer and ...more

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