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A Dangerous Beauty (Widows Club #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  751 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Love : n. A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by the removal of the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder. —The Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce

A Courageous Outcast...

Rosamunde Baird has lost everything and has no choice but to accept an invitation to spend a season with a dowager duchess and her clandestine ladies club. Determined to
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by Avon
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2.5 stars because, weird plot stuff

I'm going though a DNF phase at the moment - one strike and it's out. So the fact that that I finished this is - in a back-handed way - a reflection of the potential of the writing, in spite of some total no-nos.

I started reading this because of Caz's review (this, and so many other books! - thanks, Caz), and like her very nearly gave up after chapter one: the heroine, having been (apparently) compromised beyond recovery, is brow-beaten by her father and his
Beanbag Love
Sep 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It bogged down a bit in the middle and I never quite buy the excuses for past abusive behavior from family members who instantly get forgiven, but since that seems to be typical for regencies, I shouldn't complain so much.

The leads both have issues and they're both very likable. He's cranky and she's subverted a wild streak after a bad marriage. Tragic pasts, but not so tragic you can't believe they'd ever get beyond them. There's a secret out there, though, that comes out of
May 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
The title and book cover is lovely, but other than that this newest by Nash for Avon is a major disappointment. The plot and characters were written in a way that has been done over and over again. Simply, no originality here.

The heroine Rosamunde has been harshly punished for simply kissing a young man (GASP THE HORROR!) when she was a teenager and because of that she runs away and marries a man who tortures her sexually for years because she is wanton and a sex fiend- all because of a kiss. P
I've given this an A for narration and a B for content at AudioGals, so that's 4.5 stars.

A Dangerous Beauty is the first in Sophia Nash’s Widows Club series, that was originally published between 2007 and 2010. This audiobook is a reissue of a recording originally made in 2008.

Lady Rosamunde is the apple of her father’s eye. A long awaited daughter following the birth of four sons, she is bright, courageous and rather precocious, but is, when we meet her at fifteen, self-aware enough to realis
Aug 30, 2009 rated it did not like it
Rosamunde is the stereotypical widow whose husband was a total douche. Of course Dr. Hero - in this book played by a duke named Lucifer - will heal her with the power of love, but not until the author has dragged the story out by 100 pages with a Big Misunderstanding.

The novel starts off well enough. Luc feels bad at how his father bollixed her life up so he endeavors to befriend her. He takes her on walks, horse rides and other platonic adventures while honoring a self-imposed "no touching" rul
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars - a very nicely written story with a few unexpected twists and turns. The new to me narrator, Bianca Amato is a really good find - thank you, Caz.
I really loved this book. The execution was very impressive and just made the entire story pretty amazing. Loved this author's style of writing. I had randomly picked this up on a whim because the cover intrigued me and the back cover description caught my interest and when I started reading it, it really surprised me. A very pleasant wonderful surprise for me. I was expecting to get the predictable plot seen in romance books but this book really grabbed me and kept surprising me. I couldn't put ...more
May 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, historical
This is a good book. Not great, not memorable, not life-changing, just good. I'll refrain from giving a synopsis as other reviewers have done such a great job, but I will tell you why I give this 3 stars.

The torture of this heroine took place within the confines of a marriage that we are not privy to. She speaks of the marriage only in bits and pieces to the Dowager and then to Luc. This is such a huge component of this book and it's what makes her the woman that she is, however, because it is
Monique Takens
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Candlelight Historische roman 711 .
Eindelijk weer eens een goed verhaal met heel erg leuke dialogen in de Candlelight reeks . Je moet even door het onlogische begin heen maar alles wordt duidelijk bijna op het eind . Gelukkig geen eindeloos gezwijmel over brede schouders en harde spieren : ) in dit verhaal .
Dit is deel 1 van 4 delen over de weduwen club geleid door Merceditas St. Aubyn (Ata ) , douairière Hertogin van Helston .
Jan 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Rosamunde Baird grew up the apple of her father's eye and adored by her older brothers and her younger sister Sylvia. Raised by her father the Earl with the manners of a proper lady, Rosamunde's spontaneous sense of adventure lands her in great scandal when she is seen unchaperoned on a private stretch of beach giving the heir apparent Duke Henry a kiss. She refuses his marriage proposal because he admits he loves someone else and Rosamunde is then cast out by her family and banished from the pa ...more
Carrie Olguin
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amusing and touching story of two tortured souls finding redemption by learning how to love each other.

The first chapter is necessary backstory told simply and quickly in an omni-present POV. Chapter two begins eight years later where the heart of the romance begins.

The dialgue is witty, the characters complex, the plot simple but elegant. (I love when dukes behave like the powerful men the title gives them. This duke plays by the Devil's Rules - which means he decides when or if any rules apply
Juliana Philippa
(4.5 stars) Sophia Nash is a relatively new author to the genre, so although I really enjoyed this book (obviously, since I gave it 4.5 stars), I think she needs to work a little more on making all of the puzzle pieces and threads come together. There were some holes in the H&H's stories/pasts that were hinted at or given to us in bits and pieces; also, the heroine's estrangement from her family needed to be worked on a little, because it was hard to believe that it lasted eight years if bot ...more
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
The story had its good moments, but the book lacked continuity and ended up not making much sense.
Jun 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
Stupidest premise ever.
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
The first in a widows series, this book has been on my shelf for sometime as I waited to gather all four in the series. I have read Sophie Nash before and enjoyed her books and I enjoyed this one, not necessarily for the story but because each chapter starts with a quote from the devil's dictionary by Ambrose Bierce, and the quotes are very funny. The hero of this story has written a book called Lucifer's lexicon but no one knows that he is the one who wrote it and the quotes and in it are also ...more
Mar 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance-novels
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Not many books can make me laugh and sigh at the same time. Very few books make me want to re-read them—right after finishing the last page! But A Dangerous Beauty is such a book!

Charming, witty, funny and passionate—this romance novel has it all! I found myself laughing, actually laughing, many times during my reading of it. And when I wasn't laughing at some
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Intimacy, n. A relation into which fools are providentially drawn for their mutual destruction.
—The Devil’s Dictionary, A. Bierce

Yay. That was good. I always skip this whenever I am on a hunt of a book to read mainly because I hate the heroine of the first book of this author's Royal Entourage series. Because for few weeks already, I can't find any books that is passable enough to be satisfying so I settled for this. And I'm freaking glad I did. I like the heroine and hero so much. I really th
Maggie Hesseling
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
How much are people supposed to take? At every turn it seemed as if there were more difficulties afoot. Rosamunde, being forced to marry the future duke of St. Aubyn decides to take her life in her own hands and marry someone of her own choosing... and she suffers for it. Years later, with an aweful marriage behind her she and her sister are invited to the Dowager Duchess's group of widows where she encounters the current Duke (the younger brother of the the one she was supposed to marry). What ...more
Virginia Campbell
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Rosamunde Baird defies convention and becomes an outcast from her family and the elite society set. Only her sister, Sylvia, remains by her side. Forced to choose a loveless marriage in order to provide a home for herself and her sister, Rosamunde endures years of marital misuse. Her husband, an icily cold clergyman, abuses her mentally and physically until at last she is freed by his death. She and her sister take refuge at the estate of a lively older widow, who has formed a "Widow's Club". Th ...more
Mar 14, 2008 rated it liked it
This was my first Sophie Nash. I liked it, but I didn't absolutely love it. I don't know if it was just me, and that I never really got a chance to sit down and read more then a chapter or two at a time, but I didn't feel like I really got to know the characters enough, and their stories, what made them who they were. I got the gist of them, but not as deep down as I would have liked. I also had some issues with the heroine and how she handled certain things, especially with her family, but most ...more
Borders Broad
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
(4.5) I have been reading a lot of historical romances lately. Sophia Nash has impressed me with her writing. It is atypical in a genre filled with similar stories and characters. I rank historical romances differently than other genres because it is so much harder for a book to stand out. And these types of mass market books, unless you are a huge romance author like Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts etc., the low amount of readers who will rate a book like this is small. Thus, i rate romances high ...more
An okay sort of book, with nothing to make it memorable. Ms. Nash writes fluidly for the most part; in small segments the flow gets dammed with use of long words and clunky language - the editor needs to be woken up.
The story is a standard plot of a disgraced woman fighting her basic fun loving spirit to stay under society's radar and a gruff rakish Duke who early life experiences have made him cynical. Both attracted to each other, denying their feelings and then surmounting obstacles to find
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a very pleasant surprise. I wasn't familiar with Nash before this, but I'll be stocking up now!

The main characters are fairly typical... the misunderstood Duke who hides his sensitive nature behind a facade of acid humor and hauteur. The feisty lady whom fortune has spat upon, rendering her exhausted and vulnerable. The secondary characters and plot aren't unusual either.

What sets the book apart is the quality of the writing. Many books, you sort of skim along on the surface, never real
Brenda Margriet
I enjoyed this book. Like Luc(ifer) especially - he had a sardonic wit I loved. Rosamunde was a bit meek and mild - although she did stand up to Luc.

Felt the book jumped from her being dishonoured to being married to an abusive husband to him dying very quickly. The fact that Luc is the brother of the man she "dishonoured herself with" felt odd to me. And while the book did try and explain why her family forgave her so quickly, after 8 years of exile, it felt a little pat.

Loved some of the writi
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
This is a fairly typical Regency romance. Rosamunde is a widow whose indiscretion several years ago caused her father to cast her out, whereupon she eloped with a man who she didn't love and he in turn abused her emotionally and sometimes physically.

Luc was a captain and is now a closet author who indulges his dowager duchess grandmother's whims to take widows under her wing and make their lives better.

They meet and despite a few stumbling blocks, they fall in love.

Not a bad entry into the genre
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Rosamundes had a hardship the last eight years, all for a misconception where the Duke of Helston was forced to ask for her hand in marriage.
Headstrong and hardheaded, Rosamunde eloped with the first one who seemed to want her for her self, and that ended in disaster. Now a widow with a reputation, Rosamunde and her sister Sophia gets invited to spend a season with the Dowager Duchess, and meets the new Duke of Helston. Instant attraction but what can come from this? Regency romance and heartac
Mar 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoy this chapter in Sophia Nash's "Widows Club" series and am seriously looking forward to the remaining books in the series.

Rosamunde Baird is a sympathetic heroine who will only be rescued from the dark demons of her past, both within and without, by the charmingly wicked Luc St. Aubyn, a man with plenty of secrets of his own.

Quite the delightful romp and wickedly amusing, to boot!
Jul 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Rosamunde is considered a fallen woman after being caught in a kiss during her teen years. Now a widow after suffering through a loveless marriage, Rosamunde becomes a member of the secretive "Widow's Club," but begins to flirt with disaster again when she catches the eye of the Duke of Helston, notoriously called the Lord of Ice and Fire. Read this one if you like your heroes sarcastic, but with a heart of gold.
Feb 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
OMG. I read this book in like 12 hours. Amazing! This goes into my all time favorites! It was fresh, witty, and funny! I loved the hero and the heroine. Each chapter also started with something called The Devil's Dictionary. It featured definitions such as
Baby: a misshapen creature of no particular age...chiefly remarkable for the violence of the sympathies and antipathies it excites in others, without sentiment or emotion.

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