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(Banning Sisters #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,551 ratings  ·  101 reviews
With this sensual and entrancing tale, bestselling author Karen Robards continues her wonderful trilogy of three sisters taking their rightful place as the belles of Regency England's ton.

Claire Banning fulfilled every debutante's dream when she married a rich nobleman. Soon, however, the celebrated beauty realizes she wed a dissolute wastrel. Bitterly hurt and desperately
Paperback, 402 pages
Published October 15th 2002 by Pocket Star (first published 2002)
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May 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who still read spy romances but would appreciate a twist
Honestly, I usually don't like books like these. I mean, the hero is a spy set to capture some female spy and stumbles upon the heroine, but does not believe her story about not being a spy. Oh yea, the heroine is also unhappily married - that's a twist. With all the factors going against it, I began thinking, 'I don't want to study cell biology and starting a PNR is too much commitment.' I'm kinda glad I walked in with low expectations.

Claire runs for her life after escaping a kidnapping, but
Apr 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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Jacqueline J
Oct 16, 2014 marked it as dnf
I think I am going to dnf this book. It just wasn't holding my interest. I even tried reading it instead of listening to it but it's not for me. The whole thing was just too improbable and contrived. Which is a shame because I generally really like this author. I think I will stick to her contemporary romantic suspense.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I do like Karen Robards books but there are a lot of Americanisms in stories that are supposed to be set in England. It also seems like she finds some slang she likes and then repeats it throughout the book. I seriously doubt a member of the upper classes would use the phrase 'turn me up sweet'. It sounds more like East End slang.
Also, she makes 2 really obvious and basic mistakes that are so glaring, I wonder where her copy editor was. Firstly she has Claire at the beginning of the book
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
The goods: Clair is one tough character, having clawed her way through an awful father, his lecherous friends, a crumbling and emotionally abusive marriage, a kidnapping attempt, and then a successful kidnapping. She's a survivor. I love that she and Hugh hated/mistrusted one another for almost half the book before affection began to grow. Books where the kidnapped heroine can't help but find herself attracted to her captor within just a few pages drive me bonkers.

The not-as-goods: Hugh could
Francesca ❆
This wasn't as good as the first one, I'm asking myself if I have the strenght to read the third one: although I like Beth most I don't know if I have the patience to read what i assume will be a rehearsal of the previous books, because that's the problem this book suffered from: plotwise it's almost identical to the previous one.
At least in the previous book I liked the MCs, in this one they're so bland. Hugh is a manipulative dick, Claire is the classic woe-is-me chick.
The plot wa so dragged
This book, like it's predecessor, was much too long. Hell, the first dialogue between the hero and the heroine took up about 70 pages. Not to mention that the characters were flat, the story was kind of silly, and there wasn't any real chance to enjoy what little chemistry the characters had without them saying I love you or making out.
This is Claire, the middle Banning sister's story, who wanted a safe life with a man as different from her abusive father as possible.

Years later, her choice of husband proved to be less than ideal, and she's pretty much miserable and trying to hide it from her sisters. To make matters worse, she gets abducted by villains who were paid to get rid of her, and when she manages to escape them, she falls into the hands of a captivating scoundrel named Hugh, who believes she is a French spy.

May 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
After reading one other historical romance by this author, I was less than thrilled to find that I had another one in my hands. This time, however, it was a completely different thing. Ms. Robards captures the edge-of-the-seat spirit of her romantic suspense novels and puts it in this book right from the very beginning. In fact, this book is almost written backwards. With most books, you gently and smoothly build the action to a climax which occurs somewhere near the end. This book has the ...more
This is the second book in the Banning sisters trilogy. It was the last book I read since I had a hard time getting the book. I think this is the best book of the trilogy.

Hugh and Claire's love story had a theme of being star-crossed lovers, having found each other too late and in the most precarious situation. Nevertheless, they pulled through. From the Shameless, I already loved Hugh and Claire. I think Claire is very beautiful, bold and courageous. I was really waiting for how they would end
Hanah  Tahir
Jun 14, 2009 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it, but it was long-winded, and the story is just really short.. But I guess that's how the author made it seem so interesting. Because I really couldn't put it down! I was becoming agitated and excited about Claire and Hugh's meetings. Everytime they meet, sparks seriously fly around my imaginations! and Robards made it seem like I was there witnessing them :P

The thing about villainy sounds too cliche for the historical romance genre, and the book is very predictable. What made me buy
Lisa Jo
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robards has another winner with Irresistible! This novel was not as enjoyable as book one, Scandalous (which I loved!), but it was still a fantastic read. Robards did get carried away with the description at certain points, but that was only a minor distraction. Hugh was an amazing, wonderful hero and easily lovable! I was sighing in delight quiet a few times while reading this novel! There are plenty of twists and turns in Irresistible to keep you turning page after page after page. I put this ...more
I struggled w/giving this a three. I considered a two. Normally I give a solid read a three. While this is a solid story w/all your components I can't belive Robards had the h have an affair. O.K. so maybe everyone does now a days and maybe 50% of people get divorced but this is suppose to take place forever ago and it's really hard to admire the h when she sleeps w/someone even if her husband is a jerk... To me it could have been done differently. Just my two cents which I wasn't really asked ...more
Mary Ellen
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I ended up listening to audiobook but would recommend reading instead.
Great. Book 2 in Banning Sister Trilogy.
Linda Smith
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, regency, sensual
The Banning Sisters books are so good that I wish the family had been larger. Beautiful Claire is the middle sister and is married when her story begins. Actually she is in very dire straits when the book opens. Claire's carriage has been ambushed by a nasty group of men. Her coachman was shot and she was carried away after being knocked unconscious. When she comes to, Claire hears the footpads debating how they will murder her. She knocks one of her captors over the head with a bedpan and ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great book by Robards. I am enjoying this series and I really like the storylines which are original! Some readers may be bothered by the fact that Claire is married, but I loved it because it makes the entire premise quite different than the norm and the fact that Hugh turns out to be who he turns out to be was an added twist that made me sit up and pay more attention. I love being surprised and I love a forbidden aspect and this was really well done in Irresistible. Claire and Hugh had ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
I liked Scandalous and read it twice, but this one is just boring. I skipped a lot until I finally DNF it half through it. I mean, really, the first day is about 90 pages alone with a never ending dialogue! By the time they reached France I lost all my interest. Also half a book in and I do not care about either main character. I do not like Claire, I do not like Hugh. I also know he is a duke, it was predictable the moment the duke of Richmond was mentioned as young, unmarried and missing from ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I gave it 4 stars because the story line was good, but she concentrated way too much on the sex. I got to like just get on with the story. We know you and Hugh are in love big time.
3.5 stars

This is book 2 in a series where each book is a separate love story. I have yet to read book 1 as I came across this one on sale. You can read this as a standalone.

I really liked this book... The story had me fully engrossed, I really had a hard time putting the book down. The romance was intense, there was lots of action and suspense and this author has written some of the best love scenes I've read!!

So why only 3.5 stars... there was just a couple things I couldn't over look... The
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
I really like Robards writing style, but I find I’m not a fan of her books. Robards didn’t stay true to Claire’s character from one book to the next. She also just summed up all the loose ends from Scandalous in one quick paragraph.

A few years have passed in the storyline since the last book ended. The story begins with Claire isolated in an unsatisfying marriage. In escaping her kidnappers, Claire is mistaken for a French spy and captured for questioning and execution. Claire then has to
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Interesting plotline rife with marital infidelity... Another smart heroine, to my relief. Why authors think women might enjoy reading about stupid women (or men, for that matter) is beyond me. Good entertaining read.
Now I need to try to find the third, although having read the first in the series a while ago I couldn't remember anything specific from it and didn't feel I was missing out anything plot-wise.
Picking this up again in June 2018 before sending to a moochee.
I enjoyed this again. This
Melissa Kelly
Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I stumbled across this book and was intrigued by the title. Amazing how one word sold the book to me, huh? I quite enjoyed it. It's an English romance novel. Lady Claire is kidnapped, from her carriage as she travels along the countryside towards her home. And, as she escapes, she is kidnapped again. She is taken on board a ship destined for France as her identity is mistaken for someone else. On board she must try to convince her captors of who she truly is. There are great description of the ...more
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
My first Karen Robards books,it was the second in a 3 book series. I have not read the first one yet and it was fine to read out of order. Hugh kidnapped Claire who was running from her other kidnappers. He believed her to be a spy and for the first part of the book did not believe her. Hugh and Claire of course fall in love but now face the problem of Claire being married to someone else. But of course things work out and Hugh and Claire live happily ever after. I plan to read the first and ...more
Dec 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
im not sure but the books suggested that he cheats with a "NO LADY" after he rturns in ENGLAND, and it didnt even come clean at the end if he sleeps around whn she refuse to be his far two books from karen robards has the same plot, hero sleeps around when the heroine refuse to be his mistress, the other is LOVING this is the end for karen robards for me....sleeping around after he sleeps with the heroine in the book is cheating for me and cheating is a very big issue ...more
Mar 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebook, unfinished
Bleurgh. The author could have spent at least some effort trying to make characters believable. As it is, they're just puppets on a string, doing what the author wants them to do, without any heed for their personalities, motives, circumstances or just common sense. Not to mention the writing was boooooring. I read a couple of chapters by skipping everything but the dialogue, because I couldn't take any more of the author's overwrought and tiring descriptions.
Apr 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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M.A. Levi
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Irresistable was an amazing story. A whirlwind of scandal, romance, danger, hatered, charm, and true love. Clair and Hugh's story within the famous Banning trilogy is a great second book to the series and I say it's a must read. See how Hugh and Clair came together, fought off the dangers they faced, in the mean time falling in love. The only part I didn't like about this book is that she cheated on her husband, but read the book and find out all about it.
jackie frye
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book grabs your attention on the first page and keeps it until the last page. A case of mistaken identity, an English intelligence agent, a lady in an unhappy marriage, a love that has little chance of ending in marriage these are a few elements in the fast paced novel. I enjoyed every page.
Sep 12, 2012 rated it liked it
So much drama filled this book. I did not like her husband at all and her lover! Oh, what a wonderful man. She, herself, was filled with self reliance, I did feel really bad for her that she believed that life in the bedroom was not meant to be enjoyed. I'm glad it all ended well - better than even I expected.
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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,

Other books in the series

Banning Sisters (3 books)
  • Scandalous (Banning Sisters, #1)
  • Shameless (Banning Sisters, #3)