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Lady Gallant

( European Renaissance Duo #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,229 ratings  ·  113 reviews
AN INNOCENT TEMPTRESS

The ladies of the palace called Nora Becket "mouse." But beneath her shy, artless ways hid the heart of a lioness. A daring spy in Queen Mary's court, she risked her life to rescue the innocent from a terrible fate. Yet it was Nora who needed rescuing when cutthroats attacked her--and when Christian de Rivers, a lusty, sword-wielding rogue, swept her o
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Paperback, Reprint Edition, 368 pages
Published December 1st 1991 by Fanfare
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Jen I think the terms 'sweetheart, my love & my dear' in reference to the male characters are sarcastic remarks, more likely meant to anger each…moreI think the terms 'sweetheart, my love & my dear' in reference to the male characters are sarcastic remarks, more likely meant to anger each other. I would guess Midnight is obsessed with Christian because Christian got away, went back to his father, restarted his life - then flaunted the 'lessons' Midnight taught him.
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bookjunkie
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhhh. There is no satisfaction quite like the satisfaction gained when a heroine is deeply, grossly, hideously wronged by the Hero, having the Hero realize he's made a colossal mistake, and then watching him reap every scrap of anguish he's sown. I feel a perverse anticipation every time I read an HP where the Hero treats the heroine in an unforgivably horrible manner, because I'm hoping for the the exquisite justice of a perfect comeuppance to follow. Too often I'm let down, but this book did ...more
Naksed
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Booklover
This was a really difficult read for me,i only gave 2 stars is one star for the mystery-suspense part and second for the grovelling

The way hubby treated his wife was really hard for me to read,sleeping with OW woman in front of his wife and purposely doing it next to the room of her and making loads of noises so that she comes and sees he is doing it with them and also in one scene he says "Just don't stand there i have to finish what i started and ask her to close the door if she is getting di
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Crista
May 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
I was so excited to read this book! It is set in the Tudor era and if you are reading this book PLEASE read Robinson's introduction. It gives a nice "back drop" to the story and describes what was going on in England during that time. It was very interesting.

Then the book started.

This is a case of "too little too late". Christian de Rivers is not a nice man. He has been through a lot in his life, but he is a mean and nasty man. Not my kind of hero material. The heroes I love don't have to be s
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Emotonal Reads
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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Kathleen
Content: Sex, swearing, profanity, violence

4.25 stars. I am re-reading an old favorite, now on kindle. This historical has it all -- history, action and suspense, chemistry and sex, tenderness, heartbreak, heapings of angst (!!), and a good deal of humor. I truly did laugh and cry. Again. Wow!!

Set in Tudor England in 1558, after the death of King Henry the VIII, who had ousted Catholicism and established the Protestant Church of England, so that he could divorce Catherine of Aragon. Now Henry is
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Aneca
Dec 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2008, angst
I had this book in the TBR pile for a very long time. I heard very good things about it but at the same time I was unsure about how I would feel as I'd also heard the hero behaves very badly towards the heroine. I'm happy to say this was an A read!.

The ladies of the palace called Nora Becket "mouse". But beneath her shy, artless ways hid the heart of a lioness. A daring spy in Queen Mary's court, she risked her life to rescue the innocent from a terrible fate. Yet it was Nora who needed rescuing
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sraxe
H is a huge POS and makes the h, his wife, suffer over and over and over again (even cheating on her at one point and making sure that she sees).

There's not enough grovelling in the world.
KatieV
Honestly, I read this because I heard it was the best "grovel" ever by a hero. Yes, it does go on longer than most, but I still don't see that he deserved to be forgiven yet (if ever). What he did to make her forgive him was "cute" but not the depth of emotion I wished to see. I also did not like the language. It was probably accurate to the time, but it didn't work for me. I feel the same way about Regency's. I just can't stand the way they speak. It's just a personal preference, I suppose.
Fre06 Begum
May 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Read this years back and I still think one of the best grovelling by hero books!
Zoe
Mar 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminds me of a Shakespeare comedy that I saw at the Globe in London. The medieval setting was true to form. The actors conversed in old English with unfamiliar inflections and outrageous exaggeration. Questionable (by modern standard) double standards, typical of the period. The main plot is a romance, but presented with a comical air.

As a result the hero Christian is rather like a clown, with his anger and thirst for vegeance. The interactions between Christian and Eleanora the hero
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Amber
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: medieval
WOW. This book was repeatedly recommended for its great grovel scene. The title and cover put me off reading it for a long time, and I didn't even realize it was medieval, which I normally don't go for. But OMG, this book is AMAZING. So witty and intelligent, but I couldn't stand to slow down and savor it because I had to see what happened next. Both H and h were beautifully flawed. I adore this book.
Joyce
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Noelle
Uggh, I had such high hopes for this story but in the end, I just couldn't wait until it was over. =/

Nora (h) was a product of her mother's infidelity and when she dies all Nora had was the man who raised her as a daughter, a man who basically hated her and felt as if she was a burden. All she wants is to be loved but knowing that she's very plain and that she will never catch a husband, she instead turns her self to court intrigue.

Christian (H) is used to having women throw themselves at him an
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SmittenKitten
This book is great. The beginning is so cute and romantic... and I was totally loving it, but then some heartbreaking stuff happens. The hero cheats in a pretty despicable way. Christian's treatment of Nora is like taking a puppy, shoving it into a bag, and throwing it over a bridge into the river. At least he feels guilty afterwards and does some major groveling. Nora is forever changed after the cheating incident, and reinvents herself from a mouse to a dragon.

Gerrie
I don't often read books about the Tudor period, but I am so glad I relied on the rave reviews and picked this one up. Also, this is about the reign of Mary, which has received a lot less literary attention than Henry and Elizabeth. The historical research was absolutely first class but it never felt like an information dump or history lesson. It was a seamless, but integral, part of the story.

I wasn't sure if I would like this book. The beginning is a little confusing, and it was unclear at fir
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Joan
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding and accurate period piece. I usually detest plotline with the tropy "misunderstanding" that drive a wedge between the couple and I spent fifty percent of the book wanting to drop-kick Kit/Christian for his awful treatment of the sweet, trusting Nora. But the "little mouse" shut him down hard when he tried desperately to atone for his dastardly behavior. Also Christian's reverence for his father was humbling and revealed that he had a sliver of humanity.

All told, this author really d
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Annette
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
The story is going well until the hero
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at which point I feel like the only HEA for the heroine is when the monster of a hero get himself killed by castration. No amount of groveling would be good enough to forgive much less forget that amount of betrayal but the (view spoiler) is enough to redeem the book for me.
Mou
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"The way hubby treated his wife was really hard for me to read,sleeping with OW woman in front of his wife and purposely doing it next to the room of her and making loads of noises so that she comes and sees he is doing it with them and also in one scene he says "Just don't stand there I have to finish what I started and ask her to close the door if she is getting disturbed"
Lemon
I give this book a low rating not because of the terrible things our hero perpetrated on our heroine, but because it was simply a badly told story. I take it this story was supposed to feel as though it is a tale told by a court jester, what with all the random bits of poetry song spewed by our hero Christian at the most random times. And I really did feel like it was a silly tale told by a court jester for this book has the dubious honor of presenting the most breathtakingly stupid fictional ch ...more
☽ Rhiannon ✭ Mistwalker ☾
This kind of book is tough for me. The hero is a complete asshole and is unforgivably awful to the heroine. The heroine is a spineless doormat. Actually, I think I know where Stephanie Meyer gets her inspiration from... Basically, I would hate for any girl to read this and think it is what love should be like. But, for me personally, there is something that resonates. I had someone I loved tear me down in a not dissimilar manner to what the heroine in this book experiences. There is part of me t ...more
Sönïa Dhillion
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Jennifer
Apr 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
Just not my thing. I never got a handle on the tone - it was almost lite a la Julie Garwood (especially with the heroine, oy), but then got all angsty, but there was lots of banter, but it was almost too light after the rough treatment.
Zizz
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Best grovelling ever...
Elizabeth
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read this as a recommendation as having a great grovel, and it did have a good one. I will say I may have went in with too high expectations so it didn't quite hit me the way I like. It was a good book though, once you get past the writing of the language it kept my interest all the way through. I am more forgiving of things I don't like in historical novels, I am not really sure why. There were a few scenes that would probably be too much for anyone with triggers of the hero with other women. T ...more
Reading
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Lady Gallant.

Strengths:
Well written in an unusual-for-romance time period
Good grovel
Interesting characters
Weaknesses:
Sometimes the dialogue was too authentic to the time
Sometimes the pace was a little slow
PointedlyBlunt
Sometimes even the most epic grovel isn’t enough.

Sometimes you just need to see the bastard castrated.
Linda Sims
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
PASSIONATE TUDOR ROMANCE

Christian de Rivers Lord Monfort, son of the Earl of Vasterne is a favourite at the court of Mary Tudor. Taken by a band of cut throats as a boy, taught to rob, steal, lie and cheat. It was some time before his father found him and took him home. The result was a nobleman with a disregard for propriety, he still retained his outlaw friends and enjoyed their company often. His loving father tolerated Christian's behaviour as did Queen Mary.

Nora Beckett was one of Mary's la
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Krista the Bookaholic
3.5 stars

This was quiet good, but a bit too long, IMO. At some points it felt like it was dragging. On the positive side, this really does have one of the best grovelings done by the hero. Christian did redeem himself in the end. I was laughing so hard during the "love spell" and how he took Cat the puppy to do the pulling LOL

The side characters were very likeable, too, especially Arthur. That mite was too cute for words. The way he kept saying "we" and "us", like "we don't like you", "you marri
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Lynda Suzanne Robinson (b. July 6, 1951 in Amarillo, Texas) is an American writer, author of romance (under the name Suzanne Robinson) and mystery novels (under the name Lynda S. Robinson). She is best known for her series of historical whodunnits set in Ancient Egypt during the reign of Tutankhamun and featuring Lord Meren, "the Eyes and Ears of Pharaoh". She lives in Texas with her husband and h ...more

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