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The Dangers of Deceiving a Viscount

(Desperate Debutantes #3)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,256 ratings  ·  120 reviews
Lady Phoebe Fairchild is well aware that the ton would be appalled to learn of a young lady of quality involved in a trade. Therefore, she resorts to selling her beautiful handmade gowns under a fictitious name: Madame Dupree. So when circumstances force her to visit the estate of William Darby, the Viscount of Summerfield, to design ball gowns for his sisters, she assumes ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 23rd 2007 by Pocket Books (first published 2007)
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BJ Rose
Feb 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Well, at least this was better than The Perils of Pursuing a Prince, but not by much. I actually liked the theme about the heroine's talent in designing and sewing women's clothes, and the blackmail threat to expose Phoebe to the scorn of the ton was very realistic, so I had no problem accepting that premise. My problem was with the behaviors of the two main characters - Will couldn't see that his attempts to seduce a widowed, defenseless seamstress were more reprehensible than the sexual habits ...more
Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it
****3.5 stars****

I'm glad I read this series until the end, otherwise I would have missed Phoebe's story. I believe her storyline is the most interesting one. I got hooked in the first pages and couldn't put it down until I reached the very last one.

Lady Phoebe Fairchild, daughter of the Late Earl of Bingley, sister to the Marchioness of Middleton and cousin to the Princess of Powys, is being blackmailed by her ruthless employer, Mrs Ramsey, into working as Madame Dupree, a fake identity Phoebe
Fani *loves angst*
IMO this was the weakest book of the series. I love London's writing because she usually writes a big part of the book from the hero's POV, which didn't happen here. That left Will kind of a stranger for me, plus I didn't really like the way he pressed an employee of his into an illicit relationship. No matter how mutual the attraction was, her initial response was 'No' and I believe pressing, even gently, someone who's financially dependant and in lower social standing than yourself, is not pro ...more
Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
A good book, but not quite as good as the first Julia London book I happened upon so I'm rounding down. I liked the characters, the situation was plausible, and the romance was passionate. I like the way that London brings family into her stories; or at least, we're 2 for 2 on that trait. Brothers, sisters, ailing fathers ... there were more relationships here than just the main romance and it all played into the plot.

My main reservations was that I thought the plot was a bit flat, especially t
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
I loathe, loathe the mistaken identity theme. Mind you I knew what I was getting into before I read the book. But my reason for it reading the was the author. I love her books, and I thought that maybe, just maybe, I wouldn’t be put off by the theme. My mistake. It bothered me a lot.

I found that the whole masquerade/mistaken identity in this book, was overly done. She could have told her secret at any point, in my opinion. But it continued until, well you guessed it, someone recognized her, and
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lady Phoebe Fairchild is posing as a seamstress because she is being blackmailed into service and is well aware that if the ton should find out that they would be appalled. A young lady of quality and wealth does not lower herself to work a trade. Phoebe goes by the name Madame Dupree when she is forced into making her beautiful gowns for the sisters of William Darby, the Viscount of Summerfield. Phoebe is not comfortable in her position as a servant and is even more uncomfortable with her attra ...more
Karen Darling
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: free, audible
There are about three different stories going on in this book. I didn't really care too much for the hero. He was mad at the heroin about a secret that really wasn't that bad. This book was also long and drawn out. I kept wondering when it was going to end. ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Lady Phoebe Fairchild is a great modiste. She can fashion clothes that everyone admires, however since she is a part of a society which rules dictate you cannot have a profession and be a part of the ton she is pretending to be Madame Dupree. However she is blackmailed to go to a country estate and fashion dresses for two young ladies or she will get exposed. So she travels to the estate of William Darby, the Viscount of Summerfield to make dresses for his two sisters who are going to be coming ...more
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
The last book of the trilogy, where Lady Phoebe Fairchild finds her own happily-ever-after.

Being blackmailed into working as Madame Dupree by her unscrupulous employer, Phoebe finds herself in William Darby, Viscount of Summerfield's estate, where she is designing ball gowns for his unruly sisters, while learning first hand how life is as a servant.

William has just returned from his extensive travels around the world to find his home in shambles, his father infirm and unable to talk and his sibl
Dec 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
I liked this one better than the average, most of my usual frustrations with romance novels occurred (not caring about propriety, the difficult angry siblings or children, the hero being ridiculously unreasonable about something silly) but were resolved in a believable and satisfying way. The hero actually REALIZED he was being unreasonable and apologized! Also, for once a series like this didn't make me feel like all the characters from the previous books were simply tacked on. In the first "De ...more
Jun 06, 2009 rated it liked it
3 Stars...

Lady Phoebe gets blackmailed by the women she secretly works for into working as a seamstress under the name of Madame Dupree for William Darby, the Viscount of Summerfield's rowdy siblings.

She didn't expect to fall in love with Will or to become so attached to his family, but as the lies she really had no choice of spinning starts spiraling out of control she's in a place was she's never been. Lost.

Honestly there really isn't anything spectacular or unique about this book or the char
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it
I did like this book, but there were times when it dragged on to let everyone know how wrong it is to judge people by the way they look. There was a long drawn out chapter ll about it, of which I could not see happening. But that is just me. Also the end of the book, it was too HEA... Almost cheesy. And the ending interlude.... talking through it was a little much. I never got a good feel for the hero character. I think some of the characters needed more development. I cant say I liked or dislik ...more
Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass
I was MUCH more pleased with this book. I loved Lady Phoebe and Will. Those HELLIONS that Will called siblings deserved a good ole' fashioned butt whipping. They were horrible but I loved Phoebe's responses to their shenanigans. I had a good feeling about Phoebe in book 1 and I was right. Hands down, the best in the series!

Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm glad this series ended on a high note. This book was definitely the best of bunch. Phoebe was my favorite of Fairchild ladies. I also liked Will, although I thought more could have been done with his character. Overall, this series was a little disappointing. ...more
I reserve 1 star reviews for so awful I can’t finish the tripe or if I finish it has a major flaw or causes me to rant. Excuse the rant but This is no romance. I didn’t care for either main character and spunky phoebe from the previous books becomes so naive and let’s william walk all over her...And William, the hero (not) is an ass. You have to like at least something or someone. Nope. And the dialogue...nope. Just made me 😡 mad.

Phoebe, a young, virgin of excellent social standing likes to desi
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a ride this book took me on! I ended up feeling all of the emotions but in the end I simply fell in love. The dangers of deceiving a viscount is officially my favourite historical romance & possibly favourite book(?) Thus far though I admit I haven’t read many. Definitely will be a reread which says a lot because I never reread books!!

I must confess that up until around 64% I wasn’t liking this book & I didn’t think that I would. It was very slow, the story didn’t really pick up until this
Wendy Tavenner
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Phoebe who was being blackmailed by the lady she sold her gowns to makes he take a job at an estate for the summer.

Will Darby, the Viscount of Summerfield has been gone for 6 years and his fathers home and siblings are in shambles. His father had an apoplexy and is not able to communicate but from his eyes and fingers. As Will it trying to put everything to rights he has Madam Dupree stay with them and make his sisters a whole wardrobe. Phoebe hates to lie but what else is she to do.

As she navig
I finished this book yesterday and have already forgotten about it.

It had such potential to be my particular catnip: Phoebe has an incredible talent, but is in a social position that makes that talent more of a liability. Will is unusual—a world traveler who could support her dreams and appreciate her for the amazing badass she is. However, for some reason that is never revealed to the reader, he’s so hung up on absolute truthfulness at all times that it nearly ends their Happily Ever After.
Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Well, the best of the three, but the story of Will and Phoebe was still a little aggravating. London writes some blockheaded men!! Will returns from 6 years abroad to discover his family in tatters, his father has had a stroke and his brothers and sisters have become quite the unruly barbarians. Meanwhile, Phoebe, who had become a secret modiste when funds were short, is blackmailed into sewing a wardrobe for Will's sisters. The deception goes on for quite some time, and stupid Phoebe watches hi ...more
Kat Green
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Book 3, a lovely follow up to book 2 of The Desperate Debutants bu Julia London. Keeping secrets is never advisable even when they seem harmless and appear to solve a problem. Phoebe, the last of the 3 girls, left alone after their mother died and their stepfather took all of their inheritance. She had always loved to design beautiful gowns and make them herself. Unfortunately, the society at that time prohibited a Lady from working. It started out simply, but you know fate always has something ...more
Sandra Munger
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pheobe is the last single one. She has been helping supporting her sister and cousin with her sewing. Now she doesn't need to because they hae both married. But the person who has been selling her dresses forces her into going to an estate in the country to make clothing for the viscount's sisters. They develop a relationship but he doesn't want to marry a seamstress and she is afraid to tell him the truth. Nice ending to the series ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Will and Phoebe. I didn't care for him overly much. He seduced her and then every time he saw her in public, he was awful to her. The hidden identity was a bit overdone, she could have told him who she was a lot sooner and then his response was over the top considering he wasn't respectful of her to begin with. ...more
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice romance about a disguised noblewoman working as a seamstress. The hero has come home from his extensive travels to find his father paralyzed after a stroke and his four younger siblings not only grown up but out of control. He hires the heroine to at least dress his 2 sisters like ladies. I liked it.
JiMina Heart
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
It's somewhat uncomfortable for me to read. Idk why deception isn't something I hate but with this one... I found myself feeling scared and a bit anxious for the heroine.. I had to skim some sentences cause reading them makes me sooo nervous...
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun end to the trilogy with a good mix of romance and scandal. The best thing about regency romance is that you always know there will be a happily ever after. Considering everything that has happened in the world in 2020, I’m really enjoying novels like this with happy endings right now.
Velvet Fen
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read. I LOVE Julia London books.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Would have been a 3*, but for the jerk H & foolish h. A lot can be excused in the name of Love, but you can’t be too stupid & never learn from mistakes.
Annette Meier
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this one best of all! Emotions run high, but a wonderful weaving of stories andlives.
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this author. I’ve been binge reading her books.
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Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than two dozen romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular historical romance series, the Cabot Sisters, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming ...more

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“-On creating a false identity for Pheobe-
"A widow," Ava insisted.
"How did her husband die?" Greer asked.
"I hardly know," Ava said with a shrug as she rocked Jonathan in her arms. "How do men typically die? A fall from a horse or some such thing."
"I scarcely believe scores of men are falling to their deaths from their saddles," Greer said drily.”
“Is this the happiness you seek?” he whispered hoarsely. “Tell me now, and I will give it to you.” He
moved down her body, his mouth on her bosom, his breath hot on her skin, and his hand freeing her
breast. Phoebe ran her fingers through his hair, thrusting her breast forward as he took the peak into his
This was insanity!“Only a profligate would confuse happiness with desire—Oh!” The swell of pleasure
his mouth on her breast gave her was startling, and she cried out.
“And only a fool would try and separate the two,” he responded hotly before he closed his mouth
around her other breast”
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