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(Regency Trilogy #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  865 ratings  ·  65 reviews

Camille Montgomery is aware of the wicked man's reputation. But as an expert in antiquities, she also knows his family's Egyptian artifacts are the finest in England. The problem is, her wayward stepfather knows this, too—and he's determined to steal them. So when he's caught in the act of robbing the so-called Beast of Carlyle, Camille must sw
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 29th 2005 by Hqn
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Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a very funny book, I kind of laughed through the book because of its absurdity. It’s kind of gothic, kind of a mystery and kind of a parody, considering how many exclamation marks were used. I wouldn’t call it a romance, really. It’s a gothic novel with light romance elements sprinkled here and there. Camille was raised by her guardian, who was a knight but also a thief. She was a self taught Egyptologist and was apparently good at what she did and she worked at the British Museum. Enter ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Feb 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: b-b
I thought this book was very good. The mystery was a good part of the story and that kept it moving forward. And truthfully I chose the wrong antagonist a few times LOL. I do like the fact that Shannon Drake played on the Beauty and the Beast theme. I liked the Egyptian history through out. I wondered time and again what people had knowledge of during the late Victorian age. ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned, physical, 2
When I thought of historical romance before I actually got into the genre, this is exactly what I expected. The leads were Overly Dramatic!! And so!!! Many!!! Exclamation points!!! Were used!!! The awkward dialogue was fortunately balanced by a somewhat interesting plot. Also the sex scenes were so blah I skimmed them all. All of them!
Sherly Nyo
So this one took me a long time to finish. It was a mystery - that bit was interesting. However, I did not appreciate the romance bit - there was none! I mean, sure the Hero was into the heroine vice versa but I did not feel their chemistry, even the bedroom scenes were PG13!!!
Too long. A bit tedious and no pull factor.
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This was a fascinating rendition of the classic Beauty and the Beast story. The added mystery element brought an interesting level of intrigue and romance.

The Earl of Carlyle is a man scarred, both emotionally and physically, by the deaths of his beloved parents during an archeological excavation in Egypt. Ever since he gathered information that leads him to believe that they were murdered, he is consumed by the need for vengeance. And, Camille Montgomery, the unsuspecting pawn in th
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was utterly delightful! The mystery was so good that I kept guessing till the story flat out told me. That doesn't happen very often! Camille is a smart woman. She taught herself things that are hard to do all by herself! And the Earl! He is also smart, but bitter and determined to find his parents murderers. Together they make a powerful pair and as mysteries begin to unravel they become lovers of the highest order. Yet strangely they continue to doubt one another's motives and action ...more
Apr 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Not exactly sure why this is a 'Regency Trilogy' when it features Queen Victoria (after Prince Albert died), which clearly places it at least sixty years after the Regency.

As a romance, it didn't work for me. Not enough buildup or tension between the lead couple. But it was an excellent gothic mystery, featuring museums, mummies, a masked man and ancient Egyptian curses. So 2 stars for the romance and 4 stars for the mystery average out at 3.
Jul 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun and suspenseful read! The mysterious and feared Earl of Carlyle (Brian) is on a mission to solve the death of his parents and the curse that is now on his family’s head. Camille Montgomery is desperate to save the life of her guardian (Tristan) a war hero currently a little down on his luck. He is caught bungling an attempt to breach the Carlyle estate. Egyptian antiquities, misunderstandings, vengeance, trust and family each play a role in this highly entertaining romp. Camille i ...more
Jan 07, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2022
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Anna McFadden
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Camille Montgomery is aware of the wicked man's reputation as the Beast of Carlyle, but he is actually is the Lord is Carlyle. But because she is an expert in antiquities, Camille also knows that his family's Egyptian artifacts are the finest in England. The problem is, her wayward stepfather knows this, too—and he's determined to steal them. So when he's caught in the act of robbing the so-called Beast of Carlyle's home, Camille must swallow her fear and boldly confront the man whose mask is sa ...more
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm such a sucker for any Beauty and The Beast retelling, but truly, this one is horrible. The writing, the plot, the character development, conflict, setting, description, dialog ... it was all seriously found lacking. ...more
Allison Pennington
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I mean, for what it is, a fun little romance that pays tribute to the Beauty and the Beast tale, then it delivers. A fun and a quick read. Which is exactly what I was looking for and it didn't disappoint. ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This book seems to be a romance, but it's mostly a mystery. And a rather long one. With so many suspects it's hard to keep track. A nice happy ending, but I don't think I'll return to this author. ...more
Alicia King Hatch
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
DNF. The writing style was just so bad. The dialogue stilted.
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Beauty and the Beast meets Egypt with a mystery thrown in. This book was amazing!!!
Sep 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2000s
“I’ve not ventured out to find a proper wife, I’m afraid. I don’t believe I’m quite ready for that, though I must say, were I looking for a bride, I’d far prefer she love the man and not the manor.”
Brian Stirling

“The sins of the parent do not fall upon the offspring.”
Brian Stirling
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I would have given this book five stars, except that the Earl's disfigurement was really disappointing. And if you know how big of a phantom of the opera fan I am, then you know that that's really something. LOL.
Disappointing hideous face aside, the Earl was quite likable. In fact, all of the characters were so perfectly likable or loatheable that I think I may have found a new favorite historical-romance author. I can hardly wait to find time to get to the next book in this trilogy. I actually
Just read Reckless which is the second book in this series which I liked when I noticed that I own a kindle version of this first book in the series!
YAY! Going to read it today.
We get a peek at Sir Hunter, but no sign of Lady Margaret although there is a ball and lots of opportunities at the Museum. Miss Camille Montgomery has made a good life for herself, although it is very precarious because she is had to fudge her past a bit to get the prestigious job at the Museum in the Egyptian department
Feb 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: frothy-romance
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Mar 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Wicked was entertaining, but not nearly as angsty as I would have preferred. The intelligent, analytic hero and heroine, so like the characters in Amanda Quick novels, give the book a lightheartedness it might not have otherwise had, since the subject matter is pretty dark. The novel centers on a man whose parents had been murdered and who, when hearing of their deaths, went berserk on the battlefield and apparently disfigured himself so much that he's worn a mask ever since. It was the mask tha ...more
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I absolutely loved this book! It really reminded me of Beauty and the Best in a lot of ways, which wasn't a bad thing as I loved the movie and still do!

"The Earl was known as a Beast"

I loved the Egyptian history that was woven into the book. I think the Earl played the part of Beast wonderfully, while all along searching for his parents murder! Then in comes Camille, I found her to be a wonderful heroin and even though I found some things in this book silly like the mask I still couldn't fin
“Wicked” by Shannon Drake is the first in a trilogy. I accidently read the second one first, “Reckless,” which was very good. The last one in the trilogy is “Beguiled.” “Wicked,” in my opinion, was terrible. It is supposed to be a Victorian era “Beauty and the Beast” with one heck of a mystery. Well, I hate to be hard on one of my favorite authors, but if you want to read a “Beauty and the Beast” take off, then I suggest Teresa Medeiros “The Bride and the Beast,” “Tapestry” by Karen Ranney, or “ ...more
Tabetha Waite
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really liked the premise of this book surrounding Egyptology, a mysterious earl in a mask, who is haunted by a tormented past, but while I was excited about the outline, I felt it was rather choppy in places. The heroine, Camille, I felt was a bit too outspoken and not a very likable character, in my opinion. Also, there were too many other side issues going on that I felt the romance aspect was lost in the translation. I felt most of the conversations were redundant and boring and what I thou ...more
Mar 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
What makes Wicked interesting is that it's a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story starring Victorian Egyptologists. Apart from the all-too-familiar predicament in which the young ingenue has to endure the affections of no less than three men and falls for the man she finds utterly repulsive at first glance, there's a surprising amount of plot going on here--it's a nice change from a lot of the romance novels out there. ...more
Aug 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a mixture between "The Mummy" and "Beauty and the Beast." There was adventure, mystery, and romance. I could have done without the lusty scenes, but overall the book captured my interest, and I was excited to see what was going to happen next. I also learned alot about Egytology and ancient artifacts. ...more
Michelle Cristiani
This book appeared on hold for me at the library and I don't remember ordering it. But Egyptology was involved, as was the classic haughty, distant, not-sure-you-can-trust-him protagonist male, so there you go. I enjoyed it. There was a little mystery and I looked forward to reading it each night. The writing was very good for a romance, too. ...more
Oct 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book was supposed to have a beauty and the beast theme. The hero wears a mask and is scarred. The heroine is a beauty.

I felt the language was too modern (it didn't sound appropriate at all) and the historical details were lacking.

I put it down and didn't pick it back up.

This was a did-not-finish book for me.
Jan 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
A beauty and the beast story with a feisty heroine.

Camille Montgomery goes to the rescue of her stepfather confronting the legendary Earl of Carlyle who is torn between his angst and his lust.

The two of them are interesting and the characters are great fun.
To enjoy this book, you have to treat the entire mystery as silliness, the history and egyptology as bunk, and the hero as pretty much an imbecile. Maybe it is because I read this book while I was sick and needed any diversion, but I still rather enjoyed this.
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Heather Graham Pozzessere
aka Heather Graham, Shannon Drake

Heather Graham was born on March 15, 1953 and grew up in Dade County, Florida, and attended the University of South Florida at Tampa, majoring in theater arts and touring Europe and parts of Asia and Africa as part of her studies. After college, she acted in dinner theaters, modeled, waitressed, and tended bar. She married Hershey Dennis Po

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