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Deadly Vows (Francesca Cahill Deadly #9)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  562 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
Deadly Vows
Mass Market Paperback, 379 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by HQN Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jessica It's my understanding the series was canceled. Brenda Joyce said the books just didn't sell well. I like to imagine Bragg got his happy ending and…moreIt's my understanding the series was canceled. Brenda Joyce said the books just didn't sell well. I like to imagine Bragg got his happy ending and Fran and Calder are doing just great! :)(less)
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This story takes place about three weeks after the previous novel, Deadly Kisses, ends. It’s June 1902, twenty-one year old Fran and Calder’s wedding day and Francesca receives shocking information. That information leads Francesca on the hunt for the missing portrait. For Francesca it’s a race against time to find the person(s) responsible for trying to ruin her. It’s very hard to not give spoilers so I’ll just say that I was very entertained by all the characters and couldn’t wait to find out ...more
Jenny Rebecca
Mar 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-novels
I'm a chump. I read these books when they first came out starting in 2001 and was obsessed. Then, nothing. I grew out of Brenda Joyce's wrting and moved on to other things. And now there's a new one. And I bought it. Because I'm sentimental, and I still remember the old ones. Nothing had changed. Not the writing style, not the increasingly dull story. The characters haven't grown, the plot hasn't esculated...I want my 8 bucks back. Boo.
Disappointed by this conclusion.
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brenda-joyce
I just finished reading Deadly Vows by Brenda Joyce.

After waiting 5 years for a wrap up, we finally get one for Francesca, Rick Bragg, and Calder Hart. This last book is as entertaining as all the others that came before it.

On her homepage, Joyce says there may be others to follow in the series (she never quite wraps up all the loose ends); that any more to follow will depend on how the sales go on this one. This leaves me quite conflicted. While I hope there will be others in the Deadly Series,
Kathy Martin
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Francesca is eagerly anticipating her wedding to Calder Hart when she receives a note inviting her to an art gallery. The nude picture of her commissioned by Calder and then stolen has resurfaced. Its existence being made public would cause a great scandal. She thinks she has time to recover it before the wedding but, instead, is locked in the gallery and misses her wedding. Calder is embarrassed and deeply hurt. In fact, he tries to convince himself and Francesca that it is for the best to brea ...more
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series
This was easy and fairly pleasant to read, because I'm still fond of the characters and enjoy the crazy Nancy Drew melodrama of Francesca's life. And it was a relief to see things mostly wrapped up, except for one character that certainly does not get the happy ending he or she deserves.

But the repetition of the language, the shallowness of the plot and the characters, the go-nowhere back and forth of the conversations all added up to a pretty unsatisfying book. I felt like I'd read it all befo
Dana Alma
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful “sui generis” series! Brenda Joyce has saved the best for last! Delicious! Deadly Vows is the perfect ending! The Deadly Series also known as the Francesca Cahill Series is a gem. I began reading the series in 2001 and was blown away from the very beginning. If anyone would of told me that I would be reading a historical novel set in New York City in 1902, I would have been dubious. It is now one of my all time favorites. Deadly Vows continues the unique sleuthing series, with intell ...more
Elisabeth Roam
Deadly Vows was the first book I read by this author, I loved allot of things about this novel, including the premise of the novel, the relationship between Calder and Francesca in the beginning, the angst between the characters, and the challenges they face throughout the story. Sadly I felt things got repetitive very quickly, especially between the hero and heroine. After the first few chapters they are going in circles with each other. Francesca pursues, Calder relents, they say hurtful words ...more
Noni Fro (Janon)
First off I’m writing this review to spread the word about this Deadly Series – so it covers my thoughts on all 9 books.

I owe my romance reading comeback to Brenda Joyce. I took a break from reading romance in the early 90’s for a few years. I picked up a Brenda Joyce novel in about 1995 and I’ve been on reading romance frenzy since.

This Deadly series actually has everything that I hate in a romance novel – BUT IT WORKS SO WELL in these books. There is a love triangle (hate), misunderstanding
My Thoughts:
Set almost immediately following the last novel; Deadly Vows begins on Francesca & Calder's wedding day. Of course nothing is easy when it comes to this pair! Francesca is 'called' away by a mysterious note just before the wedding is about to begin. Known for getting herself into all sorts of trouble, she is locked 'accidentially' away and misses the most important day of her life. Now what could be so important to draw her away from that? The portrait of course!

Francesca is one
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, own
I have been waiting for this book for many years. I was a little bit worried that I would not remember everything that happened in the previous 8 books in the series but that was not the case. From the first page I was pulled back in to the fast paced life of Francesca Cahill. The great thing about this book and the series in general is that it gets the reader emotional involved. You feel the inner turmoil that the characters have about their feelings and it makes them more real. I enjoy getting ...more
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: joyce-brenda
Contains SPOILERS - Don't read if spoilers bother you!

I am conflicted about this book. Since I read them all back to back, it was awful that Ms. Joyce chose to have Rick Bragg and Leigh Ann to be so at odds in this book esp. since they were reconciling at the end of book 8. And, why did Ms. Joyce choose to make Leigh Ann out to be a bad mother when she had been such a good mother to the two girls she and Bragg were fostering in the other books. I was glad that Calder Hart and Francesca finally d
Jan 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have read the whole serie back to back and I loved it, but this "book" just doesn't belong. It felt like the work of a gost-writer: Hart was thrown under the bus, Hart/Francesca didn't have the spark they used to, they acted out of character and their story turned in circles through the whole book.
I'm fairly certain the writer had a change of heart about Rick/LeighAnn, that's not where they were headed in the previous books. Not that I care about Rick's happiness, the change was just too palp
Elizabeth (Liz)
After waiting so long for this book, it was very disappointing to me. I love the characters, especially Calder Hart, and I did not feel this book did justice to the passion of his character.
I loved this book for 2 words...Calder Hart.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm disappointed that there is not a final book in this series since this book still leaves some story lines unfinished.
Karen Knapp
Sleuthing made fun. Characters are entertaining.
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Oct 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
La 1ère fois que j'ai vu cette série, ce fut lors d'une recherche de titres à me mettre sous la dent sur Amazon. J'ai été intriguée et intéressée par le résumé, mais ne me sentais pas de sauter le pas, car cela me paraissait risqué.
J'ai finalement fini par céder un jour d'avril 2008, et cela a changé ma vie. J'ai dévoré les 6 premiers volumes qui étaient parus chez "J'ai Lu Pour Elle", et ne concevais pas de rester sur ma faim. M'armant de courage, j'ai tout naturellement pris le risque de lire
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Nancy Drew of historical romance is back in Deadly Vows.

I eagerly anticipated this novel, never mind that many of these books I have read out of order, and that there still remain books to be read in the Deadly/ Francesca Cahill series. Despite a five years difference between the last book and the latest, I felt right at ease following Francesca's latest adventure, mishaps, and of course the love triangle between her fiance Calder Hart and his half-brother Rick Bragg. Two very different men
Romancing the Book
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
RevieI am a longtime fan of this series. The 8th book, Deadly Kisses, was originally published back in 2006 (it was re-released this year). The book totally left the reader hanging with the promise of Francesca and Hart's upcoming wedding. But then the publisher put a hold in the series, so fans had to wait five long years for the return of Francesca Cahill. I'm hoping that Deadly Vows isn't the end of the series, however, if it is, I'm glad Brenda Joyce got a chance to resolve the cliff-hanger. ...more
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been waiting for this book for what seems like eons and I wasn't disappointed at all. Once I started reading I became completely absorbed and so I just gave myself over to Francesca and Calder. In fact, I was so taken that I forget to take review notes of any kind.

Never before have I invested so much, for so long in the advancement of a couple, and the author did a brilliant job of making you feel as if nothing was resolved...until the very end. Without spoiling the story I will say that
Dear Ms. Joyce,

I realize that turn of the century American ladies had relatively few options open to them. Since you chose to have your heroine break those rules, might you have also widened her vocabulary? I think there are many synonyms for words like jilted, worried and thugs. Also, I realize that ladies were often confined to euphemistic phrases rather than direct speech, but I'm sure they had a wide variety and thus would not repeat constantly cliched phrases such as "we shall always be fri
Wow... this was such a letdown! I remember flying through the first eight books in this series in about two weeks, I was obsessed with them! Now I wonder what the hell I was thinking.

This book picks up right where the series left off five or six years ago (I can't recall for sure but it's been quite some time). I didn't bother re-reading the series which was probably a mistake as I doubt the writing could have gotten that much worse since then (I've never really liked Brenda Joyce, this series b
May 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Read the first six books, maybe seven and eight, maybe. Skip this one. Imagine the HEA you want for each character and call it good. Even skipping to the end, which made no sense, then skimming to try and get sucked in (like previous books) failed.

The voice/tenor/tone is off, as is if someone or a group is trying to match the original author's work. That only books seven and eight are listed as previous works doesn't help dispell the feeling. Six or so years since reading the rest of the series
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is what can happen when an author takes a fairly long time between books in a series. I read the first books in the series in a mad frenzy right up until Joyce decided to focus on some of her other books. It's been years since I have read the previous book. There are still elements I enjoy - complex morality/weaknesses of secondary characters, mystery, set in early 1900 New York, but I could not stand Francesca and Hart in this one. They both did things or reacted to things (Francesca in pa ...more
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do not read many "romance" novels anymore but there are still a few writers that I haven't forgotten and whose series I await like an old friend.The Deadly Series by Brenda Joyce is one of these friends. The author pulled me in in the first installment and I have anxiously awaited each subsequent one. The mysteries may not be all that complex but it is the characters that call to you and their personal lives twist and turn more than the mystery.Each book solves a mystery but then leaves you wi ...more
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hurray, Francesca is back! In this long-anticipated 9th (and quite possibly the final) installment of the Deadly series, she finally is set to marry Calder Hart but unintentionally misses her wedding. While busy doing what she does best--sleuthing--Francesca tries to make up for hurting Hart and convince him to reconcile. It's a slow and frustrating process, mostly because Hart is angry over the jilt and stubbornly believes his half brother, Rick Bragg, is better suited for her. This slows their ...more
Brenda Haven
Only going to give this final book in the Francesca Cahill series three stars because of the errors in the doesn't even seem like Brenda Joyce wrote this final book in the series. Or at least she didn't have anybody proof it for inconsistencies. From having the wrong name of the killer from book eight (Martha in book eight, Marion in book nine) to the total disintegration of the relationship of Rick Bragg and his wife, it was quite annoying. From ending book eight on a positive with Ri ...more
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Brenda Joyce is the bestselling author of forty-one novels and five novellas. She has won many awards, and her debut novel, Innocent Fire, won a Best Western Romance award. She has also won the highly coveted Best Historical Romance award for Splendor and Two Lifetime Achievement Awards from Romantic Times BOOKreviews. There are over 14 million copies of her novels in print and she is published in ...more
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