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When Dashing Met Danger

(Regency Spies #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  475 ratings  ·  29 reviews
From an exciting new voice in romantic fiction comes a fast-paced and emotional historical romance. Shana Galen is sure to dazzle readers with her undeniable talent and unique brand of wit and charm. This is an author to watch!

Alex Scarston, Earl of Selbourne. Rake. Spy. With his efforts for England in the war against the French suspended, family obligations compel him to
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by Avon
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Debbie DiFiore
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Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Dec 07, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: december-2021
Tbh I'm disappointed. It's Shana galen and I thought I was on a roll with her sourcebooks releases. But this one... It was ok. The romance was enemies to lovers but not really there. It was more mystery and intrigue since our heroines brother has gone missing. ...more
Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

A rather typical spy of the crown book, with a rather meddlesome heroine who never does what she is told and gets herself in danger so that the hero can save the day, a hero who is kind of unremarkable, plots unoriginal but at least the writing is smooth.

Lucia is a heroine who has something to prove. She does what is expected of her but in contempt. She has an emotional streak and gets pissed off when she is not taken seriously. (But why I ask? When you act like a ninny, people
3.5 stars

A most entertaining Regency romance, complete with a missing brother, spies, a trip to dangerous France, footpads, thugs, dandies, and, of course, the feisty heroine about to marry for duty and position to a dreadful "gentlemen", and the rake hero so scarred by his father's foolish behavior that he's vowed never to marry!

Dashing is Miss Lucia Dashing. Dangerous is Alexander (Alex) Scarston, the Earl of Selbourne. Alex's brother, Winterbourne, is married to Lucia's sister, Francesca. The
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Apr 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: regency
A most irritating book that I've read in quite a while.
Starting with the fact that I am not very much into spy books and even though it turned out not to be so very spyish, the sentiment remains. And the fact that one of the heroes engaged to someone else is also not my thing.
I am definitely not into heroines who get angry at the hero for no sensible reason. Did she really thought that when he seemed to start to fall asleep when they were bound and in danger, that he was going to rest a while? A
Nov 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Normally, I’m a fairly critical reviewer and a bit stingy with 5-star ratings but sometimes, I just like what I like, even if it defies my usual logic. For me, most enjoyable books still fall into the average 3-star or above average 4-star range, reserving 5 stars for the exceptional. So maybe in this case, it’s a matter of right time, right place. Or maybe it’s because lately I’ve been wondering if I’m too critical on poor authors who work so hard on their creations. Regardless of conscious or ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is Galen's first book. Granted there is a formula to romance novels, but the better ones tend to have a decent mystery plot and intelligent heroes and heroines. This first attempt is completely formulaic. The plot (such as it is) is totally predictable; the heroine is a silly, stupid brat; and the hero is boring. Frankly, Lord Dewhurst is the most interesting character. There are also numerous continuity issues, such as, in one sentence a character has discarded his spent pistol and the nex ...more
Mar 28, 2021 rated it did not like it
I have read 18 books by Galen and never given any of them below 3 stars. This one though, was just so awful. lol. Without going into spoilers I can't really explain how much of an absolute ninny the heroine was, or how enormous of a cad the hero was. They're both just terrible and I couldn't bring myself to root for either. There are also a bunch of inconsistencies and unlikely aspects. It was just miserable to slog through. I kept hoping that something would improve to allow me to at least roun ...more
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another good book from Shana Galen.

Lucia needs to find her brother. He is missing.

Alex Searston is helping but does not want her help.

THe aparks begin. Lucia won't take no for answer when it comes to her twin brother.

She gets a clue in one of his waistcoats.

They goes through some trouble and finally find him.
It is during this time that they come together.

They find a love that if meant for them. That love just for them.

Good read
Donna Foster
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this title!

You know the sign of a good writer is when you get mad at the character and not the author. So guess which way I'm going with this , it's a very good book! Steamy , funny. It's a nice beginning
Barbara Literski
True Spy

This book was great! You meet Alex and Lucia in the book about Ethan and Francesca. This book had more espionage in it. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes a good mystery.
Apr 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Jul 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
3,5 stars

I really liked this book. It took me a while to finish it but this had nothing to do with the book itself, it was due to lack of time to read.
After reading lots of paranormal/vampires in a row I really needed a good regency and I got that with this one.
It was original and unique.

The characters were well-developed and accessible .
Lucia is a heroin who actually touched my heart. She tries so hard to gain her family’s approval, especially her father’s and I was glad to see that she ach
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shana Galen loves to mix danger with romance in a way that makes this nearly a romantic suspense in the second half. There is plenty of danger for Miss Dashing to endure, much of it the result of her own actions. Because she is outrageously impulsive, she is less than fully likeable. That and a slightly overbearing hero count for the 4 stars. Galen also has a knack for creating engaging secondary characters and setting up a world in which they most likely will get their own stories. This early e ...more
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Dashing Met Danger by Shana Galen is a wonderful historical romantic adventure with characters that you can't help liking. Lot's of action, quick paced adventure and witty dialogue. I was laughing out loud while reading some of the situations the heroine Lucia and the hero Alex found themselves in. When Dashing Met Danger has spies, betrayals, burning passions and a cast of memorable secondary characters. Great read. ...more
Tabetha Waite
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I could not WAIT to get back to this book and could have easily read it all in one sitting! I think this is going to be a favorite author! I LOVE her voice, the tone of her characters, the romance, chemistry, you name it! This book had it all for me! My only qualm I had was that I wish I'd read Francesca and Ethan's book first, though I can't wait to get their story! ...more
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lucia and Alex
An enjoyable read with a satisfying HEA
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. It was a perfect mixture of romance, action, adventure and danger. Never underestimate a woman's intuition ...more
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
As long as it was, I still wanted more. More tension between the hero & heroine, more empathy in the hero. Lucia seemed a bit immature but I liked her. I loved the story.
Oct 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
both main characters were annoying ~_~.
Suzie Quint
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
A sweet little romance that kept me involved from beginning to end.
Christine Dee
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
If you're looking for a main character that has you ramming the back of your head again the wall throughout the book, look no further! ...more
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars..
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Shana Galen is three-time Rita award nominee and the bestselling author of fast-paced, witty, and adventurous Regency romances. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven year ...more

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