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Being kidnapped is teaching Miss Celia Seaton a few things about life: Lesson one: Never disrobe in front of a gentleman . . . unless his request comes at gunpoint. Lesson two: If, when lost on the moors, you encounter Tarquin Compton, the leader of London society who ruined your marriage prospects, deny any previous acquaintance. Lesson three: If presented with an opportunit Being kidnapped is teaching Miss Celia Seaton a few things about life: Lesson one: Never disrobe in front of a gentleman . . . unless his request comes at gunpoint. Lesson two: If, when lost on the moors, you encounter Tarquin Compton, the leader of London society who ruined your marriage prospects, deny any previous acquaintance. Lesson three: If presented with an opportunity to get back at Mr. Compton, the bigger the lie, the better. A faux engagement should do nicely. Lesson four: Not all knowledge is found between the covers of a book. But an improper book may further your education in ways you never guessed. And while an erotic novel may be entertaining, the real thing is even better. “Sizzling, addictive, and deeply romantic: Miranda Neville’s novels are a joy to read. —Eloisa James “Wickedly sexy and just as witty, Miranda Neville is one to watch!” —Lisa Kleypas The raves keep rolling in for Miranda Neville, a “fresh new voice” (Madeline Hunter) in historical romance. Readers simply adore her smart and sexy Burgundy Club novels, and the third delightful installment, The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton, goes to the head of the class! Centered on a trio of rogues and the secret gentleman’s club they establish, this Regency Era-set romp reaches new heights of imagination, sensuality, and just plain fun—as a desperate beauty, lost on the English moors, stumbles upon the ideal opportunity to get revenge on the delectable cad who ruined her London season.


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Being kidnapped is teaching Miss Celia Seaton a few things about life: Lesson one: Never disrobe in front of a gentleman . . . unless his request comes at gunpoint. Lesson two: If, when lost on the moors, you encounter Tarquin Compton, the leader of London society who ruined your marriage prospects, deny any previous acquaintance. Lesson three: If presented with an opportunit Being kidnapped is teaching Miss Celia Seaton a few things about life: Lesson one: Never disrobe in front of a gentleman . . . unless his request comes at gunpoint. Lesson two: If, when lost on the moors, you encounter Tarquin Compton, the leader of London society who ruined your marriage prospects, deny any previous acquaintance. Lesson three: If presented with an opportunity to get back at Mr. Compton, the bigger the lie, the better. A faux engagement should do nicely. Lesson four: Not all knowledge is found between the covers of a book. But an improper book may further your education in ways you never guessed. And while an erotic novel may be entertaining, the real thing is even better. “Sizzling, addictive, and deeply romantic: Miranda Neville’s novels are a joy to read. —Eloisa James “Wickedly sexy and just as witty, Miranda Neville is one to watch!” —Lisa Kleypas The raves keep rolling in for Miranda Neville, a “fresh new voice” (Madeline Hunter) in historical romance. Readers simply adore her smart and sexy Burgundy Club novels, and the third delightful installment, The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton, goes to the head of the class! Centered on a trio of rogues and the secret gentleman’s club they establish, this Regency Era-set romp reaches new heights of imagination, sensuality, and just plain fun—as a desperate beauty, lost on the English moors, stumbles upon the ideal opportunity to get revenge on the delectable cad who ruined her London season.

30 review for The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I wanted to read this book because the back cover summary made it sound very interesting and fun and I think it did a good job living up to the 'lessons' described! Our story starts with Celia Seaton being held at gunpoint and being told to remove her clothes so she does not escape after being kidnapped. After her kidnapper leaves, she is able to escape her small room, clad only in her shift, and stumbles over a man who is unconscious. Oh, but not just any man....no, it is the man that disgraced I wanted to read this book because the back cover summary made it sound very interesting and fun and I think it did a good job living up to the 'lessons' described! Our story starts with Celia Seaton being held at gunpoint and being told to remove her clothes so she does not escape after being kidnapped. After her kidnapper leaves, she is able to escape her small room, clad only in her shift, and stumbles over a man who is unconscious. Oh, but not just any man....no, it is the man that disgraced her in front of all of society with one snide remark. When Tarquin Compton awakens and he has no knowledge of what happened, Celia decides to tell him a few faux lies. Even as Celia is telling "Terrance Fish" these embellishments, he knows something is not quite right but what he does know is that he and Celia need to get away from her kidnapper. This begins my favorite part of the book. The two of them are walking through the countryside surviving on little to nothing for food and are stripped to their raw emotions. This is quite a departure for Tarquin who is the leader among Londons society for appearances and it does not take long for Celia to fall in love with him in this setting. And as Celia has told Tarquin that they are engaged, he can not help but appreciate and admire this feisty woman. They encounter a few humorous bumps in the road and eventually share a passionate moment together. Of course, Tarquin does this under the assumption they are engaged to be married but not long after, Tarquins memories return and he is not happy when they do! Celia knew it was a mistake to lie to Tarquin, but she was so hurt by his actions from the past she thought them justified. She also knew it was a mistake to make love to him but does not believe they must marry, especially as it was her who deceived him. The two finally stumble onto some land and Tarquin realizes it his his land and after cleaning up the two head to his friend, Sebastians house as it is not proper for a woman alone to stay at Tarquins home. This part of the book was also a delight! After reading The Dangerous Viscount it was wonderful to return and see the birth of Sebastian and Dianas baby....and all the agitation that plagued Sebastian and his father-in-law was truly funny! During this time Celia and Tarquin continue to argue as to whether they should marry or not. Tarquin feels it is his duty to protect her as Celia is alone and has no family but Celia does not want to settle and always be the follower of this well admired man and pitied upon from society. As the story progresses, we slowly get small tidbits as to Celias scandalous upbringing and how that might factor into her kidnapping. I had my own ideas as to why it happened and I was happy that I wasn't entirely correct! There was a nice little curve ball that I was not expecting and I am hoping that the "villain" gets a story of their own! I also liked that the back cover really sums up this book very well. That little book that was left when Tarquin was knocked out and Celia reads adds plenty of heat and laughter! What I really enjoyed about this book is that these two fell in love during their first ordeal together when they were just stripped to the bare essentials. Naturally it took quite a bit for them to finally realize this but it was really worth it in the end. I got a bit worried that the ending was going to have a Big Misunderstanding but once again, Miranda Neville threw a curve ball and wrote an ending that I absolutely loved and had me smiling the whole time I was reading it! Wonderful story with excellent leading characters and great supporting cast! I can not wait for more! 4 1/2 stars I received this ebook from the publisher via netgalley.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mandi Schreiner

    “Never get into a cart with a strange man.” And so our journey begins. Due to a set of unforeseen circumstances, Celia Seaton loses her job as a governess and hitches a ride with a stranger in a cart – trying to get to an acquaintances house to sort her life out. Most of Celia’s life was spent with her father in India, but after his death she came back to London to live with her wealthy uncle. But he died before he set aside provisions for her, alas she ends up a governess. She had spent her tim “Never get into a cart with a strange man.” And so our journey begins. Due to a set of unforeseen circumstances, Celia Seaton loses her job as a governess and hitches a ride with a stranger in a cart – trying to get to an acquaintances house to sort her life out. Most of Celia’s life was spent with her father in India, but after his death she came back to London to live with her wealthy uncle. But he died before he set aside provisions for her, alas she ends up a governess. She had spent her time in London trying to live up to everyone’s standards but knows she has failed. But unfortunately for her, this man driving the cart kidnaps her, takes her to a secluded cottage in the country and makes her strip down to her shift. Celia is then left in a stuffy upper floor. But she has had enough with other people steering her course in life. She decides the time is now to defy society and she is not going to worry about just being in her shift nor wait to see what the man will do to her when he returns. She escapes out the window only to find her social nemesis unconscious at her feet. Tarquin Compton once referred to Celia’s head as a “cauliflower”, ruining all chances she had at a good marriage. Tarquin is revered in the ton. Known for his grand style, and sharp tongue, all look to him to lead in society. So when he forgot Celia’s name for the sixth time they were introduced, and referred to her head as a vegetable, no one in good society would have her. Tarquin loves London, and loathes the country, but no one in the summer stays in London, so he must leave as well. Restless at his country estate, he decides to visit a neighboring estate who is threating a lawsuit against him. But on the way he gets lost, and by chance comes across the same secluded cottage Celia is being held hostage in. Before he has a chance to even know she is there, he gets hit over the head by the kidnapper, robbed of his shirt and other possessions and left unconscious on the ground. When he awakes, he sees a woman standing over him, but has no memory of who she is, or who he is. He has no memories at all. Celia feels a tiny bit giddy at this. The man she loathes, doesn’t know his identity. That this should happen to Mr. High-and-Mighty Compton, that the man had no idea he was an abiter of fashion, the darling of the ton, the terror of the unmarried maidens was too bizarre. About to inform him of both their names she caught herself and stopped to give some thought to her predicament. It was too perfect. For all the times he snubbed her at balls, she wants to get back at him. So she tells him his name is Terrence Fish, that he is a Vicar and that they are engaged to be married. Terrence/Torquin doesn’t feel this is right, but he has no memory, only this woman who is telling him his life story so he goes with it. The next three days they spend as Terrence and Celia, engaged and Celia realizes under Torquin’s snobbish ton façade, is a very nice, and gentlemanly man. She starts to fall for him – of course until all his memories come rushing back. The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton is an adorable book. Especially the first half – I laughed out loud more than I have in a very long time. Celia is quite the character and when she decides to tell Tarquin his name is Terrence Fish, her betrothed, there are a few scenes that I still laugh about as I think back to them. Those three days they have together as Terrence and Celia bring them very close. They are so removed from society – tromping through the moors, Celia in her shift and blanket she has wrapped around herself as a skirt, and Torquin in a very ill fitted shirt – something the real Torquin would never be caught dead in. Of course, the fun must come to an end when Torquin’s memories come flooding back. He is shall we say, a bit upset that she lied to him, and and not only that but let things progress romantically more than they should have (since they are not actually engaged). But through it all, he is a gentleman, and I really liked that after his memories, due to circumstances, Celia is kind of forced to stay in his company. So while she fell in love with “Terrence” she now has the chance to fall in love with “Torquin.” And Torquin now has the chance to realize the ton doesn’t have to rule his life. Torquin also collects poetry and erotic books. He happens to have an erotic book with him when he is hit over the head, which Celia discovers (and keeps for herself.) So through the book, we get tidbits from this book, as Celia discovers some naughty things you can do with a man. Celia is not shy or afraid of sex, although she is a virgin. She makes a very fun match for Tarquin when it comes to the romance. “Kiss me,” he growled and her pupils expanded, darkening her eyes. Her mouth swooped in, then stopped. Pulled back. “Make me,” she whispered. And their romance is so sweet. Definitely a bumpy road to finally get together, but very worth it. Besides the amnesia and the following conflict once Torquin’s memories come back, the real reason she is kidnapped is that someone is hunting for a ruby, and there is rumor Celia had it. The second half of the book focuses more on this, which ended up being a little more on the silly side, but I conforms with the lighter tone of this book. While the first half of the book is very funny, the second half becomes more serious, but works well as the two of them fall in love. This is my first Miranda Neville book and I need to go back and read the previous two in the series to meet the other characters. Very witty and very romantic, I definitely want more. Rating: B+

  3. 5 out of 5

    Manda Collins

    An utterly delightful regency romp that turns several romance tropes (the dandy hero, amnesia, road romance) on their ears. Witty, sexy and at times poignant, this third installment in the Burgundy Club series makes me wish I had the next one right now. Wonderful read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance I acquired this book, the third installment, from the library. Now I was a bit apprehensive about reading this since the past two books were enjoyable but didn't exactly have me hooked, in the way I like to be into a story. But I had heard great fabulous reviews about this story, so I was looking forward to it. I am delighted to say that I LOVED it! It was the type of story that completely pulls you in from the first few pages. Of late I ne This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance I acquired this book, the third installment, from the library. Now I was a bit apprehensive about reading this since the past two books were enjoyable but didn't exactly have me hooked, in the way I like to be into a story. But I had heard great fabulous reviews about this story, so I was looking forward to it. I am delighted to say that I LOVED it! It was the type of story that completely pulls you in from the first few pages. Of late I never know if I will be into a story or not, so I was glad that this one proved to be my favorite of the series and the author so far. It begins with Miss Celia Seaton being kidnapped and robbed by a stranger, who takes everything except for a rattle (that is her most precious possession) and her shift, no clothes, or shoes. She finds herself stranded in the country and comes along another man who has been robbed himself, but who is suffering from a case of amnesia and is the one man she despises, for he ruined her in front of society, and because of him she is destitute. So she comes up with a quick plan, to tell him that they are engaged to be married, because she believes he deserves a bit of justice. So she decides to create a new "fishy" name for him, and as they endeavor to stay one step ahead of a man who is chasing them, a desire develops and they are both caught up in the heat of the moment. When Celia starts to soften toward Tarquin, he then regains his memory, and he is more than furious. They then head to his estate, where his aunt finds them in a compromising position and he claims that they will be married. So now Celia is engaged for "Real" and she doesn't know her true feelings about her future. At first she doesn't see a need for them to be married, but she realizes that she wants to share a life with Tarquin with whom she has started to love, despite fighting her feelings for him, she can't resist him. Celia I found to be a very amusing heroine, I was laughing so much. I loved how audacious she was, especially when dealing with Tarquin. Celia is very willful and independent, but loves to tease and play jokes, especially on a man who ruined her. I liked how she doesn't let anything discourage her, and she ends up being a very endearing character. I enjoyed seeing how she dealt with each new scenario. Tarquin is very education and intellectual, and a bit of a "fop", but despite his obsession with clothing, I grew to like him more and more, with each different circumstance when dealing with Celia. I enjoyed seeing how they connected, and even when he learns the truth and regains his memory, he doesn't fully take it out on Celia. I admired him more for that. I loved the intimacy that slowly develops and it is more gradual, but it was fun seeing these two interact and get over their misconceptions about each other. Overall I found the third installment to be a sensational read that takes you on a variety of adventure and sensuality that is bound to tie you in knots. I enjoy the different aspects that develop for the story, and its much more than a amnesia/revenge type story--that is only the beginning. It starts out that way of course, but turns into a quite suspenseful plot and ends up forcing the reader to be on edge at times. There was also just a smooth flow to the story, that made it easy to read and keep enjoying all the way through. The intimacy that develops between the characters are fun and sexy and I found this story to be a ball of fun and adventure!!! You definitely want to put this on your watch out for list! WELL DONE!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    BJ

    Fun adventure with interesting plot and great characters. I like seeing the H and h debating their relationship. They were attracted despite him being arrogant, and she not being attractive enough. She was being threatened and he just couldn't understand why he couldn't cast her off. It made for a great story. Loved it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    This book gripped me from the very beginning. I love a unique voice and strong opening, and this delivered both. I was supposed to be doing other things like, oh, making food for my family so they don't starve, but I my eyes were glued to my kindle! The best thing about this book is the writing, which is witty and nuanced. I spent the first third of the book thoroughly amused, sometimes laughing out loud. After that, it took a turn for the serious, trading in some of the humor for poignancy. The c This book gripped me from the very beginning. I love a unique voice and strong opening, and this delivered both. I was supposed to be doing other things like, oh, making food for my family so they don't starve, but I my eyes were glued to my kindle! The best thing about this book is the writing, which is witty and nuanced. I spent the first third of the book thoroughly amused, sometimes laughing out loud. After that, it took a turn for the serious, trading in some of the humor for poignancy. The characters were both intelligent and heartbreakingly normal. The sex was surprisingly hot. Sometimes it is that way - a well-written, euphemism-laden, but emotionally rich sex scene from a romance will exceed the hotness factor of a raunchy erotica scene. I was rooting for the hero and heroine to end up together from their first conversation and yet their journey to an HEA was never boring. For me, this book fulfilled the promise of those "lighthearted, humorous historicals" that I sometimes find dull and not at all humorous. In the end, it is a fresh voice and deep characterization, since the plot is somewhat standard historical fare. I never would have picked up this book based on the cover or title or blurb. I bought it on a whim because it was on sale. Even then it would have languished in my archived items, but I was poking around, opened it to the first page, and was captivated at once. I will definitely be reading more by this author.

  7. 5 out of 5

    LuvGirl

    Foolish book, with a TSTL hero and heroine. I hated the heroine for lying to the hero about who he was when he had amnesia. It was supposed to be cute but it just made her seem cruel to do something like that to someone who couldn't remember who they were. To begin with, I hate amnesia story-lines so I should have never even tried this book but somehow I thought it had other qualities I would have been interested in. I was wrong...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia Grant

    This was just a treat. Neville's ingenious use of a real 18th-century "erotic" work, The Genuine and Remarkable Amours of the Celebrated Author Peter Aretin, gave my brain sort of an extra dimension of enjoyment: not only did I giggle at every mention of the Amours's hero, Francis Featherbrain, but I got to think, "Good God, someone actually wrote this. Some real writer actually thought this rat-on-the-riverbank business was sexy." I guess you could say it pulled me out of the story a bit, but w This was just a treat. Neville's ingenious use of a real 18th-century "erotic" work, The Genuine and Remarkable Amours of the Celebrated Author Peter Aretin, gave my brain sort of an extra dimension of enjoyment: not only did I giggle at every mention of the Amours's hero, Francis Featherbrain, but I got to think, "Good God, someone actually wrote this. Some real writer actually thought this rat-on-the-riverbank business was sexy." I guess you could say it pulled me out of the story a bit, but while I recognize that for lots of readers that would be a minus, I actually enjoyed it all the more. Also loved the fastidious dandy hero and the rather unscrupulous heroine, both flawed enough to need some growth, and to keep my interest. This is the first of Neville's books I've read, but I'm definitely going to her backlist now.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    3.5 stars A fun, quick read. It's the first I've read in this series, but I imagine Tarquin was rather off-putting in previous installments. The toplofty dandy who puts others down is never an appealing character, but this book manages to humanize him. A very nice, unusual heroine and a terrific bit of 18th century erotica (which the author quotes from very entertainingly) made it a fun book. This book also wins my prize for most inexplicable Kindle formatting glitch ever. For some reason, whenev 3.5 stars A fun, quick read. It's the first I've read in this series, but I imagine Tarquin was rather off-putting in previous installments. The toplofty dandy who puts others down is never an appealing character, but this book manages to humanize him. A very nice, unusual heroine and a terrific bit of 18th century erotica (which the author quotes from very entertainingly) made it a fun book. This book also wins my prize for most inexplicable Kindle formatting glitch ever. For some reason, whenever the letters nm appeared together in a word, they were omitted, leading to odd phrases like "it left her curiously uoved". I'm willing to believe there's some typographical reason for this error, but it's beyond me to imagine what that might be.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    I really enjoyed this one, maybe not as much as the other two, but it was a close thing. I did like the naughty book, which was hilariously funny, and I also enjoyed the convoluted background of the heroine, who was great. In fact, I just like it all-round. The ending was a bit cheesy-pie for me, so I guess it'd be 3.5 stars, but I like the way this author writes, so I bumped it up to 4.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Romantical Skeptic

    SO great. I totally underestimated Ms. Neville's books and what a huge mistake THAT was. Lovely, sympathetic characters. Great "pace" and even the silly stolen jewels plot was carried off just wonderfully! Hearts. Off to find more of Ms. Neville's books that I never actually read and that have been languishing on my Kindle...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Beth Yarnall

    One of the most unique set-up of a story I've seen in a long while. Grabbed me right from the get-go and didn't let go. Well done.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rachel- Goodbye Borders

    Got this weekend (11/4) at my local library sale. Having heard about Miranda Neville's death, when I saw this, I picked it up. I've never read her and I thought I would remedy that. Here is her obituary Avon remembrance I enjoyed the opening. Celia was being kidnapped and stripped of her clothes. When the kidnapped leaves, she takes initiative and escapes, stumbling over Tarquin. It turns out, the hit on his head gives him amnesia. In the past, he had made a comment about Celia that, in turn, ruine Got this weekend (11/4) at my local library sale. Having heard about Miranda Neville's death, when I saw this, I picked it up. I've never read her and I thought I would remedy that. Here is her obituary Avon remembrance I enjoyed the opening. Celia was being kidnapped and stripped of her clothes. When the kidnapped leaves, she takes initiative and escapes, stumbling over Tarquin. It turns out, the hit on his head gives him amnesia. In the past, he had made a comment about Celia that, in turn, ruined her marriage prospects. So, to get back at him, Celia makes up a story and an identity for him. I did find it hard to believe that Tarquin, with no title, had the influence he did. Seriously, *one* comment, and everything is ruined?! I enjoyed the first part of the book (act 1). The road trip (for lack of a better word) across the countryside, their banter and interactions, the who/why was Celia kidnapped, their survival in the wilderness. This was the best part of the book. Then (act 2), Tarquin remembers who he is. They go to a friend's house. I lost some interest at this point. I was surprised at how much I liked Tarquin. (Since he is/was an arrogant bastard). Since this isn't a book that would have jumped out at me, I'm glad I read this.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sandi aka Maudley

    Opposites do indeed attract - a charming and often humorous romp through the wild English countryside.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Janet Robel

    This was really cute. I always enjoy historical romances.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews

    Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c... I loved the premise of Miranda Neville’s The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton—a fringe ton debutante whose prospects are destroyed by a casually cruel comment of the reigning haut ton’s golden boy finds herself in the unique position to extend payback when the golden boy loses his memory. Celia Seaton is a strong, smart, resourceful woman with a devilish sense of humor. I laughed aloud at some of her fabrications and enjoyed seeing h Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c... I loved the premise of Miranda Neville’s The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton—a fringe ton debutante whose prospects are destroyed by a casually cruel comment of the reigning haut ton’s golden boy finds herself in the unique position to extend payback when the golden boy loses his memory. Celia Seaton is a strong, smart, resourceful woman with a devilish sense of humor. I laughed aloud at some of her fabrications and enjoyed seeing her and dandy Tarquin Compton romp through the Yorkshire countryside. Both Celia and I fell in love with Tarquin as Terrance Fish. Tarquin’s character was believable with and without his memory. His charm and self confidence battled nicely with his newfound knowledge of how tough it would be on the fringes of high society. He gets the unique chance to look at himself from someone else’s point of view and it opens his eyes to what is important. I enjoyed seeing the transformation. The romance and Celia’s “amorous education” were fun and titillating, but Celia’s attitudes in the last quarter of the book felt a bit too modern and idealistic for the time. I wanted her to accept life/polite society the way it was instead of contemplating foolish alternatives. Secondary characters shouldn’t have supported ill-conceived ideas. Those ideas were ruinous and should have been addressed as such. I wanted those secondary characters to be a bit more well rounded and realistic. Still, all’s well that ends well and The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton ended very well. Truthfully, reading this book was a nice way to spend a cold and windy weekend. By the way, Ms. Neville’s author’s notes made me smile and like the book even more. I recommend reading them as well.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    Things aren't going well for poor Celia. She's lost her fiance and her job as a governess. And there aren't many prospects for her future. But just when she thinks things can't get any worse, she is kidnapped. Her assailant steals everything she owns, forces her to strip down to her shift, and locks her away in a cottage. It's only by happenstance that Tarquin nearly stumbles upon her. Just before he does, Celia's kidnapper knocks him out and steals most of his clothes too. When Tarquin wakes, he Things aren't going well for poor Celia. She's lost her fiance and her job as a governess. And there aren't many prospects for her future. But just when she thinks things can't get any worse, she is kidnapped. Her assailant steals everything she owns, forces her to strip down to her shift, and locks her away in a cottage. It's only by happenstance that Tarquin nearly stumbles upon her. Just before he does, Celia's kidnapper knocks him out and steals most of his clothes too. When Tarquin wakes, he doesn't remember who he is. But Celia recognizes him as the awful dandy who insulted her in front of the ton, ruining her prospects for a favorable match. She decides to get even with him, making up a new identity for him and pretending to be his betrothed. The two make their escape together. But something unexpected happens as they make their way across the country landscape... they begin to fall for each other. In fact, things progress so far that they end up lovers. Shortly after that, Tarquin's memory returns. Will he go back to being the haughty jerk he was before? Will anything remain of the alter-ego Celia fell in love with? It's a pretty good story, focusing not just on the romance but the intrigue surrounding Celia's kidnappers and what they're after. There's also a bit of naughty fun as Celia uses one of Tarquin's randy novels to acquaint herself with lovemaking. That novel makes for some very entertaining reading... even I picked up some new vocabulary... though I can't imagine ever finding an opportunity to use the word "pintle" in conversation. But I'll try. A little more than 4 stars. *ARC Provided by NetGalley

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ann has a dirty mouth

    This book was very sweet and very cute, and made me LOL more than a few times, especially about the name Terrence Fish. I actually enjoyed the beginning of the book when they were wandering around the countryside stuck in their underwear having misadventures than I did the second act. The parts with the naughty book were especially hilarious- I nearly fell out of my chair when the author's note said that it was a real work from the period. Once Tarquin's amnesia cleared up,however, I didn't thin This book was very sweet and very cute, and made me LOL more than a few times, especially about the name Terrence Fish. I actually enjoyed the beginning of the book when they were wandering around the countryside stuck in their underwear having misadventures than I did the second act. The parts with the naughty book were especially hilarious- I nearly fell out of my chair when the author's note said that it was a real work from the period. Once Tarquin's amnesia cleared up,however, I didn't think that he was nearly as much fun, and the country house part portion of the book was much more of a standard regency, although a very well done one. Also, I feel that only in Romancelandia where every man is big hearted knight on a white horse would a man like Tarquin have married Celia. In the real world, I kept getting a sinking feeling that a man who was sexually attracted to a young powerless girl all alone in the world who owned nothing but her underwear... man, I feel like Celia lucked out that she is a character in a romance novel. Being his Mistress is probably the best case scenario for the real world. I have no idea why it is easy for me to suspend disbelief for things like "a whole bunch of vampires live in Caldwell NY" but "a rich handsome person would want to marry a poor average looking person" is a bridge to far for me in many cases. That probably says more about me than the book though.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ilze

    Nice story with some neat plot twists. The first half of the book is sort of a cross-country road story, with Tarquin and Celia trying to avoid some kidnappers who stole everything from Celia but the shift from her back, while Tarquin can't remember who he is (the kidnappers bashed him on the head). This part of the book is a lot of fun, but not very emotionally engaging. The second half of the book takes place at 3 country homes, where Tarquin takes Celia after he remembers his identity. Tarqui Nice story with some neat plot twists. The first half of the book is sort of a cross-country road story, with Tarquin and Celia trying to avoid some kidnappers who stole everything from Celia but the shift from her back, while Tarquin can't remember who he is (the kidnappers bashed him on the head). This part of the book is a lot of fun, but not very emotionally engaging. The second half of the book takes place at 3 country homes, where Tarquin takes Celia after he remembers his identity. Tarquin is like a fish in water in high society, while Celia is mostly a fish out of the water there and hates it. The story of how they come together is lovely, with both main characters growing and changing to meet the challenge of the situation they're in. Interesting secondary characters too, and one can see that some of them will probably have books of their own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    A very enjoyable read, but not my favorite of this series. Tarquin Compton is very set in his ways and not always nice to the young women during the London season. Celia was one of the young women he "forgot". Her beau dumped her and she became a governess for awhile. When they are both captured for an unknown reason, Celia takes advantage of his amnesia to make up a name and life for him. He eventually remembers and is angry with her, but someone is after something she has and he protects her. A very enjoyable read, but not my favorite of this series. Tarquin Compton is very set in his ways and not always nice to the young women during the London season. Celia was one of the young women he "forgot". Her beau dumped her and she became a governess for awhile. When they are both captured for an unknown reason, Celia takes advantage of his amnesia to make up a name and life for him. He eventually remembers and is angry with her, but someone is after something she has and he protects her. This is a very well written story and I liked it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Booklover, Indianapolis

    (March) 3.5*. This was a cute book, but something was missing. It was a bit boring at the beginning - it just didn't grab me. If it'd continued in that vein, I would have rated it a 2.5, but somewhere along the way it picked up. I did like both the hero and heroine, and the intimate moments were good. Not sure I'll continue (or go back) with the series - we'll see.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Janga

    Miranda Neville writes romances I love to read! See my review at Just Janga. http://justjanga.blogspot.com/2011/07... Miranda Neville writes romances I love to read! See my review at Just Janga. http://justjanga.blogspot.com/2011/07...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    A really enjoyable read. I particularly loved the opening chapters - I don't think I've read anything like that before - quite unusual!

  24. 5 out of 5

    ReneeW

    3.5 stars/C+

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris Bennett

    I just won this book and can't wait to read it ! Thank you so much!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Daron

    This was on the road to being a 4-star book for me. I was SO INTO IT for about the first 80%. It checked off a majority of my catnip boxes: enemies to lovers (fun!), house party (excellent!), road trip (MY FAV). It did have a short amnesia storyline (unfortunate!) in the beginning that luckily was fairly truncated, because those tend to squick me out. I wish I could pin down what about this book got into my system, because I literally could NOT put it down once I started it. I long for those boo This was on the road to being a 4-star book for me. I was SO INTO IT for about the first 80%. It checked off a majority of my catnip boxes: enemies to lovers (fun!), house party (excellent!), road trip (MY FAV). It did have a short amnesia storyline (unfortunate!) in the beginning that luckily was fairly truncated, because those tend to squick me out. I wish I could pin down what about this book got into my system, because I literally could NOT put it down once I started it. I long for those books that will just not let you go. It's such a great/frustrating experience. You're forced to actually, you know, participate in life, but you can not stop thinking about a BOOK. Anyway, the writing was fine? the characters were... fine? Celia wasn't especially engaging, Tarquin only mildly more so. I'm guessing in the end it was just the mixture of a plot that moved along at a good clip, had some genuinely funny moments, and didn't always go in the direction I was expecting. Sometimes the stars just align? Then you get to the (view spoiler)[second kidnapping (hide spoiler)] and everything just grinds to a hault. The (view spoiler)[ruby storyline (hide spoiler)] was dull. We went over the same retread of issues between our leads... again and again. Everything had been so fun and zippy up to that point that what was a perfectly serviceable climax/denouement just fell flat. Regardless, I'm definitely checking out more from this author.

  27. 4 out of 5

    PScribe

    This was the first romance novel I remember reading where amnesia played a huge part of the story. While it seemed to be a deterrant for others, I found it to be an interesting premise, even if it didn`t stay apart of the story as long as I expected. It seems a lot of readers had issues with Celia lying to Tarquin when he was in that condition and judged her for it. I didn`t take issue with that so much and I`m also honest enough to admit that if I were put in that position with someone who like This was the first romance novel I remember reading where amnesia played a huge part of the story. While it seemed to be a deterrant for others, I found it to be an interesting premise, even if it didn`t stay apart of the story as long as I expected. It seems a lot of readers had issues with Celia lying to Tarquin when he was in that condition and judged her for it. I didn`t take issue with that so much and I`m also honest enough to admit that if I were put in that position with someone who likened me to a cauliflower in front of the ton that I would likely be tempted to do something of that nature too. Especialy knowing that it was only going to be for a short period of time. This story was a bit of a comedy of errors all around, which made me smile many times when reading. Between the kidnapping for seemingly no reason, the amnesia, a possibly scandalous past and upbrining in a foreign country, a jewlel obsessed evil aunt, a well meaning, well dressed and slightly misguided uncle, and a possible fiancee hiding in the wood works this was quite the cast of characters. They were all well written and entertaining though and the story moved along at a rather quick pace. Ultimately I did enoy the main characters. I felt bad for the hand that Celiia was dealt by life; however even with all that she didn`t want to settle. She refused Tarquin`s proposals many times, mostly because he was doing it out of obligation. And while Tarquin was a tough hero to fall in love with between his callous observations and overall obession with how he looked even he eventually endeared himself to me. When I got to that part of the story where his uncle explained why he was that way it made sense but initally the obession and comdemnation of others was annoying. That and even when he was proposing marriage to Celia he appeared to be doing it out of pure obligation. It wasn`t until later on when he realized his feeling that he became genuine when it was almost too late. I enjoyed this story and finished it in three days. I was intrigued to see how the romance would play out especially with Tarquin being, well, Tarquin as well as wanting to know why anyone would kidnap Celia. I figured that out fairly early but I didn`t solve the full mystery or discover all the players so that was a nice little twist for me. To say too much more broaches into spoiler territory so I will stop there. I really did enjoy this book even though Tarquin was a bit much to deal with at some points. However one thing I will give credit for is Tarquin was man enough to admit when he was wrong or that he should have done something differently. It may have taken others pointing it out to him but he still did it and that is something in and off itself.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Haley

    There are a few things I can appreciate: a book that doesn't beat around the bush and picks up right in the midst of the action and a good old amnesia story. But this book fails in creating the necessary levels of character understanding and background before moving into the main plot. We don't get to know much of Compton before his amnesia as the first time we meet him he wakes with amnesia, and we only know Celia's opinion, which is tainted with her own personal opinion. The same issues happen There are a few things I can appreciate: a book that doesn't beat around the bush and picks up right in the midst of the action and a good old amnesia story. But this book fails in creating the necessary levels of character understanding and background before moving into the main plot. We don't get to know much of Compton before his amnesia as the first time we meet him he wakes with amnesia, and we only know Celia's opinion, which is tainted with her own personal opinion. The same issues happens with the reader's understanding of Celia, with opening up in the middle of such an event as her kidnapping, immediately followed by her running into Compton we just don't get to know her or her background. As an added result, they start a relationship without the readers understanding anything about them and knowing little to nothing about each other. Even while Compton believes he is another man, his persona under amnesia has an equal amount of development, none. In most books these things would have already been established at least in some respect when such events take place, really setting up the characters who will continue to develop as the plot progresses. By the time Compton regained his memory around page hundred I had already began to lose interest and skim.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chelle

    This book was just Meh for me. I just never got completely invested. I was mostly curious how they were going to get to the end. It was a bit of a slog in the beginning and it just never gained steam, unfortunately. I found some of the side characters more interesting than the main couple, which is never a good sign. I'm sure if I read the book with Diana and Iverly (?), I would have loved their appearance in here, but it was just a cute "oh, he's so worried". Ah well. I am intrigued by the next This book was just Meh for me. I just never got completely invested. I was mostly curious how they were going to get to the end. It was a bit of a slog in the beginning and it just never gained steam, unfortunately. I found some of the side characters more interesting than the main couple, which is never a good sign. I'm sure if I read the book with Diana and Iverly (?), I would have loved their appearance in here, but it was just a cute "oh, he's so worried". Ah well. I am intrigued by the next book in the series, though, it sounds like something I would like a bit more, so this book obviously didn't put me off the author. M/F, HR, Open door

  30. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    I enjoyed this book very much except for one thing: the constant reminder that the heroine is not pretty. I don't mind when authors choose to include a character that isn't drop dead gorgeous but being reminded of it every couple of pages, both from the heroine herself AND the hero? It sucks. You can mention her being plain in looks here and there but to make it a main topic is overkill. I didn't find it as funny as I thought it would be from the blurb. The first part is, but the wittiness pretty I enjoyed this book very much except for one thing: the constant reminder that the heroine is not pretty. I don't mind when authors choose to include a character that isn't drop dead gorgeous but being reminded of it every couple of pages, both from the heroine herself AND the hero? It sucks. You can mention her being plain in looks here and there but to make it a main topic is overkill. I didn't find it as funny as I thought it would be from the blurb. The first part is, but the wittiness pretty much dies down after that. It's still a good read if you can overlook my first point.

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