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A Lady of Distinction (Berkley Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – May 4, 2004

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Product Details

  • Series: Berkley Sensation
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (May 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425196569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425196564
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,213,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deborah Simmons began her career as a journalist, but left nonfiction for the world of happily ever afters. She's published twenty-eight romances with Avon, Harlequin, and Berkley, along with an indie romantic comeday. Among her works are a USA Today Bestselling anthology and her popular series on the medieval de Burgh family.

A Lady of Distinction and The Gentleman Thief were finalists for Romance Writers of America's annual RITA competition. Two other releases, The Gentleman's Quest and Glory the Rake, were up for The Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence for Mystery/Suspense.

Simmons has sold two million books in North America, and her work has been translated and published in thirty-one countries, with graphic novel editions available in Japan.

You can reach her at www.DeborahSimmons.com or ww.facebook.com/AuthorDeborahSimmons.

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Lady Juliet Cavendish thought that she had become used to being underrated by everyone even though she was the accomplished Egyptologist in her family. So why does being dismissed by her father's latest procurer, the notorious Morgan Beauchamp, grate so much? And then to her horror, her father insists that she work with Morgan in order to catalogue the artifacts! Working side by side with Morgan however, Lady Juliet soon catches glimpse of another Morgan -- the intelligent and more seductive Morgan, a man who's beginning to haunt her thoughts and make her wish she wasn't such a straight-laced young lady after all...
"A Lady of Distinction" starts off really strong, with a confrontation between Lady Juliet and Morgan -- he thinks that she's a spoilt tonnish lady with more hair than wit, while she thinks that he's an uncouth adventurer. Of course they soon discover that they're mistaken in their initial impressions about each other, but by then each is powerfully intrigued by the other, even if they will not admit to themselves. So that if you consider the novel from the 'sexual tension' angle, the book rates about 3 stars. And the subplot dealing with the Egyptian artifacts -- the missing objects, the curse, etc -- while a little skimpy, is interesting enough to maintain this 3 stars rating. Where the book fell short for me was in the character development of Lady Juliet and Morgan. That other characters are not so well developed either, but this didn't really matter to me as the book really revolved around Lady Juliet and Morgan. I wanted to know how Lady Juliet became so interested in, captivated by and knowledgeable about ancient Egypt; why her relationship with her father was so bad; and why she was so quiet and restrained.
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Juliet may have dreams of adventure in the land of the Pharoh's, but as a woman in the nineteenth century, she knows all that they are is dreams that she can barely admit to herself. Studying her father's finds will have to do, or so she believes until Morgan Beauchamp comes with a new shipment of treasure. The dashing rouge who is helping her catalog makes her heart race, then adventure does when pieces start to vanish and ancient spirits apparently begin haunting her home. A curse seems to be active, or is it?
*** Imagine a Regency set Indiana Jones or Lara Croft, and you have some idea of what to expect- a comedy of manners with a bit of romance and action. Given the epilouge, fans might hope for more adventures in the series. ***
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In 1820 London, Lady Judith Cavendish is busy cataloging the latest additions to her father's Egypt collection when she hears the droning buzz of a bee. As she looks amongst the artifacts, the noise gets louder as if a hive had been included until she finds the source. Snoring amidst the priceless ruins is adventurer Morgan Beauchamp who not only delivered the goods, but insists he must help the scholarly Judith catalogue the find.
As they work together, joyfully on his part and reluctantly on hers, they begin to fall in love. Judith realizes there is more to the veneer of not caring to her partner and Morgan sees the passion just beneath the spectacles she wears. However, items become missing and weird stuff begins to happen. The staff mumbles about a curse and Judith begins to wonder if she can trust the rogue who has stolen her heart also knowing her father will reject anything less than an Earl for his beloved daughter.
This engaging regency romance stars a Hans Solo like character with a scholarly Egyptologist making for what may seem a terrible pairing of opposites that soon turns into a delightful suspense tale as if the Mummy was set in 1820. The story line is fast-paced and action-paced, but enables the audience to gain a deep understanding of the motives and desires of the charming lead duo. Though villains come and go so fast they never are purposely developed beyond that of a pre Roger Rabbit cartoon figure, fans will enjoy this fine high octane tale.
Harriet Klausner
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If you are looking for a book that is somewhat cute and fluffy, but still well written, then this is your book. Deborah Simmons is an excellent writer. The characters are well matched and mostly believable. The level of heat in the book is mildy spicy, by modern standards.

I bought this book because I know that Deborah Simmons writes books with smart, strong female characters. Also, her books were written when editors still had jobs checking to make sure that the grammar was correct and the plot had no major holes.

Just because I would like to take a mental-siesta from my stressful life, does not mean I want to read garbage. This book was an adult break from reality,
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Like a princess locked in an ivory tower, dutiful Lady Juliet Cavendish shuns London's society whirl in favor of the study of Ancient Egypt. Well aware of the impossibility of ever seeing the wonders of the pyramids for herself, Juliet has settled into a placid routine documenting her father's growing collection of Egyptian artifacts and attending meetings with fellow scholars. The princess might never have woken up if not for an encounter with an infuriating adventurer named Morgan Beauchamp.

A world traveler with a mysterious past, Morgan Beauchamp has gained a reputation for discovering the vestiges of ancient civilizations. Newly returned with a shipment of Egyptian relics for his latest patron, the Earl of Carlisle, Morgan immediately locks horns with the earl's sheltered daughter. Juliet thinks Beauchamp is rude and audacious, which is a pity really, since he's so intriguingly...masculine. He thinks she's a maddeningly opinionated shrew with eyes a man could drown in. But when strange things start to occur, and items from the collection disappear, Morgan and Juliet must put aside their differences to investigate. Can they uncover the curse of the mummy before it gets them?

If books came with a soundtrack Deborah Simmons' A LADY OF DISTINCTION would probably be playing Indiana Jones' theme in the background. Morgan and Juliet are well-matched, striking sparks off each other at every encounter -- the daring rogue an ideal foil for the princess trying to escape her tower. The story proceeds at a brisk pace, with several secondary characters providing depth and adding twists and turns in this action-packed adventure that sweeps readers from Regency London to the long-lost tombs Egypt's pharaohs. The only thing missing is the bull whip.

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