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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843961554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843961553
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,149,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A joyous book from a bright star." -- Kathe Robin, RT BOOKreviews

A "triumph of wit and passion." --John Charles, The Chicago Tribune

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A "triumph of wit and passion."

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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By withak on December 2, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Brief Synopsis: Sophie Everton returns to London after many years away traveling the world. When she is approached on her homeward journey to "spy" on her cousin and his friends for "Prinny". She is confronted with the fact that her father is next to broke and she brokers a deal to make some money to help her family.

At about the same time Alex The Duke of Rockeforte who's family has been in the spy business for generations is approached to keep his eye on Sophie and her cousin for they may be possible traitors to the crown.

Without going into the story too much Alex manages to find his way into Sophies good graces by rescuing her when her carriage breaks down the very day she arrives into London. And the romance continues from there.

The lead characters were very likable. Alex's sharp wit was equally matched by Sophie's sharp mind. The blow by blow dialogue kept me going right to the end. The interplay between the back characters was wonderful.

I am not saying this debut novel was not without faults, however I have gladly overlooked the few minor mistakes in the face of a nice, romantic, interesting read. I will definitely by the next book(Whit and Mirabelle) as soon as it comes out.

Please keep this in mind when purchasing this book: the story was a bit sketchy at times and after some initial snooping the spying part pretty much got left out. But if you are willing to overlook a few MINOR foibles I believe you may like this book. Plus this is not your book if you are looking for sexual tension or even sex scenes. Those were very few and far between. Other than some kissing the "Consumation" did not take place until very near the end.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Christopher on July 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
This review was originally posted on "The Historical Romance Critic" [thehrcritic.com]

Ever since reading Johnson's An Unexpected Gentleman (an excellent novel, if I remember correctly) I've been wanting to read some of her other works. The first of these, As Luck Would Have It, was a bit of a mixed bag.

I liked that the novel had lighthearted charm and wit, somewhat reminiscent of a Julia Quinn book. I liked that the heroine was competent on her own (knife-throwing, lock-picking, etc). I also liked that heroine did not want to be a conquest of the hero, and was somewhat opposed to being his mistress. And it was fun to see the hero fall hard for the heroine. However, there was also quite a bit to dislike. The middle 50% of the story could have been removed if the heroine had felt like telling the hero about her plan to find a husband, or if the hero had told her he was interesting in marrying her. Several elements of the story seemed borderline silly, like the marital agreements between the hero and heroine or the spy plot. On a similar note, the heroine's worries about fate at the end of the novel seemed like an annoying attempt to draw out the conflict.

In short, I found As Luck Would Have It to be an average fare. Some of its elements raised it above the crowd but others brought it right back down. I don't think I'll be saving this book to read again later, but I'm still looking forward to trying some of Johnson's other novels.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Jane TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 2, 2009
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STORY BRIEF:
Sophie and her father have been traveling the world for 12 years. Sophie returns to England for a short stay. She has certain skills like knife throwing and lock picking. A government agent tells her that her family's estate is in financial trouble, and he will pay her a large sum of money if she will spy on a specific group of men in London. She agrees. Alex is single and plans not to marry until age 40. A government agent asks him to spy on some people in London. Alex's family has always been loyal to the king and would do this kind of thing when asked. Alex agrees. Sophie's and Alex's paths cross during their spying activities.

REVIEWER'S OPINION:
The plot and characters were ok and similar to those in so many romance novels, but the author didn't bring them to light for me. I wasn't emotionally pulled in. I felt like I was going through the motions of reading a book. I wasn't charmed. I wanted it to be over.

I noticed other reviewers mentioned witty conversation and verbal sparring. I didn't find it that entertaining. My view of the sparring was Alex asking questions and Sophie either not answering or being evasive and giving him half answers. Because she was raised outside of England, she had an independent mind and liked to talk about topics that interested men as opposed to women. There was one scene in which Sophie bested an obnoxious man in a verbal debate. All of this might sound good, but the actual conversations didn't do anything for me.

I did enjoy the interaction and fighting between Mirabelle and Whit, friends of Sophie and Alex. Their story is told in the sequel Tempting Fate, which I have not read.

DATA:
Story length: 301 pages. Sexual language: mild.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By cb VINE VOICE on October 28, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I finished this book in 24 hours and wanted to read it faster but I had to work and my children wanted to be fed!

Sophie Everton has returned to London to experence one season before return on her world adventure with her father. The crown asks her to investage her cousin and his friends because they think they are spying for France. The Crown also gives Duke of Rockeforte a similar tasks. While the Duke of Rockeforte 'watches' Sophie, he finds that he is enchanted and finds ways to spend more time with her. This novel has two very strong main characater who grow into their romance, spys,a strong women who can handle a knife and some great sub-plots. Enjoy!

Looking forward to her next book Tempting Fate (Leisure Historical Romance) due out January 27, 2009 ( Whittaker Cole, Earl of Thurston and Miss Mirabelle Browning story)
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