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A Case for Romance: A Loveswept Classic Romance [Kindle Edition]

Katie Rose
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Book Description

With a delightful wit and a delicious talent for the unexpected, Katie Rose tells a sensuous tale of the wicked, wild West and the proper Bostonian there to solve a murder—only to become embroiled in romance.
This isn’t the fate Emily Potter imagined for her long-lost father: gunned down in cold blood in the parlor of his bordello in bawdy, booming Denver. Now the lovely armchair sleuth from the civilized East is determined to unmask the killer, employing the logic of her hero, Sherlock Holmes. Yet Holmes never faced distractions like the Reverend Thomas Hall, who seems unusually interested in the abandoned house of sin—and Emily’s every move.
Emily suspects the “preacher” knows more about gunslingers than the Good Book—and perhaps even something about her father’s murder. All she knows is it’s hard to keep her mind on deduction when Thomas seems intent on seduction. Meanwhile the bordello’s matchmaking ghost insists on providing lessons in feminine wiles. But as logic gives way to passion, Emily forgets to protect both her vulnerable heart—and her life.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: All Is Fair . . ., Bad to the Bone, and Rescuing Diana.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The intrepid Emily Potter travels to the 1893 frontier town of Denver, Colo., after her long-lost father and his mistress are murdered in a bordello and his gold fortune disappears. A Sherlock Holmes devotee, Emily decides to emulate the great detective by using logic to pursue the facts surrounding the case and solve the mystery. A passenger on Emily's stagecoach, Thomas Hall, accompanies her to Denver for reasons of his own and offers to assist her in the possibily dangerous investigation. A love affair blossoms. Searching for witnesses to the crime, Emily and Thomas's lives are endangered, and their love is challenged when Thomas decides to tell Emily his true identity and his connection to the missing gold. Only a superfluous ghost (who plays a surprisingly large part in the story) and one-dimensional villains mar this delightful love story that successfully blends mystery, humor and a steamy romance into a western-style adventure.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"Katie Rose writes deliciously romantic stories. I can't wait to read more of them!"
--Teresa Medeiros, nationally bestselling author

Product Details

  • File Size: 1603 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept (May 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0062OCOCK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,910 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing romance that is genuinely delightful January 26, 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
The lawyer wrote Emily Potter to inform her that her father died, leaving her with a bordello and an apparent missing fortune in gold. To the surprise of her father's Denver attorney, Emily announces that she plans to occupy her father's house of ill repute. Emily loves mysteries and plans to incorporate Sherlockian logic to uncover who murdered her father.

On the stage to Denver, Emily meets Reverend Thomas Hall, who offers to help her learn the truth. Though Emily finds herself attracted to the man of God, she wonders if he might just be the culprit she seeks. An assailant decides to silent "the world's second consulting detective" and her companion. However this fails to deter Thomas and Emily from continuing to sleuth even as they fall in love. However, he knows he must reveal his identity to his beloved if he expects to share a lifetime of happiness.

A CASE FOR ROMANCE is a superb blending of a historical romance with a historical amateur sleuth tale. The story line is entertaining and readers from both sub-genres will enjoy the who-done-it. Emily makes a great investigator, who, along with Thomas, deserve a sequel because they make such wonderful western detectives. The addition of a ghost adds no value, but does not subtract from a warm novel. A rose is not just a rose when Katie Rose writes the prose.

Harriet Klausner
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could've been wonderful. March 5, 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love Katie Rose's first book "A Hint of Mischief" despite its overwrought ending and silly lapses in logic, because the characters are so... well, sweet, for the want of a better word. Miss Rose writes of things in an easy, lazy, yet humourous manner you can't help but to be swept along for the ride.
However, in "A Case For Romance", there are more irritating things that overrides the charm of the story.
The charming stuff? The heroine is a Sherlock Holmes fan and amateur detective, which is truly fun. The first few chapters are quite funny.
Now, to the irritating things. The story is decades too late. In real history, trains have been in use for quite some time and here we have our two charming and sweet characters chugging around in carriages. The heroine, for all her intelligence, is the usual socially-inept miss who goes around looking at people with her magnifying glass. The ghost Rosie isn't memorable enough. I can go on but really, this book is a missed opportunity.

But it is so sweet, which probably will make me want to give it a second try.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a mystery May 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
It was an ok story. I read it through to the end, which had a good ending. If you enjoy mysteries then you would enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another terrific read! January 21, 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was great fun, with a determined heroine and a hero who knew he had to save her from herself. It had lots of Sherlock Holmes tidbits--The heroine was a SH devotee--which added loads of twists to the mystery. Katie Rose is a terrific writer. I loved her first book, A Hint of Mischief, and I hope to read many more. I'm a devoted fan
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Emily Potter and Thomas Hall arrive in Denver on the same stagecoach. Having inherited her estranged father's home (which she discovers is a bordello), she has come to put her amateur detective skills to the test to find her father's murderer. It doesn't take much thought to figure out that Thomas Hall is not the reverend he pretends to be, which puts him at the top of the suspect list.
In spite of several close calls, Emily seems to be oblivious to any threat to her own safety or virtue. Indeed, she doesn't seem to be very firmly grounded in the real world, in spite of her intelligence and logic. That's why Thomas (a.k.a. Watson) is a perfect match for her. He is attracted by her beauty and intelligence, but his eyes are open to the danger that stalks her.
And Rosie, the ghost in the mirror (? ), added some humor to the story as well. The only thing I could have wished for is a little more insight into the character of Emily's father, who seems little more than a cardboard character in spite of the fact that his name is mentioned on just about every page!
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Katie Rose, aka Colleen Quinn, was born in the Philadelphia area and lives on a lake in New Jersey. She is the author of 12 historical romances, and is thrilled to be a part of Romance at Random's Loveswept line. Katie's A CASE FOR ROMANCE was an RT Top Pick, and was considered "A love story that successfully blends mystery, humor and a steamy romance into a western-style adventure." Publisher's Weekly. The Appleton stories, A HINT OF MISCHIEF, COURTING TROUBLE, and MISTLETOE AND MAGIC, about 3 sisters posing as spiritualists in Victorian NY, were among her most popular reads. Katie is hard at work on her first contemporary baseball romance, BRING ON THE HEAT, pub date 6/2014.


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