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A Change of Heart (The Regency Rakes Trilogy Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Candice Hern
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Fans of the traditional Regency Romances of Georgette Heyer and the more emotional Regencies of Mary Balogh will enjoy this unforgettable romance from New York Times bestselling author Candice Hern. Jack Raeburn, a longtime pleasure-seeking rakehell, is now unexpectedly the Marquess of Pemerton, a title inherited after the tragic deaths of his father and older brothers. Unfortunately, he inherited a mountain of debts along with the title, and believes his only option is to marry an heiress. He finds a surprising champion in Lady Mary Haviland, a spinster of unremarkable looks and a charming personality, who has decided to help him find a bride. When Jack discovers that Mary has a large fortune, their comfortable friendship takes an unexpected new direction. By turns witty and emotional, A CHANGE OF HEART follows the path of two wounded souls from friendship to betrayal to redemption. The ballrooms of London and the rugged cliffs and coves of the South Devon coast come alive in this poignant tale of the healing power of love.

"Ms. Hern mesmerizes us with the blistering emotional intensity of an unforgettable love story. A powerful and compelling romance. A keeper, by the most discriminating of definitions." – Romantic Times

"This book is an exquisite journey. A joyous, passionate tale full of life and laughter." – The Romance Reader


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When the unconventional spinster Lady Mary Haviland offers to help the confirmed rake and libertine Jack Raeburn, Marquess of Pemberton, find a wife, she has no idea that she and her money will soon become the object of his pursuit-with surprising results. A charming heroine, a cast of equally fleshed-out characters, and abundant descriptive detail complement this warm, traditional Regency and do much to offset the initial mercenary impression made by the hero. Although true to the time period, Pemberton's fortune-hunting motives do appear less than heroic today; nevertheless, love has the last word. Hern (A Proper Companion, Jove, 1995) lives in Daly City, California.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Candice Hern is the award-winning, bestselling author of historical romance novels set during the English Regency, a period she knows well through years of collecting antiques and fashion prints of the period. She travels to England regularly, always in search of more historical and local color to bring her stories and characters to life. Her books have won praise for the "intelligence and elegant romantic sensibility" (Romantic Times) as well as "delicious wit and luscious sensuality (Booklist). Candice's award-winning website (www.candicehern.com) is often cited for its Regency World pages, where readers interested in the era will find an illustrated glossary, a detailed timeline, illustrated digests of Regency people and places, articles on Regency fashion, research links, and much more. It is the only author website listed among the online resources for the Jane Austen Centre in England. Visit www.candicehern.com for more information on all Candice's books, including excerpts and a look "behind the scenes" of each novel.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and heartwrenching love story May 27, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a wonderful story about two people too afraid to trust and who don't believe they can be loved. Mary is twenty-nine, conditioned by her late father to believe herself plain and unmarriageable; Jack is nine years older, a Marquess and rake who has been hurt in the past by a faithless woman, and who is now looking for a rich wife to save his estates from ruin.
They meet at a ball and quickly become friends: Mary offers to help him find a wife who will not bore him or lose her looks as she grows older. But friends grow closer... and then Jack discovers that Mary herself is very rich.
Candice Hern tells this story beautifully, little by little revealing the details of both characters' past and demonstrating why each finds it so hard to trust - and why, once trust appears to have been broken, it can be so hard to forgive.
There are some excellent supporting characters in this book, including Mary's companion Olivia, Jack's uncle Edward and Jack's mother. It's definitely a book to savour and read again and again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Urghhhh July 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I absolutely loved this book...until the end. I mean Jack did not even try to piece together what had happened until 6 weeks later. What an idiot. Not to mention that instead of looking for the woman he "loved", he went back to London and screwed every female he could find for 6 weeks. I was so disappointed in him. It was not like they were never together, they were in engaged for crying out loud. I just got so mad reading about his "entertainment" versus caring where his fiance was. Then he shows up and she forgives him, which I can understand because she did not know what he did and she did try very hard not to be found but my gosh. If I would have found out my fiance would have rather slept with a different woman every night for 6 weeks versus finding me and making things right, I would not have been so forgiving. Mary already had emotionally issues, wonder how she felt when she found out about Jack's extracurricular activities.

Don't get me wrong, this book is great until that part. The whole time I am reading this and he is complaining about Suzanne, I kept thinking that you are doing the exact same thing to Mary and Jack never noticed it. It was hard for me to read 'An Affair of Honor' where Jack is so nice to Sedge and not think of how I felt when I read the end of this one.

I do love Mary though. It is a good read if you can get through wanting to hurt Jack at the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An amusing story with strong and unusual protagonists February 27, 2013
Format:Paperback
Notorious rakes can be interesting heroes. They bring out the "fix-it project" in any female. On the other hand, on-the- shelf spinsters can be totally perplexing to the female mind which is inclined to want to couple. Mix those two personalities together and you have the premise of A CHANGE OF HEART: A REGENCY ROMANCE, the second novel in the Regency Rakes Trilogy by Candice Hern. What do you do with two complex characters who are happy with their life choices but forced to break down their barriers of hope and trust? We shall see.

Lady Mary Haviland is the twenty-nine year old daughter of the late Earl Assheton. As his sole heir, she inherited this estate affording her the freedom of independence so rare in a Regency lady--and she rather likes it that way--since she believes that as an ugly, insignificant and unmarried lady she can do as she chooses. She has many friends including is Emily Bradleigh, who we were first introduced to as the heroine of A PROPER COMPANION, the first book in this trilogy. She also has a soft spot for rouges. "They are so much more honest in their approach to life that the usual paragons of propriety." The rogue that has recently caught her eye is the notorious Black Jack Raeburn, the thirty-seven year old third son of a marquess, who because he was so far removed down the line of succession of his father's estate never thought he need be anything more than the dissolute ne'er-do-well that he has spent the last twelve years perfecting. His life recently changed dramatically when his father, two elder brothers, and nephew all died in a boating accident a year ago. Now as the Marquess of Pemerton, he has inherited six heavily mortgaged estates and all the responsibility thereto.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars charming regency April 13, 1998
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delightful story, unusual hero and heroine. Better than the average Regency by far and great secondary characters.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately, this wasn't good. July 28, 2011
By Teresa
Format:Kindle Edition
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The only reason I gave this book more than one star was because I liked how the heroine was written--until the end. I thought the hero, Jack, was a selfish, whoring creep without any likeale qualities. I'm okay with a hero starting out a jerk as long as he's realistically redeemed by the conclusion. I'm sad to say that Jack never was. I thought the author failed horribly with his character. He constantly disregarded Mary's feelings, not only when he supposedly loved her, but also in the the earlier parts of the story when they were friends. Worse, what he did to her after he thought she had abandoned him was completely ridiculous and a path I'd never seen taken in a romance novel before. (I'm all for new and refreshing turns in a story, but having a hero, who claimed to be heartbroken over his love's abandonment, sleep with half the town to get over his hurt feelings completely destroyed any remaining hope I had for liking Jack or this book.) And any respect I had for Mary, the heroine, vanished abruptly when she forgave Jack for his deception after a two second apology and very little explaination--which didn't include a confession of just how many women he'd taken to bed since he and Mary had been apart. The ending was rushed and complete rubbish.

I will say that this is my first Candice Hern novel and I have no idea if her others are similar to this, or of much better quality. However, if you're looking to read a book from this author, I would suggest that you don't start with this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Mending hearts <3
What your brain wants your heart's decided in a different way . Lord Pemerton is looking for a bride but not any lady will do just the ones with a big dowry; he doesn't want to be... Read more
Published 5 days ago by LILLY
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
firstly, i read because its by Candice Hern. the scenery portrayed is so beautiful, i could just imagine myself, where Mary stood, with the beauty of nature cleansing, claiming... Read more
Published 2 months ago by rushie86
4.0 out of 5 stars A cv
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The plot was well developed and the characters were well developed. Found them believable and likable.
Well worth reading.
Published 9 months ago by ina sue marlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one
Another good one for sure, these are great books to while away the afternoon with, I am heading for the next one in the series now. Enjoy!
Published 9 months ago by J Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick weekend getaway.
I enjoyed the 3 books in this series as a weekend of walking back in time in English "ton" (Society). Read more
Published 11 months ago by Asta's Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
As with the other two books in this trilogy; I liked this one as well. This one resembles Jane Austen's "Emma" because of the matchmaking. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sophie's Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Friends make the best mates
This story illustrates the insecurity of a wealthy young lady who feels no one would love her for herself. She finds the man but finds that he too needs her money.
Published 18 months ago by CATHERINE SWAN
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story
This was a good story, but surprisingly not great,which is unusual for a book by Candice Hern. But it was skill worth reading.
Published 18 months ago by Michele
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I enjoyed this regency romance and am looking forward to reading the series. Author has an easy to read style, fun book,
Published 18 months ago by jusnana
4.0 out of 5 stars Good books are always a delight to find!
This parft of the trilogy brings out such ingteresting characters and watching the story unfold keep the reader interested from the first page till the last. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Nancy Warner
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Candice Hern is the bestselling author of Regency romances, historical romance novels set during the English Regency, a period she knows well through years of collecting antiques and fashion prints of the era. She travels to England regularly, always in search of more historical and local color to help bring her books to life, and prides herself on the detailed research that goes into each novel. Her books have won praise for their "intelligence and elegant romantic sensibility" (Romantic Times) , and have been compared to those of Georgette Heyer. Rendezvous Reviews said of one of her books: "Even Jane Austen would have liked this one." Her books have won numerous awards, including the National Readers Choice Award. Candice's award-winning website (www.candicehern.com) is often cited for its Regency World pages, where readers interested in the era will find an illustrated glossary, a detailed timeline, illustrated digests of Regency people and places, articles on Regency fashion, research links, and much more. The website also provides readers with more information on all Candice's books, including excerpts and a look "behind the scenes" of each novel. You can also find Candice on FaceBook (AuthorCandiceHern) and Twitter (@CandiceHern).

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