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A Dangerous Compromise (Zebra Regency Romance) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2001

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"Delicious, delightful, and devilishly good reading..." -- Emily Hendrickson, author of The Rake's Revenge

About the Author

Shannon Donnelly grew up with the perfect education for a Regency sportswoman, learning to ride, fence and shoot (the last courtesy of an uncle who collected flintlocks). A Compromising Situation, her first published Regency from Zebra, won the Romance Writers of America's national Golden Heart contest, Regency category. She also won Grand Prize in the Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer contest, judged by Nora Roberts, which earned her a trip to Paris. Shannon's second Regency romance, A Dangerous Compromise, is due out from Zebra, June 2001, and her third, Under the Kissing Bough is a Christmas 2001 release. She also has novellas coming out in the Autumn Kittens Anthology and the Valentine's Anthology from Zebra. Her abiding passions include--beside writing--a husband, three dogs, reading, gardening, and the ever present horses in her life.

Product Details

  • Series: Zebra Regency Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821767526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821767528
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,009,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Shannon Donnelly's writing has won numerous awards, including a RITA nomination for Best Regency, the Grand Prize in the "Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer" contest, judged by Nora Roberts, RWA's Golden Heart, and others. Her writing has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: "simply superb"..."wonderfully uplifting"....and "beautifully written."

Her books include the Demon & Warders Urban Fantasy series, Burn Baby Burn and Riding in on a Burning Tire, and the Urban Fantasy, Edge Walkers.

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As a matter of fact, Clarissa reminds me a great deal of Lydia Bennett of "Pride and Prejudice." (In case you're not a fan, Lydia's the one who ran off with a rake who had to be bribed to marry her.)
Just like Lydia, Clarissa is shatter-brained and totally out of control. She is determined to marry a rake because she wants a Grand Passion. When her friend Jane questions the future faithfulness of a man who has had a lot of mistresses, Clarissa airily replies that Love for her will make him forget all of those women.
Most silly heroines have parents or guardians to keep them in check. This one does not. It really is not surprising that in a fit of pique over the hero's deception (the revelation that he is an honorable man and not a rake), she agrees to become the mistress of one of the worst rakes (who, ironically, becomes the hero of Ms. Donnelly's next book).
What self-respecting hero would run off to rescue such a brainless heroine? At this point, the book became a wall-banger for me.
Somehow, Lydia Bennett never appealed to me as a heroine. "Happy ever after" is much more believable with sensible romantic couples such as Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.
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Shannon Donnelly has done it again! She's written a really brilliant sequel to her first book, "A Compromising Situation." "A Dangerous Compromise" is a rich and complex book, and quite a bit darker than the usual fare. For while this book is primarily about a young girl's very first foray into the social swirl that is the London Season, it is not the light hearted romp you might expect it to be. For Clarissa Dewhurst, the beautiful heroine at the heart of this novel, is a young woman full of doubts, questions and fears, and a rather foolish quest that is bound to land her in trouble. Somehow she's gotten it into her head that she can only find fulfillment and peace if she experiences a Grand Passion. And, she believes, only a rake can provide her with this Grand Passion. So, Clarissa has come to London in order to find her rake, make him fall in love with her, and the reform him. And when she finds out that her best friend's (Jane Preston) brother has plans of promoting a match between Jane and his best friend, Evan Fortesque, Clarissa is outraged and urges Jane to reject Evan, esp as this Evan Fortesque is not a rake, and is probably as boring as he is respectable.
Unfortunately, Evan overhears Clarissa's dismissive comments about him. Evan has spent the past few years taking care of his family estates and his family, and he is now in London for a well deserved holiday. And when he overhears Clarissa, he decides to teach her a lesson by presenting himself as a rake, and showing her what a rake is truly like, and how dangerous he can be. However Clarissa truly does fascinate him: she's an audacious mix of vulnerability and willful stubbornness, and Evan finds himself constantly stepping in to protect her form her own folly.
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I agree with a lot of what the one star reviewer says. Clarissa, the leading lady -can't bring myself to say heroine - is silly and naive. She also has "Bad Boy" syndrome, where young (& sometimes not so young)
women pine for men that are everything that common sense and society says we should stay away from.
It's the syndrome that makes dangerous, womanizers seem romantic; and dark, selfish, egocentric figures seem mysterious, brooding and misunderstood. Clarissa thinks only a rake can give her a Grand Passion, in other words she wants to be truly and deeply loved. She's no parental guidance to speak of. Her aunt is feeding these skewed ideas. By utter good fortune a good man takes an interest in her well being and attempts to open her eyes. I agree that Clarissa's misguided silliness is frustrating to strong, informed women. But this syndrome is alive and well in the 21st century too so I can only take one star off for it. Even that seems a little wrong because the book is well written, being both funny and touching. I thought it was a very good read with an unbeatable price.
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This review was originally posted on "The Historical Romance Critic" [thehrcritic.com]

It takes a creative author to come up with a unique storyline. It takes a good author to turn that same storyline into an excellent read. And Shannon Donnelly almost pulled it off, with her latest novel A Dangerous Compromise... the keyword here being "almost". I loved the concept, a naive but beautiful heroine and the rakish hero who isn't actually a rake. The plot was entertaining, and there was some great humor throughout. But then the book started turning into a love triangle, the heroine kept veering down the path of TSTL, and I started to fear things were not going to end well. They did not.

To some extent, I came to understand where both of the protagonists were coming from. The hero's always been a bit of a troublemaker, but the last nine years or so he's had to remain in the country, helping to take care of his family. Now that his father has passed away, he decides it's past time for him to have some fun in London. He's annoyed to find he feels suffocated upon reentering London, only to overhear the heroine - a resounding beauty - calling him stuffy before she's actually met him. The heroine also explains her idealistic plans of finding true love by reforming a rake, so the hero decides to enlighten the heroine - he'll pretend to be a rake to show her how silly she is being. The heroine isn't particularly a mean-spirited girl, but I wouldn't list intelligence as one of best features either. Rather, she's young, headstrong, spoiled as a result of her physical beauty, a hopeless romantic, and hopelessly naive. Her parents didn't have a happy marriage, and she's afraid of becoming unfaithful like her mother.
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