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The Heir and the Spare (Negligent Chaperone Series) Mass Market Paperback – August 7, 2007

Book 1 of 2 in the Negligent Chaperone Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Negligent Chaperone Series (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; English Language edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425217639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425217634
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,499,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother's insistence and she is now the bestselling and award winning author of smart and sassy historical and contemporary romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own. Please visit her at www.mayarodale.com.

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Customer Reviews

It had great sexual tension and some great sex.
Trish R.
The storyline was very well written and I enjoyed the hero and heroine of the story and how the author developed their romance throughout the story.
Kindle Customer
After I was halfway through, I honestly had to stay with the book until I totally finished it.
Christine Forsthoefe

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on September 11, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When young, lovely American heiress Emilia Highhart arrived in London, most of the fortune seeking ton were instantly enamored, that was until they realized that `grace' was not one of her virtues. Tripping and stumbling over feet whether her own or someone else's was not an uncommon occurrence. At her very first ball, being caught in the arms of the most handsomest man she'd ever encountered had to have been a blessing, or a curse when her aunt informed her that he was the heir to a dukedom, Lord Phillip and his reputation was such that he was entirely unsuitable.

What few people realized was that the man was not Lord Phillip but his identical twin, Lord Devon, presumed dead these last five years. Later finding Emilia nursing a sprained ankle in the library, knowing he must be on his way to his ailing father's bedside, he could not resist a kiss, a kiss that shook him to the core. Devon reluctantly left before they were found in a compromising position, and Emilia who was equally flustered, knew her life as it was would never be the same again.

*** I love it when an author can capture me and was totally engrossed in this lovely Regency debut and finished it in one highly enjoyable sitting. It contained all the elements I look for in a romance, including mistaken identities, duels, scheming and a cast of supporting characters who are as unforgettable as the romantic pair of leads.

Emilia, the heroine of the tale is witty, wealthy, attractive, intelligent, as well as being a complete klutz - in other words, all too human! Devon is the complete opposite of his identical twin Lord Phillip who is a cowardly, mean and ruthless, womanizing rake.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By cb VINE VOICE on September 21, 2007
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This book caught me on the first chapter and I did not want to put it down. The writing is very good and the story is great - I turned every page waiting for the next shoe to drop.... Emilia is a american heiress that stumbles while entering her first ball - into Devon's arms. He is at the ball pretending to be his awful twin brother - - and it just get better from that point... Enjoy !

If you enjoy this genre check out; Seduction Is Forever by Jenna Petersen, Forever Yours by Janmarie Anello, Spirited Away by Cindy Miles and What A Gentleman Wants by Caroline Linden.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 11, 2007
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Devon Kensington delayed his return trip from America to England for five years to be with his ailing father. However, in 1818, he finally comes home. At a ball he pretends to be his older twin brother, the Marquis Phillip, which enables him to meet, dance and hold visiting American heiress Emilia Highhart, attending her first ball.

Emilia has problems with her confused feelings for Phillip, who her aunt says is off limits as an unsuitable rake. At times she believes she loves him; at other times she feels nothing for him. She is unaware that the man she loves is the spare and the man she feels nothing for is the heir.

As the twins compete for Emilia, readers will enjoy this fine Regency romance. The key to refreshing this theme of good and bad seeds siblings is the jealousy and hatred Devon feels for his older brother by minutes. Fans will enjoy the competition for Emilia, as the confused female cannot grasp why one moment her body comes alive to seeing the marquis and another it remains dormant. This is a fun historical.

Harriet Klausner
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. Stuart on August 21, 2007
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Once I opened the book, I couldn't put it down! It was fantastic. I love historical romance books, my favorite being written by Eloisa James. For a first time historical romance writer this book could compare to any of Ms. James' books. I hope Ms. Rodale continues to write romance books and I would love to see a sequel. Maybe we can find out what happens to Phillip.
Congratulations on this exciting first book and I look forward to reading more from Ms. Rodale in the future.

B.A. Stuart
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Eckhart on August 21, 2007
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I bought this book to take with me on my beach vacation, but as soon as I opened the first page, I couldn't put it down. Emilia Highhart is a bold and exciting heroine with just the right amount of clumsy to be endearing. The competition to win Emilia's heart (and fortune) between Lord Phillip and Devon is action-packed. The clever Lady Palmerston is right - Other people's affairs ARE always more interesting than one's own, and nothing is as interesting as meddling in them. I wish I had Lady Palmerston in my courting days!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brave in Buffalo on March 10, 2008
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Before you pick up this book, ask yourself two questions: "What do I enjoy most about historical romance?" and "Do I have the rest of the night to give to 'The Heir and the Spare'?" Because, if the answer to the first question is fun plot twists, enchanting heroines, despicable rakes, lusty swashbucklers and happy endings, then the answer to the second question better be yes. Because even if you are able to put the book down (briefly), the story will stay with you until to the steamy, surprising end. The most distinctive aspect of the book is how the author has managed to capture the essence of the Regency way of life and marry it with the fresh eyes of the modern love story. This blend is all too rare in historicals and almost non-existent in a first time novel. I found myself smiling at the recurring little flourishes of humor that are sprinkled throughout-- just enough to ease the sexual tension that the characters are intensely and inevitably building, but never too much to get the story off its track. And to someone who adores books-- the fact that all the pivotal love scenes happen in a library, well let's just say that Emilia is a woman after own hearts. When you're done you'll be asking yourself a third question: When does the sequel come out?
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