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Indiscreet [Kindle Edition]

Kasey Michaels
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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Book Description

**Top Pick, 4 ½ Stars -- RT Book Reviews**

“Using wit and romance with a master’s skill, Kasey Michaels aims for the heart and never misses.” -- Nora Roberts

“There is so much wit and wisdom in the pages of INDISCREET that you’ll be filled with wonder, and giggling all the while. Kasey Michaels returns with all the hallmarks that have made her a Regency romance treasure: humor, unforgettable characters and a take on the era few others possess. Sheer reading pleasure!” -- RT Book Reviews; Nominated for Best Innovative Historical Romance, 1998

A Note from Kasey:

“In 1998 I was so ready to write another Regency historical, INDISCREET fairly flew from my fingertips onto the computer screen. And I had a ball! I had been so engrossed in history and wanted a break from more serious topics, so I wrote myself a romantic farce (I always write for me, what makes me happy at the time, figuring if I like it maybe someone else will, too).

Indiscreet has, according to reviewers and readers, one of the funniest Prologues in fiction. Even I still giggle a bit when I think of it!

But there’s a serious side to this romantic farce; two people who think they know who they are, what they want ... and then get smacked in the face with the realization life doesn’t always fit into neat little boxes.

As I said, I had a grand time writing INDISCREET, and revisiting the book to prepare it for its e-book version delighted me all over again. It’s a good rainy-day-and-I-feel-blah-and-need-to-laugh book. Enjoy!”


Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Michaels sets the tone for this lively romp in a hilarious opening scene that depicts the demise, respectively, of the father and mother of the hero and heroine when they plunge off the balcony in the throes of passionate love amidst a boring house party. The classic guardian/ward plot pattern is saved by an ingenious twist, and the dashing hero is definitely adequate; surprisingly, the shallow, too lovely heroine has less appeal. Nevertheless, Michaels (The Promise, Pocket, 1997) crafts a well-plotted, humorous story filled with a bevy of delightful supporting characters that include sweet Aunt Gwendolyn, who pilfers things; a former courtesan maid; a cute but sticky-fingered monkey; and a parrot who knows (and tells) too much for his own good. Michaels is a popular author of both Regencies and historical romances, and this story will not disappoint her many fans.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

A salacious prologue sets up this Regency-era tale of the offspring of Cecil, eighth duke of Selbourne, and his wanton mistress, the Widow Winstead, lovers who inadvertently expose their relationship when they plunge to their deaths, knocked off a balcony while in flagrante delicto. Bram, the ninth duke of Selbourne, is appalled when he discovers that his father had promised to sponsor his lover's daughter during the spring season, and his fears seem justified as Sophie appears to be a sexually sophisticated and very manipulative young woman, an able heir to her mother's legacy. She charms everyone except Bram, who just wants to get her married off and as far away from London as possible. As the characters develop and the delicious plot unfolds, this turns into a thoroughly delightful historical romance. Although not a traditional Regency as perfected by Georgette Heyer and practiced by the likes of Marion Chesney and Patricia Veryan, it is a pleasurable read in the newer tradition of Jo Beverley and Joan Wolf. Diana Tixier Herald

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remake of Heyer's "The Grand Sophy" April 30, 2007
"Indiscreet" is definately a remake of Georgette Heyer's "The Grand Sophy" - the monkey and parrot, the heroine's name, the hero's repression, Sophie's "fixing" people's lives for their own good, the fiancee. Of course there are differences, but if you read both novels, you will definately see the resemblance. Regardless, "Indescreet" is very entertaining, a definate light and funny read. The scandal is the funniest indescretion I've come across ever.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ths wasn't what i was expecting May 22, 1999
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Michaels made all French people seem like harlots, and most English people as vague martinets. The sexual tension between the hero and heroine was more like a master going after a mistress (which it sort of was). The heroine was somewhat disappointing, with practically no depth or sharpness- only giggly happiness. heaven save me from silly heroines. The story laid out the characters well, but i really didn't like the characters.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing April 6, 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It has a great prologue and the plot-line shows great promise and I expected great pleasure from reading it. Alas! it was not to be. The characters are not well-developed. I don't see the roles of the monkey and parrot in enhancing either the story or the atmosphere, they are superfluous. The story is not well-knitted and too slow-moving to be interesting.There should be witty sparring and sexual tension to create stronger chemistry between the hero and heroine to make it funny. A pity the writer failed to deliver the romance and humour in a truly good storyline.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Regency Out This Year! October 16, 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ms Michaels does it again. She should provide kleenex with her books, I laugh so hard I cry. "INDISCREET".... Nora Roberts said it very well on the cover "Using Wit & Romance with a MASTERS Skill."
Sophie Winstead, the daughter of a ...shall we say rather indiscreet (pun intended)widow is making her come out. The rather staid Duke of Selbourne has been selected as her sponsor, The Duke, (Bramwell) just happens to be the son of Sophie's mothers last lover prior to their "Unfortunate accident". Sophie's upbringing has given her an unusual outlook on life. She knows where she is going and soon after arriving at Bramwells townhouse knows who she wants and what she wants. She immediately decides that The Duke is far too straightlaced and staid. Sophie has a wonderful time teaching him how to loosen up and laugh. Bramwell of course fights her as hard as he can, even after he realizes he is head over heels in love with Sophie. But love shall win in the end.
All of the characters in Ms Michaels "Indiscreet" play a vital part in the story, but be sure and watch for Desiree, Sophies maid, Ignatius, her parrot, Bramwells light fingered aunt Lady Gwendolyn Seaton and all the rest. Ms Michaels has written this novel in an unusual and refreshing tone of the Regency era. The very forthright manner that Sophie and Bramwell converse is beleivable, bright and witty. "Indiscreet" had me grinning on grinning on the first page of the Prologue laughing out loud by page 9. Well Done Ms Michaels!!!, definitely a keeper
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Annoying Characters October 6, 2013
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I've tried reading this book twice, thinking that perhaps the first time I wasn't in the right mood. But no, the second time I felt the same.
I could not stand the heroine. I just wanted her to shut up and for God's sake stop putting "yes" at the end of every statement turning it into a french accented question. I could find nothing to like about her as she manipulated the other players and thought of them with disdain. Playing the role of a wide eyed ingenue whilst playing up to everyone just made her devious, whilst the other characters were just plain stupid. It seemed ridiculous that everyone she met immediately succumbed to her beauty and allowed themselves to be manipulated. And the child/woman characterisation was a bit creepy, at times leaving a sour taste as she seemed like a "Lolita". This was a book I gave up on. Twice.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest prologues I've ever read! October 14, 1998
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INDISCREET is set in Regency England--a time period Ms. Michaels is famous for since she does it so well.
The prologue had me laughing so hard I couldn't see for the tears streaming down my face. I won't give it away, but Ms. Michaels' set it up superbly. I find myself thinking of it sometimes during the day and laughing out loud again. Only now I have people looking at me strangely and I can't begin to tell them what really happened.
Sophie Winstead arrives in London to have her promised Season. She is staying with her staid guardian Bramwell Seaton. The beautiful Sophie sets London on its ear as well as Bram. For a man who tries to keep himself in control around Sophie he finds she frustrates him, exasperates him and finally dazzles him so that he is in danger of losing his heart.
What keeps this rolling is there are secrets Sophie does and doesn't know, but we know, and so do others in the story, resulting in some hilarous as well as touching scenes. Besides Sophie's talking parrot, and a monkey who swings from the chandeliers, there are rafts of secondary characters that are unforgettable. And the best part is how Sophie helps to solve problems--absolutely priceless!
If you want to laugh and have a wonderful read, then don't miss INDISCREET. Ms. Michaels is in a class by herself.
Suzanne Coleburn
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
A fun read. The pace went well, a bit lenthy in places but not unbearably so. I thought it would be more comedic.
Published 4 months ago by Steph
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest books I've ever read
Ms. Michaels is a rare talent when it comes to writing humorous Regecies. This is one of my favorites. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Derek Dodson
2.0 out of 5 stars Speechless.......
I had to keep going back to make sure this book was listed under regency and not fantasy or dream sequence. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pam's Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Light and Bright
Who are you when your mother was a most notorious widow--willing to anything at all to please men and your lady's maid cum governess is a cynic all to willing to fill a young... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Therese Van Arsdale
4.0 out of 5 stars Indiscreet was an enjoyable read.
This story was fun to read. It started a little slow, but once you got into the characters, it was very enjoyable.
Published 6 months ago by Jody Zscheck
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
Just what you expec fo Kasey Michaels- a terrific and enjoyably read. Plan to be up all night as once you start, you can't put it down!
Published 6 months ago by Sharon Hulton
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Engaging
I found this book an enjoyable way to waste time. Sure, it's got a bunch of cliches: the Duke trying to live down his father's scandal, a virginal debutante who appears wiser than... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Erimini
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
Not much in the way of plot, humor, romance or character development. This book is so slow moving about half way through I started skipping chapters at a time. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paanmo
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
If you read it as it is meant as a "tongue in cheek" story, then its a fun read, that will make you smile, if not laugh. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good
What a delightful story! I enjoyed the characters and their interaction. Even the minor characters were interesting. The plot was original. Recommended read.
Published 7 months ago by hancock
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More About the Author

Kasey Michaels is the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 110 books (she doesn't count them). Kasey has received four coveted starred reviews from Publishers Weekly along with many awards for her outstanding work, including a RITA award.

Kasey has written Regency romances, Regency historicals, category books including novellas and continuities and a few series "launch" books, and single title contemporaries. She has coped with time travel, ghosts, trilogies, the dark side, the very light side, and just about everything in between. And, says Kasey, she's just getting started!

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