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Miss Mischief - A Regency Romance [Kindle Edition]

Kate Harper
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Lord Marcus Hathaway returns from France to find his birthright has disappeared with the shameful death of his father. His sisters have been provided for, thanks to a fortuitous marriage but he is at a loss to know what to do with himself. What kind of life can a penniless peer pursue? Friends and acquaintances assume he will do what most men do and chase down an heiress but Marcus is determined to make his own way forward. Unable to settle, he takes to the road, intending to spend a few months of his life wandering. He wants to forget what he went through in France, forget that nothing is as it once was and that somehow and that he is honor bound to provide an heir for a name that no longer means anything. But then he meets Johanna Claybourn who is exactly the kind of female he is determined to avoid. Beautiful, wealthy and very, very willful, he suddenly finds he has his hands full, keeping her out of trouble. But Johanna is plotting the worst kind of trouble at all. For whilst Marcus may not want an heiress, Miss Claybourn is determined to follow her own inclinations and the delightful Lord Hathaway is very much to her taste...

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  • File Size: 4975 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G3BWN8C
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Clean Regency Romance! November 4, 2013
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Kate Harper is an "automatic buy" author for me for a very good reason - she writes wonderful stories. Like the majority of her others, this is a good, clean regency romance with a strong heroine and a slightly troubled alpha male. What I really like about this one is that the heroine, Johanna, is rather flawed. Lord Marcus Hathaway's main flaw is that he's troubled by his inability to provide for his family (since his father lost all their money and then offed himself) despite the fact that his eldest sister has married well to a man who is perfectly happy to provide a home/funds for them. Marcus' situation is not of his own doing, but he persists in feeling responsible for regaining money to provide for his family so that his brother-in-law doesn't need to continue to do so, and Marcus absolutely does not want to have to marry an heiress for money - he hates feeling like he's bringing nothing to the marriage.

While he's traveling and trying to work through some understandable depression, he runs across Johanna Claybourn, a wonderfully strong heroine who is also flawed in the sense that she's extremely spoiled. Even though she doesn't put much stock in her incredible good looks, is quite outspoken in a delightful way, and isn't at all snobbish, petty or mean, she's VERY used to getting her own way... which means that when she wants Lord Marcus to stay at her father's house, she's going to find a way to do so, even if it means lies and manipulations. She's all good intentions, but she's shocked when things don't quite go her way and Marcus doesn't react the way he's "supposed" to in her head.

The two of them are wonderful together, lots of bantering, lots of wit, and plenty of romantic tension.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story November 6, 2013
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Miss Mischief is a sweet little story about a smart, sassy country miss who sets her sights on a Lord whose sole intention is to pass through her village with little fanfare.

When Lord Marcus Hathaway returns from fighting Napoleon in France he discovers his father has impoverished the family. Fortunately one of his sisters has married well but he still is aware that everyone expects him to marry an heiress, something he does not want to do. He would rather make his own way. He sets off on a journey to discover a bit about himself and saves Johanna Claybourn from would be robbers.

Johanna is quite frankly a whirlwind of a woman. She is rich and beautiful and trying to escape the amorous attentions of many suitors. She instantly likes Marcus and looks for ways to keep him at her home. She is manipulative but also kind and humorous and it is very hard not to like her.

Marcus finds himself entangled in Johanna's life and try as he might, he just cannot stop thinking about her. Johanna's family is a great backdrop to this tale. This is a story without a lot of passionate scenes, yet is still a romantic story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kate Harper Does it Again!! November 15, 2013
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Kate Harper is by far one of my favorite historical romance writers. It is because of her that I started reading historical romance and I have been hooked ever since! Her writing style is smooth and her characters and their world comes alive easily in your mind so that you can live every moment in the book.

Our main character is Lord Marcus who is just come home from the war a wounded veteran, and back to a world that is vastly different than the one that he left behind. His family’s situation has been drastically altered and now he must find a new place in an ever changing world.

When Marcus seeks a change from his current situation he sets out on a riding adventure at the urging of his mother. He hopes that his time on his own will help clear his mind and help him be back in time for the London season so that he can begin starting his life again.

What he wasn’t expecting to do on his journey is come to the rescue of the very beautiful and very outspoken, Miss Claybourn. When he comes to his aid, he hopes for a quick escape from Cloverton Hall but he finds the pull and schemes of Miss Claybourn and her grandmother too much to resist and extends his visit for a few days.

Miss Claybourn is determined to make his stay much longer and isn’t afraid to admit it, but she will find her schemes and games must be let go if she has any hope of catching more than his eye. Together they will have to overcome their own issues and history if they have any hope of seeing each other again.

Wow, I devoured this book! I couldn’t wait to read it and once I started it…I couldn’t put it down. I adore these characters, Miss Claybourn has just the type of attitude I imagine myself having and Marcus is just the type of man you can see yourself jesting with the rest of your life. Kate Harper has done it again and I cannot wait to read her next book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Nice and ver attractive characters. In many ways, a very realistic portrayal of spoilt, rich young lady. Thankfully, no extremely evil villains. More I try to analyze it,more I like it. Only negative, was the long-drawn pages of what each of the two protagonists were thinking in between dialog;skipped several such pages.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars miss mischief November 16, 2013
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Young woman surrounded by suitors young like herself are mere boys playing pranks to get her attention and the greedy trying to get her money by compromising her meets a rescuer she falls in love with and will stop at nothing to gain his attention compromises him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Romance fan
So-so story, bizarre abrupt ending. The heroine is not much of a role model for anyone. Ail-in-all a disappointing experience.
Published 20 days ago by LynQuiltz
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book and how the rather presented the story ...
I liked this book and how the rather presented the story line. I couldn't put the book down as I liked the mystery flavor.
Published 1 month ago by fr texas
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 2 months ago by Christine Keffer
2.0 out of 5 stars Regency - no surprises.
Story is as you would imagine. No surprises.
Published 3 months ago by Carole
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
It is fun to read a book with a heroine that is not a simpleton. I also liked that the sex is not overt.
Published 3 months ago by Joan F. Lucher
2.0 out of 5 stars lessons in elementary grammar urgently needed
I liked the hero, for his history held a great deal of emotional appeal. The heroine was just okay. Read more
Published 6 months ago by HILL
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Don't bother
Published 7 months ago by Coralie
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
Held my interest and didn't ramble back and forth. Very enjoyable, good writer!! Look forward to reading more books by her.
Published 7 months ago by B. J.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I enjoyed reading Miss Mischief,a nice little twist to it.I think I read of the Hathaways out of order but it made on difference
Published 8 months ago by Charlotte Richardson
3.0 out of 5 stars good storyline but execution could be better
started out promisingly, but it got too tedious. story needs tightening so that the wittiness of the dialogue and scenes are not lost.
Published 8 months ago by rushie86
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More About the Author

Like most writers I've always read and I've always got something going on in my head, story-wise. Mostly dialogue - at least, I hope that's dialogue and not something more serious - which inevitably makes demands on me.

I can recall lying under my bed when I was nine with a candle, a piece of scrap paper and a pencil, rewriting a disappointing ending to a book that had been pretty good up until those final pages. I'd 'borrowed' a highly unsuitable romance from an elderly lady and had gobbled it down in a day. I took away three things from that first sojourn into making up my own, far more satisfactory world. 1/ the hero really needs to end up with the heroine, no matter how irritating she is cause that is what romance is all about. Happy endings, even if they're unexpected. 2/ I liked storytelling so much that maybe it was something I could do on a regular basis. My people could behave as they were supposed to. And... 3/ burning a candle under a pile of highly combustible bedding is a really stupid thing to do. Or so my mother pointed out. I'm lucky I'm not toast.

Writing is a wonderful escape and nothing says run away with me better than romance. So that's what I pursue... historical (particularly Regency... oh man, Regency. Where the men wore breeches and the women appreciated the fact), suspense and contemporary. You can always check them out on Amazon or at On a more personal note, I live with my partner (no breeches), my kids and a hoard of animals that shed fur into my coffee on a regular basis. We live in a particularly beautiful part of Victoria, in Australia and feel pretty lucky to do so.

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