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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061965758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061965753
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Carlyle's supernatural Victorian trilogy opener introduces a governess in desperate straits. Grace Gauthier is about to get engaged to her employer when someone murders him. Dodging suspicious police, Grace goes to a London gentlemen's club in search of a man who knew her father. Instead of finding the family friend, she encounters Lord Ruthveyn, a part-Indian war hero who agrees to help her prove her innocence by using his connections to thwart the efforts of the most determined investigators. The vibrant attraction between the two is complicated by Ruthveyn's psychic visions and his inability to "read" Grace's future. Grace's tenacity, wit, and compassion make her a very believable, multidimensional character and the perfect match for Ruthveyn's brooding and dark secrets. The romance sizzles, its unpredictability propelling this complex story far beyond its contemporaries.
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*Starred Review* The one man who can help Grace Gauthier escape charges of murdering her employer Ethan Holding is an old friend––Rance Welham. Unfortunately for Grace, Rance is nowhere to be found. This leaves Grace at the mercy of Adrian Forsythe, Lord Ruthveyn, who agrees to help Grace as a favor for Rance, a fellow member of the Society of St. James. As Royden Napier, Assistant Commissioner to the London Metropolitan Police, does his best to frame a case against her, Grace finds herself depending more and more on the elegantly enigmatic and sinfully seductive Ruthveyn. But by placing her life in Ruthveyn’s hands, Grace can’t help but wonder if she is in more danger from Ruthveyn than the police. With its exceptionally rich characterization, an engaging plot that gracefully pairs danger and desire, and an intriguing touch of the paranormal, Carlyle’s latest stylishly written, lusciously sensual Regency historical romance is supremely satisfying. --John Charles

More About the Author

During her frequent travels to London, Liz always packs her pearls, her dancing slippers, and her whalebone corset, confident in the belief that eventually she will receive an invitation to a ball or a rout. Alas, none has been forthcoming. While waiting, however, she has managed to learn where all the damp, dark alleys and low public houses can be found.

When Liz isn't living in the 19th century, she resides in Cary, North Carolina with her husband, a corporate attorney, and their four very fine felines.

Customer Reviews

Try as I might, I just can't seem to finish this book.
A. Cleveland
So, good story, strong characters, witty dialogue and just the right amount of heat all add up to another excellent historical by Ms. Carlyle.
This one has everything that I adore about Liz Carlyle's books.
D. Bess

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By vshow on September 28, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Liz Carlyle is so consistently good that one almost starts to take her for granted. Her historical romances are always well-written and compelling. Her characters are well-developed, interesting and rarely TSTL. Her books are a marvelous blend of humor and angst with a heaping helping of hotness thrown in the mix just to keep it spicy! Her latest book, One Touch of Scandal, continues her long string of entertaining historicals.

OToS in the first in a new trilogy by LC featuring the Fraternitas Aureae Crucis. This is one of those groups or clubs that occasionally appear in romance novels where the members all seem to be devilishly handsome and full of secrets. This type of thing is not one of my favorite devices in a romance, but LC uses it effectively and never lets it take over the narrative. It actually lends a nice, almost gothic, tone to the book. OToS opens with our heroine, Grace Gauthier about to be engaged to her employer. The engagement is cut short when someone murders her intended and the police decide that Grace is their top suspect. Grace goes to the aforementioned gentlemen's club in search of a family friend who may be able to help her out of this mess. Instead of finding the family friend, she meets Lord Ruthveyn, a dark and mysterious war hero (I told you these clubs are full of dark and mysterious guys) who agrees to help her prove her innocence. It's at this point, that we almost had a problem. Turns out that LC has added a touch of the paranormal to her latest and I really don't care for paranormal elements in my romance reading, but I stayed with it and found that this twist didn't bother me too much. Seems the dark and mysterious Lord Ruthveyn has some very helpful psychic abilities.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Toth on October 12, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Loved, loved, loved Grace. She was sensible and full of spunk, and I felt so sorry for her predicament. Definitely a lady deserving of her knight in shining armor, and Lord Ruthveyn was the perfect tortured hero. He was also HOT -- gotta love that. It is surprising that some people are using the word paranormal for this book. There are no ghosts, vampires or shape-changing animals, etc. -- nothing I would think of as paranormal, just very dark and mysterious, which I love.

I think have read most of this writer's books, and it was exciting to see Geoff all grown up and learn what had happened to him. My one complaint is that I would have liked to have seen more of him in this book. This book reminded me of the legends of the Knights Templar, and I liked all the historical parts, and the rich, romantic world the writer built. (Her books always make me feel like I am in nineteenth century London.) I also loved that the St. James Society was a group of heroic men doing brave things, not lazy gentlemen going to balls and clubs. I hope we will get the rest of Geoff's story soon. Other characters I would love to hear more about are Anisha and Rance. It was nice to be immersed in the Liz Carlyle world again, and I was not disappointed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SNB on October 1, 2010
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I'm used to Liz Carlyle's books to have a good dose of intrigue. But, this is waaaay over-the-top! Most of the story is concentrated on "the Gift"'s like the author is trying too hard to make the story spooky/mysterious and the end result was almost ZERO focus on the actual romance.Save for his "gift", there was no depth to the hero's character and because soooo much of the story concentrated on the "gift", the heroine's character lacked depth as well. Sorry to say, but this book is a dense, waste of time.
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. Dinel on October 7, 2010
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...and I can almost hear the dialogue:
"Ms Carlyle, you must have noticed that the newest obsession in the genre is paranormal romance: suspense! mystery! just a touch of horror...ehmmm...we would like for you to write your next novel to fit this newest niche...Oh! and could you perhaps make it a series? There's so much more profit to be made...yes? That's a good girl!"

The lady has obviously capitulated...or maybe she wanted to. What do I know after all - I'm the naive customer. This time, even the eloquent prose, throbbing erotica and meticulously vivid descriptions couldn't make me like this novel - though I toss Ms. Carlyle two stars for talent.
People, this has been done before, and far better in my opinion, by Laura Kinsale, in Uncertain Magic. Check it out if you doubt, it's all in there: the clairvoyant heroine who meets a guy she can't "read"...they struggle with do we/don't we love each other - who murdered the father - what will happen with the insane mother - and there's even a couple of guardian faeries...
Though she's never attained my "keeper" shelf, I enjoyed Liz Carlyle when she wrote in her own unique and original milieu, which as far as I can recall, did not include the overdone, overused and over-exposed genre of paranormal romance. I, personally, have scrupulously avoided paranormal, in spite of the ever-dwindling number of authors who've not jumped on that bandwagon, simply because I don't like paranormal fiction.
So it appears that 'another one bites the dust.' Liz, until you exhaust your rather mediocre paranormal resources, you are off my buy list, and certainly off my read list. Sorry. This one just felt way too forced and uninspired. Like it was pushed out, rather awkwardly, solely to fulfill a contract.
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