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Suave and debonair Jasper Sullivan, Earl of Blackwater, has the title, the looks, and the land, but he lacks money. His dying reprobate uncle will leave an enormous amount to Jasper and his brothers if each will marry and reform a prostitute. Jasper has no idea how to fulfill this order until he literally runs into Clarissa. He assumes that she is a prostitute because why else would a woman be roaming alone in Convent Gardens in 1761? But, in fact, orphaned Clarissa is searching for her young brother, worried that her uncle guardian is up to no good. She agrees to the earl’s proposition, willing to sacrifice her virtue to save her brother without telling Jasper about her true circumstances. Jasper comes to realize that his preconceived notions about Clarissa are wrong, but he still wants her. Feather launches a new trilogy with a sensuous and wild romp through bawdy London that will leave readers wanting more. --Patty Engelmann

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Jane Feather is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty sensual historical romances, including the Blackwater Bride series. She was born in Cairo, Egypt, and grew up in the south of England. She currently lives in Washington, DC, with her family. There are more than 10 million copies of her books in print.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Blackwater Brides
  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1 edition (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439145245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439145241
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Julia Holloway on June 20, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jane Feather has a very intriguing premise (three brothers must all marry and redeem "fallen" women to inherit a vast fortune, which they desperately need) and a clever, resourceful heroine in Clarissa, but although I liked the hero, Jasper (the Earl of Blackwater) his "voice" was uneven. At times he was the suave, debonair man-about-town, up to every trick and trap. At others, he's supposedly a strong, caring man falling in love, against his better judgment, with a woman he starts out thinking is an avaricious prostitute--despite her perfect drawing room manners, ladylike way of speaking and demure clothing. It is only his hurt feelings at her lack of trust in him that keep him from continuing to press her to confide in him, as she frantically searches London of the late 1700's (beautiful clothing descriptions) for her 10-year old brother, Francis. The little boy had been taken from their quiet country home by his guardian, the wicked uncle, and then abandoned in London's notorious East End to die from neglect and deprivation, so the uncle could inherit the boy's fortune. The descriptions of the City of London were very colorful and detailed, greatly adding to my enjoyment of the story. There are also a host of lively secondary characters to add even more color, including the brothel madame who rented innocence Clarissa a room, the evil uncle's henchman who always insisted on being paid first before he'd follow orders, and lastly (but far from least) Clarissa's little brother, though he was unevenly drawn at times, too. First he kept the faith that his big sister would find and rescue him, but then he completely despairs when they're both imperiled, only to suddenly tackle a grown man who threatens to harm his sister. Overall, though, it was an delightful, action-packed story.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Natasha on July 23, 2010
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All I can say is that most of the negative reviews for this imaginative, take me to another world book, are very cynical. If you want reality try the dozens of non-fiction books sold here on Amazon. I was an avid reader of Ms. Feather's books up to 2002 since I had to narrow down my huge collection for my new home. However, without reading the reviews I purchased this book and was delighted to read a story that was not mellow dramatic or sappy. I am not going into details since the 4 star reviews already written have hit the mark.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By OLT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 25, 2010
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(2.5 stars) I toyed with the idea of giving this 2 stars but decided to be generous. If you are a long-time (very long) reader of romances like I am, this book will not impress you very much. Jane Feather, in the past, has written some romances that I've enjoyed, but those had a bit more meat to them than this slight story, albeit a 451-page slight story. It's set in Georgian times, but this is not important to the plot, as it could just as easily have taken place at any time in the first half of the 19th century. The characters are many. Some secondary ones are interesting even though not multi-dimensional. It's the hero and heroine that I find least appealing and especially exasperating and since this is a romance, for me that's a huge drawback.

Hero Jasper Sullivan, Earl of Blackwater, and his two younger twin brothers haven't much disposable income and need to inherit their uncle Lord Bradley's money. As other reviewers and the book blurb tell you, to inherit they all three will need to rescue a "fallen" woman by marrying her. This in itself bothers me because Jasper came into the title (unfortunately with the debts of his late father) at the age of twelve. What has he been doing for money all this time since? He dresses and lives relatively well. I calculate this is maybe 15-18 years of survival with debts. Couldn't he have come up with ways to make some money in this period of time, instead of just hoping for a windfall inheritance from a wealthy uncle?

Then we have our heroine Clarissa Astley, daughter of a country squire, recently orphaned and with her and her brother Francis' inheritance in the hands of evil uncle Luke until she comes of age in 10 months. Luke, as guardian, takes her brother away to London to "educate".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hopeless romantic on March 18, 2011
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The premise of this trilogy is that the three nephews to Viscount Bradley, in order to inherit his wealth upon his death, must find and marry a woman who is in a situation "injurious to her immortal soul". Having been a man in his youth that was the family outcast, he wishes to inflict revenge on those same family members that shunned him. While Uncle Bradley is not the type of relative I'd like in my family tree, his three nephews are likable. Since the story centers around them, the plot is easier to swallow.

I thought the romance between Jasper and Clarissa was handled well. They both possessed intelligence and likable traits. The two other nephews have small roles but enough of their character is revealed to have me looking forward to the next two books and their own adventures.

I am surprised that I was the first person to give this book a '5' and didn't read any of their reviews before writing mine. I enjoyed the storyline, the characters and writing. I've read several of Ms. Feather's other books and she has improved with time. I would recommend this book.
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