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Stroke of Genius [Kindle Edition]

Mia Marlowe
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description


Crispin Hawke, a brilliant sculptor, is revered by the ton. His works are celebrated in every fashionable parlor. And tales of his fiery bed skills whispered behind every fashionable fan.


Grace Makepeace is determined to wed a titled lord, but her Bostonian bluntness leaves much to be desired among the well-heeled London crowd. So to gain their acceptance, she commissions the incomparable Crispin Hawke—and asks for love lessons on the side.


Crispin agrees to school Grace in flirting and the delights of the flesh. But when she catches the eye of a marquess, he realizes maybe he’s done his job a little too well. And suddenly he knows Grace is the one masterpiece he cannot bear to be parted from.


Product Details

  • File Size: 710 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BJ8XYI2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,140 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read April 13, 2013
By ToniWI
Format:Kindle Edition
Stroke of genius is a great historical romance that has a touch of humor and enough "ooh la la" to keep a secret smile on your face. I loved the characters, they each had there own personality to make them a real player in the book. I loved the build up of the book and was engaged to the end. Unfortunately, the end was a little too abrupt for my taste, but that didn't detract from the story as a whole. Stroke of genius is definitely worth your time.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightfully unique romance April 2, 2013
By jgdom
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Overall "Stroke of Genius" is an engaging and at times amusing read. Crispin is a delightful break from the typical British gentry protagonist. What American reader can resist a self made man? And an artist at that! The Makepeace's are a lovely little family. It's a nice change of pace to read about a female character who's NOT so dreadfully all alone in the world. The companionship between Mr. Makepeace and Crispin gave hope to me as the reader and was a fresh change of pace in a novel. Grace and her father are trying to please her mother but Grace begins to realize she has her own opinions and desires. Grace is believably innocent which enhances the plot as it ticks along. The sparks between Grace and Crispin are enticing, enhanced by the mystery of the doppelganger. Lastly, the editing and Marlowe's writing style are better than most other books I've read. The writing is so perfect that I'm very rarely distracted by a misspelling or out of place word. Anyone who likes romance will love this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Historical Romance...Loved It! May 6, 2013
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I really enjoy reading books set in London during the ton. I find their ways to very prim and proper and yet, there is always so much lust and secret loving going on. I cannot imagine how much really went on during that time, but it is amazing the stories that come about.

I love the relationship between Grace and Crispin. There are sparks and much like other books, Crispin is the rake. This time, though, there is a unique angle to it... he isn't noble one bit. He is an artist. There's also a slim element of fantasy in that each have dreams that come true. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but I just loved that tiny aspect.

I loved that Grace was real and didn't take too well to being treated as an object. I also loved that they each saw the other for their true selves. And of course, I love when romance blossoms no matter how hard the H/H try not to allow it.

Beautiful historical romance. I really enjoyed it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steamy...I like it!! May 8, 2013
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I was surprised by how much I liked this story. The whole genius artist meets American in London didn't really interest me. But I thought I would try it out and Im glad I did! This author really knows how to weave a scene and put you under a spell. I liked all the seductiveness in it. Everything was nice and steamy but very tastefully done.

It did feel like the ending was a little abrupt and I would have liked an epilogue.

But still a great read...check it out!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful May 6, 2013
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I chose this book for fun because it was for free and because I like historical time period romance. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. My only disappointment was that I wanted MORE from the characters. I wanted more and more and more, and I felt like I didn't become as invested in the characters as I wanted.

However, even despite that I loved this book. And I rarely give books 5 stars. I just thought it was cute and touching and I couldn't put it down. I'd check out this author again, for sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read May 5, 2013
By J. Baug
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I loved this book and both the H and h from the get-go. It is an interesting and entertaining story.
It is definitely worth the price, and I will be purchasing more from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a great read!!! May 5, 2013
By tjarch
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Where to begin. I loved this book from beginning to end. I loved the way the heroine didn't let the hero intimidate her like he liked to intimidate the upper class of society. I also liked that the author showed you where the hero was raised and how he rose above his origin. This was a great read from start to finish. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a highly entertaining read and who loves historical romance at its best. I will definitively be buying more books from this Author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, erotic, witty, fun romance May 4, 2013
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I enjoyed the witty banter, hot sex scenes (later in the book) between Grace and Crispin. She's the daughter of a Boston wealthy businessman in London with a dowry to secure a titled Englishman, but she falls deeply in love with the wealthy sculptor with humble, illegitimate beginnings. There are twists and surprises that are revealed. I love that Grace's height is mentioned... 'giantess'. The hypocrisy and scandalous nature of English society as marriages are being arranged is shown. I found myself reading it when I ought to have been doing other things. I got this copy for free and discovered a wonderful story and author. I am looking for more from this author. Well done!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun to read
Stroke of Genius is sexy seduction of Grace and of the reader. This steamy Regency period story gloriously highlights both the grandeur and absurdity of London society through the... Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Texas
5.0 out of 5 stars Stroke of Genius by Mia Marlowe
This is a truly delightful and fun love story. A pull-no-punches, talented, and esteemed artist of questionable birth falls hard for a smart and statuesque Boston heiress who... Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. E. Almaguer
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars
very predictable, still cute
Published 2 months ago by Discerning Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Stroke of Genius
Both Crispin and Grace have interesting personalities – the American heiress and the eccentric artist - and their relationship is fun and original. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Veronica
3.0 out of 5 stars Stroke of Genius
This book was hard to rate for some reason; in one aspect I liked it but in another way I found it boring. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lily
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
This book was very well written with a hero that I loved. Oh, Crispin! (sigh) I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
Published 13 months ago by Queen of Everything
4.0 out of 5 stars HOT - HOT - HOT!!
I would say over half of the book is fast paced, intriguing, and full of emotion. My heart ached for Crispin and loved him as a trouble soul. Read more
Published 15 months ago by NavyWave62
4.0 out of 5 stars A light romance with likeable characters. Steamy. Easy to read.
Grace Makepeace is the daughter of an American 'laborer' (meaning that her dad made his riches from working and is not of noble blood) she is in England because her mother is set... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Reading as much as I can
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, Good And Good :)
Love Ms Marlowes writing, creates intelligent, witty, and interesting character's with depth. The story evolves throughout into great piece of work, but always catches me in the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by H. Maynard
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensual, Playful & Unique
What a terrific book! Grace and Crispin had phenomenal chemistry and wicked banter that left me smiling long after the book ended. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Steph
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More About the Author

Award winning author Mia Marlowe writes historical romance for Kensington Publishing and Sourcebooks. Her debut title received acclaim from romance luminaries. #1 New York Times bestseller Victoria Alexander says Mia's Touch of a Thief has "adventure and heat and everything I want in a great story!" UK's BooksMonthly has crowned Mia Marlowe "the queen of saucy historical romance."

Mia learned much of what she knows about storytelling from singing. A classically trained soprano, she won the District Metropolitan Opera Auditions and shared a stage with Placido Domingo. As she prepared for operatic roles, she devised back stories for her characters. Since she's worn a real corset, and had to sing high C's in one, she empathizes with the trials of her fictional heroines. But in Mia's stories, they don't die in a Parisian garret. They get to live and keep the hero!

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