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Stroke of Genius [Kindle Edition]

Mia Marlowe
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 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.


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  • File Size: 454 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 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 13 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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful August 17, 2013
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The characters had you from page one to the last word. I couldn't put it down. It is a great love story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good except... May 7, 2013
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I loved this story overall... I would have given it 3.5 if that was an option. Unfortunately the end ruined it a bit for me.. It ended WAY too suddenly, and kind of left me feeling cheated. This book could've been 5 stars if the author had pulled out the ending. There's way too much unfinished business at the end for it to just be over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo ... I could read this over and over May 8, 2013
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This is one of my ideal recipes for a good read. I enjoy characters who banter displaying intelligence and wit.
For every line and cheeky come back, every stoke and reciprocating nudge the main characters caught me in their spell growing more and more 3 dimensional and truer to reality. These characters could easily transcend into any time genre and be as likable as they are in this period. The author took us through this historical period beautifully adding a dimension that lends this banter timeless. Bravo
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Stroke of Genius! May 7, 2013
By Yolanda
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I really enjoyed this book. I loved Cripin and Grace. The sexual tension between the 2 was amazing. I loved the beckering back and forth. It was a very fun read and a really good romance.
I would love to read a story about the brother. i think he would make a fun story with his problem and maybe over coming it. also then they could bring crispin and grace back to help him out.
I would recommend this book and I will also try more by this author.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 5 days ago by Lisa Lovelace
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 1 month 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 4 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 6 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 7 months ago by Steph
5.0 out of 5 stars STROKE OF GENIUS

Published 7 months ago by Jaclyn Di Bona
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid recommend, a fun read!
Grace is thrust into a wild of society in England she has never known by her mother wanting for her daughter what she never had. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm Not Lowering Myself to Make A Stroke Joke Here
Recommended...FOR THOSE WHO LOVE A SLOW, MEANDERING HISTORICAL ROMANCE. If you're just interested in a quickie, you need to go. Now. I'll wait. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Weena
5.0 out of 5 stars a different love story
Historical romances has a tendency to be formulaic. But STROKE OF GENIUS stands out for many reasons, one of them being it is two stories in one and both are being told alongside... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sheiglagh
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good!
This is a wonderful story with great interactions between all the characters. Even the relationships between the servants and their employers are expressed with such humor that you... Read more
Published 10 months ago by TinaR
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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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