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Length: 252 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 710 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 20, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BJ8XYI2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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This story started off a little weird for me. I did not think I was going to like the characters. However, I kept reading and it did not take long to hook me. She comes from America to marry a title. The pushy mother with the rich father. They are really not accepted until the hero who is not the usual white knight steps in. He is a very famous artist, sought after by every member of the ton, so therefore, has admittance to the various events. He decides to groom the heroine to marry a title. However, things take a turn. There are a few characters that you love to hate and they make your skin crawl but they are taken care of. I loved this story. I could not put the book down once I started it. I am writing this review at 1 in the morning. I highly recommend this book if you like the London scene. It is a good love story.
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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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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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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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