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  • Mass Market Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books; No Edition Stated edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843960469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843960464
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 3.9 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,741,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JADE LEE has two passions (well, except for her family, but that's a given). She loves dreaming up stories and playing racquetball, not always in that order. When her pro-racquetball career ended with a pair of very bad knees, she turned her attention to writing. An author of more than 30 romance novels, she's decided that life can be full of joy without ever getting up from her chair.

A USA Today Bestseller, Jade has been scripting love stories since she first picked up a set of paper dolls. Ball gowns and rakish lords caught her attention early (thank you Georgette Heyer), and her fascination with the Regency began. Now an author of more than 30 romance novels, she finally gets to play in the best girl-heaven place of all: a Bridal Salon! In her new series, four women find love as they dress the most beautiful brides in England. Check out Jade's website for details on the series and most especially Wedded in Sin.

And don't forget KATHY LYONS! She's Jade's lighter, contemporary half. Kathy writes sexy stories of love in today's twisted world! She loves the faster pace of category books and that her humor can really let fly. She leaves the dark, tortured love stories to Jade.

If you're wondering where Katherine Greyle comes in, she's Jade's first persona. Sweet, funny, and with a love of all things regency, Katherine started publishing back in the 1900s. (She won't say how long ago!) But never fear, the romantic soul is the same whether it's Jade, Katherine, or Kathy!

So if you love that special feeling when two people just fit, then email her through her website www.JadeLeeAuthor.com or www.KathyLyons.com She's also on social media at Facebook - JadeLeeBooks and Twitter - JadeLeeAuthor.

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To only be left wanting in the end.
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I would have enjoyed resolving the mystery of the family murders in China, they took up so much plot and important ingredient to story line.
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The fact that the true Earl was so high minded as to not care about getting justice for his family just didn't wash.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jane TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 23, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
STORY BRIEF:
Jacob and his family went to China when he was 10. Someone in England hired bandits to kill his family. He survived and was raised by monks. He wanted to become a monk, but they sent him to England to resolve issues from his past before doing so. Jacob was heir to the earldom of Warhaven. After his father's death, the uncle became earl and the uncle's son Christopher became heir. As a child, a marriage had been arranged for Jacob and Evelyn. Now, Evelyn is to marry Christopher. Jacob arrives in England during the wedding ceremony which is stopped due to the confusion of Jacob's arrival. Jacob and Evelyn are drawn to each other, yet she still loves Christopher. Jacob is drawn to both being a monk and staying in England. Jacob is skilled in martial arts fighting, and there are some scenes showing his fighting skills.

REVIEWER'S OPINION (INCLUDES SOME SPOILERS):
At times I wanted the story to be over. I wasn't drawn in enough. I wasn't surprised or delighted or smiling. The issues and characters were similar to other romance novels. Another problem was the unresolved plot issue. The reader never learns who hired the killers, and no justice is done. I am wondering if the author: (1) couldn't think of an interesting motive or killer, (2) just got tired of writing and ended the book early, or (3) plans a sequel. Having a sequel to resolve this particular plot issue does not appeal to me. I would prefer a sequel about other characters, not to finish this first story. In addition, the ending concerning the couple was odd, leaving questions in my mind. I would have liked an epilogue describing the couple's life, locations and finances in the future.

DATA:
Story length: 292 pages. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 4. Total number of sex scene pages: 18. Setting: unspecified time probably early 1800s England. Copyright: 2008. Genre: historical romance.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Tramposch on September 30, 2008
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I read my first full length romance novel in the early 70's when I was a mere teen. The story was of Lucy Waring, a young English girl raised in a Chinese mission after the death of her missionary parents. The tide in that country had turned against the "foreign devils" and one minute Lucy is stealing to feed the mouths of the younger children, the next she finds herself in Regency England at Moonrakers, the home of the Falcons where she becomes torn between the desires to two men, a noble of challenged sanity who can provide for her every need and a commoner whom she loves but can't begin to understand. The story was MOONRAKER'S BRIDE by Madeleine Brent (Peter O'Donnell) and it remains one of my all time favorites today.

I mention this because style and subject matter of THE DRAGON EARL brought back me to that long ago favorite. Jade Lee has brought that exotic flavor that I loved so much in MOONRAKER'S BRIDE back Regency England. THE DRAGON EARL is however destined to join it on my keeper's self based on its own merits. It is an incredible tale of self discovery for both the hero who has lived a life very different from the one he was born into and the heroine who is trapped by the very life she's been expected to lead since birth.

Mere moments before Evelyn Stanton say's "I do" to her betrothed Christopher Cato, the future Earl of Warhaven, the wedding is disrupted by a Chinese monk. Evelyn is shocked to discover that the man is not Chinese at all, but white. He claims that he is Jacob Cato, Christopher's long lost and presumably dead cousin, the true heir to the Earldom and that he is here to claim his promised bride.

The youngest of the family of solicitors who served the Cato's had been a childhood friend of Jacob's.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melissa VINE VOICE on September 2, 2008
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Jade Lee has taken a departure from her entertaining Dragon series into the world of Regency England but she kept a little taste of China for her readers. This book is highly original with a hero who is no ordinary English aristocrat. The heroine, however is a little on the bland side compared to him and she is just a little too unsure of herself for too long.

The novel begins with Evelyn's wedding to Christopher the future Earl of Warhaven but before I do's are exchanged, the wedding is stopped by an Englishman wearing a Chinese monk's robes. The Englishman, Jacob, claims to be the Earl. When he was a boy his family visited China and while there, were attacked by bandits, killing all but him. He was raised by Buddhist monks and now is on a pilgrimage to stop the wedding, and let all know he is alive. He does so only because he wants to take his vows as a monk and the head of the monastery has required this pilgrimage.

Evelyn is furious over the interruption of her wedding. Chris is also angry and his father declares Jacob an imposter. However, he knows way too much about the family.

Evelyn is drawn to Jacob right from the start. She was betrothed to him when they were only children and she finds him fascinating. Before the week is out they are engaged in some steamy lovemaking.

Evelyn is wishy washy. She wants to stay true to Chris but also wants Jacob. In fact she wants Jacob in her bed knowing she will go to his cousin without her virginity. I guess she plans to pretend to be virginal on her wedding night. This was a bit troubling for me. Her character seemed selfish. I liked her desire to experience life as more than a countess and her yen to be less than proper was refreshing but not at the expense of people you love.
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