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The Golden Leopard [Kindle Edition]

Lynn Kerstan
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Book Description

“Trust an ex-nun to write the hottest, most desperate and exhilarating romance of the year . . . ” (Contra Costa Times)

Lady Jessica “Jessie” Carville gave up on up men six years ago, after being deserted by Lord Hugo Duran, the man she loved beyond all reason. She has carried on with her life and . . . shockingly . . . with her career. Although most of Society frowns upon a woman in business, Lady Jessica is a natural at collecting and selling antiques. She’s put the past behind her until one night at an auction, when Duran shows up. He’s back in England, and he has plans that involve her. Can she resist what he has in mind?

Duran, though willful and mysterious, is a gentleman—when it suits him. Yet he left his lover without so much a note saying why. Now he’s on a mission filled with danger. If he doesn’t succeed, he will die. Can he convince Jessica to help him without endangering her as well?


Lynn Kerstan, former college professor, folksinger, professional bridge player, and nun, is the author of sixteen romance novels and four novellas, all set in Regency England.A RITA winner and five-time RITA Finalist, her books are regularly listed among the best in the Regency genre. The Golden Leopard and Heart of the Tiger were selected by Library Journal for its Best Books of the Year list (2002 and 2003), and Dangerous Passions was named by Booklist as one of the Top Ten Romances of 2005.

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From Library Journal

When black sheep adventurer Lord Hugo Duran suddenly reappears in Lady Jessica Carville's life after an absence of more than six years, she has no intention of either renewing their past romantic relationship or of letting him jeopardize her fledgling position as an antiquities expert. But in his wanderings through India, Duran has run afoul of a local petty tyrant and will forfeit his life if he cannot locate a missing jeweled statue-and for that he needs Jessica's help. Although the bones of the story are classic and deceptively simple, the wonderfully complex characters and intricate, beautifully delineated details lend a richness to a gradually unfolding tale that will keep readers wondering how things can possibly work out. Adding spice to the mix are a few unforgettable secondary characters (including an honorable assassin) and some surprisingly hot but beautifully integrated sex scenes. Although Kerstan's romances have always been well done, the superb character development, the emotional depth, and the exquisite sexual tension in this Regency vaults her to a new level. This is her best to date and a definite top-tier "keeper." Kerstan (Lord Dragoner's Wife) is a RITA Award-winning writer and lives in Southern California.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

The only thing that keeps Lord Hugo Duran sane while in an Indian prison is thinking about the woman he had a brief affair with six years ago. When he is given the chance to leave India and captivity he takes it, but his freedom is conditional and temporary: he is sent on a mission to retrieve a valuable item believed stolen and sent to England. Whether or not he finds it, the price of his liberty is high. Surrounded by guards who closely watch his every move, his search leads him to seek help from Lady Jessica, the woman who is always on his mind. Never one to conform to society's expectations, Jessica now works at Christie's auction house. Having given her heart once and subsequently having it shattered, she is determined to find some measure of independence and so has encased her emotions in ice. But seeing Duran again starts a warming trend. Readers won't be able to put down Kerstan's emotionally captivating and highly dramatic adventure. Maria Hatton
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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  • File Size: 658 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (July 24, 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FRT51U
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Shauni
Format:Kindle Edition
I am seriously loving the books I am getting from Netgalley. Books that tweak my interest during their synopsis but because of my finances or lack there of, I am unable to obtain them. And yet because of Netgalley, I get them either before their release date or really soon after. For all of you burgeoning reviewers out there I seriously recommend you checking this out. The Golden Leopard is just one such book and I am suddenly crazy about Lynn Kerstan,

Set in India and England this book is filled with dark plots, cultural differences, greed, passion, family dynamics and the oh so wonderful snobbery of the ton. This was not a rich fulfilling read it was dark, at times it made me tear up and often I would wonder if this book would have a HEA.. and yet once I started reading I couldn't put it down.

Lady Jessica Carville fell in love as a young woman and gave him everything when he mysteriously disappeared after only a few weeks, she figured that he had got what he was after and was on to greener pastuers. Determined to never be in the position to have her heart broken again she has spent the years since, escaping the clutches (sometimes even well meaning) of her family and gradually setting herself up in *gasp* business. Finally she is on the brink of success, all of her dreams are so close to being fulfilled when it all seems to start teetering.. first the meeting with her debauched, detestable brother in law and then....

Duran, truly a man of mysteries. Convinced that he really is the bad boy he claims to be he has spent all of 11 weeks in England. His own country. Born to parents working for the East India Company, while in India. He has spent his life first finding ways to get revenge at the East India Company and then just living the only life he has ever known.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Leopard October 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished The Golden Leopard by Lynn Kerstan. This is my first time with this author and I thought the book was great. I have always loved to read historical books. The romance and intrigue in the story was an added bonus. This story was amazing story because it kept me on edge. There were several plots going on the same time. As a result of the suspense, I could not put the book down. This book reminding me of Indian Jones .
A missing artifact and the victim being on trail and convicted of thief. Given a year to find the lost item or death.
Of course he has a past romance that he will seek. She is his key that will open the door to many answers.
I would give this a top rating when combined with death plot and intimacy being intense. I would recommend this book. I would give it a 5. Lynn Kerstan gave her audience her complete attention. I am looking forward to reading more of her books. You will not be disappointed.

Pat Rice
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great adventure romance November 3, 2002
By A Customer
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This is just a great action adventure romance, with exotic settings, intense scenes, and an undercurrent of humor that helps relieve the tension. Duran is a hero to die for, and Jessica is a heroine women can identify with-- strong yet vulnerable. Their romance is torrid, and so are the adventures they get into together.
The plotline involves rare antiquities, and I found this glimpse into the world of the collector fascinating. But most of all, I loved the complex and tempestuous relationship between a desperate man and the only woman who can save him. There is torment and sacrifice and triumph in this book, and plenty of passion too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars combination of Indiana Jones and Romancing the Stone October 3, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1821 India, charming con artist Lord Hugo Duran stands trial for stealing the Heart of Alanbad. Needing a lie when he knows the truth of innocence will not work, Hugo insists a dream brought him here and that he is to go home to England to find the Golden Leopard and return it to its rightful owner. The court rules if he fails to restore the jewel within a year, he will die.

Hugo needs help to succeed and at the same time he sees this as an opportunity to finish his business with Jessica Carville, who he once hurt badly. After Hugo failed her, Jessie plunged deeply into her other passion, dealing rare antiquities. Though she wants to tell Hugo to go to the devil, Jessie, tempted by his quest, agrees to accompany him, but does not relish the idea of marrying him to keep her reputation in tact. As the excursion turns dangerous, both realizes they still love one another, but if they survive, she does not trust him to stay.

THE GOLDEN LEOPARD is a combination of Indiana Jones and Romancing the Stone. The story line is fast paced and loaded with action, twists, and gender bending (at least for the regency period) subplots. The support cast feels like they come from Peter Lorre clones while the lead couple is a delight though why Jessie suddenly worries about her rep after shredding it as a dealer seems a bit stretched. Still Lynn Kerstan keeps the reader enthralled with this suspense thriller that has just enough romance to please readers of both genres.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Leopard October 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I must start out by saying I really liked Lynn Kerstan's writing style. She has a good ability to keep to the time period. She obviously has done the research required to keep the story details authentic. I enjoy her turn of phrase, her ability to project humor in to the story and her blending of emotion, greed, hate, and passion. I enjoyed the premise of the story. I found the main characters Duran and Jessica to be witty, endearing, intelligent and just plain interesting! I felt that the secondary character, Shivaji was wonderful. However I can't say the same for the others. Jessica's family were just too wishy washy. I tuned out and tended to skim when they were in the scene. I felt the same way with Duran's new "friend"-so uninteresting that I would have to go back in the book to find his name- just made no sense to me. Why was he so willing to help Duran? What kept me from giving the story 5 stars? The storyline tended to drag, with too much repetition: I got Jessica was self conscious and full of doubt, Duran is a scoundrel, ok ok move on with the storyline...some scenes drug out too long, especially in the first 50% of the book. It's a big red flag to me when my focus starts to wander. For example, Duran's flash back of his near drowning...went on and on for 10 or more pages,3 would have sufficed. Some parts needed to be left on the cutting room floor. The writing style 5 stars,,3 stars editing and story composure.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Steamy !
I absolutely loved reading this book.. although I am glad that some of the strainer scenes were read in the privacy of my own bedroom and not at the office lunch room ( oh my)!
Published 13 months ago by Gretta Brannigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Book one
I knew as soon as I picked up this book it would be a winner. It's the first book in a trilogy; Leopard, Tiger, Lion. It's exciting, sexy, and beautifully written. 5+ stars!
Published 13 months ago by Rose M Helmberger
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I thought this was a great book: the story was amazing with several plots going on at the same time, loved Jessie and Duran, the hero and heroine, enjoyed the many secondary... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Susan de Siena
4.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Leopard
Author: Lynn Kerstan
Published by: Onyx
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
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Rating: 4


"The... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Arlena
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I feel like I've read all the good 19th century historical authors out there, so to come upon a new one who's published a bunch of books is just marvelous! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Alix S
4.0 out of 5 stars ...'the dream was carried in the mouth of a great jungle cat.'
4 1/2 stars

A tale of theft, assassins, romance and skullduggery; a sweeping narrative that takes us from India to England, and then from the London to the English... Read more
Published 16 months ago by eyes.2c
4.0 out of 5 stars intriguing
The book has a more interesting plot than many others I have read. I also like the humor in the dialogue. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting story and characters
I really liked this book, except I'm not fond of extremely detailed sex scenes. No problem, just scan over, as long as the book itself has a wonderful story with very interesting... Read more
Published 18 months ago by JudyD
2.0 out of 5 stars Hope it gets better
Usually I look for a book that can grab me within the first couple of chapters, but in this case that did not happen. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, exciting historical fiction by an author who really...
Lynn Kirstan is highly knowledgeable about the historical setting of
her book. She is also a wonderful author of this sort of mix of adventure,
romance, and keeps the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Thomas Utts
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More About the Author

In my pre-writer life, I was a folk singer, a nun, a college teacher, a semi-professional bridge player, and a travel manager. I enjoyed each of those careers. But it wasn't until my wonderful mother's long illness, when I had to close my travel agency and care for her, that a whole new world opened for me. Knowing I was quietly shriveling into a mental prune, a friend e-mailed a suggestion. "Why don't you write a romance novel?" I didn't read romance novels, so I figured, "How hard can that be?" During the three years of my apprenticeship, as I labored over an endless, overwritten mishmash, I found out! Although I maintained a profound devotion to my Opus Magnus, I eventually had to face the truth. To use the relevant academic term, it sucked. But in my struggles to wrestle that sucker into submission, I had learned my craft. I wrote a new book and sent it over the transom to a New York publisher. Eleven days later they bought it, and A Spirited Affair became a RITA finalist for Best Regency Romance and Best First Book. I was a professional writer! Since then I have written for Random House, HarperCollins, and Penguin, picking up many awards and honors along the way. So far my stories are set in Regency England, a period I continue to love. Half are traditional Regencies, and others are longer historicals, chock-full of mystery, adventure, and challenge. All these books will be reissued by Bell Bridge Books, starting in July 2012 with the "Big Cat" trilogy, and I'll be writing new books for them as well. Now and again I join forces with my friend Alicia Rasley. Our Drewe Sisters stories, along with RITA winner Gwen's Ghost, are available from Amazon Kindle. When not chained to the computer, I live happily near the glorious beach in Coronado, California with Lymond, Monsieur le Comte de Sevigny, an erudite feline who occasionally blogs for me at

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