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Product Details

  • Series: de Warenne Dynasty
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books; First Edition edition (July 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373772440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373772445
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.4 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Joyce's seventh de Warenne novel is another first-rate Regency, featuring multidimensional protagonists and sweeping drama. Six months after the death of her father, Lady Blanche Harrington must seek a husband to help manage her vast fortunes. It's an unfortunate but necessary duty for the chilly Blanche, who's carefully controlled all emotions since the death of her mother two decades earlier. As Blanche travels to her late father's estate in Cornwall, she makes an ill-timed appearance at the home of a former suitor's brother, Sir Rex de Warenne, catching him in a compromising (but strangely enticing) position with the maid. The attraction between the self-loathing Rex and self-denying Blanche is vivid and believable, developing gradually under the watch of Rex's bitter former lover. When Blanche's repressed memories of her mother's death begin to resurface, a tumultuous chain of events threatens the couple's love and possibly Blanche's life. Entirely fluff-free, Joyce's tight plot and vivid cast combine for a romance that's just about perfect. (Aug.)
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Joyce continues her alluring deWarenne Dynasty series (A Lady at Last, 2006) with the story of Rex deWarenne, a virtual recluse at his estate in Cornwall after losing a leg in the Napoleonic Wars. After her father's death, Blanche knows she must get married, but she believes she is damaged. She has no strong feelings, and, while she appears peaceful and serene, she is dismayed by her indifference to the suitors lined up at her door. Her friend suggests a trip to Cornwall, suspecting that Blanche is denying her interest in the one man who needs to marry an heiress but hasn't shown up to ask for her hand: Rex deWarenne. Although his dark, brooding nature would alarm most ladies, he brings Blanche's feelings to life. But with an open heart comes long suppressed memories of a traumatic event. Blanche soon thinks she's going mad. Truly a stirring story with wonderfully etched characters, Joyce's latest is Regency romance at its best. Hatton, Maria

More About the Author

Brenda Joyce is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fourty-nine novels and five novellas. There are over fourteen million copies of her novels in print and she is published in over a dozen foreign countries. A native New Yorker, she now lives in southern Arizona with her son, dogs and numerous Arabian and Half-Arabian reining horses. Brenda divides her time between her twin passions' writing powerful love stories and her quest to become a nationally ranked Top Ten equestrian. For more information about Brenda and her upcoming novels, please visit her websites:, and

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Karlyn on August 6, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A wonderful historical romance. This is my third Brenda Joyce / DeWarenne book, and so far my favorite, (I have also read Stolen Bride and A Lady at Last.) I really felt the love and admiration between Sir Rex and Blanch, and as they got to know each other I became so enthralled in this story I couldn't put the book down as I needed to know what happened next.

Some reviews have noted that this isnt a highly passionate story, but I believe that is because there wasn't a lot of the lusty, steamy bedroom scenes that so many of today's historical novels include. (However, there were a few steamy scenes.) This is more of a love story from the heart, not the more typical storyline of lust-that-turns-into-love.

I really have new respect for this author. After I read Stolen Bride, I wasn't sure I would ever read another Joyce book again. But I did recognize her great writing style, although I did not care for the plot of Stolen Bride. I think Joyce's talent really shines in this books. This is a believable, plausable action romance story between two very different people who are so perfect together.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Esme on June 3, 2008
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This is one of the loveliest romances I've read in a long time. For once, the hero and heroine actually fall in love with one another, rather than just fall in lust, declare love, and get hitched. This is a love story. So refreshing!

The heroine, Blanche, is marvelously drawn. She is sweet, generous, mature, and truly lovely. She doesn't stamp and pout like other heroines, she isn't mean and cruel to her hero to keep the tension going, she isn't silly, she isn't stupid. She's a fantastic character.

Sir Rex is also extraordinary, to me. He truly is the tortured hero, brooding and dark, but unlike other "tortured" heroes he does not sulk or do inexcusable things and then blame them on past traumas. He is honorable and respectful and intriguing, kind and thoughtful, and very, very passionate.

I think what I like so much about this book is that the main characters are ADULTS, who act in a mature manner. And they truly respect one another, as well, and treat one another with kindness and courtesy. There's one plot point in the book where Blanche does hurt Sir Rex, but she doesn't do it out of selfishness or cruelty.

There are some problems with the book: historical inaccuracies, and there's an Other Woman of sorts in the book, which seems weird and out of place in this novel, to me. Typos also clutter up the pages. There are a few words and phrases that get repeated a little too often (people "breathe," "startle," and "cry" a lot in this novel, while "wide-eyed," and so forth) but it doesn't hurt the book for me.

But I do love this novel. Rex and Blanche are so good together, love each other so much, and are so good to one another.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 5, 2007
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After eluding marriage for eight years, wealthy Lady Blanche Harrington knows she will have to wed one of her two hundred twenty eight suitors as she muses whose counting. However with the recent death of her father she has no protection as the aristocracy of 1822 is fraternal when it comes to money. Still not one of these perspective grooms makes her heart beat; most make her heart want to stop.

Napoleonic war hero Rex de Warenne may be a hermit, who avoids society like the plague, but he likes Blanche a lot and always has; in fact before his military time he thought of courting her, but since the horrors of combat he feels she can do much better than a mental cripple like him. Still he agrees to help her make a good match. Rex is there for Blanche as she finally moves on past her mom's death while she is there for him as he finally heals from post battle fatigue syndrome. However, as love blossoms between these two friends, one must take the chance of proclaiming their deepest desire.

The lead couple makes this deep late regency romance into a powerful emotional read. All that will matter to sub-genre fans is whether the likable pair makes it together as he must overcome demons haunting his soul while she finds all others imperfect. Brenda Joyce's latest De Warenne tale (see THE MASQUERADE and THE PRIZE) is the best in a strong historical series.

Harriet Klausner
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By NM Reader on July 9, 2009
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This could have been a great book - I enjoyed reading about the hero and heroine, but the inaccuracies were too many to ignore:

British aristocracy - if Blanche's father was a viscount, then she would be Miss Harrington, not Lady Blanche (only for daughters of earls, marquesses and dukes) and certainly not Lady Harrington - that is what her mother would have been called.

History - the author claims that her father died in 1822 after amassing an industrial fortune many years before? No, the railroads and cotton mills were just getting established during this time.

Come on, Brenda Joyce, do a little homework.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Not Telling on February 3, 2011
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I found myself wondering why I keep buying her novels when I get frustrated with her writing. I like her plots, and characters. However, her writing is very immature. There's so many times where someone "cried out." During a conversation? It got so...dramatic. The dialogue was sometimes annoying too. Also, just the way she writes is so...high school. I don't know if I'm going to buy another one of her books. I keep telling myself "Maybe this one is good, maybe this one will be a gem," and blech. Nope. I like the storyline, but not the writing. It could have been told better, and more professional.

Another thing: why were all the heroines in this series blond?
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