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The Wicked Widow Meets Her Match: A Regency Rogues Novel [Kindle Edition]

Stefanie Sloane
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Stefanie Sloane’s intoxicating series of rogues and romance continues as a handsome spy falls for a woman who proves quite dangerous—to his heart.
 
Though resolute and driven by nature, dedicated spymaster Langdon Bourne has lost his way. Even his passion for his secret organization, the Young Corinthians, has waned—until he is assigned a mission with the potential to finally bring about the peace that has eluded him for nearly two decades. But to eliminate a brilliant, dangerous nemesis, Langdon needs the help of a woman whose loyalties are most uncertain.
 
Grace Crowther ignores the rumors that persist after the death of her husband, a merciless doctor who won her in a card game. Is she truly the black widow that many believe? One look at her angelic face and one glimpse into her heavy heart tells Langdon all he needs to know about Grace—and his own deepest desires. He needs Grace, if he’s to have any chance of tracking down the leader of the nefarious gang known as the Kingsmen. And he wants her desperately, enough to forget the rules of a good spy and take risks no ordinary man would dare. For Grace has no reason to trust Langdon, or to help him. But somewhere deep inside she knows that he is the answer to her prayers.

Praise for Stefanie Sloane and The Wicked Widow Meets Her Match
 
“Strong protagonists, fully fleshed out secondary characters and a strong plot are just what readers crave, and the talented [Stefanie] Sloane brings them that and more in her sexy, nonstop read. Sit back and enjoy!”RT Book Reviews
 
“Sloane pulls out all the stops with plots and counterplots leading up to the unmasking and defeat of the ultimate villain, rounding out the series on a high note.”Booklist
 
“Sloane’s books will leave you breathless.”—Julia Quinn
 
“An engaging, refreshingly original storyteller.”—Stephanie Laurens
 
“Stefanie Sloane writes utterly delectable and seductive Regency romance!”—Teresa Medeiros


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From Booklist

The sixth in Sloane’s Regency Rogue series, after The Scoundrel Takes a Bride (2013), finds the Earl of Stonecliffe, Langdon Bourne, bereft since Sophia, the woman he thought he loved, married his brother. Langdon still has his place in the Young Corinthians, a secret spy organization, and a mission, to find the man called the King, head of the infamous Kingsmen, who ordered the death of Sophia’s mother. Rumor has it that Grace Crowther, whose husband has also been murdered, holds the key to the King’s identity, which means both sides want her. But when Langdon meets Grace, he instantly falls for her, as she does for him, and he vows to protect the vulnerable woman. The King has ordered Grace’s death, however, so Langdon knows an ultimate battle between himself and the King as well as between the Kingsmen and the Young Corinthians is inevitable. Sloane pulls out all the stops with plots and counterplots leading up to the unmasking and defeat of the ultimate villain, rounding out the series on a high note. --Pat Henshaw

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Praise for Stefanie Sloane and The Wicked Widow Meets Her Match
 
“Strong protagonists, fully fleshed out secondary characters and a strong plot are just what readers crave, and the talented [Stefanie] Sloane brings them that and more in her sexy, nonstop read. Sit back and enjoy!”RT Book Reviews
 
“Sloane pulls out all the stops with plots and counterplots leading up to the unmasking and defeat of the ultimate villain, rounding out the series on a high note.”Booklist
 
“Sloane’s books will leave you breathless.”—Julia Quinn
 
“An engaging, refreshingly original storyteller.”—Stephanie Laurens
 
“Stefanie Sloane writes utterly delectable and seductive Regency romance!”—Teresa Medeiros

Product Details

  • File Size: 1517 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345531167
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FO5YFU2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,059 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Title is misleading - as is the blurb! April 13, 2014
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There was nothing wicked about Grace. She is a wonderful heroine. She is kind, loving, smart and a perfect match for the incredibly proper Langdon. She was never wicked and no one ever thought she killed her husband - so I don't know why the blurb suggested it?!?

I have been waiting so long for Langdon to get his happy ending. I felt so bad for him after Nicholas and Sophia got together in the last book. Even though I knew he wasn't in love with Sophia. I still felt bad for him.

I love this series. Each book is unique and fresh. No recycled plots here! And even now that we know who killed Sophia's mother and why (didn't see that coming!) I hope the series isn't over.

I hope Niles gets a book and maybe even Marcus!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SEXY TALE OF IMTRIGUE & LOVE June 14, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
They say, "Behind ever great man is a woman." Read this adventure of FEMALE POWER, both good and evil!

Landon Bourne, Earl of Stonecliffe, has just watched his brother, Nicholas, marry is ex fiancé, Sophia, and felt nothing, but loss of a brother and friend. All he has in his life now is finding the killer of Lady Afton, Sophia's mother, and stopping the unseen leader of the feared Kingsmen. Being a member of the Young Corinthians, a government spy agency, since he was older enough to follow in his Father's footsteps has given him the connections, skills and friends in high and low places to get the job done.

Grace Crowther was gambled and sold to her despicable hubby, Dr. Crowther, by her drunk father. Just when she thought her life couldn't get worse, her hubby is murdered by the Kingsmen, on order of the King, and he wants her life also. Grace flees with her only trusted friends, Mr. and Mrs. Templeton, and go into hiding with her meager savings md her mom's necklace. All she wants is to make enough money sewing and buy a cottage up north.

Langdon and Grace meet and strike a deal, she will help him gather evidence against the King and his gang, uncover his true identity and Langdon will protect her and the Templeton and set them up in a cottage up north, once the King is arrested. Langdon's plan isn't a simple as she thought because Grace must play his mistress, live with him for her protection and Langdon never tells her his true identity, but goes by Mr. Clark, gang leader from Liverpool.

Grace and Langdon live in close quarters and weave in and out of danger, intrigue and their passions are unleashed, as hands caress, kisses turn into embraces and then clothes fly off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Disclosure: I received this ARC via Edelweiss. Thank you to Stefanie Sloane and to Ballantine Books/Random House for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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I've followed this sub-series and was drawn in by the mystery of Sophia's mother's murder, which has haunted the four friends and started a pact to find the killer that would consume them their entire adult lives. It was a curious case: a locked room scenario -- and hints that the motive for this crime ran deeper and had a farther reach than any of the children could have imagined. As the investigation continued, more clues were unearthed and it was finally concluded that a dangerous gang known as the Kingsmen were involved.

Then Stefanie Sloane picks up the momentum when focus shifts to the Kingsmen and how truly nefarious an organisation it was -- I loved reading about the structure of this criminal syndicate and was fascinated by its inner workings.

Then you have the three Young Corinthians involved who, together with their childhood friend, Sophia, had been the first at the scene of the crime -- it was a moment that changed their lives forever.

Finally, all would be revealed in this book, Langdon's story and there were three reasons why I was looking forward to reading this:
1. I wanted to find out who killed Sophia's mother.
2. I wanted to see how the problem of the Kingsmen would be resolved.
3. After being "jilted" by Sophia (in favour of his own brother), I wanted to read Langdon's happy ending.

After the novel opens with Grace and the murder of her husband by the Kingsmen, it is followed by a rather long (and very detailed) summary of what has happened so far.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not so wicked widow June 3, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this book,though I might have benefited from reading others in the series, but it was fine as a stand alone novel.
The main character is Landon Bourne, a spy for the group the Young Corinthians. Grace Crowther was lost in a card game by her father to a terrible man who was a doctor. He was also a member of a gang called the Kingsmen. Though she has been terribly mistreated by family and husband she is honorable and conducts herself with dignity. I like her. The title doesn't fit too well, but it could have been worse.
The Kingsmen kill her husband and then hunt for Grace, Langdon uses her as bait to aide in his mission to find the leader of the Kingsmen.
Langdon won't start a new relationship after recently losing his fiancé to his brother. Of course he and Grace are attracted to each other but he is on a mission and tries not to get involved. She has been mistreated and has trust issues so she tries not to get involved. Of course it is a romance novel so that did not last long. I felt there was a lot of feeling written into the romance scenes and their relationship progressed at a good pace.
The one thing I disliked was something that happens in novels...the heroine sacrifices herself or takes risks that I think are stupid. Here the hero is an accomplished spy and Grace thinks she can handle things better on her own. I Hate that, but other than this little issue, I enjoyed the book.
I received a free copy of this book from Library Thing in exchange for an honest review
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book.
Published 4 months ago by Cathey
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book! I have never read anything by this author before but she reminds me of the books by Stephanie Laurens, Julia Quinn and others in that line of writing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by R Geiger
5.0 out of 5 stars kept my interest from the start. looking forward to ...
kept my interest from the start. looking forward to more books by Stefanie, I have all 6 of the Rogues and they keep me interested until I finished each one.
Published 5 months ago by Lynda C Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Star Top Pick - Fun and Light-hearted
As a huge fan of romance novels, this novel was way up on my to be read list. I’ve read other novels by Ms. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Night Owl Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery and romance!
I liked this book very much. The plot had a lot of mystery and intrigue to keep the reader guessing right until the end. Read more
Published 9 months ago by JulieD2
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun romance which solves earlier mysteries from the previous novels.
The Wicked Widow is a fun, lighthearted romance. The characters are easy to understand and the plot is very straight forward. Read more
Published 9 months ago by heather
5.0 out of 5 stars love this series
I started reading Stefanie Sloane's books on the recommendation of author Julia Quinn and I haven't been disappointed. Very clever and witty dialogue and sexy heroes.
Published 9 months ago by E. V. Wolf
1.0 out of 5 stars sorry
this week i read "fool me twice" by meredith duran and absolutely loved it. i then picked up this book "wicked widow" and just could not read it. i tried. Read more
Published 10 months ago by joan marie
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A native Northwesterner with the pale skin to prove it, Stefanie credits her parents' eclectic reading habits--not to mention their decision to live in the middle of nowhere--for her love of books. A childhood spent lost in the pages of countless novels led Stefanie to college where she majored in English. No one was more surprised than Stefanie when she actually put her degree to use and landed a job in Amazon.com's Books editorial department. She spent over five years reading for a living before retiring to concentrate on her own stories. Stefanie currently resides with her family in Seattle.

Join Stefanie on the web at http://www.stefaniesloane.com.

And check out a piece she wrote exclusively for Amazon.com--you'll need to scroll down the page a bit to find it:

http://www.amazon.com/Devil-Disguise-Regency-Rogues-Novel/dp/0345517393/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1303683995&sr=8-1

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