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Lady in Red (Avon Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – March 29, 2005

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Book 5 of 5 in the Talisman Ring Series

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In this delightful Regency romance from bestseller Hawkins (And the Bride Wore Plaid), two high-born antiques experts each believe they care for their own opinions too much to ever marry happily. But when touched by the helping hand of an ancient curse--or blessing--even strong opinions can be rethought. Marcus St. John, the marquis of Treymount, has finally discovered that the St. John talisman ring, a family heirloom rumored to find its bearer his own true love, has made its way into the possession of his antique auction nemesis, Miss Honoria Baker-Sneed. Desperate for funds after a bad investment has left her and her younger siblings in difficult straits, Honoria offers to sell Marcus the ring for an outrageous sum, sparking a series of tense negotiations complicated by a swelling attraction. A too-public kiss sends the couple to the altar, but while the talisman ring can find a St. John his bride, it takes Marcus himself to keep her. Lively, fast-paced and liberal with humor, Hawkins's final book on the St. John brothers comes to the perfect conclusion. <
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"Lively, fast-paced and liberal with humor, Hawkins's final book on the St. Jon brothers comes to the perfect conclusion."
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Product Details

  • Series: Avon Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; PF edition (March 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060584068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060584061
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the only one in the series I would give 4 stars to, as

oppossed to 4 1/2 stars for her other 4 books.

It was very good, don't get me wrong, but I was disappointed in

a few things. The biggest diasppointment I suffered was the

place in which Marcus decides to deflower Honoria. His behavior reminded me of how a teenage boy might act in this same situation.

He couldn't even wait till they reached their 'honeymoon' destination (such as it was). That was another complaint I had --

they had only ONE night on the outskirts of town for their

'honeymoon'.

Another thing I didn't like, was the way Honoria teased Marcus

with dangling the ring under other prospective buyer's noses.

During the scenes where she does this, she makes the reader feel as though she could not care less about his family's most precious heirloom. Very disappointing, with her being his

love interest & all. I wondered if she could be trusted. As it

turned out, she could, but I did have occassional, momentary

doubts at different times throught the story.

Now, the pluses to this book -- there were a lot of them -- my

favorite character, from the second book (Confessions of a Scoundrel), the butler turned coachman, Herberts - puts in an

appearance here. He is everybit as funny here as he was in

Scoundrel.

Other characters I liked were Cassandra, the eldest Baker-Sneed

relative after herself, and George, the youngest Baker-Sneed son.
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I won't go into the plot because that's already been covered by other reviewers. I really enjoyed this book for a lot of reasons. It reminded me of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series (and not many books can compare to that) in the sense that there was interaction between various family members throughout the course of the book. There were some scenes with Honoria's family that made me laugh out loud, such as her family's use of "sea language" that they picked up from their brother Ned. Also, George's frog and the problems it causes when it goes missing is the focal point of a very a cute scene in Marcus' home. Marcus and Honoria have a lot of chemistry and the romance between them is very *ahem* heated.

The writing is excellent and kept me engrossed in the story. The reasons I have to give it 4 stars instead of 5 are minor. I hated Honoria's name. Her sister's names were Cassandra, Olivia, and Portia. ANY of those names would have been better than Honoria.

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Secondly, I felt that it was odd that Marcus and Honoria didn't acknowledge their passion for each other in any way. They would meet, he would want her badly, and then he'd go his merry way. She comes up with all these things that she wants in return for the ring (including him courting her sister) and never comes up with a plan that has something to do with their attraction? And neither does he? The "battles" were amusing, but somewhat unrealistic, I thought. Considering how much they make out in public places (his carriage, her house, the museum) it seems very rushed when a small kiss and horse accident in the park is what makes them get married. And that, too, near the end of the book.
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Miss Honoria Baker-Sneed has something Marcus St. John, the Marquis of Treymount, wants. The St. John talisman ring has been in his family for generations and his brother lost it to the fair Honoria. She wants an outlandish sum for its return as her family has fallen on hard times, but is willing to risk all on a wager. Both bid on antiquities and are skilled in deception. But Marcus calls her bluff and puts her in an untenable position. All the while, he is fighting his unusual attraction to the beautiful woman; an attraction his family says is caused by the ring. He denies this curse as folderol and takes on her challenge. Then the unthinkable happens.

The conclusion to the St. John Talisman Ring series is a delightful story that I recommend to those looking for a hard-won happy ever after with some poignant moments and laughter thrown in. Realistic language of the Regency Era adds atmosphere to the tale and the protagonists' families lend variety to the yarn.
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Karen Hawkins have done it with this book! I read nothing but regency romance and I hate it when there's not one book on the shelf worth reading. I still buy because I love to read but after a few chapters of NOTHING, I end up picking another book hoping it would be IT. Well, this one's special enough to encourage me to write a review. The hero and heroine seem too real they'll make you get in touch with your romantic side. They made me feel like I was in the same place they were in as they bantered with each other. They came alive as I read the book, which is really what I look for. This book doesn't drag and it's full of emotions and witty repartee even from the family and the coachman. I could not put this one down and I read it overnight! Marcus and Honoria's story will be placed among my collection of keepers and I look forward to the time when I think I've forgotten their story and read it all over again. Hurry up Ms. Hawkins and write another one just as excellent as this.
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