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The Lady Risks All by [Laurens, Stephanie]
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Much to her dismay, Miranda Clifford has no choice but to apologize to Neville Roscoe. Miranda had marched over to Neville’s home intent on pulling her younger brother Roderick out of a den of iniquity only to discover that instead of gambling with London’s most infamous gambling king, Roderick is the newest member of Neville’s Philanthropy Guild: a select group of nobleman who use their business skills and wealth to support various charitable endeavors. Although Miranda is delighted to discover that the notorious sinner Neville has a saintly side, it doesn’t mean she can afford to associate with him. Miranda’s aunts have drummed it into her that one step off the path of respectability will ruin her life forever. But after one kiss from Neville, Miranda is no longer certain that a respectable life is all it’s cracked up to be. When it comes to dishing up lusciously sensual, relentlessly readable historical romances, Laurens is unrivaled, and her latest Regency-set romance is guaranteed to hook readers with its irresistible mix of exquisite passion and dangerous intrigues. --John Charles

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“Sinfully sexy and deliciously irresistible” (Booklist)

“Brilliantly detailed, the romance [is] heated and passionate.” (BookPage)

“Absolutely rompalicious” (Dear Author)

“A fascinating historical romance blended with an intriguing mystery.” (Night Owl Reviews)

“Laurens’ latest lushly written romance will ensnare readers.” (Chicago Tribune)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1666 KB
  • Print Length: 703 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (September 25, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 25, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HC3T1G
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,042 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Rating: C ... Heat: Warm

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Miranda Clifford has spent most of her life ruled by societies expectations. Raised with the belief that scandal must be avoided at all costs, Miranda's guardians--two elder aunts--have managed to quell her fiery, independent nature. Having spent most of her adult life in the role of caregiver and, essentially, mother to her brother Roderick, she has always focused all her time and energy on him. But now that he's reached his majority, she realizes she needs to let him go. Let him be his own person. As Miranda struggles to figure out who she is and what she wants out of life, her brother abruptly disappears. Fearing the worst, Miranda seeks help from her disreputable neighbor, and Gambling King, Neville Roscoe.

Neville Roscoe, born Lord Julian Delbraith, gave up his life as he knew it to become the man his family needed him to be. In doing so, he lost bits of himself over time and evolved into someone markedly different. In cultivating his reputation, Roscoe has built up a hard outer shell. He doesn't let people get close to him, and he doesn't get close to others. When Miranda shows up asking for help, his honorable nature comes to the fore and he simply can't refuse her. And when she keeps showing up every day, needing to be involved in the effort to find her brother, it becomes clear she may be the one woman who can open him up.

The Lady Risks All has so much going for it. A hero who, though an aristocrat, lives outside their rules and pretty much thumbs his nose at the ton. A heroine who, though she has always held firm to her respectability, isn't afraid to let go and make her own way.
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Neville Roscoe was not always Neville Roscoe, he was born Lord Julian Delbraith, Males in his family are susceptible to a gambling addiction, only Lord Julian was the exception, he was actually a good gambler. His older brother commits suicide and leaves the family in imminent financial ruin, Lord Julian gives up his life to save his siblings and nephew from ruin and secretly becomes Neville Roscoe the successful gambling kingpin

Lady Miranda Clifford also has a family "curse", members of her family who have given into impropriety have lost their lives. Upon the death of her mother she and her younger brother Roderick lived with her two spinster Aunts, who constantly remind her of her need to remain untarnished and proper.

Miranda has spent most of her life taking care of Roderick and just when she thinks he is of an age to not need her constant mothering, he disappears. With no other choice she turns to her neighbor the illustrious Roscoe to help her find her brother. Roscoe agrees to help Miranda find her brother and along the way he finds it harder and harder to hide his true identity. Will he open up to her? Will she give up her fear of impropriety for a chance at real love?

This book was another Laurens masterpiece for me. Her characterizations are wonderful and descriptions are so detailed, she paints a beautiful picture in your mind. There are several characters in the book that I hope to see again, in particular- Jordan (please write his story for us Mrs. Laurens). This book is one of the longer books I have read of hers (496 pages), if you enjoy a great period romance that you can really sink your teeth into this is the book for you.
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AfterThe Untamed Bride (Black Cobra Quartet) and the rest of the quartet (which I borrowed at the library) I was done with this author. But I got hooked with this one with a teaser chapter after the short story in Royal Bridesmaids: An Original Anthology. I wasn't disappointed. On the contrary, I enjoyed the novel a lot. I liked the lengthy story, most of the filler others have complained about being love scenes. I can name few other romantic novels were so many were described. There is also a lot of introspection by the main characters, but they are likeable and attractive enough that you want to know their mental rambling. It is not the kind of book you can't put down, but more a guilty pleasure you can look forward at the end of the day. For someone with time to read it all at once I can imagine it must turn too repetitive. If you liked the author may I recommend Devil's Bride (Cynster Novels) one of my all time favorite and a good introduction to her "world".
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Starts off well, then loses momentum.

I would award "The Lady Risks All" 5.0 for detailed scene setting, fascinating and convincing minor characters and good background stories on all the characters. But I would award 2.0 for unconvincing aspects of the plot and a lack of intensity between the hero and heroine. So I gave the book a 3.0.

Here's some of my problems with the book -- I got little sense of what the heroine and hero were actually like -- they seemed to share a mutual interest in pictures and gardens, but that was about it. I didn't have a clear idea of why the hero would be interested in the heroine, other than her looks, assertiveness and the fact that he had been single for a long time. They eventually developed some interests in common, but I wouldn't have thought them "well suited" in the beginning.

I became more interested in many of the secondary characters, such as the hero's difficult sister-in-law and outspoken sisters, instead of the hero and heroine.

Second, I started to find the sex scenes dull -- I normally like sex scenes, and am happy if there are a lot of them, but these sex scenes didn't seem to advance the plot or the characters' relationship. It was as if the author thought "time to put a sex scene in this chapter."

Third, for a rigidly respectable heroine, whose respectability obsession is mentioned repeatedly, and whose sister had run off as a teen and returned home dying of "disease" -- the heroine didn't seem to be worried about pregnancy, "disease," her reputation, the hero's initial failure to propose marriage to her, or that a future husband might ask why she wasn't a virgin. That struck me as historically inaccurate.

I loved Stephanie Laurens' novella, "The Seduction of Sebastian Trantor," and heartily recommend it. I will also look for other books by her. This book is mildly interesting but doesn't display her talent as well as the other work by her that I read.
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