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Stroke of Genius by [Marlowe, Mia]
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Length: 252 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 710 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 20, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BJ8XYI2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,258 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stroke of genius is a great historical romance that has a touch of humor and enough "ooh la la" to keep a secret smile on your face. I loved the characters, they each had there own personality to make them a real player in the book. I loved the build up of the book and was engaged to the end. Unfortunately, the end was a little too abrupt for my taste, but that didn't detract from the story as a whole. Stroke of genius is definitely worth your time.
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Overall "Stroke of Genius" is an engaging and at times amusing read. Crispin is a delightful break from the typical British gentry protagonist. What American reader can resist a self made man? And an artist at that! The Makepeace's are a lovely little family. It's a nice change of pace to read about a female character who's NOT so dreadfully all alone in the world. The companionship between Mr. Makepeace and Crispin gave hope to me as the reader and was a fresh change of pace in a novel. Grace and her father are trying to please her mother but Grace begins to realize she has her own opinions and desires. Grace is believably innocent which enhances the plot as it ticks along. The sparks between Grace and Crispin are enticing, enhanced by the mystery of the doppelganger. Lastly, the editing and Marlowe's writing style are better than most other books I've read. The writing is so perfect that I'm very rarely distracted by a misspelling or out of place word. Anyone who likes romance will love this book!
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I really enjoy reading books set in London during the ton. I find their ways to very prim and proper and yet, there is always so much lust and secret loving going on. I cannot imagine how much really went on during that time, but it is amazing the stories that come about.

I love the relationship between Grace and Crispin. There are sparks and much like other books, Crispin is the rake. This time, though, there is a unique angle to it... he isn't noble one bit. He is an artist. There's also a slim element of fantasy in that each have dreams that come true. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but I just loved that tiny aspect.

I loved that Grace was real and didn't take too well to being treated as an object. I also loved that they each saw the other for their true selves. And of course, I love when romance blossoms no matter how hard the H/H try not to allow it.

Beautiful historical romance. I really enjoyed it!
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I was surprised by how much I liked this story. The whole genius artist meets American in London didn't really interest me. But I thought I would try it out and Im glad I did! This author really knows how to weave a scene and put you under a spell. I liked all the seductiveness in it. Everything was nice and steamy but very tastefully done.

It did feel like the ending was a little abrupt and I would have liked an epilogue.

But still a great read...check it out!!
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This story started off a little weird for me. I did not think I was going to like the characters. However, I kept reading and it did not take long to hook me. She comes from America to marry a title. The pushy mother with the rich father. They are really not accepted until the hero who is not the usual white knight steps in. He is a very famous artist, sought after by every member of the ton, so therefore, has admittance to the various events. He decides to groom the heroine to marry a title. However, things take a turn. There are a few characters that you love to hate and they make your skin crawl but they are taken care of. I loved this story. I could not put the book down once I started it. I am writing this review at 1 in the morning. I highly recommend this book if you like the London scene. It is a good love story.
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I enjoyed the witty banter, hot sex scenes (later in the book) between Grace and Crispin. She's the daughter of a Boston wealthy businessman in London with a dowry to secure a titled Englishman, but she falls deeply in love with the wealthy sculptor with humble, illegitimate beginnings. There are twists and surprises that are revealed. I love that Grace's height is mentioned... 'giantess'. The hypocrisy and scandalous nature of English society as marriages are being arranged is shown. I found myself reading it when I ought to have been doing other things. I got this copy for free and discovered a wonderful story and author. I am looking for more from this author. Well done!!
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Where to begin. I loved this book from beginning to end. I loved the way the heroine didn't let the hero intimidate her like he liked to intimidate the upper class of society. I also liked that the author showed you where the hero was raised and how he rose above his origin. This was a great read from start to finish. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a highly entertaining read and who loves historical romance at its best. I will definitively be buying more books from this Author.
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Grace Makepeace is the daughter of an American 'laborer' (meaning that her dad made his riches from working and is not of noble blood) she is in England because her mother is set on marrying Grace into a title.
Her mother commissions the famous artist, Crispin Hawke into sculpting Grace's hands.

Crispin is a 'commoner' who has been able to launch himself into becoming the most sought after artist in the Ton. He is not fatuous around them, instead he is arrogant and rude - which fans the fervor of his illusive and exclusive reputation.

The story launches into their attraction and the dilemna of how Crispin, a confirmed bachelor, falls in love with Grace, whose mother is committed to marrying her off to a titled man.
There are interesting plot twists and evil villains (not super evil, more annoying and rude).
This story has a nice happy ending. Has many steamy scenes - lots of chemistry between these two.
I loved Grace's dad. The rich American who doesn't buy into England's superficial need to elevate those that are born into a title, but don't do any work. He isn't rude, just a good guy.
The mother is also not a parody of the annoying, cloying mother that will throw her daughter at anyone with a title.

Crispin is a mix of the confirmed bachelor, pinch of alpha-male, hurt and insecure child, sex god and unconventional artist. He is the most interesting character of them all.
Grace is independent, sometimes insecure due to her height, sexually curious and interesting.
They both seem to be perfectly suited and you want to see them end up together. You can see how Grace 'chips away'at Crispin's hard exterior and eventually he gives himself completely to her.

This is definitely a 'light' romance novel.
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