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The Pretender (Liar's Club Series #1)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A delightful Regency

    In 1813, Agatha Cunningham flees her home to avoid the unwanted advances of her odious neighbor, ¿Repulsive¿ Reggie Peasley and to find her missing brother James. In order to travel by herself, Agatha pretends to be married to Mortimer Applequist, an imaginary person she conveniently made up. However, her lies have caught up with her as the London ladies she recently met demand meeting her fictional spouse.<P> Simon ¿Rain¿ Raines heads the Liar¿s Club, a group of pickpockets and thieves who work for the King in search of French spies. He thinks his former best friend and associate James Cunningham turned traitor as he has been missing for several weeks, secret operatives have been killed, and his bank account has grown. He goes to James¿ home to encounter the man¿s mistress, a Mrs. Applequist, but garbs the disguise of a chimneysweep. Before he knows what happened, he pretends to be Mr. Applequist. As he and Agatha fall in love, Simon wonders how will she react when he arrests her lover, not knowing that James is her brother.<P> Regency romance fans will take immense pleasure in the first Liar¿s Club novel, a fun tale due to the outrageous antics of the intrepid heroine (sort of like a Baroness Munchausen). Simon is a delightful protagonist trying to overcome being the son of a Covent Garden whore who traded her body for meal money for them and an unknown father. This delightful winner belongs to Agatha, whose spins are clever and fabulous as she learns ¿oh what a web we weave when we first deceive¿.<P> Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    Highly recommended

    The book is very funny. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a feel good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2010

    A Must Buy

    Celeste Bradley is a wonderful author. This book is very funny. Agatha is a spunky, and not a size zero. She is funny and managing. She is the mother hen type and you can't help but love her spunk. Simon is of course handsome, but he's also loyal and intelligent. He sees that Agatha is special from the start and he likes that she is curvier. Simon is so perfect (with flaws of course) and I fell in love with him immediately. This is the first in the series and once you read this one you will be dying to read the others as well as Bradley's Royal Four Quartet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2008

    A Book to Keep and Read Again and Again!

    Loved this story! A hunky hero (Simon), an endearing heroine (Agatha), great plot, plenty of suspense, mixed in with a lovely romance. Wonderful minor characters including the butler Pearson, the valet Button, and James, Agatha's brother (who is the male lead in the 3rd book of the Liars' Club). I've read the first four Liars' Club books, and they are all great! Happy Reading!!!

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    Highly Recommend-you must check it out!!!

    First in the series and hooked me for all the rest of this series.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    Recommended

    This is the first book in the well-written Liar's Club series, a thoroughly enjoyable read that will make you want more of these engaging characters. All five books in this series are recommended, consistently endearing characters, original plots and a well written storyline that never sags. Bradley's writing style is clever, insightful and just plain fun to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2006

    Very Good

    I thought this book was interesting and witty and had a great plot!!! As with most readers of romantic fiction, I like only quality books that give us action, romance, and one-of-a-kind characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2003

    A book that stands out from the thick pack of Regency writers

    I'm a lover of Regency romance, but lately I have been searching for something new and refreshing. I have finally found that with Celeste Bradley's newest book, THE PRETENDER. After reading the quirky, winsome characters in her first book FALLEN, I was very curious to see what she might do with this new series, a series that defies all the historical norms. Well, Ms. Bradley has really struck a nice chord in this reader. She manages to blend suspense, sex and uncanny humor into one fast paced story as she tells the tale of Agatha Applequist's quest to make a chimney sweep (one of the Liar's Club spies) into a pretend husband. I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but I can tell you this, THE PRETENDER is an enjoyable read that never faulters as we are taken from the Regency underground to the ballrooms of the ton. I have never read a book quite like this and I doubt too many authors could mimick Ms. Bradley's distinct style. But guaranteed, there will be many who will attempt to follow in her footsteps because THE PRETENDER (and I would imagine the whole upcoming series) are in a class all its own. A definate must read.

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