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An Affair to Remember
     

An Affair to Remember

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by Karen Hawkins
 

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An arrogant earl determined to find the perfect wife; an intractable governess determined to transform him into the perfect man--who will win? The first book in The Talisman Ring series, this delightfully humorous and sexy romance links to Karen Hawkins' last book, The Seduction of Sara.

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Affair to Remember 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1816 England, James Putney¿s will assigns sole care of the deceased¿s five children to his cousin Anthony Elliot, the Earl of Greyley. Though Anthony despised his cousin, he takes the decision quite gracefully. However, James¿ mother makes a scene until her other son tells her to be quiet. Anthony figures the quintet may have been spawned by the devil and raised as hellions, but how hard can it be with the oldest being only eleven.

A few weeks later, Anthony is at the end of his rope and without a governess as none last very long. He considers buying property in America so he can ship his wards there though he worries about an international incident leading to a third war. Anthony hires Anna Thraxton as his latest governess. However, though she brings some order to the wards and even helps Anthony¿s reticent fiancee, Anna poses new problems for the beleaguered aristocrat. He wants her by his side permanently even if she meddles in everyone¿s life because she wants a happy ending for all.

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER is an engaging Regency romance that readers will delight in due to the strong cast. The story line is amusing as Anthony finds love and rescue in the courageous Anna. The characters make the tale with the pranks of the children and the nastiness of their grandmother augmenting the romance. Sub-genre fans will want to read Karen Hawkins¿ next tale starring whichever St. John sibling gets stuck with ¿the ring¿.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second book by Karen Hawkins I¿ve read this past year. I also picked up and read ¿The Seduction of Sara¿. I didn¿t care for that book too much. I can say that this second book worked out well by chance and I was happily surprised to find this story was much better, the characters more developed, the plot line funny, interesting and the ending was the perfect touch. Our hero Anthony Greyley is one tough, arrogant and demanding Earl. Although he is quite something to look at ¿ he is difficult to deal with at times. Mind you, he had a tough childhood and was required to take over the family in his late teens and since then, pay off everyone¿s high debts, re-establish the family name, re-work their tenant and land owned properties and more. High responsibilities for one so young. Anthony has known our heroine Anna Thraxton most of his life as she was one of his sister Sara¿s best friends. He didn¿t care for Anna as she was nothing like most of the noble girls of high society. She was very tall, had a dominant nose, vibrant red hair, spoke her mind and wasn¿t a simpering or silly miss. She was intelligent, keen and kind. Things Anthony found imposing and not appealing. Anna in turn felt Anthony was rude, intimidating, dark, stiff, stodgy and old fashioned and gruff. So¿they were off to a good start in their ¿deep¿ admiration of one another. The story throws them together when Anthony is given full guardianship of his cousin¿s five young children. Anthony goes through dozens of governesses as they drive them all away. The children play tricks on everyone. Enter Anna¿a governess with a sterling reputation for dealing with the most difficult children. From there our tale takes twists and turns that are vastly interesting and amusing. While the attraction between Anthony (she calls him Greyley when irritated or challenged by him) and Anna (he calls her Thraxton when irritated or challenged by her) grows leaps and bounds, the gentle transformation of the children begin too. Anthony constantly challenges Anna¿s methods of being a governess and is always asking for specific schedules, dates/times and how/why everything should be done instead of leaving the discipline of the children to a pro. He learns the hard way that she does know right from wrong ¿ she not only changes the children but, him along the way. Plus¿it¿s heart warming when we find Anthony spying from a distance on Anna and the children while they are at play or learning on the estate lawns¿he can¿t stay away as he is becoming as captivated by her as the children are. I liked that the relationship between Anthony and Anna grew as the book went on. Their attraction was more than just physical. The author held off until the end to physically bring them together in full - nice touch. The side characters of the children, Anna¿s grandpa Sir Phinneas, the grandmother to the children, one of Anthony¿s cousins, Rupert and Antonhy¿s intended bride Charlotte all play important side roles to this story. I¿m sure you'll agree, this story was vastly entertaining and a solid read. Four stars! Happy reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little to much introspection. A little to much time spent agonizing over their feelings. A little slow at times. Nice ending. But it was still a good read if your looking for something light and predictable.
RAW1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this story, and have read it more than once.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable characters, good plot. Going to look for sequels now ...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*A most excellent and fun romance..highly recommended
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The funy and loveable st. Jhons men are books love to read over andd over.
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I liked this enough to buy the rest of the series, and I like them too!
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He regularly disrespects her. Were we supposed to find that sexy?
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atzbech More than 1 year ago
Karen Hawkins can always be counted on to write romantic, sexy, humorous stories with good plots. I love being taken out of my own head and enjoy losing myself in a good book.
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