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The Impostor (Liar's Club Series #2)
     

The Impostor (Liar's Club Series #2)

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by Celeste Bradley
 

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It isn't easy moving about Society dressed like a dandy-especially when one is a ruthless spy. But that's precisely the latest mission for Liar's Club agent Dalton Montmorecy. Dalton is posing as Sir Thorogood, the elusive cartoonist whose scathing political caricatures have all of London abuzz. The true identity of Sir Thorogood is a mystery, and Dalton hopes that

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Impostor (Liar's Club Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truth is, this is more of a three and a half star book but I liked it enough to round up to four stars, rather than down. Anyway, the story starts out a bit slow but the plot is rather unique so I was not bored. Clara Simpson, a seemingly plain and thoroughly unexceptional widow, is completely outraged when the controversial cartoonist, Sir Thorogood, attends a party thus garnering the praise and adoration of everyone. She is certain the ridiculously flamboyant dandy is nothing more than a fame-seeking poseur. She knows this because SHE is in fact the real Sir Thorogood. Clara is determined to reveal to the public that this 'Sir Thoro-fake' is not the real genius behind the outrageous caricatures that have humiliated dozens of high society gentlemen for their dishonest and philandering ways. -----Dalton Montmorency is a leading member of the Liar's Club posing as Sir Thorogood in order to flush out a treasonous plot against the crown. He would be successful if it weren't for the annoying Mrs. Clara Simpson matching him at every turn and eventually falling smack into the middle of his investigation. --------Initially Clara and Dalton despise each other but Bradley gives her characters an alternative avenue to explore their attraction to each other. Clara has a secret identity as a housemaid for a local gentleman suspected of treason. Dalton also sneaks into the man's house disguised as a thief in an attempt to steal vital papers. It is here that he meets 'Rose', who is really Clara, and he is fascinated by her. He and Clara begin to fall in love within the safety of their alter egos. This would have worked fine if I believed for a second that Dalton would not have recognized Clara. I understand that Clara did not discover Dalton's identity because he was wearing a mask. Clara, however, was not wearing a mask and so I just did not see how he would not recognize her. But it is just a silly annoyance and didn't hurt the story all that much. -------Plot aside I had to say that I was not completely crazy about Bradley's writing style. She really lacks a lot of visual description of her characters as well as basic information on their personalities. For instance, how old are both characters? We never find out. What is Dalton's rank as a peer of the realm? Once again, Bradley never tells us. I know this does not sound like a legitimate claim and before reading this book I would have written off such a complaint as dumb nit-picky whining. But in this case it really worked against the story because I did not feel as if I knew the characters at all well.--------Overall I liked this book despite my complaints. The story was entertaining and love scenes were thoroughly hot and elegantly written. I wish I had read the first book in the Liar's Club, The Pretender, prior to reading this book. I Now have the entire series on my 'To Read' list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dalton and Clara were great together and the plot was interesting to the last page. Dalton was so in love with Clara, which is also apparent in Marcus's story when Julia pays Clara a visit. Although Clara was a wonderful, intelligent heroine, I don't think she shines as well in the other novels in which she appears. She comes across as rather meek, in my opinion, when she is really the opposite. Also, the addition of James Cunnington here is a great treat. He's such a wonderful hero in his own right (his book is awesome)and I'm glad he was incorporated into this book as a major player.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1813 Liar¿s Club agent Dalton Montgomery pretends to be a dandy as he poses as popular satirical cartoonist Sir Thorogood. Dalton wants to expose the real artist whose works scorn the country¿s aristocracy especially the leaders, drawing caricatures that make them look inane. Clara Simpson takes exception with Dalton masquerading as the popular Sir Thorogood since she knows that she is the genuine article.

Clara decides to ¿expose¿ the impostor by trapping him into displaying his talent. She follows him everywhere and he believes she¿s a lovesick fruitcake. As Dalton doubts the assignment as being overkill, he begins to fall in love with his shadow. However, he remains unaware that if he unmasks Sir Thorogood he will jeopardize his talented beloved.

THE IMPOSTOR is a fun action packed romantic suspense with agent vs. amateur counter agent as the prime plot. The battle to expose one another takes the audience on a wild ride as each one trumps the other though Dalton is ignorant that it is Clara he is chasing (in love too). Celeste Bradley pens a charming Regency tale that will prove to fans that this author is the real thing.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this was still an entertaining read, it was not nearly as well written as The Spy (book 1). I might have given it four stars if there hadn't been so very many errors that should have been corrected in the editing process. Would I recommend it? Just maybe yes.
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Liked the story but someone should proof read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At the beginning of the book when Clara and Dalton meet I was a little annoyed by them. But as the book goes on and you get to know them better I started to like them more. Dalton was a minor character in another book and I liked him so it was nice to see him get his own book. I really started to get interested in the book once you find out that there has been a kill order put out for Clara. A good book overall and worth reading more than once.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast moving action great romance angle.
camaibarb More than 1 year ago
Another in the Liar's Club series. Loved it and the others.
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