Compromised

Compromised

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by Kate Noble
     
 

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From a dazzling new voice in historical fiction comes a pair of mismatched lovers who find themselves caught in a most scandalous position.

Miss Gail Alton is not having a good day. Or a good year. First, her new stepmother strong-arms her into attending the Season as a foil to her beautiful sister Evangeline. Then, while riding her mare in the park,

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From a dazzling new voice in historical fiction comes a pair of mismatched lovers who find themselves caught in a most scandalous position.

Miss Gail Alton is not having a good day. Or a good year. First, her new stepmother strong-arms her into attending the Season as a foil to her beautiful sister Evangeline. Then, while riding her mare in the park, she gets toppled by a stuffy, self-important, too-handsome-by-half "gentleman" who has the audacity to blame her for their fall into the chilly lake! Little does she know that the very same man will soon be found in a compromising position with Gail's sister.

Forced into asking for Evangeline's hand in marriage, Maximillian, Viscount Fontaine, can't take his mind off the irksome girl who threw him from his horse and who can match wits with him at every turn. He's determined to follow through with his best intentions, yet he can't deny that every encounter with Gail makes him want to cast propriety aside-and whisk away the sister of his soon-to-be bride.

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Publishers Weekly

Recently returned to 1829 London after years spent abroad with their ambassador father, the two Alton sisters are preparing for their "Season"-at least beautiful demure Evangeline is. Too tall, too outspoken and too intelligent Gail, however, views the prospect with horror. Escaping the household turbulence for a peaceful early morning ride in the park, Gail finds herself knocked into a lake when an overbearing, well-dressed gentleman, Maximillian, Viscount Fontaine, can't control his horse. Gail's temper flares when he blames her for the accident. She's justly upset, then, when he's seen kissing Evangeline in the family's moonlit conservatory during her debut ball. Since Max's father has ordered Max to find a wife in three months or be disinherited, the beautiful Evangeline suits as well as any woman, but-surprise-Max soon finds himself obsessed with witty Gail. All's well that ends well, but numerous overwritten passages and an incongruous subplot compromise the story's good humor. (Mar.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101207772
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/04/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
196,589
File size:
417 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Kate Noble lives in New York with her family. This is her first novel.

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Compromised 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1829 the Alton sisters return to London for their delayed debut season after spending several years abroad with their father Sir Geoffrey, an ambassador. The siblings see the upcoming galas differently though they agree that their new stepmother Romilla is a pompous flit. Beautiful Evangeline looks forward to the balls while way too tall and intelligent Gail fears she will be ridiculed. Needing time by herself, Gail sneaks out for an early morning ride. However instead of serenity, Viscount Fontaine accidentally knocks her into the lake when he fails to reign in his horse. To her shock and outrage, Maximilian blames Gail for her soaking. Later she catches this arrogant rogue kissing and COMPROMISING Evangeline, whom he apparently feels will meet his father¿s criteria of a wife. If he doesn¿t marry someone his father approves of he will be or disinherited in three months. However, Max has one problem the amusingly brilliant future sister-in-law is all he can think of making love to even when he steals a kiss with her sister. ---- COMPROMISED is an amusing historical romance with Romilla stealing the show from the onset as she explains to her dolt of a stepdaughter that in London people spy on their neighbors. The humorous story line is fast-paced from the early morning teas to the gossiping Ton to the final scandal of the month. Readers will appreciate this lighthearted late regency romp. ---- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just adored this one. I read way too many romance novels, and this one was fresh. Kate Noble's writing style is gorgeous and funny, and it brought historical romance back to life for me.
Pagan More than 1 year ago
It's so funny how two people can hate each other so much because of how alike they are. This is the case in this book. The main characters struggle with their love/hate relationship while the hero woos the heroines sister! Then everything works out and everyone and their sister and friends find love too. A GREAT book all around. Funny, emotion evoking, and a total page turner... I stayed up all night (and I mean until like 7am) reading this book straight through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i expected more but got a slow moving, boring novel.
Marilyn66 More than 1 year ago
Slightly different than the typical romanace novel. Read it all on a gloomy day. Just fun. Kate Noble writing is tight and smart. Can't wait to read her next one, Revealed, which has gotten great reviews.
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srbSH More than 1 year ago
Sisters Evangeline and Gail (Abigail) Alton are brought to London for the season by their diplomat father and new stepmother. She's not an evil stepmother, but she does have social ambitions for all the family. Evangeline, the elder sister, is beautiful (blonde, petite and sweet) with many artistic accomplishments. Gail is rather tall and lanky, pretty and witty and bright. The handsome men in this romp are the brooding, arrogant Maximillian, Viscount Fontaine and his good-natured best friend, entrepreneur William Holt. Gail and Max are each riding in the park when his infatuated stallion catches the scent of her mare and gallops hell bent to her. Gail manages to catch hold of the stallion's bridle, but her actions cause her and Max to tumble into a convenient lake. Both half drowned and annoyed, they stomp off from each other without exchanging names. They meet again at an Alton house party where Max rescues a drunken Gail from a scoundrel who has spiked her punch, but she upchucks on his good boots, which further irks him. He calls her Brat and she calls him Max. When he seeks to wash his boots he comes upon Evangeline in the moonlight, is bowled over by her beauty and kisses her (he needs to marry so his impulsive action is serendipitous). They are compromised into a betrothal, and are constantly chaperoned by either Gail or Will or both. The romantic pulls in this foursome are evident, but it takes several events and the help of several outsiders to get the right lovers paired. Just the right thing to read any day.
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The book had a strong premise so I don't understand how it was so boring. There was no passion and the interaction between the hero and heroine was bland. You don't read romance books solely for the frienship aspect between lovers. Overall it really was disappointing