The Impostor (Liar's Club Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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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 impersonating him will flush out the real menace before his cartoons do further damage to the Crown. Now, if Dalton could only find a way to get the...
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The Impostor (Liar's Club Series #2)

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Overview



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 impersonating him will flush out the real menace before his cartoons do further damage to the Crown. Now, if Dalton could only find a way to get the irksome, yet oddly appealing widow, Clara Simpson, off his trail...

When Clara meets Sir Thorogood at a ball, she's certain he is an impostor-because she's the true Sir Thorogood. Secretly penning the cartoons under the frothy nom de plume, Clara hopes to save enough money so that she can leave her in-laws and find a new residence. Now she is determined to reveal an imposter's identity-and that means doing some undercover work herself. But pretending to be someone you're not has a funny way of making a woman do things she wouldn't ordinarily dream of-even if it drives her straight into the arms of her devilishly handsome adversary!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bradley's Regency-era Liar's Club series (The Pretender, etc.) is based on a trite premise that a band of aristocratic gentlemen are really "ruthless" covert operatives for the Crown but this fast, frothy second installment proves that even old formulas can yield surprising results. When young widow Clara Simpson inadvertently rouses the Crown's ire with her reformist cartoons, penned under the nom de plume of Sir Thorogood, Liar's Club member Dalton Montmorency decides to pose as Sir Thorogood to flush the elusive cartoonist out into the open. As Sir Thorogood, Dalton finds himself fending off several attempts on his life. Clara, meanwhile, makes it her mission to unmask him. The game becomes even more complex when Dalton tries to break into the house where Clara is posing as a maid to dig up material for her next cartoon. Clara mistakes Dalton for a thief, and he, in turn, believes her a maid. In these roles, the two allow their attraction to blossom. Bradley carefully layers deception upon deception, keeping the intrigue level high and the tone bright. Despite the book's sober second half and bittersweet denouement, readers will race through this delightful comedy of errors and eagerly anticipate the next installment. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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"Totally entertaining." -Julia Quinn
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429901918
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/2/2008
  • Series: Liar's Club Series , #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 63,083
  • File size: 324 KB

Meet the Author



Celeste Bradley is the New York Times bestselling author of Scoundrel in My DreamsDesperately Seeking a Duke, and the Royal Four and Liars Club series, among many others. Prior to giving writing a try, Celeste was a professional artist. Believing that storytelling is as much of an art form, she applies those skills to writing. She is a two-time RITA Nominee and winner of the prestigious Historical Storyteller of the Year from Romantic Times Book Reviews. Mother of two teen divas, Southern-born Celeste lives in the Southwest. Her hobbies include gardening, jewelry making and collage. She feels very strongly that literacy can change lives.
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Dalton had a problem. And it was growing larger by the moment...

Rose's warm firm little body was driving him mad. He'd bent his head slightly to whisper to her, and he hadn't been able to make himself move away afterward. She smelled like warm heaven, like woman and rose petals and, rather suddenly, like passion.

The skin of her neck was so close that he could feel the heat on his lips. A fraction of an inch more and he would be able to taste her. And dear God, how he wanted to taste her.

He succumbed. Just a brief stolen taste. Just a whisper of his tongue on her fragrant skin.

She jerked slightly and he pressed her still with his palm on her firm rounded hip. Held her still with strength and the fear of discovery for this tiny ravagement. God help him, if she had objected further, he was not sure he would have listened.

Instead, she let her head fall back on his shoulder, exposing more soft neck to his exploring mouth.

A near silent sigh escaped her, a sigh of submission and longing, or so he chose to hear it.

Clara had no sense available to her but touch and scent. The darkness was comforting in its anonymity. If even they couldn't see what they were doing, then perhaps on some level, it wasn't truly done.

Yet the heat of his mouth on her flesh was very real...
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2008

    Pretty Good, but slightly faulty writing.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2006

    Fabulous Love Story...

    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.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Quite a good romance

    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.<P> 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.<P> 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.<P> Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Too many typos-shame on the editor but good story none the less

    Liked the story but someone should proof read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    A good book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Really great book, can;t wait for the rest of the series,

    Fast moving action great romance angle.

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    Highly recommend.

    Another in the Liar's Club series. Loved it and the others.

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  • Posted December 18, 2009

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    Highly disappointed

    Man, reading this book took alot out of me, it was painful and boring. I only fisnish it because I had paid good money for it. Living in the Caribbean the price for novels are costly. I wish that I had never pick this book. I pick it from the reviews it got, I guess to each their own. This was definely not for me.

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