Lady Beware: A Novel of the Company of Rogues [NOOK Book]

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For generations, the Cave family has been marked by scandal, madness, and violence. But after earning a reputation for bravery in the army, Horatio Cave, the new Viscount Darien, has come home to charm London society and restore the family name. He means to start with the lovely Lady Thea Debenham.

The magnetism between them is immediate, ...
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Lady Beware: A Novel of the Company of Rogues

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Overview

For generations, the Cave family has been marked by scandal, madness, and violence. But after earning a reputation for bravery in the army, Horatio Cave, the new Viscount Darien, has come home to charm London society and restore the family name. He means to start with the lovely Lady Thea Debenham.

The magnetism between them is immediate, but can Thea trust the dark, sexy "Vile Viscount"? And will Thea's brother Dare-the most dashing member of the Company of Rogues-believe that Horatio does not deserve the cursed Cave reputation?


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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Although Beverley's acclaimed "Company of Rogues" series officially ended when the last available rogue found his soul mate (in To Rescue a Rogue), this glittering world continues when Horatio Cave (pronounced Cahvay), the newly minted Viscount Darien and scion of the villainous Cave family, makes Lady Thea Debenham, a woman he has never met, an offer she can't refuse-a six-week public engagement in return for clearing her brother, Lord Dare, of cowardice at Waterloo. Darien is on a mission to redeem his family's reputation, and an alliance, if only temporary, with Lady Thea is all part of his well-laid plan. But it doesn't go the way he expects. Overflowing with familiar characters and rich with backstory, this romance, enjoyable despite the annoying similarity of the names of the hero and the heroine's brother, will appeal primarily to fans of the series. Canada-based Beverley is an exceptional writer, and new readers are likely to enjoy some of the earlier "Rogues" books before trying this one.


—Kristin Ramsdell
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101211083
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/5/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 30,487
  • File size: 978 KB

Meet the Author

Jo Beverley
Jo Beverley is widely regarded as one of the most talented romance writers today. She is a four-time winner of Romance Writers of America's cherished RITA Award and one of only a handful of members in the RITA Hall of Fame. She has also recieved the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Born in England, she now lives with her husband and two sons in Victoria, British Columbia, just a ferry ride away from Seattle, WA.

Biography

Jo Beverley is one the few authors writing English-set historical romance who is English. She was born and raised in England, and has a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire. She and her husband emigrated to Canada in 1975 where they raised their two children. In 2009, the couple returned to England.

Though Jo started to write as a young child, it was only in the '80s that she began to think that it was something ordinary people could do, and after a talk at a local library, she settled to seriously writing her first historical romance.

Now, she is the author of over thirty romance novels and many novellas, which have garnered several RITAs from the Romance Writers of America, as well as several awards from Romantic Times, including two Career Achievement awards. She is a member of the RWA Honor Roll, and the RWA Hall of Fame.

Good To Know

Some fascinating outtakes from our interview with Jo Beverley:

"I'm English, born, raised, and educated, which has to contribute to the way I write my books."

"My profession -- once upon a time in another world -- was careers guidance, which involved visiting many different workplaces and learning about the jobs done there. This is a great education in the variety and complexity of life."

"I taught women-centered childbirth classes for 5 years, and that comes out in any childbirth scenes in my books.

"I'm a craft-dabbler, and I've tried most of them, including Tenerife lace, tatting, leatherwork, and stained glass, but I've never stuck with any. However, I once was a very good painter and I've recently decluttered all my craft materials to concentrate on drawing and painting as my artistic therapy for a demented author."

"I grew up in Morecambe, Lancashire, which is a 19th-century seaside town, but that's very close to Heysham, an ancient coastal village. They say the pre-Conquest church there is the oldest one in England still in use and there are stone-age tombs as well. We used to play on an Anglo-Saxon hogs-back stone near the church. I'm sure this easy contact with such ancient things tuned my mind to the past. I set my second book, The Stanforth Secrets, in Heysham, and it will be reissued in 2010." "My indulgences are really good cheese, bread, wine, coffee, and dark, dark chocolate (90% Lindt."

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    1. Date of Birth:
      September 22, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Morecambe, Lancashire, UK
    1. Education:
      Degrees in English and American Studies, Keele University, Staffs, 1970

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Well Done

    The development of this romance was excellent! I am happy to have discovered Jo Beverley's books and plan to read many more!

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

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    After reading To Rescue A Rogue and loving it to death, how coul

    After reading To Rescue A Rogue and loving it to death, how could I not read this one? And I am SO GLAD I did. I definitely don't get the reviewer who said Thea hated Cave. She tried to hate him, but it was obvious from the very beginning that she couldn't make herself do it. Aside from the physical attraction, she at first felt pity for him, though she didn't want to. But as she began to know him, she came to respect him. I also thought it was completely realistic for them to drop the engagement agreement that they made in the beginning of the book. As Thea had tried to tell him many times, it wouldn't have been believed because they weren't together enough. And an engagement became unnecessary after everyone started pitching in to help raise his reputation.

    Ms. Beverly's books are character driven, which is as it should be since she excels at character development. But I've also found that her plots become more complicated as the book goes on. As with To Rescue A Rogue, this book started out being mostly about the development of the relationship and the hero's struggle to change something in his life, but complications kept arising that threatened a successful outcome for the hero. In both books, villians were responsible for the more serious complications and the heroines were in danger. My heart was pounding as it drew near the climax. There is no way I could have stopped reading the last 50 pages of this book--not even for a dinner break.

    I don't know why it's taken me so long to discover Jo Beverly's books, but I'll probably make up for lost time. I just got 3 more of them and can't wait to dig in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Joe Beverley's, book, Lady BEWAre

    Like everything Jo Beverly writes this book is very entertaining

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2008

    Wonderful!!!!

    I have read almost all of Jo Beverley's books. This last one was absolutely wonderful. All of my favorite characters. I loved both Lady Thea and Lord Darien. I hope she keeps them coming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2007

    She's Had Better Days

    I am surprised by the poor performance, and disappointed that Jo Beverly has no fire left in the burner. This story was a waste of money and time. I read her Malloren series and loved them. Since then, there have been a string of horrid novels. For shame...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2007

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    This book was one first from this author and I'll tell you I was disappointed. I don't think I'll buy another. I made it to the middle of the storyline and gave up!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    In 1817 the ¿Vile¿ Viscount Horatio Cave knows his family consists of reprobates and rogues, who have made scandal and violence part of their legacy. The Napoleonic war hero plans to behave in such a manner that every member of the Ton will welcome them into their homes.------------ Lady Thea ¿The Great Untouchable¿ Debenham will do anything to clear the name of her brother, Dare (of the Company of Rogues), but has no avenue to overturn the claim that he was a coward at Waterloo her sibling will not fight back the assertion as he came back a crippled addict. Her only hope to repute what she believes is a falsehood is Horatio, but she as a nobody with nary a connection has close to zero chances of meeting the adored viscount. However, she does manage to meet him, but she is shocked how attracted she is to this gentle man. As they fall in love, Horatio realizes someone threatens his beloved to get at him. This threat releases the violent side of his persona that kept him alive during combat, but this time he needs to keep his Thea safe from an unknown adversary although he fears her reaction to his fierce nature.------------- - This is a terrific direct follow-up to Dare¿s tale (see To Rescue a Rogue) as his sister would do anything for her brother and his new wife. Horatio is actually the more fascinating character as his feral side surfaces when his beloved is in danger the same reaction he had when he was at the battlefield. However, not understanding what love is all about, he fears saving her life will cost him emotionally as she would never love a berserker. Readers will appreciate this Rogue extension tale that showcases Jo Beverly at her Regency romantic suspense best.--------- Harriet Klausner

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