Rogue's Honor

Rogue's Honor

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by Brenda Hiatt
     
 

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A Regency Robin Hood, a duke's daughter and deceptions of the heart...

Desperate to escape her stepmother's matchmaking machinations, Lady Pearl runs away, pretending to be a common housemaid, with the help of her abigail. When she is rescued from the near-disaster of recognition by a charming serving-man, Pearl pretends to be simpleminded to safeguard herself from

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A Regency Robin Hood, a duke's daughter and deceptions of the heart...

Desperate to escape her stepmother's matchmaking machinations, Lady Pearl runs away, pretending to be a common housemaid, with the help of her abigail. When she is rescued from the near-disaster of recognition by a charming serving-man, Pearl pretends to be simpleminded to safeguard herself from any unwanted advances. But soon she begins to suspect that her rescuer is far more than the common servant he seemed at first.

Luke St. Clair lives a double life, pretending to be a gentleman while in reality sustaining himself and the needy as the notorious Robin Hood-type thief, the Saint of Seven Dials. The last thing he needs in his life is a beautiful simpleton in need of protection. But "Purdy" proves to be anything but simple-or common! Once he learns the truth, does he dare continue, in the ballrooms of the elite, the flirtation that began in the slums of London? The risk is enormous, but Lady Pearl's sweet kisses may just be worth it.

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In an effort to escape her stepmother's matrimonial machinations and indulge her bluestocking tendencies, Lady Pearl Moreston dons a servant's garb and heads off with her maid to work for an evening in the kitchen of one of London's finer homes. But her adventure has near disastrous consequences, and unable to return home without betraying who she is, she ends up staying with Luke St. Clair, a thief and legendary Saint of the Seven Dials. Attracted to each other, Luke and Pearl are startled to end up in an embrace, a situation that sends Pearl home in the middle of the night and Luke determined to find her. An intelligent heroine with more on her mind than marriage, a socially engaged hero who is much more than he pretends to be, and an enjoyable plot result in a sensual, fast-paced romance that touches on a number of social issues and delves, however briefly, into the darker side of the Regency period. Hiatt (Ship of Dreams), is a popular, award-winning writer and lives in Indiana. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781940618203
Publisher:
Dolphin Star Press
Publication date:
11/13/2015
Pages:
266
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Chapter One

London
April 1816

"She'll marry you, never fear."

Lady Pearl Moreston froze, her hand suspended over the crystal handle of the parlor door of Oakshire House, the finest mansion on Berkley Square. How dared her stepmother make such a promise -- and to whom? Instead of opening the door, which stood slightly ajar, she waited to hear what reply might come.

"But she's refused me twice already, Your Grace." Pearl identified the tremulous tenor as belonging to Lord Bellowsworth. "It seems dear that her wishes --"

Obelia, Duchess of Oakshire, cut him off. "Her wishes have nothing to say to the matter. Do you wish to wed the Lady Pearl or not?"

Scarcely waiting for the young marquess's stammering assent, the Duchess went on. "When you get her to Hyde Park, take one of the less frequented paths -- the one leading off to the north, about a quarter mile from the entrance. You know the one? Good. No, don't interrupt. She'll be down at any moment. Go all the way to the end, to the little copse you will find there, and renew your addresses, as...forcefully as you can."

"Forcefully? I -- I'll try. But what if --"

"I told you not to interrupt. I have arranged to have someone discover you, seemingly by chance, who will attest that he found the two of you in a most compromising situation. The Duke will be only too happy to consent to the match, whatever his daughter's wishes might be. Her hand -- and her fortune -- will be yours."

Pearl waited to hear no more. Breezinginto the room, her head held high, she exclaimed, "A delightful plan, to be sure!"

Lord Bellowsworth started violently and began to stammer, but the Duchess merely smiled. "Lady, Pearl. What a surprise. We were speaking hypothetically of course."

"Of course you were," Pearl agreed. "A hypothesis I fear I cannot help you to prove. You'll excuse me my lord, for feeling indisposed for our drive today." day."

"Of...of course. That is to say...I never meant...I'll give you good day, my lady, Your Grace." Bowing and blathering, he backed out of the parlor and fled Oakshire House.

Pearl turned to her stepmother, whose petite, blond beauty so similar to her own mother's, even now diluted her anger with long-remembered sorrow. "I know you have been anxious for me to marry, but I confess I had not expected you to resort to such measures as these to ensure it."

The Duchess appeared more vexed than apologetic. "You leave me little choice," she said, flouncing across the room to seat herself in a high-backed chair that rather resembled a throne -- her favorite. "Your father is concerned about your future, and I feel bound to make him easy on the subject."

"And, of course, the fact that the Fairbourne estate will fall to me if I am yet unwed on my twenty-first birthday has nothing to do with your solicitude." Pearl spoke dryly, hiding any pain she felt from both herself and her stepmother. Sevenyears ago, when her father had first remarried, she had wished -- She cut off that regret ruthlessly.

Obelia tossed her golden curls. "You'll have a substantial fortune in any event. If you marry well, you'll have no need whatsoever for that property, which by rights should go to Edward with the rest when he inherits. You cannot fault me for looking out for my son's interests."

"Edward will scarcely be paupered by my inheritance of the smallest of the seven Oakshire estates." She adored her five-year-old half-brother, currently in the country while his mother enjoyed the London Season. But even for his sake, Pearl refused to sacrifice Fairbourne, a lovely little estate in the north of Oakshire, where she had spent many happy months as a child. She had definite plans for the land and people there -- plans to put some of the theories she had studied into practice.

"That is not the point. It will divide the Oakshire estate and lessen its consequence, which I cannot imagine you would wish. Besides," the Duchess continued peevishly, "that addendum to the entail was intended to provide for any daughter who might prove unmarriageable. As you've had any number of offers, it clearly does not apply in your case. I believe the lawyers will agree, when I explain how matters stand."

Before Pearl could reply, her father appeared at the parlor door. "I don't hear my two favorite girls arguing, do I?" he asked jovially. "What is it this time? The color of the new draperies.

Obelia rose to greet the Duke, ushering him to the chair next to hers. "Of course we're not arguing, my love. We both know how that upsets you." She shot an admonitory look at Pearl, "I was merely pointing out to dear Pearl the advantages of matrimony, as I have been so blessed by that state myself. I do so wish to see her comfortably settled. Don't you?"

The Duke frowned, as he always did when this subject arose -- which it did all too frequently, in Pearl's opinion. "So long as she's happy, and needn't be too far away," he conceded. "I won't let my 'Pearl beyond price' go to just anyone, you know. But I leave that in your capable hands, Obelia, as I've told you often enough. And Pearl's, of course."

"Of course," echoed the Duchess, clearly less than perfectly pleased by his caveats. "You may always trust me to do what's best for both of our children, my love."

He smiled fondly at his wife, and Pearl rose abruptly. "If you'll excuse me, I have some reading I'd like to finish."

Rogue's Honor. Copyright © by Brenda Hiatt. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Meet the Author

Brenda Hiatt is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty novels (so far), including historical romance, traditional Regency romance, time travel romance, young adult romance, and humorous mystery. In addition to writing, Brenda is passionate about embracing life to the fullest, to include scuba diving (she has over 60 dives to her credit), Taekwondo (where she recently attained her 3rd degree black belt), hiking, traveling...and reading, of course!

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Rogue's Honor 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well-written 99 cent book of regency romance. The sex scenes make it an adult reader book. An amusing read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished the book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Give me a strong heroine and a noble rogue, and you've got a fan for life! Brenda Hiatt paints a fascinating picture of Regency England that one doesn't always see, and she does it with her usual aplomb. I hightly recommend ROGUE'S HONOR to any fan of good and steaming--and captivating--historical romance!
CynthiaT More than 1 year ago
I have read so many books that at times it is difficult to be truly surprised by a character or a story. It was so much fun to read this marvelous story! The twists and unexpected turns we're exciting and so wonderful!!! This is the second book I have read by this author and I plan on reading all her others as well!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1816 London, Lord Bellowsworth whines to the Duchess of Oakshire Obelia that her stepdaughter Lady Pearl Moreston rejected his marriage proposals twice. The Duchess blithely informs the sniveling Bellowsworth that he is to forcefully take Pearl to Hyde Park in front of a prearranged witness. Pearl overhears the plan. She believes that her odious stepmother wants her married so Pearl fails to inherit a fortune she would receive if she remains unwed at twenty-one. That fortune reverts back to the Oakshire estate.

Pearl would rather find employment than wed the whimpering Bellowsworth. She flees, but finds life not at all romantic as she envisioned after living a pampered lifestyle. However, everything looks up when she meets Luke St. Clair, who is the Robin Hood-like Saint of Seven Dials. When rumors abound that the infamous Saint kidnapped Pearl, she leaves Luke to return home to keep her beloved safe. Luke calls on the Oakshire home as a visiting Italian Comte to see Pearl. As they fall in love, his ¿Robin Hood¿ adventures and other secrets begin to catch up to him, placing their love and perhaps their lives in peril.

ROGUE¿S HONOR is a thrilling Regency romance starring two courageous lead characters. The story line is loaded with action, but a twist too many (changing from the Saint of Seven Dials to the courting foreign noble and back) will disorient the reader a bit. Still, the tale is enjoyable once the audience adjusts to the detour as Brenda Hiatt provides Regency fans with an exciting novel.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The "action" was a little ridiculous and it got pretty corny at the end. Also, towards the end i felt like the author was telling us what happened instead of showing us. I could have used a better ending (or a better last third/quarter of the book), but it was still a pretty good read. It made me laugh a bit and i overall enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was not as interesting as I had hoped.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful fast pace can't wait to read the others 712 pgs. You are what writers are made of. Cathy Maxwell Sabrina James. Here is another STAR. Goodness graceious what a story. Ms. D from Bronx, NY
Sarame More than 1 year ago
He is the famous Saint of Seven Dials, living a double life as one of the ton and the Robin Hood like Saint, who robs from the worst of the rich and distributes to the neediest of the poor. She is a Lady, in need of escaping her stepmothers schemes to marry her off to someone she does not love. If Purl can just stay out of sight for a couple of days, she can have her freedom and her entitlement. Purl becomes Purdy and is rescued by the rogue saint, and when she disappears, he is determined to find his little enigma and make sure she is alright. You will find yourself wanting the rogue to win the maid and the day.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Great characters. It was a story in two parts, both were excellent. Always want an epilogue after i fall in live with the hero/heroine and their HEA. Sadly no epilogue. Maybe they get a short story Ms Hiatt? Please.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I could not put this book down. Totally enjoyed. Plus I appreciate a book that has good editing.
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Fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will read more by this author!
BLUEBLACKCJ More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the #1 Saint of Seven dials e-book so much, that I read the next Three Saints of Seven dials. They kept me interested from page to page. I enjoyed all of them. Once I started, I could not put them down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the story lovely sweet and well wrote, but i also found it to be like thousands of other books, think out of tje box a little.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Pearl, very glad she got her way
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I really enjoyed. Not predictable like so many books seem to be.
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Very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the length and the storyline progression. Not always predictable but sometimes a bit unnatural.
DaleDL More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The escapades and plans of Lady Pearle and meeting an attractive servant/thief while disguised as a servant herself is the gist of this story. It's quite an adventure while solving the mystery of the thief's past.
Marie33604 More than 1 year ago
This was one of those books that I could not put down. I read many books, and found this one interesting.