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The Love List
     

The Love List

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by Deb Marlowe
 

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The Harris List of Covent Garden Ladies, that wickedly witty annual register of the city's lightskirts, was once a London tradition. Now, as all of Europe celebrates the end of the long wars, the scheming Lord Marstoke has revived it--and transformed it into a weapon.

A List no respectable lady wishes to be on . . .

Miss Brynne Wilmott escaped the

Overview

The Harris List of Covent Garden Ladies, that wickedly witty annual register of the city's lightskirts, was once a London tradition. Now, as all of Europe celebrates the end of the long wars, the scheming Lord Marstoke has revived it--and transformed it into a weapon.

A List no respectable lady wishes to be on . . .

Miss Brynne Wilmott escaped the monstrous Marstoke once, with the inadvertent aide of Nathan Russell, the Duke of Aldmere, and the incredible generosity of Hestia Wright, the former courtesan pledged to help any woman in trouble. But now Marstoke's Love List is threatening her new future--and forging her into a weapon made to destroy her friend.

The Request a certain Duke has no wish to hear . . .

The Duke of Aldmere doesn't believe in meddling. Fate has proved that interfering in personal matters only leads to bigger trouble. He has no wish to involve himself in Brynne Wilmott's affairs, despite her spirited beauty and damned tempting mouth. But she's discovered that his brother is mixed up in this business as well. Reluctantly, they agree to work together.

Their search leads them through some of London's most dangerous haunts and it quickly becomes clear that Marstoke's plans are more twisted and treasonous than anyone has suspected. Yet the danger and intrique are as nothing compared to the effect than Nathan and Brynne have on each other . . .

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016518688
Publisher:
Deb Marlowe
Publication date:
04/19/2013
Series:
Half Moon House series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
337
Sales rank:
300,916
File size:
565 KB

Meet the Author

Deb Marlowe adores History, England and Men in Boots. Clearly she was destined to write Regency Historical Romance.

A Golden Heart Award winner and Rita nominee, Deb grew up in Pennsylvania with her nose in a book. Luckily, she'd read enough romances to recognize the true modern hero she met at a college Halloween party--even though he wore a tuxedo t-shirt instead of breeches and boots. They married, settled in North Carolina and produced two handsome, intelligent and genuinely amusing boys. Though she spends much of her time with her nose in her laptop, for the sake of her family she does occasionally abandon her inner world for the domestic adventure of laundry, dinner and carpool. Despite her sacrifice, not one of the men in her family is yet willing to don breeches or tall boots. She's working on it.

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The Love List 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This had it all -suspense, intrigue, some romance, villians, mild lovemaking and HEA with many bumps! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars, is it was somewhat slow at the beginning! The Regency period was not a time for indepentant women, nor women who could think outdide the box. The secondary story about Hestia will tear at your heart! The h has a mind of her own, and is strong. Her relationship with the Duke makes him more human. I signed up for this author's newsletter so I don't miss any of her work. (Ljb)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one! What's not to like? It's got a fascinating duke hero, a heroine who knows her own mind, and a story that will stay with me for its interesting look at Regency society and its hidden pitfalls. I loved the scene where Aldmere and Brynne descend into London's seedy underbelly to find his brother; it was a perfect snapshot of how different the two worlds were and what happens when those worlds collide. And the love scenes were hot! I can't wait for the second installment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*This story has a bit of everything.. great fun to read..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author wrote this book with a lot of emphasis on the Regency setting and characterizations.
lucieparis2011 More than 1 year ago
The magic did not operate on me! It was the first historical romance I read written by Deb Marlowe and I admit to not being swept off my feet.  Despite some really good reviews submitted by other readers on Goodreads, I completely missed out on the story that I found very long. Certainly, there has many twists and the intrigue is good but I've waited the romance too long. She arrived very late and too timidly for my taste. And when Brynne and Nathan finally manage to give into their attraction, I found a lack of emotions. A bit like the romantic scenes were not the heart of the story... But I admit that the investigation and research of the love list is interesting and makes you turn the pages by taking you through disreputable neighborhoods of London. Also interesting to see the conditions of the poor women at that time. As for the characters, I have mixed feelings.  Brynne has charmed me with her strength and determination, her ability to adapt to problems without bursting into tears like a weak female. Her loyalty and big heart are also worth noting. On the other hand, the Duke of Aldmere has not fulfilled its male role. If it is a perfect gentleman, open minded enough for the era, but he don't behave like a passionate man at all!!! He asks himself too many questions and I was annoyed by his negativity. Definitively not the kind of male hero that makes me vibrate. Even if there is some very good things in this story, the magic did not operate on me. I hope it will work for you! Lucie newbooksonmyselves.blogspot.fr
Susan_in_AZ More than 1 year ago
I read this on my Nook, where it said it was 999 pages. Not really. This was the length of a typical 300-page paperback, about 90,000 words. I found that character establishment was slow for the first 1/3 of the book, but once that was done, the story picked up well with plenty of adventure to offset the *one* sex scene. This scene was a breakthrough where the Hero finally let go all of his reasons for self-imposed emotional isolation; the Hero and Heroine soaked in Romance in the classical, emotional sense more than the physical acts. Then the book soared into further adventures showing a maturing process for the Hero & Heroine until they finally achieve a hard-won HEA. Overall, highly recommended.
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful discovery 4 1/2 stars Last month, I read this book and did not have the chance to write my review . THE LOVE LIST (Half Moon House #1) by Deb Marlowe. Lots of high emotions in this Regency historical romance. This is the first book I read written by this author. Here is the story! Miss Brynne Wilmott, who was once fiance to Lord Marstoke, but did not wish to marry him. She ran away, with the help of her friend Nathan Russel, the Duke of Aldmere and Hestia, a former courtesan. But Marstoke wants revenge and will do everything in his power to get it. So Brynne and Nathan team up to get away from this man. Will they fall in love? Will sparks flare for them? I really enjoyed this intriguing and suspenseful romance! It was well written! I am looking forward to read her next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great Regency with an intricate plot. I loved the hero, the heroine and all the action and intrigue. I loved the whole book and all the characters were really well written. Brynne is in an impossible situation and only has the choice of marrying a horrible man or making her own way in the world. I loved the character of Hestia and I hope to see her in more books. Can't wait for the next one to come out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this one a lot.  Interesting plot that I could not figure out ahead of time, but kept me turning pages.  Some deeper, darker passions in the romance between Brynne and Nathan, but I like emotional romances, so I was fine with it.  I really liked the story within a story that came with the chapter openings and I hope we get to see Hestia again and hear more about her story.  I was sucked in until the last.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
THE LOVE LIST by Deb Marlowe is an exciting Regency Historical romance set in 1814 London. #1 in the "Half Moon House series" and what a beginning. I adore Ms. Marlowe's writing and "The Love List" was no exception. What an exciting beginning to a new series. Follow Miss Brynne Wilmott and The Duke of Aldmere,Nathan Russel, on a journey of secrets,passion,gossips,schemes,treason,revenge,danger,intrigue,betrayal and love. "The Harris List of Covent Garden Ladies, that wickedly witty annual register of the city's lightskirts,was once a grand London tradition". Oh,yes,but the monstrous,evil Lord Marstoke,is using the "Love List" as a weapon for blackmail and to get others to do his bidding. Nathan and Brynne, find they have more in common than at first thought, for neither is what they appear. Fast paced and filled with a twisted plot. You do not want to miss "The Love List",Ms. Marlowe has done it again with her intriguing plot and interesting,engaging,and baffling characters. For baffled they are at times with the why and what not of Marstoke's evil plan to not only reek havoc on London's notorious lightskirts,their benefactors, but get a bit of revenge along the way on one Hestia Wright for one. And many others,including possible treason. A must read for anyone who enjoys historical,Regency,romance with passion and an intriguing plot. I can hardly wait for the next installment of the "Half Moon House" series. Ms. Marlowe is a wonderful storyteller who pulls her readers into her stories and holds them there from beginning to end. What an enjoyable read!Received for an honest review from the author. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews