To Surrender to a Rogue

To Surrender to a Rogue

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by Cara Elliott
     
 

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An expert in antiquities, Lady Alessandra della Giamatti arrives in Bath to excavate newly discovered Roman ruins-only to find herself caught in a web of evil intrigue by a blackmailer threatening to expose her scandalous past. The one man who can help her is Lord James "Black Jack" Pierson, a fellow member of the expedition and a sinfully handsome rogue whose

Overview

An expert in antiquities, Lady Alessandra della Giamatti arrives in Bath to excavate newly discovered Roman ruins-only to find herself caught in a web of evil intrigue by a blackmailer threatening to expose her scandalous past. The one man who can help her is Lord James "Black Jack" Pierson, a fellow member of the expedition and a sinfully handsome rogue whose tempting presence ignites a different sort of danger.

Jack has clashed with Alessandra in the past, so when she suddenly surrenders her body he can't help being suspicious. Is she a scheming temptress? Or is she truly a lady in trouble? As desire and deceptions swirl around them, Alessandra and Jack must find a way to win each other's trust. For if they don't work together to uncover a shocking truth, their enemy-and their own simmering passions-may destroy them and everything they cherish.

Editorial Reviews

Jane Bowers
A well-constructed novel of relationships and suspense. Great character development, plentiful dialogue often touched with humor, spicy sexual tension, and exciting plotlines combine to make it a winner.
Romance Reviews Today
SingleTitle.com
The first in the Circle of Sin series by talented author Cara Elliott...this story had everything a reader could desire in a book, adventure, humor, mystery, romance, and a very naughty rake.
Dietra Fitch
4 1/2 stars! Author Cara Elliott has created a magnificently compelling read! She has paired a scholar and a scoundrel...and I had a wonderful time watching the chemistry of these two characters mix.
Huntress Book Reviews, huntressreviews.com
Christine S. Morehouse
...through the love story....the bond between Lucas and Ciara is rich in emotion, heart, with steamy love scenes—a true page turner readers will mourn finishing.
Royal Reviews, theroyalreviews.blogsppot.com
Royal Reviews
"...through the love story....the bond between Lucas and Ciara is rich in emotion, heart, with steamy love scenes--a true page turner readers will mourn finishing."
Huntress Book Reviews
"4 1/2 stars! Author Cara Elliott has created a magnificently compelling read! She has paired a scholar and a scoundrel...and I had a wonderful time watching the chemistry of these two characters mix."
Singletitles.com
"The first in the Circle of Sin series by talented author Cara Elliott...this story had everything a reader could desire in a book, adventure, humor, mystery, romance, and a very naughty rake."
Romance Reviews Today
"A well-constructed novel of relationships and suspense. Great character development, plentiful dialogue often touched with humor, spicy sexual tension, and exciting plotlines combine to make it a winner."
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On TO SURRENDER TO A ROGUE:

"Heat level: 5 (Scorching) ...A unique story with sizzling chemistry between a lady intellectual and an army hero rogue with a sensitive side. All I can say is...the scene in the old Roman baths steams!"

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Rave for To Surrender to a Rogue:

"Blue Ribbon Review! The second book in the CIRCLE OF SIN series is simply magnificent. The characters experience real growth....James and Alessandra fight like cats and dogs...but the passion between these two could set something on fire!

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Rave for To Surrender to a Rogue:"

Blue Ribbon Review! The second book in the CIRCLE OF SIN series is simply magnificent. The characters experience real growth....James and Alessandra fight like cats and dogs...but the passion between these two could set something on fire!—Pamela Lynne, romancejunkiesreviews.com

On TO SURRENDER TO A ROGUE:"

Heat level: 5 (Scorching) ...A unique story with sizzling chemistry between a lady intellectual and an army hero rogue with a sensitive side. All I can say is...the scene in the old Roman baths steams!"—"The Season" Blog, historicalromancereleases.com/wordpress/2010/06

Raves for To Sin With A Scoundrel:"

In this nicely steamy debut, ... the romance is well drawn and intriguing."—Publishers Weekly"

A well-constructed novel of relationships and suspense. Great character development, plentiful dialogue often touched with humor, spicy sexual tension, and exciting plotlines combine to make it a winner."—Jane Bowers, Romance Reviews Today"

The first in the Circle of Sin series by talented author Cara Elliott...this story had everything a reader could desire in a book, adventure, humor, mystery, romance, and a very naughty rake."—Singletitles.com"

4 1/2 stars! Author Cara Elliott has created a magnificently compelling read! She has paired a scholar and a scoundrel...and I had a wonderful time watching the chemistry of these two characters mix."—Dietra Fitch, Huntress Book Reviews, huntressreviews.com"

...through the love story....the bond between Lucas and Ciara is rich in emotion, heart, with steamy love scenes—a true page turner readers will mourn finishing."—Christine S. Morehouse, Royal Reviews, theroyalreviews.blogsppot.com

"The Season" Blog - historicalromancereleases.com/wordpress/2010/06
On TO SURRENDER TO A ROGUE:

"Heat level: 5 (Scorching) ...A unique story with sizzling chemistry between a lady intellectual and an army hero rogue with a sensitive side. All I can say is...the scene in the old Roman baths steams!"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446541312
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
797,961
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Cara Elliott started writing Western novels at the age of five. Later she changed her genre to Regency romance after reading Pride and Prejudice. She graduated from Yale University, and she now lives and works in New York City.

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To Surrender to a Rogue 3.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 37 reviews.
danilos More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed it. Finished it in 4 hours time. Would recommend
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Lord James "Black Jack" Jacquehart Pierson had been a soldier who fought bravely regardless of the situation and without fear. He always stood strong with his brothers and friends doing right by those he felt had been wronged. But when he is going toe-to-toe with Marchesa Alessandra della Giamatti with her lecturing him on his behavior the man is truly at a loss for words and finally understands the meaning of fear. Granted he had tied her daughter to a tree but that was to protect the little imp from causing more chaos to an already out of control situation yet she kept on lecturing. Jack thought they might have a few cross words and part company but little did he know that the fiery Italian would keep coming back to haunt his day time hours and have him up with night time fantasies. Alessandra was a rare woman of her times a financially independent widow with a superior intelligent who belonged to a unique group of women known as The Circle. Each woman in the group brought a unique gift to the mix which helped their scientific discussions and experiments. Jack had never come across such a female before even though he harbored a unique talent himself as an artist. He could not display his talent as freely as he would have liked for the males of his time did not behave in such a manner, a clash of swords was considered to be a true manly objective not capturing the sunset on a cloudy day. But Jack loved the feel of brush against canvas and knew he had a calling even though it was not something he could freely discuss. But Jack has an ally in his oldest brother who understands Jack's dream and steps up to help him move forward with his talent by securing Jack a job at an excavation site not knowing that the one person Jack did not want to see was the person in charge - Alessandra. Jack and Alessandra start heating thing up almost immediately because polite society is not around now and they unleash their passion for one another and act upon their desires. Jack is more than willing to show her the fire he has built inside for her but Alessandra is not quite so sure that she is ready to return his affection. But with a little persuasion and allot of warm kisses Alessandra loses all clear thought and learns to trust again. Yet everything changes when an evil stranger from her past shows up to remind her of what she had done and why she was forced to leave Italy. Can she truly go along with this monster's plan and again ruin her reputation but she knows her choices are gone when it means she has to in order to save her daughter. But is it possible Jack can help her and be the knight she seeks in her darkest hour or is he just using her to relieve some built up tension. Lovely is a mild word for this dazzling book with fiery characters and a mystery to keep you guessing what will happen next. While it is the second in the series it easily stands alone with a captivating setting for the story and characters that jump out at you from every page. The mystery is dark and leaves you wondering what Alessandra could have done that she can be blackmailed so easily. You are also shown a refreshing side the male-female role in a time and place when men and women had defined positions to play and moving out of those was a herculean feat of character. Mary Gramlich (The Reading Reviewer) www.marygramlich.com
harstan More than 1 year ago
A proud member of The Circle of Sins female scientific forum, classical archeologist expert Lady Alessandra della Giamatti arrives in Bath as part of an excavation team digging at a recently discovered Roman ruin. Also on the team as a sketch artist is military hero Lord James "Black Jack" Pierson. They have a history that turned ugly when he tied her eight years old daughter Isabella to a tree to prevent her from doing something dangerously stupid; only to have Isabella accuse him in foul language of impropriety. However, when a blackmailer from her home in Italy threatens Isabella, Alessandra turns to James for help. Although he loathes her snobbish ways, he lusts for her body, so he agrees even though he has doubts she is being fully honest with him. She distrusts him too and both mistrusts themselves as their respective bodies want the other. Soon they realize that lust is turning into something more endearing and enduring, but their lives and that of her daughter and their country are in jeopardy from nasty killers. The latest The Circle of Sins tale (see To Sin With a Stranger) is an exhilarating historical romance starring two seemingly opposites in temperament and outlook as each is a product of their recent past. Fast-paced from the opening tree incident and never slowing down, the adventures escalate until England is at risk as does the romance. Although the prime villain never seems quite up to the par of bringing down the Empire, sub-genre readers will enjoy Cara Elliott's super nineteenth century romantic intrigue. Harriet Klausner
gl More than 1 year ago
I love Cara Elliott's Circle of Sin series. The heroines aren't the usual helpless, lost women looking for a wealthy and powerful lord to save them from their circumstances. Instead, the members of the Circle of Sin are well educated, unconventional, and deeply interested in learning. These women have interests that go well beyond fashion, men, and children. Each woman has a different area of expertise and the heroine of To Surrender To A Rogue is the archeologist Lady Alessandra della Giamatti. Lady Alessandra played a role in Elliott's earlier novel To Sin With A Scoundrel (Circle of Sin Trilogy), where she had clashed with the dashing Lord James Pierson ("Black Jack"). The heroes in Cara Elliott's novels just as fun and satisfying. They're smart, successful, and they're not threatened by the unconventional. Elliott creates just a romantic hero that I can't help but fall for! Deep sense of honor, kind, funny, athletic, protective, generous, and always strikingly attractive! In To Surrender To A Rogue, Alessandra and her daughter have been forced to leave Italy for England. As they adjust to their new circumstances, Alessandra agrees to participate in a prestigious and exciting archeological dig. Both the English and the Italian delegation defer to her expertise in planning and the actual excavation. The dig brings many surprises -- both pleasant and unwelcome. Black Jack is a bit of both -- the interaction between Jack and Alessandra is great fun. The banter, the uncertainty and their yield to their mutual attraction is well done and kept me thoroughly entertained. Cara Elliott has a deft touch for historical romance -- she mixes just the right amount of intrigue, uncertainty, and foreshadowing. If you enjoy historical romance novels with spirited heroines, twisty plots, and constant banter, grab To Surrender To A Rogue! It's a fun, romantic read and a perfect summer escape! My mother stayed up all night reading it -- and then I did too! ISBN-10: 0446541311 - Mass Market Paperback Publisher: Forever (June 1, 2010), 384 pages. Review copy provided by the publisher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasted my money on this book. The font size is so small I cant read the book. I undersand that some books are like this. The customer should be warned .
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Lady Alessandra is a talented archeologist who makes her way to Bath with a team of excavators. Their destination is none other than the Roman ruin. Little did she know, she would be reunited with a man, "Black Jack" who is the sketch artist working on this site. She and James, also known as "Black Jack" have encountered each other before. James tied up Alessandra's daughter, eight years old Isabella, to keep her from doing something stupid. Alessandra turns to James, even though she hates it, when she receives a threat that involves her daughter. The friction between them is soft and rough all at the same time. Will they outsmart the blackmailer and find some common ground or will they be so busy fighting that they end up making a deadly decision? I really enjoyed this book. Cara is one of the best romance writers in my opinion. The Circle of Sin Trilogy is addicting to say the least.
HawaiiReader More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book after The Reading Reviewer recommended it (see first review). I became a Cara Elliott fan after reading the first book, To Sin With a Scoundrel. I enjoyed it and was delighted that Cara exceeded my expectations with her second book. Readers met the heroine, Marchesa Alessandra della Giamatti, and the hero, Lord James "Black Jack" Pierson, in the first "Circle of Sin" book . But this book stands on its own and offers a different twist to the Regency Format. Cara's writing brings Alessandra to life as a fiery Italian noblewoman. Having worked with many Italians from my NATO days, Alessandra became real to me. She appeals to readers as a lioness protecting her daughter, a patriot seeking freedom for her country, and a woman craving emotional connection to family, friends, and a lover. Enter "Black Jack" who has fulfilled society's expectations as a younger son of a distinguished family. He served in the Army, fought valiantly for God, Country, and King, and now seeks a niche for himself. While society considers sees him as aloof, his friends know him as a caring man. In fact, his older brother, the heir apparent, looks deeper, recognizes his talent, and supports Black Jack's passion for art. Alessandra and Black Jack work together during an archeology dig of Roman ruins in Bath. They not only dig up the remnants of an ancient empire, but raise the ghosts of their own pasts. I enjoyed reading a strong heroine who has interests beyond London's ballrooms. I also enjoyed reading an alpha hero who could accept that strong heroine, her past mistakes, and her strong willed daughter. This book is a must read for the Regency reader seeking passion, romance, and history!
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Could not get interested in the story or the characters. Probably didn't help that the font was small and would not adjust larger on my nook or sony tablet.
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j2smith79935 More than 1 year ago
Very good historical romance! I loved the characters and the story line, and now I want to read the rest of the "Circle of Sin" books.
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Interesting story and characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is slow moving, though I do like the fact that the author has constructed a heroine with a brain in her head. My biggest complaint, however, is that the book's print type is non-adjustable on the Nook. Wow, is it small!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stand alone, i felt as if i missed small details, especially toward the beginning, but once past that, the novel was gooand kept my attention
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not read this book. Print too small. Book would not enlarge. Should not be sold by you!! NO STARS!
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