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Wanton Angel
     

Wanton Angel

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by Shirl Henke
 

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A FREE-SPIRITED WOMAN

Allowed to run wild in the Georgia backwoods with her brothers and Creek Indian cousins, Beth Blackthorne has no desire to do her duty as daughter of a wealthy planter by making a suitable marriage. She prefers honing her skills with a paint brush to flirting with eligible bachelors. Mentored by a wealthy Italian noblewoman, she pursues

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A FREE-SPIRITED WOMAN

Allowed to run wild in the Georgia backwoods with her brothers and Creek Indian cousins, Beth Blackthorne has no desire to do her duty as daughter of a wealthy planter by making a suitable marriage. She prefers honing her skills with a paint brush to flirting with eligible bachelors. Mentored by a wealthy Italian noblewoman, she pursues her dream in Naples’ glamorous art colony.

A MAN BOUND BY DUTY

Second son of an earl, Derrick Jamison appears to be just another charming English wastrel, basking under the warm Neapolitan sun. Not even his family, who have disowned him, know he is a spy sent to watch the exiled Napoleon. Although strongly attracted to the notorious American artist, Derrick must leave Beth behind to warn the Duke of Wellington when the emperor escapes from Elba.

PRISONERS OF DESIRE

After they are reunited, Beth’s father arrives, demanding that Derrick marry Beth. Understanding his duty, he agrees to the forced match. Just as they begin to discover love, he inherits his deceased brother’s title. In Regency London, Derrick’s scandalous American wife feels trapped in a gilded cage. Intent on restoring his family’s honor, Derrick fears Beth will never be a proper countess. Lovers by night, antagonists by day, they are caught between duty and desire until a treacherous enemy sets a far more dangerous trap where their love is put to the ultimate test.

Editorial Reviews

Thriftbooks - Beverly Vicil
“Wanton Angel had a little of everything…spies, harems, Naples, America and England. Many twists and turns, a good and quick read.”
Amazon - Harriet Klausner
“Shirl Henke knows how to spin a heated tale that Regency fans will enjoy…Non-stop action until the final safe kiss.”
Romantic Times Magazine - Kathe Robin
“Shirl Henke takes readers on a whirlwind adventure reminiscent of those lush historical romances of the ‘70s.”

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015094961
Publisher:
Shirl Henke
Publication date:
08/30/2012
Series:
Blackthorne Books , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
683,866
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

SHIRL HENKE lives in St. Louis, where she enjoys gardening in her yard and greenhouse, cooking holiday dinners for her family and listening to jazz. In addition to helping brainstorm and research her books, her husband Jim is “lion tamer” for their two wild young tomcats, Pewter and Sooty, geniuses at pillage and destruction.
Shirl has been a RITA finalist twice, and has won three Career Achievement Awards, an Industry Award and three Reviewer’s Choice Awards from Romantic Times.
“I wrote my first twenty-two novels in longhand with a ballpoint pen—it’s hard to get good quills these days,” she says. Dragged into the twenty-first century by her son Matt, a telecommunication specialist, Shirl now uses two of those “devil machines.” Another troglodyte bites the dust. Please visit her at www.shirlhenke.com.

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Wanton Angel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Counselorj More than 1 year ago
This tale is a fitting wrap for a trilogy that begins in revolutionary America and ends on the Scottish border of Regency England. Beth Blackthorne is as willful as her arrogant father Quintin Blackthorne and her roguish cousin Alex Blackthorne. And like her relatives she winds up in one tangle after another, often of her own making. Lots of the steamy love scenes one expects from a Henke novel and more than one book's share of adventures. You'll find this one hard to put down. I did.
Anon0 More than 1 year ago
The first thing I was happy to see in Wanton Angel was the return of Alvin Francis Edward Drummond, the crusty, witty, little fop from Wicked Angel. Glad to see, too, that he's lost none of his "charm." But there is more to Drum then appears. He is Derrick's bodyguard, no less. And there is more also to Beth than wayward, free-spirited woman and more to Derrick than charming spy. Beth sees the rules of society as a prison, Derrick as a code to live by. Now how can the lovers reach a compromise, especially when the one thing they share (in addition to passion) is the knack for making enemies who want to kill them?
DangerGirl47 More than 1 year ago
Shirl Henke does not create wimpy heroines. Beth Blackthorne becomes an accidental countess. But she is a highly skilled painter who has posed in the nude (gasp!) for fellow artists; escaped intact from a harem in Algiers; and, courtesy of being raised in the backwoods of Georgia, is mighty handy with a gun and knife. She is deeply in love with Derrick, who is no shrinking violet himself, the former English spy who's become an accidental earl. But Derrick makes life miserable for himself and the woman he loves, until he finally gets it through his thick skull that he has not married an ornamental peacock, but a fierce falcon that can never be caged. And when Beth's life, that of their child's and his own is on the line, he is finally able to admit to himself that he wants the "falcon," sharp talons and all.
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