A Heartless Design

A Heartless Design

by Elizabeth Cole

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ISBN-13: 9780615892573
Publisher: SkySpark Books
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Pages: 394
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Cole is a romance author with a penchant for history, which is why she lives in an old house in an old city. She can be found hanging around libraries and archives, or curled in a corner reading, cat on lap. She believes in love at first sight. Then again, she also believes that mac 'n' cheese is a healthy breakfast, so don't trust her judgment on everything.

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A Heartless Design 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
debralmartin More than 1 year ago
A HEARTLESS DESIGN is a historical romance with smart savvy characters. I loved the fact that Cordeila was a clever and inventive engineer, something that proper young ladies of the time would never be allowed to do. Not only were women thought not to possess the keen intelligence needed to be an engineer, but to be able to support a household with her skills was a great twist. Of course, Cordelia has to do all this in secret under a false identity. When her path crosses with Sebastien, a Crown spy and newly elevated Earl, her secrets are in peril of being revealed. He's on assignment to discover the very thing Cordeila is trying to keep secret.  I enjoyed their banter together, but be warned there is an explicit sex scene in the book. The supporting characters in Cordelia's household were interesting and I would have loved to read more of their back story and how they came to work for her. This book kept my interest throughout, but I didn't feel the urgency in the plot until the last part of the book which made the pacing a little lopsided. All in all, a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this story! It has suspense, humor, intrigue, romance and passion! Doesn't end in a cliffhanger, but you will want to buy the series because the author has created this spy ring and you want to know more about this agency! There is lovemaking, full of passion and somewhat descriptive, but not vulgar or erotic type. The secondary character's add so much to this story, I didn't want the story to end. There is a HEA, that has many pitfalls and danger to get there. Our H and h have wonderful chemistry too. (Ljb)
blaise_zillah More than 1 year ago
A intriguing read, Cordelia was a very interesting character for the time period but i enjoyed her character alot. Sebastien and Cordelia had some witty better between them and some laugh out loud moments that kept me reading til the end. Was a very enjoyable read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a good book. It had romance, mystery and general historic fiction. As I got closer to the end, it was impossible to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story of two people with their own secrets coming together and falling in love. The heroine was a strong character but was also genuine and lovable. I gave it 3 stars because I didn't really feel drawn inside the story but I did like it. It didn't have much passion but some people prefer that. I would actually love to read the other stories in this series if I can find them for free. I would recommend this book to any historical romance fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cordeila was a strong will woman, and always in control of her actions. Love to hear more about her  household and how they connect with the Zodiac.  I could not put the book down, it flowed with lots of action, hated it to end.. 
DABALE More than 1 year ago
Cordelia Bering is well past her prime in the eyes of the English ton, where marriage deals are made every day to sustain treasuries and perpetuate the noble family lines for inheritance. It isn't that Cordelia is against marriage - she's just against the concept of a man 'owning' her and directing every aspect of her life, especially if it is against her will. Because if any man knew of her secret life's passion, he'd have every right to command her to cease and desist to protect the family name. Cordelia's well-known father taught her everything he knew about engineering and design. Near the end of his life, it was Cordelia who answered the letters from the scientific community, offered engineering insight, drew the designs, and set Napoleon Bonaparte's sights upon a revolutionary ship destined for the British Navy unless his agents could secure the plans first. Sebastien Thorne, the recently elevated Earl of Thornberry, was once the reckless second son until the military offered discipline and direction. With his particular skill-set, it also offered a chance to be an agent in the super-secret British spy network known only as the Zodiac, a group so secret that few in Parliament knew of its existence. When word seeps into London of a special ship design that could change the course of the war, Sebastien is ordered to discover it at all costs. As this was presented as a spy novel, I grabbed it up. I really enjoyed the characters in A Heartless Design, especially the strong, determined, and yet still feminine Cordelia. She's not afraid to buck tradition for the greater good. I loved her staff and how dedicated they each were to the other - you'll have to read the book to fully appreciate what is meant here. Characters were well-established and fully fleshed out (at times a little too much for my taste, if you get my meaning). The only thing I questioned about characterization was Cordelia's sudden decision to throw caution to the wind and compromise herself so readily. I could have done without that or perhaps more leading up to it to make the motivation more organic and plausible. Pacing moved along well and never felt bogged down. Certain elements are kept on the periphery and left hanging to entice the reader toward the second book, but the main elements are wrapped up well here so that it can be a full-fledged stand alone novel. Very little telling and mostly showing kept the events moving along as they were happening. I applaud the proper use of point-of-view - yay!!! It's always nice to stay firmly in one character's POV per scene and makes reading much more enjoyable. There were quite a few instances of small missing words like to, and, etc. However, another editing run-through could clean these up nicely. A bit of language and waaaay too much skin make this for mature audiences only. Good structure and an interesting story with strong characters give this one four stars.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Not too deep, not too dramatic - fun characters and subplot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I came away not wanting the book to be finished !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Superv. I couldn put it down. At times I was even looking behind me, thinking is someone following me. And the funny part is was at home reading the book
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Good story line with a little suspense. Spy was not so secret at times.
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This was a pretty well-written book. The male was alpha, which I love. Suspense, the story held my attention. This book is part of a series . The romance was not descriptive but was there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish it had been longer, but look forward to the rest of the series! Most impressed with the intriguing development of the plot & characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the story start slowly. So I kept and got pulled into this intriguing story. Read it!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So wonderful to read about an intelligent woman from those times. I was so tired of reading about the beautiful "airheads" playing silly games to get their way. This was a great book. I am looking forward to the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worthy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Accomplished heroine , a government spy ,heinous bad guys . Elements of a perfect story .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written with an excellent plot and well developed characters. Will read other books by this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful read. I just could not put it down. Great character development and plot action. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got book as free read. Very surpised it was very good.
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