Compromised

Compromised

by Kate Noble

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ISBN-13: 9780425226506
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/03/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 235,260
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kate Noble is the national bestselling, RITA-nominated author of numerous historical romances, including the acclaimed Blue Raven series and the Winner Takes All series. Her books have earned her several accolades, including comparisons to Jane Austen, which just makes her giddy.

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Compromised 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1829 the Alton sisters return to London for their delayed debut season after spending several years abroad with their father Sir Geoffrey, an ambassador. The siblings see the upcoming galas differently though they agree that their new stepmother Romilla is a pompous flit. Beautiful Evangeline looks forward to the balls while way too tall and intelligent Gail fears she will be ridiculed. Needing time by herself, Gail sneaks out for an early morning ride. However instead of serenity, Viscount Fontaine accidentally knocks her into the lake when he fails to reign in his horse. To her shock and outrage, Maximilian blames Gail for her soaking. Later she catches this arrogant rogue kissing and COMPROMISING Evangeline, whom he apparently feels will meet his father¿s criteria of a wife. If he doesn¿t marry someone his father approves of he will be or disinherited in three months. However, Max has one problem the amusingly brilliant future sister-in-law is all he can think of making love to even when he steals a kiss with her sister. ---- COMPROMISED is an amusing historical romance with Romilla stealing the show from the onset as she explains to her dolt of a stepdaughter that in London people spy on their neighbors. The humorous story line is fast-paced from the early morning teas to the gossiping Ton to the final scandal of the month. Readers will appreciate this lighthearted late regency romp. ---- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just adored this one. I read way too many romance novels, and this one was fresh. Kate Noble's writing style is gorgeous and funny, and it brought historical romance back to life for me.
Pagan More than 1 year ago
It's so funny how two people can hate each other so much because of how alike they are. This is the case in this book. The main characters struggle with their love/hate relationship while the hero woos the heroines sister! Then everything works out and everyone and their sister and friends find love too. A GREAT book all around. Funny, emotion evoking, and a total page turner... I stayed up all night (and I mean until like 7am) reading this book straight through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i expected more but got a slow moving, boring novel.
Marilyn66 More than 1 year ago
Slightly different than the typical romanace novel. Read it all on a gloomy day. Just fun. Kate Noble writing is tight and smart. Can't wait to read her next one, Revealed, which has gotten great reviews.
jngrl7 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
I was told via some reviews of this author and on some blogs I have read that Kate Noble is comparable to Georgette Heyer. I have to say that this is not the case. I did enjoy this story, btu the book was ruined for me when Kate Noble decided is was necessary to put smutt into the story. I don't think a good love story needs hot sex scenes to make it a good one. I was very disappointed that amongst this sweet story of two people falling in love I had to subjected to it. It ruined the book for me and I do not plan on ever reading a Kate Noble book again. I may be "old fashioned" about this, but being a big fan of Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer and Charlotte Bronte I know a good love story is possible without the graphic sex scenes.
risadabomb on LibraryThing 25 days ago
After reading the reviews I didn't really expect to like this book. However, I found it very entertaining and I read it in one go. I really liked the chemistry between Max and Gail. The only downside to this book is that it took too long for them to recognize their attraction. That being said I still liked this book and would read others by the same author.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing 25 days ago
"Compromised" was a light romance from new (to me) author Kate Noble. It's very much a regency romp with the added fillip of a touch of extra heat not normally found in your average regency. At 375 reading pages in trade paperback size, it's not exactly a quick read but I didn't find it hard to finish.Gail is the smart daughter, the tall daughter, the daughter in the shadow of her classically beautiful sister Evangeline. Her father's job kept them moving from country to country in service to England and now they're finally returning home with their new-ish stepmother to be launched into society and find a match. Gail's brains don't, however, protect her from wild horses or spiteful scoundrels and when one scoundrel spikes her glasses of punch at her coming out ball, it sets into action a train of events that leads to her sister becoming secretly betrothed...to a man Gail dislikes...intensely. Of course, in regencies, dislike leads to love and so it goes in "Compromised". Maximillian has received an ultimatum from his controlling, yet sickly, father. Marry within three months or he will only inherit what his father can't get rid of--leaving Max land rich and cash poor and possibly beggaring the estates. Max doesn't much care about one new debutante over another until he succumbs to the moonlight and ends up secretly engaged to the sister of the aggravating woman who inflames him like no other...in every way. Even though I knew where the plot was headed, I enjoyed the journey. For a debut romance novel, Noble's sense of timing and dialogue kept me entertained. It did have a few roughish spots, but nothing that pulled me out of the story or the plot. A light romance with comedic elements that worked great for an afternoon read.
allureofbooks on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Compromised by Kate Noble is a really fun historical romance novel. It is the type of book that, as you read, gets more and more frustrating and you want to yell at the characters to "FIGURE IT OUT ALREADY!" I love the type of plot line in which the characters are determined to do (or be) one thing, as the reader is quickly made aware that they should be doing the opposite. I think it's a really great way to get readers invested in the character's lives incredibly quickly - you can't help but want to see how long things take to get right!Max Fontaine falls into insta-lust with one of two sisters, Evangeline. He falls into insta-annoyance with the other, Gail. He and Evangeline quickly find themselves in a compromising position that forces him (although he is, in fact, willing) to propose. As they try to get to know each other, Gail is always along for the ride acting as her sister's chaperon. Max eventually discovers that Gail's personality might be even more alluring than Evangeline's beauty - but it's too late to do anything about it. Right?Like I already said - this was so much fun to read. Gail's personality really is very addictive: she is extremely witty and hilariously abrasive. Evangeline was a little harder to like, just because her character was much more subdued....but she is by no means a villain. Max's character had to grow on me a little bit, since he was initially so shallow (immediately thinking he loves Evangeline just because she is beautiful). However - it's really hard not to fall for him after seeing his reactions to being in Gail's company. It isn't just their chemistry that's electric - the way their personalities switch between clashing and melding is very charming to read.Overall, this novel is very appealing: lighthearted and fun. The characters will quickly grow on you and you'll have to keep reading to find out how their stories turn out! If you're a fan of historical romance, Kate Noble is definitely a must-read author.
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srbSH More than 1 year ago
Sisters Evangeline and Gail (Abigail) Alton are brought to London for the season by their diplomat father and new stepmother. She's not an evil stepmother, but she does have social ambitions for all the family. Evangeline, the elder sister, is beautiful (blonde, petite and sweet) with many artistic accomplishments. Gail is rather tall and lanky, pretty and witty and bright. The handsome men in this romp are the brooding, arrogant Maximillian, Viscount Fontaine and his good-natured best friend, entrepreneur William Holt. Gail and Max are each riding in the park when his infatuated stallion catches the scent of her mare and gallops hell bent to her. Gail manages to catch hold of the stallion's bridle, but her actions cause her and Max to tumble into a convenient lake. Both half drowned and annoyed, they stomp off from each other without exchanging names. They meet again at an Alton house party where Max rescues a drunken Gail from a scoundrel who has spiked her punch, but she upchucks on his good boots, which further irks him. He calls her Brat and she calls him Max. When he seeks to wash his boots he comes upon Evangeline in the moonlight, is bowled over by her beauty and kisses her (he needs to marry so his impulsive action is serendipitous). They are compromised into a betrothal, and are constantly chaperoned by either Gail or Will or both. The romantic pulls in this foursome are evident, but it takes several events and the help of several outsiders to get the right lovers paired. Just the right thing to read any day.