The Dangerous Lord (Lord Trilogy Series #3)

The Dangerous Lord (Lord Trilogy Series #3)

by Sabrina Jeffries

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He was a dangerous man to love—and the last man she thought she'd marry.

He was a dangerous man to love—and the last man she thought she'd marry.

To prevent a dear friend from wedding the notorious Ian Lennard, Viscount St. Clair, Felicity Taylor set out to expose him for the scoundrel he is—never anticipating the consequences. Because now the dashing, dangerous lord is short a bride, in desperate need of an heir . . . and has set his sights on Felicity!

Ian is indeed looking for a wife to secure his fortune, but this saucy, stubborn beauty might be more than he can handle. Never one to shy from a challenge—and enchanted by a face and form that could bring the most indifferent husband to his knees—suddenly Ian is about to discover the one thing more perilous than wedding vows: actually falling in love with his bride!

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ISBN-13: 9780380809271
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Series: Lord Trilogy , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 625,537
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

At the tender age of twelve, Sabrina Jeffries decided she wanted to be a romance writer. It took her eighteen more years and a boring stint in graduate school before she sold her first book, but now her sexy and humorous historical romances routinely land on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists and have won several awards. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and son, where she writes full-time and is working on her next novel.

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Chapter One

December 1820
London, England

Libertyof the press is the Englishman's second most important privilege and should be preserved even when the results alarm us, for alarm induces reform. and the ability to reform society is the Englishman's first most important privilege.

Lord X, The Evening Gazette, December 5, 1820

Some fool was spreading rumors about him again.

Ian Lennard, the Viscount St. Clair, deduced that the moment he entered his gentleman's club and the butler greeted him with a knowing wink and a muttered, "Very good, milord," while taking his coat.

Brooks's somber butler had winked at him. Winked at him, for God's sake. Since congratulations were not in order, Ian could only assume the worst. He scowled as he strode down the carpeted halls to the Subscription Room where he was to meet his friend Jordan, the Earl of Blackmore. Then a reassuring thought occurred to him. Perhaps the butler had been tippling on duty again and had merely mistaken him for someone else.

Then a group of men he barely knew stopped their conversation to congratulate him. The comments -- "Who is she?" and "So you've done it again, you sly dog" -- were accompanied by more winks. They couldn't all be mistaking him for someone else.

With difficulty, he suppressed a groan. God only knows what the tale was this time. He'd heard most of them. His favorite had him rescuing the King of Spain's illegitimate daughter from a den of Barbary pirates whom he'd vanquished single-handedly, thus gaining the reward of a mansion in Madrid. Of course, the King of Spain had no daughter, illegitimate or otherwise, and Ian had never even meta Barbary pirate. The only truth to the tale was that Ian had once been presented to the King of Spain and that his mother's family owned a mansion in Madrid.

But rumors, by their very nature, required no basis in truth, so denying them was pointless. Why should anyone believe him when the gossip was so much more interesting? Thus he gave his usual response -- a noncommittal answer and an ironic look meant to get the fools out of his bloody hair.

He'd nearly made it to the Subscription Room when the Duke of Pelham accosted him. "Good evening, old chap," the stout lord said with uncharacteristic joviality. "Wanted to invite you to a small dinner I'm having tomorrow, you and a few others with their inamoratas. Be sure to bring along your new paramour. Like to get a look at her."

Ian gazed down a good foot at the man he disliked. "My new paramour?"

Pelham nudged him smugly. "No point in trying to keep the woman a mystery now, St. Clair. The cat-or should I say, the kitten-is out of the bag, and everyone wants to know the color of her fur and how deep her claws are dug into you."

A paramour? That was the rumor? How disappointing. They could at least have made him into a highwayman. "I

tell you what, Pelham. When I acquire this paramour of mine, I'll be sure to bring her to one of your dinners. Until then, I must decline the invitation. Now if you'll excuse me, I have an appointment."

Leaving the duke gaping after him, Ian strolled to the Subscription Room. A paramour-he couldn't remember the last time he'd had one. Certainly long before his return to England. Before he'd been forced into this search for a wife.

Not that he couldn't take a mistress if he wished, but he wanted to focus all his energies on courtship without some other female bedeviling him with jealous questions. Pelham wouldn't understand that, however, since his only aim in life was to debauch as many young virgins as he could lay his hands on. The man was a pig.

Entering the Subscription Room, Ian immediately spotted Jordan's auburn hair, like a beacon against the dark damask of a wing chair. Jordan lounged beside a mahogany console table, reading a newspaper. Ian dropped into the chair opposite him and chose a cigar from the humidor, looking forward to a companionable evening of smoking, reading the papers, and consulting with his closest friend.

As he snipped off the end of the cigar, Jordan glanced up. "There you are. I wondered what was keeping you. I've been impatient to hear what happened. Did she accept? Are congratulations in order?"

For a second, Ian thought Jordan alluded to the rumored paramour. Then he remembered. "Ah, you mean Katherine."

"Who else? Sir Richard Hastings' daughter. Did you propose to some other woman recently?"

He smiled. "No, only Katherine. One's enough, don't you think?"

"So when's the wedding?"

"It's not settled yet."

Jordan's eyes narrowed. "Surely she didn't refuse your offer."

"Not exactly." Lighting the cigar at a nearby candle flame, Ian drew hard on it. "She used that old female tactic of begging time to 'consider my proposal, which was probably Lady Hastings' idea. The woman's a shark in skirtshoping to get a higher settlement for Katherine by making her daughter play coy. Poor Katherine doesn't excel at playing coy, however. I felt sorry for her while she stammered about how she must consider my proposal further."

"Forgive me for saying this," Jordan put in, "but I don't understand what you see in the girl. She's plain and painfully shy. She wouldn't say two words to me when we met. And you're obviously not marrying her for her paltry fortune, or for her connections since her father is only a baronet."

"Your wife has no fortune and her father is only a rector, yet that didn't deter you from marrying and making her a countess."

At the mention of Emily, Jordan's face lit up. "Yes, but she has a number of other wonderful qualities that compensate for her lack of fortune and connections."

Ian chuckled. "Still in love, I see. Well, I'm not looking for love, Jordan -- I'm looking for a wife, Despite your unusual experience, they rarely go together. All I require in a wife is respectability and good character...

Dangerous Lord, The. Copyright © by Sabrina Jeffries. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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The Dangerous Lord (Lord Trilogy Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this trilogy. A great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why in the world would ANY man - modern or regency - want to marry this woman? Must the heroines in Romance-type books be such idiots?
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1820 England, in the gossip rag The London Gazette, columnist Lord X exposes the questionable dealings of Ian Leonard, Viscount St. Clair. The rumors spread, which ends Ian¿s engagement to the shy Miss Hastings. Though not upset that he no longer will marry Miss Hastings, Ian is irate that some idiotic noble could disrupt his life when he needs an heir.

Ian searches for Lord X only to find him to be the beautiful Felicity Taylor. He decides she will have to provide him with an heir but Felicity wants nothing to do with him. Willing to use blackmail to achieve his goals, Ian threatens to expose Felicity as being the notorious Lord X. As they negotiate a marriage contact to settle their dispute, neither one expected to fall in love with the other.

THE DANGEROUS LORD is a humorous Regency romance starring two powerful combatants. The story line is witty, entertaining and fun. The lead couple is an enjoyable pair, as their battle of the sexes will provide sub-genre fans with much pleasure. The secondary charcaters add depth and motivation to the lead protagonists. Several minor players deserve their own tales be told by the bewitching Sabrina Jeffries.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely hated the heroine - writing and plot is great, but I could not stand the immature, manipulative Felicity. I read both "The Pirate Lord" and "The Forbidden Lord" prior to reading "The Dangerous Lord." After spending some time with Ian in "The Forbidden Lord," I was eager to see him fall for his own spirited damsel (and to see how Sara and Emily fared after their marriages). Ian, Lord St. Clair, is the classic tall, dark and handsome hero. He has a past, one that he prefers to keep private. When a gossip columnist, Lord X, begins publishing gossip about his supposed mistress as life as a scoundrel, Ian tries to ferret him out, only to discover he is a woman, Felicity Taylor. While I initially liked the premise that Felicity's actions were in the service of a friend (Ian's skittish fiancee), I grew quickly annoyed with her; she discovers that Ian is not the scoundrel that she thought him to be. Instead of making amends and owning up to her mistakes, she tries to further antagonize him. When he counters her by giving her a taste of her own medicine (making her the center of gossip), she tries to turn his own friends' wives against him. Felicity protests Ian's attentions and later proposal on the account that they will never have a marriage with honesty. I'm sorry, I cannot take a woman who makes a living publishing gossip and hearsay seriously when she says she has principles and wants a marriage with no secrets. Felicity is writing the column to support her destitute family, yet the impression she gives is that she secretly likes writing her column; Emily's ("the Forbidden Lord") situation was much more convincing in terms of being forced into something and still having principles about it. With Felicity, whenever she started preaching about her principles, I wanted to laugh. I couldn't even get into the chemistry between Ian and Felicity. I loved both "The Pirate Lord" (Sara was irritating and meddling in an endearing way) and "The Forbidden Lord" (Emily was endearingly naive, honest, and principled), but I felt Ian deserved a hell of lot better than Felicity. Definitely disappointed in this last of the "Lord" trilogy.
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Sabrina Jeffries, then this book is for you. Breathtaking adventure, her beautiful heroine Felicity and strong hero Ian are fascinating.. Sexual intensity that keeps you reading! when you start this novel, you won't be able to stop. You will enjoy adventures and inflamed love scenes .You will enjoy every minute with the charming and wonderful adventure of Ms Jeffries. A must!!!
blueEC More than 1 year ago
I so wanted to like these characters but the female main character is an idiot. The author gives the reader nothing to like and no reason why the hero should like this idiot much less love her!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT! Likes the writer & her books, but this to me has been her best yet. Had charcter from her 1st two books in this series as well as "Ian". Wow his torment character, but the way Jefferies made all his faults n strenghts so vigoriosly charming. I was ready to marry him & be his "Brood Mare". I will continue to be a fan.
theshadowknows on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ian Lennard, Viscount St. Clair has a deep dark secret. To escape it, he fled England to become a spy on the continent. Six years later he¿s back and on the hunt for a bride so that he can fulfill the stipulations in his father¿s will and claim his birthright. (He has to produce an heir before he¿s 32). Because of his traumatic past, Ian is very secretive and private. So when he learns that an anonymous gossip columnist, Lord X, has been spreading rumors that he¿s taken a mistress, he¿s reasonably upset and determines to hunt the man down and make him recant. Imagine his surprise when he finds out Lord X is actually the nom de plum of Felicity Taylor, the struggling sister of four who lives off her meager earnings from the newspaper. There's instant attraction between them, as well as antagonism, and Ian begins pursuing Felicity. She, in turn, wants to know all his secrets. He tells her that he hasn¿t taken a mistress, that the woman Felicity chanced to see with him and whom she has accused of being his mistress is no such thing. She doesn¿t believe him. The following romance between this two revolves around Ian telling Felicity the truth, Felicity never believing him, and Ian paying for it.Love is blind they say. Because the heroine of this story is awful. There's a fine line between being strong and being a shrew. Felicity Taylor has obviously mistaken the latter for the former and crosses that line again and again until she's long lost to the company of dimwitted, obnoxious, "feisty" heroines I so despise. As a gossip columnist, she brags about puncturing the egos only of those who deserve it, of exposing the sins of spoiled rich men for the greater good of deceived women everywhere - these are all excuses, mere bluster to cover up her unprincipled, selfish, hypocritical, meddlesome, self-righteous, disrespectful, and damaging rumor mongering. She's a silly gossip, a precursor to the parasitic paparazzi, and her efforts to elevate her "job" to some sort of art form or religious vocation are ridiculous. She's so in the wrong, is so unaware, so unrepentant. In short, I can't stand her. Other books have featured writer heroines without resorting to this perversion of the profession. I don¿t know why Felicity has to be like this. I¿m equally bemused by the fact that I actually enjoyed most of the book. Considering my reaction to Felicity, I know this sounds crazy. But even with such a wretched heroine, Jeffries manages to suck me in with the way she writes this story. Ian is a great guy, and so sexy. Even though I wish he¿d bestowed his affections on a worthier partner, there¿s still tons of chemistry in their interactions, so that, while I'm reading I don¿t let Felicity bother me too much. It¿s more in describing her character in retrospect that I start to get really annoyed with her. I have no idea why Ian likes Felicity - she slanders him in print and to his face, preaches to him about her nonexistent good works as a gossiper, judges him when she has absolutely no moral high ground whatsoever and doesn't know anything about him besides her own preconceived notions that he's a philandering rake because she¿s convinced that all noblemen are scum, threatens and blackmails him, never admits she's wrong, violates his right to privacy, acts like his secrets and his past are her personal property to exploit, manipulates his friends so they turn against him, breaks up his engagement with her lying column¿ ugh. It's disgusting. I'm even less pleased when the two heroines from the previous books in this series butt in to join forces with Felicity, speculating about and condescending to Ian, championing and praising Felicity and, worst of all, playing matchmaker (Sara's more the problem here than Emily.) If all this wasn¿t bad enough, when Ian proposes to her, she refuses him for the stupidest of reasons. She¿s dishonest with him and with herself, playing mind games instead of being an adult. She opera
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading it. My only disappointment in the story was too little true conflict, but still a nice story.
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This book was not one of my favorites. The characters were just getting things together, and the 'I'm the boss, and you'll go along with me' lead character finally wins her over and then he decides he's going to ask for an annulment! That sort of writting just insults me. I gave it 3 stars because I did enjoy having previous, much loved,characters pop up for this series conclusion. (Loved Jordan,Emily, Sara & Gideon) It was good to find out what happens to Ian, just didn't love the story as much as the previous two in the series!
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