A Lady at Last

A Lady at Last

by Brenda Joyce
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Overview

A Lady at Last by Brenda Joyce

Raised as a pirate's daughter, Amanda Carre has not been tutored in the finer social graces. Alone in the world, she has never depended on anyone, until fate intervenes when Cliff de Warenne rescues her from a mob at her father's hanging. Now she must set sail for England to find the mother she never knew, and her chaperone is an infamous ladies' man….

The greatest gentleman privateer of his era, Cliff knows honor demands that he see this beautiful wild child to London and into her socialite mother's arms. He's aware that Amanda is utterly unprepared for a debut in London's ton, so his only recourse is to become her guardian and champion her transformation into a lady—and find her a suitable match. But with every passing moment it becomes harder to deny his jealousy and ire—until Amanda makes her stunning debut, a lady at last. And when his passion is finally released, their love can no longer be denied.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781460301845
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 09/17/2012
Series: DeWarenne Dynasty , #4
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 147,565
File size: 919 KB

About the Author

Brenda Joyce is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels and novellas, including the popular and critically acclaimed de Warenne Dynasty Saga, a series of novels set in Regency and Victorian England. She lives on a ranch in Arizona with her dogs, broodmares and the year’s current crop of foals. If she isn’t on the back of a reining horse, she can be found madly at work in her office, penning her latest romance novel.

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Lady at Last (De Warenne Dynasty Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cliff and Amanda are both stubborn and passionate, a perfect combination when both of them try to avoid eachother, and then Amanda gives up, Cliff remaining stubborn. The characters, the plot and the setting are all written amazingly 'as to be expected by Brenda Joyce' and I reccommend this book to any historical fiction or romance reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I totally loved Cliff & Amanda. It was a wonderful read & I would recommend it to anyone. I cried, I laughed, & I wanted more. I would love for the Jelousy to be played, so that maybe the would bring Cliff more to life. I would love to have seen more of Amanda's spirit to be retained when she meet her mother & let her priate ways take over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After her father is tried and convicted of piracy, Amanda Carre is desperate to save him. When she barges into Governor Woods house brandishing a pistol demanding an audience she is disarmed by Cliff de Warenne who is there on business. He promises he can get her into speak with Woods, but she has to behave and act like a lady. She promises and soon shocks Cliff and Woods with her daring proposal, her body for her father's freedom. Having been raised by pirates, Amanda knows how to charm a man with her feminine wiles, wield swords and sail ships. She loves her father and cannot see her life without him in it. The plan almost works, if it wasn't for the interference of the chivalrous but yet dangerously handsome Cliff de Warenne. Known as the greatest gentleman privateer, Cliff de Warenne is a charming and dashing rogue who can have his pick of any women. The third son to the Earl of Adare, he left his home when he was fourteen and sailed his way into success where he is respected and feared by his enemies and friends alike. He is taken aback when he hears that Rodney Carre is about to hang he instantly wonders about the child that will be left behind and what is to become of her future. After witnessing her bold actions and behaviours he discovers that she is not a child but a young woman ten years his junior, with a mother in England. Agreeing to become her chaperone, Cliff brings his two children Ariel and Alexi for the six-week voyage and demands that Amanda learn lessons in deportment and how to be a lady. Once they land in England, Cliff takes his responsibilities very seriously and provides a suitable dowry in hopes of making a successful marriage for her. He stuns his family at his protective nature in regards to her. He thinks he is just being a proper guardian to Amanda, but his family knows better. Finally after all these years Cliff de Warenne has fallen in love, and he does not know it. As the latest instalment in the de Warenne Dynasty, A Lady At Last is a delightful and charming story. It's a story that will leave readers in breathless satisfaction as these two characters discover the passion and undying love between them. Amanda was taken right out of her element going from a pirate's daughter to respectable lady. She intrigued Cliff from the start he silently applauded her courageous spirit and really fought a hard battle with himself as he struggled with his attraction to her. A Lady At Last showed a side of Brenda not seen in many of her other novels her sense of humour. Cliff and Amanda provide many humorous interactions between them resulting on many laugh out loud moments, all the while the passion is present between them. Family members are also quick to tease Cliff, something that every family does from time to time and was very refreshing to read as we are kept abreast of characters previously written about. A Lady At Last will not disappoint readers who have been following this series, it romantic, sexy and sweet. It's a classic Cinderella story and I could not think of a better story for these two characters.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1820 Kingston, privateer Cliff de Warenne, son of an English earl, understands the need to hang pirates. However Governor Thomas Woods using the pathetic Rodney Carre as an example will do nothing to stop the activity of his bolder ruthless Cuban rovers especially the notorious El Toreador. Cliff detests the circus that Woods has caused with the spectacle and wonders about Carre¿s daughter La Sauvage, who would do anything to free her father.----------------- After the hanging of her beloved dad, Amanda has no place to go so Cliff agrees to take her to her mother in England. On their trek across the Atlantic, Cliff begins teaching Amanda how a lady behaves in polite society where she will find a husband. However, she realizes loves Cliff and he loves her, but neither will take that critical first step and reveal what they hide from their beloved.--------------------- The delightful tale of the youngest de Warenne son meeting his beloved is a warm Regency romance that effortlessly flows from Pirate of the Caribbean to the balls rooms of the Ton. The story line will remind readers of Pygmalion/My Fair Lady as Cliff falls in love with his creation, who returns his feelings, but doubts he could care for her inner wild soul. Fans of the series will immensely enjoy what may be the best of a strong series while newcomers will seek the backlist (see MASQUERADE and THE PRIZE, etc.).----------------- Harriet Klausner
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A must read
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