Man of Many Talents

Man of Many Talents

by Deborah Simmons

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An age-old mystery. An inconvenient spirit. An unlikely romance.

Abigail Parkinson is anxious to rid her inherited home of its troublesome specter. But she cannot convince any legitimate scientist or scholar to investigate. Desperate, she turns to the one man she doesn't want to ask for help: Lord Moreland.

Christian, Viscount Moreland, isn't a scientist or a scholar. The blood of pirates runs in his veins. But he debunked a haunted house, and when summoned to Sibel Hall he vows to solve its secrets--including how to woo the intriguing Miss Parkinson.

"Readers looking for a light, funny, and smart story can find it here." – All About Romance

Two-time RITA Finalist Deborah Simmons is the author of 28 historical romances published by Avon, Harlequin, and Berkley, as well a romantic comedy.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940015146769
Publisher: Bennett Street Books
Publication date: 08/27/2012
Series: The Regency Collection , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 200,479
File size: 745 KB

About the Author

Deborah Simmons began her writing career as a journalist, but left nonfiction for the world of happily ever afters. She’s published twenty-eight romances with Avon, Harlequin, and Berkley, as well as an indie romantic comedy. Among her titles are a USA Today Bestselling anthology and her popular series on the medieval de Burgh family.

Her books A Lady of Distinction and The Gentleman Thief were finalists in Romance Writers of America’s annual RITA competition. And two other releases, The Gentleman's Quest and Glory the Rake, were up for The Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence for Mystery/?Suspense. Her work has been translated and published in more than thirty countries, with graphic novel editions available in Japan.

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Man of Many Talents 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well crafted story
harstan More than 1 year ago
Abigail Parkinson, owner of Sibel Hall, needs to sell the place, but Sir Boundefort, a ghost she has never seen, scares away prospective buyers. She writes to ghost chaser Christian Reade, whose unwanted reputation is based on debunking a spectral claim at Belles Corner. Though he prefers not to go, Christian travels to Sibel Hall as a favor to his beloved ailing grandfather.

His reception by the owner is cold as if Abigail is angry with him, but Christian finds he can¿t get the ¿Governess¿ out of his mind and cannot ignore her smell of lilac. On the other hand, her three live-in cousins run the gamut of welcome. Mercia hopes he finds the ghost and the reported treasure; the Colonel welcomes a fellow adventurer but believes he wastes his time; Emery the intellect treats him with disdain. However, the worst is Abigail who he badly wants to admire him considers him a miscreant though he knows not why. As he tries to uncover the mystery of the haunting and his hostess, Christian and Abby fall in love, but she has not forgiven him for forgetting that as children she was once his wench and he her pirate.

This is a fun Regency romance due to the delightful lead couple. The three ¿cousins¿ are minor irritants as readers will want to tell the trio to shut up after constantly hearing the Colonel¿s loud voice, Emery¿s sneering comments, and Mercia¿s inane gibberish. However, when it comes to love among the lilacs, fans will appreciate this entertaining ghost-busting romance with a pinch of suspense that comes from an unlikely source.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous 10 months ago
It was refreshing to read a romance that did not make me want to roll my eyes repeatedly. I loved the story and both the heroine and hero. The ghost story aspect was well done. Kudos to Deborah Simmons for providing two very likable characters in Christian and Abagail!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miss Parkinson has a problem. The real estate market is historically poor, but having a ghost makes the idea of selling a house frankly impossible. Her solution is to hire noted ghost hunter, Christian Reade who has recently had a noteable success. For his part, Christian is sick of ghosts and just wants a vacation, but accepts the job as a favor to his grandfather. ........... To his surprise, the occupants of Sibel Hall, especially Miss Parkinson, are not all that happy to see him and there appears to be a mystery that needs solving, one with an all too human answer. However, the biggest mystery that Christian wants to get to the bottom of is how to win Miss Parkinson's heart. ........... ***** Fans of Regencies and ghost stories alike will find this a charming story with quirky characters abounding.