The Charmer

The Charmer

by CJ Archer

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The Charmer by CJ Archer

Handsome. Charming. Devastating.

He was the last man she needed, but the only one she wanted.

Orlando Holt has never assassinated a woman before. The lovely, feisty Lady Lynden will be his first. She's supposed to be a vicious murderess, but when Orlando begins to have doubts, he sets out to discover the identity of the person who hired him. What he learns will turn his world upside down, and propel him headlong into love with a woman who's immune to his charms.

Twice widowed by the age of twenty-four, Lady Susanna Lynden has had enough of charming men. Her last husband knew all the right things to say to get her to the marriage bed…then made her life miserable. Money may be scarce and her house falling down around her, but the exotic fruit from her orange trees will keep poverty away. Except someone is thwarting her at every turn. Someone who may even want her dead.

The Charmer is the first novel in the Assassins Guild series. The books in this series do not need to be read in order, but it will enhance your reading experience if they are. If you love historical romance novels with heart and soul set outside the Regency era, then C.J. Archer's assassins are for you.

The books in the Assassins Guild series are:
#1 The Charmer
#2 The Rebel
#3 The Saint
#4 The Sinner


We all know a charming man, right? The one who's too handsome for his own good. The one who needs to be brought down a peg or two. I've always wanted to see how these guys handle meeting that one woman who doesn't succumb to their charms. That's why I wrote Orlando, the hero in THE CHARMER. He can have any woman he wants - until he meets Susanna. Pairing these two characters was so much fun, and I hope you'll enjoy their story as much as I enjoyed writing it.


Product Details

BN ID: 2940044368231
Publisher: Oz Books
Publication date: 03/03/2013
Series: Assassins Guild , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 15,698
File size: 376 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

C.J. Archer is the USA Today bestselling author of historical fantasy novels including THE EMILY CHAMBERS SPIRIT MEDIUM TRILOGY, the FREAK HOUSE series, the MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES series and the GLASS AND STEELE books. She has also written historical romances set in Elizabethan England. C.J. has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two. She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, 2 children and Coco the black and white cat. Subscribe to C.J.'s newsletter to be notified when she releases a new book, as well as get access to exclusive content and subscriber-only giveaways. Join via her website: She loves to hear from readers. You can contact her through email or follow her on social media to get the latest updates on her books: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram: Pinterest: Goodreads:

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The Charmer (An Assassins Guild Novel) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have found a new favorite author! I have read the Emily Chamber and the Freak House novels. I really enjoy her style of writing. I don't want to put it down once I start! The Charmer, was sexy (without any erotica) exciting with a handsome hero. Great all around read - can't wait to start the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great introduction to the Assasins Guild storyline set in the late 1500's. I enjoyed the different twists in the plot and did not determine the threat until later in the story. The Guild carries out vigilanti justice, dispatching evil people who escape being held accountable for heinous crimes they commit due to their wealth or powerful positions in society. Before delivering death, the accused is carefully investigated by a guild member to ensure the accused is indeed guilty as accused. So when a guild member is needed to investigate a suspected "black widow" who is accused of murdering two husbands for their wealth, the Charmer is chosen for the job. The facts, however, do not add up to the accusations and he discovers there is much more going on in the sleepy village that needs further investigation as he is drawn to the widow. Great characters and an intricate storyline made this an entertaining read. The details about growing oranges in England was interesting to me as a hobby gardener. I would love a recipe for her marmelade and succants.
Anonymous 18 days ago
This novel by C.J. Archer is intriguing and enthralling . Each chapter had me glued. I was sorry to read the end! Looking forward to next book !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters were well-built. The storyline had twists and turns. Mystery included. Enjoy the book very much. Can't wait for the second book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Charmer has everything I like to see in a romance novel. Smart women charming men funny and odd outside characters. Just loved it!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book but it was not a favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although it was a pretty predictable plot line, I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the strong, independent heroine and her protective servants. I’m glad not a lot of time was spent on describing all the surroundings, etc. and that made it a quick read. For a light mystery with romance, I recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent writing and good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A mystery and a love story combined. This was a good read. Well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a nook e-reader since the beginning. I read voratously, to when I say this is truly a must read for historical romance fans I mean it. History, mystery, and sex what more can a gal ask for. Thank you!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got me hooked on Archer's series. Starting book two, The Rebel, and it looks like this one will also be a keeper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not what I expected it to be. So much better! Enjoyable. Liked the characters. The plot was well thought out and kept me guessing along the way. Story was an easy read and fun.
Pinki More than 1 year ago
At turns funny, romantic, sexy, and suspenseful this book was a joy to read. It is a stand alone tale, as well as the first in the Assassins Guild series. I will definitely read more of these stories, I love period pieces.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engaging plot, likable character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story concept was original, but the author became repetitive as she sought to clarify. This caused the book to be unnecessarily long. Treason as part of the plot seemed forced and was inserted rather far into the story. There really didn't seem to be much to this plotline. I also question the use of "arse" instead of "ass" in the narrative and some of the terms used. A caul is defined as "a fatty membrane covering a sheeps's intestines" rather than a woman's headscarf. And could someone explain how an eyebrow can "fork"? I think the author was trying to find a new word for arched, but sometimes the old words work best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad story but just not realistic so it seemed silly to me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a great cast of charactors. The main character is a strong smart woman. The situations are heartwarming and believable. Ivrecommend this book. Easy read and leaves you in a lighter mood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author describes the people & their feelings so very well you can "SEE" them in your mind!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was new and well thought out. The ending was quick like they tried to rush it all at once but worth the read.
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