Liz Carlyle b. August 7 in United States is an American author, primarily of historical romance novels. She spent much of her career working in Human Resources and Labor Relations in the chemical and automotive industries however. She did not begin writing until December when she was between jobs.
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She finished the novel within two months and attempted to find a publisher for it. Although that work did not sell, Pocket Books was interested in seeing more of her work. In they bought two novels from her, publishing the first, My False Heart , in All of her novels are considered historical romance and they are all loosely linked by characters who are either related or acquainted. In , Carlyle contributed a novella to the anthology Big Guns , marking her first foray into contemporary romance.
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Several of her books have become USA Today bestsellers. Chronological List. As I mentioned before, I very much enjoyed revisiting some past characters. Lady Isabel Kirton, a secondary character throughout Liz Carlyle's books was mentioned early and then popped in for a cameo during the epilogue. Max No True Gentleman came at Giles request and put his sleuthing skills to work investigating Elias' mysterious death. As always, Kem was hilarious with his fussiness, and the way he can slickly get information out of almost anyone is pure genius. No wonder they want him along on investigations.
Everything simply came together to make this another great read from Liz Carlyle's fertile imagination. I can't wait to continue reading her books, so I'll have to try harder to not set her aside for so long next time. Note: Ms. Carlyle's didn't used to officially consider her books as series, but recently she began grouping them together on her website. However, I would advise readers that Ms. Carlyle's character web is very complex, with past and future characters popping up throughout all of her books. With this in mind, it is my opinion that the reading experience would be greatly enhanced by beginning with Ms.
Carlyle's first book, My False Heart , and continuing to read them in their publication order. The entire backlist, in order, can be found on her website. As mentioned in previous reviews, I will change the stars later in some cases to reflect on other books read. I just couldn't say "I liked it", so currently it stays at the 1 star, since it was as unpleasant a read for me as most her writing now.
The story starts as a mix of her earlier "Woman Scorned" unfairly maligned woman protects small boy child and Beverley's "Dragon's Bride" beautiful young housekeeper in remote castle he inherits , which all in all was ok. But when employer Walraven fo As mentioned in previous reviews, I will change the stars later in some cases to reflect on other books read. But when employer Walraven forces heroine into sexual relations, I was sickened, not just by the tame lines "Open your mouth" and other parts; there is much worse in most other romance, where "possession" is wildly popular; there is no comparison to Devereux or Hunter, this is no rape, but the very "goodness" of the hero and eventual arousal of her made the smug coercion worse for me, hypocritical hero and hypocritical author.
Since the woman is "unexpectedly" - of course - a virgin, he then suddenly thinks he has to marry her, but that was pretty much already the end of the book, because for the other half of it they just drag along with her not telling him the truth, which necessitates recurring guest-stars Max and Kemble to travel to Scottland, and as fun as a line or two were, Carlyle really sunk to Mills and Boon with the little boy and her martyrdom though.
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See my review for "No True Gentleman" for the schizophrenic veering between sexual extermes to satisfy - readers? The sex here is still that herontop,toughingherself thing Carlyle uses each time now, but only described once, then more frequent ,but offstage, though told of all the more flowery, incl. Dec 15, fleurette rated it liked it Shelves: historical-romance. For some reason, till now, I have only read one book by Liz Carlyle which is strange because I remember I really liked it and promise myself to read other books by this author.
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I mean they were talking about lov For some reason, till now, I have only read one book by Liz Carlyle which is strange because I remember I really liked it and promise myself to read other books by this author. I mean they were talking about love but I found that strange and not so obvious. Their relationship seem somehow passionless to me, even though there were many sex scenes in the book.
I wasn't also impressed with the suspense part which was minor in fact. The answer to the question about the death of the major Lorimer was really disenchanting. And the mystery of Aubrey's past was not fully developed and introduced. Oct 23, Denise rated it really liked it Shelves: virgin-widow.
He is a very lonely man with a heart that has been broken, mostly by his father. He is a lord and politician residing in London as he has nothing but tormented memories of his isolated castle estate. His war veteran Uncle resides there and has hired a new housekeeper, Aubrey Montford along with her young son. When he gets a message that his uncle has been murdered, he goes to the family estate and meets Aubrey. The sparks soon fly between them, but Aubrey is not who she seems to be and she is also suspected of the uncles murder.
Lots of twists and turns with a fabulous romance!! I was not disappointed!! Aug 29, Jan rated it liked it Shelves: regency , historical , i-own-hardcopy. I've had this paperback sitting on my bookshelf for ages and forgot about it, I think. I've read the others in the series years ago, and can't believe I haven't read this one till now. But I enjoyed it now I've finally gotten to it. This one focusses on the gorgeous Giles, Lord Walrafen. I loved Giles.
On the surface, a cool, clever politician, but in this book we get to see beneath the su 3 to 3. On the surface, a cool, clever politician, but in this book we get to see beneath the surface - to see some of his inner vulnerabilities. I never really warmed to him in his brief comings and goings through the earlier books, but here, he really comes into his own. The h is Aubrey, a Scottish Lady who has a shady past and is now living in hiding under a false name, with her young 'son' Iain.
Aubrey is housekeeper at Giles' draughty old ancestral castle in Somerset. She is a capable and competent housekeeper, and is in the process of making sure the castle is restored to something of its past glory. When Giles comes to stay at the castle, he and Aubrey are attracted. Aubrey knows she is being foolish as she believes her dark background prevents any hope of a future with Giles.
Giles knows there is something dodgy that Aubrey is hiding from him. But they can't seem to help themselves, and they fall deeply in love. There are dark deeds that take place. There is mystery, murder, a missing gold watch, a building collapse, false imprisonment and more. Max, a policeman, is a gorgeous hunk of man whose book I also liked.
Kem, who has appeared in several of the books, is his usual humorous, outrageous self.
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And as usual, he delivers some very funny lines. The mystery is eventually untangled and right is restored. I'm not usually very good at picking up clues in these kinds of books, and as usual I didn't know who committed the murder till the writer revealed it. Other readers probably worked it out from the start LOL. But that's fine. Mystery isn't my favourite genre. But I did like this one, mainly because of the wonderful Giles. Aubrey wasn't as interesting a character for me, and I'm not that keen on the 'falling in love with the fake housekeeper' trope either.
There was quite a bit of similarity with the plot in this book and A Woman Scorned , although obviously there were clear differences as well, and a totally different setting. But it kind of felt a little like a weaker version of the earlier book, which I had really liked!
So yeah, this one was good, but not the best of the series for me. Feb 07, Cbackson rated it it was ok. The problem with this book, really, is that it wasn't written by Mary Balogh or Courtney Milan. Regency romance is a genre that's beset with class problems - in the real world, not all of those dukes and marquesses and margraves and vicomtes were champions of the working class best defined by their sense of noblesse oblige. Most authors ignore them. A few - like Balogh and Milan - tackle them head one.
Carlyle, to her credit, has tried to do the latter, but the attempt comes far short.
The plot' The problem with this book, really, is that it wasn't written by Mary Balogh or Courtney Milan. The plot's paper-thin: Aubrey, a woman on the run with her son forges a character reference in order to get a job as a housekeeper for a crotchety but good-hearted old man at a tumbledown castle. Tragedy strikes and the ever-absent - and of course, smokin' hot, socially liberal - lord of the manor, Giles, has to return home.