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The Harlot Countess
by Joanna Shupe


Overview - Lady Maggie Hawkins's debut was something she'd rather forget--along with her first marriage. Today, the political cartoonist is a new woman. A thoroughly modern woman. So much so that her clamoring public believes she's a man. . .
FACT: Drawing under a male pseudonym, Maggie is known as Lemarc.
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Overview
Lady Maggie Hawkins's debut was something she'd rather forget--along with her first marriage. Today, the political cartoonist is a new woman. A thoroughly modern woman. So much so that her clamoring public believes she's a man. . .
FACT: Drawing under a male pseudonym, Maggie is known as Lemarc. Her (his ) favorite object of ridicule: Simon Barrett, Earl of Winchester. He's a rising star in Parliament--and a former confidant and love interest of Maggie's who believed a rumor that vexes her to this day.
FICTION: Maggie is the Half-Irish Harlot who seduced her best friend's husband on the eve of their wedding. She is to be feared and loathed as she will lift her skirts for anything in breeches.
Still crushed by Simon's betrayal, Maggie has no intention of letting the ton crush her as well. In fact, Lemarc's cartoons have made Simon a laughingstock. . .but now it appears that Maggie may have been wrong about what happened years ago, and that Simon has been secretly yearning for her since. . .forever. Could it be that the heart is mightier than the pen and the sword after all?

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781420135541
  • ISBN-10: 1420135546
  • Publisher: Zebra
  • Publish Date: April 2015
  • Page Count: 352
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds

Series: Wicked Deceptions #1

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Books > Fiction > Romance - Historical - General
Books > Fiction > Romance - Historical - Regency
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-03-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

Shupe’s second Wicked Intentions Regency (after The Courtesan Duchess) falters only when the stock suspense subplot kicks in. Maggie, Lady Hawkins, suffered an undeserved scandal during her debut season. Simon, the Earl of Winchester, believed the worst of the rumors and snubbed her. A decade later, the widowed “Half-Irish Harlot” draws political cartoons as the mysterious Lemarc, frequently lampooning the earl. They meet again when Simon attempts to discover Lemarc’s identity, and the attraction is immediate. But Simon’s trust issues plague their reunion, as do Maggie’s fears that their association will damage his rise in Parliament. Both problems multiply when he realizes she is Lemarc. Simon’s friends, surprisingly eager in their support of Maggie, round things out nicely, as does Maggie’s fiercely protective circle. Shupe unfortunately fails to leave well enough alone; the lovers have plenty to overcome without the intrigue that gums up the last third of the book. (May)

 
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