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A Man Above Reproach [Kindle Edition]

Evelyn Pryce

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2013 Winner — Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award — Romance

In 1830s London, scandalous whispers surround the pub known as the Sleeping Dove, a hidden bordello catering to nobles eager to shed the trappings of their stations. Josephine Grant knows the rumors are true—she plays piano at the Dove and is known only as the "Bawdy Bluestocking" to the pub's faithful.

The reluctant Duke of Lennox is called "The Uncatchable" by society ladies, not that he cares for them or their nicknames. Elias Addison's estate was thrust upon him when his father died, and it has been little else but a burden.

When a friend brings him to the Sleeping Dove in an attempt to lighten his mood, the Duke of Lennox finds himself at the Bawdy Bluestocking's piano, and together they begin to play a dangerous melody. Though Elias cannot resist courting her, she has a past to protect, a shaky future, and no time for frivolous nobility with soft hands. When the Duke uncovers the truth, will he wish he had never heard the tune?

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Evelyn Pryce lives in Pittsburgh, where she founded a charity organization that raises money for literacy and supports artists. In her spare time, she reads, blogs, gardens, and attempts to cook. She is not as domesticated as she sounds.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1488 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 226 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1477848177
  • Verlag: Montlake Romance (22. Oktober 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00CQC9O1G
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #111.328 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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2.0 von 5 Sternen Too Little, Too Late 1. November 2013
Von L. B. Taylor - Veröffentlicht auf
* I read this book while it was made available to me through Net Galley; it was given to me for an honest review.*

When Elias Addison, the Duke of Lennox, is approached by his friend Nicholas to attend a brothel with him, he reluctantly agrees. He has been under pressure lately with too many responsibilities. It is his intention to stay for a few drinks and then leave unnoticed by way of the back door. Before the night is over he meets Josephine Grant, a mysterious woman who plays the piano in this establishment and someone he is attracted to.

Josephine was none of the things that the men at the Sleeping Dove thought she was. She acquired her father's bookstore when he passed away along with all his debts. She had one employee to assist her in running the shop. She provided music for the madam and her clients in order to help pay the bills. She also conversed with the men until they left her for other 'entertainment'.

The premise to the book was interesting at the beginning. This early Victorian romance was about Elias's response to Josephine's book that she self-published. 'A MAN ABOVE REPROACH' referred to her answer about his character. 'Josie' is upset with him because he "has money and doesn't play fair". At each of their earlier meetings she either rages, fumes or screams before it "develops into fury and lust".

The Duke of Lennox became aware that Josephine was not who she claimed to be. They had some quirky moments regarding Elias's names for Miss Not-Grant. My main problem with this romance was Josephine's behavior. She cursed, smoked and didn't always tell the truth. I had problems liking her and, because of this, the story started to drag. I thought there was too many conflicting feelings between these two people.

Perhaps I expected too much based on other readers' high ratings. I kept hoping the characters would become more fully developed. My problem is I read a number of historical romances and it is important for me to have characters match the year of the setting. It affects the believability of the story. Unfortunately, I lost interest long before the end of the book.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Witty at times; illogical at times; boring at times 3. Januar 2014
Von I Do the Speed Limit - Veröffentlicht auf
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I decided I needed to read this book for myself. After all, Amazon's Breakthrough Romance Novel of 2013: How do they choose the winner of this "award"? What makes it worthy?

So, now I've read it. And I can't answer my own questions. It's a dilemma in my mind....

I found the dialog at the beginning and at the end to be witty and intuitive: If I was in my 20's and sitting at a bar, I would be proud of myself if I had come up with some of these lines. I found the main characters' thoughts to be on the mark: I can remember back in my younger days when similar thoughts ran through my head during several botched romances.

What definitely did not work for me in this novel? Some--actually quite a lot--of the action was illogical. Scenes were twisted, and--in my mind--jumbled, and could use with some re-arranging. I found myself having to go back to see what I had missed; then realizing I had missed nothing, and the sequencing was just wrong.

There was not much going on in this novel. The story line was good and worthwhile, but there was only one major action. And that action FINALLY took place late in the book. Put the action earlier in the story, move the chapters around, and maybe we would have seen a decent read.

So, I don't know what makes this a winner romance. It has potential--a good amount of potential. But...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Enjoyable But Nothing New In the Genre Except the Intriguing Cover 23. Oktober 2013
Von Talvi - Veröffentlicht auf
A Man Above Reproach by Evelyn Pryce is an easy and enjoyable Regency era romance.

Josephine Grant owns a small bookstore in Cheapside and plays the piano at a brothel at night to help pay off the bookstore's debts. In walks the Duke of Lennox, following his more adventurous friend Nicholas into the house of ill repute. Lennox considers himself uncatchable - he's tired of the vapid debutantes thrown his way in hopes of marriage and instead is busy with running the ducal estate he just inherited. But Josephine's assured music captivates him him and he finds himself eager to unravel the mysteries behind the notoriously unavailable piano player.

The Duke is a likeable character who takes Josephine's more political (she writes a book on the ills of prostitution) and philosophical (though highborn, her family was disgraced and she is living under a pseudonym) leanings with equanimity. Josephine herself is likeable as well - a strong character who fortunately doesn't do stupid things just to prove she has a backbone. Subplots of trying to save the prostitutes from disappearing as well as a fellow prostitute becoming the mistress of the the Duke's good friend and Earl also come into the picture.

In all, this was a light and easy read: nothing new is added to the Regency romance genre but its predictability is comforting as well.

Received as an arc from the publisher.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Makes a Mountain of a Molehill 27. Dezember 2013
Von J. Weaver - Veröffentlicht auf
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If you are at all familiar with Regency romances, you will be familiar with the archetypal brooding Duke. Our hero in this story fits the typical mold--he has recently inherited his title, and this is what has led to his brooding. Because he was once known to his friends as a fun and carefree guy, one of them attempts to take him away from his brooding by taking him to a popular brothel where, presumably, the easy women will make him forget the loss of his father, the bills owed by the estate, and anything else that might trouble his mind. Only Elias isn't taken with any of the ladies who are selling themselves; instead, he zeroes in on the "Bawdy Bluestocking," a woman who is known to be unavailable.

The nickname given Josephine is really a misnomer. There's nothing bawdy about her except that she's playing piano in a brothel. Her character might better be labelled the unbelievable bluestocking because it's really hard to fathom why she feels the need to work in a brothel when she already owns a struggling book shop. The author attempts to provide a mysterious reason that Josephine has a ton of debt weighing her down and must work in a brothel that she disapproves of, for a woman whom she is at odds with. But when the big "reveal" for the reason is made, I was left with a feeling about Josephine that her own friend makes earlier in the novel--she has a tendency to make everything too complicated.

Needless to say, I didn't find this story believable, nor did I particularly care for the characters. Elias and Josephine both irritated me with their beliefs in their own superiority and the idea that each, alone, was responsible for the fate of the world. I finished the book because I kept hoping that the author would provide us with a better explanation of the "scandal" that plagued Josephine and made her think she was unsuitable for marriage to a Duke (I mean, other than the obvious that she worked at a brothel). In the end, I just felt like I'd wasted my time on this one.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Needs a Reality Check 5. Februar 2014
Von Reading Angel - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
This story of a Duke going to a brothel and falling for the piano player really did not work. None of it made sense. The fact that Josephine was there in the first place, had so much freedom and could covertly use the "working girls" to work in her book store during the day was almost impossible when you thought of the logistics.
The main characters were shallow. When paired with an improbable plot line, it left little to appreciate.
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