- Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
- Verlag: St Martins Pr; Auflage: Reprint (1. Juni 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0312984855
- ISBN-13: 978-0312984854
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,8 x 2,7 x 17,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 956.332 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Pretender: The Liar's Club (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Juni 2003
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"Funny and touching...totally entertaining." --Julia Quinn, "New York Times" bestselling author"A charming heroine and a dashing spy hero make The Pretender a riveting read...entertained me thoroughly from beginning to end." --Sabrina Jeffries, "USA Today" bestselling author of "After the Abduction""An entertaining romp...Celeste Bradley uses humor to draw you into the story...a new voice to watch." --"Romantic Times""An engaging, lusty tale, full of adventure and loaded with charm." --Gaelen Foley, "USA Today" bestselling author of "Lord of Ice"
Masquerading as a respectable, married woman, beautiful Agatha Cunningham heads for London to search for her missing brother. She is drawn by a cryptic letter signed "the Griffin" and follows a trail that leads her to the Liar's Club.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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The hero Simon is a master spy, called the Magician, who is also looking for Agatha's missing brother James - albeit for an entirely different reason. He has reason to believe that James - who works for him as a spy - is a traitor, because other men of the Liars Club (that's how the spies call themselves), turn up dead or seriously wounded - and James was the only one who, besides Simon, knew their cover. Simon pretends to be a chimneysweep in order to get into Agathas' house, but finds himself being pulled by her into the role of the non-existent husband. This isn't a one-time role and he agrees to play her husband and save her reputation because he thinks she can lead him to James. They become lovers during that course of forced teamwork. James shows up at a critical moment and is not happy about the situation. Simon believes, that marriage is not possible in profession because it will make him vulnerable and his wife and children will be put in danger. How Agatha and Simon work this all out - well, you have to read to book to find out. The characters are great and I started really to care about them. Agatha is strong-willed and stubborn and she puts Simon in a lot of impossible situations - I had to laugh out loud quite often. The love scenes are also very well described, the lovestory is believable and well written. This is an unique, exciting and thrilling read which I can highly recommend!
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The cast of characters are wonderful with many given personalities that add to the warmth of the story instead of it being just about the hero and heroine. If you want a book with clever dialog that brings a smile to your face and pulls you into the story such that you don't pay attention to the hours passing then simply click the buy now button!
The secondary characters - Button the valet, Pearson the butler, Feebles the pickpocket, Robbie the chimneysweep, and other interesting inhabitants of their world - play major roles in this game of political intrigue, and I found myself enjoying their involvement.
This is really a very strong 3.5*, but it didn't climb all the way to 4* for me. Celeste Bradley writes strong, resourceful, and shrewd heroines, and I enjoy a resourceful heroine, but it was a little too blatant for me at times.
But we also get a bogged down story with too much backstory inflicted on the reader for the rest of the series.
I also found myself extremely frustrated with the disjointed political intrique and reasons for keeping these two apart. It's a hodge podge of unbelievable story that simply wouldn't fly in the time period.
Yet the humor and ultimate ending has me intriqued enough to give the rest of the series a chance.