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review 2017-11-05 18:16
The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton
The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton - Miranda Neville

Got this weekend (11/4) at my local library sale. Having heard about Miranda Neville's death, when I saw this, I picked it up. I've never read her and I thought I would remedy that.
Here is her obituary.
Avon's remembrance.


I enjoyed the opening. Celia was being kidnapped and stripped of her clothes. When the kidnapped leaves, she takes initiative and escapes, stumbling over Tarquin. It turns out, the hit on his head gives him amnesia. In the past, he had made a comment about Celia that, in turn, ruined her marriage prospects. So, to get back at him, Celia makes up a story and an identity for him.
I did find it hard to believe that Tarquin, with no title, had the influence he did. Seriously, *one* comment, and everything is ruined?!
I enjoyed the first part of the book (act 1). The road trip (for lack of a better word) across the countryside, their banter and interactions, the who/why was Celia kidnapped, their survival in the wilderness. This was the best part of the book.
Then (act 2), Tarquin remembers who he is. They go to a friend's house. I lost some interest at this point.
I was surprised at how much I liked Tarquin. (Since he is/was an arrogant bastard). Since this isn't a book that would have jumped out at me, I'm glad I read this.

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review 2017-02-14 00:00
The Duke of Dark Desires
The Duke of Dark Desires - Miranda Neville Jane is a woman of many secrets. Haunted by tragedy, she needs answers. Will the clues she follows lead her to yet another heartbreak? Julian is in over his head. This Duke is drowning in responsibility and lusting after the help does not a good Duke make. Can he rise above his past, to build a better future? Or is he doomed to repeat the sins all over again? Duke of Dark Desires, should be called: Maze of Curve balls. Ms. Neville is a master manipulator with some secrets of her own. Not only does she deliver a sensual dance of love but an intriguing game of cat and mouse as well.
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text 2016-11-04 17:51
Secrets of a Soprano By Miranda Neville 99 cents
Secrets of a Soprano - Miranda Neville

Great fame brings great heartbreak

No one knows the perils of celebrity better than Teresa Foscari, Europe’s most famous opera singer. The public knows her as a glamorous and tempestuous diva, mistress to emperors, a reputation created by the newspapers and the ruthless man who exploited her. Now she has come to London to make a fresh start and find her long lost English family.

Foscari’s peerless voice thrills all London—except Maximilian Hawthorne, Viscount Allerton, the wealthy patron of opera—and lover of singers. Notorious Teresa Foscari is none other than Tessa, the innocent girl who broke his youthful heart. When his glittering new opera house sits half empty, thanks to the soprano filling the seats of his competitor’s theater, Max vows to stop the woman he unwillingly still desires.

Amidst backstage intrigue and the sumptuous soirées of fashionable London, the couple’s rivalry explodes in bitter accusations and smashed china. With her reputation in ruins, Tessa must fight for her career —and resist her burning attraction to the man who wishes to destroy her.

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review 2015-07-08 02:38
Dancing in The Duke's Arms: A Regency Romance Anthology - Grace Burrowes,Shana Galen,Miranda Neville,Carolyn Jewel

A second collection of novellas from the same authors who published "Christmas in the Duke's Arms" for the Christmas season last year. I really enjoyed the Christmas set, so I was hoping for something just as delightful this time. But unfortunately this new set isn't quite as good, IMHO.


Grace Burrowes' "May I Have This Duke" is a sweet story of 2 people who have been attracted to each other for a long time, but have never acted on it, because he's her employer and she thinks that she is totally unsuitable for him. I would give it 4 stars.


Shana Galen's "Waiting for a Duke Like You" didn't appeal to me at all - the heroine is a princess of an imaginary country who thinks that the lower classes are "serfs".  No wonder she had to escape a revolution in her country! 1.5 stars.


Miranda Neville's "Duchess of Scandal" is the best one in this set - a reconciliation story about two people who probably shouldn't have married when they did, had a huge bust-up, but now, 5 years later, are much more mature and regretful about what happened in the past. 4 stars.


Carolyn Jewel's "An Unsuitable Duchess" is a bit strange - the hero and heroine have these weird conversations that don't seem to lead anywhere and don't seem to be about anything. It seemed like I should have been able to "read between the lines" to understand what they're really saying to each other. Also, they have a bit of a prior history which the author alludes to very elliptically and vaguely. This didn't help with understanding all the undercurrents. 2.5 stars.    

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review 2015-06-02 00:00
The Duke of Dark Desires
The Duke of Dark Desires - Miranda Neville I think this particular plotline is just not my cup of tea. a governess who was hired on the spot because the hero has decided to sleep with her from the moment he sets eyes on her. out of nowhere the author flings 2 ex- lovers from the heroine, to give her more depth as a character. but I was just unprepared for it. and how is the hero thinking something like: "she is definitely not a virgin" romantic? I mean, is that supposed to be hot???
I stopped at 40% and have no intention of going back to finish the book. I hate leaving books unfinished but my free time is limited. I much rather spend it on a good book.
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