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by Patricia Veryan

Category: Historical
Subcategory: Romance
Author: Patricia Veryan
ISBN: 0821767410
ISBN13: 978-0821767412
Language: English
Publisher: Zebra; Reprint edition (January 2001)
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Still, Bow St. wants Adair to explain where he buried the still missing Alice, leaving his future very bleak. THE RIDDLE OF THE RELUCTANT RAKE is more of a historical mystery with romantic elements than a Regency romance.

Still, Bow St. The story line centers on an intriguing who-done-it that brings early nineteenth century England into clear focus. Readers will enjoy the antics of the lead characters as an attraction between them begins.

Rhys if she knew of a deceased gentleman named Rickett, or his erstwhile coachman, Walter Davis. The little widow eyed him curiously. I do not know a Rickett. ed at a nearby estate called Singletree, but I cannot think he would be a friend of yours, si. .The thing is, he evaded, I was sent down from London to tell him he has come into a small inheritance, but he appears to have left Singletree without giving notice and told no one where he was bound. So far, I’ve been quite unable to trace him.

Zebra Regency Romance. The Regency series that began with The Riddle of the Lost Lover continues as Hastings Adair wakes up to find himself with a unwed noblewoman, which sends him both on a quest to make things right as well as straight into a mysterious government conspiracy. By (author) Patricia Veryan.

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patricia veryan - I guess she is just a book by book author. Maybe I'll avoid the Riddle books. Patricia Valeria Bannister was born in London. Married Allan Louis Berg and moved to the United States after the Second World War; she lived on the West Coast and was the author of many historical novels from 1978 until 2002, using the pen names Patricia Verylan and Gwyneth Moore. Died in Bellevue, Washington, USA. Other books in the series. Riddle Saga (5 books).

The Regency series continues as Hastings Adair wakes up to find himself . From Publishers Weekly I recommend this novel by Patricia Veryan, which is intense, fast-paced and romantic.

The Regency series continues as Hastings Adair wakes up to find himself with a unwed noblewoman, which sends him both on a quest to make things right as well as straight into a mysterious government conspiracy. From Publishers Weekly. Veteran romance novelist Veryan (The Riddle of the Lost Lover) completes her "Riddle" trilogy with another lively tale in which dashing, charming gentlemen and unconventional ladies triumph in spite of the unforgiving social mores of Regency Britain. I recommend this novel by Patricia Veryan, which is intense, fast-paced and romantic.

Lieutenant-Colonel Hastings Adair, best friend of Captain Jack Vespa, the dashing hero of Veryan's last two novels, wakes up in the arms of an unwed lady of Quality . Books related to The Riddle of the Reluctant Rake.

Lieutenant-Colonel Hastings Adair, best friend of Captain Jack Vespa, the dashing hero of Veryan's last two novels, wakes up in the arms of an unwed lady of Quality, scandalizing all of London, and in attempting to right things, runs straight into a government conspiracy. in The Riddle of the Reluctant Rake.

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Shakanos
Colonel Hastings Charteris Adair to whom we were previously introduced to in The Riddle of Alabaster Royal and The Riddle of the Lost Lover: A Regency Novel is featured as the hero of this book. In fact, since Adair was a minor character in both of the previous books, I had hoped that Manderville or Broderick would get their book(s) next, but it was not to be. Nevertheless, Colonel Adair is cut of the same cloth as our previous delightful characters, including Jack Vespa, Paige Manderville and Toby Broderick so he cuts a great figure in this book.

However, the storyline, although quite good isn't exactly my favorite scenario. In this book, Adair has been set up by some truly villainous characters. He's been accused of removing a young maiden, Alice Prior, from a ball and being found in bed naked with her at a local inn. When the story opens, our poor Colonel Adair is on trial, without any hope in sight of his innocence being proven. In fact, he's set to be hung until Wellington steps in with a bit of a reprieve. It seems Adair won't be hung after all, but will instead be cashiered from the army and drummed out in full view of God and Country. He would rather have hung than have to go through the disgraceful and shameful ceremony.

To make matters worse, Adair's family all act like big jerks and give him pure he!! when he goes home to pack his belongings with the exception of his chubby cousin Minerva and Minerva's betrothed, a man named Harrington. Of course our heroic threesome from previous books will stick by him as well - Jack Vespa (who barely makes an appearance in the book), Toby Broderick and Paige Manderville, but that's pretty much it. So, even though I'm giving this book five stars, I didn't care for Adair's treatment throughout most of the book, including the manner in which he was treated by villagers and other townspeople who had heard of his supposed misdeeds.

The bulk of the story is about Adair attempting to redeem his reputation by finding out exactly who did set him up. To further complicate matters, Alice Prior has now disappeared and Jack is the chief suspect in her disappearance. Along the way, Adair seeks out Alice's family where he meets the lady who will become his true love - Cecily Hall. She's a beaut, but it's anger and judgment at first sight from Cecily toward Adair and it takes awhile for Alice's family to realize he's most likely innocent and they may as well join forces to locate Alice, who surely holds the key to the mystery.

As usual, along the way, the mystery deepens, several shady characters are introduced, as well as some who might be villains but we're just not sure. Adair has some interesting relatives including his Uncle Will, Minerva's adopted father, who makes "lists." The lists are evidently part of the answer to the puzzle which might reveal the primary villain along with the Mother Superior of a Nunnery - but then, perhaps not. Who knows? Yes, there are mysteries within mysteries, including the puzzle of what Adair's younger brother, Nigel, might have played in Alice's disappearance and not everyone's life is as it appears.

**Spoiler**As usual, the villains are bad dudes and without spoiling the story I did not like some of the outcome - an innocent person was harmed. I do wonder if she will ever have her own story. You'll have to read the book to figure it out. All in all - another great read and here's hoping that Ms. Veryan will write Manderville's and/or Broderick's story soon.
Mavivasa
Another great novel by Patricia Veryan. Her books are always charming.
Sinredeemer
I recommend this novel by Patricia Veryan, which is intense, fast-paced and romantic. It kept me turning the pages, wanting to read more. The author skillfully weaves all her interesting characters together to form a web of intrigue and romance.
The story begins with Colonel Hasting Adair's court-martial. This well-bred young man believes he is innocent of the charges set against him, but no one else, even his own family, believes him. He has no inkling as to what has happened to Miss Alice Prior, the young lady whose reputation he purportedly ruined, and who lured him into her carriage, of which he has no memory of afterwards. After the court-martial, he is shunned by society and is ridiculed wherever he goes.
Cecily Hall now enters the scene. Loyal to Alice, she is keen on hunting Hastings down and finding out where he has kept poor Alice. She keeps showing up in all these odd places, like a detective, surprising Hastings. She is spirited, lovely, and
over time, begins to like Hastings. He also develops tender feelings towards her.
The rest of the story is spent trying to prove Hasting's innocence, which means risking his life in doing so, as well as Cecily's, for the person who framed him will stop at nothing to get what he wants. The description of Hasting's encounter with the "bad guys", his escape, battling his fatigue and wounds, surviving a torturous ride with his horse Toreador to Blackbird Terrace, and finally enduring the fire to rescue Cecily is quite an extroadinary read. His Herculean effort was motivated by his love for Cecily, which is a very strong romantic statement. This is as good as it gets in romance.
Steep
I wanted to give this book 3 1/2 stars, but the choices are 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 (no halves). I opted to give it a full four rather than 3 because Patricia Veryan is a big favorite of mine, and I did enjoy this book, overall. But does anyone else wish that Veryan would return to her previous technique, which was to place more emphasis on romance, and less on mystery? This book is certainly worth reading; Veryan has not written a bad one yet. However, since the story is told almost entirely from the perspective of the male lead, Hastings Adair, the reader is distanced from the love interest, Cecily Hall. I personally did not feel like I knew this young woman when I had finished the book. I knew and liked Adair, but something is lacking when the romance seems so underdeveloped. WHY did Adair fall in love with Cecily? What was she thinking? We are never told, or shown. I put the book down feeling like I didn't care what happened to her.
Enough with the criticism. As already stated, I do recommend this book. It displays Veryan's usual light touch, and features interesting supporting characters. There are several surprises, lots of mystery, and some good dialogue. I just wish more of Cecily's story had been told. THEN, you might have seen a five-star review.
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