I'm going to have to track down everything Julie Anne Long writes, I'm beyond impressed. In this book she displays an exquisite gift for description and feeling - especially in quiet and introspective moments, in subtle and wordless exchanges between characters. So thoroughly real as to leave one breathless with the honest beauty of her words. At the same time, you'll probably laugh out loud as I did, repeatedly, because you cannot help but join the characters in the moment and FEEL their whole range of emotions as Ms. Long describes...from mirth, to annoyance, to awe.
Out of the multitude of books I have read in my life, songs I have heard, and movies I have watched in every genre, I have felt the need to copy down less than a dozen passages that I just needed to be able to "keep" because they touched me or appealed to me so strongly. This book contains one such passage. In this edition, it's on page 180. I will carry this passage with me for a lifetime. "Beautiful."
My first book by this author ... I'll read more of hers!
This was a "cute" book, not as fun as her first book (The Runaway Duke).
Wonderful second historical romance by this fairly new writer, Julie Ann Long. Very witty, tender, romantic.
Heroine is a thief who steals to feed herself and her 10 year old sister. Hero is an attorney who rescues her. Very funny and romantic.
Julie Anne Long is one of my favorite new romance authors. Her stories are nuanced and engaging.
A lady who lives by her wits by stealing and lying to support her sister and herself, finally gets caught by barrister with an unfortunate weakness for charity cases.
Totally romantic. I loved it.
An interesting take on "My Fair Lady", with the beautiful pickpocket and the handsome brilliant barrister.
Light and humorous re-telling of Pygmalion!
Good story. My Fair Lady theme.
Lily Masters has a gift for picking pockets and telling storiesskills that come in handy for surviving Londons slums. Shes proud of providing for herself and her lively young sister, Alice, and shes never been caught. Well, theres always a first time. Gideon Cole is a brilliant barrister with an unfortunate weakness for clients who cant pay. His latest charitable misstep: buying the freedom of a daring, beautiful thief. To repay the debt, Lily agrees to his proposition: pose as the object of his desire and help him snare a wealthy bride. All he has to do is transform the impudent Lily into a diamond of the first water. But the education of Lily could cost Gideon his carefully planned future. While she plays cards with his invalid uncle and Alice charms the servants, the honorable Gideon is harboring less than honorable thoughts. For sweet, stubborn, and sensual Lily has a way of slipping past a gentlemans defensesespecially when shes stealing his heart!