This book was alright. It didn't blow me away but it kept me entertained. I'll look for the other books in the Liar's Club and see if any of them do better for me.
I had a problem with Simon's spy business right away. He thought that Agatha was her brother's mistress (which I can believe) and that she might be a spy too. He kept remarking that she put everything together too well to be anything but a spy. I really started to doubt his intelligence. Agatha's logic didn't really strike me as anything special and it really made Simon seem incompetent when he kept being so impressed by her information.
I really liked the dynamic that Agatha and Simon had between them. I really felt their love and passion for each other. They seemed like they just fit. The scenes where Agatha keeps trying to seduce Simon and he keeps throwing her out made me laugh. I loved Agatha's determination to have Simon. Nothing I like better than a woman who knows her own mind. I did have a problem with her belief that it was okay to "steal" a baby from Simon and never let him know. That really dropped her character in my eyes.
I found it hard to believe that Agatha would be so naÃ¯ve as to invite some random stranger to live with her for a couple weeks. It really made her seem stupid. Also, I know the fake husband thing gets used a lot in historical romance, but was it really all that common? Maybe I'm just critical of this trope because it has been done to death.
I found the ending with the Prince to be an eye rolling event. It all just seemed faintly unbelievable. I really did like the humor in this book though. The brother seemed interesting although his "whatever" attitude toward Agatha and Simon didn't ring true. I think that this author has the potential to be a keeper for me so I'm going to check out more of her work.
I loved this book. The story between Simon and Aggie is great! I can't wait to read the other books.
I absolutely love Celeste Bradley. This series is delightful: light, entertaining, well-plotted, developed. I have devoured all of the books. They alternate between amusing, touching and mysterious. Dialogue, pacing, plot development--all are done with exquisite attention to detail. The Liar's Club series is a treasure.
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the way the story started where Simon was in an unbelievable diguise yet it worked because Agatha was so concerned with pulling off her own diguise that she didn't even notice his. The best was him getting seduced at the party and the outcome of the lady...sorry no spoilers here. I laughed so hard when him and James were up to no good with the outhouse as a distraction! Agatha was unique in herself that she was great at pretending and seducing...and tripping over her stories. A fun book... I will definitely be looking for the others of this series.
Excellent first book in the Liar's Club series!
Spies, romance and humor, very good series, this is the first.
Love, love, love this series. Hot romance, great humor, suspenseful plots - it's pretty much exactly what any woman needs on her shelf for rainy days. 'The Pretender' is the first book in The Liar's Club series, featuring a group of men working as undercover agents for the Crown (and the Royal Four, but that's a whole other series). The main cast of characters interact with each other throughout the whole series, so it does help to read them more or less in order.
In 'The Pretender', Agatha Cunnington has come to London to search for her missing brother, James. Simon Rain, head of The Liar's Club, is also looking for James. James is a fellow spy (something Agatha is unaware of) and Simon believes that he has turned traitor with some tragic results.
In order to make her life in London easier, Agatha has acquired a fake husband, and when she needs to produce a flesh and blood man, she ends up with Simon. Simon, meanwhile, is convinced that Agatha is actually James' mistress. He moves in to her house, and she undertakes his 'civilization'. This major misunderstanding is taken care of about two thirds of the way through the story, but there are more twists and turns to come.
The book is lots of fun and an easy, well-written read. It helps if you have a large block of time to devote to it, because it was not easy to put down once I got started!
Oh, I loved this book! The wit of Coulter when she was writing lighter romance, and the continuity of Nora Roberts. I'm so glad I found this author. Now I'm off to get the rest of the Liar's Club books!
I really enjoyed this series, lots of great characters and plots. A good swap!
Simply wonderful! I can't wait to read the rest - this was first class, a roller coaster ride and a delghtful hero and heroine!
First in a series of five books known as the Liar's Club. Great stories and keeps you wanting more. Waiting now for someone to post the Royal series of this set of characters.