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Review originally posted here HarlequinPublish Date Jul 24thHow I got this book ARC from the authorEngland, 1817JUST WHO IS LADY DEBORAH I am the Dowager Countess of Kinsail, and I have enough secrets to scandalise you for life.I will never reveal the truth of my soul destroying marriage some things are too dark to be told But at least no one can guess that I, a famously icy hearted widow, am also the authoress of the shamelessly voluptuous romances currently shocking the ton Only now I have a new secret identity, one that I will risk my life to keep accomplice to Elliot Marchmont, gentleman, ex solider and notorious London thief This adventurer s expert touch ignites in me a passion so intoxicating that surviving our blistering affair unscathed will be near impossible This blurb came from the author s website here.I read and enjoyed Rake With a Frozen Heart by Marguerite Kaye a few months ago As a result when I received an e mail from Ms Kaye asking if I would consider reviewing her newest Historical Romance Outrageous Confessions of Lady Deborah and included a link to an excerpt on her website I had to take a look After reading and really enjoying the excerpt I decided that I would give the rest of the book a try I did have a few quibbles but I found it to be an interesting entertaining read.The heroine is a widow who writes a series of rather erotic tales about a woman who takes what she wants, indulges in all sorts of adventures, and also controls not just her sexuality but that of her male partners In short her main character is exactly the opposite of Lady Deborah and her life to date Then she has a chance meeting with a rather peculiar housebreaker, Elliot Marchmont, and then the fun begins Deborah was a very complex woman who secretly wished she was as daring and confident as the heroine that she writes Her wish is to be able to live independently of the annuity she received from the estates of her deceased husband so she could be free of her unpleasant memories of their time together After meeting Elliot for the second time she realized that she starts to feel alive around him Between that and an editorial comment made by her publisher on her last manuscript, Deborah decides that she needs Elliot to take her on one of his housebreaking trips The mental struggle between Deborah s intense attraction to Elliot and her memories and feelings about the utter failure of her married sexual life were almost heartbreaking It was like seeing someone who had been abused for years relaxing and then encountering a trigger Even with that I did find her back and forthing tiresome after a while because she didn t seem to show mental growth in that direction Deborah did redeem herself at the end and I loved how she went about doing it Deborah had to decide in the end what she was going to do with her talent for writing, if she was going to let her deceased husband and his odious family run the rest of her life, or if she was going to actually live life.Elliot was a lot of fun I really enjoyed his relationship with his sister and brother in law I thought he was extremely patient and determined when it came to working with Deborah While bewildered and concerned about Deborah s swings between intimacy and stark rejection he didn t take his frustrations out on her, which I found to be pretty wonderful He decided that she was the one and did what he could to make that a reality As I discovered along with Deborah why he chose his targets it made him such a deeper character Then seeing how he was treated at the former hospital by the staff and occupants my heart just melted part of that might be due to my real life occupation I also have to say that his actions when he tries to convince Deborah that he loves and wants to marry her were certainly enough to make me tear up Then when he had to courage to leave knowing that she had to decide what was going to happen next all I could think of is how much that showed the depths of his love for her.Outrageous Confessions of Lady Deborah took bits of some of my favorite story elements Robin Hood, The Pink Panther, Suddenly You and combined them with two wounded lead characters Their growth separately and together was good to watch While I did get annoyed as some of Deborah s mental anguish as I mentioned earlier and thought that Elliot should have been a bitupset with her actions sometimes, not just her hot cold, but in her profession as a writer I enjoyed reading it I also enjoyed the mental musings of Deborah s publisher as he came to terms with what she wrote and also his wife s opinion of what she wrote He gave me several good laughs.I give Outrageous Confessions of Lady Deborah a B This is the story of Lady Deborah Napier, a widow, and Elliot Marchmont, former soldier and present day Robin Hood They meet when Elliot is in the process of relieving her Brother in Law of some less than ethically acquired spoils.An attraction is immediately apparent, but it isn t until they meet again later that they have the opportunity to get to know each other Deborah, seeking inspiration and excitement blackmail s Elliot into taking her on a job, breaking and entering.This should have been a simple romance but Deborah has some dark secrets that make it impossible for her to believe in any chance of a future containing romance.This is really a very sweet romance with some nice sizzle between the protagonists I really came to love both Elliot and Deborah and wanted them to find their happy ending.There is a touch of literary BDSM and intimate self help that made me initially a little uncomfortable at the direction the story might take near the beginning but once I was into the story I didn t want to put it down. A sensuous delight that is sure to enchant readers of Regency romances everywhere, Outrageous Confessions of Lady Deborah is a captivating tale of old secrets, burgeoning passion and everlasting love I found absolutely impossible to put down.Lady Deborah Napier, Dowager Countess of Kinsail, has spent most of her life keeping secrets She s never told a soul the truth about her respectable marriage to her late husband and keeps under wraps her identity as a writer of scandalously erotic tales The shocking adventures of her brazen heroine might be daring and outrageous, but Lady Deborah s life is sedate and dull She yearns for a life of peril and passion, however, she has long resigned herself to spending the rest of her life alone and desperately yearning for somebody to love her But one night when Deborah is anxiously looking for something to distract her from her relatives tedious company, she stumbles upon a dashing thief who looks set to turn her entire life upside down Elliot Marchmont is a man with a mission The former soldier wants to wreak revenge upon the men who had callously ignored the plight of some of his comrades who had either lost their lives on the frontline or are unable to look after themselves now that they have returned from war Elliot is determined to make these heartless monsters pay for their lack of concern for the welfare of these former soldiers and by breaking into their houses, he can get his hands on priceless works of art that could make a world of difference to the broken men whom Elliot is determined to help back on their feet Major Marchmont knows that he cannot afford to make mistakes or to arouse anybody s suspicion But it looks like his secret is out of the bag when he is caught climbing out a window by Lady Deborah who assures him that she will not breathe a word about his secret identity but only if he lets her tag along on his next adventure Elliot reluctantly finds himself accepting Lady Deborah s shocking proposition Although the stakes are high and the danger palpable, Elliot finds himself admiring Deborah s resilience, courage and her breathtaking beauty Admiration soon gives way to undeniable attraction, but are Deborah and Elliot prepared to face up to the truth about their feelings for one another Or will they continue to pay the price for past mistakes and old fears Outrageous Confessions of Lady Deborah has got winner written all over it with its beguiling blend of heart pounding intrigue, explosive sensuality and pulse racing romance Marguerite Kaye never fails to create richly drawn characters that leap off the pages and readers are sure to love spirited and nuanced Deborah and the irresistibly handsome Elliot Passionate, compelling and engrossing from start to finish with Outrageous Confessions of Lady Deborah, Marguerite Kaye continues to cement her reputation as the grand mistress of historical romantic fiction Well I had the great pleasure of reading this book towards the end of July thanks to an advance reading copy and I have to say that it was so delicious that I simply had to indulge again before writing this review.This is a book that hooks you from the beginning no mucking about here Rich, detailed characters are fleshed out from their first introduction until, very quickly, you feel as if you are well acquainted with them all It is the brilliance with which the story is paced that is bewitching You see, when we first meet our heroine, we assume that we will know what kind of woman she is After all, she is a Lady, a widow and the heroine in a romance all things guaranteed to have us forming hasty opinions of her We d be wrong She is every bit an intriguing mix of contradictions From her upbringing, to her marriage, to the woman we get to know in this book, she will continuously surprise you and have you seeing yourself in at least one of her scenes As for the dashing, charming and wonderfully tempting Elliot well, he is another revelation Not who you think he is or should be at all and all thebelievable for it Rugged enough to suit his situation, yet enough of a gentleman to keep you guessing His story will give you an insight into farthan his own life and the tale is definitely the richer for it.Marguerite Kaye is a wordsmith who backs up her wonderful imagination and romantic streak with all the research necessary to allow her readers to lose themselves in the story She weaves a spell that is almost cinematic, leaving you at times breathless, weepy or cheering and ultimately wishing the book was endless. Enjoyable read, wonderful prologue Elliot was a dashing hero, like all rakes, he falls hard Only lady Deborah is a woman with many layers and secrets Well written and executed, and sensual and sexy to boot OUTRAGEOUS CONFESSIONS OF LADY DEBORAH by Marguerite Kaye, Mills Boon HistoricalOutrageous Confessions of Lady Deborah is a 2012 publication and by an MB favourite I do love that feeling of knowing you re in the hands of a master story teller within the first few paragraphs.Regencies are an ever popular genre and therefore an ever increasing challenge to those writing in it Regular readers know a lot about the history, the s and the clothes They know what young and not so young ladies of the times could and could not do Perhaps Kaye stretches the boundaries a bit in this work, but we are so very sympathetic to Lady Deborah s plight, that we forgive and read on avidly.And what a plight it is No spoilers here, but I did understand Lots of derring do as well and some beautifully crafted love scenes between the central characters, Lady Deborah and Elliot Highly recommended. .Download ♷ Outrageous Confessions of Lady Deborah ♕ Just Who Is Lady Deborah I Am The Dowager Countess Of Kinsail, And I Have Enough Secrets To Scandalize You For LifeI Will Never Reveal The Truth Of My Soul Destroying Marriage Some Things Are Too Dark To Be Told But At Least No One Can Guess That I, A Famously Icy Hearted Widow, Am Also The Authoress Of The Shamelessly Voluptuous Romances Currently Shocking The Ton Only Now I Have A New Secret Identity, One That I Will Risk My Life To Keep Accomplice To Elliot Marchmont, Gentleman, Ex Soldier And Notorious London Thief This Adventurer S Expert Touch Ignites In Me A Passion So Intoxicating That Surviving Our Blistering Affair Unscathed Will Be Near Impossible Absolutely delectable Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com After the death of her parents, Lady Deborah Napier, Dowager Countess of Kinsail, had been raised by her aging uncle and left on her own for the most part, so she had devised tales and made invisible friends When her governess caught her one day talking to her imaginary friends, she quit her position and Deborah was sent off to boarding school The five years at Miss Kilpatrick s Seminary for Young Ladies had been the happiest of Deborah s life Her stories had made her popular and she had lost her shyness During the last two years there her stories had centered on romantic love, rather than the derring do and ghost stories she previously wrote But from the beginning, love had been a major component of her stories She had felt that one day her life would be like her stories, but then she married Jeremy and spent seven torturous years with him before he died He has been dead for two years and for two torturous weeks each year she returns to the estate which is now run by her deceased husband s cousin, the present Lord Kinsail, who treats her with disdain She is lonely and unhappy, but she is determined that no one will ever hurt her again She had just been on her way back to the manor house when she spotted a menacing figure coming down the drainpipe.While in the army, Major Elliot Marchmont had witnessed first hand the effects of penny pinchers like Lord Kinsail s failure to get the supplies to the starving, threadbare soldiers Many good men had been lost Now, as a gentleman and an ex soldier, he sees some of the former soldiers who had joined up, anticipating a good life after the war, only to end up on the streets after returning home So Elliot makes those responsible pay By breaking into their homes, confiscating their valuables and fencing them, Elliot uses the money to help atone for their war crimes He has become quite infamous and is known as the Peacock In Lord Kinsail s case, he had obtained a huge diamond in an unsavory way, so Elliot broke in and relieved him of it.As Elliot made his escape down the drainpipe, escaping Lord Kinsail s manor house, he let go and landed on a lady passing below Before making his escape, he could not resist kissing the luscious lady For Deborah, the kiss was the stuff of her dreams She still weaves stories and sells them Her adventures this night was something the heroine in her books, Bella Donna, would do She considered raising the alarm, but then she would have to explain why she was roaming the grounds at four in the morning in nothing but her night clothes with a cloak thrown over them Keeping it to herself, she decided it was time to leave the estate onceThe only consolation she has to having never given her husband a son was that she did not have to prolong her contact with the present heir.But when she returns to London, her publisher informs her that her ennui with life has invaded her latest novel She needs some adventure, something to infuse her work with life So when she accidentally runs into Elliot again, she begs him to take her along on his next break in Unable to turn down this woman, who has starred in his dreams since their one kiss, he agrees to take her along, if she will do exactly as he says As they set out, it was not Elliot and Deborah embarking on this adventure, but the Peacock and Bella Donna The night was exhilarating and served to infuse her work with some much needed sparkle But though she wants the excitement, she also needs the safety after her treatment at the hands of her husband left her feeling worthless Elliott wants nothingthan to erase the damage caused by her former husband and prove to her that she is an exciting, vivacious woman that he cannot keep off of his mind Will he be able to convince her that there isto life than what she had with Jeremy An absolutely delicious tale, OUTRAGEOUS CONFESSIONS OF LADY DEBORAH, the latest novel by gifted author Marguerite Kaye, is a witty, passion filled historical romance that will warm your heart Due to a disastrous marriage, Deborah seems to be living through her alter ego Bella Donna, refusing to live for herself In the meantime, Elliot has his own problems, suffering from survivor s guilt after the death of his friend Henry His alter ego, the Peacock, has helped him find some meaning in his life, but that was before Deborah came into it Can they get beyond their issues and have a happy future together As she begins to come out of her shell, her books take on a new dimension Brimming with passion, humor, thievery, complex characters, believable dialogue, suspense, romance and true love, this story is delectable I highly recommend it and look forward to Ms Kaye s next novel Do not miss her latest novel, OUTRAGEOUS CONFESSIONS OF LADY DEBORAH Dottie, RomanceJunkies.com A version of this review also appears at Reading with Analysis.I ll start with the bottom line The Outrageous Confessions of Lady Deborah is a lovely example of character driven writing Marguerite Kaye has created two wonderfully complex characters, and she slowly unravels their mysteries for us throughout the various plot points in the book There is action in the book, but it is all secondary to the characters and their development, individually and together It did strike me as being a trifle folded in, with the characters reacting not only to their counterparts actions but also to perceived actions, but that inward focus is not in the least unpleasant.At the heart of the novel is Deborah, a character who vacillates between strength and vulnerability and who protects herself with an icy prickliness think hedgehog Deborah has issues She had a bad marriage, and it left its mark on her psyche Deborah is not without a hefty dose of resourcefulness, however, and she is able to survive Even though the basic premise of Deborah s character is very similar to other characters that have made me crazy with their insecurity, the way Marguerite Kaye handled the situation here is lovely Deborah s issues make sense and are commensurate with her experiences I felt that she worked through her issues at an appropriate pace I didn t want to jump into the book and murder her.I really liked Deborah as a character, but I think I was biased in her favor I might be the Least Trusting Woman on Earth, so I identified with Deborah s inclination to hide behind a wall of reserve, to bifurcate her life and do all her living through an assumed persona Other readers may find all that to be annoying or incomprehensible and may wish that Deborah would just get on with it and realize that Elliot is not a bad guy.Elliot also has issues, but he s a lotcharming than Deborah He helps to balance some of her prickliness, and I particularly enjoyed the way he interacted with his formidable sister He s a thief the charming kind and his heists provide some much needed action and syncopation to the story I really loved Elliot Deborah, though she has a dry wit, tends to take herself a little too seriously, and Elliot helps to keep the book as light as it can be.Let s talk about the publisher s blurb When I read it, I assumed that the book would be told in the first person it isn t , would contain an outrageous confession or two it doesn t , and would be somewhat scandalous it isn t It is a very good book, but it isn t the book described by its title or blurb When you pick up a book called The Outrageous Confessions of Lady Deborah, you might expect it to contain some steamy sex scenes or some confessions of past steamy sex scenes , but most of the sex in this book ends abruptly in emotionally induced coitus interuptus Like many women, Deborah just doesn t know what to do with a penis, and her discovery of herself as a sexual creature and of Elliot s man parts as an extension of him rather than a disembodied manifestation of expectations and judgment is not without its bumps in the road As long as you go into this book expecting it to be the exact opposite of what it tells you it is, I think you ll have a fine time reading it. looking forward to read another Marguerite s book simple, sweet and i thought, still have a bit HQ unsure in this book but overall i like this book Lady Deborah yang ingin melepas hubungan dengan keluarga ex husbandnya di panggil kembali oleh mertuanya kekediamannya semacam silahturahmi lah soalnya walo dia uda widow krn suaminya uda meninggal tp dia msh mendpt tunjangan dr keluarga ex husbandnya padahal dia sudah males banget berkunjung atau mengingat segala hal tentang mrk apalagi ex hubsandnya tu brengsek bgt, menikahi dia cmn untuk dowry nya aja.Dan tidak ada siapapun yang tau kalau ternyata si Lady Deborah ini seorang penulis terkenal Bella D apalagi kalau sampai ketahuan sama bapak mertuanya, bisa bisa dia diasingkan karena mempermalukan keluarga mrk, jaman dulu para bangsawan kan tidak pernah bekerja dan memandang rendah org org yg bekerja, pny usaha apalg yg tdk pny gelar Jd Lady Deborah ini menulis spy nanti dia ada uang sndr dan tdk perlu lg menikmati tunjangan dr suaminya dan putus hubungan dgn mereka.Sementara Elliot adalah ex soldier dan yang tidak diketahui orang orang bahwa dia ini adalah seorang pencuri dan orang orang yg di curinya adalah para bangsawan yang kaya raya. eits tp duitnya bukan utk kesenangan dirinya tp dipergunakan utk menunjang hidup para ex soldier yang di lupakan oleh pemerintah knp dulu pemerintah Inggris tidak menghargai jasa jasa para pahlawan apalg yg uda pensiun y hem. menarik kesimpulan dr bbrp buku yg aku temuin ttg hal ini Awal mrk bertemu saat Elliot merampok kediaman keluarga ex husbandnya Lady Deborah dan kebtlan si Lady D ini tidak bisa tidur dan perpisahan mrk tengah malam itu di barengin ciuman yang tdk bisa mereka lupakan Bbrp hari setelah itu mrk ketemu lg dan Lady D langsung mengenali Elliot dan hubungan mrk pun dimulai sejak saat itu terlebih lg Lady D perlu bahan utk bk nya yang di blg Penerbit perlu sesuatu yg baru Jd dgn berani Lady D meminta izin sama Elliot utk ikut sekali aja dlm aksi Elliot merampok rumah bangsawan.Dan lagi lagi, akhir pertemuan mrk diakhiri dgn ciuman, cmn ni lbh seru krn hampirrr blm terjadi, kecewi dah haha mrk bobo bareng klo saja lukisan mahal hsl curian mrk tdk jatuh.Sejak saat itu Elliot mulai suka dgn Lady D apalg teringat kata kata adiknya Elliot bahwa dia sdh hrs memikirkan ttg pernikahan dan Lady D jg uda mulai suka jg sama Elliot cmn hrs menolak perasaannya karena teringat perlakuan suaminya.Namun mrk tetap berhubungan dan sampai lah. yg ditunggu tunggu oleh para pembaca setia adegan uhuk uhuk huk huk batuk yg menurut gw lumayan ehem. haha , Tp syg lagi lagi Lady D menolak Elliot bahkan sampai Elliotnya uda blg cinta sama dia Dan yg gw sk dr si Elliot ini, walo di tolak, sempat kesal dan menjauh dr Lady D walo sbnrnya dgn berat hati sekali tp terpaksa dah soalnya Lady D nya maunya mrk melupakan apa yg sdh terjadi tp dia tetap cinta dan setia sama Lady D.Sebenarnya ada alasan apa y suami Lady D tu kejam Lalu bagaimana akhir hubungan Lady D dan Elliot, mampukah Lady D melupakan masa lalunya dan menerima cinta Elliot Kalau mnrt gw ni msh ada unsur unsur HQ si soalnya klo HQ tu kan selalu ada penolakan ntr baru sama sama sadar kalau mrk sama2 cinta dan tdk bisa berpisah lg dan akhirnya bersatu Mgkn krn author ini kan pengarang bk HQOverall critanya ok, trus tulisan di buku jg gede, jd asik banget buat di baca.