Shameless

Karen Robards

Book - 2010

Regency fiction. Lady Elizabeth, the youngest and most headstrong of the three Banning sisters, has been engaged three times, and has most scandalously broken off all three engagements. Neil Severin is a wicked rogue, black of heart and black of reputation. A man of no morals, devoid of compassion, he is a government-sanctioned assassin. When circumstances most unexpectedly throw the two together, Beth's life is in danger and Neil finds himself in the unexpected role of hero, racing to save... her before it's too late.

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Series
Robards, Karen. Banning sisters ; v. 3.
Banning sisters.
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Published
New York : Pocket Books 2010.
Edition
1st Pocket Books hardcover ed
Language
English
Physical Description
359 p.
ISBN
9780743410618
0743410610
Main Author
Karen Robards (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Everyone loves a bad boy, although maybe not as a bad as Neil Severin, government assassin, who is slated for termination by the British government because he is too good at his job. Neil decides that the only way to save his life is by killing the Duke of Richmond, the only one who knows his true identity. While sneaking into the duke's home during a party, he witnesses Elizabeth Banning, the duke's sister-in-law, trying to politely extricate herself from an engagement. The fiancé reacts violently, and Neil saves the day. Now that his plan to kill the duke is foiled, he decides to kidnap Elizabeth, but someone beats him to it, leading Neil on a chase to rescue her and six other women. Now it's up to Elizabeth to save the life of the man she thought was her hero. The last of the Banning Sisters trilogy is a delightful and intense read that proves that Robards is equally gifted in crafting historical and modern romance.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In the long-awaited conclusion to the Banning Sisters trilogy (after Irresistible), Robards reaffirms her skill for addictive Regency romance. In 1817 London, half-British, half-French Neil Severin plies a dangerous trade as the Angel of Death, an assassin wanted dead by the War Office. Neil meets his heart's Waterloo in fiery Lady Elizabeth "Beth" Banning, the youngest Banning sister, who's already jilted several suitors and caused heated gossip among London's high society. During a ball, Neil breaks into the estate of Beth's sister to discover Beth fending off her outraged, newly rejected fianc. After rescuing her, the two embark on a romance-stoking adventure involving a band of white slavers who kidnap Beth with plans to auction her off at Trelawney Castle, a hotbed of prostitution. Robards's robust narrative maintains the couple's intense passion even up to its sweet resolution, making this a satisfying read for any fan of the genre. (Apr.) [Page 45]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Known as a heartbreaker after breaking three prior engagements in her search for true love, beautiful Beth Banning falls victim to a vengeful scheme on the part of her last jilted fiancé, a plot that is foiled when the victim frees herself and turns the tables on her seductive kidnapper.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Lady Elizabeth, the youngest and most headstrong of the three Banning sisters, has been engaged three times, and has most scandalously broken off all three engagements. Neil Severin is a wicked rogue, black of heart and black of reputation. A man of no morals, devoid of compassion, he is a government-sanctioned assassin. When circumstances most unexpectedly throw the two together, Beth's life is in danger and Neil finds himself in the unexpected role of hero, racing to save her before it's too late.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Known as a heartbreaker after breaking three prior engagements in her search for true love, beautiful Beth Banning falls victim to a vengeful scheme on the part of her last jilted fiancâe, a plot that is foiled when the victim frees herself and turns thetables on her seductive kidnapper.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

In Regency England, a beautiful young woman finds her life thrown into turmoil by the arrival of a handsome scoundrel. Lady Elizabeth, the youngest and most headstrong of the three Banning sisters, has been engaged three times, and has most scandalously broken off all three engagements. Her fear of becoming any man’s property has kept her from marriage and earned her a reputation in the ton as a heartbreaking flirt. Neil Severin is a wicked rogue, black of heart and black of reputation. A man of no morals, devoid of compassion, he is a governmentsanctioned assassin. And his newest target is a man Beth holds dear. When the flame-haired beauty thwarts his plan, Neil exacts his own brand of spicy revenge. Beth despises him. Neil doesn’t care. But circumstances most unexpectedly throw them together, and with Beth’s life in danger, Neil finds himself in the unexpected role of hero, racing to save her before it’s too late. What he never expects is the twist fate hands him: instead of his saving her, Beth winds up saving him. When the ruthless organization he works for turns its agents loose on him, only Beth stands between him and a death he thought he didn’t fear. In a fight for their lives, Neil and Beth travel the British countryside, fleeing the ruthless killers out for Neil’s blood, the men after Beth, and theirgrowing attraction to each other. Can Neil forgive himself for his past and accept Beth’s love? Can Beth overcome her fear and trust Neil? Will she have to choose between him and her family? And most important, can they both survive long enough to begin a new life together? The third in the Banning Sisters trilogy that began with the New York Times bestsellers Scandalous and Irresistible, Shameless marks a dazzling return to historical fiction for Karen Robards.