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    Delightful!

    Delightful! Low angst, sweet and sexy romance for Marie-Anne with a previously scandalous reputation and Mason, the con artist who steals her heart but not without losing his in return. Set mostly at a country estate where Marie-Anne is doing her best to help the fortunes of the Shipley sisters who would have become her own sisters-in-law had her fiancee not passed away, it's a tale of friendship and cakes and oh so sexy secret encounters as Mason, the wealthy American businessman is slowly revealed to be a charlatan, but with a good heart. An unacclaimed artist, he really makes his living drawing for scandal sheets and his purpose in society is to be mostly heard and not really seen, blending in to be present to the daily foibles of the upper class. Yet with Marie-Anne he can not keep up the deception when she discovers the truth. In her he finds a woman willing to overlook his escapades so long as her friends are not affected, having herself felt the sting of rejection and understanding the shallowness that exists in the ton. Kindred spirits of a sort, Marie-Anne makes Mason see that his art could be the key to a prosperous, legitimate life if only he would take the risk. Along with the main romance between Marie-Anne and Mason, the Shipley family's three daughters Dahlia (who at one point is accidentally engaged to Mason, a fact which is the impetus for Marie-Anne's initial appearance), Amy (herself engaged to a priggish man with no imagination) and Phyllida (enamoured of a libertine poet) are the source of much amusement as they traverse their own romantic escapades. They all get sorted out properly, happy endings all around (including some surprises!) to make for a thoroughly enjoyable read. The epilogue ties it all together nicely with a glimpse of Marie-Anne and Mason's future. If you enjoy historical romances that poke a little fun at the upper class and feature characters with flaws but good hearts, this one is well worth the read.
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    Delicious! I devoured it

    I loved this book! The romance is sweet and all the cakes and pastries described in it are, too. I listened to The Fallen Lady on audio and enjoyed revisiting some of the characters from that, but think you could devour it happily on its own, too. Definitely read if you like witty banter, well-developed characters, independent women, and a lot of 😳.
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    Wonderful

    First of all I just have to say WOW! This is the story of Marie-Anne and Mason, both of whom have been brought up in incredibly rough environments. Marie-Anne is a society outcast as years ago her fiance died before he could make her his wife, leaving her ruined and penniless. Now she has been called back to London after living for years in a quite village, where she meets Mason. He is an rich American Businessman (not) who has an incredible talent for drawing. It is lust at first sight for them, but when romance starts to develop, and secrets start to come out, life becomes a lot more difficult for the pair. This is the first book that I have read from Elizabeth Kingston, and I loved it! I feel as though Marie-Anne and I would be great friends, I love her outlook on life and her take me as I am, or leave me attitude. The House of Cads is full of love, laughs, heartache and friendship everything a good book needs ;) I would definitely recommend it, and I know I will be reading more books from Elizabeth Kingston
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    House of cads

    Could not believe Mrs Shipley so mean ,Marie=Anne still helps the sisters of her love how died their brother Richard the Shipley girls Amy, Phyllida and Dahlia .Marie =Anne falls in love with Mason thinking she would never love again .she finds all and has babies too so much love in this book
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