By: Claudy Conn | Other books by Claudy Conn
Published By: Claudy Conn
Published: Sep 24, 2012
ISBN # 9781301660087
Published By: Claudy Conn
Published: Sep 24, 2012
ISBN # 9781301660087
Word Count: 72,000
Available in: Epub, HTML, Adobe Acrobat, Mobipocket (.prc), Rocket
DescriptionSpirited Chelsea decided she’d sooner run away to a family friend than return to her vain and selfish guardian, Aunt Augusta. Expecting to settle for a quiet life in the country, she never in her wildest dreams imagined her dear godmother would arrange a season in London—or convince the haute ton’s most eligible bachelor to take her under his wing.
Lord Wainwright was a handsome rogue uninterested in coy games and missish airs. He expected a country mouse with no polish, but instead he found a thoroughly engaging minx and was oddly irritated by all the male attention she received.
Chelsea with her unspoiled eye saw beyond Wainwright’s pursuit of hedonism to the intriguing man underneath. But to her shock, it appeared his heart belonged to her horrid Aunt Augusta!
Reader Rating: (24 Ratings)
From Addicted to Books, Jennifer Moody5 Stars! I wasn't sure if I would like this book, not because of the author or any other reasons but one its a romance book. I don't read romance books unless its a paranormal romance genre. I find romance books are boring and have no point to them well I think this book has changed my mind. Who knew this short story book would change my mind about romance! Anyways, back to the what the book was about. I first started out feeling bad for Chelsea and the life she was living by being by herself. No parents and what I call a pain in the butt aunt who doesn't care about her. Then Lord Wainwright comes into the picture. Even through you can't really see him because after all it's a book but you can tell he is sexy! Lord Wainwright is a ladies man who I think doesn't know how to love but after hanging out with Chelsea he is memorized by her. Given some parts of this book you could see coming but the way Claudy had wrote those parts in was better then what I had imagine in my mind. I'm glad I was given the chance to read this book and that it was free for me to get it! The romance between Chelsea and Lord Wainwright is dreamy and charming. Also, how the author's writing was in descriptive and not run on was amazing. I will be reading more of her work for sure! And maybe I see some more romance books in my life.
The schoolgirl was gone,
and in her place was a young and provocative woman
The door to the study opened just as he had poured himself a glass of wine, and he looked up to find Chelsea entering the room. She was completely ravishing—so much more than he had imagined. Was this the same girl who’d scolded the wagon driver?
Zounds! The schoolgirl was gone, and in her place was a young and provocative woman. Her auburn curls were alive with gold highlights, and they were clustered in a Grecian style at the top of her head and allowed to dangle enticingly around a face that was breathtaking.
He had not expected a transformation of this size. She was without a doubt a mesmerizing beauty! As she moved forward, the silk of her cream-colored gown swayed and flowed around a trim waist, slim hips, and very fine legs almost visible because of the fashionable and clinging material. Her silver eyes were alight, but they glittered militantly, surrounded by dark lashes that had been slightly blackened. Her cheeks were rosy, and her full lips made him suddenly uncomfortable in his breeches.
She gave him her hand as he approached, and as he bent over it to leave a light kiss on her ungloved fingers, she said, “Good evening, my lord.”
Her voice went through his mind and spurred his imagination. It was husky, low and sweet, but something about the expression on her face and in her eyes made him feel she had decided to reserve her opinion of him.
“Miss Halloway, I am enchanted,” he said smoothly.
“Ah, not the same girl you met this morning?” she said with a smile and an arched brow.
His brow went up, and he met her gaze. “Indeed, the very same, with a bit of finery that you display to advantage. You make your attire, my dear, and your hair dressed like that … well, you look radiant.”
“Radiant? Another form of glitter to fool the eye. Men are often bedazzled by glitter, if you will, and fail to look past the ordinary,” she said this with a touch of dry contempt.
His lordship was taken aback. He was used to women of all ages, sizes, and styles fawning over him and anything he had to say. He regarded her with wary interest. “Should these things not be admired? After all, females take care to wear the finest glitter, don’t they?”
She laughed, and the musical sound swept deliciously through him. She eyed him and said, “Very good, my lord. True, we like the glitter as well, but the most discerning of us are able to see past it.”
“Ah, do you see past it?” He shook his head. “When a handsome young man approaches you and smiles and tells you what you want to hear … glitter, do you see past it?”
“I hope when that happens I will see past it,” she answered on a slight frown. “Peel all of that away and then what do you have, is what I should ask myself.” She gave him a demure smile and purposely fluttered her dark lashes. “When I do that … glitter, would a man see more than the prettiness of the flirtation—would you?”
Reader Reviews (7)
Submitted By: dsullivan88 on Mar 7, 2013Claudy has done it again in this light hearten love story. She has the ability to bring you back in time with her writing. The vivid details form a exciting scenes in my mind making me feel as if I was in the story the whole time. This story was extremely well written. This characters in this book had so much passion. I had lots of hilarious laughs while reading this. This pace flowed perfectly. Brett, a daring, confident, handsome man. He is somewhat of a rogue. He is known as a ladies man. He is asked by his aunt who he adores to accompany her god daughter around town. His aunt wants him to show the ton of Chelsea. He is not happy about this but he can’t say no to his aunt. Little by little, as the days go by he becomes enchanted with Chelsea. He realized very quickly that Chelsea isn’t like any of the women he has ever known. He is drawn to her. Chelsea, a spirited, smart, outgoing, outspoken, beautiful young lady who is left at school by her cruel step mother. She decides to take matters into her own hands and leave school with the help of her best friend. They make their way to the person who her parents made her trustee. Finally she is where she belongs. Her godmother introduces Chelsea to her handsome nephew. I love Claudy’s characters. They are very lovable and unforgettable. The secondary characters in this book stood out no matter how small of a part they played in the story. I found this to be a very quick and easy read. You won’t want to stop reading. I adored this book from the very first page to the very last page. You will not be disappointed. Rating: 5 Stars Sexual Heat Rating: 4 Smoking Hot Stars Cover: Fits the story perfectly Overall: I enjoyed this story very much. I wish it was longer though. Will I read more from this author? Yes, without a doubt!
Submitted By: PianoACS on Jan 11, 2013It was refreshing in this sex crazed world to read a story that held off on the sex so the characters could really get to know each other. It was a much more plausible story especially for the time! We could have used a little more information on the vilian but this was a wonderful story.
Submitted By: lindathum on Jan 2, 2013Very blah. Writing was jerky, abrupt & not accomplished. Felt nothing for the characters other than mild annoyance
Submitted By: anonom on Dec 26, 2012Light hearted regency that makes you chuckle and smile.
Submitted By: ldd6853 on Oct 3, 2012This book was beyond words to me, and definitely deserves 6 stars. :) Claudy Conn definitely knocks another one right out of the park. From start to finish I was completely hooked. I totally fell in love with Chelsea and think that she is by far my favorite historical heroine so far. She was so relatable and I'm sure that everyone will find a little of yourself in her. The story and characters that unfolded were amazing and I was totally pulled into their world. I definitely recommend this
Submitted By: spyderryder on Sep 26, 2012Once again Claudy does not dissapoint. This is a very fast paced book that will keep you reading attention until you finish. There are some really bad Guys and Gals in this book. Maybe in a new book Patrick could wind up in America and get caputred and tortured by American Natives, LOL Yeah Claudy ;0)
Submitted By: Jutzie on Sep 25, 2012Runaway Heart by Claudy Conn Orphaned and neglected by her hateful aunt, Chelsea Halloway is still in the care of Mrs. Farthing at her boarding school, even though she’s almost nineteen. When she’s told that she will be returning to Aunt Augusta, Chelsea quickly gets her good friend Sam Martin to help her escape so she can find and speak to her trustee, Lord Rupurt Lytton. Before she knows it Chelsea is the belle of London thanks to her godmother, Aunt Daisy and Lytton. Lord Bretton Wainwright wants nothing to do with marriage or debutante’s but when his dear aunt asks him to help escort Chelsea about so she will get noticed….he does. What the rogue did not expect was that the little minx of a girl will break down his walls and make him desire her more than he ever thought possible. Set in Regency times our characters rub shoulders with historical figures such as Beau Brummell and Lady Jersey as well as sightings of Byron and the Prince Regent. As always you have the villains you want to pummel and a heroine with a heart for strays….animal and human alike. An enjoyable story with action, jealousy and of course….romance. **Sexual situations