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Notorious by Nicola Cornick


When the ton’s most notorious heartbreaker…

Dangerously seductive and sinfully beautiful, Susanna Burney is society’s most sought after matchbreaker. Paid by wealthy parents to part unsuitable couples, she’s never yet failed to accomplish her mission of diverting a groom-to-be. Until her final assignment brings her face-to-face with the man who’d once taught her an intimate lesson in heartache….

Meets London’s most disreputable rake…

James Devlin has everything he’s always wanted: a title, a rich fiancée and a place in society. But the woman who’s just met his eyes across a crowded ballroom threatens it all. Not because she’d once claimed his heart, or that every sinuous swirl of her ball gown takes his breath away. But because the secrets she carries could cost him everything. To put the past to rest once and for all, Dev just might have to play Susanna at her own wicked game…

Let the seduction begin!


Before we begin, let us just take another moment to admire that cover art. Take several minutes if you must. There isn’t anything about that cover that isn’t great. And after looking at Cornick’s website, I’m seeing that most of her cover art is top notch. Bravo!

Moving on to the story …

Conflict is a crucial element in story telling. Without it you have a … well, not much of a story. Some authors center on one main conflict. Some authors throw in a second or third smaller conflict to go along with a main one. Cornick just goes nuts. Roller coaster is a good explanation. A wonderful, eye widening roller coaster. Honestly, I’ve never seen a more twisted web in historical romance.

James and Susanna want one thing, financial stability. Both have searched and found their marks only to find themselves positioned to be in each other’s way. Neither can budge, and yet someone has to. Neither can blow the whistle on the other, least they find themselves discovered. And the conflicts mount as the story goes on. In fact, I lost count of the number of conflicts. However, it is not confusing. It’s very cleverly laid out. It’s a complex storyline with one thread that can pull it all apart, and when Cornick pulls that thread it all falls apart painfully and beautifully.

There were a lot of questions I had while reading this book, and had it not been for so much going on those questions might have bothered me. So the amount of conflict worked very well here. What didn’t work for me was the story line of the hero’s sister. I did not connect with this character, nor was I happy with her ending. However, she is a side-character and this did not take away from James and Susanna’s story.

Over all I found this to be a heavy read. It is very emotional in dealing with loss, regret, and mistakes people make in their youth. One that is beautifully written, entertaining, and very seductive.

*Received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


To learn more about Nicola Cornick, click here. Notorious releases July 26, 2011 at the following:  Amazon | The Book Depository | B&N | Borders | Powell’s

*I received this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review


2 Responses

  1. Thank you very much for the review. I appreciate it very much. Chessie, Dev’s sister, returns in the final book in the series… This is not the end of her story!

  2. Oh yay! I will definitely be reading that book!

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