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Leonie Saint-Andre, the granddaughter of an old Creole gentleman, thinks Morgan Slade is a scoundrel.Morgan, the son of a wealthy Natchez plantation family, thinks Leonie is a clever liar.Leonie claims Morgan married her, and fathered her five-year-old son. All she wants is her dowry returned to pay her dead grandfather's gambling debts and save their home.Morgan knows thaLeonie Saint-Andre, the granddaughter of an old Creole gentleman, thinks Morgan Slade is a scoundrel.Morgan, the son of a wealthy Natchez plantation family, thinks Leonie is a clever liar.Leonie claims Morgan married her, and fathered her five-year-old son. All she wants is her dowry returned to pay her dead grandfather's gambling debts and save their home.Morgan knows that he accepted neither dowry, nor Leonie's hand in marriage. But the woman before him awakens emotions he never thought he'd feel again.But that doesn't give reason for the imposter who signed his name to the marriage papers Leonie holds or why her son bears such a striking resemblance to Morgan himself.AWARDS:Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Affaire de Coeur’s Silver and Bronze PenREVIEWS:"One of the best romance writers of our time." ~Affaire de CoeurTHE LOUISIANA LADIES, in series orderDeceive Not My HeartMidnight MasqueradeLove Be MineMEET SHIRLEE BUSBEENew York Times bestselling author Shirlee Busbee is celebrating 50 years of marriage to her husband Howard, and looking forward to another 50. Together, they live in Mendocino County, California, with three Miniature Schnauzers (Shirlee wants a fourth but Howard thinks two is enough – ah, drama ahead) and a herd of American Shetland Ponies....

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  • K.
    2019-02-08 18:18

    To clarify, this is more a 4.5* book than a 4* book, but not quite a 5* due to the "abrupt" ending. Every romance reader knows what I mean by that . . . the wrap up of the hero and heroine "cementing" their love story and, in particular, a VERY central "mystery" detail of the entire plotline was virtually solved at the "closing line" of the book. ARRG! I definitely wanted MORE of a reaction from both the characters on that "little" detail . . . as it was a HUGE revelation for them. Not for the reader, mind you, we were privy to the information all along, but of course we wanted the reaction of the main characters!! Thus, I just couldn't give it a full 5* rating as a "4.5*" which I normally do if it's truly more than a 4* for me, as I like to round up, rather than round down. This is an old "bodice ripper" that I became intrigued with from a recommendation under a "theme" thread on the Amazon Romance boards. I couldn't remember if I'd ever read Shirlee Busbee, but the name sounded familiar, and even when I received the book through PBS, the cover seemed familiar as well. I read hundreds of romances in the '80s, until finally giving up the interest in the '90s to pursue other things. Consquently, I can't remember 90 percent of what I had read from those times. Once I started reading this book, I was certain I had read it before, and although I couldn't remember any of the details, I also had a distinct feeling it had been a "winner" for me back then. Fortunately, my gut instincts were correct, and I loved this storyline. This reading, did, like MOST of the '80s romances on a re-read have some dated qualities that weren't as paletable in the current times' romance style, but nevertheless, it was still a romantic and intiguing story. Our heroine, Leonie, lives a societal disenfranchised life as the granddaughter of a fading French aristocratic family in New Orleans, low on funds, and on the brink of bankruptcy. Her grandfather, her sole remaining relative (other than an unacknowleged by the family (but not Leonie) half-sister from her father's mistress) has gambled away most of the remainder of the family weath, and has few days of life left. Before he dies, he wants Leonie to be married to a "good" man who will take care of her. He meets our hero Morgan at a card party and events lead him to believe Morgan to be perfect for his granddaughter. Unfortunately, when Leonie's grandfather finally seeks "Morgan" out to cement a marriage deal with him, he mistakes Ashley, Morgan's nepharious, look-alike" cousin for Morgan, and marries poor Leonie off to the "VERY wrong" man. Ashley carries a long-time grudge against Morgan, and sets a plan into action to both swindle Leonie of her dowry (the only remaining funds she has left to her), and besmirch Morgan's good character as well, by marrying her while impersonating himself as Morgan. Of course, he deserts Leonie within days, and years later she comes searching for "Morgan" for repayment of the dowry and her last hope to save her home. Naturally, Morgan has no idea who the heck Leonie is, and their compelling love story unfolds as they spar with one another in efforts to find out exactly who the fraud is. I ended up enjoying this story tremendously, and other than the parallel mystery plotline I mentioned in the opening that wrapped up too fast for me in the end of the book, I have little to criticize, especially as a re-read of an older style romance (which can't be avoided). If you're in the mood for "older" flavor without too much of the "Stormfire" feel, I think you will enjoy this well-written oldy-but-goody!K.

  • Nona
    2019-01-24 11:34

    I have to first say I stumbled across Shirlee Busbee and have been devcouring her books as quickly as I can get my hands on them. If I can remember correctly I read Gypsy Lady first, Catherine and Jason Savages story ( my my what a story!)Deceive Not My Heart starts out with Leonie a young girl trying to hold the estate together with her grandfathers addiction to gambling it seems too much. Slowly it all unravels until there is little left so he marries her off to a rich, level headed, honest to God good man.... or so he thought. Morgan has always been restless and roamed the world for adventure until Leonie shows up demanding her dowry back to save her home with a 5 yr old Justin on her well worn heels. Morgan who had never seen Leonie before is shocked and angry that he should be cheated by Leonie until he realizes that may... just maybe being married to her and having a son like Justin wouldn't be such a bad thing but is it worth it and the scandal it will cause?I really like the whole family deception or should I say there is always a rotten apple in the bushel? Anyways I enjoyed the story, the banter, the fiesty lil Leonie and the ever brooding suspious Morgan are great for each other. I can't wait til I pick up Midnight Masquerade to see where the next story takes me.

  • Sharon
    2019-02-09 15:38

    The story opens in the summer of 1799. Set in Louisiana on the plantation, Chateau Saint-Andre, a deteriorating graceful lady.Her bare foot mistress, 16 year old Leonie Saint-Andre, has taken sole responsibility to care for the Chateau and what is left of the land and her people. The obstacle in her way, whom she butts heads with is her grandfather, Claude Saint-Andre.Claude has gambled and drank away all the money. When Leonie brings this subject up early in the story, it's a treat to see the sparks ignite between these 2 arrogant, stubborn, hard-headed characters. Leonie might be tiny, but she gives her grand-pere no quarter. His MO is to fly into an arrogant rage while making it clear NOBODY tells Claude Saint-Andre what to do and then he proceeds to the nearest gambling and drinking function, signing markers and owing everybody. I found myself chuckling every time those 2 had at it. The family was killed when Leonie was 2 years old, leaving her grandfather to raise her. Since drinking and gambling was his priority, Leonie raised herself. Wild, out-spoken, hard headed, Leonie's character is wonderful.Well, Claude gets hit with a reality punch, and for the 1st time realizes he has to do something about assuring Leonie's future. That something turns into finding her a husband and it doesn't take him long to find a prospect...Morgan Slade.Morgan Slade, yum.The story picks up 5 years later after the marriage of Morgan and Leonie. (They struck an agreement, a marriage of convenience and Morgan was to return Leonie's dowry ($5,000 in gold) to her.)She needs that money, the Chateau needs that money, so she tracks Morgan down. But Morgan Slade denies he ever set eyes on her, let alone married the "lying little whore", and he sure as hell isn't going to give her any money.Oh yes, those sparks light up the pages. These 2 are great together.Shirlee Busbee's style of writing grabbed me from the 1st page and not once did I get bored or frustrated with the characters interaction with each other.Her characters are well defined, and so fleshed out they could have been in the room as I read each page. I loved them all.There is a rape scene,political intrigue between the Spaniards, the French and the English in Louisiana,reference to slavery,violence,death,marriage of convenience,and good sexI really enjoyed this book.

  • Karen
    2019-02-07 17:20

    1. Half-naked man and woman locked in steamy embrace on cover: check2. Standard formula cheesy book title: check3. Bodice ripping scene: check4. A man who thinks with his crotch: check5. Poor beautiful woman-child who for some strange reason feels strange attraction and pleasurable tingling while being raped: CheckThis book angered me in many ways. Our hero was depicted as a man unable to control his desires and that was perfectly okay and normal and our heroine was portrayed as a woman who enjoyed rape and believed it was her fault. What's wrong with this picture? There is obviously a huge market for this sort of writing and this may be considered a great romance read, but I don't get it. I would have given it one star...but I knew I would hate it and I read it anyway, my bad. Why did I read it? Because it was free and the story takes place in my home state of Louisiana. I think I will pass on the rest of the series...and Barnes and Noble, please, can you stop sending me emails wanting me to purchase more great romances? There is a reason I made a rule of never reading trash romances and I don't think I will be making this mistake again any time soon.

  • Regan Walker
    2019-02-23 16:22

    A Case of Mistaken Identity and an Intriguing Love Story from old LouisianaOriginally published in 1984 and updated for the eBook version, this is a classic romance--a bodice ripper--from a great historical romance author.Set in New Orleans and environs beginning in 1799, this is the story of 16-year-old Leonie Saint-Andre, whose only living parent is a gambling grandfather who has impoverished their family’s plantation. Knowing he does not have long to live, her grandfather decides to take care of Leonie’s future by finding her a wealthy husband. Unfortunately, the man he picks, Morgan Slade, is a bitter man whose first wife married him for his money and then left him for another. And what Leonie’s grandfather does not know is that Morgan has a look alike cousin who, unbeknownst to Morgan, has assumed his identity in order to wed Leonie to steal her dowry.Busbee has done her research and the history of Louisiana in the late 18th century is vividly portrayed. It was a time of plantations and the French creole families; and it was a time of dramatic change. Originally claimed by Spain, Louisiana was also claimed by France, and in 1803 most of it was acquired by America. The plot has many twists and turns and while the reader knows what is going on, the characters don’t. Lots of sexual tension and angst as Leonie is deceived yet rises as a courageous heroine to triumph in the end. I recommend it.

  • Azet
    2019-02-21 13:13

    I GIVE THIS BOOK 100 STARS!!!Or maybe 1000,or maybe million!!!!That proves,how much i come to love this historical romance,and to become one of my favourites.GOSH HOW I LOVE THIS BOOK.This is my first book by Shrilee Busbee,and certainly not the last.The story was written beautiful like,like the books Lisa Kleypas or Judith ,McNaught write.And i love every word of it.The Heroine Leoine was a brave and wild beautiful tigress,and i just love her stubborness,and the pride she has,and the exclusive love she gradually will feel for her soulmate,The Hero.The Hero Morgan Slade...just made me cry,cuz he was so beautiful,so manly and the adventure heart he got just moved me,and the powerful love he felt towards the Heroine.There were so many beutiful romantic scenes,it was both beautiful and hot at the same time.I just loved IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!This is a AMAZING book for a romanticer as myself (smile).

  • MrsEdwardCullen
    2019-02-16 18:16

    This book has a plot and a polish to it that is so exceptional, it almost feels like sacriledge to label it a romance novel. The description on the back does not do the story justice. Morgan and Leonie will blow you away.

  • Lynsey A
    2019-02-05 18:15

    Another oldie but goodie from Shirlee Busbee. I read this book years ago. Definitely need to do a re-read some time soon. There is forced seduction in this book which fit the times. I love the ending when all is revealed but I wanted a little bit more of that scene. The reader has to wait until almost the very last page for the big secret to get revealed. A little frustrating but overall doesn't take away from the enjoyment in the book.

  • Kelly Brown
    2019-02-12 10:32

    It used to be one of my favorites but now it's just meh. The sex scenes seem to just go on and on. I'm now bothered by the fact the Leonie is raped or doesn't want to have sex with Morgan the first few times they do have sex. Although he seduces her and she enjoys it, she does tell him no but he ignores her.

  • Sab.Loves.Good.Reads
    2019-02-06 10:30

    I somehow sat and finished this book.... boring.Just boring.There was almost no excitement and the writing was very bland.I originally thought more maybe going on because it was set in the south... but the main character had no spine and seemed so drab. It's just a generic book.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-02-23 12:18

    Like a bad car accident that you can’t look away from. Oh, I can’t believe that’s happening. Oh, I can’t put it down. To read this book, one needs to place it in the context in which it was written. It is Old SKool, really, really old sckool. Young virginal heroine, alpha to the max hero, and a bit rape-y. Our heroine,Leonie, is the protector of her family estate. Her parents and grandma died in a flash flood, leaving her grand-father who loves Leonie, but is too devastated by the loss and turns to drinking and gambling in New Orleans. Leonie is left at the family planation trying to hold on to it, despite her grandfather’s repeated attempts to give her away as payment for his gambling debts. And now the trigger warnings start. She travels to New Orleans to stop him and discovers he’s gambling yet again. So she breaks into the house where he’s staying to steal his IOUs, but she stumbles into the wrong room. Our hero, Morgan, sees her but he’s kinda drunk and sleepy and thinks it’s the prostitute that the governor was sending him. He ignores her protests and desperate attempt to push him away and proceeds to rape her. Meanwhile, her Grandpa knows he’s dying and wants to marry Leonie off. He met Morgan at a card came and thought he’d do. He thinks he sees Morgan again on the street, but it’s actually his dastardly cousin Ashley. Ashley pretends to be Morgan, signs a document promising Leonie she’ll get her dowry back in five years, marries her, and then takes off for England, leaving the woman now pregnant with his cousin’s baby behind. And that’s just the beginning of the crazy. It will come as no surprise that Leonie and Morgan meet many years later. Leonie’s not aware of Ashley’s deception and Morgan’s not aware he had a wife. Given the circumstances, the distrust is not surprising. What troubled me, however, was that the rape and circumstances underlying Leonie’s son’s (Justin’s) birth are largely ignored. That fact never troubles Leonie as she’s falling in love with him – and by falling in love, I mean, she has great sex with him and knows she must be in love. At the end of the book, Leonie finally discovers it had been Morgan who raped her, but rather than being upset she’s excited because it means he’s justin’s father. And Morgan’s not the least contrite. Oh the crazy. It hurts. Yet you can’t turn away.

  • Nessa
    2019-02-04 17:33

    A SOLID 3.5 STARS! In case you are wondering, Busbee's books don't have the romantic elements to reach a 5 star standard. It is not because of the technicalities of writing but her usual rape troupes and emotionless characters except for PASSION AND LUST.THIS IS MY FOURTH BUSBEE BOOK and I say that this story is definitely better than the previous ones BUT not in the least admirable. The story was fine but the H/h played a much bigger role and if you have read my review for TIGER LILY then you know what I mean. OUR HERO here is much better than Savage or Brett. He is at least a trifle more understanding and it gladdens me to say with relief that BUSBEE doesn't have the EXACT COPY of heroes, not withstanding their usual arrogance and bad manners. Morgan is not abusive, even if his words can be harsh. Infinitely, he is the better hero who has been betrayed by his young wife at 20 but she left him for another man, holding their son as ransom to achieve a divorce. Although somehow they both perished and Morgan is devastated by the loss of his son. When he goes on his merry way to New Orleans, he coincidentally bumps into our heroine and he raped her and voilà she is preggers. Fast forward 6 years...our story begins.OUR HEROINE is also a much better version than the other vixens. She is less crazy and volatile, which mind you is a good thing and as a mother, she is AMAZINGLY LOVING and I applaud her for that. If not for Justin, life would have been bleak and not to mention her son's existence makes her marriage with Morgan much smoother. Conflict arises when she barges into Morgan's life claiming to be his wife when she was tricked by his almost doppelganger cousin ASHLEY SLADE to the altar but under MORGAN'S name. Surprise surprise! She breaks off his engagement to Melinda the bitch and throughout the journey both falls in love however the shadows of doubt, treachery and betrayal lingers still. OVERALL this was much better to read and I am happy to see BUSBEE characters having proper conversations for once and also an easy, teasing atmosphere at times which borders on loving between Morgan and our heroine. What you should expect is a whirlwind meeting, a conflicting predicament of sorts and reconciliation of lovers BUT don't expect something so EMOTIONALLY GRAND. That's BOGUS in a BUSBEE book.

  • Regan Walker
    2019-01-29 13:24

    A Case of Mistaken Identity and an Intriguing Love Story from old Louisiana—a Bodice Ripper!Originally published in 1984 and updated for the eBook version, this is a classic romance from a great historical romance author.Set in New Orleans and environs beginning in 1799, this is the story of 16-year-old Leonie Saint-Andre, whose only living parent is a gambling grandfather who has impoverished their family’s plantation. Knowing he does not have long to live, her grandfather decides to take care of Leonie’s future by finding her a wealthy husband. Unfortunately, the man he picks, Morgan Slade, is a bitter man whose first wife married him for his money and then left him for another. And what Leonie’s grandfather does not know is that Morgan has a look alike cousin who, unbeknownst to Morgan, has assumed his identity in order to wed Leonie to steal her dowry.Busbee has done her research and the history of Louisiana in the late 18th century is vividly portrayed. It was a time of plantations and the French creole families; and it was a time of dramatic change. Originally claimed by Spain, Louisiana was also claimed by France, and in 1803 most of it was acquired by America. The plot has many twists and turns and while the reader knows what is going on, the characters don’t. Lots of sexual tension and angst as Leonie is deceived yet rises as a courageous heroine to triumph in the end. I recommend it.

  • Donna
    2019-01-29 12:13

    The story of Morgan Slade and Leonie Saint-Andre' is a rare but beautiful love story. It starts off with her very young and she grows into a beautiful young woman of 21 and she has a way of growing up and capturing the heart of her readers. I know she is a strong willful character and I would not have it any other way. She loved her home and plantation which is the way it should be (ancestral heritage). Morgan's character is strong and he falls in love with Leonie in his own time and with a great passion.I would like to read more stories like this today that have a page after page turning non-stop grasping effect that brings us into the stories like these authors did back in the 1980's. The author has captured my love of historical romances again. She brings Louisiana feeling of that time period of New Orleans, Natchez, and those surrounding areas, which at that time during the 1700 and 1800's was when the Spanish still had New Orleans. Such great stories like these bring a peace inside that Louisiana is home and love it all the more.Thank you very much Shirlee Busbee for another epic classic love story of Morgan and Leonie. I rate this book as a 5 star rating since you start the first page and cannot put it down to the end, and still would like to keep reading about them after the last paragraph of this book.

  • Yuvadee Patchon
    2019-02-24 11:36

    ความรักไม่เคยลวง จามรี พรรณชมพู สิ่งที่น่าเสียดายที่สุดสำหรับเขาและเธอ คือเวลาหกปีที่คลาดกันไปอย่างไม่ควรเลยหกปีก่อน ภาวิดา ลอบเข้าบ้านผู้ว่าโกมลเพื่อฉกฉวยใบสัญญาหนี้ที่ปู่ของหล่อนไปเซ็นไว้ คืนนั้นหล่อนตกเป็นของมหิศรเพราะความเข้าใจผิดของเขาว่าโกมลส่งนางบริการขึ้นมาให้ ประกอบกับกับความเมาสุราด้วยส่วนหนึ่งภักดี ปู่ของหล่อนพบกับมหิศรที่บ้านของโกมล แต่โชคร้ายที่เขาไปพบกับมเหศ ลูกชายลุงของมหิศรเข้าเสียก่อน มเหศผู้ชั่วร้ายแอบอ้างเป็นมหิศร และหายตัวไปหลังรับทองรับไหว้(สินเดิมเจ้าสาว) มูลค่าล้านห้าภักดีเสียชีวิตสองเดือนหลังจากนั้น จึงไม่รู้เลยว่าภาวิดาท้องภคินทร์และต้องเลี้ยงดูลูกชายรวมถึงบริวารเพียงคนเดียวเมื่อภคินทร์ได้ห้าขวบ ภาวิดามาถึงทางตันที่จะรักษาบ้านและที่ดินไว้ จึงเดินทางไปที่บ้านของมหิศร เรียกร้องทองแท่งคืนกว่าจะเข้าใจกันได้ว่าหล่อนกลายมาเป็นเมียของเขาได้อย่างไร และภคินทร์ที่แท้เป็นลูกของใคร ต่างคนก็ทำร้ายจิตใจฝ่ายตรงข้ามเสียพอแรงแต่จบลงด้วยความรัก นับว่าคุ้มค่าสำหรับการรอคอย

  • Jennifer Thompson
    2019-02-22 13:29

    I have to say, that I initially found this book intriguing due to it being the first in the Louisiana Ladies Series. I have an interest in southern subject matter, and the historical aspects especially fascinate me.The book satiated these aspects of my "thirst," however, I found that it also touched many uncomfortable emotions. In this aspect, I have to say, though I didn't necessarily like some of the events and/or interactions in the book, I cannot deny the inherent truths that are held within the same.In the end, this book left me feeling quite angry. Hence, in the end, I must say, good writing will sometimes do this. You may be brought out of your comfort zone.

  • Amanda
    2019-02-13 11:35

    I was in 8th grade when I read this book for the first time. I would smuggle it into Algebra and sneak in a couple of chapters. It has remained one of my favorite books since then, and I've re-read it many times. It has everything that you could want in a romance novel. Mystery, suspense, murder, intrigue and the list goes on and on. It's hard not to fall in love with Morgan Slade, a creole in Natchez, spy, emotionally injured rogue, as well as the whole Slade family. I recommend this book to everyone. Don't be put off my the racy cover, which has the look of a cheesy romance novel. Give it a chance, you won't be disappointed.

  • Helen
    2019-02-20 16:36

    I remember this from my romance reading days - truly enjoyable. There were a few of Shirlee's books that wove current historical events into them, she did it very well if I recall. She also wove the books together with recurring characters interacting with one another.

  • Usagi77777772003 Chi
    2019-02-04 11:16

    4.5 starsLoved the writing and story, esp. featuring a hero falling for the heroine against his will/reason (my favorite kind of scenario)! Just wish there wasn't a kid involved in the romance as it gets in the way of the couple's tension/intensity.

  • Jamie Campbell
    2019-01-29 13:43

    I loved the plot of the story, But didnt anyone else notice that they didnt talk about the powder that was put in that man's drink that killed him. and I didnt like how the story just ended the way it did. But all in all it was a good read

  • Kirsty Mulcahy
    2019-02-22 12:43

    I now have read a few of the bodice ripper collection and this for me is a good one. It had a good mix of hero/heroine battles and was quite believable. For me it was a 4/5 stars. Would be happy to read again at some point.

  • Rebecca
    2019-02-11 12:36

    Overall pretty fun. I thought the characters were pretty well developed and interesting. However, I was really bothered that most of the bedroom scenes basically began as rape scenes. Without that the book would have been more enjoyable for me

  • Julie
    2019-02-16 13:25

    very enjoyable book I read this over 20 years ago and still enjoy it

  • Valerie
    2019-02-16 17:27

    I thought this book was a little slower in getting started than in the other books of this genre that I've read

  • Tracy
    2019-02-06 17:39

    In college, I read a great deal of Shirlee Busbee. At the time, these books were fantastic. Not sure how high I would rank them today.

  • Josephine
    2019-01-31 10:43

    I really enjoy reading this book,this is one of my favorite book love it till date.

  • Denise
    2019-02-02 16:38

    OK. I skimmed parts when it got slow. The love scenes were repetitive kinda like real life,only with more angst. The very end was sorta anticlimactic. The alligator was a nice touch though.

  • Sheila Coile
    2019-02-06 14:30

    Another of my first romance reads. I've read this one at least three times, too. And I have the book in hand to read whenever I want.

  • Anna
    2019-02-11 15:27

    I read all of part one and most of part two and then I put it down. It was slow, boring, and contrived.

  • Melody Medeiros
    2019-02-03 14:31

    I know I read this book, ages ago, but I don't remember it, only the cover. If I had to guess, I would have given it three stars, back in the day.