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  • 464 pages
  • Deceive Not My Heart
  • Shirlee Busbee
  • English
  • 24 December 2016

10 thoughts on “Deceive Not My Heart

  1. Nona Nona says:

    I have to first say I stumbled across Shirlee Busbee and have been devcouring her books as uickly 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 storyDeceive 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 Masuerade to see where the next story takes me


  2. K. K. says:

    To clarify this is a 45 book than a 4 book but not uite 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 45 which I normally do if it's truly 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 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 Consuently 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 ualities 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 goodyK


  3. Sharon Sharon says:

    The story opens in the summer of 1799 Set in Louisiana on the plantation Chateau Saint Andre a deteriorating graceful ladyHer 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 AndreClaude 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 uarter 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 wonderfulWell 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 prospectMorgan SladeMorgan Slade yumThe 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 5000 in gold to herShe 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 moneyOh yes those sparks light up the pages These 2 are great togetherShirlee 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 otherHer characters are well defined and so fleshed out they could have been in the room as I read each page I loved them allThere is a rape scenepolitical intrigue between the Spaniards the French and the English in Louisianareference to slaveryviolencedeathmarriage of convenienceand good sex I really enjoyed this book


  4. Karen Karen says:

    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 starbut 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 seriesand Barnes and Noble please can you stop sending me emails wanting me to purchase 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


  5. Regan Walker Regan Walker says:

    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 authorSet 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 dowryBusbee 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 acuired 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


  6. Azet Azet says:

    I GIVE THIS BOOK 100 STARSOr maybe 1000or maybe millionThat proveshow much i come to love this historical romanceand to become one of my favouritesGOSH HOW I LOVE THIS BOOKThis is my first book by Shrilee Busbeeand certainly not the lastThe story was written beautiful likelike the books Lisa Kleypas or Judith McNaught writeAnd i love every word of itThe Heroine Leoine was a brave and wild beautiful tigressand i just love her stubbornessand the pride she hasand the exclusive love she gradually will feel for her soulmateThe HeroThe Hero Morgan Sladejust made me crycuz he was so beautifulso manly and the adventure heart he got just moved meand the powerful love he felt towards the HeroineThere were so many beutiful romantic scenesit was both beautiful and hot at the same timeI just loved ITThis is a AMAZING book for a romanticer as myself smile


  7. MrsEdwardCullen MrsEdwardCullen says:

    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


  8. Kit★ Kit★ says:

    Marking to ponder since Morgan was a character in The Tiger Lily


  9. Lynsey A Lynsey A says:

    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 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


  10. Izzy Izzy says:

    Trigger H mistakenly thinks h is a girl sent to him at night when she accidentally enters his room to escape he thinks she was sent for the night and he was drunk a bit so he forces her and she struggled but it was not a brutal rape scene as he was very seductive or able to be soft handed with her🤷🏻‍♀️This is an old skool bodice ripper novel so it was expected but this is a trigger for many I would advice to avoid reading this and if its not a trigger then go ahead it has lots of angst and the h was amazing she had guts and could stand for herself Safety H is h’s only lover


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Deceive Not My Heart Leonie Saint Andre the granddaughter of an old Creole gentleman thinks Morgan Slade is a scoundrelMorgan the son of a wealthy Natchez plantation family thinks Leonie is a clever liarLeonie 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 homeMorgan 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 againBut 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 himselfAWARDSRomantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Affaire de Coeur’s Silver and Bronze PenREVIEWSOne of the best romance writers of our time Affaire de CoeurTHE LOUISIANA LADIES in series orderDeceive Not My HeartMidnight MasueradeLove 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


About the Author: Shirlee Busbee

Shirlee Elaine was born 9 August 1941 in San Jose California USA She was the first daughter of a career naval officer later she had two sisters and three brothers they raised traveling the world She went to the institute in Kentri Morocco after which she returned to California and she went to Burbank Bussines College of Santa Rosa where she received a certificate in 1962Shirlee married w