A Heartless Design



➺ [Download] ➶ A Heartless Design By Elizabeth Cole ➻ – E17streets4all.co.uk Librarian s note This is an alternate cover edition of ISBN An enigmatic woman, a determined spy, and a love that could shake the foundations of Europe Heartless Cordelia Bering refuses every marriage Librarian s note This is an alternate cover edition of ISBN An enigmatic woman, a determined spy, and a love that could shake the foundations of Europe Heartless Cordelia Bering refuses every marriage offer she receives Yet men still try to win her, drawn by her sharp wit and intoxicating green eyes But Cordelia knows a marriage could reveal her deepest secret and truly endanger her life Besides, she hasn t met a man worth considering, until Sebastien Thorne, a spy in A Heartless PDF or the service of the Crown One of the elite agents in the group known as the Zodiac, he comes to London determined to solve a mystery with roots on the Continent He won t let anything distract him But is Cordelia a distraction, or the key to the mystery As he learns about the heartless woman, he becomes embroiled in secrets, plots, and a design that could change the future and Cordelia is at the center of it allA Heartless Design is the first book in the Secrets of the Zodiac, a series that blends romantic suspense with the rich background of the Regency period.A Heartless Design

Elizabeth Cole is a romance author with a penchant for history, which is why she lives in an old house in an old city She can be found hanging around libraries and archives, or curled in a corner reading, cat on lap She believes in love at first sight Then again, she also believes that mac n cheese is a healthy breakfast, so don t trust her judgment on everythingGet in touch with her at.

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  • Elizabeth Cole
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  • 05 November 2019

10 thoughts on “A Heartless Design

  1. says:

    Review written June 4, 20163 Stars A sweet suspense HR A Heartless Design was a freebie kindle in January and I added the 10 hours WSfV audiobook narrated by Marian Hussey for just 2 Some promising reviews and I went for itJames Bond meets Jane AustenAn enigmatic woman Cordelia Bering , a determined spy Sebastien Thorne , and a love that could shake the foundations of Europe London 1806..What was really good here is that Cordelia isn t just a beautiful young women she is also Review written June 4, 20163 Stars A sweet suspense HR A Heartless Design was a freebie kindle in January and I added the 10 hours WSfV audiobook narrated by Marian Hussey for just 2 Some promising reviews and I went for itJames Bond meets Jane AustenAn enigmatic woman Cordelia Bering , a determined spy Sebastien Thorne , and a love that could shake the foundations of Europe London 1806..What was really good here is that Cordelia isn t just a beautiful young women she is also a talanted, very clever and inventive engineer In all secrecy of course Ladies or any women weren t supposed to know manly things view spoiler like ship construction hide spoiler back then Our hero Sebastien on the other side, is a very pleasurable rake like noble man, and I soon guessed a spy of good old family with a nice lord title , living a muchimportant and dangerous life than anyone could guess I liked these two main characters, I liked the overall plot storyline and much stuff in this mystery romance But yes there is a very big BUT I m sorry to say, I lost some of my interest after a few hours Then I had to struggle to feel the sincere want to pick it up again when there are so many other books waiting and calling for my attention It took methan two months to finish Maybe was it this narrators way to sound whining girly when doing the heroine s talking voice too often That nagged at me So did the simplistic idea of a person, all alone after a little help and training in secret by his her father, able to design quite complicated engineering tasks view spoiler as mayor reinventions like a steel ship hide spoiler I m no engineer but has several close in my life and don t know much about the subject, but really as simple as for our heroine Cordelia is it probably not after all Or I know, fictional novels most often add fairytales or simplified realities, truths and abilities, but at some believability do I limit what keeps and fits The romance part was sweet and fun though I do not kiss, she said primly Or she tried to be prim about it She leaned away from him, preparing to return to the party By your own admission, you are not familiar with London society, sir, so let me tell you what they call me Heartless It s a true description And you ll forgive me if I leave you now In total Sweet, a bit thrilling and steamy romantic Good enough barely but probably soon forgotten I LIKE strong and clever female MC s

  2. says:

    Sebastien Thorne, Earl of Thornebury spelling , is a newly inherited Earl and a spy Cordelia Bering is a secret engineer known as Mr Lear She has designed special ship plans wanted by unscrupulous men It is Sebastien s task to locate the plans and the engineer Can Cordelia keep the ship plans out of the wrong hands Will Sebastien discover who Mr Lear is and get the plans for the crown This is a promising story The main characters are delightful, including the secondary characters The p Sebastien Thorne, Earl of Thornebury spelling , is a newly inherited Earl and a spy Cordelia Bering is a secret engineer known as Mr Lear She has designed special ship plans wanted by unscrupulous men It is Sebastien s task to locate the plans and the engineer Can Cordelia keep the ship plans out of the wrong hands Will Sebastien discover who Mr Lear is and get the plans for the crown This is a promising story The main characters are delightful, including the secondary characters The plot is simple but the subplots keep the reader asking, What happens next I debated between three or four stars In the end, I took a star off because I didn t like how the plot was resolved I feel it weakened the heroine s position in the story Overall, this is a light, easy read with delightful characters

  3. says:

    I have fallen in love with this series and this author, Elizabeth Cole This is an outstanding spy series that is so well written with characters that are deeply explored I recently read book number 3 in the series as an ARC from Netgalley and LOVED it, so of course I researched the author to readin the series If you can believe it this book is FREE right now on .com Hurry and get it and add it to your to be read list But don t wait that long as you will kick yourself once you r I have fallen in love with this series and this author, Elizabeth Cole This is an outstanding spy series that is so well written with characters that are deeply explored I recently read book number 3 in the series as an ARC from Netgalley and LOVED it, so of course I researched the author to readin the series If you can believe it this book is FREE right now on .com Hurry and get it and add it to your to be read list But don t wait that long as you will kick yourself once you realize how great this book is I adore when a book has characters that you get emotionally involved with I cared about Cordelia and Sebastien I was desperate to find out what happens to them I read so fast because I couldn t wait to find out how the story unfolds Cordelia is an engineer as well as a woman of the ton She has the reputation of being heartless because she has turned down so many marriage proposals She lives on Quince Street I love this name with her Aunt Leona and has a household full of criminals turned servants After her beloved father s death, she realizes that she isn t ready to give up the world and work of engineering, as well as the income She creates a false character Lear to continue on her work She never thinks that the world of engineering could endanger her life.For years Cordelia worked on a special ship called the Andraste The ship is a virtual fortress, clad with iron and impregnable from cannon fodder Her father worried that people would use this for nefarious deeds and implored Cordelia to keep the plans hidden and safe Cordelia continued to work on the plans after her father mysteriously died This dream ship has caught the attention of the white and black hats Both want the plans and therefore both want Cordelia.Enter Sebastien He is a member of the Zodiac, a spy organization for the Crown He has been charged with finding the plans for the Andraste and securing them for England Sebastien receives his orders while attending a London ball, where he spots the most luscious woman walking by He finds her hiding in the gardens, very close to where his dossier of details is waiting for him He finds that suspicious, but can t let the opportunity to kiss her pass They share an intimate moment and she is gone It was hilarious when Sebastien and Cordelia meet the next day The reasons for their meeting however, were not After that ball, Cordelia returns home to find that the plans for the Andraste were stolen She then has Sebastien appearing on her doorstep, a raging inconvenience I loved how Cordelia stands up to him and puts him on the defensive As a reader, this is when you subconsciously recognize that you are reading a well conceived and developed novel Cordelia has secrets she needs to keep Sebastien is so charming and virile that she may just lose her head along with her virtue and her heart The two are thrown together with a frequent urgency as the stakes get higher and higher for Cordelia, Sebastien, the Zodiac and England.Sebastien wants to trust Cordelia, but he faces evasion and subterfuge at every turn with her She is determined to keep her secrets They arevaluable to her than her virtue Cordelia is almost on the shelf at the age of twenty seven She knows she won t marry after being her own mistress for so long She can never give a man the power over her that could stop her work or her freedom However, she wishes she had passion Enter Sebastien again The two have been panting after each other and warily eyeing each other with passion and mistrust.Things get very steamy But also very complicated Cordelia is sure that she wants to be in Sebastien s arms and bed, but not his life I think what I loved so much about this story is how both lead characters were afraid of the other They were afraid to open their hearts and share their true nature with each other Being intimate provided shelter from the truth for a while, but it ate away at them to share only a part of who they were.The author has created a wonderful, tangled web of deception and truth The mystery of the plans for the Andraste make the story leap off the page and dictated a force that both Cordelia and Sebastien couldn t control The plot had no holes in it and I really admired that Elizabeth Cole created such a strong female character This is a real strength of the author, as her other books in the series contain female characters who have backbone and intelligence Woe is the man who underestimates a woman in this series of books.I strongly recommend picking up this series and there is a fourth book in the works according to the author I sincerely hope that we will get to read about all twelve signs as this series is unique, extremely well conceived and well written Reviewed for www.kiltsandswords.com

  4. says:

    I really enjoyed this book Great hero and heroine, story line and plot Great chemistry and some good sex scenes The story line itself was a bit different in a very good way There was plenty of dialogue too.I listened to this book as I read along via audible and the narrator did a really good job as well.

  5. says:

    There are two extremes of historical romance writers the ones that sound so historically accurate that you feel like you re in the time period no that sounds like a good thing but what I m talking is about is a story that it sounds and reads so historically it puts you to sleep and takes you forever to finish reading the book if you even ever end up finishing the book and the ones that sound like some obtuse person from the present who has never went to a history class, of any kind fell i There are two extremes of historical romance writers the ones that sound so historically accurate that you feel like you re in the time period no that sounds like a good thing but what I m talking is about is a story that it sounds and reads so historically it puts you to sleep and takes you forever to finish reading the book if you even ever end up finishing the book and the ones that sound like some obtuse person from the present who has never went to a history class, of any kind fell into the past and started narrating the story you are reading Elizabeth Cole unfortunately falls towards the latter extreme although her writing isn t as severely horrendous Cole s writing sounds like some from the present who knows a lot about London society and culture fell into the past and started narrating the story to someone also from the present who didn t have any idea what on earth the person was talking about and needed explanations and definitions for every historical thing in the story Now this isn t typically a bad thing for first time historical readers it s actually very useful but is very annoying to the readers who ve already gotten an idea of what the time period the book was set in was like Another thing, Cole did that a lot of writers do especially in romance novels is to do the first chapter in the guy or girl s point of view and then do the second chapter in the other one s This is okay but what I didn t like it was that by chapter three there was already too many different plots going on Cordelia s servants secret pasts, Cordelia s passion for making ships, Sebastian s mission as a spy, Sebastian s need to tell everyone he s poor so he doesn t get pinned to a gel,a young genteel girl , if you didn t already knowby the way this is what I m talking about but Cole does it much better and subtly than me.I don t know I didn t like this story as much as I thought I would This isn t the best spy novel I ve ever read that honor goes to another I give Heartless a solid three stars

  6. says:

    I didn t like this one as much as the first I don t care for the protagonists being setup in an adversarial relationship where they mistrust each other for half of the book The French Civil War is not something I enjoy reading about, and there were a lot of references to it I also don t care for the idea that spies are willing to sleep with people to get information It may be true but it s unpleasant to read about in a romance because of these things I would give this one fewer stars than t I didn t like this one as much as the first I don t care for the protagonists being setup in an adversarial relationship where they mistrust each other for half of the book The French Civil War is not something I enjoy reading about, and there were a lot of references to it I also don t care for the idea that spies are willing to sleep with people to get information It may be true but it s unpleasant to read about in a romance because of these things I would give this one fewer stars than the previous book.The story did keep me turning pages, and the characters are still interesting and layered

  7. says:

    3.25 stars.The heroine is an engineer, yes true, she designed, build and sell ships.Her latest designs is very advanced, in the wrong hand can be a very powerful weapon, and when The English and The French in wars, that won t good Not many know about this because she created an imaginary guy to continue her work.The hero He is a spy who tried to get his hand on this latest design.See So much potential for this story but unfortunately the execution not quite there yet.Especially the first 30%, 3.25 stars.The heroine is an engineer, yes true, she designed, build and sell ships.Her latest designs is very advanced, in the wrong hand can be a very powerful weapon, and when The English and The French in wars, that won t good Not many know about this because she created an imaginary guy to continue her work.The hero He is a spy who tried to get his hand on this latest design.See So much potential for this story but unfortunately the execution not quite there yet.Especially the first 30%, gosh it was boring For this kind of work, I wanted to seeabout her work, show us how she did it, one page she sitting in her office home won t do Then we know the villain from early on and the suspense bits was too tame.Gosh This could be a good read but it make me wanted to chuck my IPad But still an ok read and currently free on .I check the author s other books in this series, they all got a better rating than this one I probably try to read her books again one day

  8. says:

    Meh Picked this up because it was free on ibooks, read it on my work breaks because I had nothing better to do Romance isn t my genre, but every now and then there are standout gems that I enjoy this just wasn t one of them That being said, I don t think it would be fair of me to rate it given that I knew going in that it wouldn t be my thing It passed the time, and it wasn t grossly chauvinistic, and that s good enough.

  9. says:

    Better than typical Regency romantic suspense Heroine was pretty damn smart, but not off putting Definitely unconventional, but not quirky Typical villain though Hero was great Plot was unique but the author left a plot line unfinished perhaps for the next book in the series The HEA was so very typical and a little too sweet considering the story.

  10. says:

    Overall a good read Perhaps not for me as I never felt particularly invested in the characters But the book itself was well thought out, very detailed and you can see a lot of hard work went into its construction Though it often felt like dry reading and was too wordy at times The male lead was irritatingly dismissive and judgmental of the female spy at the start Without due cause They both acted rather immature in their first reactions to each other Yet neither had done anything to warra Overall a good read Perhaps not for me as I never felt particularly invested in the characters But the book itself was well thought out, very detailed and you can see a lot of hard work went into its construction Though it often felt like dry reading and was too wordy at times The male lead was irritatingly dismissive and judgmental of the female spy at the start Without due cause They both acted rather immature in their first reactions to each other Yet neither had done anything to warrant the other putting his back up You would think no one could take offense within mere minutes of a first time meeting, especially when introduced through a trusted friend, but it was set up in that Let s hate each other passionately for no discernible reason way, perhaps to have conflict The lead female, Sophie was also trying a little too hard to seem cool I guess we would say in modern parlance She didn t really seem very comfortable in her own skin And the emphasis the author placed on her not being a lady by birth meant we spent a lot of time with her hang ups about this fact A lot of effort was put into describing surroundings unnecessarily It s kind of hard for me to pinpoint exactly what I mean when I talk about too much focus on triviality but I suppose this passage below shows it a little with all the rigamarole around some hot water Did water really have to feature that prominently that it s mentioned three or so times in a passage It s water Move on, a one sentence mention would do Excerpt In her most ladylike way, she ordered the best room, and insisted the hot water be brought up as soon as possible Bruce had stayed with Jem to see that the coach was indeed fit to travel the next day.Sophie was shown to a large, bright room The water was heated and brought up with remarkable efficiency by the innkeeper s children Sophie hoped it wouldn t cool too quickly.Fortunately, Bruce came in then, worn down by the effort of final repairs to the carriage Good news, he said There s only minor damage Jem will handle the rest of it, and we can continue on in the morning as scheduled I ordered you some hot water, Sophie said, pointing to the pitcher and basin This is a really minor quibble and it was probably only noticeable in conjunction with other things but I kind of almost wanted to throw the water in someone s face LolI guess it also has to do with how used to the genre you are For someone reading a historical romance for the first time these details are perhaps interesting and helpful in constructing an accurate impression of the norms and culture of the time period But if you are familiar with it already it becomes a case of too many factoids thrown in randomly and it merely distracts you as a reader It draws you out of the story It s as if the author did a lot of research and wants to include every interesting thing learnt along the way For example, the fact that society marriages were often cold by virtue of being arranged for dynastic purposes is so generally known that the titbit about wives included below merely causes the scene to lose momentumExcerpt Bruce stripped to the waist without so much as a warning Sophie, a little stunned, watched him as a wife might though in a society marriage, it was entirely possible that a woman might never see her husband half naked save for in the darkness of a bedroom And many proper ladies would never dare lookthan they absolutely had to Or even just the fact that upper servants go by their last names which can be shown not told to the reader Excerpt My name s Maggie And your family name Sophie asked Ladies maids were customarily referred to by their surname only Sawyer, ma am But I m not a proper lady s maid, so Maggie it is And sometimes we would leave one character, move over to the POV of the other and have him her rehash everything that had just happened between them, which can get dull Bruce and Sophie took too long to finally like each other, I thought Quarter of the way through the book they still disliked and distrusted each other and since they had no improved opinions of each other I really didn t like them anythat I had at the start when all I felt was indifference It was still an interesting read, with some very insightful dialogue at times I particularly liked the line about how women move through the world versus the security inherent in being a male Things men do unthinkingly, such as walking around late at night, going to an unknown party location with a casual male acquaintance, getting into a cab, are things women can t always feel safe doing for practical reasons Life as a woman might not be as extreme as in the author s example but it s a poignant point Sophie makes Excerpt I said I would tell you the very first thing a woman thinks on seeing a man I give up Tell me what a woman thinks on seeing a man Sophie said, with deliberate calm, She thinks, How can he hurt me Bruce stopped what he was doing, the washcloth falling into the basin with a splash That s not true, he said instantly I promise you it is, Sophie said It is the first thought to cross a woman s mind, no matter how young or old, rich or poor, powerful or desperate Maybe not all women even realize they think it but they do Honestly Sophie nodded She thinks Can this man hurt me How much could he hurt me In what ways could he hurt me How can I escape How do I fend him off How do I survive this Bruce stared at her, his previous task completely forgotten Is that what you thought when you first met me in the club She nodded again But Julian vouched for me, did he not What does that matter Sophie asked Believe me, all women share the same fear Only after she asks that question and makes those dozen small decisions can she move on to what you think of as normal thoughts That s mad That s life for a woman Understand this, and how can you go about treating half the world in the same way He frowned You make me sound like a monster Not at all I merely acknowledge you re a man, and as such have never had to ask yourself the same questions Received a review copy

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