A Heartless Design

A Heartless Design 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

  • Title: A Heartless Design
  • Author: ElizabethCole
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 433
  • Format: ebook
  • Librarian s note This is an alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780985331160.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 deepestLibrarian s note This is an alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780985331160.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 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 all.A 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.

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  • ElizabethCole

    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 everything.Get in touch with her at twitter coleheartedgirl


  • Review written June 4, 20163 Stars - A sweet suspense HRA 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 it."James Bond meets Jane Austen!"« An enigmatic woman (Cordelia Bering), a determined spy (Sebastien Thorne), and a love that could shake the foundations of Europe » London 1806What was really good here is that Cordelia isn't just a beautiful young women she is also a ta [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 read more in the series. If you can believe it –this book is FREE right now on . 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • We met Lord Forester in the first book of the series as he helps Sebastien and Cordelia escape France. I loved that both are back in the telling of Forester’s story!Forester meets with Neville aka Aries for his next mission. Although he is a Lord, he has no use for the fripperies of society and would rather be working his estate and managing the land. His work for the Zodiac is of vital importance to him and he can’t imagine his life without being in service to the Crown. However this missio [...]

  • 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%, [...]

  • PERIOD MYSTERY/ROMANCEI'm a big fan of this authors work and have read a few of her previous books. Once again she doesn't disappoint.Set in 1806 Cordelia Bering is an unusual woman of the times, she's 27 and by the standards of the time she's considered an old maid, on the shelf if you like. But Cordelia likes things just the way they are, she's refused all offers of marriage. A husband even one with half a brain might discover her secret.Then she meets Sebatien Thorne a former wastrel, but now [...]

  • This is awesome for a book that is free on kindle!In fact, better than 90% of Historical Romance books I've read. It does not just pull together a plot for the sake of bringing the main characters together, it has substance! And that is a rarity, in this genre.

  • This was okay. It took me way too long to finish for what it is. The premise was good, the characters were fine, and I have to give the author props for creating strong, intelligent female characters. That's awesome. Also props for the criminal justice rehabilitation narrative thrown in there as well, I appreciate that especially in an historical novel.However, for whatever reason this just didn't pull me in. The pace was extremely slow and I was often bored. I had no real desire to continue rea [...]

  • This started as a cute historical romance but by the end it dragged a bit. Cordelia Bering a female engineer. Working under a false name as women were not taken seriously in this era, becomes caught up in an international plan to steal her plans, on a ship made from iron which could win the war for the French should they manage to get their hands on them. Sebastien Thorne, a spy in the service of Crown has been given the job of intercepting the plans to stop them getting into the hands of the fr [...]

  • I loved this book! What an exciting and romantic adventure and a fabulous start to a the wonderful “Secrets of the Zodiac” series! This is probably my 2nd favorite of the 6 that have been published so far. Cordelia is such a well-developed heroine with a nice combination of practicality and romanticism. I loved her intelligence and her determinationThe hero Sebastian was interesting as well. He is the first spy we meet, of 12, in the super-secret and elite Zodiac network in service of the cr [...]

  • I really enjoyed this book by Elizabeth Cole. I am a fan of the James Bond 007 movies and this book made me think about how gorgeous secret agents like James Bond types came from a long line of earlier predecessors who worked for the Crowne to keep England safe from dangers abroad, in this case, during Napoleon Bonaparte’s frantic reign. THE HERO:Lord Sebastien Thorne, Earl of Thronbury is like an early James Bond type…at least to me he is. As the second son of an aristocrat, he came to inhe [...]

  • I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4.5 out of 5 Stars.Taking place during the Napoleonic wars, A Heartless Design by Elizabeth Cole is the story of the romance between an intelligent, headstrong woman determined to control her own life and a recently titled nobleman secretly working for his Majesty's secret service. Well developed characters, good world building, engaging dialogue and just the right amount of [...]

  • Sophie Bertrand is a product of the Parisian theatre, tossed to the streets when her mother was killed during the purge of the Revolution. With the frame and ability to present herself as either male or female - and an attitude to match - Sophie was offered reprieve by a British gentleman who whisked her away from the terrors of France and transformed her into a spy for her adopted country. As the only female of the Zodiac, Sophie works alone to maintain her carefully guarded secret, until she 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 bookif 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 [...]

  • A Heartless Design has all the things I love in a book. It is set in Regency England, there's mystery involved and even some spying.It really can't get much better than this.Cordelia is one of London's most beautiful women, but she has secrets, lots of them, and they keep her from walking down the aisle. That is until she meets Sebastian who is a member of the Zodiac.What can I say about this bookCordelia is a strong heroine, but she's not the typical Regency heroine. She's not shying away from [...]

  • This book was a freebie on , and as I write this review (1/6/) it's still listed as free, so go grab it and then continue reading.Got it? Okay. This book caught my eye because 1. free (duh) 2. first of a series and 3. historical fiction (a favorite of mine). Right out of the gate I was a little disappointed, I was hoping for something with the same ring of authenticity as my beloved Victoria Holt novels. That said, about a quarter of the way into the book I was really beginning to enjoy the two [...]

  • I enjoyed this story, even though it is a romance novel and not my favourite genre. This enjoyable story of an independent woman during a time when this was not the kind of woman to be intrigued me.I liked the way she described the main character without being feministic, proving that with a subtle description of facts one can very much make a statement.

  • A Reckless Soul is the second book in the Secrets of the Zodiac series. Elizabeth Cole's writing style is similar to Elizabeth Hoyt, Julia Quinn and Amanda Quick.Sophie is a spy for the Zodiac and she's a good one. Bruce is as well. But when they are put on assignment together personalities clash, partially because Sophie is a woman.This is the kind of Regency that I can't put down. There's more intrigue than romance here, but things are definitely heating up with Sophie and Bruce, even though t [...]

  • 3.5. I liked this book much better than I thought I would. Sometimes I find Regency books boring, but this one kept me entertained. The plot was really unique and I liked both of the characters. I would be interested in reading more from the series.

  • in fact, I like this book. But the romantic element too thick so for mystery lovers like me feel element of mystery is covered by the romantic element of this novel.

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