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How to kiss a hero
Hingston, Sandy.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Dell Pub., [2000]

Physical Description:
374 pages ; 18 cm.
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"A Dell book."
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"Society is a formidable foe. And a young lady needs the proper weapons if she is to be more than a mere bauble on a rich man's arm. I will provide the weapons. It is up to each student to find her passions."

Tucked away in the countryside, away from prying eyes, Mrs. Treadwell's Academy for Young Ladies is a place like no other. After all, only the most scandalous school would teach young ladies to trust their passions, to think for themselves, and to achieve their true potential--in life as well as in love....

Nichola Hainesworth's desperate mother enrolled her at the Academy to master the fine art of marrying well. But Nichola has other plans. At first, she intends to escape. But soon she is drawn to the school's scandalously unorthodox fencing lessons . . . and its irresistibly arrogant instructor. A wounded war hero, Lord Brian Boru makes Nichola's heart race as he guides each thrust and parry. His rakish reputation would make her mother swoon, but Nichola sees beyond the Scotsman's fierce facade to the guarded heart beneath. And while the cardinal rule of swordplay is never to let one's heart overrule one's head, Nichola Hainesworth is about to learn that most rules are made to be broken!

Watch for the next stunningly romantic School for Scandal novel, coming soon from Dell.

Author Notes

Sandy Hingston, who graduated from Duke University in 1978, is chief copy editor at Philadelphia Magazine and the author of seventeen historical romances, including A Most Reckless Lady and The Lover's Charm . She is married to a musician and has a nine-year-old daughter and a six-year-old son. She lives in a 120-year-old Victorian home in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and spends her spare time shoring up the house, raising antique roses, walking the dog, leading her daughter's Girl Scout troop, and looking for typos in other magazines!

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Booklist Review

While attending an unconventional finishing school, tall, gawky Nichola Hainsworth studies fencing with Lord Brian Boru, who was wounded in the wars and is now confined to a chair. Fencing helps Nichola learn to move with grace, and teaching her gives Brian a reason to look past his own infirmity. The two are strangely and strongly drawn closer and closer to each other until they become lovers. When, because of a misunderstanding, Nichola thinks Brian has left her, she accepts a proposal of marriage from the highly regarded Lord Wallingford, which delights her mother. Only friends and family can help Brian and Nichola find their way to each other. A delightfully flamboyant tale full of charmingly eccentric secondary characters, this is the first in a planned Regency historical series titled School for Scandal. Hingston, whose writing is sensual, vivid, and full of subtle humor, should appeal to readers of Elizabeth Boyle. --Ann Bouricius

Publisher's Weekly Review

Tall, awkward Nichola Hainesworth is the despair of her mother, who's sure she'll never snare a husband. Baroness Hainesworth's last hope for turning the tomboy into a lady is Mrs. Treadwell's Academy for the Elevation of Young Ladies in Regency Kent, England, but Nichola is hell-bent on breaking out of the school to join her twin brother's regiment in Belgium. Her mind and heart are turned upside down, however, when she takes up the academy's unorthodox lessons in fencing (and, as it turns out, love) under the tutelage of a wounded war hero, the notorious Scottish libertine Lord Brian Boru. The instructor meets the rebellious Nichola head on, and their romantic moments, as well as the well-written fencing scenes, will certainly engage readers. Hingston's second Regency (after The Lover's Charm) is a spirited, rousing tale with a formidable, athletic heroine. Though saddled with a poor title and marred by the occasional anachronism, this first in the School for Scandal series sets a high standard for the others to follow. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved