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Her Husband's Harlot: Mayhem in Mayfair, Book 1 | [Grace Callaway]

Her Husband's Harlot: Mayhem in Mayfair, Book 1

After a disastrous wedding night, proper Lady Helena Harteford fears for the fate of her new marriage. Disguised as a doxy, she tracks her husband down at a bawdy house to reason with him...and instead discovers the thrill of forbidden passion. An innocent ruse turns into a risky deception; how far will this once-wallflower go to win her husband's love?
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Publisher's Summary

Not quite a wife...

After a disastrous wedding night, proper Lady Helena Harteford fears for the fate of her new marriage. Disguised as a doxy, she tracks her husband down at a bawdy house to reason with him...and instead discovers the thrill of forbidden passion. An innocent ruse turns into a risky deception; how far will this once-wallflower go to win her husband's love?

Unfit to be a husband...

Orphaned at an early age, Nicholas Morgan escapes his violent beginnings to become a successful merchant - only to discover that he is the legitimate heir of the Marquess of Harteford. His transition to the ton is rocky and made rockier when he marries above him. Torn between guilt and lust, he tries to protect his sweet, innocent wife from the demons of his past. But can he safeguard her from his own raging desires?

Caught between past and present...

When a dangerous nemesis rises from Nicholas' past, husband and wife must work together in order to survive. From the drawing rooms to the stews of Regency London, they find themselves caught in a game of passion and seduction. Will true love prevail? Or is Helena destined to remain...Her Husband's Harlot?

Her Husband's Harlot was a 2010 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Finalist.

©2011 Grace Callaway (P)2012 Grace Callaway

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    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 01-13-13
    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 01-13-13
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    "Good, Not Great - Narrator Not Great"

    The narrator is an excellent reader and enjoyable to listen to; however, when she starts performing the characters it is not very good. I probably will not buy another book performed by this narrator. If the next book in the series was available with a different narrator, I'd probably listen to it, but there aren't another books by this author available.

    The book and the story were just okay - not great!

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie 12-24-12
    MickeyMarie 12-24-12 Member Since 2014

    I read so I can write

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    "A fun read"

    This was basically a fun read although the heroine was not really believable. She was brave enough to act but a coward to speak. That hurt the story.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Maine Knitter 11-08-14
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    "Disappointing"

    This could have been better. The story, when it could be discerned, wasn't bad. The narration was quite good. The love scenes could have been romantic but they were vulgar and crude. I almost didn't finish this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debra 07-28-14
    Debra 07-28-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Crass and crude language"
    What could Grace Callaway have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Take out the crude language from what was supposed to be love settings for main characters.


    Have you listened to any of Erin Mallon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Haven't listened to any of Erin Mallon's other performances before.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Revulsion. Language made me cringe.


    Any additional comments?

    Love scenes very detailed could have been erotic but crude language big turn- off.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Star 07-25-14
    Star 07-25-14 Member Since 2015

    My favorite books are 'Historical Romance'. A good book takes you away from your everyday life & puts you in the middle of an adventure.

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    "Filthy language. Not worth the money!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There is the basis of a great love story here, but the filthy language and non-stop sex makes this a horrible book. I realize that sex is a part of romance but there are different ways to describe the sexual encounters. One is loving, tempting and gives a tingle and the other way is this book, filthy, raunchy and disgusting. If the author had chosen the first path and not filled the first half of the book up with stupid sex talk this book could have been a beautiful love story, but the author truly did ruin the entire story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will continue going through the Murray Family series.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Erin Mallon?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from Her Husband's Harlot?

    In this book "sex" is a character. It is so poorly written in that area it ruins the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointing!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DK 02-18-14
    DK 02-18-14 Member Since 2013

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review

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    "Historical Romance-Mix of Modern & Period Language"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm very mixed on this book. It was set in a historical time, but most of the time I forgot that (except for the m' lords and m' ladies).

    The premise/plot was a good mystery however there were a lot of graphic sex scenes as well.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was enjoyable, I just felt confused a lot of the time - as to what era I was in.


    Did Erin Mallon do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, there were not a lot of main characters-and each had their own voice.


    Was Her Husband's Harlot worth the listening time?

    I liked it - so for me, yes.

    Summary

    Not quite a wife...

    After a disastrous wedding night, proper Lady Helena Harteford fears for the fate of her new marriage. Disguised as a doxy, she tracks her husband down at a bawdy house to reason with him...and instead discovers the thrill of forbidden passion. An innocent ruse turns into a risky deception; how far will this once-wallflower go to win her husband's love?

    Unfit to be a husband...

    Orphaned at an early age, Nicholas Morgan escapes his violent beginnings to become a successful merchant - only to discover that he is the legitimate heir of the Marquess of Harteford. His transition to the ton is rocky and made rockier when he marries above him. Torn between guilt and lust, he tries to protect his sweet, innocent wife from the demons of his past. But can he safeguard her from his own raging desires?

    Caught between past and present...

    When a dangerous nemesis rises from Nicholas' past, husband and wife must work together in order to survive. From the drawing rooms to the stews of Regency London, they find themselves caught in a game of passion and seduction. Will true love prevail? Or is Helena destined to remain...Her Husband's Harlot?


    Any additional comments?

    For the true historical romance fan they may have issues with the contemporary language and/or the lack of 'real' history.

    I may pick up the next book in the series but not for a while.

    NOTE: Strong language and graphic sexual content.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 11-26-13
    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 11-26-13

    Queen Squared

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    "Wow! This book is hot & steamy!"

    Fair warning, this is NOT your classic romance novel--which I somehow didn't realize when I purchased it :) As the title suggest, there is a lot of sex in this book, and it's not all flowers & champagne. This is a story about two people who are surprised to find that the person they married is not only a decent human being, but the man/woman of their fantasies. For Nicholas, this means a woman who is demure, witty, & intelligent in the drawing room, but both innocent & eager to learn in the bedroom. And, after accidentally witnessing some fairly scandalous behavior, Lady Helena finds that what she really wants is a man who can make no-holds-barred love to her. Callaway actually does a pretty good job of making this an integral part of their love story. It becomes a way for them to get to know each other in their marriage.

    Erin Mallon did a great job as narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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