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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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    Bettina San Francisco, CA, United States 11-19-12
    Bettina San Francisco, CA, United States 11-19-12

    Romance Lover

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    "Love, love, love this hot romance!!!"

    I loved loved loved Her Husband's Harlot! Both the story and the performance were first-rate. This is a different kind of Regency romance (definitely erotic and not for those wanting a sweet Regency), with characters that had me rooting for their happy ending all the way through.

    There was so much I loved about the story (the steamy scenes and sexual tension between the hero and heroine, the humor, the heart-warming moments). There were lots of really funny scenes with dialogue that just sparkled. The narrator did a terrific job of doing all the voices, female and male, and the accent was spot on. I hope there is a sequel!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 10-12-13
    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 10-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "This book is NOT a Rated G book."

    This book was good. The characters were very likable and i enjoyed them. The story was good, and so was the concept. The book consisted of 80% hot hot hot steamy sex, many sex scenes throughout the entire book. I think the book would have been better with little more story. If you are looking to read a very sexual book this one is for you for sure... I am no prude at all and pretty much only read books with sex in them, however this one went a bit far and I found myself skimming though to get to the story line. Which as I said above was good along with all the characters.
    The narrator did a decent job, I would have liked her male characters voice to be less feminine but all in all she did a good job. Credit worthy? Yes it was.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Laura United States 02-24-13
    Laura United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2012

    Tree-hugger, Turtle-rescuer, wild-eyed Bead-Babe

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    "BE CAREFUL -- It's hard to stop listening!"

    If you are listening when working or driving, make sure you have plenty of time to hear BIG dollops of this one. There is an excellent chance you'll have a very hard time putting it aside to do other things in your life. The narrator, Erin Mallon, did an excellent job with a difficult character in the naive young wife who has unwittingly turned her husband away from their marriage bed. She works to woo him back and does so, but the path is twisted and dark. He is a grand character, too, full of personal doubt and misgivings, but with a sense of honor that is truly his own. A wonderful story, well enacted. Looking for more!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 04-15-13
    Lia Sutton, Australia 04-15-13 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Great Historical Romance"

    Her Husband's Harlot an enjoyable listen. This was a romance with a bit of a mystery intertwined; there was also humorous moments. Plus the love scenes where HOT.

    The main characters Helena and Nicholas where well developed. The heroin Helena had some insecurity but instead of fretting over them she came up with ways (Which where enjoyable to read) to overcome in some cases just jumped in without over thinking. Nicholas was not the usual alpha male with too much ego nor was he the usual brooding silent type. He was also dealing with his own securities and secrets. His relationship with his wife forced him to trust. The interaction between the characters was fun to read. The secondary characters where an added bonus to Her Husband's Harlot. Hopefully the next book in the series "Her Wanton Wager" will be available on Audible soon.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica California 11-24-12
    Jessica California 11-24-12

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "This had redeeming qualities but was a bit much"
    What did you like best about Her Husband's Harlot? What did you like least?

    Some of the sex scenes especially in the beginning were almost pornographic and I actually stopped reading for a while but had to see what happened. I felt like a lot of sex was written in simply for the sake of sex and without a real point and it turned me off. Finally we got to the real story and I think the relationship that eventually developed between the characters was touching, I just wish there was more story and romance and less gratuitous sex. I don't mind steamy love scenes but it was just too much.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I thought this narrator was excellent and performed the accents well.


    Did Her Husband's Harlot inspire you to do anything?

    Seduce my husband ;)


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Indianapolis, In 11-20-13
    Melanie Indianapolis, In 11-20-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm a lover of books, both read and audible.

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    "A Stand Out Romance"

    Her Husband’s Harlot is a detailed, romantic, excited ride into Regency London. From the first chapter I was captivated with the story and the characters. I enjoyed reading about the relationship between Helena and Nicholas. The turmoil they faced and ultimately their HEA. It wasn’t a forced ending; they gradually progress to this journeys end. Also, I enjoyed being there with Helena as she discovered her sexual awareness with herself and her husband. Very Sensual!!!! It was a good read. So much so, I didn’t notice the length of the book and wanted it to continue.

    Erin’s narration with the book was decent. I enjoyed her accent with each character. My only objection is that sometimes it was hard to distinguish between the male and female characters.

    Worth a credit, Yes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rita Tampa, FL, United States 10-16-12
    Rita Tampa, FL, United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2012

    Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired

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    "Still un decided did not complete"

    It may be just me but I could not get into this book started off erotic per say but the story of a woman willing to do whatever it takes to attract and please her husband did not do it for me I fast forward most of it trying to located a better starting point. Narrator was excellent enjoy her voices for the men and women. May try it again from start in a few months. Just my thoughts at least listen to the preview if you have that option

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Debra 07-28-14
    Debra 07-28-14
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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 0 people found this review helpful
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    Starlet Orange County, CA 07-25-14
    Starlet Orange County, CA 07-25-14 Member Since 2013

    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 0 people found this review helpful
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    Taylor Seabrook, TX, United States 04-27-14
    Taylor Seabrook, TX, United States 04-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "2.5 stars"

    Generally speaking I don't have any issues with explicit sex scenes in my reading and given the title, I was expecting this book to include sex at some level. However, I do think erotica walks a fine line between good erotic fiction and trashy porn and this book unfortunately falls into the latter catergory. I would have said the same if this had been set as a contemporary romance but the fact that its set in Victorian england made it seem even more ridiculous. I'm glad I only paid 1.99 for this because really it was just bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sandra B
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    "A Really Enjoyable Historical Novel"

    This is a good historical novel set in Regency London. I loved the characters and the plot however the story's narrator was annoying. The word "quay" is pronounced "key" and not "kway". She seemed to have trouble with some of the more local British pronunciations so must not have been a Brit. That said this was a good book with some erotic scenes but they were all part of the plot so were not gratuitous. I would highly recommend this novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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