It's been months since Lady Charlotte Chartwell's philandering husband met his untimely end at the hands of an angry mistress. But as miserable as he made Charlotte in life, his death proves to be an even harsher blow. For not a farthing of his fortune or estate have passed on to her, and as a ruined widow, she is destitute, penniless, and utterly without hope.
Lead To Desperate Pleasures....
Then, as Charlotte is considering the worst, a man steps into her carriage. His intentions are quite indecent at first, but the more he learns about her, the more an unfamiliar - and undesirable - emotion creeps over him. Could it be compassion? Never! For this is Alexander Baxendale, third Earl of Hawksford. He is known throughout the ton as the Lord of Pleasure, dedicated to passion, ruthless in his pursuit of sensual gratification. Yet never in all his exploits has he met a woman who could intrigue him as Charlotte does. Can this mysterious beauty make him hang up his title and see to her pleasure alone?
©2009 Delilah Marvelle (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
"A passionate and exciting debut!" (Elizabeth Boyle, New York Times Best-selling Author)
"A smart and sexy story by a wonderful new author. I loved it!" (Cheryl Holt, USA Today Best-selling Author)
This may have been better than the first book, and the first book Mistress of Pleasure was really good. Great strong characters, great story, witty dialogue, hot and steamy sex, its all here.
At the beginning of the book I did think I was reading the books out of order. However, I finally realized that what was happening with the main characters, Alex and Charlotte was also happening at the same time as what was happening in the first book with Maybelle and Edmond. I know that sounds confusing, but its not really. You will figure it out. You're not reading out of order. Book 1 is Mistress of Pleasure and Book 2 is Lord of Pleasure.
Ahh if all men were required to attend the School of Gallantry, that would be treat. LOL
The narrator did a good job, but again, just as in the first book she pronounced the "ton" as the "tone" which was annoying. Historical Romance readers know what I am talking about. Otherwise she did do a very good job.
Definitely credit worthy.
I was unaware that this is actually book 2 of the School Of Gallantry series but it could be a stand-alone listen and I listened to this first and I'm glad I listened to it the wrong way round because some of the characters seem a bit heartless and cold in book 1. It also gives a full description of how and why the secret tunnel and friendships were developed.
It's a totally implausible, passionate, sweet, funny, romantic romp through Regency London where we find Charlotte a beautiful, penniless Widow who's turning to desperate measures because her life is so dire. She propositions our hero Alexander - a reformed Rake who's handsome, charming, witty and deeply cares for the well-being and reputation of his 5 sisters (whose witty banter stole the show) and, because of his reformed ways he doesn't take her up on her proposition..... but weeks later he still can't forget her.
An enjoyable unrealistic plot ensues that's touching, sensual, sexy, lol funny and tender as we witness the H/H's attraction deepen and, as they try to fight it, their character development is heartwarming but necessary to overcome prejudices and scandals in order to get their romantic HEA ending. There's also some quirky secondary characters that make this a thoroughly entertaining listen.
Worth a credit? A lighthearted listen with no villains except the ton - so YES a delightful creditworthy listen as long as you're not expecting anything other than romantic FICTION.
I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.
I gave the first book in this series 3 stars. It was fun if not fabulous.
This second book is so ridiculous that I worried that my eyes would roll permanently up in my head.
It would not have taken much effort to make this a fun book. A logical plot would have done it. I can only conclude that the author never bothered to reread what she wrote. The male lead in particular, behaved in ways that were so bizarre that it felt like his actions and reactions might have been put together with the use of mad libs.
I really resent this author for producing such a poorly constructed hunk of junk that it's insulting. The publishing house should be ashamed as well. I put more thought into this review than they did in the plot of this book.
Apparently they think Romance readers are morons. Whatever I paid for this, it was too much.
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