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Ruthless: House of Rohan Series, Book 1 | [Anne Stuart]

Ruthless: House of Rohan Series, Book 1

Few outsiders will ever witness the dark misdeeds of the Heavenly Host. And among this secret society, where exiled Georgian aristocrats gather to indulge their carnal desires, fewer still can match the insatiable appetite of their chief provocateur, the mysterious Viscount Rohan. Pursuit of physical pleasure is both his preferred pastime and his most pressing urge, until he encounters the fascination of a woman who won't be swayed.
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Publisher's Summary

Few outsiders will ever witness the dark misdeeds of the Heavenly Host. And among this secret society, where exiled Georgian aristocrats gather to indulge their carnal desires, fewer still can match the insatiable appetite of their chief provocateur, the mysterious Viscount Rohan. Pursuit of physical pleasure is both his preferred pastime and his most pressing urge, until he encounters the fascination of a woman who won't be swayed. And while his dark seduction appalls the pure and impoverished Elinor Harriman, she finds herself intrigued...and secretly drawn to the man behind the desire.

©2010 Anne Kristine Stuart Ohlrogge (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Witty, inventive, dark and sexy---a wild adventure for the mind...and the heart." (Susan Wiggs)

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    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 03-07-11
    Judy Champaign, IL, United States 03-07-11 Member Since 2007

    avid reader

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    "Loved It!"

    I LOVED this book. The characters were well-developed and the dialogue was witty and often humorous. The plot was even a little bit off the usual "romance novel" path, which made it quite interesting. But what I most loved is that is showed that the the characters of a story don't have to be perfect to be thoroughly likable! Not every hero is always honorable and not every heroine is a delicate, waif-like creature in constant need of rescuing. These characters were both "flawed" in quite different ways, and those flaws made the story believable and very entertaining. The story also managed to be pretty "hot" without a lot of graphic sex scenes. Can't wait for the next installment of this series!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    bluebelle 02-13-11
    bluebelle 02-13-11 Member Since 2008

    When I clean, drive or exercise I listen to romance. The steamier the better but it must have a great story as well!

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    "WOW!"

    I decided to try this book on a whim. I haven't been very impressed with the author's work in the past, but this was SPECTACULAR!! I felt it was very well written and the story was very entertaining! Definitely worth the credit/money!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Marcheta 02-13-11
    Marcheta 02-13-11 Member Since 2006

    love audio books - Anglophile

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    "Start of a good trilogy"

    These are the kinds of romance that I enjoy most - less than perfect hero and heroine and a mystery to make it interesting. The story kept me listening to the end, although I had already read the book. The reader did a good job, especially with the voice of Francis. I hope the other two books in this trilogy are released soon on audio. In the meantime, I'm rereading the other two books in the trilogy until the audios become available.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 02-18-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2009

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Pretty Ruthless"

    I really enjoyed this book but I can see where it's not for everyone. The main character is a very unlikeable person and this is not your typical romance novel. There is some dark content and it's hard to imagine a HEA ending. However, Anne Stuart does an excellent job of pulling it off. This book has some very interesting twists and turns and some very delicious side characters. Overall I really enjoyed this one and will continue on to the next book. My only complaint is with the ending. There should have been an epilogue or another chapter since it just ends so abruptly.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Kelley CA, United States 10-26-11
    Kelley CA, United States 10-26-11 Member Since 2006

    Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.

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    "Bang, droop, fizzle"

    Anne Stuart is an amazing author (whose boots I am unfit to polish), and I literally could not stop listening to this book last night. It was just too, too good to spend time with that delicious hero.
    I'm amazed at how erotic the novel was with so little actual sex involved. I'm also amazed that I loved the book and didn't love the story. It began well enough but I found the end was rushed, unconvincing, and unworthy of the amazing characters she brought together.
    I'm still looking forward to book two. (But I now know better than to read it on a school night.)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-30-11
    Susan Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "RUTHLESS IS WILD !!!!"

    I wasn't sure if I hated or loved the mysterious Viscount Rohan. NOW I'm sure, I LOVE HIM ! Of course I never doubted Elinor. I was so engrossed in this story I was late for work. I can't wait to listen to book 2.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    kytten 11-11-12
    kytten 11-11-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Questionably romantic. Definitely frustrating."

    Despite the headline, I did enjoy this book. At least, sort of. It was a pretty good story, it kept me interested for the most part.

    The problem was that the male main character never really acted toward the female main character in a way that was romantic or loving. In general, in romance novels there's a gradual change in the male's behavior that shows he's softening toward the woman and that their relationship is going somewhere loving. That never happened here. He was hot and cold, and mostly cold through the entire book.

    There's no question he wanted to sleep with her, but even up to the last 20 minutes he was still being very abrupt and cold to her and I found it very frustrating. I'm not sure that I'll read any more of this series if they're all written this way.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 06-20-11
    Karen 06-20-11
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    "Different - and excellent"

    This one is terrific! It's not a "bit of fluff", but there are still moments of humor, and the reader is lured cleverly into developing feelings right along with the heroine. A difficult task, considering the initial actions of the "Hero"! I loved this one and Book 2 as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S NY 02-15-11
    S NY 02-15-11 Member Since 2010
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    "COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER..."

    This book had promise, but during ninety-percent of the story the hero/heroine were not anywhere near each other and when they were, they bickered like children. A little would have been fine, but not an entire book's worth. The characters were well-drawn and likable while the setting was a change-of-pace from the norm. It was a club that catered to its member's darker needs (all involving consenting adults) yet the whole club-theme was not too "dark" and was rarely in the foreground. As far as the main characters' romantic involvement, I think there was a kiss, maybe two, until near the very end where they shared a night together. I know there are more books to this series but this story in itself ended too abruptly leaving a somewhat dissatisfied feeling to an overall missed-the-mark experience. Narrator was not annoying, but too many of her voices (male and female) sounded alike where I was not sure who was saying what.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley Chatsworth CA 06-21-11
    Shelley Chatsworth CA 06-21-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Good, But Not Great"

    I guess I expected a little bit more...more drama, more angst and even (dare I say?) a bit more sex. The characters were fine for the times...a similar difficulty I have in other books about this era...with female characters so desperate to marry a man who can support them, that they are willing to sacrifice their entire lives to gain protection.

    But the overall problem I had was with everything turning out okay right away. When something bad is happening, the author immediately makes it alright without giving the reader a chance to experience any drama.

    I thought the idea of the Heavenly Host parties was very original and the character of Rohan was appropriately sexy. I also enjoyed the character of Elinor---feisty and strong, but still a product of her times with all the annoying decorum and politeness.

    Well written for the most part except for the constantly changing point-of-views which made for some very confusing moments.

    Still, it held my interest and I might get the next books in the series later.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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