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An eye for an eye, a sin for a sin... The Pleasure Wars, Book 1

Amid all the lies and scandals that fuel Society's gossip mill, one truth has stood out: House Rothcastle and House Windbury have always hated each other. Lady Ava Windbury prays the feud will someday end, to no avail. One dreadful night, her brother accidentally causes the death of Christian Rothcastle's sister, a tragedy that leaves both men maimed.

Consumed by grief, Christian makes a grim decision. He will kidnap Lady Ava so that her family will feel the pain of loss as keenly as he feels the loss of his own sister. But once he has Ava in his clutches, desire takes unexpected hold. Even more surprising, she willingly surrenders to his every sexual whim - after haggling over the terms of giving up her virginity.

Too late, he realizes she is using her body for peace, not war. But just as their affair of revenges turns into an affair of the heart, the past rears its ugly head to take matters into its own hands...

Warning: This audiobook contains scenes of erotic seduction, sexual revenge and the healing power of love.

©2013 Jess Michaels (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Great narrator, great story

First I have to say this book has a lot of sex in it. The sex starts out as just sensuous but not relational. However as this story grows, so does the love between the characters. I thought the narrator was amazing and I hardly ever completely like the narrator. So that is a big bonus for me with this book. The book ends realistically, not everyone is happy. The hero and heroine live happily ever after but the heroine's brother still has many struggles ahead of him. I see a sequel to this book and am anxious to read Liam's tale.

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Really great!

I really enjoyed this book. I thought the first half was better than the latter. I liked that there was a lot of steam and no angst! She was a strong character but not so headstrong that I wanted to hate her like a lot of other females in other books. The ending was a little abrupt for me. Worth the credit. Narration was great as well.

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Hot & steamy historical romance

Typically historical romances lack steam but this one did not disappoint. I loved this story. My only complaint is the ending. It kinda just ends. There is no mention in the description that this is a book in a series so this ending was confusing. There are so many things kinda left up in the air.

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I really got in to this story

Wait what just happened. This story just ended... what?...ok we will marry when you are well enough to travel... WTF... BOOOoOooO!!!!!!!! I am absolutely disappointed.

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Unnecessary 'inner thoughts' of the characters.

so much promise but fell flat when it tried to incorporate psychological analysis of the characters.

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entertaining

it has what a like on a historical romance , the characters are so fun well writen and likable i cant wait for the rest of the series on audio , also loved the narration

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A very enjoyable story

I was kind of sad to reach the end of this story. This was the first book I have "read" by this author, and I look. forward to more. Great characters and a bit of a unique plot made this story quite strong. There was some rather explicit sex scenes, and while I don't usually mind those, these got a bit detailed and graphic and became a bit boring. However, the story overall was quite well done.

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This book was "meh" for me

I did not enjoy the narration of this book. I stopped at an hour and a half left of the book. I tried restarting it today (1/15/20) after taking roughly a three week break. As soon as the narrator started speaking, I clicked out of it again, I am sure like any other historical romance book they will end up together, so I am not going to bother finishing it.

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spicy writing, with mediocre narration

Interesting story with a somewhat unusual set-up and plot. Spicy bedroom scenes! The narrator is ok in terms of intonation, rhythm, and perhaps accents, but is unsuccessful with masculine voices for the male characters.

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I love this book.

I love this book. it's a beauty and the best story with a lot of delicious sex scenes.