Another sensuous and exquisite historical romance in the Duchess Quartet by the queen of Regency seduction, Eloisa James. It is whispered behind the fans of London's dowagers and in the corners of the fashionable ballrooms that scandal follows wilfully wild Lady Beatrix Lennox wherever she goes. Three years earlier, the debutante created a sensation by being found in a distinctly compromising position. Now the town has branded her as unmarriageable, her family has called her a vixen, and Beatrix sees no reason not to go after what - and who - she wishes.
Beatrix, with her brazen suggestions and irresistibly sensuous allure, couldn't be more different from the earl's ideal future bride. Yet Beatrix brings out a wildness in him that he has tried to deny for far too long. Still, he's not about to play love's game by Lady Beatrix's rules. She may be used to being on top in affairs of the heart, but that will soon change. She is also the mother of two children and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Help Centre. There is sex of course and the sex scenes are written well without being too crude.
Gina is a strong character but because of this I find it hard to understand why she imagines herself in love with Lord Bonnington who is a total bore and prude.
In book two, there is the continuing story of Helene and her scandalous husband and while Esme also features heavily, the main happy ever after is between her nephew by marriage Simon Darby and Lady Henrietta McLellan. What man would want to marry someone who could not have children. Henrietta dares to believe she could find happiness until her dreams are shattered following a conversation with her step-mother. Rees really is portrayed as a total jerk in previous books and indeed for the first half of this book he stays true to that persona.
As the book progresses though we get to understand some of his reasoning and it all seems to come back down to parents — parents in the 19th century have a lot to answer for it seems. With these four books, no matter what my initial feelings for the characters were, by the end of the series I was in love with all of them. These books give a fascinating insight into what life was like for women in this time.
If she wishes to get remarried following divorce it requires an act of parliament! He's rich, titled, and he doesn't remember Charlotte. Worse, he's the subject of some scandalous gossip. Hugh Dunne, the Earl of Briarly, needs a wife, so his sister hands him a list of delectable damsels and promises to invite them and a few other gentlemen to her country house for what is sure to be the event of the season.
Finishing school instructor Mrs. Rowena Bryant is hated by her students, revered by the headmistress, and absolutely determined to maintain her financial security. Deceived years ago by the only man she'd ever given her heart to, Rowena relies on no one but herself - that is the best way to keep her most scandalous secret. When Graham Linford returned from war on the cusp of death, he discovered he'd been betrayed by the woman he loved.
Gorgeous, stubborn Esme Brentmor, daughter of a disgraced lord, is used to a wild, dangerous life among the tribes of Albania, to whom her father is the legendary, controversial Red Lion whose death she's courageously vowed to avenge - even if it leads to her own.
Instead, her quest finds her rescued by the most unlikely and very reluctant hero! Lazy and spoiled, Lord Varian St. George has gambled away his heritage and lives on his considerable looks, charm and wits. In this Regency romance, Kleypas, the author of Seduce Me at Sunrise , tells the story of a scandalous beauty with no memory of who she is and the man determined to unravel the secrets of her past.
When her imposing - and attractive - new neighbor demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes. Shopgirl Poppy Fairchurch knows it's pointless fantasizing about the Duke of Autenberry.
Still, dreams can't hurt anyone, unlike the carriage Poppy spies bearing down upon the unsuspecting duke. But one person isn't fooled: his arrogant and much too handsome half brother, Struan Mackenzie.
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Soon Poppy isn't sure what she wants more: the fantasy of her duke or the reality of one smoldering Scot who challenges her. Lady Maggie Wentworth must support herself as an investigative reporter. While interviewing the women, a client enters, and Maggie is shocked to see her beau. She changes clothes with one of the girls and flees out the window, only to be whisked away by a stranger. Unfortunately, she has one annoying weakness: the dangerously handsome duke of Ravenwood.
Former best friend. Current enemy. And the man who dared to break her heart. Daniel Bonds, the duke of Ravenwood, is a thrill-seeking antiquities hunter who only plays by one rule: Never fall in love. But when a priceless relic is stolen from the British Museum, the rivals must align forces. It is whispered behind the fans of London's dowagers and in the corners of fashionable ballrooms that scandal follows willfully wild Lady Beatrix Lennox wherever she goes.
Three years before, the debutante created a sensation by being found in a distinctly compromising position.
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Now, the town has branded her as unmarriageable, her family has called her a vixen, and Beatrix sees no reason not to go after what - and who - she wishes. Beatrix, with her brazen suggestions and irresistibly sensuous allure, couldn't be more different from the earl's ideal future bride. Yet Beatrix brings out a wildness in the earl he has tried to deny far too long. Still, he's not about to play love's game by Lady Beatrix's rules.
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She may be used to being on top in affairs of the heart, but that will soon change. I love this "Duchess Quarter" series, and this book did not disappoint. As with the other books, the stories are about 3 friends and their romances where the story lines get intertwined and then resolved.
In this book one character ends up involved with all 3 women romancing one, pretending to romance another to make her husband jealous and pretending to be engaged to another. The book is much richer if the reader is familiar with the story of Esme and Sebastian from the previous book, even though the book stands alone just fine.
I love the way that Eloisa James uses classical literature, particularly Shakespeare, to weave into the romances she writes.
Though some readers were put off by the catty attitudes of some of the women in this book, James is clearly mocking these prudish and even vicious social attitudes just as Shakespeare does, By this technique James enriches her stories with the beauty of classical literature at the same time she shows that love and romance are an important part of all good literature.
Enjoyed it Justine did a great job. Very humorous and passionate well worth the credit. What would have made A Wild Pursuit better? A better reader who wouldn't make all the females sound like snobs or prostitutes. The story got bogged down right at the beginning with 5 chapters devoted to conversations between snobbish women at parties talking about how to seduce men or cheat on their husbands. A smaller age difference between the protagonists 23 years is way too much to take seriously let alone get invested in the outcome of the romance. What do you think your next listen will be?
I still love Eloisa James' books and this is the first one which disappointed me. I bought it strictly going by the amount of people who thought it was a wonderful story.