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    Lord of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle
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  • Published: Aug 10th, 2009

lord_pleasure_romance_bookReviewed by Gannon Carr
Publisher: Kensington
4 stars

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Lady Charlotte Chartwell is the personification of desperation.  Her philandering husband was murdered by one of his many mistresses, and to make matters worse, Charlotte has not inherited one penny of his estate, including the dowry she brought to the marriage.  While waiting for the Court of Chancery to award her part of her deceased husband’s estate, Charlotte has sold nearly all of her possessions, residing in her father’s unfurnished townhouse.  Charlotte refuses to sell her family home, so she’s left with no choice but to sell herself.  Riding in a hackney through Hyde Park, Charlotte searches for an acceptable “candidate.”  Enter Alexander Baxendale, third Earl of Hawksford, who is known by the ton as the Lord of Pleasure.

Alexander is taken aback by Charlotte’s brazen offer of “How much will you offer for me, sir?”  Curiosity gets the best of him, and he enters the carriage to discover what this lady wants, for she is clearly a lady by her mannerisms and speech.  But why would a lady of good breeding proposition a gentleman in Hyde Park?  Alexander’s initial intentions are centered on pleasure, but the more time he spends with Charlotte and learns about her, his protective instinct emerges. But not before he manages to make Charlotte’s head spin with his kisses and caresses.  Still, Alexander’s gentlemanly manner takes charge, and he escorts Charlotte to her residence.  She may be out of sight, but certainly not out of mind.  Alexander wants Charlotte more than he’s ever wanted another woman, but with five young sisters who he wants to marry well, he needs to be respectable and leave his Lord of Pleasure persona behind.

Alexander rolled his eyes, wondering if he would ever please any of them.  Though in all honesty, they, much like he, knew that at the core of his soul, he was pitifully softhearted and loved each and every one of their intolerable little ways.

Who wouldn’t love a man like that?  Ah, but Charlotte doesn’t know about Alexander’s soft heart, just his hard…body and pleasure seeking ways.  But she is now working for Madame de Maitenon interviewing prospective students for Madame Therese’s School of Gallantry.  And the last man she expects to walk through the door is Alexander.  Alexander lost a wager to his friend, Lord Caldwell, and he must accompany Caldwell to The School of Gallantry for an interview.  Caldwell has some secret reason for coming, which he won’t share with Alexander, but all of Alexander’s attention is focused on Charlotte.  Why is she here?  Has she well and truly become a courtesan to support herself?  Though he finds that possibility abhorrent, Alexander can’t help but imagine having Charlotte in his bed.  So he tells her that he will agree to attend The School of Gallantry if Charlotte will be his “teacher.”

How about this, Lord Hawksford.  If Madame de Maitenon accepts your application into the school, I will personally see to it that you’re allowed to pleasure me.  Will that suffice?

And so it begins.  The dance of seduction between Alexander and Charlotte twists and turns, leading them in the direction of love.  Will Charlotte believe that Alexander loves her rather than lusts for her?  And will Alexander risk scandal for the chance to love Charlotte?

Delilah Marvelle continues her School of Gallantry series, which began with Mistress of Pleasure.  Both books take place concurrently, so it is not necessary to read them in order.  Once again, Ms. Marvelle has given her readers an historical romance with plenty of heat, as well as laughter.  Pick up a copy of Lord of Pleasure and prepare to be satisfied.

5 Responses to “Lord of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle”

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  1. PJ
    on Aug 10th, 2009
    @ 2:53 pm

    Thanks, Gannon! Looking forward to reading this one. It’s on my tbr.

  2. Gannon
    on Aug 10th, 2009
    @ 4:22 pm

    I really enjoyed this one, PJ. Of course, chatting with Delilah at the Bellas Breakfast in DC, and having her give me a copy of this book, made it even better. She’s a sweetheart!

  3. PJ
    on Aug 10th, 2009
    @ 5:53 pm

    I know what you mean. She gave me a copy too. She really is a sweetie!

  4. Dee
    on Aug 10th, 2009
    @ 8:17 pm

    I added this book and the first one to my Amazon wishlist.

  5. Megan
    on Sep 23rd, 2009
    @ 12:20 pm

    Hey you!!! Jara and I would like to steal this book… pretty please with sugar on top? d ^_^ b

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