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MISTRESS OF PLEASURE
DELILAH MARVELLE
ISBN# 978-1-4201-0448-6
September 2008
Zebra, an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp.
850 Third Ave, 16th Floor, New York, New York 10022
Print
$3.99
383 pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 5 Cups

Maybelle de Maitenon wants to be independent and not marry, ever. She saw her father go through hell until the day he died because he loved her mother so very much. She swore at the age of twelve to never put herself in that situation. But will she be able to hold herself to that promise?

Edmund Worthington, the sixth Duke of Rutherford, will do anything to avoid scandal. Having a brief encounter with a virgin in the garden is not a way to avoid scandal, but to start one. With the whole of London talking about his adventure and his mother harping at him, what is a man to do?

Maybelle's grandmother is a former Courtesan and that alone makes her not so very welcome in society. Now, after postponing her trip to Egypt four times, she is ready to leave this time, when her grandmother tells her about her new School of Gallantry for men. Maybelle knows what her grandmother is doing when she tells her about it; she wants her to stay and help, so she agrees and her life completely changes. Edmund knows that he and his mother are trying their best to overcome the scandal his father created when he died, but it seems as though fate has other plans for him. Upon meeting Maybelle, he manages not only to create a scandal, but to force his mother to demand he marry her and produce an heir. Now only if he can get Maybelle to agree.

What a wonderful new author! Ms. Marvelle's first novel is intriguing and will sweep you away to 1830's London. Ms. Marvelle takes the reader to a world of passion and love and great sex. But still the book is very realistic and Ms. Marvelle has done the research to write a great historical. Her characters are fresh and exciting and completely unexpected. This is just the first book in this series and I simply cannot wait for the next. This is one historical that you should make room for on your bookshelf.

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