Book 1, The Hornsby Brothers
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An Intriguing Proposition
Passion. Seduction. Pleasure. These are the qualities of any courtesan worth her salt. As owner of The Starling Club, London’s most notorious house of ill-repute, Madame Philomena McGrattan has seen it all, heard it all, done it all. There is little that surprises her anymore, and even less that excites her. So when she is presented a chance at an irresistible seduction, she can’t help but rise to the challenge.
A Dangerous Game
Studiousness. Practicality. Discipline. Such are the attributes of a good scholar, and such are the principles Lord Spencer Hornsby has built his life around. Alone in the Welsh countryside, with only his wolfhounds for company, Spencer has thrown himself into his work. There is little time for the pleasures of society, not even to think of the joys of the fairer sex. But when an unexpected guest arrives at his isolated hunting lodge, Spencer cannot help but be baffled by the presence of this dangerously beautiful woman. And when he discovers the reason for her arrival, and the pleasures she promises, he cannot help but find himself irresistibly intrigued . . .
I couldn’t LOVE this book, but could enjoy it and appreciate the series
I wanted to love this story – to jump in and have no questions unanswered, no situation too far beyond my ability to suspend disbelief. Fortunately, for most of the story I was able to do just that…
Philomena (Phil) and her brothel, wanting to settle down and get out of the business end of the business made sense. I could understand that. Where I had more problems was the 30 year old 3rd son of a Duke, Spencer. OK – the standard is that the third son is usually the wastrel rake… off doing his own thing and relying on charm and wit to get him out of the many scrapes.
But no… Spencer is a solid bookworm with low self-esteem, awkward social skills and no moment where he one, in his 30 years, ever bothered even to go to a brothel. He’s virginal and destined to stay that way until someone flips a switch. His story was sad but most probably not unusual – but I had a really hard time reconciling his behavior with his position. Totally on me.
Gerrard did most of what was needed to make things work…but I still had the feeling that several sub-plots were missing resolutions that didn’t feel convenient or felt ignored altogether. I couldn’t LOVE this book, but could enjoy it and appreciate the series, hoping for more to love in the next.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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- Category: Historical
- Published: Sep 01, 2015
- Publisher: Kensington
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 125 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, The Hornsby Brothers