Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Mistress of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle

Maybelle Maitenon is the granddaughter of the renowned French courtesan, Madame Therese.  She was raised by her grandmother since her father died when she was twelve.  While other girls had to sneak obscene books, Maybelle was forced to sneak Voltaire.  While Maybelle was a virgin at twenty-one, she was not innocent. 

Maybelle dreams of seeing the pyramids, but hr grandmother convinces Maybelle to delay her trip and help her with the opening of her "School of Gallantry".  Maybelle and her grandmother are attending one of the few society events they are invited to when Maybelle meets and seduces the Duke of Rutherford.  Maybelle and Rutherford are unable to fight their attraction despite they are totally inappropriate for each other, or so they think.  When her grandmother faints at a soiree, Maybelle has to open and run the School by herself. 

 When I was browsing NetGalley and saw that Delilah Marvelle had revamped the opening novel of "The School of Gallantry" series, I immediately requested it.  Then, I stopped reading what I was in the middle of to read this book.  Delilah Marvelle never disappoints.  This novel is tastefully sexy and witty.  

I absolutely love the historical erotica with strong characters.  Maybelle is a strong woman that has had to deal with heartbreak at a young age.  She doesn't want to marry and realizes that she will never be accepted by the ton because of who her grandmother is.  Rutherford wants to be seen by the ton as a gentleman after the scandal his father created.  As the story develops, Maybell and Rutherford discover more about each other and themselves. Madame Therese is a great secondary character.    

Another of my favorite authors, Jenn LeBlanc, is the photographer for the new edition. 

 I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you very much!

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