Sunday, May 14, 2017

Lord of Pleasure by Erica Ridley

Miss Camellia Grenville is the eldest sister and very protective of her two younger sisters.  She has been told by her mother that a marriage with Mr. Bost has been arranged.  In a flash, Camellia sees her dream of singing on stage dashed as Mr. Bost lives in Northumberland.  She wants to experience life before she is married.  Her sister Byrony has an invitation to the Duke of Lambley's masquerade and insists Camellia take her place

Michael Rutland, Earl of Wainwright is known among the Ton as the Lord of Pleasure.  He is constantly in the scandal sheets.  Michael is tired of his reputation and accepts a wager with his friends that he can't spend forty days out of the scandal sheets.

As Lady X, Camellia seeks to shed her spinster shield and live before marriage to a man twice her age.  She meets Lord X who intrigues her and matches her whit.  Under the protection of their masks, they share their secret desires and dreams.  When it is time for Camellia to leave, Lord X begs her to return.

When his Lady X leaves behind an earring at the last masquerade, Michael does everything he can to search for his mystery lady.  He is absolutly astonished to find his Lady X is the woman that has vexed him at every turn this season.

Can Michael win his Lady X?

Wow!  Absolutley fantastic.  I was hooked from the first chapter.  I loved the characters and the rake that wants to reform plot!  I felt bad for Michael having a reputation that he did deserve, but there was more to his character.  I liked Camellia's sisters but thought that her one sister running a school for destitute girls a bit of a stretch.

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

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