Tempting Fortune (Malloren, #2)
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Tempting Fortune (Mallorens & Friends #2)

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The Riskiest Game

Portia St. Claire's brother has gambled and lost once too often, thrusting her into the hands of ruthless men. To keep his life he must give up his sister's virtue, to be auctioned off in London's most notorious brothel.

To retrieve an incriminating letter, Bryght Malloren once broke into a house where he was greeted at pistol point by a resolute woman...a...more
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Zebra (first published 1995)
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Miranda Davis
First of all, there's a reason Jo Beverly can prop open all the doors in her house with the various award trophies she's accumulated over the years. She brings a period of history to life with such seeming ease, I am always plunged into whatever milieu she creates and finish her books every time, even when I start wanting to punch the hero or, in this case, box the heroine's ears. Or choke her. (The period for this series is Georgian, so stomachers, hoops, hair powder and wigs. Still, guys in pu...more
Elis Madison
Seldom have I read a book so rife with despicable characters.

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This book is a page-turner--in fact at 3 am last night I forced myself to put it down (had to get up for work at 7), and then lay there for another hour with my mind so busy chewing on the story that I couldn't sleep. (I recommend you save this one for a weekend. Or a vacation if it takes you...more
Oh gack, I didn't think Beverly could stoop lower than having the heroine raped in the first chapter as the basis of lurve but now I realize she's working out some weird kinks by writing these mysogynistic "romances." Blah blah heroine with worthless brother who loses all the family's money and their estate ends up selling herself in a brothel to a man who tries to retain her honor despite the necessity of publicly bedding her. I swear she must write these horrible kinky scenes and then build bo...more
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I read this book because I read the first in the series and wanted to read the third, my neuroses would not have it otherwise.

It wasn't exactly awful, and if I could I would go with 1.5 stars, because it wasn't exactly OK either. Like many others who've read this book, I had a problem with the heroine being a complete and stubborn idiot.

Now, with me, that's not usually a problem, since I myself, on occasion, have acted the stubborn idiot. The problem with this book was the fact that she never ap...more
I've given this a B for narration and B- for content, so I'll leave it at 4 stars here.

Tempting Fortune
is the second book in Ms Beverley’s series about the Malloren siblings, all of whom have outlandish names! Our hero here is Lord Arcenbryght Malloren – known as Bryght – who spends much of his time running the family’s many business interests, while also maintaining interests of his own. He has tied up most of his personal wealth in an ambitious canal-building scheme which he believes will bri...more
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I found the second book in this series to be just as satisfying and quick to read as the first...maybe even more so.

In Tempting Fortune, we get into the terrible and often devastating results of addictive gambling, a tool I've seen used very often in romance but in this book it was done well enough that I'd upgrade it to theme. The heroine's brother, the one doing the gambling, wasn't some benign but lovable wastrel. His action put himself and his family in serious danger and though we knew the...more
Nadine Jones
Quite disappointing. I loved the first book I read by Beverley (My Lady Notorious), so I had high hopes for this one, but it's painfully trite. To make things worse the writing is quite wooden, which is very disappointing.

This is how it starts: hero is darkly handsome and foreboding (he's even compared to Lucifer, in that he is, of course, as handsome as an angel), heroine is feisty, he breaks into the house she's staying in, she fights him off, he kisses her, she's disturbed by how much she wan...more
เนื้อเรื่องดูเหมือนไม่มีอะไรมาก แต่มันน่าติดตามอ่านแล้ววางไม่ลง พระนางมีเสน่ห์ดึงดูดเข้ากับเรื่อง(บางครั้งก็แอบคิดว่าหาเหตุผลมาอธิบายความชอบไม่ได้นะ อ่านแล้วรู้สึกว่ามันใช่ ก็คือชอบ) หนังสือเล่มหนา แต่อ่านแล้วไม่มีช่วงที่เบื่อเลย แต่จะมีบางจุดที่อ่านแล้วไม่ค่อยเข้าใจการกระทำเท่าไร

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Second in the Malloren series. I didn't like it as well as the first one. The heroine gets more annoying as the book goes on. I never got why the hero was so into her.
Shannon Dyer
Review to come at AAR.
J. Leigh Hunter
Story and Writing Style
I was so, so hoping for a good story. The premise seemed promising with the heroine Portia forced to be sold at a brothel’s auction for her brother’s careless gaming antics. And of course the hero Bryght (this name made me grimace at every mention), buys her to avoid her getting into some serious trouble. The thing is, that isn’t even the very beginning of the story. They had met before, over his breaking and entering of her rented home to find a letter that, Lo!, was stil...more
"The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. . . ."
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

There are many references to The Merchant of Venice in Tempting Fortune, the second in the Malloren series, and it could have made this book unforgettable. However, I had problems not only NOT liking the heroine, Portia St. Claire who showed absolutely no mercy or understanding or gratitude to Bryght Malloren for rescue/escape from one perilou...more
I really wanted to rate this one higher, but the heroine's behaviour (and characterization) just kept pulling it down. In the end, I couldn't understand how her loyalty to her brother, who had effectively ruined her and her family's life, and her childhood acquaintance, who ruined her reputation in society, could overcome her love and loyalty for the hero, who had saved both her family's livelihood and her own reputation. Portia's impulsive and thoughtless behaviour just wore down my sympathy fo...more
Lynne Tull
Actually this book was set in the Georgian Period not the Regency Period.
Portia and Bryght, the H/H of this saga, met when he came to the house where she was staying to retrieve a letter written by a woman he had thought he would marry. It was written to one of her lovers…not him. She is now married and he intends to keep the letter to hold over her head. Portia thinking him a burglar tries to shoot him and fails. For some unknown reason he falls for her and she for him although she seems to tru...more
An Odd1
Portia repeatedly wagers against Lord Bryght, "Tempting Fortune" (Malloren 2). Jo Beverley starts with 1716 petite boyish heroine shooting at a London housebreaker in the night. At 25, her motto is admirable "A fear faced is a fear defeated", but execution lacks. Does red hair have to mean rash? She makes her troubles. Tall dark menacing, he did knock, and needs a torrid missive incriminating a nasty ex-lover. He nicknames the country innocent Hippolyta, for her Queen of the Amazon attitude. The...more
I like the Malloren men and women and their friends, but that's about it. I did not like the heroine in this one and I was shaking my head about her antics and that she said she loved him but she didn't trust him and just because he is doing what everyone does. Gamblers beware!!! One may be able to trust without love but to love without trust seems very far fetched to me. Thank god for men who forgive the stupidity of the woman they love. Maybe she should have asked him what he is actually doing...more
The first part of the book is much better than the rest, but it's very readable. I found myself unable to stop reading once I started, but I did want to smack the main characters upside the head more than a few times.
Germaine Lefebvre
Un pover'uomo di nome Bryght, bello, intelligente e brillante come il suo nome e l'orecchino che porta, incontra per sua sfortuna una bipolare egocentrica e ottusa, che non sa cosa vuole, chi vuole e perché.
Tentar a la suerte es un libro entretenido, emocionante, que mantiene al lector expectante, es inquietante y ligeramente decante por parte de Lord Bright. Jo Beverly ahora está en mi lista de autoras románticas históricas, leeré más de ella.
New twist to a familiar plot made this book a good fun read.
I had such hope for this one. Not as good as book one.
Yolanda Holguin
I love historical fiction and, as written in the Author's Notes, she used precise figures which makes it even more interesting. I read My Lady Notorious which I really liked. I enjoy reading of strong-willed, independent female characters, which both novels have in common. Some of the lines by Lord Bryght were rather "corny" and Portia got a little annoying towards the end with her silly stubbornness but for the most part, I enjoyed this novel and am looking forward to reading the next one in th...more
Darlene Panzera
I love fiesty heroines and the first meet with this heroine pulling a gun on the hero was fun. All in all I thought it was a good read although I was a little frustrated with the heroine's decisions and actions at times. But I loved the warmth and gathering of all the devoted family members and can see by the writing style why Jo Beverley is a best-seller. Very well done!
Sharal Hunter
A very enjoyable book! I can't believe how long I have had this book and am just now reading it! This story held my attention wondering how Portia would extricate herself and her brother from the problems his gambling caused. Personally, I would have let him fend for himself, but I admire her loyalty to him. I look forward to reading more of this series.
I typically like Jo Beverley books, but this 'Tempting Fortune' I could have gome without reading. Maybe I was just in a mood, but I found it very hard to keep up with the protagonist jumping back and forth between "I love you" and "I hate you and will make you miserable". Wish I would have put it down earlier.
Lady Grey
Beverley excels at romances that involve a good amount of adventure along with romance. Unfortunately, this book had only a small amount of action and Portia was stubborn to the point of being downright annoying most of the time. I do give her some props for being protective of her family though.
For the life of me, I can't figure out why the hero fell in love with the heroine! She was such a shrew. The ENTIRE book. Good God! that woman put me in a foul mood. I gave the book a 2 star because I liked the hero and certain pieces of the story, but it certainly was a struggle to finish.
Annabel Joseph
oh gosh, I really loved this book. I really fell for the hero in the biggest way. The heroine was plucky and yet not too stiff and strong. I liked the storyline and there was a lot of tension and hotness. I am going to read some of the other books in this series for sure.
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Mary Josephine Dunn was born 22 September 1947 in Lancashire, England, UK. At the age of eleven she went to an all-girls boarding school, Layton Hill Convent, Blackpool. At sixteen, she wrote her first romance, with a medieval setting, completed in installments in an exercise book. From 1966 to 1970, she obtained a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire, where she met her...more
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