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Her Husband's Harlot (Mayhem in Mayfair #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  1,309 ratings  ·  132 reviews
Not Quite a Wife . . .

After a disastrous wedding night, proper Lady Helena Harteford fears for the fate of her new marriage. Disguised as a doxy, she tracks her husband down at a bawdy house to reason with him . . . and instead discovers the thrill of forbidden passion. An innocent ruse turns into a risky deception; how far will this once-wallflower go to win her husband's
Kindle Edition, 367 pages
Published December 23rd 2011
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Rachel (BAVR)
Really, it was bad enough that this story features one of those "frumpy" heroines who turns out to be beautiful all along, and the hero was a stubborn jackass with far too many feelz. It's also really boring in parts. So as I was finishing, I figured I'd give this an unenthusiastic 3 stars.



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Feb 17, 2012 seton rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to seton by: MelissaB
Shelves: kindle, zzzzz
Genre: borderline erotic historical romance
Setting: 1817 London

Grade: C

Stale, pedestrian, by-the-numbers writing, poor pacing, an unengaging suspense plot, and uneven characterizations made this a chore to finish. If I weren't pressed for time because a kind friend loaned me this bk, this would have been suspended as a DNF at the 22% mark for ever. Currently, this bk is only avail in Kindle form and if you read the K sample (as I did), then you know this started out with a bang. Unfortunately, t
Liloshadow (ReNee)
Spicy and Bold...Just how I like it!

This is the first story I have read by this author and Im so glad I found her! I read some of the other reviews that complained about the descriptive love scenes. I understand some people don't enjoy scenes like that or love scenes period, and thats perfectly all right we can't all like the same things. =) I thought the were perfect and not overly done or 'porno graphic' in the least. . They ARE slightly spicer than your average love scene but I enjoy that.

Tina Folsom
This is not your usual regency romance. It's as hot and sensual, like so many, but it comes with an exciting plot of blackmail, crime, and revenge. the author takes you into the slums of London, the warehouses, the docks.
An absolutely riveting read. And a very saucy piece of prose.
A new author definitely worth watching.
Catherine Furfaro
If it was possible, I would of given this ZERO stars.
I skipped through most of it. Boring is a mild word for what this book was.
Oh don't get me wrong, there was some naughty scenes, but even that was a bit pathetic.
The words they used....really, they actually used those words for a female part? I don't even want to say it in here. It makes me sick and laugh at the same time (yes, that can be possible).
Lucky this was free. Because if I had to pay for it, I would of asked the author or apple for
Jill Sorenson
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Thoughts in no particular order:

- $3.99 is a great price point. And this is a book I'd actually like to buy a physical copy of - amazing! - because I want to put it on my special shelf of treasured books, near the Stoppards and between the Heyer and Pierces. At $3.99 for the ebook, I'd fork out another $9.99 to get it in paperback, too. At any rate, I'm definitely going to buy the following books in this series at that price.

- I loved the writing. Callaway has a great way with words, and she man
I think I've found my new favorite Regency writer!

For those people complaining that this book was too sexy...READ THE TITLE. It does not lie.

Grace Callaway writes the way Loretta Chase would if she got kind of dark and VERY naughty. She immediately creates interest by starting the book at the last point you'd expect her to...AFTER the couple is married. This would make you think we'd miss out on the courtship, but we really don't. It turns out there's a lot that Nicholas and Helena don't know ab
Jess Michaels
Wow! I loved this book so much! Very sexy, very emotional read. If you like erotic romance, historical romance, erotic historical romance or just a good damn book.... BUY IT!!!
Mandi Schreiner
I’m making an effort this year to read more self published books by authors I’m unfamiliar with. When this book came through my review requests, the blurb intrigued me. A wife disguises herself as her husband’s harlot? I had to know why.

This books opens with Lady Helena Harteford and her husband the Marquess of Harteford, or Nicholas married for one month. They have only known each other a total of four months, having married after three months of courting. Nicholas is new to the title of Marque

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Rating; 3/5

Lately, I read many self-publishers and few of them make me think this book must published and everybody must know this! I buy this book with curiosity. Because expert so scandalous - mmm,just what I like! - but while reading I found myself bored. Yes, characters is good. Theme unusual to me. I found quite p
I have enjoyed the book, but I definitely have some issues with it.

The hero comes across as a bit of a wimp, in my opinion. He considers himself a murderer, when any person raised as he was, in my opinion, would have felt that the person he killed deserved it and wouldn't have felt guilty for taking that life. There is another part to the murder that you find out later in the novel, that I felt would justify him feeling at least a bit guilty, and it would have made more sense for him to obsess
Lord Rose
I am not a fan of books where either character is completely convinced they are unworthy of the other because of things that were done to them in the past. This hero had a major case of that. He also convinced himself he was so unworthy of even touching his wife, he went off to find a prostitute. Yes, it turned out to be the heroine in disguise, but still majorly icky. If the h hadn't been there, then he probably would have just found another prostitute that happened to be of a similar build and ...more
This was an enjoyable, fast read. I liked the premise of the story, but I felt that the misunderstanding/miscommunication trope went on a bit too long. I appreciated and admired Helena's dedication and determination in having a relationship with Nicholas. But... his behavior and constant flip flop of emotions made her look foolish and naive at times. I did get a bit impatient at the back and forth with Nicholas. He loves her... he pushes her away/acts like an ass b/c he doesn't deserve her... ri ...more
Monique Frazer
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Mey Buentipo
This the first novell that I read from Ms. Callaway. I got intrigued with series because of the novella, although it is not really connected on the first book more on the 2nd book. I got surprised when I saw at KOBO this book is free. Yipee! I have the first book to read already.

Inspite of the poor rating it has, I am gald I read this book. The admire a lot the heroine and sometimes I pity her. I some got tired for the hero who kept hurting the heroine. This is kind of new plot and flow story.

Jodie Hughes
Dear Grace,

I just want to let you know, despite all of the negative comments here, I have thoroughly enjoyed your work. Granted, this first novel wasn't your best, and I can tell it was definitely your first novel. I am a romance writer (soon to be published--YAY!). I've read such awful stuff out there; but you hit every aspect I personally like to see in romance novels: character development (I'm not sure why people think your characters are "stale"--I was intrigued from page 1), ACCURATE HIST
I couldn't get further than 5%. I couldn't bring myself to even muddle through the initial lude and bad taste erotica to get to the meat of the story, which had promise. I could have over looked the crass bawdy house encounter with side characters. But the language used to refer to female genitalia by the hero is derogatory and the last straw was the anal stimulation in his fantasy. For me that's a deal breaker even in a fantasy. I would love to read Nicholas and Helena's story without this auth ...more
Pat aka Tygyr
Nicholas had a rough life. His mother gave him to an aunt to raise. When his mom quit sending money, his aunt sold him to a chimney sweep. The sweep was also sexually abusive to his sweeps. When Nicholas could take no more, he stabbed and killed the man. Then he supported himself as a thief in 19th century London. He is befriended by a merchant and works his way up to partner before his benefactor dies. Around the same time he learns he is the legal, though unclaimed son of a Marquess. To try to ...more
Sheila Melo
Enjoyable Start to the Series

HER HUSBAND'S HARLOT is the first book in the Mayhem in Mayfair series. It is the story of Lady Helena Harteford and her husband Nicholas Morgan, Marquess of Harteford. Nicholas was an unexpected Marquess. He was raised in St. Giles and rose to a respectable merchant class when he met his mentor. As an adult, he discovered that he was a legitimate heir. Despite this, however, he is haunted by his past and feels a deep feeling of inadequacy especially regarding his ne
Eliza Lloyd
What a fun romp through London. Grace has a great writing style with fun word choices and descriptions. Sure-footed in business, the hero is not so fleet amongst the ton set and his insecurities play out in his relationship with his new wife. Fun and sexy!
I found it an entertaining read at the very least. I agree with some reviewers that our hero, Nicholas, did get a bit too maudlin and depressed about not deserving his wife and all that. I also think that he got over his guilt and she got over her anger regarding the infidelity way too quickly. And then really - to celebrate the anniversary of their first passionate night together? (i.e. the anniversary of his first infidelity) In fact, she was a lot more forgiving than most women might have bee ...more
I picked this book up because it was free and am so glad I did.This story grabs you right from the beginning. All I could say was "oh my". I had not really read anything like this and was pleasantly surprised. Helena seems to be a typical bride who is told to just lay there and it will be over soon but she wants more and feels that she is going to lose her husband if she does not do something. Nicholas thinks he is being mindful of his wife and does not want to burden her with his sexual needs. ...more
Given the title and the first few chapters I thought this would be erotica. It is, however, surprisingly sweet.

The brothel scenes remind me a bit of the scenario in Elizabeth Hoyte's The Raven Prince, but the plot is different. The hero and heroine are married before the story begins, but the hero is saddled with 'issues' that have left him not only with insecurities, but also with class issues, and a madonna/whore complex. He loves his wife but... well... he has issues (*spoiler* he was sexuall
Well, the book had possibilities there were too many contradictions for me to give it more than three stars. 1st was the fact that at the very beginning of the book Lady Helena was able to talk about sex in such a manner after having a mother such as hers. Not believable - getting carried away with sex yes but talking like a harlot, no. 2nd was the fact that Helena could talk and act like a harlot but could was not able to talk about the issues of the day - she who had no problem clocking a man ...more
Lorenda Christensen
It was pretty good. The writing was good, the plot was good, but I guess I don't like a lot of talk during the sex scenes, because it really took me out of the story. Meh for me, but only because of personal preference.
Erica Chilson
What a title, eh? *snickers* In regards to the Harlot issue, it's more of a misunderstanding, a cuteness, than what comes to mind when you read the title. I almost didn't read it. If I hadn't picked it up as a Kindle Freebie, I might not have. I have a thing about titles turning me off, or in this case, embarrassing me when they pop up in my feed or on FB & Twitter.

I gave the book a chance, not thinking I'd read long. Some time later, eyes slowly closing, I'd realized I'd read 75% in one si
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Grace Callaway will be an author to watch and read!! Her very first book 'Her Husbands Harlot' is very well written. A Fast Paced story line, with lively characters and well developed plot an storyline. The story is true to the era. Helena and Nicholas the hero and heroine were great together their story is very romantic with an edge of eroticism. The sex scene only a Few not many as some reviewers have said. They are erotic but done in good taste. Helena was a brave, determined and intelligent ...more
Apr 17, 2014 Angela marked it as 1-click
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Four and a half stars. I am surprised by the not favorable reviews. I truly enjoyed this book. I liked that she was married and was trying to reconcile what her mother told here about intimacy and what she was truly feeling. It could have been pared down a bit but the story was intriguing. This is definitely not the book to read if you are looking for the 'instant attraction and hopelessly in love with perfect sex' story. There is a bit more meat to this tale. Give it a try. I'm going to go star ...more
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