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Forever a Lady (The Rumor #2)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  330 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
TWO DIFFERENT CLASSES, ONE COMMON DESIRE...Lady Bernadette Marie Burton may be the richest widow in England, but like her dreams of finding true passion, her reputation is deteriorating. Cruel gossip, loneliness and hoards of opportunistic suitors have her believing Society couldn't be more vile...or dangerous. So when an attacker threatens her life, she finds safety in th ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by HQN Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Delilah Marvelle
Mar 03, 2012 Delilah Marvelle added it  ·  (Review from the author)
In this story, I introduce the flip side of things people didn't get to see in Book 1, which includes Bernadette's relationship with Georgia and Georgia's relationship with Matthew. We also get to see the Forty Thieves in action in the bowels of the Five Points and how they came to be in existance, given the story is about...Matthew (Georgia's one eyed thieving stepson). Without any doubt, Matthew is what I call a gruff romantic. Wait until you meet him. Heh. He'll make you laugh, he'll make you ...more
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Publisher: HQN
Publish Date: 24 Jul
How I got this book: ARC from the publisher via Netgalley

Two different classes, One common desire…

Bernadette Marie Burton may be the richest widow in England, but like her dreams of finding true passion, her reputation is deteriorating. Cruel gossip, loneliness and hoards of opportunistic suitors have her believing Society couldn’t be more vile….or dangerous. So when an attacker threatens her l
Atrapada Enunashojasdepapel
En esta aventura podríamos catalogar el amor como "flechazo" o amor a privera vista, desde que los dos protas se encuentran surge entre ellos esa atracción irrefrenable que tanto hace disfrutar al lector. También me ha parecido curioso como empieza la relación, más similar a las actuales que a las que se solían dar en aquella época, pero tratándose de una mujer viuda de la alta sociedad era algo relativamente habitual.
El libro lo he leído de forma amena, e incluso me ha sorprendido la historia,
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Jul 24, 2012 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it really liked it
Life has not been kind to Matthew Milton. An unscrupulous businessman tumbled his father's newspaper into bankruptcy, pushing them into the slums of Five Points, New York. There, an attack from a thug stole the vision from one eye and taught him a value lesson about the kind of man he would need to become in order to survive. Matthew toughens up and forms an Irish-American gang, one that tries to protect the neighborhood, even if they have to stoop to illegal means to do it.

After a hit is put ou
***original review posted at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance***

Oh Delilah Marvelle, you make me fall in love each time I read your books. *hums 'Seize the Day' from the Newsies soundtrack while writing review*

Reasons To Read This Book:

1. You're a Delilah Marvelle fan.Duh! You won't be disappointed. Delilah strikes again but this time it's the story of a younger man falling in love with an older woman.

2. Eye patch hotness.Matthew Milton's father lost his newspaper business due to their bo
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
Aug 29, 2014 Carol *Young at Heart Oldie* rated it it was amazing
I’m totally hooked on this series!

Forever a Lady is the second book in the Rumor series and, once again, Delilah Marvelle delivers a compelling, exciting and very sensual love story that kept me enthralled.

Matthew tightened his fingers on the rough wool of the sacks weighing each shoulder. He stared up at that looming unpainted building, the acrid stench of piss lacing the heat-ridden air.

I love the realism and social commentary Ms Marvelle brings to this story. She doesn’t pull any punches, whe
Jul 17, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
When Matthew’s father’s newspaper goes bankrupt due to an employee’s embezzlement, Matthew is on the streets when he sees a young boy being harassed for money his mother owes. Edward Coleman sees him fight the man after he tries to steal his cravat, and offers to teach him to fight in exchange for food. While he is eating, he realizes he is losing his sight in one eye. They send for a surgeon who says the loss is permanent, and was caused by the fight. Matthew and Coleman then create the Forty T ...more
Jul 19, 2012 May rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a First-Reads Good Reads winner and I was throughly surprised at how much I actually liked this book. I started reading it at night and was done reading it by the morning time. I just couldn't put the book down. Not only does this author give such attention to detail and gives old New York City a lot of respect by keeping true to the times back then. She also has a knack for writing a great story. I've read romance novels before and you end up getting the same exact types ...more
Mary Gramlich
Jul 31, 2012 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing
Is the path I walk of my choosing or the one I am destined to travel?

Free to live the life of a rich widow in New York away from the gossips of London Lady Bernadette Marie Burton has no desire to allow another man to control her destiny. Matthew Milton knew the prestige and freedom money gave his life and now is living with the pain that losing it brings.

When these two forces meet in New York, there are actions beyond pleasure to partake in, a battle over maintaining one’s pride, and a tussle o
Alexia Chantel
Sep 03, 2012 Alexia Chantel rated it it was amazing
Every time you pick up a Delilah Marvelle book it is like rediscovering a favorite author. Every book she releases is better than the last, and when you loved the previous books that is quite the track record. Forever a Lady steps up the Rumor series to a whole new level.

In Forever and a Day you met Lady Bernadette Burton, she was the rebellious older woman who tutors Georgia in the ways of being a lady. Or at least she gives her the tools to pull one over on the ton, something Lady Burton is mo
Kelly % Books-n-Kisses
Jun 17, 2012 Kelly % Books-n-Kisses rated it it was amazing
OH Delilah, Delilah, Delilah.... LOVED Matthew's story!!!!!!

Another wonderful book by the amazingly talented Delilah Marvelle. Forever A Lady is book 2 in Delilah’s Rumor series. Now, while the books are linked together by common characters, you don’t HAVE to read them in order. I would recommend it, but you don’t have too.

Forever A Lady takes us back to New York and Five Points. Where we learn a little more about Matthew (who we meet in Forever & A Day) and his past. How he ended up where
Jun 05, 2012 Farrah rated it really liked it
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Unique and brilliant! Forever a Lady gives us a look at everything of this time period from the dirty NY slums to the glittering English mansions. The plot was full of intrigue and adorable romance.

Bernadette is a different character. Rather than being an innocent society lady, she's an experienced woman whose reputation is tattered at best. But I liked that about her. I liked that she didn't let society's standards g
Nov 26, 2013 Aoi rated it really liked it
Shelves: hf-england
4.5 Stars

I was just a little disappointed with Romancing Lady Stone, so I'm glad Ms. Marvelle delivers this cracker of a book..

Shirtless men lounged with dirt-crusted bare feet on the sills of open windows, some guzzling bottles of old Irish whiskey, while others leisurely smoked half-cut cigars. It was as if these bingo boys all thought they were on a blanket on the grassy plains of a lake.

Forever a Lady takes us deep into the seedy underbelly of New York City's Five Points. The social commenta
Jul 13, 2012 Belinda rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Forever a Lady by Delilah Marvell and it was an excellent read. I dearly love the characters in this story. Meet Matthew Joseph Milton, Irish –American gang leader, who had his fortune stolen from him when he was younger. Now at the age of twenty nine, his life is filled with outcasts who look up to him in restoring honor among thieves. He once was a respected citizen in New York but now he decides his own future. When Matthew is threatened by a rival gang in the slums, h ...more
Heather Tisdale
Aug 09, 2012 Heather Tisdale rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
So I'm going to keep this short since I've had it deleted 6 times prior to being able to post.

This one was fun, but not my favorite by the author. I enjoy the basics of the plot, even though there was nothing exceptional about the story. The characters were enjoyable, but I felt Matthew was more believable than Bernadette. He struggled to retain a few morals, despite the fact that his lot in life could have led him to be a complete ingrate. I really loved that Marvelle touched on important issu
“Rule one—my bedchamber is off-limits.
Rule two— your bedchamber is off-limits.
Rule three— our lips never touch.
Rule four— we only see each other during calling hours or in public or at events where crowds are assured to ensure that rule one, two and three are never trifled with.
Rule five— all rules cease to exist when you ask me to marry you.”

yaaakkk... itulah syarat yang diajukan Matthew Jones Milton saat ia ingin Lady Bernadette Marie Burton "mengcourting-nya". untunglah adegan uhuk-uhuk d
Jul 05, 2012 Nita rated it really liked it
At first, Matthew Milton, a poor man who leads a gang of honorable thieves in Five Points, New York and Lady Bernadette, an aristocrat from London, seem like an unlikely couple. But they work really well together, I think. Though both currently have homes in New York (albeit in very different neighborhoods), they meet in London. They get their first glimpses of each other while riding in the park. Matthew falls for Bernadette fast and hard. Bernadette, though very attracted to Matthew, is not so ...more
Dana Delamar
Jul 31, 2012 Dana Delamar rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Really, really loved this one. As usual, Delilah Marvelle has put together characters, settings, and situations that are not typical of historical romance.

Bernadette and Matthew are a sweet couple; I enjoyed their interactions, especially when he suggested they court each other, even though they already certainly "knew" each other in one sense!

There were enough twists and turns in the story that I couldn't predict what was coming next, and I found that refreshing.

I also very much e
Oct 27, 2012 Christina rated it really liked it
I received this book as a First-Reads Good Reads winner and I was throughly surprised at how much I actually liked this book. I started reading it at night and was done reading it by the morning time. I just couldn't put the book down. You get the feel of the time fully. I'm going to get the 1st book. Really liked this story.
May 21, 2012 Claudine rated it really liked it
4.5 stars for Delilah Marvelle's Forever a Lady
Review shortly
Jul 21, 2012 Tammy marked it as to-read
I won this book from Delilah and can't wait to read it :-)
Dec 09, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing
I don't hand out five star ratings very often, but this book definitely deserved it. This is the second in a series set in the 1830's and revolve around an interesting group of people. There are dukes, thieves, boxers and even a missing heir. Here we had Matthew's story, who we met in the last book and was the stepson of Georgia. Matthew is the leader of a gang known as the Forty Thieves that keep a portion of the Five Points safe for the residents living there. While on a trip to London he mets ...more
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
This weekend I just finished Forever a Lady by Delilah Marvelle. I just have to say I was amazed with this book. Truly an emotional moving book.

The hero Matthew Joseph Milton learns a very hard lesson about life at the tender age of 20. His father loses the family paper to money a swindler. Left destitute you would think that it couldn't get worse, well your wrong. He lost his vision in one eye, because he was sticking up for a young boy.

Instead of crumbling, he decides to take matters into his
Oct 10, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
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หลังจากเติบโตในฐานะของสุภาพบุรุษมาเกือบตลอดชีวิต แมทธิวตองเริมตนชีวิตใหมในสลัมกับผูเปนบิดา หลังจากทรัพยสินทังหมดถูกโกงไปโดยเพือนสนิทของพอ เหตุการณทีนำไปสูการปิดตัวลงของหนังสือทีครอบครัวของเขาเปนเจาของ สถานะของแมทธิวจากชายผูมีทุกสิงพรอมสลายไปในชัวขามคืน เขาถูกคูหมันถอนหมัน บานทีเคยอยูถูกยึด ทุกอยางหมดสินไป

ถานันไมเลวรายพอ อาการบาดเจบทีไดรับในวันแรก ๆ ทีเขายายเขาม
Aug 29, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing
I need to fully disclose that I ADORE this woman (no, not the heroine, although she's adorable too). I meant Ms. Delilah Marvelle, who I had an honor, privilege and utter pleasure of meeting at this year's RT's in Chicago. What a gorgeous human being this tiny woman is!!! As for her writing, I am still in awe, and I've only read her latest series (in process of getting my paws on her earlier ones!).

This is the second (well, actually third if you count the prequel novella) in Ms. Marvelle's Rumor
Aug 09, 2012 Sharyn rated it really liked it
This is Book #2 in Delilah Marvelle's Rumor series and it is about Matthew Milton, a poor Irish gang leader living in Five Points in New York City and Lady Bernadette Burton, formerly of London, now hiding out in NYC. Matthew used to be fairly well off until he and his father lost everything when Matthew was 20 and they were forced to moved to the poor Irish section of NYC. During these early days, Matthew got into a fight where he lost sight in one eye and thereafter had to wear a patch over th ...more
Carrie Olguin
Nov 26, 2012 Carrie Olguin rated it really liked it
This book contains an anal sex scene. I'm not judging, I'm just stating a fact.

The hero isn't loveable, nor is he easy to understand. He's kind of like a Robin Hood (the leader of the Irish New York gang called the Forty Thieves). He's brutal, lacks morals. He's not charming. He's not well spoken. He's of normal intelligence. Stealing is his primary source of income. Seven years living in the slums of New York has stipped him of most vestages of civilitzation.

Yet he leads his thieves as a vigila
Aug 04, 2012 Readsalot81 rated it it was amazing
If there was any hero I could pluck from the pages of a romance novel to have for myself, Matthew Milton would be the one.

Honorable, tough, but above all, compassionate. The last character trait, I'd love to see more of in just about any novel. Ms. Marvelle writes with a deft hand, lacing historic details into the story with ease. I felt like I was taken back into the time period, but at the same time, I wasn't clubbed over the head with it. (And I'll be honest, history was one of those subjects
Aug 02, 2012 Chanpreet rated it really liked it
Matthew Milton is a man who was wronged by an employee of his father's who stole their business and livelihood and landed Matthew and his father in the bowels of life in the inner city we were introduced to in Forever and a Day, the first book in the Rumor series. He starts off as the gentleman he was raised to be, but quickly realizes he can not stay that way in order to survive in Five Points. Lady Bernadette Burton is the wealthiest widow of her time. She cast off propriety when her elderly h ...more
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I spent my youth studying various languages, reading voraciously, and playing the pianoforte. I confess that here ends the extent of my gentle breeding. I was a naughty child who was forever torturing her parents with countless adventures that they did not deem respectable. Confined to my room on many occasions due to these misadventures, I soon discovered the quill and its amazing power. I scribe ...more
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The Rumor (4 books)
  • Forever Mine (The Rumor, #0.5)
  • Forever and a Day (The Rumor, #1)
  • Forever a Lord (The Rumor, #3)

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