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An Unladylike Offer (The Radwells #2)

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  253 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Miss Esme Canville's brutal father is resolved to marry her off--but she won't submit tamely to his decree. Instead, she'll offer herself to notorious rake Captain St. John Radwell and enjoy all the freedom of a mistress! St. John is intent on mending his rakish ways. He won't seduce an innocent virgin. But Esme is determined, beautiful and very, very tempting....
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Harlequin (first published July 1st 2007)
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This is the first M&B book I feel like writing a review to: The story about a young woman who is tired of being treated brutally by her father and the path she chooses to escape him. Father wants her married off to some old man as the ultimate punishment that her mother left him. She is beaten and scared. And the only silver lining in her life is St John.How a very unladylike proposal ends up awaking a 33 year old man from his stupor (literally) and giving him a chance at love. I liked the s ...more
Aug 28, 2011 Michaela rated it did not like it
I liked Marcus, Miranda and Antony nothing else. It was repetative and the way Esme acted was aweful. The ending was rushed and rubbish.

If I could give this less stars I would.
Mar 11, 2014 ShoSho rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, elib, x-2014
This was nothing like the first book in the series.
I Skipped most of it and only read a sentence or two on each page .
Pamela Fernandes
Jan 01, 2017 Pamela Fernandes rated it it was ok
This book about Esme and St. John was just okay. Not quite close to the tropes we expect in historicals, because there was too much about St. John's relationship with his brother. The first half of the book dwells a whole lot on his brother and him, not to mention his longing for Miranda, his brother's wife. The book later is refocused to Esme and Radwell and that's where it gets very good. Her father abuses her and Radwell wants to save her from the match with Halverston, but doesn't know the w ...more
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Nov 03, 2016 Jasey rated it it was amazing
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Sheila Melo
Nov 10, 2013 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it
My Favorite of the series. It is the story of Esme Canville and St John Radwell. St John was the villain in the first book of the series, The Inconvenient Duchess. In the years since the last novel, St John has transformed himself and is in the process of making himself into a respectable person. Esme, however, is looking for the villain. In order to avoid the arranged marriage her father has planned for her, Esme seeks St john to compromise her. St John, however, delivers her to his brother (wi ...more
Historical English romance with an abused well born young lady and a Duke's younger son with a very bad reputation.
So the author flipped the usual story of the older wild guy seducing the younger innocent, but still having an innocent but she seduces the older guy who is trying to stay out of trouble. Cute story and well written by Christine Merrill who can write just as well as Lisa Kleypas and Mary Jo Putney but is not as well known in the Historical Romance genre. St. John has made a lot of m
Deuxième épisode de la saga des Radwell, on retrouve ici John Radwell, le frère cadet de Marcus, duc de Haughleigh que l'on avait déjà eu l'occasion de croiser dans La duchesse insoumise.
Cinq ans ont passé depuis le premier tome, et on assiste au retour de John après avoir servi dans l'armée au Portugal. La guerre l'a changé et il aspire à une vie respectable. Ses projets semblent néanmoins compromis lorsque Miss Esme Canville décide de se jeter littéralement à son cou pour qu'il la déshonore,
May 27, 2013 Aspoon rated it it was amazing
WOW! After reading The Inconvenient Duchess, I couldn't wait to read the story of St. John Radwell. It was worth the wait. I was brought to tears in Chapter 10. This is a book I will forever own. The book was engaging, emotional, witty and honest. I loved how the author tenderly, yet openly shared the emotional aftermath of war (even for back in that time period). I loved how the author provokingly drew emotions out of the reader when addressing St. John's addiction. Even in that time period nee ...more
Nov 12, 2011 Helen rated it really liked it
I'm glad I won a basket of Christine Merrill's books at the Write Touch Conference. This second book of hers has a delightful hero who just can't help himself. St. John Radwell is a bad boy who's discovered his inherent good nature, but no one believes the tiger can shed his stripes. Into his life comes Esme Canville who just won't quit seeing him as the hero of her unusually decadent dreams. Esme is a persistent young woman, for good reasons of her own, but while she's engaging, I have a bit of ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
The rake from the first book, St John, finds himself back in London after fighting in Portugal, and the unlikely saviour of miss Esme.
Esme sees no other way out of the clutches of her father and the old man he has chosen to be her husband, than to ruin herself, and who better to ruin her than the notorious neighbor wanting a new mistress?
Regency romance, a rake who wants to save a damsel in distress but not marry and a sister in law who knows true love when she sees it, even if the people in lo
May 17, 2015 Carshena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the Radwells

This story was just as good as the first one. St John amends his ways and reconciled with his brother. Loved all the characters but especially loved the relationship that finally developed between the brothers. The ending was perfect although I would have loved an epilogue of the families!
Oct 26, 2012 Kitkat01 rated it did not like it
I could barely stand the heroine throughout most of this book. The author did not do a good job of making her sympathetic in my eyes and she only came across as selfish. I liked the hero better but he was a little too fatalistic and woe-is-me. All in all this book left me really annoyed.
Aug 16, 2013 Rebekah rated it liked it
heh heh heh. this was SO MUCH FUNNIER than i was expecting. i don't know... maybe i was just really sleepy. maybe not. i stayed up until 2 am reading it. i. just. couldnt. stop. maybe i will read it again someday when i need a good laugh. or some light smut. lol
Nov 08, 2015 Steph rated it really liked it
I didn't think St John could redeem himself from the first book, but Christine Merrill did a good job of transforming him into a likeable character.
Feb 26, 2016 Suzanne rated it really liked it
This book was even better than the first in the series. Esme and St John were both extremely strong, likable characters. Of course, I liked St John in the first book, even though I wasn't meant to.
Jul 12, 2008 Desirée rated it liked it
I actually liked the heroine in this book. She was far more brash and bold than the time period should dictate, but I think that is what endeared her to me.
Feb 07, 2014 Heather rated it liked it
I didn't care for the basic moral, or lack there of, throughout the book, or the sexual content to skip over.
Sep 29, 2009 Usiusiusi rated it liked it
Well written Regency romance.

Sadly I enjoyed her "Miss Winthorpes Elopement" a lot more than this Radwell series.
Jenny Eldridge
Feb 08, 2016 Jenny Eldridge rated it really liked it
What a trilling love story. It seems so hopeless for Esme until he very end. I fell in love with the characters, especially St John and his journey from rake to respectable.
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Christine Merrill has wanted to be an author for as long as she can remember. But one thing stood in her way: touch typing.

Six weeks spent on an IBM Selectric in her Sophomore year of high school proved that she would never be able to produce one readable page of manuscript, much less several hundred.

Twenty years passed, and she found ways to pass the time: marrying her high school sweetheart; hav
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