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Tempting Fortune (Mallorens & Friends #2)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,125 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
Tempting Fortune brings together an impoverished noblewoman and a notorious gamester. Bestselling author Jo Beverley's scandalous new novel of Georgian England is a seductive story of sin and redemption...

In a night shimmering with destiny, Portia St. Claire discovers that her brother's debts have made him a prisoner of dangerous men. The price of his life is her virtue--a
Large Print, 429 pages
Published May 2nd 1995 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
Jonel Boyko
This was a fun and romantic story that is completely unpredictable and wildly original. Beverley takes readers back in time on one heck of a journey through London as her characters tug at your heart. The suspense in this one is of a much more personal nature than one would generally expect. Virtue & honour are what must be saved, while at the same time chemistry rules the day.

I love Bryght. He’s so much fun. His rakishness combines with his good heart in an intriguing combo. Pitted against
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
Aug 18, 2011 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Jul 03, 2010 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blush-worthy
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
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
Tempting Fortune is part two of my big Malloren re-read and my first letdown of sorts. Portia and Bryght's story itself sits at a solid 3.5 for me. I would kinda like to round my final rating up to 4 stars because of the excellent use of Rothgar but there were quite a few moments where I was just very frustrated as a reader.

I have read this book already twice or so (2008 or so for the first time, most recently in 2012) but I did not remember Portia being such an annoying character at times and i
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Jul 10, 2013 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Mar 27, 2010 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
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
Oh dear. I hated the heroine and the plot drove me mad at the end. It was well written though so I'll read the next one.
Dec 02, 2014 Sheeba rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Some spoilers**

I wanted to give this a 4 at the beginning...still giving it a 3 just for Bryght. OMG! He does so much for Portia and knows his limits but still openly tells her he loves her and shows his love in so many ways. What the heck is wrong with Portia? She started as smart, fierce and caring. I have no idea how she came to distrust Bryght so much, and all the insults and so many times.

I really wished that Bryght ended up alone at the end, if not, I really hoped they would at least be
Pamela Shropshire
This is the 2nd book in the Malloran series and features Bryght. It begins with him entering the house in Maidenhead where Chastity hid Nerissa Trelyn's licentious letter. He runs into a short red-haired woman with a pistol whose name is Phoebe St. Clair -- she is a relative of Nerissa, but has never met her. They are immediately attracted to each other, physically, and exchange rather barbed but witty banter.

Bryght can't stop thinking of her and since Phoebe and her wastrel brother go to London
Jan 27, 2014 Mancho283 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
เนือเรืองดูเหมือนไมมีอะไรมาก แตมันนาติดตามอานแลววางไมลง พระนางมีเสนหดึงดูดเขากับเรือง(บางครังกแอบคิดวาหาเหตุผลมาอธิบายความชอบไมไดนะ อานแลวรูสึกวามันใช กคือชอบ) หนังสือเลมหนา แตอานแลวไมมีชวงทีเบือเลย แตจะมีบางจุดทีอานแลวไมคอยเขาใจการกระทำเทาไร

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Barbara Rogers
Sep 05, 2015 Barbara Rogers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read -- this one features Bryght Malloren.

Bryght meets our heroine, Portia St. Clair when he was sent to Maidenhead in Book #1 of the series. He was sent to retrieve a letter and ends up being confronted by Portia who was not supposed to be in residence at that house.

Portia is trying desperately to save the family estate that her brother has gambled away. That is why she was at the house in Maidenhead and why she and her brother later travel to London.

Bryght intends to marry money -- simpl
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
Jul 17, 2014 Shannon Dyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come at AAR.
The last time I read this was sometime in 2009, I think. Re-read for the series read over in WaMRL.
This book started off pretty good. Not quite the adventure of the first book, but still interesting. I liked Portia, and how she and her brother Oliver were trying to save their home after he'd foolishly gambled it away. They weren't sitting at home worrying about it, they went out and tried to find help, and I liked that. Then the run in with Bryght, while he is sent off to fetch the sordid love l
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
Apr 04, 2011 Ilze rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jo-beverley
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
An Odd1
Sep 21, 2011 An Odd1 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xrate
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
Mary Craven
Apr 24, 2015 Mary Craven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying the Malloren series. This book is no exception. So well written. Exciting plot twists and turns. You can't help to come to love each and every family member. I am looking forward to getting to know each new character and to see old family friends in these next books.
May 26, 2016 Mel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are so many things in this book that I liked, but I never understood what Bryght saw in Portia. I found Portia a bit hysterical and stupidly impulsive....all in all unlikable. But Jo Beverley is such a magnificent storyteller that I was still able the book.
if I could I might give this one 2.5 stars. Didn't like it as well as My Lady Notorious. I had a hard time identifying what exactly the hero saw in the heroine. She was kind of hard to like. But it didn't put me off the series. I will continue.
Jan 13, 2013 Manuela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 21, 2014 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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Mallorens & Friends (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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