Something Reckless (Albright Sisters, #2)
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Something Reckless (Albright Sisters #2)

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Prim, headstrong, and beautiful Penelope is determined to expose the licentious affairs of the ton's randiest rakes. Now one of their powerful number—the unrepentant libertine Jeremy Vaughn, Duke of Kilgrath—has been selected to put an end to the prudish lady's interference. Jeremy's plan is devilishly clever: He will join Penelope's war against immorality, fighting passio...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by Avon Red
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Jun 19, 2009 Eastofoz rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Readers who love a good love/hate erotic historical
Ooooo this was goo-oo-oo-d ! Not only does it have my favourite love/hate theme happening but the emotional involvement between the h/h coupled with the steam factor of an 120° in the shade(!) all came together beautifully making for a fantastic read that just whipped right by. Jess Michaels certainly knows how to develop a story without making it too long, bogging it down with filler and diving right into the romance from the first few pages.

This is historical erotica without the ick, with a st...more
Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
2 1/2 to 3 stars

Something Reckless I'm sad to say, is not as good as the first book in the series, Everything Forbidden. The heroine in this book is awful and the complete opposite to the first book's heroine, Miranda. Where Miranda was a character to be loved and admired, Penelope, this books heroine, is shrewish, childish, and very self-righteous. She was a hard heroine to like. Also, this story's plot is much more far-fetched and unbelievable than the first books, which was fairly unrealisti...more
As much as I loved the first, I had trouble even liking this one. At least, it improved toward the end and left me with a better impression that even made me consider rating with 3 stars. However, the overall impression wasn't good. My main problem was Penelope. Immature, childish, prudish and naive, she was the exact opposite of her sister. She leads a campaign against the ton's mens' excesses and pleasures, without knowing what pleasure is and stubbornly believing that only men can feel it, ev...more
I liked this... but I thought there would be more antagonistic exchanges between the h/h. The guilt factor on both sides got a bit old as well... but I like a reformed rake story sometimes and I thought that this one could have been more catagorized as that theme instead. But now I have to go back and read book 1!
Having read the first book in this series, I was unsure how much I would like it. How wrong I was to doubt it. This was a brilliant book and a rather nice chage to the usual.

I loved the heroine who had been thrown into this role as a champion for the women of the ton through an innocent remark. The character was well rounded and I genuinally felt for her. Here was a woman who desperatly wanted someone to love her but due to her past relationship and what happened to her sister, it shaped her int...more
These books by Jess Michaels are really fast quick reads. So in that fact, they are great. However, you pay a little more for them than other books, and I sort of feel frustrated because I feel like I'm not getting my money's worth. Not in the length/size of the book and not in the plot. This plot particularly seemed weak and farfethced. But, it wasn't a bad book, I just feel like I should be getting something meatier for my money. Plus, the sex doesn't blow me away...she writes well, but its so...more
I picked this up not knowing it was #2 in a set until just now. I had suspicion, as there were a couple of references to things that were never fully explained in this one... however it didn't seem necessary to have read the first to enjoy the second, which is always a good sign in my opinion. Its too easy for authors to lean heavily on the recap of what happened in the other story, or to make only vague references assuming you've already read it. This had just the right balance.

In fact, the who...more
The heroine was so annoying in this book, that 3 stars is really all I can summon.
She manages to forgive in the end, but she never really admits she was wrong, and to me that is just annoying. I kinda sorta hated her. Yeah I know, this is make believe but I actually know people like her. Ugggggg makes you want to smack someone!

Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker
Not nearly as good as book 1 but overall not bad. I liked Penelope and I felt bad for her but the story seemed a little outrageous and unbelievable. Still a good read especially the sexual tension. Jess Michaels does a fine job with steaminess!
Thoroughly fast paced and entertaining read! I loved loooved it!

Stunning novel of high passion with a totally bad ass handsome Duke and a passionate heroine. Loved all of the book, I was reading the Desperate Duchess before this one and noticed the major difference, here every page was interesting and was entirely relevant.

I always love the idea of secret identity in my romance novels and how the revelation happens is always my favourite part. Sometimes i hunt for that kind of storyline and glad...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
When Penelope Albright married Lord Norman, a much older, callous man, she believed she was doing the right thing for her impoverished family - and also ensured that she would never succumb to the sins of the flesh like her older sister Miranda did. Even though it turned out so well for Miranda, Penelope won't speak to her or see her. Now that her husband has died, Penelope is free - but to do what? He poisoned her self-image and only helped fuel her fear and dismay of pleasure.

A few passionate...more
Mey Buentipo
I liked it and the same time frustrating. After reading this story, I am moved because I felt the characters of hero and the heroin. Chasing Penelope for her surrender, is a kind of frustrating and exciting and the same time. Although, I am wondering to what happened to her cause for exessive sensuality, did she persue it? Around the ending it's a bit of rushed. I am wanting more of the story. The ending did not statisfy me, because it keep me wondering if they got married? Did something more be...more
Surprisingly good! I was not a big fan of Taboo and hesitated about buying this one, but it was a bargain book and I needed one more item for the free shipping:-)
Glad I bought it. Quick enjoyable read. It read more like a typical historical romance with some added steam. Found that it did not matter that I had not read the first Albright Sister's book, so it can be read stand alone. Think I will go ahead and read Miranda's story next.
Until now I was like..."wait. Did it just end that way?" I still can't believe that the author DID JUST END IT like that. It feels like I'm missing a chapter. A lot is missing. If I'm not mistaken, there wasn't even a question of "will you marry me" laid down in the end. This story is a matter of deception and projection. This kind of reminds me of what Socrates said in Plato's Apology, that "the unexamined life is not worth living". I think that the fact that the characters didn't find time to...more
Sep 24, 2008 Catherine rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Those who like erotica with a strong romantic plot
When you pick a book up and don't put it down until it is finished you know it's a good read.
Jess Michaels writes a very convincing historical erotic romance. Never does the sex overshadow the story, which is very important to me. I pre-order this authors books because I'm never dissapointed in what she writes!
I really liked this story, and what's not to like? A rake that is reformed by a lady who does not approve of men who take pleasure in taking mistresses while married. It was a simple HOT read that I'm glad I finally read.
Penelope is determined to expose all of the licentious affairs of he ton's worst rakes. Jeremy Vaugh is selected by his friends to put a stop to it. He decides to use seduction to tame her.
Danette Steward
Plot was boring and unbelievable (come on---can't tell the secret admirer is Jeremy??? ).
This book is better in terms of sensuality and power to keep the readers turning each and every page (compared to the first book). I read this withing the span of 2 days right after I finished the first book.

I couldn't put the book down. The storyline is much better than the first book, and I admire Jeremy's prowess. Ethan's course of action was more shocking and thrilling to read (first book). And yet Jeremy's double-self in this novel is more interesting as a plot. For some reason, my mental o...more
Jeannie Mancini
Within Victorian London’s elite male ton, a group of five men that call themselves “the Nevers”, are up in arms over one obstinate yet beautiful woman named Lady Penelope Norman. The “Nevers” have vowed to never change, falter or love. Lady Norman is on a personal crusade to rebel against the sensual excess of London’s finest gentlemen. In a nutshell, men flaunting their sexual conquests and publicly exhibiting their mistresses is an outrage to Lady Norman’s view of proper social etiquette and t...more
Summer Parks
Ahhhhh.... Sweet, sweet (naughty, naughty??)Jess Michaels, how have I just now found you? I love to read, however I am not one to post reviews. With that being said, There is no way I could NOT let it be it be known how VERY much I am enjoying the Albright series. How many times have have we read these romance's and cursed out loud " Damn it , I wish he would just........" or " cheese and rice you stupid stupid girl just....." So how wonderful it was that you listened to me Ms. Michaels. I am us...more
Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer
Jess Michaels has become yet another new author that I have recently fallen in love with. I love her writing style and the sexy heat of her characters. This story is book 2 in the Albright series and Penelope is a great character. She is still estranged from her sister Miranda and now finds herself a widow some 2-3 years after "sacrificing" herself to help the family. She has taken up the cause of the married ladies of the ton, whose husbands are taking there pleasure outside the marriage bed. A...more
Marblezzie (Blez)
This story was the second installment to the Albright Sisters series by Jess Michaels. I haven’t had the chance to read the first though I have had a gist of what happened to Penelope’s sister Miranda, who was the heroine in the first series.

I didn’t really like the character of Penelope Albright in this story. As a heroine, I thought her character was really weak. Her campaign to expose the excesses of the ton’s “Nevers” was really lame. I was kinda hoping that her crusade would be in the form...more
Sorelle Albright n. 2 - Seconda trappola x nobili

Dopo che la sorella maggiore ha trovato l’amore, la seconda (Penelope), delusa e traumatizzata dalla scoperta della sua passione (mia sorella che gode, che orrore!!), ha pensato bene di sposare per ripicca il primo nobile incontrato, un sessantenne insipido.
Per sua fortuna, il matrimonio deprimente non è durato a lungo, e Penelope, divenuta la giovane vedova lady Norman, decide di dedicare la propria vita a lottare contro l’ipocrisia dei maschi...more
Alys Mackenzie
Book 2 in the Albright Sisters series.... Although Penelope is the second daughter of the Albright family, she feels betrayed by her older sister Melinda (see book 1 -Everything Forbidden-) and takes it upon herself to marry the first wealthy, titled nobleman she can. Which, unfortunately is Lord Norman, an older man who treats his wife more like a trophy than anything. A year widowed, Lady Norman became a spokesperson for women of her time and fought against the excess of men's pleasures (such...more
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The second installment of the Allbright Sisters left me with a major suspension of disbelief. It's not a bad book by any means but I find the plot a teensy bit reaching for my taste, although I enjoyed every minute of it.

First of all, Penelope is not a woman I would personally like to have as a friend, so this reaction blocks my liking this character. First, she cuts off her sister Miranda into the first book after finding out that Miran...more
This is book 2 in Ms. Michaels Albright series. The first, Everything Forbidden, focused on the eldest Albright sister, Miranda and her bargain with her notorious rake of a neighbor Ethan, to fund Seasons for her sisters. At the end of that book Miranda and Penelope were estranged. Penelope was witness to a tryst that Miranda and Ethan had shared. Now, here in the second installment we find Penelope as the heroine. She married the first rich man who offered for her. Unfortunately, he was old, an...more
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Billie Jo
I should have figured it out when the first book of this series was only a few bucks and this - as the second book - was $10.

Although, I really enjoyed the first book of the series, I have stopped reading this one to find another book. It's slow and not much of a page turner. Too much description and not enough dialog.

I am not a fan of those books that each time the character says something there is a long description of deep personal thought. I prefer books that let the characters tell the st...more
I'll admit I had a little trepidation starting this book, as some reviewers disliked the prudish character of Penelope. Thankfully, I did not find her so much a prude as stubborn, willful, and misguided. And equally thankfully, she meets her match in Jeremy, the Duke of Kilgrath, who sets out to teach her a lesson in seduction that backfires on both of them. The only annoyance to me was what was a very unreal element: Jeremy seeks to be Penelope's reformed friend during the day, and her mystery...more
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Jess Michaels always likes the "good parts" when she reads romance, so it makes sense that she writes erotic books. She is a nationally bestselling and award-winning author of nearly 50 novels and novellas. When not writing, she enjoys being a geek, designing jewelry and trying to keep the cats from scratching the furniture. She lives in Tucson with her husband.

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“Tears welled in Penelope's eyes, making the blue even darker. Then she reeled back and slapped him hard enough that his cheek stung.
"That is for what you did to me. Not in the dark, Jeremy. Not as the faceless lover. Not even for today when you made love to me... or perhaps we should call it 'fucking', since there was nothing loving about it, only manipulation". Her voice shook as hard as her hands as she turned on her heel and headed for the door. "It's for betraying my friendship".”
“Rakes make good husbands. Especially when they fall in love.” 1 likes
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