Lords of Passion
"Beauty and the Brute" by Virginia Henley
It's been three years since Lady Sarah Caversham set eyes on arrogant Charles Lennox--the husband her father chose for her to settle a gambling debt. Now Charles has returned, unaware that the innocent ingénue...more
Not really my cuppa. 13 year old (rather plain) girl and 18 year old (rather asshatty) boy are forced to marry in an arranged marriage that is to be "a marriage in name only", then she's to go to finishing school and he's to go on a Grand Tour of the Continent. They absolutely despise each other on sight and are quite nasty to each other in the very short time they know each other.
Three years pass and she's turned into a gorgeous (of course), refined...more
Historical Romance –Nov. 30th, 2010
Lords of Passion features 3 historical romance romances.
In the first story, Beauty and the Brute by Virginia Henley bring together an arranged match between a very young girl named Lady Sarah and a young cocky man named Charles who happens to be the Earl of March. They are shocked when their fathers surprise them with and quick, forced marriage. However, the young, brash and arrogant...more
I was fascinated to find out while reading this novella, that all the characters were actually based on real people - of course the romance part was fictional. I have been going through the Dukes of Richmond family tree on the internet as a result and have been fascinated by this part of English History. Goodwood House still stands today and can be visited in the summer. A good job of weaving a story around the family tree of Charles II. (PS - Sarah and Charles a...more
I loved this story. It goes from seeing a thirteen year old thinks about getting married to a man that she does not know and a eighteen year old that learns that he is to marry, the two meet before the day in an unexpected way where harsh words are exchanged by him to her, wedding day not so grand and then three years later he comes back into town to realize that he is still married. However before he can find his wife he is sees 'lady sarah' who just captivates him. Behi...more
There are 3 stories in this book: Beauty and the Brute by Virginia Henley, How to Seduce a Wife by Kate Pearce, and Not Quite a Courtesan by Maggie Robinson.
I will just say that my favorite out of the 3 was How to Seduce a Wife by Kate Pearce. This is th...more
Beauty and the Brute by Virginia Henley follows a pair who were married through the machinations of their gambling fathers when she was an immature 13 years old and he was a callow undisciplined 18 year old. He leaves immediately for a Grand Tour and matures into a seasoned responsible adult while she develops into a Toast of the Ton. Three years later he returns and decides to seduce his innocent bride and establish a true marriage but she has her...more
How to Seduce a Wife - 4 stars! Kate Pearce is one of my fav...more
Beauty and the Brute by Virginia Henley - 3 stars
I know that in 1719 it probably wasn't unusual for 13 year old girls to be married off to 18 year old boys by their parents but I'm not a big fan of reading about such young heroines in adult romance novels. Our main characters see each other for the first time at their wedding and don't exactly hit it off, Charles is horrified to be marrying such a plain young girl and Sarah is upset by his mean attitude and the n...more
Some boring marriage. I don't know how women lived like this. The first story in this book is;
Virginia Henley is one of my favorite authors, and her story, Beauty and the Brute had some interesting twist and turns that kept the reading pace fast and and me interested.
Kate Pearce is a new to me author and her story, How to Seduce a wife is a lovely story about a husband and wife, trying to figure each other out. This story moves slower, but in a good way. The slower pace allows the reader to...more
MY THOUGHTS: Story takes place in England in 1719. I'm not sure about the timespan. The heroine is Sarah, sixteen, blond and blue eyed. The hero is Charles, twenty-one, dark haired and brown eyed. They are forced to marry three years before, at the ages of thirteen and eighteen, and have been estranged for three years. Charles returns after being gone and is instantly attracted to his wife, who, apparently, looks much different than she did when last he saw...more
Ms Robinson is one of my recent discovers. I loved Mistress by Mistake, and I've been looking forward to her new books ever since.
There is nothing ground-breaking in this short story. Jaded rake meets uptight bluestocking widow. I thought I might have gotten bored by just reading the excerpt. But in the hand of a talented writer, a tale told a thousand times before could become quite interesting. There are nothing extraordinary t...more
anyway I really loved this book it was a big help to me while waiting for my husband to come out of surgery .
All 3 stories were very good and kept me entertained. I loved the historical time periods and the spicy story lines . this is a great book for fun relaxing reading anytime . thanks so much for the opportunity to win