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Ruthless (The House of Rohan #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  4,746 Ratings  ·  489 Reviews

Few outsiders will ever witness the dark misdeeds of the Heavenly Host. And among this secret society, where exiled Georgian aristocrats gather to indulge their carnal desires, fewer still can match the insatiable appetite of their chief provocateur, the mysterious Viscount Rohan.
Pursuit of physical pleasure is both his preferred pastime and his most pressing urge, until
ebook, 271 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Do What Thou Wilt, But Don't Fall in Love!

I don't even know what to say! I loved this book so much. I savored it, stretching it out, not wanting it to end. I was completely immersed in this book. I was no longer in Texas, modern day. I was in France in the 1700s.

I don't know how Ms. Anne Stuart does it. She can take the most objectionable type of hero, and make me fall in love with him. Let me say, I am a devout Christian. I can't even imagine even pretending to worship the devil, or to hold or
4 stars – Georgian/Historical Romance

Without a doubt, the best thing about Ruthless is dark, captivating, “he’s so bad that you can’t help but love him” Viscount Rohan, who’s the absolute, ultimate depraved rakehell anti-hero. The heroine made me want to slap her for about the first 150 pages, but once her past was revealed, I understood her better, felt sympathy for all that she’d endured, and admired her strength. It was headed for a 4 star rating, but the abrupt ending and lack of a definite
This is more like a 3.5 star grade.

For as long as this book was, I really expected the author to spend more time developing the characters. I never felt that we delved very far beneath the surface. I think this book would have been much better with a little depth.

There were some moments in this book where I was very uncomfortable with Rohan's actions. But his character wouldn't have been genuine without them. He was not a very nice man, and he had done many hedonistic things in the pursuit of pl
Aug 01, 2010 Rane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I’m a huge fan of romance from the light and fluffy to the dramatic, but there’s something about dark romances that seem to draw me in like dark chocolate with it’s sensual darkness and a tad bitter at times of each taste.
Ruthless was very much like my favorite kind of dark romance and chocolate, with heavy dark undertones, a very sensual writing and sad and bitter pasts of both Rohan and Elinor. Both scarred souls whom both had to sacrifice their own happiness in order to keep going on with
Jul 19, 2010 Eastofoz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 80s style romance fans
What a phenomenally disappointing and supremely crappy romance novel :-/ I have to wonder, if it wasn’t Anne Stuart writing would it really be getting all the accolades it’s been getting? I’m a big Anne Stuart fan as well as a lover of the dark and brooding alpha hero but this story is just plain bad. It has that ‘80s romance “dark” style to it that’s overly dramatic, over the top and overly long. Some serious editing could have helped to tighten up the story to avoid the feeling of repetition a ...more
Nenia *The Flagrant Liberal* Campbell

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Hey guys, remember that time I forced you all to read DUKE OF SIN by Elizabeth Hoyt & we all had a grand ol' time? Well, RUTHLESS is just as good, and it was published before, which should probably account for something. Also, the hero is the ruler of his own den of iniquity where people have orgies and Satanic rituals and is called, appropriately enough, King of Hell.

Elinor Harriman is plunged headfirst into the first circle of hell wh
Oh. My. God. This is an extraordinary tour-de-force of a historical romance with a sex-on-a-stick rake hero and an outspoken, plain heroine who goes toe-to-toe with him. Stuart just became an auto-buy for me!
This is the book that made me fall in love with HR. After reading more books of the genre and finding more favorites of mine, I'd decided to re-read it. I loved it even more.
“Do you get pleasure from inflicting pain, my lord?” Her voice was calm and practical, denying the hurt.
There was a moment’s silence. “Occasionally,” he said after a long moment. “There are times when hurting and being hurt are the only way to feel anything at all.”

The fearless Elinor Harriman, in searching for her mother,
Beanbag Love
Sep 27, 2010 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Anne Stuart. I really like her writing and I'm definitely going to read the rest of this series.

If there were the half star option (why is there never a half star option?) I'd give this 4.5. The "hero" is compelling and I can see why the heroine falls for him, but I can't see why she would ever trust him. He's just so good at playing the dissipated rake, I don't see how any woman committed to him wouldn't be looking over her shoulder for the surprise heartbreaking gossip she'l

4.5 stars

I am not a fan of Anne Stuart's Ice series. Although admittedly I only read the first, Black Ice, the hero was far too much of a cold bastard for my taste and I found it be absolutely devoid of romance. Having been advised by readers whose opinion I trust that the rest of her heroes were cut from the same cloth, I had no interest in reading further.

Then I saw Ruthless, a historical from the same author getting such good reviews on this site, and my interest was piqued. Given that the au
Jul 19, 2010 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Ruthless is the first book in the House of Rohan series by Anne Stuart. A decadently, dark and intriguing tale, Ruthless will leave readers wanting more.

Viscount Rohan runs the mysteriously Heavenly Host, a secret club where people give into their secret desires. Francis Rohan is bored and tired of this lifestyle. Dubbed the King of Hell, he throws himself into the role but there is another side to him.

Elinor Harriman has seen enough of life to know that fairy tales rarely exist. As the oldest,
The first book in Anne Stuart's The House of Rohan series. Elinor Harriman is trying to do her best at surviving in Paris in 1768. Her mother is ill and no money is coming in. Her father, in England, has recently died and left his fortune to an unknown cousin. Her beautiful sister is coming of age and there are 2 servants also depending on them for survival. Now her mother has managed to sneak out to gamble the last of their money. Elinor makes her way to the Heavenly Host to bring her mother ho ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Mar 19, 2010 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite Quote: “How do you know what color my nipples are?” she said in a raw voice. “It’s dark in here.”

”You know I’m a very bad man, poppet. I may have peeked when you were asleep. Believe me, I’ve suffered for my sins. I haven’t been able to stop thinking of them in days.”

Elinor Harriman has a lot on her plate. A sick mother, both physically and mentally, battling the spanish flu, a gorgeous younger sister, whom she wants to protect her modesty at all costs and scrounging enough money for he
I own and have read Anne Stuart's entire backlist. With the exception of Silver Falls....NONE have ever disappointed. She is really in a league of her own and has put the patent on the "gamma hero". Rohan is cut from the same cloth as many of her heroes. Cynical, jaded, dangerous, cruel, capable of "anything"...Rohan fits all these characteristics. Do I ever tire of her "formula".........NEVER!

I enjoyed every single word of this book. The dialogue is clever and witty, the chemistry between the
Manda Collins
Jul 21, 2010 Manda Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dark historicals, fans of genuine bad boys, genuine rakes
Shelves: historical
The only other Anne Stuart I've read was her dark Regency THE DEVIL'S WALTZ that came out several years ago, which I really enjoyed. She writes dowdy, spinster-ish heroines paired with baaaaaaaaad boys quite well. This one is quite dark, and the backstory of the heroine, Elinor, is particularly bleak. And the hero, Rohan, aka The King of Hell, is not just a rake in name only. He's jaded for a reason. But because of his genuine badassness, his affection for Elinor seems stronger, more powerful. E ...more
Una ambientación y unos protagonistas muy buenos, pero con muchos altibajos a lo largo de la historia.

Rohan es un libertino con todas las letras. No es el típico que vemos en este tipo de historias, donde tras conocer a la protagonista su actitud cambia totalmente y empieza a dedicarse en cuerpo y alma a velar por ella.
Apodado el Rey del Infierno, es un hombre con un pasado doloroso que ha hecho que lo ùnico que le importe ahora sea el placer. Es por eso que cada cierto tiempo es el anfitrión de
This was a great book over all. Elinor is a woman on the edge of ruin. With her ill mother driving them deeper into poverty, the constant guard over her beauteous sister and the stress of trying to keep the 5 people she cares most about, out of debtor's prison and homeless in the Paris streets forever.

Frances, Lord Rohan, is a man on the edge of ruin. With wild bacchanal parties and hedonistic ways, his heart and soul could be in danger of disappearing forever.

When Elinor's mother manages to e
Duchess Nicole
Yeesh, I'm not sure what to say! Any book with this many ups and down that can maintain the feeling of real emotions is a winner for me. It's not what I expected. There are really no hearts and flowers here. Rohan is absolutely ruthless, and did some really crappy things. There's really not a lot of reason behind his lifestyle. Truly, his one redeeming quality seems to be his obsession/infatuation with Elinor. I really did love her. Her very existence has been spent taking care of her makeshift ...more
♥The Kat's Meow♥
Ruthless (The House of Rohan, #1) by Anne Stuart What's not to love about a wicked man of means bent on debaucherie where ever he may find it? Unless, of course, it's a tart-tongued penniless emigre equally bent on keeping just such rakes away from her beautiful younger sister.

Great use of language, nicely sprinkled with French phrases. Well written with interesting dialogue exchanges between various characters.

Did I skim? No
Will I add it to my Re-read collection? Yes

Definitely worth the five-star rating.
This was somewhat disappointing to me. There was very little of the subtlety combined with rapid ploy twists and violence that I love about all the Anne Stuarts I've read so far.

On the plus side, the hero really is pretty dreadful, plays with the heroine mercilessly and his final reformation is well set-up. Also, the heroine's background is suitably sad, and I got incredibly caught up in her fight for survival.

But I just didn't really get what they saw in each other, and that ruined it for me.
Dec 28, 2016 Zoe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh I finally finished this book. One of my small accomplishments in 2016.

I say that because it was difficult for me to finish this book. I didn't like it very much and was bored most of the time. The famous House of Rohan series did not fare well in my book.

This book has Francis Rohan and Elinor Harriman as the lead characters. Francis was close to 40, a Anne Stuart hero aka a dark man without remorse. He had done his share of debauchery and had zero regret about whatever things he had done. H
Adwina Ralston Cumberbatch
inget kan gw bakal janjiin review panjang dr novel ini? wuahahahaaa
oke deh, begini..

Kenalin, sang hero, yg namanya super duper panjang, dan gelarnya juga banyak
Francis Alistair St. Claire Dominic Charles Edward Rohan, Comte de Giverney, Viscount Rohan, Baron of Glencoe
trus julukannya jg buanyaaak
The Prince Of Darkness, King Of Hell, dll^^

hero ini bneran wicked. Sering mengadakan Orgy party (kayak pesta seks gitu deh)
suatu hari dia kedatangan gadis muda yang ngaku2 lagi nyari ibunya
Lady Elinor Ha
Sexy. Silly. Angsty. Completely unbelievable. Wonderful!
After reading/listening to this book, I've come across a dilemma. I'm not sure 5 stars is enough for this book. It feels highly inadequate to rate this as high as all the other good books I've come across, because this was even better.

For those who are familiar with Anne Stuart, her heroes are devilishly villainous - with a tiny spark of goodness or decency buried somewhere. Her heroines range somewhere between completely inept to amazingly strong women - ALL with a steadfast place within goodne
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Caroline The HEA Lover
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This is my first book from Anne Stuart, so when I started Ruthless I didn’t know what to expect. Ruthless is the first book in the House Of Rohan series. There is a FREE prequel short story available on the author’s website called The Wicked House of Rohan. I read the short story but it doesn’t bring anything to the story (so you can skip if altogether without feeling guilty). The prequel is not bad but it’s very rushed. But back to Rut
Mrs. Badass
Jul 29, 2010 Mrs. Badass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not so much that I really liked this book, more that it was so morally depraved, sinister and oddly compelling, that I am giving this 4 stars, really tho, I would break it down like this:

Authors writing skills: 4
Writing in-depth characters: 4
Plot: 2.5
Romance: 2.5
Sub Romance: 3.5
Hero you hate to love: 4
Heroine you want to throttle: 4
Ending: 1

Francis Rohan, (with many titles) is a do what thou wilt, to the core. His only goal in life is to please himself, and to hell with everyone else. He is

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3.5 Stars

The House of Rohan series starts off not how I expected. I thought it would be light and fluffy, and it ends up being actually pretty dark. I really liked that about it. So it's a surprise in a good way.

Francis Rohan is the King of Hell. He is a man of many titles, who now lives in France. He is a wanted man in his homeland of England. He is the leader, you could say, of the Heavenly Host. These are parties the rich and upper class attend where
Prior to this, I have read only one other book by Anne Stuart. It was a contemporary and I enjoyed it, but neither the author nor the book left a lasting impression with me so I continued to pass over books by Ms. Stuart. However, I happened to read Danielle "The Book Huntress'" review of Ruthless and thought it to be so beautifully written I was compelled to read the book right away.

Add me to Anne Stuart's long list of fans.

Wow! What an excellent love story. Yes, it is dark and alludes to a few
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“Please go away, Monsieur le Comte,” she said in a polite voice. “You must have tired of your absurd, inconsequential games by now.”
“My games are never inconsequential, as long as they entertain me.”
She closed her eyes in frustration for a brief moment. “This house is filled with beautiful women…”
“Oh, not quite filled,” he said frankly, leaning back. “The Revels won’t start for another day. At this point there are no more than half a dozen beauties in residence.”
“Then why don’t you go bother one of them?”
“Because I don’t want one of them, my sweet. I want you.”
“If I am ever in the position where I wish to seduce someone I will simply assure her it’s better than rats.” 18 likes
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