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Ripe for Pleasure (The League of Second Sons)
Mass Market Paperback, 298 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Forever
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Apr 29, 2011 Angelc rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This book was like a breath of fresh air for me. The characters really and truly seemed to care about each other and respect each other. I felt like we really got to see the character's inner thoughts and feelings more than normal in historical romance.

I loved reading about characters that were different from the norm in historical romances. Viola was a strong-hearted, worldly courtesan, not the innocent heiress we generally see. Leo wasn't going to inherit a title and effortlessly swee
May 01, 2011 Julianna rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Fast-Paced, Steamy Georgian Romance, Courtesan Heroines
Reviewed for THC Reviews
When I requested an ARC of Ripe for Pleasure to review, I had high hopes that it would be a fun and different read. The idea of a new series centering around the second sons of nobility who've banded together to aid each other seemed like something new, and a courtesan heroine was rather intriguing as well. The plot certainly had potential, but in my opinion, the execution fell flat due to a lack of substance and detail. The book was much shorter than I had anticipated (l
Katie Michaels
May 08, 2011 Katie Michaels rated it really liked it
Let me start out by saying what a treat it was to read a historical romance where the heroine is not a young virgin. In fact, Viola is anything-but. She is a beautiful and successful courtesan, who is about to publish her second memoir, when thugs invade her home. She assumes they were sent at the behest of her former lover. But they're really men hired to find an old treasure believed to be hidden in her home. Only two people know about the treasure: Charles (who sent the brutes) and his cousin ...more
Mar 16, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
Viola Whedon, former courtesan, is woken out of sleep one night to hear intruders in her home. She hears the men whispering that whatever they were looking for had to be there and as Viola was finishing writing up her second memoir of her past protectors, she assumes they are looking for it so it can not be published. She know she has hidden it well she flees from her room only to be saved from the villains by Leonidas Vaughn. Little does she know that Leo is somewhat involved in the burglary, t ...more
Apr 16, 2011 Marquetta rated it it was ok
I was excited to read this book. I've become a lover of historical romance and the fact that this was described as an erotic historical romance only made me want to read it more.

Viola is a courtesan whose life is in danger thanks to the tell-all book she is writing. Lord Leonidas (Leo) approaches Viola, offering to be her protector in exchange for her services. Little does Viola know, Leo's motives are not altogether altruistic.

Ripe for Pleasure started off with promise. Viola lived her life as
Oct 04, 2011 Melanie rated it did not like it
I reviewed this book for Romance Reader At Heart website.


RIPE FOR PLEASURE is the first book in the series The League of Second Sons. I found the series' premise to be weak, so I knew from the start that I was going to suspend more than just my belief--I needed to let my imagination soar.

Nothing could have prepared me for this story, and, try as I might, I just could not get into it. Everything in it left me wanting more. I wanted my hero to be more heroic, and
Mary Gramlich
May 10, 2011 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing
RIPE FOR PLEASURE written by Isobel Carr
Book #1 in The League of Second Sons Series
05/11 - Grand Central Publishing - Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages

On the battlefield of love, does one have to conquer to win?

Lord Leonidas Vaughn is a beloved but younger, untitled son who along with his friends that hold the same status are in search of a treasure. Leo has inherited property and some wealth upon his grandfather’s death but he also inherited a mysterious letter and cryptic treasure map detailing
Lover of Romance
Feb 08, 2013 Lover of Romance rated it did not like it
So This is the first time in a very long time since I had such a hard time reading a book, especially with such a gorgeous cover and great blurb that just caught my attention. However this review will be shorter than most because I was unable to finish it. At the first few pages it caught me but after that it just went downhill after that...I got halfway through which took me a whole week to do since it just didn't get to me....I was unable to get into the story no matter how hard I tried. I alw ...more
May 17, 2011 Wendy rated it it was amazing
RIPE FOR PLEASURE by Isobel Carr is the first book in THE LEAGUE OF SECOND SONS series. This is a very different story, for one the heroine is not a virgin, for two the hero is not a Duke or Earl. This is a historical that is very interesting and kept me quickly turning pages. Viola is a strong heroine with flaws and this touch of sweetness that is hard to resist. While Leonidas or Leo, is a hero to die for, but he’s got his flaws. There is romance, sensuality, suspense, and a sweetness that is ...more
Alexis Hall
I probably won't get round to reviewing this properly for DA, since time seems to be a commodity I currently lack, but I enjoyed this. It's Georgian, which made me super-happy, since everyone wears amazing clothes, especially the men. There's a lovely and very detailed sense of period, which really lends depth and authenticity to the settings. The heroine is awesomesauce, being a courtesan who a) has sex and b) doesn't feel too bad about it. She's clever and interesting and resourceful, and all ...more
Apr 06, 2011 Wenj rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, read-2011
Review provided by Black Lagoon Reviews:

Ripe for Pleasure marks the first installment of The League of Second Sons series by Isobel Carr. This novel without a doubt is a great beginning to what promises to be a wonderful historical romance series with all the rogues and rakes that one can stand. With great romance, wonderful characters and wonderfully complex chemistry all contributed to the fact that I simply couldn't put this book down! Add in a splash of mystery and a dash of murder and it's
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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A blackmailing heroine locks horns with a lying hero on a mission and the sparks fly. I liked the premise of Ripe for Pleasure very much. It has a grittiness that is different and is a romance with a no excuses, less-than-pure heroine. I found it very refreshing. Viola is intelligent and worldly with a hard exterior just as one would expect from her life experience. Her character seems perfectly crafted to show a woman in her times ma
Apr 05, 2011 SidneyKay rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-georgian
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Romancing the Book
Jul 09, 2011 Romancing the Book rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
Review by Jenni
Review copy provided by NetGalley

We first meet Viola Whedon when her house in being burglarized. Viola assumes an angry lord is at the bottom of the intrusion because she’s currently ruffling feathers by exposing details of all her previous lovers in a second volume of her memoir. But it turns out that Charles MacDonald is on the hunt for a treasure that is believed to be hidden somewhere in Viola’s house. However, Charles’ cousin Leonidas Vaughn, approaches Viola with a bit more
Jul 12, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
An intriguing book in that the heroine is not only a courtesan, but she doesn’t give a rat’s ass about it and in fact writes a memoir about it. The writing is very rich and the story kept moving throughout. And the scenes between our hero and heroine, ooh la la. It’s the first book that I’ve read by Isobel Carr, but not the last.

What I liked. The characters, particularly the heroine. She accepted who she was and did not let that get in her way. She’s very sensual and not afraid to acknowledge h
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 Feathers

Review also posted at UTC Book Blog

In this era, second sons were nothing but second-rate citizens and treated as such by family and society. As an act of survival and support, a secret league was formed. This secret group pledged to aid each other in their “endeavors”.

Lord Leonidas Vaughn, 2nd son of Duke of Lochmaben is trying to make something of himself in a way of treasure hunting. Family history says there is treasure to be claimed but his search leads to trouble in a form of Vi
May 03, 2011 Danielle rated it really liked it
I haven't been a big person on reading Historical Romances but Rips for Pleasure was honestly one of my favorites. This book was fun and different for me. It was hard to find a book that gave me a breath of fresh air. I was caught up after the mixed matched eyes. *swoon* I totally have a thing for that. I was excited to read this book. I loved the fact that this was described as an erotic historical romance only made me want to read it more and more.

Viola has spent her whole life in danger and
Book Binge
Jul 29, 2011 Book Binge rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
Viola Whedon is one of London’s most sought after courtesans. And she’s using her notoriety to publish her memoirs. And so when two men break into her home one night, she assumes it’s for the draft of her second manuscript, in which her most recent patron is featured. She figures he’s trying to get his hands on the manuscript before it goes public.

Leonidas Vaughn knows this is not the case but decides to use it as a cover for the truth. He knows that those two ruffians broke into Mrs. Whedon’s h
May Mostly Romance
Apr 13, 2013 May Mostly Romance rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
ลังเลไมกลาอาน เพราะจาหัวตังแตคำโปรยปกหลังวา นางเอกมีอาชีพเปนเมียเกบมากอน ยอมรับคะวา ทำใจกะพลอตแนวนีไมได แตไปอานเจอคำวิจารณของใครสักคน (เราจำไมได) กระตุนใหเราหยิบเลมนีมาอาน แลวกไมผิดหวังคะ

อันดับแรกเลย เรืองนีเวิรค เพราะนางเอกไมใชเหยือ ไมแมแตวินาทีเดียวทีนางเอกจะสงสารตัวเอง รำพันชีวิตทีควรจะเปน เธอเชิดหนา และทำใหดีทีสุด และทีเวิรคอีกอยางกคือ พระเอกไมแครสักนิดเดียวเกียวกับอาชีพทีนางเอกเคยทำมากอน ทัศนคติทีลีโอมีตออาชีพของไวโอลาคือ ไมแครชนิดไมเคยอยูในสมองสักนิดเดียว นันคือองคประกอบสองอยางสำคัญทีทำใหก
Aug 15, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
There is nothing quite like the seduction of a lady but for Lord Leonidas Vaughn, seducing Mrs. Viola Whedon is something quite unlike his usual pursuits in London. Mrs. Whedon is a famed courtesan who has something that Leo needs. Unfortunately, his cousin, Charles, also wants the treasure because it will make him rich beyond measure. Charles is ready to use violence against Mrs. Whedon, while Leo is prepared to be her savior, at least on the surface.

Viola is convinced that the mysterious men r
Feb 21, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: books
The main characters were very, very well developed, and well situated in their respective places in society. Leonidas is doing some pretty bad stuff regarding Viola in the beginning, but the story is paced properly so that we see his interactions with his family and friends and get a fuller picture of him, so rather than coming off as a stereotypical alpha male, he's a man trying very hard to save the little piece of his inheritance that he has. And Viola's story is incredibly impressive and rev ...more
Apr 21, 2011 Lisarenee rated it really liked it
Notes: I read this ARC(Advanced Read Copy) of this book The book comes out on April 26th. Also, language was used which some may find inappropriate, but I felt the words weren't overly used and fit the characters.

It all started with a hunt for treasure. Sometimes, however, the treasure one's after is different from the one they find...

Leonides Vaughn always thought his grandfather's stories of hidden treasure and tragedy were just that - stories. That is until his grandfather died and he and hi
Apr 16, 2011 Cassie rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
When a relative of Lord Leonidas Vaughn and his cousin Charles MacDonald dies, he leaves behind a series of letters speaking of a hidden treasure. The last known location of said treasure is somewhere within the residence of Viola Whedon. Because neither man is going to come into much inheritance, both men are willing to take exceptional risks to obtain it. Late one night, Charles sends men to Mrs. Whedon's home to search for it. She flees the intruders and finds herself in the arms of Leo, perf ...more
May 28, 2011 cecilia rated it liked it
Shelves: yellow-covers
I’ve been on a roll with romance lately (who couldn’t be after Eleven Scandals?), and I have been desperately trying to find a new read that seems out-of-the-ordinary and fantastic. Which is why Ripe For Pleasure piqued my interest because it was about second sons who have no expectations of inheriting titles or riches unfathomable.

While Ripe For Pleasure definitely has enough action and emotions to satisfy a wayward romance reader, I am not entirely convinced that it gave enough focus on Leonid
Aug 24, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it
I'm not sure how I managed to miss this book in my reviews but somehow I did! I received this e-galley through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. I have to say that I love the League of Second Sons! Here's the Goodreads blurb:

Second in line, first in love. A secret society of younger sons, sworn to aid and abet each other, no matter the scandal or cost.... Their fathers and brothers may rule the world, but they run it . . . and when it comes to passion, they refuse to accept second bes
Allison  Macias
Apr 04, 2011 Allison Macias rated it really liked it
Viola Whedon, is London's most (in)famous courtesan. And she needs protection from scorned lovers. Enter Leonidas Vaughn with an agenda of his own. He believes that secret treasure might be hidden somewhere in Viola's house. Intent on securing the treasure for his own, he begins to seduce Viola. The couple is attacked after a night out on the town, leaving Viola believing she is to blame. Leo sprints Viola off to his recently inherited horse farm to recuperate. While Viola is away, Leo takes the ...more
Jul 05, 2011 April rated it really liked it
RATING:4.5)RIPE FOR PLEASURE by Isobel Carr is an exciting historical romance set in 1783 London. It is the first in the "The League of Second Sons". It is well with depth and details. The plot and characters are engaging and will capture your heart. The League of Second Sons is a secret society of younger sons who have sworn to aid each other,no matter the scandal or cost. Their brothers and fathers are Dukes and such,where as they have no dukom or possible income.So they formed this secret soc ...more
Jun 18, 2011 Grace rated it really liked it
Author: Isobel Carr
Title: Ripe for Pleasure
Description (source): London's most sensual former courtesan, Viola Whedon, is incapable of being seduced-she does the seducing. Until she meets Leonidas Vaughn. Her salacious memoirs have made her the target of half the lords in England, and Vaughn is the only man she can turn to. When he promises to protect her-and to make her beg for his touch-the alluring beauty finds both offers impossible to refuse.
Leonidas Vaughn secretly believes Viola possesse
Mar 16, 2011 Jules rated it really liked it
Isobell Carr has a hit on her hands with this first book in her new series: The League of Second Sons. I enjoyed the book immensely from start to finish.

I like stories where strong personalities enter a situation with set-in-stone ideas and strict goals in mind. A truly talented author like Ms. Carr can really wreak havoc on these people and create a great story full of twists and turns. She takes Viola and Leo both out of their comfort zones and puts them into one dangerous situation after anot
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“Ripe For Pleasure” By Isobel Carr

Viola Whedon thought the writing of her second (soon to be released) memoir about experiences with her clientèle had caused a break into her home resulting in the killing of her footman. She had no idea that the home invasion was entirely connected to something completely different.

Lord Leonidas Vaughn the second son of the Duke of Lockmaben, believes that Viola knows that there is a huge amount of money hidden in her home. He comes up with a plan to seduce Viol
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 06, 2015 07:25AM  
  • Seven Nights to Forever
  • Confessions of an Improper Bride (Donovan Sisters, #1)
  • To Tempt a Rake (Circle of Sin, #3)
  • Prelude to a Scandal (Scandal, #1)
  • Heiress in Love (Ministry of Marriage, #1)
  • Flawless (The Christies, #1)
  • The Secret Desires of a Governess (Hallaway Sisters, #2)
  • Pride & Passion (The Brethren Guardians, #2)
  • The Wild Marquis (The Burgundy Club, #1)
  • A Sense of Sin (Dartmouth Brides, #2)
  • Sweet Enemy (Veiled Seduction, #1)
  • This Perfect Kiss
  • The Devil You Know (The Devil DeVere #3)
  • Duchess of Sin (The Daughters of Erin, #2)
  • Secrets of a Proper Countess
  • Written on Your Skin
  • When You Give a Duke a Diamond (Jewels of the Ton, #1)
Isobel Carr has a BA in philosophy, with minors in history and creative writing (Hollins College) and an MFA in creative writing (San Francisco State University). Combine all that with $3.25 and you can buy a spicy chai at her favorite coffee shop. After finishing graduate school, it became painfully clear that a job in the arts wasn't going to pay enough to eat, so she set about looking for a "re ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The League of Second Sons (5 books)
  • Ripe for Scandal (The League of Second Sons, #2)
  • Ripe for Seduction (The League of Second Sons, #3)
  • Ripe for Anything (The League of Second Sons, #3.5)
  • Ripe for Revenge (The League of Second Sons, #4)

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