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To Pleasure a Prince

(Royal Brotherhood #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  5,678 ratings  ·  252 reviews
Bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries pens the sizzling story of one of three half-noble half brothers, who makes a most unwelcome entrance into society...and a most unexpected match.

Beautiful Lady Regina Tremaine has turned down so many suitors that she's called La Belle Dame Sans Merci. The truth: she won't marry because she carries a dark secret. She sees no good reason,
Paperback, 364 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Pocket Star
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Feb 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of smutty Regency and tortured heroes
Shelves: romance
Perhaps the best thing Jeffries has ever written. Despite the title (how embarrasing was it to have to e-mail my coworkers asking them if they'd seen my copy of "To Pleasure a Prince" after it was misplaced?), this is actually a deeply touching and fairly scorching story. Regina was one of the first heroines I'd encountered who defy the romance stereotype of being the wallflower or the outcast. If you read enough Regencies, you begin to wonder about the "diamonds of the first water", the popular ...more
Jun 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
To Pleasure a Prince is a fairly entertaining read, but it's just not for me. Well-written and nicely paced, it showed great promise at the beginning, and would have easily garnered a 3 or 4 star rating had it not been for the slight inconsistency in characters, lack of character development and the unlikeable hero. I'm a fan of the Beauty and the Beast theme, but this one just really failed in its execution.

I liked Regina at the start because I love headstrong and stubborn heroines. But as the
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I loved this book because the hero Draker wasn't a rake, and he was socially awkward, in fact, having the disposition of a big bear with a thorn in his paw. He thought he was unlovable by women, but he couldn't stay away from Regina. Regina was fascinated and drawn to him despite her determination not to marry. And honestly, so was I. For some reason I like heroes who are a little grumpy and unapproachable. I found him very sexy in fact. Regina looked and acted like a perfect princess and was ve ...more
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
I know that some of my firends didn't like Marcus because of his ttitude towards the heroine, Regina, but I liked him!

I thought of him like a puppy who was kicked one time too many and barks and tries to bite even those who want to pet him/help him/feed him.

I admired Regina and her ability to understand him and tame him, even if was often very mean to her.

A very nice story!
Al George
Jul 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf

Yea, this one is a dnf. I kinda guessed it was heading down that street after a GR acquaintance pretty much freaked the he!! out over how not ok the hero is and how even less than ok the way he treats the heroine.

Normally I am all about the Beauty and the Beast trope...bring it! However, in this case, this guy is not a beast, he's a braying a$$. Like how does the heroine (Regina) even feel an inch of attraction to someone so abusive. Oh, wait, I get it. Domestic violence cycle? So is that wh
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The beginning of this book had me chuckling. The argument between Marcus and Regina was really funny and If I had a dollar for every time Marcus wished a pox upon Regina, I’d be swimming in money 😂
Louisa seemed so clueless sometimes, it was hard to believe she was Marcus’s sister. I also found the wagers and plots Marcus and Regina made a bit childish. Marcus plans and thoughts constantly contradicted and I understand, it was because he was falling in love without knowing it but somehow, the wa
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Once you start filling your shelves with Sabrina Jeffries work, you won't want to stop!

"To Pleasure a Prince" is the second installment in the royal Brotherhood series by Sabrina Jeffries. Almost before I got into the first novel, I was begging for Draker's story. I loved book one, which is Alex's story, but I knew i'd love this one even more.

The heroine of the story is the beautiful, well to due Lady Regina Tremaine. She's turned down so many suitors that they cal. her La Belle Dame Sans Mer
Dec 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book that was reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast... 4 stars!!

Lady Regina Tremaine is beautiful and has turned down 11 proposals of marriage. She could have any man that she wants but because of a secret that she carries she never plans on marrying.

Marcus North, Viscount Draker (aka The Dragon Viscount), hides in his castle away from society. Many rumors surround him about his treatment of his mother whom he banished from his castle and other women who have been rumored to
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
So good! I have yet to read anything by Sabrina Jeffries that's even mildly disappointing. In other words: She rocks!!!!
Also: Mistress Heidi gives this book 5 lashes of the whip. "Lots of dungeon talk," she says. "And you know how I feel about that." ;)
As much as I enjoyed reading about a dyslexic heroine who was insecure about something other than her looks, its hard to enjoy a story when the leading man is an abusive asshole.

Its not only that he uses verbal abuse to hurt her emotionally, or that he hypocritically judges her based on her manners, appearance, and reputation (while he simultaneously hates all of society for judging him based on his manners, appearance, and reputation). He is deliberately cruel, he insults her constantly, and he
Well written, great characters, original plot. I enjoyed so much the love story between the heroine and the surly, stubborn and passionate hero, both characters well developed. Kept me interested until the end.
HERO is a Loner, a Viscount who disdains aristocrats, secret son of the prince, moody, obstinate and bad-tempered. He strikes a deal with a Lady to jointly chaperone his sister, a lady who's forcing him to get out of his isolation and is making him fall in love.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
A solid 3.5 stars, I'd say. This is definitely my favourite out of the three Sabrina Jefferies novels I've read. She does have a tendency to overuse metaphors and her language is sometimes anachronistic (Marcus says Regina has a 'fashionable ass', which is American as well as modern). But I genuinely liked Marcus and Regina and felt their story was very satisfying. The spanner thrown in towards the end actually seemed appropriate instead of unnecessary, and the best bits - a few chapters about t ...more
Peggy M
After enjoying and loving the first book in the ‘Royal brotherhood’, I was very looking forward to reading the second one. And just like the first book from this series I liked this story very much!
You don’t have to read the first book to read this one, the books can be read as standalones.

We met Marcus (Viscount Draker) in the first book. There, he was the more grumpy one of the three half-brothers. I must confess that I was really looking to his story, I’m always excited to see the more cold
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
The Story: Lord Marcus, Viscount Draker, is a social outcast despite his wealth and title but, if his debutante sister is going to have a successful season, he must play nice with the popular Lady Regina. Regina would do anything to help her friend, Marcus's sister Louisa. Even strike a bargain with Marcus to let him court her for a month, but Regina's reputation may not be enough to protect this unlikely couple from scorn and scandal.

My Thoughts: I was a few chapters from the end when I realize
Mar 02, 2012 rated it liked it
-- A Romantic Book Affairs Review

Rating: C+ ... Heat: Warm

This was a case of not really liking the hero at all. He was written purposely crass, as this is an interpretation of Beauty and the Beast, but he is often simply beastly for no reason. I couldn't connect with him. Marcus simply had bad manners and was downright rude. Sure, he'd have his sweet and tender moments... but they were overshadowed by his other behavior. Regina seriously had to put up with a lot from him. And I could have overlo
Limau Nipis
3.5 stars for the first book of 2013!

How would a beauty charmed a beast?

Well well well, surprising well I might add. I truly enjoyed this book, much more than the Hellions of Halstead Hall series.

Even though this is a usual fare of beauty and the 'beast' meets - it was interesting to note that the author added an extra twist of the romance between the brother of Regina (the heroine), Simon and the sister of Marcus (the hero), Louisa.

And the heroine is illiterate, yes. Illiterate - what the? But
To Pleasure a Prince
4 Stars

Marcus North, Viscount Draker aka "the Dragon Viscount" is an outcast in society; yet, when Lady Regina Tremaine arrives on his doorstep to request permission for her brother to court his sister, Marcus finds himself agreeing, against his better judgement, to a courtship of convenience with Regina. Can this particular beauty tame her beast?

As this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, it is to be expected that the hero is, to be frank, an overbearing jackass. That said,
♥The Kat's Meow♥
Nov 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
To Pleasure a Prince Secrets, gossip, and a dragon metaphor woven throughout the story keep one tugging on the story lines too see what happens next. Most interesting secret? The protagonist is dyslexic. Whoa! That's a twist I hadn't seen in a historical romance novel before. Generally people challenged with dyslexia are good problem solvers, think out of the box, and are clever; just like our lovely protagonist.

Nicely done, Sabrina. You did your homework; illustrating the challenges with compa
When Funmi Met Romance
This book was a lot of fun. I totally recommend it to people who want a good historical romp. The hero and heroine are refreshing because they both remain likable througout the whole novel. However, I took a star off for cheesiness and the plot which lacked a lot of finese.
Oct 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wow! A great read. Entertaining, sexy and very moving. (But the silly titles in this series - sheesh!)
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
A marriage they don’t want, but a romance they desperately need.

I know when I pick up a book by Sabrina Jeffries that I’ll be transported to a different world and immersed in it. This book was no different. I loved reading about Regina and Marcus. I enjoyed going into their world for a few hours. The writing was crisp and drew me right in.

Regina wants to be sure her secret never gets out–she can’t read. She also wants to ensure her brother isn’t getting himself into trouble. Marcus wants to prot
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I think Sabrina Jeffries might just be my favourite historical romance author. I just loved this. I loved how headstrong Regina was and how she always managed to put Marcus in his place. I'm so sad my copy of the third book hasn't arrived yet! ...more
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A solid 3.5 stars, I'd say too.
The plot is nice. For some reason I like Marcus who are a grumpy, surly, stubborn and passionate hero. From beginning of this book he had me chuckling.Because of him I gave 4 stars.
Valentina Markasović
The stars go to the references to Romantic Poets (fitting excellently into my English Lit syllabus) and the background characters of Louisa and Simon.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Solid romance novel
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
“You’ve spent your life hiding away in your cave to avoid the world at its ugliest. Instead, you’ve missed all its beauties. Well, I shan’t do the same. When you decide to rejoin the world, I will be here waiting. But I love you too much to let you drag me back to die in a cave with you.”
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Regina is known as La Belle Dame Sans Merci around society because she is very beautiful and has had many suitors, but she's rejected every marriage proposal she's had, 11 to be exact. She is high up, clever, and hiding a big secret.

Marcus, known as the Dragon Viscount, has a big scar on his face that he's covered up with a big beard and is pretty mean to everyone so he comes off as really scary. Except one day when Regina comes to visit him and she doesn't cower in fear like everyone usually do
Ezrah (I Heart Romance)
The second book, To Pleasure the Prince is the BEST one of the bunch! Why? Because it is is a Beauty and the Beast story! Also MARCUS NORTH! He is another broody, swoony hero paired with someone who is totally unlike Disney's Belle! This book was possibly the first historical romance I read that had a flawed heroine!

See, Lady Regina Tremaine (ha! I see what you did here, Sabrina - Tremaine is Disney's Cinderella's stepmother's last name) has (view spoiler)
Mey Buentipo
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I can't put this book down. I loved the characters and twist of the story. The plot is also good, which explained more about the father of the half brothers. I loved the hero because he is have so many pent up emotiona hidden from the past. Take note it is a deep emotions, not just simple ones from other books. Sometimes his boorish attitude is frustrating, there I commend the heroine that inspite of it continued to love the hero. Although I hav hopes from Louisa anf Simon that there is love bet ...more
Just now (4.7.15) picking up the book again, and I can't remember a thing about it. Apparently I liked it?

6.17.20: Read for (apparently) the third time. I’ve reduced the number of stars for its apparently forgettable nature. Also, there’s a bordering-on-nonconsent scene in which Marcus tells her that he can’t control himself as “must have her.”

This is actually a very well-written “just talk to each other already” that makes their failure to communicate perfectly understandable. Both
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Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of over 50 novels and works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze of dreams and madness is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music. With over 9 million book ...more

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“He stared past her to the place at the other end of the dining table where Regina would sit as his wife. If she were here. If he hadn’t driven her away. “I’m not sure I know how to love, Louisa.”

She took his hand. “Don’t be silly. Loving is easy. It’s finding someone to love you back that’s hard.”
“I also heard that Lord Maxwell keeps a goat in his bedchamber, but you don't see me sending someone to milk it. One mustn't let idle gossip govern one's actions.” 3 likes
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