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At Your Pleasure

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,557 Ratings  ·  181 Reviews
Glittering court socialites and underworld cutpurses alike know that Adrian Ferrers, Earl of Rivenham, is the most dangerous man in London. Rivenham will let nothing—not the deepening shadow of war, nor the growing darkness within him—interfere with his ambition to restore his family to its former glory. But when tasked by the king to unc
Kindle Edition, 404 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Pocket Books
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Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: early-18-century

4.5 stars

One of the most emotionally intense HRs I've read in a long time.

Across England, 1715 was a year marked by treasonous rumors, riots, and repressions… and, ultimately, war.

It takes such a masterful author as Meredith Duran to bring the turbulent and fascinating time period in English history to life. This is what I liked best in the story- the vivid atmosphere that the author created. It made me hold my breath with anticipation. It forced me to leave my 21st century sensibilities behin
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not the sort of book one picks up on a whim. It's the kind of book that weaves a dark complicated spell on you. It entwines you in the complex, and can I say volatile, relationship of two people destiny has forced apart. A couple taunted by fate, with its twists and turns and intrigue is determined to keep apart. Star crossed lovers = Nora and Adrian. Make that sun crossed, moon crossed and any other kind of astrologically crossed too.

So I am an English major, love historical fiction and
I picked this up in response to this month’s TBR Challenge prompt:
Read a book by an author who has more than one book on your TBR pile.

It’s true – while I’m a huge fan of Meredith Duran’s writing, I have more than one of her books I still haven’t read. In my defence, it’s because I save them up for when I’ve had a run of mediocre reads and can’t face another one! But the TBR Challenge was a good reason to pick one of them up – and I had no hesitation whatsoever in deciding that it would be this
Mar 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Meredith Duran where the romance just didn't work for me, and I'm honest-to-god bummed out about even saying that. Her writing is still pitch-perfect, and I wish every romance novelist working in historical form could capture her sense of time and place.

Sadly, this is the first time I have actively loathed a heroine. Nora has had some terrible things happen to her, it's true, but her loyalty to her family came off as sheer stubborn idiocy. While I enjoyed the trope reversal of
Elis Madison
My first thought…

Yay!! It's not a Regency!!! I hadn't realized how weary I was of them until I picked this up.

And the second bonus—this story takes place in a period that isn't much written about. Queen Anne has recently died, and, though there are dozens of closer relations, they're all Catholic. Problem is, this is just around the time Catholics were debarred from the throne. So the nation has to reach all the way to Hanover

…to find a Protestant heir, George I, who didn't even speak English.
I feel like it's hard for me to rate Meredith Duran's books. Her writing is excellent, you totally feel sucked into her words and the plot outlines sound intriguing. However I feel like her books for me are a bit ... too complicated and dark? If that makes any sense. I just feel like they have too much angst for me and while the characters are interesting, I just don't feel a connection to them. Which seems at odd with the fact that the writing is still really good. It's this weird conundrum whe ...more
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-2012-books
Dear Ms. Duran—

As I read At Your Pleasure, I wondered if you will ever write a book I dislike. It seems unlikely. I love three of the books you’ve written and the two I don’t love—A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal and Wicked Becomes You—I like tremendously. I am enamored of your use of language, your deftness of plots, the complexity of your lovers’ relationships, and the crackling chemistry in your love scenes. In short, I am a big fan.

So, it shouldn’t surprise anyone I think At Your Pleasure is a ver
Mandi Schreiner
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
“A villain’s love is not a comfortable thing,” he said. “But I promise, I will endeavor to make it a pleasure to you.”

And so goes our hero…a very villainous one at that. What makes it even better, is the heroine’s response to the above quote.

“Wipe your face, jackanapes. Or would you prefer that I slap it off?”

To her disbelief, he laughed softly. “You may try.”

This comes after the halfway point in the book, which I think is fabulous because the author makes this couple work so, so hard for their
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meredith Duran is quite simply one of the best writers I’ve read. Her characterization is superb, her plots compelling, and her prose lucid and powerful. She also offers her readers the gift of difference in a genre more accustomed to sameness. Duran sets At Your Pleasure in England in 1715, the year after the coronation of George I. The possibility of a Jacobite rebellion was real; some scholars believe it was a more serious threat that the rebellion of 1745. Most readers of historical romance ...more
Borders Broad
What separates Duran from many historical romance writers is that she can write. Thus, I do hold her to a higher standard when it comes to plot. While At Your Pleasure was a nice read it wasn't a great one. The tale of young lovers torn apart by circumstances beyond their control. Adrian, a king's man, comes to apprehend a traitor to the crown, Nora's brother. (Duran tries to set her romance in a particular historical period, but the setting doesn't really matter. This is not a Phillipa Gregory ...more
Is there such a thing as too much honour?

Lady Towe/Leonora "Nora" Colville is an 18th century woman, lady of an estate and sister to a rebel. She has dutifully managed the estate she lives in in the absence of her father and brother who has ran off to France as political fugitives. Lord Rivenham/ Adrian Ferrer is an agent of the king and also happens to be Nora's adolescent boyfriend/ lover. They were separated because he's a Catholic and she's a Protestant (at that time this was a no-go combo)a
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ania by: Ashley
First of all, thank you Ashley for recommending this book!

I have to admit that every time I read a Meredith Duran book I struggle to understand how everyone isn't talking about her. Her writing is amazing, it pulls you right in from the start and it never disappoints - from the characters to the plot, it's usually very consistent and fascinating!

I loved Nora and Adrian's story. Her martyr act had me a bit annoyed in the beginning, especially given how we know Adrian's side straight off, while he
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meredith Duran continues to amaze as she challenges her writing talents to capture different historical time periods with an intensity that is riveting. One easily forgets reading the regency period that just a century earlier life was perilous at best. Adrian and Leonora's romance is centered in the strife of political and religious upheaval. Adrian (Earl of Rivenham) was easy to fall for from page one, it was Leonora (Lady Towe) who was defined by a fierce family honor that was painful to rea ...more
May 05, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
The year is 1715, and England is a divided county, with a lot of complicated political and religious unrest. Lady Eleonora is a young widow, who's put in a very difficult position when an agent of the Crown comes to search her brother's estate, where he has weapons and barrels of gunpowder buried in the basement, to be used in a Jacobite rebellion against King George I. If the weapons are found, Nora and her brother will be tried for treason. Making the situation even harder is the fact that the ...more
Barb in Maryland
I flat-out loved this book. Meredith Duran is one of my few auto-buy authors and all of her previous books are on my keeper shelves. And this one will join them.
The writing is superb, as always. The author has a lovely turn of phrase; every word chosen for the exact effect she wants, the exact point she is trying to make.
The story is fabulous and the time frame is one not much used in romance(1715 and the Jacobite Rebellion in England). The political and religious conflicts of the day shape the
Krista Mercer
Much as I love Duran's lyrical prose and attention to historical detail, this one didn't work for me. I found the setting quite intriguing - so nice to visit the earlier Georgian era - and didn't mind at all the political and religious aspects of the plot (essential to this particular time, place, and story, in fact). It wasn't the hero, Adrian, either; the darkness of his character was quite believable, given what he had endured. But the heroine, Nora, made me crazy - just this side of TSTL. Fo ...more
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You will never get a typical historical romance from Ms. Duran and this gem was no exception. At times I had tears in my eyes as we uncover the truth of what occurred with Nora and Adrian 7 years ago. I just wish the ending could have been drawn out a bit to watch Nora and Adrian just be in love and not have the Sword of Damocles hanging over their heads. Lovely read though and I hate that I had it on my TBR for so long.
Despite the fact that there were some times I wanted to smack the heroine for her mulish behaviour, and the hero was more 'villainous' in his actions, I cannot in good conscience give this book a lower grade. It is these faults and their actions which make these characters more real to me. A person might be blindingly, stupidly loyal to someone, but does that make them a bad person? No, just like another person is not evil by being cruel to someone with their words because they have been hurt.

I'm usually a quick reader, but I took my time with this one. It's a beautifully written story, the Jacobite setting vividly portrayed. Duran interweaves history and fiction with enough detail to bring the setting to life yet not feel weighed down by it. There's something almost "old school" about this book, bringing to mind the more epic romances of previous decades. This "epicness" (yes, I'm making up a word) is on a scale with Duran's debut novel, and despite the pitfalls of the second half o ...more
Duran is an odd duck for me - her books either elicit a 'wtf why did I waste my time?' or 'OMFG this is the best thing ever, I must tell everyone' reaction, with nothing in between. Luckily, AYP is very much the latter. I think it's going into my Top 10 romances pile.

Six years ago, Adrian Ferrers and Leonora Colville were young, innocent, and very much in love. To say that it ended badly would be an understatement of the century. They haven't spoken since, but that's about to change in a massiv
4.5 stars...Don't read this book if you are in the mood for something light, fluffy or silly. This is a very intense, drama filled read. The hero, Adrian, and the heroine Nora lived on neighboring estates and met as very young adults and fell in love and had a passionate affair. Once her family learned of their relationship, they plotted to keep them apart because did not approve of Adrian primarily because he was Catholic. She was forced to marry an older man. This all occurred in 1709. The sto ...more
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First time for all. This book's cover is the only cover so far that kept my attention since it accurately captured the leading lady of the story, flesh and blood photographed. Excellent job with the publishers.

And Meredith Duran is a sweetheart, trust me on that. She's this cool enourmously gifted little woman with huge word talent.

She hits my frequencies, she explains my moods and dictates my reading hours. Between the lines, her characters are real people who stand on the ground with their b
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, but I didn't love it. The time period during which it took place -- the 1715 Jacobite uprising -- was interesting, since I didn't know much about it, as opposed to the 1745-46 rising that led to Culloden. The religious and political aspects of the earlier conflict seem clearer to me now than they did before.

I liked the story's hero, Adrian Ferrers, as well, and found his history of lost love, soldiering, abandoned Catholicism, and court politics intriguing. The heroine, Nora,
Penny Black
Having read too many reviews of this book, I kept waiting to be overwhelmed by gut-wrenching angst and had to put the book down three times before I could overcome my reservations, which, in the end, turned out to be unfounded.

By rights, I should have disliked the hero for his high-handedness, thirst for power, and arrogance. Instead, I had nothing but respect for the strength of his character and the lengths he was willing to go to ensure the heroine's safety. The depth of his love for her - es
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: period-romance
I went through a pretty depressing run of bad books. The last few I read I didn't even finish because they were so unappealing, and I almost never leave a book unfinished. I had passed up this title a few times because the synopsis didn't grab me, but I was desperate and I've loved everything else by Meredith Duran so I gave it a go.
I was so thankful to her for restoring my faith in a good, enthralling romance! She's a clean writer, good narrative, no repetitive thoughts or drama that's overwrou
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historique
3,5/5. Enfin, je trouve un Harlequin qui a de l'allure! Pour une fois que les personnages sont divisés par des vrais problèmes et pas seulement une communication ridiculement mauvaise (évidemment, ils auraient quand même pu plus se parler)!!!

L'histoire est assez complexe et ça m'a pris un certain temps pour embarquer et démêler tous les personnages et les éléments importants. Quand le flirt commence par contre, j'étais conquise! Cute et steamy. :)
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very well written and complex second chance romance, my second Meredith Duran book, after the Duke of Shadows. In both these books the protagonists technically belong in their world but in reality are outsiders to it. Separations due to overwhelming forces, the pain of misunderstandings, lies and betrayal by loved ones, true enduring love that never dies - there is a strong mix of real history as well as a captivating story.
Vanessa Kelly
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meredith Duran writes like a dream - one of the best historical romance writers on the market, IMHO. Loved the setting (early Georgian period), loved the hero and heroine. Fascinating plot, but also superbly character driven, with wonderful emotion and truly intelligent depictions of the hero and heroine. I'd give it ten stars if I could!
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dropbox
More old-school than the usual Duran romance, I enjoyed this new take on the dramatic heart break of star crossed lovers. Adrian is a dreamboat, and I'm so glad the awful circumstances of their young romance is all in the past tense. Their family conflict was wrenching enough in flashback, I don't think I could stand going through it with them for the first time.
Review written May 2016

I recently re-read Meredith Duran's Georgian era At Your Pleasure, to see how I felt about it now that I had read so many more romances through TGRRP 2013.

I still love it.

(I will try to avoid spoilers in this review.)

The property of the Colvilles and the Earldom lands of Rivenham lay next to each other. That the young second son of the Earl falls in love with the also young Nora Colville might have well have pleased both families, except for the fact that the Ferrer family
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MEREDITH DURAN blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history. She is the author of eleven novels, all published by Pocket Books. Her debut, The Duke of Shadows, has been translated into thirteen languages and together with her sophomore book (Bound by Your Touch) was ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll. Her other books incl ...more
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