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Tempting Fortune (Mallorens & Friends #2)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,273 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
The Riskiest Game

Portia St. Claire's brother has gambled and lost once too often, thrusting her into the hands of ruthless men. To keep his life he must give up his sister's virtue, to be auctioned off in London's most notorious brothel.

To retrieve an incriminating letter, Bryght Malloren once broke into a house where he was greeted at pistol point by a resolute woman...a
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Zebra (first published 1995)
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Miranda Davis
First of all, there's a reason Jo Beverly can prop open all the doors in her house with the various award trophies she's accumulated over the years. She brings a period of history to life with such seeming ease, I am always plunged into whatever milieu she creates and finish her books every time, even when I start wanting to punch the hero or, in this case, box the heroine's ears. Or choke her. (The period for this series is Georgian, so stomachers, hoops, hair powder and wigs. Still, guys in pu ...more
Elis Madison
Seldom have I read a book so rife with despicable characters.

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This book is a page-turner--in fact at 3 am last night I forced myself to put it down (had to get up for work at 7), and then lay there for another hour with my mind so busy chewing on the story that I couldn't sleep. (I recommend you save this one for a weekend. Or a vacation if it takes you
Jacob Proffitt
So the lowest rating of a Jo Beverley novel so far. I haven't read a ton of her books, yet, but this was a disappointment. It wasn't major until the ending, but the distrust and lack of communication was a problem from start to finish and kept this at three-stars that later collapsed.

And I had an additional issue with each main character. I kind of hated Portia's helplessness with regards to her brother. It's a common-enough tale of the gaming-madness that can bring ruin to families, but this se
Jonel Boyko
This was a fun and romantic story that is completely unpredictable and wildly original. Beverley takes readers back in time on one heck of a journey through London as her characters tug at your heart. The suspense in this one is of a much more personal nature than one would generally expect. Virtue & honour are what must be saved, while at the same time chemistry rules the day.

I love Bryght. He’s so much fun. His rakishness combines with his good heart in an intriguing combo. Pitted against
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
"With Mallorens all things are possible."

Isn't that the truth! Tempting Fortune is the highly entertaining second installment in the Malloren series. It displays all of Jo Beverley's trademark wit, high drama, and seductive romance. Read it, and be prepared to be swept up in the Georgian Era, and all the dramas that come with this swirling cast of characters.

The story is exciting right off the bat. Our heroine, Portia St. Claire, begins chapter one by going with pistol in hand to confront a hous
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 1-5-stars
This is another one of those books that tells women that they can be unkind, unfair, and inconsiderate, and they will still be loved and treated nicely.
Aug 18, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh gack, I didn't think Beverly could stoop lower than having the heroine raped in the first chapter as the basis of lurve but now I realize she's working out some weird kinks by writing these mysogynistic "romances." Blah blah heroine with worthless brother who loses all the family's money and their estate ends up selling herself in a brothel to a man who tries to retain her honor despite the necessity of publicly bedding her. I swear she must write these horrible kinky scenes and then build bo ...more
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Jul 03, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blush-worthy
I read this book because I read the first in the series and wanted to read the third, my neuroses would not have it otherwise.

It wasn't exactly awful, and if I could I would go with 1.5 stars, because it wasn't exactly OK either. Like many others who've read this book, I had a problem with the heroine being a complete and stubborn idiot.

Now, with me, that's not usually a problem, since I myself, on occasion, have acted the stubborn idiot. The problem with this book was the fact that she never ap
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Para empezar, son 3.5 estrellas, en concreto.
La historia de otro Malloren en mis manos y no sabía que esperar. A pesar de que no le he dado la calificación más alta, me muero de ganas por conocer a los demás Malloren en las siguientes historias.
Últimamente me he estado enamorando de el género romántico.
Bueno, sin más preámbulos, al principio la historia se me hizo un tanto tediosa (será por eso que me tardé tanto en terminarla). Pienso que se me hizo de esta forma porque se hablaba mucho de apue
Apr 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
What is the fascination with gamblers, anyway? Oh, well, everything always turns out well in a romance . . . .
I've given this a B for narration and B- for content, so I'll leave it at 4 stars here.

Tempting Fortune
is the second book in Ms Beverley’s series about the Malloren siblings, all of whom have outlandish names! Our hero here is Lord Arcenbryght Malloren – known as Bryght – who spends much of his time running the family’s many business interests, while also maintaining interests of his own. He has tied up most of his personal wealth in an ambitious canal-building scheme which he believes will bri
Pamela Shropshire
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book in the Malloran series and features Bryght. It begins with him entering the house in Maidenhead where Chastity hid Nerissa Trelyn's licentious letter. He runs into a short red-haired woman with a pistol whose name is Phoebe St. Clair -- she is a relative of Nerissa, but has never met her. They are immediately attracted to each other, physically, and exchange rather barbed but witty banter.

Bryght can't stop thinking of her and since Phoebe and her wastrel brother go to London
Tempting Fortune is part two of my big Malloren re-read and my first letdown of sorts. Portia and Bryght's story itself sits at a solid 3.5 for me. I would kinda like to round my final rating up to 4 stars because of the excellent use of Rothgar but there were quite a few moments where I was just very frustrated as a reader.

I have read this book already twice or so (2008 or so for the first time, most recently in 2012) but I did not remember Portia being such an annoying character at times and i
Nadine Jones
Quite disappointing. I loved the first book I read by Beverley (My Lady Notorious), so I had high hopes for this one, but it's painfully trite. To make things worse the writing is quite wooden, which is very disappointing.

This is how it starts: hero is darkly handsome and foreboding (he's even compared to Lucifer, in that he is, of course, as handsome as an angel), heroine is feisty, he breaks into the house she's staying in, she fights him off, he kisses her, she's disturbed by how much she wan
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Mar 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I found the second book in this series to be just as satisfying and quick to read as the first...maybe even more so.

In Tempting Fortune, we get into the terrible and often devastating results of addictive gambling, a tool I've seen used very often in romance but in this book it was done well enough that I'd upgrade it to theme. The heroine's brother, the one doing the gambling, wasn't some benign but lovable wastrel. His action put himself and his family in serious danger and though we knew the
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Picked this up from the 50 cent shelf at the used bookstore, and to my surprise I don't think I ever read it. (That's the danger with not reading a series in order, I suppose.)

This re-kindled my love of Jo Beverley, that's for sure. I hadn't known such fabulous romances could come out of the 1990s.
Shannon Dyer
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come at AAR.
Second in the Malloren series. I didn't like it as well as the first one. The heroine gets more annoying as the book goes on. I never got why the hero was so into her.
Oh dear. I hated the heroine and the plot drove me mad at the end. It was well written though so I'll read the next one.
Virginia Tican
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is quite a fun read although I am sometimes annoyed with Portia and even with Oliver's selfishness. He exhibited a total lack of concern for his family and him being the head and he never learned from his father's mistakes as well as his suicide. His father was not a wise investor and speculated on wrong ventures (lost causes) that led to his self~destruction and I wonder why Oliver did not even process that correctly. The whole St. Clair/Upcotts are a bunch of fools. They could all do with a ...more
The last time I read this was sometime in 2009, I think. Re-read for the series read over in WaMRL.
This book started off pretty good. Not quite the adventure of the first book, but still interesting. I liked Portia, and how she and her brother Oliver were trying to save their home after he'd foolishly gambled it away. They weren't sitting at home worrying about it, they went out and tried to find help, and I liked that. Then the run in with Bryght, while he is sent off to fetch the sordid love l
J. Leigh Hunter
Story and Writing Style
I was so, so hoping for a good story. The premise seemed promising with the heroine Portia forced to be sold at a brothel’s auction for her brother’s careless gaming antics. And of course the hero Bryght (this name made me grimace at every mention), buys her to avoid her getting into some serious trouble. The thing is, that isn’t even the very beginning of the story. They had met before, over his breaking and entering of her rented home to find a letter that, Lo!, was stil
After loving the first book one of my all time read agains. I just thought this one was terrible the heroine had a horrible personality, was mean and just kept on doing stupid things to get herself into trouble and kept blaming the poor hero though he spent most of his time trying to save her.

But the main reason I disliked the book was I couldn't believe the attraction for the hero. She was described as plain which is fine, but generally if you have a plain heroine you have something about her p
Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Some spoilers**

I wanted to give this a 4 at the beginning...still giving it a 3 just for Bryght. OMG! He does so much for Portia and knows his limits but still openly tells her he loves her and shows his love in so many ways. What the heck is wrong with Portia? She started as smart, fierce and caring. I have no idea how she came to distrust Bryght so much, and all the insults and so many times.

I really wished that Bryght ended up alone at the end, if not, I really hoped they would at least be
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
เนือเรืองดูเหมือนไมมีอะไรมาก แตมันนาติดตามอานแลววางไมลง พระนางมีเสนหดึงดูดเขากับเรือง(บางครังกแอบคิดวาหาเหตุผลมาอธิบายความชอบไมไดนะ อานแลวรูสึกวามันใช กคือชอบ) หนังสือเลมหนา แตอานแลวไมมีชวงทีเบือเลย แตจะมีบางจุดทีอานแลวไมคอยเขาใจการกระทำเทาไร

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Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jo-beverley
I really wanted to rate this one higher, but the heroine's behaviour (and characterization) just kept pulling it down. In the end, I couldn't understand how her loyalty to her brother, who had effectively ruined her and her family's life, and her childhood acquaintance, who ruined her reputation in society, could overcome her love and loyalty for the hero, who had saved both her family's livelihood and her own reputation. Portia's impulsive and thoughtless behaviour just wore down my sympathy fo ...more
Lynne Tull
Actually this book was set in the Georgian Period not the Regency Period.
Portia and Bryght, the H/H of this saga, met when he came to the house where she was staying to retrieve a letter written by a woman he had thought he would marry. It was written to one of her lovers…not him. She is now married and he intends to keep the letter to hold over her head. Portia thinking him a burglar tries to shoot him and fails. For some unknown reason he falls for her and she for him although she seems to tru
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
I like the Malloren men and women and their friends, but that's about it. I did not like the heroine in this one and I was shaking my head about her antics and that she said she loved him but she didn't trust him and just because he is doing what everyone does. Gamblers beware!!! One may be able to trust without love but to love without trust seems very far fetched to me. Thank god for men who forgive the stupidity of the woman they love. Maybe she should have asked him what he is actually doing ...more
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Mary Josephine Dunn was born 22 September 1947 in Lancashire, England, UK. At the age of eleven she went to an all-girls boarding school, Layton Hill Convent, Blackpool. At sixteen, she wrote her first romance, with a medieval setting, completed in installments in an exercise book. From 1966 to 1970, she obtained a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire, where she met her ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Mallorens & Friends (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • My Lady Notorious (Malloren, #1)
  • Something Wicked (Malloren, #3)
  • Secrets of the Night (Malloren, #4)
  • Devilish (Malloren, #5)
  • Winter Fire (Malloren, #6)
  • A Most Unsuitable Man (Malloren, #7)
  • A Lady's Secret (Malloren, #8)
  • The Secret Wedding (Malloren, #9)
  • The Secret Duke (Malloren, #10)
  • An Unlikely Countess (Malloren #11)