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Forever a Lady

(The Rumor #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  377 ratings  ·  84 reviews
TWO DIFFERENT CLASSES, ONE COMMON DESIRE... Lady Bernadette Marie Burton  may be the richest widow in England, but like her dreams of finding true passion, her reputation is deteriorating. Cruel gossip, loneliness and hoards of opportunistic suitors have her believing Society couldn't be more vile...or dangerous. So when an attacker threatens her life, she finds safety in ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by HQN Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Delilah Marvelle
Jan 18, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
In this story, I introduce the flip side of things people didn't get to see in Book 1, which includes Bernadette's relationship with Georgia and Georgia's relationship with Matthew. We also get to see the Forty Thieves in action in the bowels of the Five Points and how they came to be in existance, given the story is about...Matthew (Georgia's one eyed thieving stepson). Without any doubt, Matthew is what I call a gruff romantic. Wait until you meet him. Heh. He'll make you laugh, he'll make you ...more
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Publisher: HQN
Publish Date: 24 Jul
How I got this book: ARC from the publisher via Netgalley

Two different classes, One common desire…

Bernadette Marie Burton may be the richest widow in England, but like her dreams of finding true passion, her reputation is deteriorating. Cruel gossip, loneliness and hoards of opportunistic suitors have her believing Society couldn’t be more vile….or dangerous. So when an attacker threatens her l
Jen Davis
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Life has not been kind to Matthew Milton. An unscrupulous businessman tumbled his father's newspaper into bankruptcy, pushing them into the slums of Five Points, New York. There, an attack from a thug stole the vision from one eye and taught him a value lesson about the kind of man he would need to become in order to survive. Matthew toughens up and forms an Irish-American gang, one that tries to protect the neighborhood, even if they have to stoop to illegal means to do it.

After a hit is put ou
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I’m totally hooked on this series!

Forever a Lady is the second book in the Rumor series and, once again, Delilah Marvelle delivers a compelling, exciting and very sensual love story that kept me enthralled.

Matthew tightened his fingers on the rough wool of the sacks weighing each shoulder. He stared up at that looming unpainted building, the acrid stench of piss lacing the heat-ridden air.

I love the realism and social commentary Ms Marvelle brings to this story. She doesn’t pull any punches, whe
***original review posted at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance***

Oh Delilah Marvelle, you make me fall in love each time I read your books. *hums 'Seize the Day' from the Newsies soundtrack while writing review*

Reasons To Read This Book:

1. You're a Delilah Marvelle fan. Duh! You won't be disappointed. Delilah strikes again but this time it's the story of a younger man falling in love with an older woman.

2. Eye patch hotness. Matthew Milton's father lost his newspaper business due to their
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
When Matthew’s father’s newspaper goes bankrupt due to an employee’s embezzlement, Matthew is on the streets when he sees a young boy being harassed for money his mother owes. Edward Coleman sees him fight the man after he tries to steal his cravat, and offers to teach him to fight in exchange for food. While he is eating, he realizes he is losing his sight in one eye. They send for a surgeon who says the loss is permanent, and was caused by the fight. Matthew and Coleman then create the Forty T ...more
Mary Gramlich
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Is the path I walk of my choosing or the one I am destined to travel?

Free to live the life of a rich widow in New York away from the gossips of London Lady Bernadette Marie Burton has no desire to allow another man to control her destiny. Matthew Milton knew the prestige and freedom money gave his life and now is living with the pain that losing it brings.

When these two forces meet in New York, there are actions beyond pleasure to partake in, a battle over maintaining one’s pride, and a tussle o
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a First-Reads Good Reads winner and I was throughly surprised at how much I actually liked this book. I started reading it at night and was done reading it by the morning time. I just couldn't put the book down. Not only does this author give such attention to detail and gives old New York City a lot of respect by keeping true to the times back then. She also has a knack for writing a great story. I've read romance novels before and you end up getting the same exact types ...more
There were flashes of good writing in this, and the potential for an interesting story - a historical "boy from the wrong side of the tracks makes good" thing. And I suspect that my own preference for character-driven stories makes me discount a book as heavily dependent on dramatic turnarounds. But my credulity was strained by so many improbabilities, from (view spoiler) ...more
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one was about Bernadette, an aristocratic widow, and Matthew. We met them both in the previous installment. Bernadette trained Georgia in all things Ton and Matthew was Georgia's late husband's son. Matthew was a product of the Five Points, the poverty-stricken and crime-ridden area of New York where they lived. He was in charge of the Forty Thieves. So theirs was an unusual pairing.

Wonderful HEA. Though there were more than a few frustrating times getting there. On to #3!
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hf-england
4.5 Stars

I was just a little disappointed with Romancing Lady Stone, so I'm glad Ms. Marvelle delivers this cracker of a book..

Shirtless men lounged with dirt-crusted bare feet on the sills of open windows, some guzzling bottles of old Irish whiskey, while others leisurely smoked half-cut cigars. It was as if these bingo boys all thought they were on a blanket on the grassy plains of a lake.

Forever a Lady takes us deep into the seedy underbelly of New York City's Five Points. The social commenta
Kelly at
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OH Delilah, Delilah, Delilah.... LOVED Matthew's story!!!!!!

Another wonderful book by the amazingly talented Delilah Marvelle. Forever A Lady is book 2 in Delilah’s Rumor series. Now, while the books are linked together by common characters, you don’t HAVE to read them in order. I would recommend it, but you don’t have too.

Forever A Lady takes us back to New York and Five Points. Where we learn a little more about Matthew (who we meet in Forever & A Day) and his past. How he ended up where
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Unique and brilliant! Forever a Lady gives us a look at everything of this time period from the dirty NY slums to the glittering English mansions. The plot was full of intrigue and adorable romance.

Bernadette is a different character. Rather than being an innocent society lady, she's an experienced woman whose reputation is tattered at best. But I liked that about her. I liked that she didn't let society's standards g
Alexia Chantel
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Every time you pick up a Delilah Marvelle book it is like rediscovering a favorite author. Every book she releases is better than the last, and when you loved the previous books that is quite the track record. Forever a Lady steps up the Rumor series to a whole new level. 

In Forever and a Day you met Lady Bernadette Burton, she was the rebellious older woman who tutors Georgia in the ways of being a lady. Or at least she gives her the tools to pull one over on the ton, something Lady Burton is m
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
At first, Matthew Milton, a poor man who leads a gang of honorable thieves in Five Points, New York and Lady Bernadette, an aristocrat from London, seem like an unlikely couple. But they work really well together, I think. Though both currently have homes in New York (albeit in very different neighborhoods), they meet in London. They get their first glimpses of each other while riding in the park. Matthew falls for Bernadette fast and hard. Bernadette, though very attracted to Matthew, is not so ...more
“Rule one—my bedchamber is off-limits.
Rule two— your bedchamber is off-limits.
Rule three— our lips never touch.
Rule four— we only see each other during calling hours or in public or at events where crowds are assured to ensure that rule one, two and three are never trifled with.
Rule five— all rules cease to exist when you ask me to marry you.”

yaaakkk... itulah syarat yang diajukan Matthew Jones Milton saat ia ingin Lady Bernadette Marie Burton "mengcourting-nya". untunglah adegan uhuk-uhuk d
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I need to fully disclose that I ADORE this woman (no, not the heroine, although she's adorable too). I meant Ms. Delilah Marvelle, who I had an honor, privilege and utter pleasure of meeting at this year's RT's in Chicago. What a gorgeous human being this tiny woman is!!! As for her writing, I am still in awe, and I've only read her latest series (in process of getting my paws on her earlier ones!).

This is the second (well, actually third if you count the prequel novella) in Ms. Marvelle's Rumor
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Forever a Lady by Delilah Marvell and it was an excellent read. I dearly love the characters in this story. Meet Matthew Joseph Milton, Irish –American gang leader, who had his fortune stolen from him when he was younger. Now at the age of twenty nine, his life is filled with outcasts who look up to him in restoring honor among thieves. He once was a respected citizen in New York but now he decides his own future. When Matthew is threatened by a rival gang in the slums, h ...more
Heather T
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
So I'm going to keep this short since I've had it deleted 6 times prior to being able to post.

This one was fun, but not my favorite by the author. I enjoy the basics of the plot, even though there was nothing exceptional about the story. The characters were enjoyable, but I felt Matthew was more believable than Bernadette. He struggled to retain a few morals, despite the fact that his lot in life could have led him to be a complete ingrate. I really loved that Marvelle touched on important issu
Dana Delamar
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Really, really loved this one. As usual, Delilah Marvelle has put together characters, settings, and situations that are not typical of historical romance.

Bernadette and Matthew are a sweet couple; I enjoyed their interactions, especially when he suggested they court each other, even though they already certainly "knew" each other in one sense!

There were enough twists and turns in the story that I couldn't predict what was coming next, and I found that refreshing.

I also very much e
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a First-Reads Good Reads winner and I was throughly surprised at how much I actually liked this book. I started reading it at night and was done reading it by the morning time. I just couldn't put the book down. You get the feel of the time fully. I'm going to get the 1st book. Really liked this story.
Mar 25, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: own
I won this book from Delilah and can't wait to read it :-)
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars for Delilah Marvelle's Forever a Lady
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Aug 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Here's another one I've got mixed feelings about. The premise was fine, and I was thoroughly enjoying the beginning, but then there was the insta-love again, complete with a steamy scene after they'd been face-to-face for all of ten minutes. Not only that, but Matthew Joseph Milton (why do we insist on using his full name so often?) was downright terrifying early on--possessive and violent. Georgia told Bernadette Marie (again with the middle names) that since she'd been claimed by MJM, "He'll p ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(This was an) Interesting twist on a Regency romance. First, London was not the primary location but New York City. Next, the two main characters were BOTH unconventional. The heroine was a high born wealthy widow in her mid-thirties. She was a blue blood from London's ton who wanted to shed the expectations of society so she settled in NYC. She was seeking a lover and had no intention of marrying. The hero was a very poor Irish second generation man with a strong moral compass. He was six years ...more
Karen Darling
Hated it! I did not like the hero, and too much violence. Could not finish it.
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
A reversal of fortune:

As a young man, Matthew Joseph Milton witnessed the decline of his father's life and career as their successful newspaper business goes bankrupt. On his first day in Five Dials, Matthew learns the difficult lesson that a different sort of law exists in the streets and side alleys of New York.

With the guidance of his new friend Edward Coleman, Matthew rises up to become leader of a group known as the Forty Thieves, dispensing their own version of justice and taking the law
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Forever a Lady
The Rumor Book # 2
by Delilah Marvelle

5 stars
Reviewed by:Angels
Source: Purchased
Gene: Historical Romance


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TWO DIFFERENT CLASSES, ONE COMMON DESIRE... Lady Bernadette Marie Burton may be the richest widow in England, but like her dreams of finding true passion, her reputation is deteriorating. Cruel gossip, loneliness and hoards of opportunistic suitors have her believing Society couldn't be more vile
Yellow Rose
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one book that combines adventure, sensuality, and the Gangs of New York quite perfectly. In fact this could be considered the Romantic version of the Gangs of New York. Well Done!!!

The story starts out with our hero Mathew whose father loses his newspaper business therefore they are forced to move to the five points and endure poverty. On that day Mathew meets his future friend Coleman,with whom he creates a gang in a sense helping people. For example, rescuing orphan girls who have been
Moon Love
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Matthew Milton is a man who was wronged by an employee of his father's who stole their business and livelihood and landed Matthew and his father in the bowels of life in the inner city we were introduced to in Forever and a Day, the first book in the Rumor series. He starts off as the gentleman he was raised to be, but quickly realizes he can not stay that way in order to survive in Five Points. Lady Bernadette Burton is the wealthiest widow of her time. She cast off propriety when her elderly h ...more
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I spent my youth studying various languages, reading voraciously, and playing the pianoforte. I confess that here ends the extent of my gentle breeding. I was a naughty child who was forever torturing her parents with countless adventures that they did not deem respectable. Confined to my room on many occasions due to these misadventures, I soon discovered the quill and its amazing power. I scribe ...more

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The Rumor (4 books)
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  • Forever and a Day (The Rumor, #1)
  • Forever a Lord (The Rumor, #3)