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Night of Pleasure

(School of Gallantry #4)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  343 ratings  ·  96 reviews
An arranged marriage is daunting, but not as daunting as seducing a spouse whose passions you do not understand...

Derek Charles Holbrook, Viscount Banfield, knew his fate since he was seventeen when his father announced his union to the beautiful but mysterious American girl by the name of Miss Grey. To protect the troubled estate, Derek submits to his father's wishes, not
Published March 18th 2014 by Delilah Marvelle Productions, LLC (first published March 15th 2014)
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Bgurl (don't h8 me cuz I'm honestful)
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of witty banter, unusual characters, lovable heroes, & feisty heroines.
TOP 5 THINGS I LIKED ABOUT Night of Pleasure




“ ‘Do the blind ever know when a glass is full without touching it? Put the glass into your husband’s hand. For he is blind to what you feel. He is blind to what you hold. You must therefore make him see what you feel.’ ”
~ Thérèse Angelique Bouchard, Madame de Maitenon

Any chick who dishes out that kind of advise, is A-Okay in my book!



“You women-loving men are too focused on being men. Focus on being human
Delilah Marvelle
Mar 03, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
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My dearest Reader,
What happens when a boy who grows up with everything he ever wanted meets a girl who grew up never having what she wanted? A twisted love story neither of them expected. The concept of an arranged marriage has always fascinated me. How do two young and inexperienced people come together and make a marriage genuinely work when their reasons for going into the marriage is solely duty? Can it work? Does it work? I dove into researching many arranged marriages in history and f
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As I have said many times in the past, Delilah will never write a typical historical romance. She is always going to shock you about where and how she is going to push the boundaries of a story. That is ok with me, that is what I love most about her as an author. Night of Pleasure is no exception. We have known Derek since the very first School of Gallantry book and became intrigued by his dark good looks and long unfashionable but sexy hair. Derek Holbrook has had his bride in the bag for the l ...more
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
NIGHT OF PLEASURE is the fourth book in the School of Gallantry series and, once again, Delilah Marvelle delivers another enthralling and emotionally charged story.

How I imagine Derek…

“Spice makes a soul breathe in deep. Live a little.”

I simply adore Derek…so intense, passionate and with an overwhelming enthusiasm for life. His fondness for those strongly spiced candies seems to mirror his nature perfectly. I love his charm, his wit and his unfashionably long hair.

I admire how, even at such a yo
This one, provided by the publisher through netgalley, was pretty unique in a whole bunch of ways, which made for an enjoyable read.

For a start, it is based on an marriage arranged between what we would call children (she's 13/14 and he's 17). Not many Regency/Victorian romances use an arranged marriage to the extent this one does - the point at which the hero and heroine falling in love always seems tobecome a bit rote, almost like the genre has to prove our Western contemporary thinking wrong
Feb 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: z-botb-14-mar, arc, series, ya
Overall review: 3 stars
Plot: 4 stars
hero rating: 4 stars
Heroine rating: 1 stars
Sensuality rating: 1 star
Sex scenes descriptiveness: 4
Sex scenes frequency: 4
Writing flow / style: 4
Denouement: 3

I read an unedited ARC. More detailed review submitted to publisher. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book by an author I usually really enjoy.

Both the hero and heroine are very young and very sexually inexperienced. The sex scenes were very awkward because of the heroines actions and words, a
It's another thrilling installment to Delilah Marvelle's marvelous (pun intended) School of Gallantry series. This one is about Viscount Banfield and Clementine. Like I've already mentioned on another review of the series, the books go further and further back with each new addition. What I mean is that the events in book four took place first chronologically while the events in book one are the most current. I find that kind of cool, Marvelle's going back while other authors, usually, move forw ...more
Heather andrews
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It seems Mr. Derek can't make up his mind about what his thoughts are on Ms. Clementine first he's what appalled by her lack of erm...assets? "In his opinion, she could have easily passed for a debutante of eighteen if there had been her corset. She was almost as flat as paper. Which was sad, really. A sizable pair of high-perched breasts would have made her a triumph." Then the next he wants to pounce on her, "damn. He'd heard Americans speak before, but not with such ...more
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Enjoyable light historical read which ties in nicely with the School of Gallantry theme.

3.5 ★
Patty McKenna Van Hulle
Night of Pleasure (School of Gallantry, #4) by Delilah Marvelle
Delilah Marvelle

There is no action or evil afoot in this story, but you will need tissues aplenty, and if you are an ugly crier avoid mirrors, because this romance takes you through a gambit of emotions!

Clementine Grey grew up in a war zone with yelling, objects flying, screaming and even thrown punches, all courtesy of her mother. She was cold, unloving and kinda creepy to Clementine. After her mother's 18 pregnancies, with only Clementine surviving, she never wanted marriage or children. W
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Delilah Marvelle is one of my favorite authors and her books are greatly anticipated by me. When I heard that she was continuing her School of Gallantry series, I literally went and bought all the earlier books so I could be brought up to date with all the characters in it. By the way, you don’t have to run out and do the same. Each of these stories is well written as a standalone, but if you want to know the origins behind the school of gallantry, you should get them all.

As usual Ms. Marvelle d
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014-reads
A marriage of convenience story is usually a favorite of mine, but this one is disappointing. :(

Usually a synopsis will describe maybe the first third or so of a book but this one tells the entire story. I was expecting more time in school, so to speak, like a twist on couples therapy or something. There are hardly any scenes of them in school, and it doesn't even happen until the last 20% of the book. I wish more of the book were scenes like the last 20%. The pacing is just too slow.

Also the h
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I think that the Prologue made me firmly pre-disposed to liking this one. Wasn't perfect but there was unexpected depth re: relationships & being newly-married. And given the overall circumstances, together with an interesting mix of characters, this light-hearted read w/ a dash of angst here & there worked for me. Definitely antsy for Lord Brayton's book!

Full review to come. :)

* ARC review copy provided by the publisher/author via NetGalley.
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh so sweet! Right from the beginning Derek is swoon worthy. Clementine was not what I expected but she won me over in the end. This is a really fun series!
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
When I started reading this book, I had planned to read just a few chapters, then put the book down to go to sleep. A few hours later, I was still reading and I ended up finishing Night of Pleasure in one sitting. Very few books have kept me past my bedtime ...

And this is one of them. Here's why:

1. A hero who falls (head over heels) in love with the heroine first: Even before he knew her name or her circumstances, Derek saw Clementine walking into their house and was instantly smitten. Then he
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grand Lesson for all!
This story was written in a different way to the first three on this series in that the School of Gallantry only comes into play towards the end, but, even so, it is a delightful and extremely interesting one showing how important it is to not only be lovers, but to be good friends too.
I loved the arrogance of Derek and the way he cannot understand how friendship would in fact draw Clementine quickly to his side. She has had a horrible example set for her by her parents of a
Camille Flores
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars!

Refreshing characters, heart-tugging scenes, lovely, lovely story.

Full review below.

The story in a nutshell…

Derek Holbrook finds himself engaged at the age of seventeen after an announcement from his dying father to Miss Clementine Grey, an American heiress whose father is a close friend of his father. After a few weeks of getting to know each other, Clementine had to leave again for America on her father’s business affairs. But the two of them have been exchanging correspondences s
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally given 4.5 hearts at Rookie Romance.

I love Delilah Marvelle. There, I said it! I've yet to read a book from her that I don't love, and she's done it again with Night of Pleasure, the newest book in the School of Gallantry series.

I absolutely adored Derek, his enthusiasm is contagious and he's a very passionate and intense man. He has been engaged to Clementine since they were young, but even when they first met he felt a connection between them. After years of communicating via letters
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
A sweet, lovely historical romance, A Night of Pleasure was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. From the lovely characters, to the enjoyable story, this book was fantastic.

Clementine was a good heroine. She was certainly strong, loyal, determined, and refused to let anyone bully her into anything. At first, I found her to be a bit mean. It was painfully obvious that Derek was in love with her, yet she planned to rip out the poor guy's heart and leave him. And, she wasn't very nice to him
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Derek, Viscount Banfield discovers on this father’s deathbed that he has been betrothed to the then 14 year old daughter of his father’s American friend whom he met for the 1st time that day itself when she & her father pay a visit on arriving in London. He falls instantly for her but has to wait 7 years at her father’s insistence until Clementine comes of age.

I adored Derek from the start tho the man was terribly intense & passionate. I did feel for Clementine in that he hardly gives her room t
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC copy. Review to come soon. :)

Review: I typically don’t fall for the hero in the first chapter but I totally fell for Dereck in chapter one. The moment he brought out his tin full of ginger drops, I was hooked. He truly is a sweetheart from the first pages to the last pages. Don’t get me wrong he isn’t perfect but he is the guy you want your daughter to fall in love with and marry. Truly a prince charming. Now, I know what you’re thinking, easy, typical prince charming the heroin
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing

What happens when you have an arranged marriage where the groom falls deeply in love and the bride-to-be don’t think that she is marriage material?

Derek found out at the age of 17 that his arranged marriage to Miss Clementine Grey had been arranged at his father’s death. He automatically fell for her but soon discovered her true age was only 14 and that he would have to wait 7 years before they could be wed.

They corresponded back-and-forth over those year’s with letters and he knew she
Dana Delamar
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable book in Delilah Marvelle's School of Gallantry series. As usual, I very much liked the hero and heroine and the overall setup. Once again, the author manages to come up with a situation and characters that are out of the norm for Regency romance.

I do wish the central conflicts had taken a little longer to resolve and that we got to see more of the actual resolution on the page; a number of moments of change for both Derek and Clementine take place off page, so the ending feels
R.C. Matthews
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
This story started out so wonderfully. Derek began as a swoon worthy hero and it was so refreshing that he was madly in love with Clementine. But once they got together it was mostly downhill. I couldn't relate to Clementine. She was cold and came across as selfish and unfeeling. It just doesn't make for good romance. The sex scenes were uncomfortable (ahem...where did that title come from) and awkward, not passionate as the title would imply. I had to skim through most of the middle of the book ...more
Christi Browne
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved loved loved this book. Saucy and spicy with a great story line. I had a hard time putting this book down. Derek and Clementine learn about relationships from each other along with a few friends lol. Derek learns there is more to a relationship than the physical and Clementine learns how to be physical and show love. It is beautiful how this relationship between them grows. I cried as well as rejoiced as the story unfolds. I highly recommend reading this book. I will be looking out for mo ...more
Swanangel15's Book Review
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have to say, this book was refreshing and I loved it. It emphasized on the coming together of first timers and the awkwardness that comes with it. I loved this book for that and the characters were just too much (but in a good way).

Read the rest of my review on my blog at:
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Alrighty...So, I'm going to start this whole thing off by saying I have never been asked to review a book before, though I have been asked to review several books that had already been released and have reviewed several authors. I've never received an ARC and I was really looking forward to my first experience. Also, I have never read anything by this author before. I have had nothing but recommendations for her and all of her books have received amazing reviews so I went into this book very pos ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Night of Pleasure is the fourth book in the School of Gallantry series. Okay, this historical romance was an intense emotional read, and it eclipses the previous book by half a star as my new favourite in this series thus far. Prologue set in 1823, with the story starting in 1830, plus the emotional Epilogue happens nine months after the end of the story.

Like the previous stories, some scenes in this book overlap with previous books which make the story-telling in this series so interesting beca
Eileen Dandashi
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: Night of Pleasure, Book 4 (A School of Gallantry Novel)
Author: Delilah Marvelle
Genre: Historical Romance
Story Setting: London, England 1823
Published By: Delilah Marvelle Productions, LLC (March 15, 2014)
Pages: 246

Book 1, Mistress of Pleasure
Book 2, Lord of Pleasure
Book 3, Lady of Pleasure
Book 3.5, Romancing Lady Stone
Book 4, Night of Pleasure
Book 5, Master of Pleasure

About the Story:
At seventeen Derek Holbrook loses his father. Moments before
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He stared down at her, his head, his heart and his body pulsing. He’d never felt anything like it, but those alluring eyes made him want to grab her and bite down hard. He inclined his head. “Good afternoon, Miss Grey. How are you?”

Derek Holbrook, Viscount Banfield, and his intended met the night of his father’s death. A seventeen year old, cocky young man with the world at his feet, he is immediately enchanted with the beautifu
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