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Beauty and the Earl

(The Pleasure Wars #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  588 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Desire as essential as breath…deception as fragile as sanity.

The Pleasure Wars, Book 3

Liam, the Earl of Windbury, had everything when he held his secret lover in his arms. Until a feud between their families left her dead, his body broken, and his sister married to his bitterest enemy.

Wracked with guilt, simmering with rage, he’s spent a year in seclusion, seeing no one ex
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Samhain Publishing
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Mary - Buried Under Romance
Review soon to come. :)
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally, Liam's story. He's so tormented but Violet soothes the beast in him.

If you’ve read the Pleasure War series then you are acquainted with Liam, the Earl of Windbury, who lost his beloved, Matilda, sister of the Duke of Rathcastle who kidnapped Liam’s sister, Ava, as an act of revenge for the death of his sister as told in TAKEN BY THE DUKE. Liam is a tortured hero of the highest magnitude. The loss of his true love, Matilda, and the scars he carries from that dark night when he and Chris
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Steamy, emotional end to this trilogy.

I'll admit, I struggled with the courtesan seducing the reclusive earl plotline. I started the story a while back, but just had trouble getting into it. I'm glad I took the time as I blew through it in about two days! You don't have to have read the first two books to get this one, though reading the first one helped understand the decades-long feud between the Duke of Rothcastle and the Earl of Windbury. I did not even read #2 because it had no real bearin
Originally reviewed for Tea and Book

Dark and Dangerous.. a book that feeds off one man's darkest desires.. A glimpse into a deadly world of love, loss and revenge and when that fails..

Jess Michaels closes her Pleasure Wars Series with Beauty and the Earl.. this might be book three in the series but it was book one for me and let me just say WOW..

Beauty is an erotic delight.. touching on dark fantasy yet encircled by love.

The House Rothcastle and the House Windbury have been fueding for genera
Dawn Flanders
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this series! I'm not very good at reviews because I seem to be a big spoiler alert. Let's just say it was perfectly scandalous and romantic at the same time. I can't wait for Beautiful Distraction to be released!
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
In the first two books of The Pleasure Wars series, it is the gentlemen who initiate the ladies to the intoxicating world of pleasure. When I finished Pleasuring the Lady and was about to start Beauty and the Earl, I expected it would be Liam who would be the dominant character in the story. Imagine my pleasure when it is Violet who takes the lead.

All of London knows the tragic story of the Rothcastles and the Windburys and all witnessed the current generation's rivalry, which resulted in the
Beauty and the Earl is the third book in The Pleasure Wars Series and it was a marked improvement in its writing style than the previous two books which I rated lower. The author's warning: This book features a sexually experienced woman who will use every trick in her book to save a man from himself.

This historical love story is about the resolution of the bitter family feud that has run for generations between the Rothcastle and Windbury families. I thought it was a more engaging read than th
Amanda Hopeless.Book.Romantic
“Once we are dealt our cards, what else can we do but play them?”

Beauty and the Earl is book three in the Pleasure Wars series by Jess Michaels. This author always surprises me with her stories, they’re always so unique. Liam, the Earl of Windbury, has sunken into the depths of depression and his sister sees no way of pulling him out other than hiring a renowned courtesan, Violet Milford. Violet is hesitant to take on the position and soon starts to feel guilty at the betrayal of Liam. Liam has
FV Angela
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The House of Windbury and the House of Rothcastle have engaged in a feud for generations. No one knows how it started or why, just that each family has been taught while growing up to despise the other. Then Liam, the Earl of Windbury, befriended Matilda, sister to the Duke of Rothcastle, then they fell in love and decided to run away from it all and get married. On the night they were making their getaway, Matilda’s brother Chr
Mar 31, 2019 marked it as to-read
”Warning: This book features a sexually experienced woman who will use every trick in her book to save a man from himself.”
Damn. Where do you I sign up for this!? Why is this a warning though as if it’s supposed to deter me from reading it?
I live for books such as this!
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading a couple of Jess Michaels' books in the past from a different series and the title captured my eye so I picked it up since I was in the mood for a steamy Historical Romance. The plot was engaging and I was almost instantly sympathetic with the characters. The situation was fraught with secrets and I was on edge waiting for the moment when they all came out in the open and burst the situation wide open.

This third story is a direct follow-up to book one in the series through the
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Beauty and the Earl by Jess Michaels is a 2014 Samhain publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
After a horrifying accident that took the life of the woman he loved and left him disfigured, Liam removed himself from everyone and everything. He discovered that his sister has married his mortal enemy . Now his sister is very worried Liam will do something rash. She devises a plan to send a spy in that will let her know how her brother is doing
Amy Alvis
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Violet Milford has been called to the home of the Duke and Duchess of Rothcastle and she can't imagine why. When she arrives, she learns that the Duchess would like Violet to gather information about her brother. He has been in seclusion after a horrible accident and the loss of his beloved. The Duchess would like Violet to use the skills she has learned as a courtesan to seduce his secrets from him.

Liam, the Earl of Windbury, has been in seclusion since he lost his fiancee and his sister wed hi
Elizabeth Bennet
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Sheila Melo
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great Conclusion to Pleasure Wars

BEAUTY AND THE EARL is the third book in the Pleasure Wars series. It concludes the feud that was first presented in TAKEN BY THE DUKE. (There is a coda novella Beautiful Distraction whose events run concurrently to this novel, but this book concludes the main plot of the series). Liam, the Earl of Winbury, is alone. The woman he loved was killed almost two years ago and his beloved sister has married his mortal enemy. In Bath, he meets (in one of the best meetin
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**Originally posted for Book Bliss book blog as a prerelease review. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review**

Review:5 stars
General: I haven't read the first two book in this series but it didn't matter at all. Beauty and the Earl is a steamy historical romance with characters that will suck you in and sex that will heat you up. From the plot to the characters and the writing itself this book was awesome. The plot in this book grabbed me from the beginning be
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Having been waiting for this book in a while, I was a little disappointed in it. I thought there would be more to the feud because it caused so many problems for both side of the feud. This is one of the reason why I gave it a 4 star. There's also the part where Liam's sister, Ava, hired Violet to basically spy on him. That didn't sit well with me but it allow for Liam and Violet to get closer together.

I do love this book though. I have waited to see how Liam's story would end and who would be
My Book Addiction and More MBA
Beauty and the Earl by Jess Michaels is an exciting Erotic Regency Historical Romance set in 1813-1814 London, England. #3 in "The Pleasure Wars" series, but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would recommend reading the other two in the series, for this is an awesome series. See, "Taken By the Duke" and "Pleasuring the Lady".

This is Liam, the Earl of Windbury and Violet Milford, a courtesan's story. Liam, is the brother of Lady Portia, whom you will find in "Pleasuring the Lady". You mus
The Smutty Kitty
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by Witty Kitty

5 out of 5 Licks

This is the final book in this series and I admit I am sorry to see them go. Ava is desperate to know how her brother, Liam, the Earl of Windbury is doing. Since being kidnapped and married to her family’s worst enemy and the love of her life, Ava has been cut off from her brother and is desperate to get any information on him she can. Here enters Violet Milford, she is tasked with the mission to use any means at her disposal t
Batool Arida
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Liam Windbury for starters is my favorite character so far, I have liked Christian Rothcastle when I read "Taken By The Duke", but now; with Liam's own story, I think he's my cup of tea, I finished the book in 3 days after release & I wondered what took me so long?
A very well written story with magnificent storyline & great characters, I lived Violet, she's different, yet approachable, she's sexy, but very delicate & beautiful, in Liam & Violet first encounter; things couldn't g
Smut Fanatics
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it

Rating: 3.5 Stars

What I Loved: This is my first historical romance novel so I was a little leery about reading this. However, this story has opened my mind for future historical reads. Jess Michaels creates a beautiful love story between Violet and Liam that kept me interested the entire time. What’s not to like about a story of a courtesan who falls in love with an Earl? Haven’t you seen Pretty Woman? We want the happy ending, the fairytale!! Violet is a like
Zeee  (I Heart Romance & YA)
BEAUTY AND THE EARL is the third book in the Pleasure Wars Series and I loved it! I thought it was a fitting end to the series. Although, there is a short novella BEAUTIFUL DISTRACTION which is coming out in June, features Violet’s friend Olivia Cranfield.

Ava, desperate to resume contact and save her brother Liam, hires courtesan Violet Milford to seduce him. When Ava and Christian offer Violet a huge sum of money, she doesn’t refuse and decides to go to bath. In bath with her friend Oliva in to
Stevie Carroll
Jun 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread:

Still worried about her brother, Ava and Christian hire a courtesan to seek him out and report back on his true state of mind. Violet is happy to take the considerable sum of money they offer her for this task, because it will enable her to retire to the coast and be a proper mother to her son. So she and her best friend Olivia set off to Bath so that Violet can track Liam down and start an affair with him that will enable her to fulfil
Lori Meehan
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I loved this book. This is the final book in a wonderful series and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical romance. We don't get to know a lot about Liam except in the first book and it's minimal. So getting to know him in this book...he's such a great character. For someone who is so scared emotional he is one hot and sexy man. Violet has her own secrets and troubles but she is a very strong woman. They came together under false pretenses but in the end they saved each other. Her ...more
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A loved this story! Liam is broken not only on the outside from the accident but on the inside as well. He is bitter and angry that his sister married their families worst enemy and hidden himself away from everyone. He sister is desperate to receive any information on how her brother is, hires a courtesan to use any means necessary to get close to him. What a wonderful story, Violet is a smart and strong woman, she has overcome many obstacles and is close to reaching her goal. Her only problem ...more
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
LOVE this author!!

LOVE this series!!!

So sexy, passionate, heartbreaking!!! Can't get enough!!!
I love her secondary characters as well. I LOVE seeing other characters from previous books included.

It really is a gem of a series and if you never read another Historical Romance....READ THESE!!!!

Taken By The Duke
Pleasuring The Lady
Beauty And The Earl
and Beautiful Distraction

REALLY!!!! Beautiful journey's!!! Definitely stories that you can re-read and fall in love with all over again.

Jess Michaels is
Callista Briars
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nice wrap up to the series! I liked Violet and Liam and enjoyed the overall book, even though this story was very similar to Jess Michaels' other book, An Introduction to Pleasure. A courtesan gives a grieving man a reason to enjoy life again. There is a secondary romance that was very sweet, too. It goes into more depth in the next book, Beautiful Distraction. There is lots of graphic sex, so you need to be a fan of EROTIC romance. I am.
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have waited for Liam's story for a year!!! This couldn't be a better "closure". Love the part that Ava and Liam finally reconcile, but I love it even better to read Violet and Liam's story. Violet has such capacity to give and to love, who wouldn't melt with her love, patience and attention. Now I am waiting for the novella on Mal and Olivia. Luckily this time it's only couple months but not a year!
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Grabbed My Attention!!!!

Beauty and the Earl grasped and kept my attention throughout. Liam and Ava were exceptional characters. After reading about Liam throughout this series, I was intrigued about how his story would unfold. Ms. Michaels did not disappoint she did an exceptional job with this story. Page after page was fantastic. I cannot wait for the next book in the series. I truly recommend the whole series.
Sep 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-books
Liam is a tortured hero, in both mind and body. His sister, married to his worst enemy, is concerned and sends Violet, a high-priced courtesan to spy on Liam. He is depressed, prone to anger, but lusts after Violet. Little by little he starts to live again, but Violet becomes too involved and leaves before anyone can get hurt, or so she thinks. While a nice story I wanted something a little better for Liam.
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USA Today Bestselling author Jess Michaels likes geeky stuff, Vanilla Coke Zero, anything coconut, cheese, fluffy cats, smooth cats, any cats, many dogs and people who care about the welfare of their fellow humans. She watches too much daytime court shows, but just enough Once Upon a Time (CaptainSwan FOR LIFE). She is lucky enough to be married to her favorite person in the world and live in a be ...more

Other books in the series

The Pleasure Wars (4 books)
  • Taken By the Duke (The Pleasure Wars, #1)
  • Pleasuring The Lady (The Pleasure Wars, #2)
  • Beautiful Distraction (The Pleasure Wars, #4)