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Falling from His Grace

(Gentlemen of Temptation #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  252 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Welcome to a London Gaming Hell like no other. A place where anonymity is your security—no names, no faces, no strings. But that doesn't mean no surprises...

Lucas Mayfield, the Eighth Earl of Heightford, couldn't be more pleased with the private club that is his brainchild. But when a young courtesan at the club's masquerade appears far too innocent, his suspicions are rai
Mass Market Paperback, 308 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Lyrical Press
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
Falling from His Grace by Kristin Vayden is book One in the Gentlemen of Temptation Series. This is the story of Lucas Mayfield, the Eighth Earl of Heightford and Liliah Durary.
Lucas and his friends have set up and started running the Gentleman's club called Temptation. There he happens to see a young lady who doesn't look to be a true courtesan but does happen to capture his desire. Liliah father has set forth in motion a marriage to her good friend Meyer for her. Which might not be so bad even
Corinne Michaels
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this one in less than 48 hours and loved it.

It was sexy, full of twists, and intrigue. I couldn't get enough and didn't want it to end!
Caitlyn Lynch
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency-georgian
Liliah Durary is the beautiful, wealthy daughter of a duke. She could marry anyone she wanted - except her father has autocratically decreed she marry her best friend, Meyer. Which might not be so bad, except that Meyer is in love with her other best friend, Rebecca. Meyer’s father has cut some sort of secret deal with the duke, and all three friends are set to have their lives ruined as a result.

Before Liliah marries, though, she wants some adventure. Sneaking into an exclusive club - so exclus
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a nice surprise.

New authors.....well you never know, but I’ll definately be reading more historical from this author.

I loved the dialogue, setting, time period and sweet snark. It was pretty funny in some places and both leads were incredibly likable.

We meet Lilliah, she’s the daughter of a Duke being bartered off in marriage to a good male friend of hers, who unfortunately is in love w/ their best friend.

There’s absolutely nothing they can do to stop it.

Or so it seems.....

Enter a gaming ha
Shell Cunliffe
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kristen Vayden is a new author to me, and she is one that I will definitely be reading again.

The book starts with Lucas Mayfield, the eighth Earl of Heightfield. Who is bored and decides to open a gaming hell with his two friends as you do. Now the difference between his gaming hell to all the others, Lucas gaming hell will have complete anonymity and the name he decides on is Temptation.

Which is also the place Liliah decides to go. Mainly because she wants to have freedom and meet a man of her
Walk on the wild side!

What do you do when your father autocratically demands that you marry your best friend. Despite the fact that he is desperately in love with your friend.
Liliah Durary, daughter the Duke of Chatterwood, is determined not to go quietly into the night.
She makes the decision to kick up her heels, to maybe live life somewhat before being forced into a platonic marriage. Liliah, Meyer and Rebecca have determined that if all else fails, the marriage will be just that.
The news of a
Falling from His Grace was a terrific book featuring a wonderful romance and a phenomenal group of characters.

Lucas Mayfield, the Eighth Earl of Heightford, is proud of the exclusive club he’s created with his two best friends, Temptation. During a masquerade at the club, Lucas’s suspicions are raised when one of the club’s courtesans appears too innocent. For Liliah Durary, sneaking into Lucas’s club was supposed to allow her a chance to experience the pleasures life has to offer before her fat
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
Lucas Mayfield, the Eighth Earl of Heightfield, couldn’t be more pleased with the private club Temptations, that is his brainchild. But when a young courtesan at the club’s masquerade appears far too innocent, his suspicions are raised along with his interest. Until her gleaming hair tumbles down and he recognizes her as a debutante, it's his friend & partner, Heathcliff who recognises her as the Duke of Chatterwood’s beautiful daughter, Liliah.
Liliah Durary’s father has demanded sh
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency
I am not sure if I read a Kristin Vayden novel before but I am sure this will not be my lat one. I absolutely enjoyed it.

This one is about a man, the second son of the late Earl of Heightford, also known as Lucas Mayfield, owns a club. It is a secret club, you only get in within a special invitation.
One day a new courtesan enters the club, wearing a mask like every other, but she is different. She spikes an interest in him.
Liliah Durary is this pseudo courtesan, who wants pleasure before mar
Lori D
Rule number 1. Never force your daughter to marry her best male friend because it can lead to some interesting events for said daughter! Lilah as been ordered by her father to marry and the man is her best male friend. No romance involved. So she decides to step out and find some pleasure before she is in a platonic marriage. She goes to a private gaming club owned by none other than Lucas Mayfield, the Eighth Earl of Heightford and two of his friends. When Lucas sees her, he knows she is an inn ...more
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve been in the mood for a historical romance but this one unfortunately didn’t do it for. I liked the premise but at the same time it was unrealistic but yet predictable.
The heroine is being forced by her father to marry her best friend, who also happens to be in love with her other friend. Accepting that this will happen but she will never have a marriage other than in name only she sets out to find out about passion at an exclusive club where she meets the hero. Our hero is part owner of t
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Scandalously delicious
Lady Liliah’s father has set her up with an arranged marriage to her best friend Lord Meyer, who happens to be in love with their other best friend Lady Rebecca. Trying to find a way out of the marriage she has deemed it hopeless and that she would end up with a platonic marriage. When one of her adventures leads to her a different path something or someone that maybe able to help her. Lucas the Earl of Height?? Is known as a rogue someone who will never fall for another
Jill S (Love Affair With Fiction)
Falling From His Grace was such an enjoyable read! I loved Liliah's spirit. She saw the predicament she was in and while she didn't see a way to change it, she still managed to grab life by the reins and live it for herself. The banter in this book was witty and so much fun. I can't wait to read more in this series.
Anna Swedenmom
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I totally enjoyed this book. Witty, amusing, and romance with a twist. I must say I had no idea of what to expect with this book. In no way was I disappointed when reading it. I went four stars instead of five because it had a little problem. I will leave it up to you to see what that was as it could be just a personal opinion and thought regarding it. However, all in all a really good read that keeps your attention and makes you smile. The chemistry between the characters was great! I loved the ...more
This novel was provided to me through Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

This book and I started on the wrong foot : first, I didn’t really like the heroin’s name (Liliah). I even looked up on the net to see if it was a real name or just some fancy invention. My apologies to the author, it’s a real name. Second, I thought that she would want to visit a gaming hell to seek carnal pleasure didn’t fit well with the rest of her personality. But after all, why not ?

And then… the chemistry be
Aug 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
I received this in a Goodreads Giveaway. I read a lot of of historical romance and looked forward to an author I had not read before. I did like the characters of Lilia and Lucas and they were sweet together. However, the actual plot was below par and without a solid back story, it was difficult to focus my interest.
Amy Alvis
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Lucas and Liliah's story!!

Liliah has been told by her father who she will marry. There is only one problem...her soon to be betrothed is her best friend and in he is in love with someone else! She decides that she needs to experience some passion before her platonic marriage and ends up at a private club where she meets Lucas.

Lucas is mesmerized by this innocent miss, which is very out of the norm for him. As he spends more time with Liliah, he finds himself falling for her. But she is a
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A new-to-me author who dishes up laughs, antics and a nice love story. There is no hidden meaning in this story, it is just fun. I loved the dialog between Lucas, Heathcliff and Ramsey and between Lucas and Liliah. It was a refreshing story that kept me interested until the end. The antics of how they were going to get around the machinations of their parents was fascinating. A very happy reader.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
Cathy Geha
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Falling from his Grace by Kristin Vayden
Gentlemen of Temptation #1

Highly realistic – probably not
Well written – yes
Likable characters – big smile on my face
Predictable ending – there is definitely a HEA for the couple
Did I enjoy the book – another big smile and a definite yes
Do I want to read more in the series – without a doubt!

Lady Liliah Durary is a bit of a handful and often seems to go against her father’s wishes sneaking out to ride her horse or do as she will and that is likely not somet
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I received an advance copy from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This book was a surprise all the way through. It's well paced and full of characters that are easy to love (and that you hope for future books about), as well as twists and turns that keep you up to read just one more chapter. Both Liliah and Lucas are dynamic individuals who are aware of their flaws but still willing to make the daring decisions necessary to taste a bit of happiness and pleasure despi
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this novel from net galley and the publisher for an honest review. Thank you!
This novel was a very good read. I enjoyed the characters and the plot. Liliah Durary, the Duke of Langston's daughter wants to experience pleasure before she is married to her friend Meyer, who is in love with her friend Rebecca. She does not understand why her father is forcing the match. Liliah is angry with her father, but she is protective of her younger sister. Liliah sneaks into a private club and meet
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be an easy, amusing read. I am looking forward to reading more from this series, the Gentlemen of Temptation.

Liliah is in a quandry. Her best friends Meyer and Rebecca love each other, a storybook ending, were they allowed to marry. Instead Meyer's father, the Earl of Greywick, has threatened to cut Meyer off should he marry Rebecca. Liliah's father, a duke, and the Earl of Greywick are insistent that Liliah and Meyer marry instead. Faced with the prospect of a friendly, but
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
ARC received from netgalley. Very predictable story. Almost like the author followed a basic template for this sort of story and just a made a few tweaks. Well written with likeable characters but no well built suspense or intrigue.
Kathy Bunbury
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Temptation, desire, intrigue and love all wrapped in a delectable bundle! I absolutely loved the characters (except the Duke) and the author did a good job of portraying the angst of the lovers, the frustration of the sisters caught in their father's manipulation and the desire of Luc and Liliah.
4.6 stars-- A relatively quick read, too

I rounded up, because why not? It was well written, not annoying (lol almost every romance novel I read is annoying), entertaining, and slightly steamy. I also liked how the girl (Liliah) wasn't that heroine who always tries to resist the hero's advances even though she secretly desires him, because that's just plain annoying, or denies herself pleasure because she fears he'll break her heart (I would rather experience love and desire than never know it at
Sandy Frediani
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
While I enjoyed reading this, there were a couple of... continuity difficulties encountered. Near the beginning, where Lucas and Liliah are making love for the first time, it appeared there was no mention of Lucas removing his breeches. I'm a fast reader and I could have just missed it, so I went back and reread. After four rereads and finally getting out paper and pencil to make notes of which garments were removed and when, I did find where he'd removed his breeches. This was a major trip. Oka ...more
Pelusa Rivera
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) This was the first time that I have read from this author, but I have been dying to since I had heard about her before. It has been awhile since I have read a historical fiction romance book, and as always I tend to enjoy them. This one was similar and yet different at the same time, let me explain. So we have the main character Luc who is a rake and who does not really associate with the ton, not when they have there soiree's atleast he decides to o ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Lucas Mayfield, Eighth Duke of Heightford defies convention with his very private and very naughty club. He is content to be the proprietor but not partaking in the sin. That is until he sees a beautiful, but all too innocent courtesan that seems out of place in his establishment. When he finds out who she really is, it sends his life in a direction he never expected.

Liliah Durary is in a desperate search for passion because she is being forced into a marriage to her best friend. When she learns
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ebook
4.5 stars. An entertaining read with a nice little intrigue plot. I greatly enjoyed the characters and the humour in the story and it kept me engrossed the whole read through. There was a small plot hole that bugged me a bit but not enough to ruin the story. (view spoiler) ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book that I deeply connected to and read quickly in one setting. Initially I was intrigued by the thought of a gaming hell where anything can happen under the cloak of anonymity, and that was what drew me in. The thing that kept me reading was the superb way the author involved the emotions of the reader in the story both in the relationship between Lucas and Liliah and possibly even more thoroughly in the tragic relationship between Liliah, Meyer, and Rebecca. I could clearly f ...more
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