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For the Earl's Pleasure

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  707 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Beneath every scornful smile . . .

They were once cherished childhood companions, until a scandalous secret tore them apart. Now Valerian Rainewood and Abigail Smart are the fiercest of enemies. To Abigail, Rainewood is a notorious rake, hell-bent on mischief and not fit for polite society. So what if it seems as if he can seduce her with nothing but his eyes? She will not
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Avon
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*Originally read 9/12/10 - 9/13/10*

*4.5 Stars*

This book confirms my original supposition about this author's work: We were made for each other. She was made to write these entertaining books, and I was made to read them. :)

Before I get into my review, I would like to make one thing clear...

This is a paranormal historical romance.

There, that should help some readers out. For some reason, the publishers decided to shoot themselves, and the author, in the foot and not mention anywhere in the summar
Oct 27, 2012 rated it liked it
He was a magnificent animal. Dark and deadly in both looks and wit. Most would describe Valerian Danforth, Lord Rainewood, in terms of a lean strong predator,a panther or a wolf.
Personally, Abigail Smart found him to be the worst kind of bloated ass."Stupid donkey," she muttered as, all sinewy grace and confidence, he matched her step for step around the nearly empty balcony surrounding thecrowded ballroom below."Ill-tempered shrew," came the lazy reply.

Now,can ANYONE blame me for being gripp
Jul 09, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gag-worthy-book
The latest book for my what did I just read files is For the Earl’s Pleasure by Anne Mallory. From the cover and synopsis you would never know this is a supernatural tale. Avon has done this once before, where they tricked this reader with Tempted by the Night by Elizabeth Boyle. The heroine in that book became invisible. There were some WTF moments in that one such as the hero having invisibosex with the invisible heroine. He has no idea what she looks like. They fight supernatural crime, fall ...more
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dina by: Catherine
4 1/2 stars (rounded up to 5 stars because I loved Valerian and Abby's relationship so much that the unanswered questions didn't bother me as they should have)
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jul 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009-reads
This was probably one of the strangest historicals I've ever read (and believe me that's saying ALOT). As I ponder just what to say about "For the Earl's Pleasure" by Anne Mallory, I'm rather at a loss. My bet is if the setting had been contemporary, this would have been a big hit...but, at least for me, the era is all kinds of wrong for this one. Of course, she's the author, not me-so onward.

Abigail has a BIG secret...she sees ghosts. If she were not titled and searching for a husband, that wou
"For the Earl’s Pleasure" by Anne Mallory is a wonderful tale about child-hood sweethearts turning to enemies who are secretly madly in love with each other. A turning point makes the irresistible and arrogant rake of a earl Valerian Rainewood a ghost, and the only one who can see him is the only woman he have ever loved, the spiritful beautiful woman who searches for a husband, Abigail Smart. Old memories of longing and bitterness surfaces and these two will have to realize and confess their he ...more
Now I have to admit I went into this specifically because it had a paranormal aspect and enjoyed it immensely. I was worried in the beginning, Valerian was such an ass, but his predicament, what he learns about Abigail, and what he puts her through helping him really gives him the kick in the backside to realize he's been an ass. And he really becomes the hero he needs to be.

Abigail is a great character too. She's between a rock and a hard place and she does the best she can despite the fear of
Sep 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing

This was such an unusual book. Honestly, it is a paranormal romance that happens to be set in 19th century London. I am shocked that they didn't market it that way, because I think a lot of people would really like that. As it is now, those readers sort of have to accidentally fall into this book.

I loved it. And the friends-to-enemies-to-lovers thing doesn't usually jibe with me. But this one worked so well... Mallory played it perfectly. That enemy action really only works if you can s
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Ever read a review that rips a book to shreds and think, "I have to read this NOW."

There was a scathing review about Anne Mallory's For the Earl's Pleasure because the reviewer was unaware it was a ghost story and naturally I had to read the first chapter. I didn't think I'd be the type to enjoy a ghost HR but I am so glad I made the exception for Abigail and Valerian.


This is one of my favourite vanilla HRs I have read in a long, long, long time. Abigail and Valerian are so alive, and the pull
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I dig it....I can appreciate a good twist with my historical romances, and the paranormal aspect was great!
Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Two words: ghost sex.

So this book wasn't anything that I expected. I picked it up for this line in the synopsis: Wanton lust overwhelms him whenever she is near. Wanton lust! Overwhelming wanton lust! How could it possibly go wrong?

Perhaps the introduction of the paranormal, which isn't hinted at at all in the synopsis.

It's not that I dislike paranormal in my historical romance, it was just so... unexpected. And Valerian spent a good portion of the book as a ghost/spirit/whatever. It. You know.
So, so good! Anne Mallory's covers always look so cheesy, but she consistently creates some of my favorite stories.

The blurb doesn't tell you much about the story, so fair warning: this is a ghost story. It's written like a traditional historical romance, but with a fantastical twist.

Small synopsis: Abigail and Valerian were once childhood best friends with a budding romance until tragedy and a misunderstanding ruined their relationship. Both devastated by their loss, they feel victimized by th
This was a very unique book. I could not put it down. Abby and Valerian were childhood friends, until one horrible incident tore their friendship apart. But the problem is, they can't stay apart from one another.

That is how their story opens with them at a ball, going at one another with mean hammer and tong. The insults fly fast and furious between the two. Abby is in London trying to nab a husband and Valerian, unbeknown to Abby is doing everything he can to stop it. The problem is that other
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually it's more of a 3.5 stars........would've given it 4 stars if only certain things were not an epilogue, proper explanations about certain events...or rather the reasons behind the occurrence of those events...some loose ends ..and few other things.

All in all it was different from the usual kind of historical romance and I found it to be very entertaining, sweet, funny and enjoyable......

I would recommend it to people who like reading romances and are looking for something
Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anne-mallory
Katyana's review pretty well sums it up. I liked the book, it seems when there is a mystery in the book it is more interesting to me than the typical boy and girl hate each other and then get together at the end of the book type theme. It IS a Paranormal. Those of you that do not like that will not like this.

If you like The Sixth Sense, I see ghost... you will probably like this one just fine!
This is a strange one. I read the back cover expecting one story but I ended up reading something quite different entirely. For one, it doesn't say anything about it being a paranormal-ish historical romance. And I'm not saying paranormal as in the vampire kind. I'm referring to ghost. That's right, ghost. As in the heroine can see ghosts and the hero becomes one.
Meg Perry
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
This story was very sweet. It was definitely different from what I expected. Not that I didn’t expect it to be sweet. It’s just, I don’t want to say that the synopsis is misleading because that sounds bad, but the story is so much more than just what the synopsis says, which made it even better. Let’s call the story a sort of ghost story. It actually reminded me of a movie I saw about ten years ago.
The main character Abigail has been able to see ghosts since she was a little girl, and her ex-be
Aug 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Very disappointed in myself for not reading the reviews first. I was enjoying this author so much I decided to read this book based off of what the cover said only. Darn. Learned my lesson! Had no idea this book is about the supernatural! The hero is a ghost! Ugh! I'm totally not into that and would have NEVER purchased this book if I had known! I can't believe the description on the back of the book failed to mention this!! Found out in Chapter 3 and called it quits. Hopefully I can get my mone ...more
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I totally forgave Valerian for his horrible behavior in the beginning and was rooting for his and Abigail’s HEA. I can’t wait to read more from this author!
Dec 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
couldn't finish (stopped at 13%) ...all those mistakes were too much
Elis Madison
Abigail Smart has a vicious enemy in Valerian Rainewood. They were once good friends until his older brother died and he became heir. Now he's one of those mean popular people who enjoys crushing those who are beneath him—and she's beneath him (not in the good way). He only notices her when he needs someone to sneer at.

Abigail also has a secret—well, more than one—but the big one is…

Yup. She sees dead servants tupping against the ballroom walls, and dead crazy aunties prattling about lemons in
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
While I wasn't happy with the paranormal twist to the story, I can't find any other way to get H/h together...and that's what I like about it..
I read a bit of fantasy so the paranormal/I-see-dead-people vein didn't phase me and was an interesting injection into a regency romance. The description makes this sound like a very different story than it is, the title has nothing to do with anything and the cover is so bad.

I generally liked the development of feelings and admitting to past mistakes, but damn, he could be downright nasty to her! And she just kept on taking it! The villain at the end was unexpected, so unexpected that is felt m
Lover of Romance
When I started to read For The Earl's Pleasure, I expected it to be more like the previous book that I had read....boy was I wrong, I definitely was in for a surprise. It starts out with Valerian and Abigail getting into quite a few intense verbal sparring matches, that I definitely found amusing. But then one eveing Valerian gets attacks and starts to appear to Abigail as a ghost. So at first I was a bit confused, because I honestly didn't expect any paranormal aspect to this book. But I found ...more
Oct 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
For the Earl's Pleasure, Anne Mallory - I have been on a reading binge of Anne Mallory lately. I would give it a solid B as I find Mallory to be a very good writer and one who writes emotional romances well. This novel (silly title) is a paranormal romance, which makes it interesting in that it is also a historical romance. The H/h have a deeply entrenched antagonistic relationship based on years of resentment after a youthful separation and misunderstanding. Their way back to each other is comp ...more
Dec 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Mallory book and all I can say is AMAZING. Its been a long time since I read a book that had me totally captured in TWO PAGES (no lie). I was immediantely in love with the characters and foudn their angery banter interesting because it kept me wondering what exactly had happened between them and that even now they can't deny that strong old feelings are still there but not to each other. As the two spend a constant amount of time...however, forced in a way... you learn more litt ...more
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorite reads for 2014. Childhood friends turned enemies but can't really stay away from each other. No one has any idea they even speak but they always find a way to be with the other. Abigail takes walks by herself at parties knowing that Valerian stalks after her. And they're constantly throwing verbal jabs at each other. But also finding ways to touch each other. A quick brush of a hand, a quick touch to the arm. They can't stay away from each other.

I read some reviews be
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers of historical paranormal romance
The blurb and book summary erroneously lead one to believe this is a regular historical romance whereas it is a historical paranormal romance. A well written one that sucks one into the story and makes one care for what will happen to Valerian, Lord Rainewood and Abigail, a young cit who sees spirits but tries to hide it as it would stigmatise her and her family. Valerian and Abby have been childhood friends turned sweethearts, who are separated due to miscommunication and misunderstanding. Many ...more
Lord Rose
That... Was not at all what I expected. The summary led me to believe that this was a perfectly normal historical romance, as it gives absolutely no hint of anything paranormal, including the fact that the hero is a ghost for fully 85% of the book. I have read one other book by Mallory, and it certainly contained no hint of the paranormal.

The beginning was a bit confusing, referencing secrets and past strife between the hero and heroine, but not actually explaining any of it. After the hero went
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow! This is one of those stories that get promoted under completely false pretenses because the publishers are hoping to market it to a specific sector ( in this case, regency romance fans) even if the book doesn't fit. I've got news for you, HarperCollins: this is a paranormal romance/mystery in a period setting.
So, dear reader, disregard the jacket synopsis, the blandly sensual title, the cover illustration, and settle in with an ice-cold glass of ectoplasm.
As a story it's engaging and susp
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 01, 2017 06:21PM  
  • One Week As Lovers (Somerhart, #3)
  • The Summer of You (The Blue Raven, #2)
  • Practically Wicked
  • A Gentleman Seduced
  • Stolen Kisses
  • To Love a Dark Lord
  • In My Heart (Donally Family, #1)
  • Healer's Choice (Ghostland World, #3)
  • Indiscreet
  • Scoundrel (The Blades of the Rose, #2)
  • The Revenge of Lord Eberlin (The Secrets of Hadley Green, #2)
  • Temptation  & Twilight (The Brethren Guardians, #3)
  • Bliss (de Saint Vallier Brothers, #1)
  • A Lady Never Lies (Affairs by Moonlight, #1)
  • Wicked Nights With a Lover (The Penwich School for Virtuous Girls #3)
  • Everything I Ever Wanted (Compass Club, #2)
  • Lessons in French
  • Wicked Becomes You
Some people have always known they wanted to write. Others fall into it and discover its inherent joy. I’m somewhere in between. As an avid reader, writing a novel had always tickled the back of my mind. There seem to be a lot of people who say, “Someday I’ll write a book.” For me, the feeling tickled, moved into an incessant knocking and finally became a dull roar. All I needed was to make that “ ...more
“[My marriage to Abby] won't even be a blip on the gossip sheets unless we treat it as such.'
'Everything is fodder for the gossip sheets.'
'Not if we don't dignify it with a response and just go along as if this is the way things will be.”
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