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Games of Pleasure (St. George Brothers #2)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  90 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Hiding a terrible secret, Miracle Heather has no desire to be rescued-especially by a virile young aristocrat. Yet as their accidental companionship leads them both into the unknown, mounting desire threatens to overcome every resolve.
Kindle Edition, 404 pages
Published (first published November 1st 2005)
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A pretty ridiculous example of the "woman does everything in her power to drive man away, but he tirelessly pursues her anyway" plotline. He's a duke (or something), the oldest and heir (of course). She's a former prostitute who's fleeing from her former protector because she murdered his friend after he gave said friend the go-ahead to rape her. Former protector is pursuing her to kill her, she's convinced it would also put the duke in danger (who is, of course, the only man she's ever really l ...more
I loved this for Miracle, who is a courtesan who is pragmatic and smart and does not apologize for her profession, her choices, or her lovers and fully expects Ryder to deal with them. Ryder is also a rare non-alpha-male who is nice but has to deal with his own class and gender privilege and also deal with his notions about morality and sex.

This would have four stars, except the ending is of TEH SUCK.

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The first part of the book was different then the rest of the book. The punctuation was all over the place, distracting from the story itself. By page 100 that had smoothed out and the story was able to take over. Miracle is a courtesan, whom Lord Ryder has rescued from the ocean. So begins the love story of the courtesan and the duke. Mirrie and Ryder are chased across England in a race to find something that Lord Hanley, Mirrie's prior benefactor desperately wants....even if he has to kill for ...more
Apr 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just happened to pick up this book because it was in a clearance pile, and I really enjoyed it. The dialogue was witty, the story was well written and nicely paced, and the characters were well developed and likeable. (Except for the bad guys, they were evil and despicable, which is as it should be.) A very enjoyable read, if you're into historical romance.
Oh God, I hated hated hated the heroine. She was vulgar, ungrateful, shameless, bitchy, evil shrew and I have no idea what, other than her excellent bed skills, attracted the hero to her.

I don't particularly mind courtesan heroines (or hooker heroes, for that matter :P) but Miracle was just an awful, selfish human being whatever her profession may have been.

Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Arlene Allen
May 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Sheer perfection, some of the best dialogue I've ever read in a romance; all that and a road trip too! (I love books with road trips!)
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