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Granddaughter of a renowned courtesan, Maybelle de Maitenon has no interest in her grandmother's school in London where gentlemen receive instruction - in the art of seduction. Her only desire in life is to remain independent, free from men and the shackles of marriage. But when Maybelle lays eyes on Edmund Worthington, the Duke of Rutherford, at a soiree, and hears of his scandalous reputation, she decides he's the perfect person for her to have a tryst with no strings attached....
It must be given....
Unbridled passion has again muddied Edmund Worthington's family name. After his very public dalliance with the strikingly beautiful and sensual Maybelle, his mother insists he marry her. But much to the Duke's surprise, Maybelle scoffs at his proposal. Never has he encountered such a brazen - and maddeningly irresistible - woman. But when Maybelle's grandmother falls ill, forcing Maybelle to take over the operation of her school, Edmund devises a plan to make her his. He enrolls in the school, where no one other than Maybelle must give him expert lessons in carnal pleasure....
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By Susynne on 10-24-13
Oh what a pleasure it is!.
I truly enjoyed this book!!
Worth a credit, hell yeah!
I laughed, cried, commiserated and celebrated along with the characters. I was so enthralled with the story that I can't really tell you anything about the narrator. I consider that to be a good thing because if you reach the end of a story and only know the story then the performance was very well done.
This is a steamy tale with unusual characters facing the ton and finding their way. I found this story living up to it's historical romance classification...plus it's unique in a good way while predictable in others, a really nice mix of expected and unbelievable surprise.
I am not, however, rushing to the next in the series. I have trouble seeing where the timeline meets for the story since what I already know of those characters does not fit with the story description! I was left with a rather uncomfortable feeling when I read it. It does not seem to fit together seamlessly. I actually almost read the lord of pleasure before the mistress of pleasure and even if it's out of order I think knowing what I learned in the latter the better choice would have been to listen to the first (mistress) AFTER the second (lord). But since I have not listened to it yet I can't testify to the validity of that conclusion.
All I can say it yes yes yessssss!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Tracy T on 10-26-13
Very entertaining and different, I really liked it
A very different story than your usual Historical Romance. I enjoyed the School of Gallantry that was a lot of fun. The hero, Edmund, and Heroine Maybelle were strong fun characters. Maybelle's grandmother, a courtesan was a riot. Plenty of hot and steamy sex is always a plus too.
The narrator did a great job. the only thing I didn't like was that she pronounced the "ton" as the "tone". If you are Historical romance reader you know what I am talking about. otherwise she did a great job.
Someone complained that the chapters were too short, that's a dumb complaint.. just sayin..
12 of 16 people found this review helpful