Granddaughter of a renowned courtesan, Maybelle 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 and free from men and their overbearing expectations. But when Maybelle lays eyes on the Duke of Rutherford, who is well-known for his gentlemanly ways, she can’t resist. Neither she or the duke are prepared for what their attraction is about to do not only to their sanity but their hearts.
WARNING: This book contains strong language and sexual content that may cause respectable people to swoon.
This is an updated version of the original and contains some new content.
Source: Review copy from the author via NetGalley
This is a fun historical read that isn’t always high on accuracy (plenty of Americanisms scattered about), but definitely maintained my interest throughout. Maybelle is pretty modern in her ideas, so if you hate that sort of heroine be warned – Maybelle is independent, forward-thinking and bold. She was raised by a French courtesan and views men accordingly. When she sets eyes on Edmund, the duke, she’s not afraid to go after what she wants.
I quite liked Maybelle. It can’t have been easy for her growing up between two worlds as she did, so it’s perfectly understandable that she’s far from missish. Her behaviour when she first meets Edmund was a little strong, but he doesn’t exactly complain so it’s all fine. The further on the book went, though, the less fun I found both it and her as she constantly went over the same thoughts about not being good enough for Edmund and keeping away from him – until a ridiculous fact comes to light and suddenly it’s all fine and she must chase him down. It was just too convenient for me.
As for Edmund – I found him quite baffling. One moment he’s arrogant and stand-offish, looking down his nose and thinking only of the prestige of his name, the next he’s being completely romantic and utterly adorable. Then he’s swept away with passion and is thoroughly commanding, before descending into petulant behaviour that really did not endear me to him in anyway. Baffling. I never knew how he was going to react at any given moment – he was so changeable.
The plot with Maybelle’s grandmother and the school is fun and frothy and utterly lacking in seriousness, with a few naughty moments thrown in to keep things interesting. It is all pretty ridiculous, but it’s a fun enough ride while it lasts. If you want something with a historical hint that’s also naughty and sexy in places, and never takes itself too seriously, then you should give this a try.
Mistress of Pleasure is Out Now!
Visit Delilah Marvelle for more details.