Saturday, November 16, 2013

To Please A Lady by Lori Brighton

To Please A Lady (Seduction, #3)
Release date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Seduction #3

Eleanor wanted a night of passion. James just wanted to survive. Instead, they found an unexpected and forbidden love that threatens all they hold dear.

With her stunning beauty and impeccable reputation, Lady Eleanor Beckett is a society darling to emulate, respected by everyone in the ton. But Eleanor’s seemingly perfect life is marred by a dark secret. Determined to know happiness and passion just once, she travels in disguise to a place she’s heard whispers about for years: the infamous Lavender Hills Estate, a brothel that caters to women. There, she meets the surprisingly kind, strikingly handsome, and completely inappropriate James McKinnon, a man who may be just what she needs to melt the ice surrounding her broken heart.

James McKinnon is content at Lavender Hills Estate. Affable and handsome, it’s not surprising that James is one of Lady Lavender’s most popular men. He found the path out of crippling poverty through Lavender Hills, and with the money he makes from his work, he is able to support his widowed mother and young sister. James is surprised to find he cares for Eleanor, the beauty with the sad eyes. After all, he’s never cared for a client before - caring interferes with business. Unfortunately, society would never accept a relationship between an escort and a lady.

Despite their stations, Eleanor and James can't extinguish the passion they've ignited. Will they be able to break through the confines of London society, or will their forbidden love and complicated pasts destroy everything they care about - including each other?

My Rating: 4.5 Roses

Full of secrets, betrayals, and intense romance, To Please a Lady was a fantastic historical romance. It was a book that took me by surprise and I enjoyed every bit of it.

Eleanor was a strong heroine. Her marriage is a disaster. Her husband hits her and has the audacity to keep his mistress in the house next to theirs. She is miserable in her mistake of a marriage. But, that doesn't stop her from trying to gain what little happiness she can get. Even if it involves learning what passion really is from a prostitute in a male brothel. I really liked her. She was a tough lady, tougher than anyone gave her credit for. I thought she was great.

James was a sweetheart. He was very charming, kind, and completely devoted to caring for his loved ones. The only reason he agreed to be a male escort was because he wanted to save his mother and sister. And, don't let his affable exterior fool you into thinking he isn't a threat. He was a force to be reckoned with when he wanted to be. I really liked him. He was just wonderful.

The romance was intense. Maybe it was because of the forbidden factor, but their feelings for each other were very deep and strong. There was never any doubt of their feelings, even when they couldn't completely act on them. And, the chemistry between them was super hot, made even more so because they wouldn't let themselves be together. So, when they finally did get together, it was downright explosive. I thought they were a lovely couple.

Lady Lavender, James' pimp, for lack of a better word, was one piece of work. And not in a good way. This woman was crazy. Just, completely insane. The things she did, all for something that happened years ago and that none of the boys had any part in, were horrible. It was especially bad because James trusted her so much so, when he found out the truth, it was one hell of a betrayal. The secrets she was hiding were a huge surprise. She was a perfectly hateful character that made this book very interesting.

The plot was okay in regards to pacing. It was a little slow in some places. Not enough that a got bored or started skimming, but enough to be noticeable. Regardless, I was still kept interested the entire way through. I really enjoyed this unusual story and I thought the ending was perfect.

To Please a Lady was a wonderful historical romance. It definitely brought something knew into the world of romance. I haven't read the previous books in this series but, after reading this, I'm definitely going back to them. Lovers of romance, if you want something different and brilliant, then you have to read this book.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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