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Le marquis de Grayson admire lady Isabel, jeune veuve aux moeurs libérées qui refuse tout attachement. Il lui propose un mariage où chacun trouvera son compte : ils seront amis et jouiront d’une totale liberté. D’abord réticente, Isabel accepte. Frappé par un drame, le marquis disparaît du jour au lendemain. Quatre ans plus tard, il revient à Londres et Isabel, stupéfaite, Le marquis de Grayson admire lady Isabel, jeune veuve aux moeurs libérées qui refuse tout attachement. Il lui propose un mariage où chacun trouvera son compte : ils seront amis et jouiront d’une totale liberté. D’abord réticente, Isabel accepte. Frappé par un drame, le marquis disparaît du jour au lendemain. Quatre ans plus tard, il revient à Londres et Isabel, stupéfaite, découvre que l’homme désinvolte s’est mué en un être tourmenté, résolu à faire de leur union factice un vrai mariage. Effrayée, elle se dérobe, mais parviendra-t-elle à résister à la passion que cet époux inconnu éveille en elle ?


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Le marquis de Grayson admire lady Isabel, jeune veuve aux moeurs libérées qui refuse tout attachement. Il lui propose un mariage où chacun trouvera son compte : ils seront amis et jouiront d’une totale liberté. D’abord réticente, Isabel accepte. Frappé par un drame, le marquis disparaît du jour au lendemain. Quatre ans plus tard, il revient à Londres et Isabel, stupéfaite, Le marquis de Grayson admire lady Isabel, jeune veuve aux moeurs libérées qui refuse tout attachement. Il lui propose un mariage où chacun trouvera son compte : ils seront amis et jouiront d’une totale liberté. D’abord réticente, Isabel accepte. Frappé par un drame, le marquis disparaît du jour au lendemain. Quatre ans plus tard, il revient à Londres et Isabel, stupéfaite, découvre que l’homme désinvolte s’est mué en un être tourmenté, résolu à faire de leur union factice un vrai mariage. Effrayée, elle se dérobe, mais parviendra-t-elle à résister à la passion que cet époux inconnu éveille en elle ?

30 review for Mariée à un inconnu (FICTION FANTASM)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sammy Loves Books

    Well Hot Damn, There is Smoke coming off this book!!! This book gets ******* 5 Angry Sex Stars ****** What a raunchy, beautiful, sexy, love story. Gerald Grayson is "Hot Shit" and he knows it. Married women want to be his mistress, while the single women compete to be his wife. His mother is hounding him to marry but he just wants to be left alone to his own rakish leisure. So Grayson strikes a wedding bargain that will allow him him that freedom. But even a Rake has a heart! And the bigger they a Well Hot Damn, There is Smoke coming off this book!!! This book gets ******* 5 Angry Sex Stars ****** What a raunchy, beautiful, sexy, love story. Gerald Grayson is "Hot Shit" and he knows it. Married women want to be his mistress, while the single women compete to be his wife. His mother is hounding him to marry but he just wants to be left alone to his own rakish leisure. So Grayson strikes a wedding bargain that will allow him him that freedom. But even a Rake has a heart! And the bigger they are, the harder they fall!! Growling, he said, “There is a heart and mind attached to the cock you enjoy so well. Altogether they form a man—your spouse. You cannot fragment the whole and take only the pieces you want.” Isabel Pleham, aka Pel Pel is a ravishing beauty with a body built for sin. Every man dreams of having her, except for her husband, Grayson. That's because he is in love with another woman!! But Pel has other interests and a long list of options... “You have no right to accost me like this.” “I have every right. Did you fuck him?” "Yes," She turned her head to glare at him. "I fucked him all night. In every way imaginable. I sucked his-" Gray’s mouth took hers so hard she tasted blood. His tongue slid into her mouth, thrusting in a brutal rhythm... He held both of her wrists in one hand, while the other reached for the hem of her gown and yanked it upward. I won't give much away other than to say I loved each of these characters. They Sizzle and leave me in a wet puddle anytime they make love. Grayson is a skilled lover and a determined man. He has one of the dirtiest mouths in bed and he can go all night. And when he isn't screwing his wife into a coma, he's seducing his way into her heart with the sweetest words. “I pledge my troth to you, my wife. Not for my needs, as I did before, but for yours. You have given me so much—friendship, laughter, acceptance. You have never judged me or chastised. When I did not know who I was, you cared for me anyway. When I make love to you, I am content and I wish for nothing else.” “Gerard.” His name, spoken in her broken voice, struck deeply. “Will you let me in?” he implored. “Why?” “I want to give all that I am to you..." OMG, Gerald just makes my heart melt as he seduces and woos his wife. I love books where couples fall in love after they've said, "I do." Both characters had their faults, but I loved that they were always honest with each other and that honesty became the foundation for a wonderful love story. Sylvia Day's characters are so vivid. I loved the secondary characters and cared about the scenes that didn't involve the main couple. There was a secondary love story that was downright adorable and sexy. I can't recommend this steamy historical enough. Follow my reviews at www.readinghaven.me

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karla

    4 Stars! Sooo good! “Theirs was a union made for all the wrong reasons, but in the end it was one that could not have been more right.” When I started reading this I somewhat thrown by the beginning of the book, even thought of putting it aside for a while. BUT I heard Kathleen in my head telling what a great read this was, plus I loved Sylvia Day’s book, Bared To You, so I forged ahead. I was pleasantly surprised at the turn this book took, and thoroughly enjoyed the development and strength in 4 ½ Stars! Sooo good! “Theirs was a union made for all the wrong reasons, but in the end it was one that could not have been more right.” When I started reading this I somewhat thrown by the beginning of the book, even thought of putting it aside for a while. BUT I heard Kathleen in my head telling what a great read this was, plus I loved Sylvia Day’s book, Bared To You, so I forged ahead. I was pleasantly surprised at the turn this book took, and thoroughly enjoyed the development and strength in the relationship that ensued between Pel, and Gray. What was a scandalous and inappropriate, although arranged and agreed upon marriage, turned into a beautiful emotional love story!! Gray is a scoundrel, has 2 mistresses, and absolutely no shame for his incorrigible ways. Pel was married to a man very similar to Gray in personality, now widowed, she is only looking for companionship, but the men she takes up with are looking for more. So Gray proposes her an option, marry him and she is rid of any more suitors, and for him, no more debutantes chasing him, his mistresses won’t expect more than he already giving them and his despicable mother will have no reason to hound him to get married. It’s a marriage of convenience, no sex and it works for both of them until Gray receives tragic news, he leaves and is gone for 4 years. I had some trouble with this and didn’t care for Gray at all, not one bit! He returns a changed man and is determined to set things right with Pel. Gray wants to win the heart of the woman he married, he doesn’t just want a piece of her…he wants it all. As Pel and Gray go on this journey to discover each other and a love that could be, I found myself admiring her and falling head over heels for him. He is persistent, humorous, caring, and insatiable! One yummy scrumptious dish of a man! Oh, Gray’s intolerable mother tries to derail them, but they build on the faith and the friendship they have for each other, and don’t fall victim to her despicable attempts to separate them. That’s what I loved most about this book, they came to hurdle and they jumped over it…together!! As much as Pel fought it in the beginning she becomes as determined as he is to make this work. Even her old flame, Lord Hargreaves, John, who was recruited to tear them apart, sees that Gray and Pel are more than a marriage of convenience, and re-thinks his part in all of it. I hope that someday Sylvia Day will write a book for him, he is more than deserving to have a love of his own. As the level of intimacy between Pel and Gray increases, so does their love for each other and they become Gerard and Isabel…from beginning to end…it was just beautiful! There is also a lovely secondary romance that involves Isabel’s brother Rhys, and the darling Abby. It added another layer of emotion and sweetness to the story. They had some unexpected heated exchanges of a sexual nature and YOWZA, it was quite the bonus for the readers. My one complaint is that I wish we were given more information on where Gray went and exactly what he was doing in the four years he was gone. What we got was vague at best. The dialogue is fantastic; the writing is superb, the sexual intimacy between Gray and Pel is sensual, passionate, smokin’ hot and real! Almost too real!! It’s set me on FIRE!! Lot’s seat squirming, panting…maybe even a moan or two…okay lots of moaning, and the misting fan got a good workout!! I need new batteries! I bow down to you Kathleen you know what you speak of, I agree, it was a fabulous read! I LOVED IT!!I know, I know, you told me so and btw…Seven Years to Sin…I’m on it friend!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    For the Machalo Group Smut Challenge: 12. Pick a random one. Since I've been on a HR kick lately, I decided my random smut choice would be in this genre. And, it was very very smutty. Strangely, the hot smutty scenes were between a husband and wife. Yay, fidelity! Marriage is so sexy! These two married for varying reasons, but were only friends. They both had other lovers and were happy with it. But, when his mistress dies in childbirth - having his child, he takes off for four years. When he returns For the Machalo Group Smut Challenge: 12. Pick a random one. Since I've been on a HR kick lately, I decided my random smut choice would be in this genre. And, it was very very smutty. Strangely, the hot smutty scenes were between a husband and wife. Yay, fidelity! Marriage is so sexy! These two married for varying reasons, but were only friends. They both had other lovers and were happy with it. But, when his mistress dies in childbirth - having his child, he takes off for four years. When he returns, he wants a real marriage. His wife is none too thrilled with that idea. She even decides to hold a dinner party with potential mistresses for him to choose from. That is so thoughtful! What a great wife! He's not interested, and they soon get down and dirty together. Of course, their old lovers all conspire together to break up the happy couple, and his mother is downright evil, but hey, we all know how well it works to try and keep two people in lust love apart. There is also a bit of a side story with her brother falling in love. It was okay-ish. But, the thing that struck me weird was about how he kept describing his chick's boobs. He kept talking about her "long nipples" and it was squeaming me out. Long nipples? Really? That's attractive? And, all this time I've been fighting gravity as much as humanly possible! Who knew that I should just let them fall towards Earth and then all the hot, young 20-yr old studs would find me irresistible? She'll be fighting them off with a stick! Oh well, to each his own, I guess! Regardless of how much story there seems to be, this book is pretty much smut. I did think the story was cute, but it ended kind of abruptly. This book seriously needed an epilogue.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    OMG OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK!! this is exactly what I needed after the last book i read was such a disappointment!! This is about Grayson and Isabel, two people who decide to marry to make each of their lives simpler (or so they think of course). Grayson is a scoundrel, he has two lovers and lives for his own pleasure. Isabel was hurt badly from her first marriage and is not going to let another man get close to her heart again. She has a lover as well, and because of her beauty men are constantly ch OMG OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK!! this is exactly what I needed after the last book i read was such a disappointment!! This is about Grayson and Isabel, two people who decide to marry to make each of their lives simpler (or so they think of course). Grayson is a scoundrel, he has two lovers and lives for his own pleasure. Isabel was hurt badly from her first marriage and is not going to let another man get close to her heart again. She has a lover as well, and because of her beauty men are constantly chasing her (poor thing...haha). Isabel also has a bad reputation and marrying her would drive Grayson mother insane and since her doesn't like her mother much this is added incentive to marry her. so they agree to marry and not change either of their lives, and for a while they are both happy. Well something happens in Grayson's life that completely devastates him, it shakes him to his core and he takes off. He doesn't return for 4 years. When he comes back he is different, he is a man changed, mentally and emotionally he is wiser and apparently he has more muscles and a butt to die for! (sorry i had to mention this, but i did love his butt). What Grayson wants is a real wife, so the challenge begins! I loved the dialogue between these two: "I am afraid," she admitted, baring what he had known, but was waiting for her to say. "How strong you are to reveal that," he praised, "and how lucky I am to be the man you share your fears with." And this one: "I think your ass is divine, and I wish to bite it" "Bite it?" He blinked. "My ass?" And the sex between these two was hot, sensual, the chemistry you could feel. There is one encounter between them that just blows me away, I read it once and then went back and read it again! OH MY MY!!! And I even loved the secondary romance in this book between Isabel's brother Rhys and Abby. That was charming, fun and wonderfully romantic. Overall I found this a wonderful, sensual historical romance. It fulfilled everything i wanted and needed. I was in a funk yesterday, but today i will go to work smiling from ear to ear because yesterday I read a fantastic book! I love books for this reason! I will be reading this again.....and again i am positive!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Duchess Nicole

    4.5 stars I was ridiculously surprised at how much I loved this book. I think for those who read this expecting a run of the mill Historical Romance will be shocked at the language and amount of sex. But if you can go into it with an open mind and know that it is much more erotic than the norm, you'll realize that there is a new level of intimacy here... one that I don't often read in romances set even in modern times, let alone in regency romance. Sex is written about in so many different ways. 4.5 stars I was ridiculously surprised at how much I loved this book. I think for those who read this expecting a run of the mill Historical Romance will be shocked at the language and amount of sex. But if you can go into it with an open mind and know that it is much more erotic than the norm, you'll realize that there is a new level of intimacy here... one that I don't often read in romances set even in modern times, let alone in regency romance. Sex is written about in so many different ways. Not often do I come across an author that makes a couple truly connect during the act as well as Ms. Day did with Grayson and Isabel. Maybe because they were such good friends, knew each other and loved each other as friends, endured tragedy and weathered the rigid structure of society together. Somehow, I felt the intimacy so much more deeply than I'm used to. Their passion for one another sizzled. Isabel was cheated on by her first husband, and she simply doesn't trust the younger Grayson. Their marriage of convenience originated from a need to be free to conduct their sexual affairs without expectations from their lovers. Their friendship endured because they didn't sleep with each other, just shared their home. When Grayson's life is suddenly struck by tragedy, he disappears for years. During his absence, he evaluates his life and comes back changed...and wanting more from Isabel than she's willing to risk. She can't let herself fall in love with her husband. But my goodness, is Grayson convincing!! Their dialogue in the heat of the moment was enough to bring tears to my eyes. Grayson is so passionate, and not afraid to let Isabel feel his passion. "Is this all we have?" "Isabel..." "More" "Damn you," Gray muttered finally, his fingers digging painfully into her flesh. "Can I ever pump deep enough? Can I ever fuck you enough? Sate you enough? Will I ever be enough?" Grayson is anguished, aching for Isabel to love him back. He woos and loves and romances her, and God I loved every second of it! He just unabashedly chases after his wife. The wait is worth it, I swear!!! I loved this couple! Recommended for HR lovers who like a little extra steam...or a lot of extra. There was a LOT of sex in this book, but I never got the feeling of it being too much. Isabel and Grayson are both extremely sexual people, and it is their only way of truly connecting with each other before they finally learn how to be in love. Loved it, loved it!!!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This was my favorite book from Sylvia Day. I absolutely LOVED it! 5/5/2012 Story Rating 5 Stars Character Rating 5 Stars Romance Rating 5 Stars Heat Level 4.5 Stars Overall Rating 5 stars It has bee a long time since I have read this book. I remembered that I loved it and not much else. I must say that it was like I was reading this book for the first time and loved it just as much as the first time around. Isabel and Gerard married but not for the normal reason's. She accepted the proposal knowing it w This was my favorite book from Sylvia Day. I absolutely LOVED it! 5/5/2012 Story Rating 5 Stars Character Rating 5 Stars Romance Rating 5 Stars Heat Level 4.5 Stars Overall Rating 5 stars It has bee a long time since I have read this book. I remembered that I loved it and not much else. I must say that it was like I was reading this book for the first time and loved it just as much as the first time around. Isabel and Gerard married but not for the normal reason's. She accepted the proposal knowing it would keep her lovers from wanting her to marry them. He married Isabel to keep woman from expecting more than sex from him and also to stop his mother from trying to match make for him. They were good friends but went to others for their sexual needs. One day something happened and Gerard took off and stayed away for four years. When he returned he realized that he wanted his wife in his life and lusted after her. She on the other hand wanting to keep things the way they always' were. She had her reasons for not wanting to be with Gerard and I don't want to give the whole story away. I loved reading how Gerard went about trying to change Isabel's mind and also loved reading how they eventually fell in love. The sex scenes were many and done with a lot of passion. It ended with a HEA. Any of my goodreads friends out there who love historical romances with some good heat and have never tried a Sylvia Day historical are REALLY missing out. I highly recommend this book and Seven Years To Sin.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    I wasted my time off this afternoon reading this nonsense! I'm thoroughly annoyed. First of all the book starts off with the H/H sleeping with everyone. The hero is in love with another woman. Then she go away (I won't spoil it) so he marries the heroine, who is a known slut. Since her late husband, she decided to never get emotionally involved, instead she sleeps with a number of gentlemen. She does give them the attention they so called desire and stay their mistress for a number of years. Wha I wasted my time off this afternoon reading this nonsense! I'm thoroughly annoyed. First of all the book starts off with the H/H sleeping with everyone. The hero is in love with another woman. Then she go away (I won't spoil it) so he marries the heroine, who is a known slut. Since her late husband, she decided to never get emotionally involved, instead she sleeps with a number of gentlemen. She does give them the attention they so called desire and stay their mistress for a number of years. Whatever! So the two rakes end up married, he experience a trauma and leaves for four years. He returns and realizes he don't want to sleep around with other people anymore. He wants his wife. She is involved with one of her lovers so she keep trying to get the hero a mistress of his own. He don't budge and he seduces her. Once they have sex with one another, the book went further downhill. There was so much sex after that, I felt exhausted and I only read the book. She was sore and still he was riding her like his life depended on it. Then there was a side romance that was rushed (oh and of course they were humping like wild bunnies too!) and eventually everyone falls in love. THE END! I expected better because I have enjoyed her other books but this one was the worst so far.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (On Hiatus)

    OH COME ON !!! NO EPILOGUE ? I think its truly been a long time since a book twisted and tested my patience and attention the way this book did. Meet Isabelle and Grayson, young and lively,these two are the definition of the phrase "Friend's with benefits", until they finally decide to throw marriage into the equation to make things more complicated. Though no matter how chic-lite and funny this Synopsis does sound, this book was the epitome of Dark angry sex and how a wounded lonely past can fest OH COME ON !!! NO EPILOGUE ? I think its truly been a long time since a book twisted and tested my patience and attention the way this book did. Meet Isabelle and Grayson, young and lively,these two are the definition of the phrase "Friend's with benefits", until they finally decide to throw marriage into the equation to make things more complicated. Though no matter how chic-lite and funny this Synopsis does sound, this book was the epitome of Dark angry sex and how a wounded lonely past can fester and down tone your soul. "When love burn's you once, you never want to hurt twice... After spending 4 years away from his wife, Grayson is finally back to over-through his wife paramours and finally win her over, claiming that time away from her had taught him a wretched lesson about how much his wife actually meant to him. MY THOUGHTS: Honestly , I cant say I was surprised with my ratings.In all honesty,I kind of guessed this one would be a four star for me by the time I was drifting around the 80% mark ... other than the scratchy fights and angry sex..I didn't really find any strong plot or other strong secondary characters that made this story, worth reading the whole 312 pages of the book for,just to cheer on the lead couple to their happily ever after. I didn't really like the two main character,which poised another huge problem for me. Even though I understand their reasoning on certain things.And regarding the issue of genre,I did NOT feel like I was reading a HR but more of a book that would fall into the category of contemporary romance like ....which is all ok...But that hadn't been what I was in the mood for at present. RECOMMENDATION : As I said, if you like hard-core angry sex and a bunch load of dirty words,this book is totally for you ! But if your expecting another HR romance with a swoon worthy hero and a virginal heroine your defiantly in for a surprise,lovlies !! So Warned !

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    THIS. IS. THE. BEST. OF. THE. BEST. Ok, this is one of my favourite books so, don't say a word or I'll cut your face(? My reaction to the prologue: If that's the prologue... Good lord, I thought, how the book will be!? Just 5 fuckin' pages and I was like “See your ring on my finger,” he growled, obviously frustrated. “Know that I am yours. That I am different from the others.” Gray licked the shell of her ear, and then bit the lobe. “Want me, damn you. The way I want you.” His words... His actions.. THIS. IS. THE. BEST. OF. THE. BEST. Ok, this is one of my favourite books so, don't say a word or I'll cut your face(? My reaction to the prologue: If that's the prologue... Good lord, I thought, how the book will be!? Just 5 fuckin' pages and I was like “See your ring on my finger,” he growled, obviously frustrated. “Know that I am yours. That I am different from the others.” Gray licked the shell of her ear, and then bit the lobe. “Want me, damn you. The way I want you.” His words... His actions... His thoughts... Dear Lady Isabel Pelham and Gerard Faulkner, Marquess of Grayson (even Rhys and Abby): Isabel is great! I mean who haven't thought, can love just run out? Spite of a good beginning, people change... Oh, Pel, I don't even have a bad experience and I understand you! A lot of wtf, omg, ohhhhh and hot moments. I LOVED IT ALL

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    Needed a historical fix and this one fit the bill nicely. It is way too hot here to be online writing reviews so this one is short. Loved it. Great writing. Highly recommend it. I thought once I was on holidays I would have more time to read and review - the opposite is true....

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aestas Book Blog

    Just read this quote on Facebook :) "I do not require your assistance to find sex. I require you. I want messy. And sweaty and dirty. God give me strength, for I have been cursed with wanting that from my wife." - Gray, in THE STRANGER I MARRIED Just read this quote on Facebook :) ‎"I do not require your assistance to find sex. I require you. I want messy. And sweaty and dirty. God give me strength, for I have been cursed with wanting that from my wife." - Gray, in THE STRANGER I MARRIED

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Leighton

    ETA: I realize now that the reason the age thing struck me as so "off" is because I quite often read May/December romances, where the heroine is much, MUCH younger than the hero in a Historical setting. That sort of pairing seems quite common back then, so it was a bit startling to have so much emphasis put on a mere four years, lol. It appears we have a double standard. (what else is new?!) Anyway, I'll admit I don't often read about the woman being older, as I prefer the opposite, so I will de ETA: I realize now that the reason the age thing struck me as so "off" is because I quite often read May/December romances, where the heroine is much, MUCH younger than the hero in a Historical setting. That sort of pairing seems quite common back then, so it was a bit startling to have so much emphasis put on a mere four years, lol. It appears we have a double standard. (what else is new?!) Anyway, I'll admit I don't often read about the woman being older, as I prefer the opposite, so I will defer to the author here. ;-D Historical Erotic Romance is my favorite genre, so I was excited to start this one. I had read Ask For It by the same author, which is SUPER hot, so I expected this to be the same. Have to say, I was a tiny bit disappointed. Yes, there is sex and it's quite explicit, there just wasn't as much of it as I'd expected. Perhaps the scenes there were just weren't long enough. Yeah, that could be it. I like me some long drawn-out lovin', now. ;-D And again, I did go into it with a certain mindset having already read Ask For It. That aside, there was one minor annoyance that drove me a bit crazy. Throughout the book, there is constant mention of how Isabel is older than Gray. At one point she is shocked by her strong reaction to him physically, thinking herself past the point of such desire...there's several mentions of her possibly being too old to bear children... Isabel is FOUR years older than Grayson. FOUR. For the majority of the book, he's 26 and she's 30. Sorry, but I thought that such a minor age difference as not to merit all the brouhaha. I know women got married really young back then, and in fact, if you weren't married by your early twenties you were considered an old maid. I get that. I guess I still think there should've been a slightly larger age gap between them for the big fuss. Like 7-10 years. That would have made it more believable, imo. Isabel and Grayson were both very likable characters, and I did enjoy the rocky path they took from strangers to lovers, and finally to true companions who were desperately in love. They both had their reasons for keeping their distance at first, so it takes them awhile to get there. (Otherwise, there'd be no book, right?) ;-) There was a side story with Isabel's brother Rhys and a charming girl named Abby that I REALLY loved. I adored this couple so much I wish they could've had their own story! To sum it up, I enjoyed this book, but it's not one of my absolute favorites. Definitely worth a read, though!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alexis *Reality Bites*

    Spoiler Free Review 4 STARS Genre: Historical Romance " I pledge my troth to you my wife. Not for my needs, as i did before, but for yours. You have given me so much- friendship, laughter, acceptance. You have never judged me or chastised. When i did not know who i was, you cared for me anyway." -Gerard in The Stranger I Married The once married Lady Pelham has no need for a man besides good company and sex. But when Lady Pelham(Isabel)is appraoched by a young Gerard Faulkner the Marquess of Grayso Spoiler Free Review 4 STARS Genre: Historical Romance " I pledge my troth to you my wife. Not for my needs, as i did before, but for yours. You have given me so much- friendship, laughter, acceptance. You have never judged me or chastised. When i did not know who i was, you cared for me anyway." -Gerard in The Stranger I Married The once married Lady Pelham has no need for a man besides good company and sex. But when Lady Pelham(Isabel)is appraoched by a young Gerard Faulkner the Marquess of Grayson and he asks for her hand in marriage she can not believe it. She tells Gerard that he should be courting one of the young girls not a mature woman like herself. But her resistance proves to be ineffective because the proposal he gives is more tempting than ever. Faulkner has no wishes to be tied down with just one woman; and he knows that Lady Pelham does not desire to be tied to just one man. The Plan is to get married and live in companionship while having lovers to satisfy their sexual needs. Lady Pelham agrees to this and the two marry. Six months into the marriage Gerard receives a letter that changes everything. He leaves London and does not return for four years. When Garard does return he is a changed man he comes back to be with his wife and no one else. He expects the same from her, but Lady Pelham does not believe in giving away her heart again she is done with love. The Marquess of Grayson decides he will have her and will stop at nothing to win her heart! Thoughts I loved Pel and Grayson's relationship when they decided they wanted eachother everyone else took a backseat for the show. I loved the sub- plot romance with Rhys and Abigal very, very steamy. This was my first historical romance and it will not be my last! My Ratings Characters- Lovable Writing Style- Good Plot/Storyline- Good Steam Factor- Very Steamy Overall- Enjoyable!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ingie

    3,5 Stars - a slightly silly and predictable, but still pretty sweet, steamy romance Ms. Day shows again that she is really good at writing a really hot historical romance. I don't know if it's the fact that I read this decadent story in my mother tongue meant that I snorted and thought it was particularly ridiculous compared to other stories in the genre. Perhaps it is so? Either way, this was a perfect quick and entertaining book to read a few sunny days on the beach. Isabel and her husband Lord 3,5 Stars - a slightly silly and predictable, but still pretty sweet, steamy romance Ms. Day shows again that she is really good at writing a really hot historical romance. I don't know if it's the fact that I read this decadent story in my mother tongue meant that I snorted and thought it was particularly ridiculous compared to other stories in the genre. Perhaps it is so? Either way, this was a perfect quick and entertaining book to read a few sunny days on the beach. Isabel and her husband Lord Grayson's (Gerhard Faulkner) hot relationship was really cute to follow and some emotional tears, plus a few laughs, squeezed they atleast out of me. A perfect historical if you want to read something really "hot" with a cozy hero and a lovable heroine. It was surely not the last book of Ms. Day I read. I LIKE - steamy, cute but slightly goofy ... ~~~~~~~~ - read in swedish.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Crista

    Wow! This one will definitely forced me to turn on my AC (one of the most erotic stories I've ever read), but unfortunately this one will be one that I will forget all to easily. My main complaint is this....I didn't care for either of the leads. Pel is about the "most unique" heroine I've ever come across. She is almost more promiscuous than Gray her "husband". This, while in some ways refreshing, kept me from really connecting with her character. She was far to disconnected from her emotions f Wow! This one will definitely forced me to turn on my AC (one of the most erotic stories I've ever read), but unfortunately this one will be one that I will forget all to easily. My main complaint is this....I didn't care for either of the leads. Pel is about the "most unique" heroine I've ever come across. She is almost more promiscuous than Gray her "husband". This, while in some ways refreshing, kept me from really connecting with her character. She was far to disconnected from her emotions for my taste. Gray was also difficult for me to connect with. He went through quite a transformation and turned all his attention and libido towards Pel (lucky girl:). His relentless pursuit of her should have read as "romantic", but for me...I just didn't know why Pel was such an obsession to him. Usually I'd like to say "it's love!", but in this book, I'd have to say "it's lust". For me...Not enough heart to go with the amount of "steam" (if you know what I mean!)

  16. 4 out of 5

    ♡Karlyn P♡

    A great twist on the story line of marrying for convenience, then falling in love afterwards. Very romantic and sexy. Gray was a yummy, sexy hero too. A very hot read!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This book, although very well written and edited, contains two of my biggest pet peeves: 1) Lost time - The whole "4 years later" without any details of those years doesn't work for me. 2) No communication leads to unfounded assumptions - When the h and H don't communicate how they feel just to prolong the angst, it simply frustrates the reader and I very much dislike that. I give this book 2.5/3 stars. The supporting characters were somewhat interesting and I was able to finish the book. Rating Leg This book, although very well written and edited, contains two of my biggest pet peeves: 1) Lost time - The whole "4 years later" without any details of those years doesn't work for me. 2) No communication leads to unfounded assumptions - When the h and H don't communicate how they feel just to prolong the angst, it simply frustrates the reader and I very much dislike that. I give this book 2.5/3 stars. The supporting characters were somewhat interesting and I was able to finish the book. Rating Legend: 5 star-loved it 4 star-liked it 3 star-it was okay 2 star-didn't like it 1 star-hated it

  18. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    It seemed like the perfect arrangement. Lady Isabel Pelham is tired of proposals from men she doesn't want to marry. Gerard Faulkner, Marquess of Grayson, needs a wife. Both Isabel and Gerard are notorious for their romantic liaisons, and both know that any marriage between the two of them would be one of convenience based only on friendship. Soon after their marriage, though, a tragic accident sends Gerard away from London and his new wife. Four years later, when he finally returns, Gerard is n It seemed like the perfect arrangement. Lady Isabel Pelham is tired of proposals from men she doesn't want to marry. Gerard Faulkner, Marquess of Grayson, needs a wife. Both Isabel and Gerard are notorious for their romantic liaisons, and both know that any marriage between the two of them would be one of convenience based only on friendship. Soon after their marriage, though, a tragic accident sends Gerard away from London and his new wife. Four years later, when he finally returns, Gerard is no longer the charming rake Isabel first married, and he is no longer willing to settle for a marriage based simply on friendship. A woman determined to resist falling in love becomes engaged in a seductive battle of wits with a man equally determined to win her love. This has just been added to my list of all time favorites! I love Isabelle and Gerard's relationship they were extremely passionate characters there interactions and dialog were well written I loved everything about them. They both came into a convenient marriage jaded and with there own flaws there marital issues were realistic, no petty bs drama! Gerard married Isabelle to technically stay single, he thought he was "in love" with his childhood sweetheart Emily, who he neglected and she marries another man, she becomes pregnant with Gerard's child... he is completely happy with there relationship and marries Isabelle to keep all of the husband hunters away. Isabelle's first marriage was a disaster she married too young to a man who didn't return her affection, and while they had a reasonably civil marriage which ended in her husband dying in a duel fought over his lover, the experience left her scarred and gave her a serious aversion to future marriages. Isabelle takes a string of lovers who she cares for and remains faithful to for the duration of the affair, which she always ends when her lover gets to attached.... Gerard and Isabelle marry and continue there own personal love lives until Emily dies in child birth, Gerard is grief stricken and runs off to find himself he disappears for 4 years trying to remake himself into a decent person. He only returns when he hears the horrible gossip being spread about Isabelle, gossip that is partially because of his absence. When he returns he finds a surprising spark between Isabelle and himself that was not previously there. Isabelle is reluctant to fall into bed with her husband for fear of being hurt the way she was in her first marriage. Gerard pursues her and eventually he helps her to over come her fears created by her first marriage. Once they are together and truly married the issue of children renews Gerard's fears of loosing the woman he loves the way he lost Emily in child birth. Together they overcome there fears and heal one another finding true happiness they were lacking in there previous lives. I loved this everyone should read it! for me this is the epitome of a romance novel

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This book takes place in the 1800s. We meet Gray who's in love with a married woman. Isabel who doesn't believe in a man being faithful to his wife after a failed marriage. Gray proposes to Isabel that they get married just as a front. His lover dies so Gray leaves Isabel alone for 4 years. When he comes back he realizes he has a second chance now with Isabel.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eni

    I loved this book. I think it's my favourite Sylvia Day book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)

    An open marriage! The very last trope I ever thought I’d read forget enjoy! But surprisingly this book has a romance of the sweetest caliber. A bit mushy, a bit smutty and nothing exemplary writing wise but awfully sweet all the same. But then it was a sham really – the open wedding - because while in the past they were the good friends who comfortably reside in the same house while keeping their own hours, lives and lovers; in the present, they are faithful to each other and it was all gentle w An open marriage! The very last trope I ever thought I’d read forget enjoy! But surprisingly this book has a romance of the sweetest caliber. A bit mushy, a bit smutty and nothing exemplary writing wise but awfully sweet all the same. But then it was a sham really – the open wedding - because while in the past they were the good friends who comfortably reside in the same house while keeping their own hours, lives and lovers; in the present, they are faithful to each other and it was all gentle wooing, feint and parry as the H slowly whittles down the h’s resistance and fears. What stops the h/H from being pleasure-seeking lightweights is that they’ve both loved and suffered heartbreak in their pasts. I admire the h for her grace and strength, while the H is the typical endearing rogue who finds his conscience but is still searching for his soul. The H being younger than her makes it extra delicious. Only wish the book was bit shorter or more meaty. The secondary romance though sweet, is annoying as is quite obviously filler material.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katie(babs)

    If you are a fan of Thea Devine or Susan Johnson, than Sylvia Day is the author for you. This book has so many sex scenes with our two main characters trying every position imaginable is a feat beyond itself. If you are looking for a juicy plot, look elsewhere. Everyone is this book who is married sleeps with everyone. Of course the reader doesn't let us see too much of the hanky panky going on between the less than important people in this book, but we read about it in everyone's conversations. If you are a fan of Thea Devine or Susan Johnson, than Sylvia Day is the author for you. This book has so many sex scenes with our two main characters trying every position imaginable is a feat beyond itself. If you are looking for a juicy plot, look elsewhere. Everyone is this book who is married sleeps with everyone. Of course the reader doesn't let us see too much of the hanky panky going on between the less than important people in this book, but we read about it in everyone's conversations. Bella our heroine and her hero Gray have baggage but we are not overrun by it. (Bella's first husband cheated on her horribly and Gray's first love died from giving birth to his baby while she was married to someone else) Their marriage at first was one of convience, they weren't even intimate. But then Gray leaves heartbroken over the death of his one true love. He comes back a changed man after 4 years and wants to make a marriage with Bella a "true" marriage, meaning sex and more sex, and maybe love will bloom. Bella on the other hand is afraid because Gray is so much younger than she! (She is in her early 30's and Gray is about mid twenties). She just knows he will turn out to be like her first husband, so she is doesn't want to care for him other than friendship. There is also a nice funny secondary romance with Bella's brother and a young woman from America. If you like steamy sex scenes with a plot that is in the background, enjoy this book!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    Ok this is going to be quick [last review I wrote up computer froze and I lost it....damn:] Anyway 4 stars for being a great [married:] friends to [married:] lovers story. I enjoyed the idea of a reformed rake who tries to win the heart of his emotionally guarded wife [in name only:]. The reasons for everyones behaviour was well explained and I liked the fact that this story twisted the usual 'husband takes a mistresss' theme on it's head.

  24. 5 out of 5

    ~V~

    **4 1/2 stars** I swear, the more historical romances i read the more and more i'm finding i love them!! Stiiiillll, not an overly huge fan of the lingo...i mean...a man's smalls..really?...what the heck are smalls?...men's underwear?...can we not just say underwear? or if we want it to be more formal maybe undergarments? Oh well, small nitpick but i thinking i'm coming to understand what it is exactly that i'm loving about this genre! Not only are the men very alpha male and swoon worthy but the **4 1/2 stars** I swear, the more historical romances i read the more and more i'm finding i love them!! Stiiiillll, not an overly huge fan of the lingo...i mean...a man's smalls..really?...what the heck are smalls?...men's underwear?...can we not just say underwear? or if we want it to be more formal maybe undergarments? Oh well, small nitpick but i thinking i'm coming to understand what it is exactly that i'm loving about this genre! Not only are the men very alpha male and swoon worthy but they're also just soooooo romantic!! Holy cow are they EVER!! I think Sylvia Day might have been my very first introduction into historical romances with Seven Years to Sin and even though i enjoyed it, i wasn't so sure at the time if i'd ever continue with this genre but over a year later and with a few other HRs under my belt, i've decided that this is INDEED a genre that is quickly moving up the ranks as a favorite, and after reading my second by her, i am SO hoping that she writes more...they're fun and sexy (more like HOT!!) and again, so sweet and romantic! Lovers of historical romances won't want to miss out on this one!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Coffcat

    After reading a ton of awesome reviews about this book I was really excited to finally be able to read it. The first thing I loved about this book was the new and refreshing storyline. The heroine of this story is not a shrinking violet of a girl waiting to be ravished by the handsome suitor. Oh no. Quite the opposite! I loved the fact that she was "experienced" and could handle herself with aplomb. It made me realize how dissatisfied I'd become with book after book of women who couldn't tie a r After reading a ton of awesome reviews about this book I was really excited to finally be able to read it. The first thing I loved about this book was the new and refreshing storyline. The heroine of this story is not a shrinking violet of a girl waiting to be ravished by the handsome suitor. Oh no. Quite the opposite! I loved the fact that she was "experienced" and could handle herself with aplomb. It made me realize how dissatisfied I'd become with book after book of women who couldn't tie a ribbon by themselves much less take care of anything. The plot was decent too. There were a few small plot holes that I felt could have been explained a little better but all in all I was satisfied. One thing though, this book has a lot (and I mean a lot) of sex. Hot, sweaty, right here, omg sex. While at first I woohooed my way through the first couple chapters of it but after a while it got a tiny bit boring. I'm not ranting about it, far from it, just maybe wished a few of the sex scenes would have been skipped and some more plot put in. But that's just me nitpicking! With that in all I'd highly recommend picking this one up for a raunchy weekend read. :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michelle [Helen Geek]

    The blurb just sounded so good and I just found Sylvia Day -- yeah!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kaetrin

    I was blog hopping the other day and came across a review of this book which reminded me that I had meant to read it. Sadly, I can't now find that particular blog (grr) which is disappointing, because I enjoyed the review and wanted to check it out again... oh well, maybe I'll stumble across it again one day and actually Bookmark it this time! I remember being intrigued by the premise of this story when it first came out but, not having read anything by this author before, I didn't want to plonk I was blog hopping the other day and came across a review of this book which reminded me that I had meant to read it. Sadly, I can't now find that particular blog (grr) which is disappointing, because I enjoyed the review and wanted to check it out again... oh well, maybe I'll stumble across it again one day and actually Bookmark it this time! I remember being intrigued by the premise of this story when it first came out but, not having read anything by this author before, I didn't want to plonk down $30AUD for a trade paperback on a "maybe". Then, it came out in MMP and - I forgot, I guess. Happily with my ereader and the current exchange rate, taking a chance on a new-to-me author became a lot cheaper - about $8AUD instead of about $18AUD for a paperback. (Education on Australian book prices for non Australians over). Now to the review (still hanging in?):- What It's About Isabel, Lady Pelham (or, Pel), is a widow who enjoys her freedom. She has no wish to re-marry but her lovers keep falling in love with her and wanting to marry her (such a problem!). Gerard Faulkner, Marquess of Grayson (Gray) is a certified rake who wants to annoy his mother by marrying someone unsuitable (his mother is a real bitch, no, really). Gray puts an offer to his friend Pel - they will solve each other's problems by marrying. The marriage is based on genuine friendship but is essentially in name only - they will each be free to pursue relationships (or, for Gray, just sex) elsewhere. In fact, he is quite keen for her to continue her lifestyle because this will bother his mother even more. Gray loves a dainty miss (Emily), his childhood sweetheart, who is married to someone else and falls pregnant with his (Gray's) child. (Notwithstanding his feelings for Emily, Gray still enjoys physical relationships with other women - something about her is too dainty and ladylike for him to let his inner cave man out.) When Emily dies in childbirth, Gray is devastated by the loss of both mother and child and leaves London. The story picks up 4 years later, when Gray returns from his self-imposed exile a changed man. (From the blurb on the book, I got the impression that he came back to have a proper marriage with Isabel but actually he comes back to face his responsibility to her - he realises that she is the subject of scorn and gossip and his desertion has made things harder for her.) However, on his return, he finds himself sexually attracted to Isabel in a way he wasn't previously and he decides to pursue her. Initially he doesn't really think about the future - issues of fidelity aren't really on his radar - pretty much he just thinks it will be fun for them to have what is effectively, an affair. As the book progresses Gray realises that Isabel is in fact perfect for him and decides he wants a real marriage with all the bells and whistles. For Isabel, Gray is a real danger because she feels genuine passion for him and she recognises this feeling from her first marriage. Pelham humiliated her by cheating on her and she protects her heart very carefully from such hurt happening again. Her affairs are always long term, she is faithful during them but ends the relationship when her lover becomes too attached to her. She cares for her lovers, maybe even loves them, but she is not "in love" with them and does not ever become "swept away". She enjoys healthy sexual relationships, however, she has been very careful to pick lovers she likes but who do not inspire a grand passion. Gray does. Isabel finds herself in danger of falling in love with someone who used to be just like her first husband - can she trust her heart to him? What Worked For Me Gray and Isabel are friends at the start and they pretty much stayed friends the whole way through. Yay! They know each other's vices and virtues and they are still friends. More yay! The set up was novel (a new twist on the friends-to-lovers trope), the story was well-paced and I liked the characters. I liked how Grey and Isabel actually TALKED to one another as their relationship progressed. No "big mis". Extra more yay! (I even liked how her called her "Pel" even though I find the name unattractive. It signifies their friendship and his level of comfort to be himself with her.) I enjoyed Gray's total cluelessness about how to "woo" Isabel - the girls had always come to him before and frankly it was all about him - now it was about someone else. (I chuckled at the scene where he is desperate to commence his courtship and is trashing the garden in the middle of the night to find Isabel a perfect rose). In fact, that was the change in his character after his 4 year absence - a recognition that it wasn't all about him and that he had responsibilities and that fulfilling those responsibilities was rewarding in and of itself. But, he didn't come back fully reformed. He still had work to do and I enjoyed watching him work it out. After he works out what he wants he sets about proving to Isabel that she can trust him and that was fun too. For me, the story was much more about Gray than Isabel. She had a much shorter journey than he did - she had real trust issues sure, but her essential character remained unchanged. (I did think she was a little unfair to Gray toward the end of the book about the baby thing. In retrospect I think it was more of a device to create a final conflict in order to get the grovel scene and bring us to the end of the book. I wasn't totally sold that her action was consistent with her previously revealed character). The sex scenes are explicit (hot) and there are quite a few of them but I felt they drove the narrative and were not gratuitous* - it is through these scenes that we see Gray trying to get Isabel to let down her barriers totally to him and her struggle to protect herself from what she fears will bring her undone (as happened with Pelham). *There was a bit of she's saying "no" but she really means "yes" at the beginning and the in the first sex scene consent was explicitly given a little late in the piece. I don't think it qualifies as forced however. Peeves (aka What Didn't Work For Me) Throughout the book, Isabel is described as having auburn hair. I always thought that auburn was a kind of orange red colour. Later, her hair is described as "chocolate with highlights of red". Sorry, that's not auburn, it's just not. Also, Isabel is described as being a bit of a bombshell - I imagined a Rita Hayworth or a red-headed Marilyn Monroe. She is not dainty or petite. (She's not fat, but she's not small either). But, her hands are described as "tiny". "Then he felt her hands, so tiny and soft, stroking along the curve of his buttocks...." I had this mental image of Rita Hayworth with the hands of a cabbage patch doll and it was kinda freaky.. (Actually, I did a search on the word "tiny" in the book and there weren't actually that many times her hands were so described - but I REALLY noticed them and those tiny hands threw me out of the story a bit (pack a bit of weight, those tiny hands...).) That said, they are pretty small peeves to have. I only mention them because they were "hur?" moments for me. The secondary romance between Isabel's brother Rhys and Abigail was sweet but when I was thinking about the book later, I didn't really know what attracted him to her. It was a "starstruck lover" kind of story which is fine if you don't think about it too much. Also, one of the barriers to their HEA was her position in society vs. his - but she is the granddaughter of a duke and an heiress to boot, so I didn't see the problem. I read this in ebook version and when I went to the author's website to get a pic for this review, I noticed that she has posted a "bonus epilogue". Apparently it is contained in the mass market paperback issue but not in other versions. It's only about 4 pages and I thought it was unnecessary and a bit too Snow White with the little bluebirds fluttering around the place - YMMV. What else What struck me most about this book when I was thinking about it later was that Isabel was a very unusual character for historical romance - she's sexually independent and she likes sex (what!!). More commonly seen is the woman who doesn't really enjoy sex til the hero comes along with his "mighty wang of lovin'" (TM Smart Bitches Trashy Books). Certainly, Isabel had a grander passion for Gray than for her previous lovers but she did enjoy the physical relationship she had with those men; she was not left unsatisfied by them. And, in her first marriage, the sex was awesome. Only problem was, Pelham started having the awesome sex with every chick in a skirt. Isabel isn't a slut and by modern standards, she not even promiscuous - she has a relationship for like 2 years, then some months single and then she finds someone else - she doesn't bed hop. During one of the sex scenes, Gray says "Mistresses do not expect orgasms." to which she replies:- "I always have." (You go girl!!) Of course the sticklers are scandalised by her but I found it interesting and very refreshing that Gray was not. In fact, there wasn't even a hint that he ever disapproved of her choices at all. So often there is a double standard a hero adheres too - the dichotomy of the wife and the mistress. Gray did have an issue with the wife/mistress thing but it wasn't from a morality point of view. It was that he had this cockamamie idea that a husband could only have "gentle sex" with his wife whereas he could give a mistress a right good rogering. He worked out fairly quickly that Isabel was made of sterner stuff and she actually liked it when he "lost control" (egads!!). How many romances have there been where the hero totally approves of the heroine's previously acknowledged (and for the time period, correctly characterised as) "scandalous behaviour"? He held her to no high a standard than he held himself. Even when he returned from exile changed in many ways, he still totally approved of her. I would have liked more exposition of Isabel in Society - one the one hand, she went out a lot and seemed popular and happy but on the other she was gossiped about and shunned and I would have liked just a little more to get a clearer picture of her life and price she had to pay for her independence before Gray came storming back in. Overall, I enjoyed this book - perhaps a little more than I expected to - and I really liked watching Gray's metamorphosis from a (curiously likeable) asshat to hero. Grade: B+

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Hard to rate these things. This book was in some respects better written than a couple of books that I gave four stars to, but the story was less interesting and more repetitive. Or it is just possible that I've finally burned out on these types of novels. It happens. Before I do the vague spoilery review...Sylvia Day is clearly a Joss Whedon fan. She literally names a character "Lord Whedon" - I giggled. Then rolled my eyes. I'm guessing she wrote Buffy fanfic. And I most likely read it - her wri Hard to rate these things. This book was in some respects better written than a couple of books that I gave four stars to, but the story was less interesting and more repetitive. Or it is just possible that I've finally burned out on these types of novels. It happens. Before I do the vague spoilery review...Sylvia Day is clearly a Joss Whedon fan. She literally names a character "Lord Whedon" - I giggled. Then rolled my eyes. I'm guessing she wrote Buffy fanfic. And I most likely read it - her writing style is vaguely familiar. The story is rather innovative - instead of a younger, virginal woman and much older guy. We have an older, rather experienced woman and a younger man. They are both rakes. She has various lovers, as does he. Her rule - two years, maybe three - if the guy starts to fall for her or proposes marriage...she breaks up with him. Lord Grayson proposes to her, because he knows she'll never fall in love with him, they can basically be each others shield against unwanted marriage, have as many affairs as they wish, and he can continue to sleep with his first love, Emily, who is married to another. Plus he rather likes the heroine, Isobel. They are friends. But alas, Emily becomes pregnant with his child and then dies in child-birth along with the kid, which his devilish mother takes fiendish delight in relating to him in a lengthy and bitter letter. Over-wrought, Grayson leaves Isobel and takes off to Scotland for four years. She writes, he never answers. Until one day, he pops up again and decides out of the blue to romance her, declaring his undying love for her. Which appears to take the form of lots and lots of sexual encounters. 80% of the novel is sex scenes and while entertaining and fairly well written, as far as sex scenes go, they also become a bit repetitive and outlandish at times. (Kiddies? Do not try this at home.) By about the sixth or seventh sex scene, I was starting to skim. There is a nifty sub-plot involving Isobel's younger brother and an American heiress that is never fully developed and eventually falls flat. Like most of these novels...the ending feels a bit rushed, as if the writer ran out of ideas or got stuck. Everyone appears to suck at endings.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    Great read. Playboy alpha male changes and loves only one woman. Most of the story is about his wooing her, getting her to love and trust him and forgetting about her past hurts from her prior husband. Also very steamy! Sexual content: strong/erotic. Setting: 1815 and 1819 London. Copyright: 2007. Genre: regency romance. To date, I've read the following Sylvia Day books. 5 stars. The Stranger I Married. Copyrt 2007. Review Date 1/19/07. 5 stars. Snaring The Huntress. Copyrt 2005. Review Date 11/14/10 Great read. Playboy alpha male changes and loves only one woman. Most of the story is about his wooing her, getting her to love and trust him and forgetting about her past hurts from her prior husband. Also very steamy! Sexual content: strong/erotic. Setting: 1815 and 1819 London. Copyright: 2007. Genre: regency romance. To date, I've read the following Sylvia Day books. 5 stars. The Stranger I Married. Copyrt 2007. Review Date 1/19/07. 5 stars. Snaring The Huntress. Copyrt 2005. Review Date 11/14/10. 4.5 stars. Ask For It. Copyrt 2006. Review Date 3/13/07. 4 stars. Bad Boys Ahoy! Copyrt 2006. Review Date 3/25/07. 3 stars. Dangerous Declassified: Dark Kisses. Copyrt 2005. Review Date 6/21/08. 3 stars. Pleasures of the Night. Copyrt 2007. Review Date 6/21/08. 3 stars. Mischief and the Marquess (in anthology Perfect Kisses). Copyrt 2007. My 4 star review for the anthology was posted 5/17/08. 2.5 stars. A Passion For Him. Copyrt 2007. Review Date 6/26/08.

  30. 5 out of 5

    L.M. Mountford

    I know it's odd to say but 1815-1820 was entirely the wrong setting for this book, 200 years earlier would have been a much better period. The story itself is quite entertaining so Miss Day has done it again. If you like her other historical stories you'll love this. For me, however there was just too much talk about age in a relationship where the parties were only a few years apart. This period of history was as careless in regards to age as we are today, if a young nobleman married an older wom I know it's odd to say but 1815-1820 was entirely the wrong setting for this book, 200 years earlier would have been a much better period. The story itself is quite entertaining so Miss Day has done it again. If you like her other historical stories you'll love this. For me, however there was just too much talk about age in a relationship where the parties were only a few years apart. This period of history was as careless in regards to age as we are today, if a young nobleman married an older woman it was assumed he did it for her wealth which was so common place it was barely considered gossip, and considering those relationships had a score of years and more separating the pair, a five year span would have hardly raised eyebrows. Honestly, I wonder why miss Day Keeps writing books set in England, here stories here feel so American, they'd be much better served in the colonies.

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