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A Lady's Pleasure [Mass Market Paperback]

Renee Bernard

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Oct. 31 2006
Seeking revenge, she discovers how delicious a case of mistaken identity can be....

Merriam Everett has always been regarded as a shy, docile creature. But for one night, Merriam the Mouse has become a temptress who will recklessly take her pleasure with the arrogant earl who once slighted her, and then leave him aching with lust. A fine plan, if Merriam had not just seduced the wrong rogue!

Drake Sotherton left England amid dark speculation and has returned to seek vengeance against Julian Clay, the man he believes murdered his wife. Convinced that the masked beauty who seduced him is Julian's pawn, Drake tracks her down and proposes that she become his mistress for the Season. Every sensual desire, every secret longing will be explored...and fulfilled.

But keeping his enemy close is a dangerous game. Merriam is an irresistible mix of innocence and abandon, and each encounter proves more soul-searing than the last. With a passion this wild, this wonderful, one Season will never be enough....

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1 edition (Oct. 31 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416524207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416524205
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #572,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I savored every word!"
-- Sherrilyn Kenyon

About the Author

Renee Bernard is a freelance writer for Romantic Times Bookclub magazine. A Lady's Pleasure is her first novel. She has also written a story, "Mischief's Holiday," for the anthology The School for Heiresses, coming soon from Pocket Books. Renee lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California.

Visit her website at www.reneebernardauthor.com.

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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  43 reviews
49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh My! ***This book should come with a warning label!*** Nov. 26 2006
By Misuzmama - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
A warning that perhaps you shouldn't read this in public if your prone to blush, giggle or break out into a sweat by reading explicit and *inventive* love scenes.

Drake, the Duke of Sussex is out for revenge for the death of his adulterous wife and Merriam, the shy plain faced widow is caught in the middle of the his scheme unwittingly. She mistakenly seduces him at a masked ball in which she determined to bring another rake to his knees (literally) and leave him hanging with her new found sexual confidence. So it is the Duke she seduces and later is unable to resist the tension between them and becomes his mistress. But what will happen when the Duke discovers that he has lost heart to the one women he was wrong about and betrayed?

This is ONE HOT BOOK! I'm pretty jaded when it comes to love scenes. Most historical romances contain the same 'scenes' at nauseum, but not here! I've never read a book with SO MANY love scenes and they were well written too. Unfortunately, I feel that the 'romance' part suffered a bit because of this. You really don't feel the emotional side of the characters, rather its more of a primative or lusting-type love. There is essentially no buildup since the encounters are so frequent and start VERY early in the book. Its a different approach to writing (although not neccessarily worse), but it lead me to care less for the characters than if the tension was strung-out a bit.

I know this is Bernards first work and I have to commend her on her bold statement, but I have to mention a few irritating points. I agree with another reviewer, the description of time period (regency? victorian?) is sorely lacking. Sometimes the writing was jumpy (a fault of the editors) and I found scenes abruptly ending and new ones begining practically within the same paragraph. And the repetition of 'Oh my! and 'Your incorrigible' was annoying.

That being said, I really did enjoy the book and I have hopes that Bernard will improve in her next novel (how can anyone resist a book about a Madames Deception?)

So if you like lots of explicit love scenes (Kleypas and Jeffries watch out!) with two likeable characters and don't mind the lack of emotional build-up and the decidedly weak revenge plot, this ones for you.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoa! This is a hot one! Nov. 2 2006
By Viv - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
A steamy debut novel and a new voice in erotic romance, 'A Lady's Pleasure` is a breathtaking story of mistaken identity.

The hero of this tale, Drake, is back in Town from a self-inflicted exile to seek revenge on his wife's supposed murderer and lover, Lord Westleigh. Once best friends, each is out to ruin the other.

Merriam, the once meek little mouse is also set on revenge against Lord Westleigh for calling her a "whey-faced widow". Her plan: get him hot and bothered then leave him wanting more. Things don't go as planned when Drake is the one she inadvertantly seduces instead.

What follows is some explicit and creative love scenes that will leave you breathless. Merriam and Drake were insatiable, but because the scenes were so well written and different I didn't skim a single one.

There is also hero-jealousy as Drake intends to use Merriam as 'bait` to lure Julian, Lord Westleigh into his web.

**The mystery gets tied up rather quickly in the last two chapters but the rest of the book was so good it is hard to mark off for that.
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes, it's the little stuff that counts Nov. 19 2006
By Thea - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First the positives--the writing flowed well, the characters fleshed out nicely, and the sex scenes leaped off the page. HOWEVER, the author has no business writing historical fiction with NO (I mean none, zilch, zip) knowledge of the era in which she sets her book. Well, actually, my first quibble is I'm not exactly sure when this novel is supposed to be set, because the author gives the reader no overt context. Let's just say it's "ye merry ol' England."

I do not profess to be an expert of "ye merry ol' England," but after years of reading romance I do know one thing--an earl would never be introduced as a plain mister (see page 49). Although this is not the first naming error, it's the most egregious. Normally, I'm not a stickler for this sort of thing. Actually, anachronisms fly right by me most of the time, but errors as blatent as those in this book kept pulling me out of the story.

Also, the story contained continuity problems. For example, the story starts off with the heroine not knowing the identity of the hero. Then, he gives her his card (which should have his name on it), but even after seeing the card she asks the hero who he is. BEFORE he tells her, she calls him "my grace." Huh? Do you know him or not?

For the most part, I'm going to chalk the problems in this book up to atrocious editting and recommend that Pocket retrain whoever allowed this book to go to print as is. My recommendation for the reader: wait to buy Bernard's next book and hope that the writing stays consistent and the editting improves.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing Erotic Historical Jan. 9 2007
By Beverly Romance Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Drake Sotherton, the Duke of Sussex leaves England years ago under suspicion of the murder of his wife and returns as the "Deadly Duke." His best friend, Julian Clay, the Earl of Westleigh, who seems to have been involved in some way with his ex-wife's death and also was the main accuser of pointing to Drake as her murderer, are involved again in a struggle over a woman. This time it is Merriam Everett, a plain widow, who overhears Julian make a comment about her being a "whey-faced widow." She seeks the guidance of a famous courtesan and changes herself into a luring beauty in order to attend a masquerade ball and lure Julian into a evening of unforgettable sex and then leave him wanting. A change of costumes and mistaken identity cause Merriam instead to have an evening of passion with Drake, who has no idea about Merriam's plan, and wants nothing more then to find this sexy beauty after this unforgettable evening of intense pleasure. He discovers there is some connection with her to Julian and takes the wrong meaning of the connection and decides to take her as a mistress and use her as a means for revenge. Merriam agrees only because she is drawn to Drake, not knowing what is going on around her and that danger is building. As the eroctism and danger increases, the mystery unfolds to an intense and surprise ending. Renee Bernard's story and character development and ability to create a well-developed story around well-written, passionate, erotic sex scenes is perfection. This story has the main ingredient for intense passion - vengeance. A truly pleasurable read and a book difficult to put down. I am looking forward to many more erotic historicals by Renee Bernard.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cold hero Aug. 16 2010
By Livia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I couldn't actually believe I've read A Lady's Pleasure until the end! Actually I believe it because:
- I don't have a lot of money to spend on books so I read what I buy
- I kept hoping the hero would become less menacing once a hint of feelings would be inserted into the plot
- Usually I like the hero once his bad/icy/mistrustful character is justified but in this case it was hard even to manage pity
- I kept hoping the sex scenes' lack of feeling will be remedied (I mean, the first scene, when they didn't know each other, was warmer than the rest)
The reviews promise something hot, testing the border of what's allowed in mainstream romance, blah blah. That is correct only if you judge it sex-scene-by-the-numbers kind of way, because while the acrobatics were different, the chemistry... well.. there was none. She kept thinking there's attraction but that's at best one-sided... There are authors out there who, using words, could turn the missionary into the ultimate sensual adventure or could at least plot more skillfully around the standard wallpaper plot: "bored spinster looking for an adventure/revenge/etc meets very-soon-to-be-reformed hard/bad/cruel rake whose comportment is excused in the last chapter by the death of someone dear" and this is why Renee Bernard was not a rewarding read. And because the hero is cold.
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