Have you ever had to take yourself in hand with excesses? Poor Alexander was such a big, round man–couldn’t seem to stop eating his comfort sugary food until one day…
Women were ever-changing weather patterns he simply could not read despite all his years under the sun. She loved him but didn’t want him?!
To him, a mere struggle was to keep cake out of his mouth. To her, the struggle was to keep demons out of her head.
Title: Lord of Pleasure School of Gallantry, book 2
Author: Delilah Marvelle
Genre: Historical Romance
Story Setting: London, England, 1819; London, England 1830
Publication Date: August 20, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
About the Story: Alexander William Baxendale, the earl of Hawksford, used to a very big man. Quite literally. His girth made him only popular with his friends. Despite his weight, he considered his life to be charmed until he meets Miss Charlotte Jane Sutton. He quickly realizes winning the girl of his dreams isn’t the same as eating chocolate rolls. When she rejects him and breaks his heart, he decides the best revenge is becoming the man of every woman’s dreams. Unfortunately, he creates a name for himself even he isn’t ready to embrace. Soon, far more than just Charlotte is knocking on his door. Will he survive his own revenge? He isn’t so sure.
WARNING: This book contains strong language and sexual content that may cause respectable people to swoon. This quirky, sexy and scandalous Regency/Victorian Historical Romance is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone.
Note from author to reader: Having recently acquired the rights back to this playful, naughty book, I decided to do far more than slap a new cover on it. Even if you’ve read Lord of Pleasure, you’ll find since its original publication back in 2009, this book has undergone a metamorphosis. This revamped second edition has countless new scenes, both romantic and hilarious in nature, which were added throughout the book in an effort to make you feel like you’re reading it for the first time.
My Thoughts: This is Charlotte and Alexander’s story. We met them in book 1. What is interesting about how the author wrote this book is in its timing. The story coincides in time with book 1, but seen from another point of view. I found it fascinating and loved what Ms. Marvelle did. It’s as if the camera were moved to another place in the same room, viewing other characters more closely. The events are the same, but the perspective of events are seen through different characters.
From this side of the room, the characters are no less outlandish in behavior. Viscount Alexander William Baxendale, Earl of Hawksford, is vexed with five sisters who add hilarity to the read and who know more about what goes on between male and female than is considered proper. Alexander tried to make them into perfect society ladies, with Caroline, the eldest poised to find her match. Although Alexander hadn’t led an exemplary existence ever since twenty-two years old, he had managed to act the part of an earl after he took the reins of leadership after his father’s passing. He tried to be a role model to his siblings.
His whole family had a difficult time acting as society proclaims to be correct demeanor for young ladies and women. I enjoyed how Alexander tried to handle them. It was much like a mother cat keeping her litter with her when all want to stray. Then enters Charlotte, very much cut from the same cloth as his own family. He met her 11 years earlier; his heart madly attached itself. Before anything could blossom she stepped out of his life, only to return back to London as a widow. Alexander has grown up, no longer rotund, now with a physique women weep over. He has eyes only for Charlotte, but Charlotte, also changed from her experiences doesn’t make things easy for Alexander.
Madame de Maitenon(the school’s matron and it appears match maker) has befriended Charlotte,and has actually employed Charlotte at her school. She is responsible for the interviewing of applicants to the school
The idea of a School of Gallantry was overmuch for proper society, so students did not enter from the front door. They traversed underground from one home to another. The whole set up for this story is laughable, delightfully so, while the characters couldn’t have been more fun to get to know and will keep you laughing at their dialog and antics!
This is one Regency Romance author you do not want to miss. She writes sizzling scandals, funny stories which will have you laughing your way through the read.
In the Author’s Words: Bio data at GoodReads “I spent my youth studying various languages, reading voraciously, and playing the pianoforte. I confess that here ends the extent of my gentle breeding. I was a naughty child who was forever torturing her parents with countless adventures that they did not deem respectable. Confined to my room on many occasions due to these misadventures, I soon discovered the quill and its amazing power.
I scribed endless stories that almost invariably surrounded the topic of love, for I felt an inane need to be rescued from a family that did not understand my lust for life. In my mind, King Arthur became my true love and I waited for the day when he would come riding upon his steed and invite me to sit at his round table, not as his queen, but as his knight. To my distress, King Arthur was never to be found anywhere except for in the tip of my quill. And so I led an imaginary life for many, many years.
When I finally came of age, my family was further horrified to discover that I had fallen in love with an American. An American King Arthur who became my knight, my husband, my all. I have been blessed beyond reason and am grateful for each day I have with him.
What is equally amazing is that I now have the opportunity to share my passion for stories with the public. The reason why I write romance is because it allows me to touch upon the subject of love on a much deeper, more intimate level. Many of the stories I write, many of the stories I will continue to write, will always evolve around love. And yes, gentle readers, it will also evolve around sex as I have no intention of becoming my parents and restraining my characters from what it is they truly desire to do. I challenge you, my readers, to let loose of those corsets that have been strung too tightly due to convention and enjoy 1830 to its fullest.”
For some fun facts about Delilah, check out this link to her website. http://www.delilahmarvelle.com/#!meet-delilah/cte7