Orphaned, Kelsey Langston and her young sister go to live with their aunt and uncle. One night, Kelsey finds her drunken uncle contemplating suicide. He his lost all of the family's money. He convinces Kelsey to sacrifice herself by becoming a rich man's mistress. For the love of her aunt and sister, Kelsey does. Derek Mallory notices an auction going on in one of the gentlemen's clubs he is visiting. A pretty, blushing girl is being auctioned off and the high bidder is Ashton, a known sadist. Unable to let the girl go to such a violent man, he bids on her and wins a mistress. But there is something about this young woman. Her speech and mannerisms are too fine. Surely she isn't a Lady. Derek soon realizes that he enjoys his mistress' company, but trouble is afoot. Ashton doesn't like losing to Derek. He intends to have Kelsey for himself. And he intends on punishing her for not belonging to him.
Romance write Lindsey stays true to form?and formula?as she continues to chronicle the romantic entanglements of the Malory clan. Set in Regency England, sometime between 1811 and 1820, the latest Malory novel (after Love Me Forever) includes the three stock romantic figures: a Virgin, a Villain and a Rogue. The Virgin is Kelsey Langton, who willingly agrees to be auctioned off in a London whorehouse to pay her uncle's debts and ensure her younger sister a marriageable future. The Rogue is handsome Lord Derek Malory, who plunks down a fortune to make Kelsey his mistress rather than see her bought by the Villain, Lord David Ashford, an insane sadist who takes his sex with a healthy splash of blood. The implausible set-up quickly becomes ludicrous as Malory falls in love with Kelsey, but her unwillingness to reveal her true background prevents a wedding. Malory's ardor for Kelsey is inflamed when Ashford kidnaps her, necessitating a heroic rescue in a grisly dungeon where Kelsey is on the verge of being whipped and mutilated for Ashford's pleasure
I'm hoping that "Say You Love Me" is not a reflection of all Johanna Lindsey's novels. It was boring and silly; the hero lacks manliness and the readers get little exposure to the heroine. I finished reading the book but only because I skimmed through most of the book which involved secondary characters and the rambling thoughts of the hero. I've read some good reviews about Lindsey's other work, I'll give one of her other books a try.
So this is book 5 in the Malory series and I liked it. The villain was a little heinous, but it didn't bother me. Be forewarned though it may bother some people. I liked Derek's story. Kelsey wasn't my favorite heroine, but was still liked. I enjoyed reading more about Derek's father and seeing more of James. However I have to admit that this is the book I look at to mark the point I think the Malory novels started going downhill. I just don't enjoy 6, 7, 8 as much as books 1-5. The first 4 were amazing. All charcters wonderful and perfect in every way. There is just so much lacking in the later novels. I wonder if Lindsey is even writing some of her own books sometimes. I'm reading number 9 now and I am liking it so far and I have high hopes for book 10. All in all I recommend reading all the Malory novels as they are such a wonderful family and series, but after this book the books do start to go downhill.
as always lidsey rocks! What can i say, in every story the men are super sexy, but have enough sense to know when the women in there live are right. and every family needs a pirate, a rebel, and a hot stick in the mud to keep them interesting.
After finding out from her uncle that the family is on the verge of ruin, Kelsey Langton agrees to sell herself to the highest bidder in an auction at a Gentlemens club. She hopes to find a man who will treat her kindly and pay enough to cover the familys debts. Lord Derek Malory isnt shopping for a mistress when he visits the club with his friends. But when he sees Lord Ashton is the highest bidder, he knows he has to win her. Lord Ashton is a known sadist who uses a whip on his women. Derek cant stand the thought of seeing the beautiful woman damaged by Ashton.
Derek sets Kelsey up as his mistress. The longer they are together, the more their relationship grows. Keeping her from his family gets to be hard when one family member after another sees them together. But the person Derek has to keep away from Kelsey is Lord Ashton who has sworn that Kelsey will one day be his.
I read this book years ago when it was first released and loved it. This re-read hasnt changed my mind. Derek is one of those perfect heroes any woman would love to have. Kelsey is a strong woman who braves the worst for her family. We are also treated to the rest of the Malory family and their hilarious bickering. My rating: 4.5 Stars.
Left penniless her parents' deaths,Kelsey Langton must now thake responsibility for the well-being of her younger sister,Jean. But when circumstance and human frailty conspire to leave them homeless as well,Kelsey is forced to resort to deastic measures. Only by allowing herself to be sold at auction can she resue her sister's future-and so Kelsey enters the infamous House of Eros,resigned to becoming the plaything of some well heeled gentleman.
Lord Derek Malory is the highest bidder for Kelsey's charms-a dashing rakehell from a family of charming London rogues who draws the sensuous dark-haired maiden into a world of unparalleled pleasures and dangerous rivalries. But Kelsey must scrupulously guard the secret of her highborn past -even as her grace,wit spirit and beauty entice hr new "master" to renounce his scandalous ways.. and take a chance on true love,the most perilous and rewaarding gamble of all.
Left penniless and in dire straits, Kelsey Langton realizes that only by allowing herself to be sold at auction can she rescue her sister's future. So the proud, desperate lady enters the infamous House of Eros, resigned to becoming some well-heeded gentleman's plaything-and Lord Derek Malory is the highest bidder for Kelsey's charm.
A handsome and irredeemable scoundrel, Derek soon draws the sensous, unsuspecting maiden into a world of unparalleled plasure and dangerous rivalries. But Kelsey knows she must always guard the secretof her highborn past-even as her grace, spirit, and beauty entice her new "master" to renounce his scandalous ways and take a gamble of true love
Left penniless and in dire straits, Kelsey Langton realizes that only by allowing herself to be sold at auction can she rescue her sister's future. So the proud, desperate lady enters the infamous House of Eros, resigned to becoming some well-heeled gentleman's plaything-and Lord Derek Malory is the highest bidder for Kelsey's charms.
A handsome and irredeemable scoundrel, Derek soon draws the sensous, unsuspecting maiden into a world of unparalleled pleasures and dangerous rivalries. But Kelsey knows she must always guard the secret of her highborn past-even as her grace, spirit, and beauty entice her new "master" to renounce his scandalous ways and take a gamble on true love.
Her parents deaths left Kelsey Langton penniless and responsible for the safety and well-being of her youngers sister Jean. Now circumstance and human frailty have conspired to leave them homeless as well. There's only one way she can rescue Jean's home, future and honor-and it means sacrificing her own. Kelsey must allow herself to be sold at auction.
This book is part of the Malory stories. A penniless Kelsey Langton has to sell herself to save her sister. Lord Derek Malory is the highest bidder - she is to become his mistress. He just wasn't expecting to fall in love with her.