A Lady's Pleasure (Mistress Trilogy, Bk 1)
A Lady's Pleasure - Mistress Trilogy, Bk 1 Author:Renee Bernard 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, ... more »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 ...« less
Sarah L. (Dawa) reviewed A Lady's Pleasure (Mistress Trilogy, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 4
The story wasn't that interesting, and I don't have a hard time with lots of sex. This author just didn't display the complexity that I've gotten used to from authors like Robin Schone and Sylvia Day. I'm not talking about plot complexity here, but complexity of emotion and connection. It is possible to have both in a book, but you won't find it in this one. A very "by the numbers" plot.
Cali (Cali) - reviewed A Lady's Pleasure (Mistress Trilogy, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 4
I picked this book up because it sounded like an interesting story and Sherrilyn Kenyon (whom I like) was quoted on the cover saying "I savored every word!" She may have savored it - but I did not!
"Beautiful c_ _ k" (Drake's anatomy) was used way to much and if Merriam called Drake "incorrigible" one more time...ugh! Overall, there was something about the entire story that just seemed shallow and unrealistic to me. I mean I'm all for changing for the better or gaining some new founded courage, but how a completely shy unaggressive woman who freezes up in conversation, goes to the extremes Merriam did - simply because she heard a gentleman make a *general* comment about "widows & virgins" - I'll never know.
Merriam goes to a madame for private lessons, seduces a complete stranger, and the wrong one at that, then becomes his mistress all in the blink of an eye? OoooK! And all the sex, sex, sex from A to Z pretty much, Merriam takes to like a fish in water. ?|?
Also, there was no resolution between Julian and Drake who had been best friends at one time. Both had falsly accused each other, lived with a strong hate of one another for 8 years, wounded each other physically and financially, yet when the real murderer is discovered, they don't as much as "Oh sorry. Guess we were wrong."
This is Ms. Bernard's 1st novel; she follows up with #2 next year - "Madame's Deception," Madame DeBourcier and Lord Colwick's (Alex, Drake's best friend) story. This is the madame in this book that Merriam goes to for private lessons.
But hey...just MHO. Obviously Ms. Kenyon loved it! Maybe you will too! Enjoy! =)
I did not really like this book. I ordered it based on some excellent reviews and I was pretty disappointed. There is no real development of the relationship between the two characters; their only connection and relationship is physical. If you want a book filled with sex scenes, then get this one, but if you are looking for a touching romance with memorable characters, look elsewhere.
I was intrigued enough to want to read the next in the series but I do agree with some of the reviews that say too much sex and weak story. I'm all for sex scenes but there seemed to be TOO many. But it was good for a quick read on a Sunday afternoon.
I was hoping this would be intense and erotic like Lisa Valdez's Passion, but I found it boring with a rather silly plot and a herione that was TSTL. However, I seem to be in the minority, most reviews are positive.
I really enjoyed this book. It may not be the best romance ever, but it was pretty darn good, especially considering this is Bernard's first book. I enjoyed the development of the romance, the touch of spice to the sex scenes, and the ending even brought a tear to my eye. Just go into this book expecting it to be what it is, a bit of romantic sexy fluff. I have the next two books en route to me, and I'm really looking forward to reading them!