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Aphrodite's Brew (Tales of the Laughing God) [Kindle Edition]

Delle Jacobs
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Book Description

It’s only a restorative tonic for women. So why are the bachelors of the Ton running scared?

The Earl of Vailmont, a confirmed bachelor who laughs at superstition, scoffs at the rumors that a love potion is behind the recent string of improbable marriages, and he vows to expose the charlatan behind the fraud. But when Val meets Sylvia, Lady Ashbroughton, her silver-green eyes set his soul spinning as if he has just encountered a witch.

Sylvia needs no handsome earls prying into her life. If Val learns of her secret trade in potions, she will be ruined and her beloved stepdaughter will be deprived of her Season. Worse, the earl could uncover Sylvia’s most shameful secret—her penchant for handsome men. To ward him off, she protects her fragile heart from unwanted new passion by wearing her family recipe in a locket.

But neither logic nor charms can combat the stubborn love that sweeps them into a whirl of unbridled passion.

And, from somewhere in the mists of time, a forgotten, nameless god is laughing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 462 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (4 Mar. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0016IXM8C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #284,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing Regency set romance 26 Feb. 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Earl of Vailmont, after one disasterous marriage, is a confirmed batchelor. However, his scheming mother is determined that he will marry the girl that she has chosen for him. She hasn't learnt her lesson from the first girl she chose for him. Lady Vailmont is a prattler, going on and on about nothing until her son's mind switches off and he stops listening to her, answering automatically. She then slips in important bits of information which will trap him into carrying out her will.

However, on one particular morning Val's senses warn him to listen and he learns that his mother has invited an old friend and her eligable daughter to stay. Val therefore leaves his beloved estate rather than be trapped into marriage and goes to Bath to join his cousin Pink and two very young naive friends.

Val learns from the two young men that all the eligible men in Bath are atwitter because it seems as though the young women are using a love potion which works. Several confirmed batchelors have recently married and married the most unlikely young women. Val himself caught a female cousin doctoring the wine of one man who she has now married.

Val is a sceptic and doesn't believe in magic. He accepts a bet from Pink and his friends that he can uncover what is happening and it won't be magic.

He then meets Sylvia, Lady Ashbroughton, a young widow who has brought her 17 year old stepdaughter to Bath in order for the girl to gain some polish before her London season the next year. Val is very taken with Sylvia's silver green eyes.

Val decides to visit all the Apocrophy shops in Bath to try and find out more about the potion. He doesn't have any luck until the last shop.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rogues Get Caught 28 Nov. 2010
By MaggieMae - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a book that can be read on many levels. It is fun, humorous, and filled with a bit of magic. Yet it develops the theme of overcoming old wounds which is one I particularly love to read. I picked it up after reading and liking another book of hers, His Majesty Prince of Toads.

The fun premise is a magical brew (a love potion)that is causing all the bachelor's to marry. The Earl of Vailmont doesn't believe the rumors, however, and is determined to prove his theory that there is no magic involved. In typical rouge fashion, he sets out to show his friends that he can associate with women without getting caught. Unfortunately, he chooses Sylvia to experiment with and becomes attracted to her. This pits Val against Sylvia in a game of pursuit as old as time.

You can read this for the fun, surface story of magical love potions, lusty protagonists, and fears of marriage and really enjoy this book. You can also read this for the underlying story where both Val and Sylvia have suffered great losses--loss that has always stood in the way of true happiness and finding love. Though they each approach their losses--betrayal, moral dilemmas, death, in different ways it is that approach and that desire to find love that is for me the real conflict in this story and what puts it above many others in this genre.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal Regency Romance 8 Feb. 2009
By RaeVonne - Published on
"Aphrodite's Brew" is an intoxicating paranormal Regency romance. A love potion of witchery sparkling with humor, wit, and mayhem. Delightfully enchanting!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aphrodite's Brew 19 Feb. 2011
By North - Published on
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There is a love potion floating around the Ton and the males are droping out of their celibate states in record numbers, much to the dismay of the remaining few.
Not quite believing the tale but secretly worried, Lord Vailmont sets out to discover the truth.
The potion maker, Sylvia, has secrets to protect and a stepdaughter's season to finance. She has no time for Vailmont and everything to loose if he comes too close. Unfortunately, he is very attractive. Could her family spell book help her find a way to control her feelings ?

This a a book about relunctant lovers. She does not want to love and he, definitively does not want to marry. The potion that even its maker think a fake, might have some magic in it after all. They are caught in their own games and secrets and love finds it way.

This is light, funny, frothy reading.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's okay 13 May 2012
By C. McPherson - Published on
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I really love most of Dell Jacobs work, but this one is not quite as good as some of her other work. If you like a lot of fluff then this is for you, but I feel that the plot fell a little flat.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a delightful read! 28 July 2011
By CA - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have been reading all of Delle Jacobs' books this month, and this is one of my favorites. I recognize I really like her more comical plots than the more serious ones, and part of the allure is her wonderful wit and wonderful characterizations. But this is also a truly very sweet love story as well, and very beautifully told. Not a dull moment in the entire book. Some explicit sex, but some of it is even....funny. Yes, funny!

This is one I will definitely re-read and pass along to friends. I highly recommend it!
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