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Beautiful Distraction (The Pleasure Wars)

Beautiful Distraction (The Pleasure Wars) [Kindle Edition]

Jess Michaels
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Can true love begin with a lie?

The Pleasure Wars, Book 4

It has been a particularly trying day for Olivia Cranfield. Despite her impeccable manners, stylish clothing and posh accent, another protector has detected her lowborn status and rejected her out of hand.

When fellow courtesan Violet invites her to come to Bath to help with the wicked seduction of the scarred, reclusive Earl of Windbury, Olivia jumps at the offer, eager for some excitement and a change of scenery.

The moment Malcolm Graham lays eyes on the delectable woman lurking in the bathhouse alley, he knows she’s a decoy to keep him busy while her friend seduces the earl inside. For a moment, he allows her to play her game…but one touch, and all he can think about is ending the two years of self-denial he’s endured in the name of friendship.

Instant attraction quickly turns into a decidedly erotic affair that makes Olivia question all she’s ever known about passion. But when the truth behind Violet’s assignment comes to light, betrayal threatens to bring everything they’ve built crashing down around Olivia’s broken heart.

Warning: This book overlaps with Beauty and the Earl, so some passages may seem familiar to readers of both. Contains a lady lying for a good cause, a gentleman as loyal to his friends as he is passionate in the bedchamber, and a steamy affair that will change them both forever.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 341 KB
  • Print Length: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (24 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IMHJB76
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,408 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 5 Sep 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another steamy and delightful read! 25 Jun 2014
By Zeee @ I Heart Romance - Published on
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The last book in the Pleasure Wars series, Beautiful Distraction tells the story of Olivia Cranfield and Malcolm Graham and happens concurrently as the third book Beauty and the Earl. I have been waiting to read this book because I was really intrigued by Olivia and Malcolm.

Olivia, a courtesan and Violet’s friend, decides to go with her to Bath after her previous protector has left her. Once there, she helps Violet ensnare the Liam, the Earl of Windbury by distracting his best friend and companion Malcolm Graham. What starts out as a steamy affair turns into love as both Olivia and Malcolm find solace in each other’s arms. When Violet’s read motives are revealed, Olivia’s lies also come to light which results in a break between her and Malcolm.

Although Beautiful Distraction is a novella I felt that it was written well with all the characters fully developed because we read about them in Beauty and the Earl. I felt the ending was a little bit abrupt and Malcom’s forgiveness given a little bit too quick for my taste. While reading, I also had flashes of the scenes from Beauty and the Earl which filled up for the other parts that were not mentioned in this book.

Beautiful Distraction is another steamy and delightful read, 4 Hearts!

I recommend reading Beauty and the Earl first to understand more about Olivia’s reasons why she did what she did.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Novella That Tells The Secondary Romance from BEAUTY AND THE EARL 25 Jun 2014
By S. Melo - Published on
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BEAUTIFUL DISTRACTION is a novella that tells the secondary romance from BEAUTY AND THE EARL from the perspective of those characters. Readers of BEAUTY AND THE EARL will be familiar with the scenes in BEAUTIFUL DISTRACTION because the same scenes are repeated just told from the point of view of Olivia Cranfield and Malcolm Graham.

Olivia is a courtesan who has traveled with her friend to Bath in order to track down the Earl of Windbury and spy on him. Olivia agrees to be a distraction for her friend and occupy Malcolm (the Earl's friend). Olivia and Malcolm quick end up falling in love but when the truth about the women's deception is uncovered, Olivia fears that she has lost Malcolm.

I really liked this story because of the different picture it gives of the BEAUTY AND THE EARL story. Olivia and Malcolm are less complicated characters and their romance is sweeter, but I really liked how Malcolm always treated Olivia with respect.

For fans of BEAUTY AND THE EARL this is a must read. For those who haven't read the novel, this novella will give an introduction to that book without giving everything away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Olivia and Mal's story 24 Jun 2014
By Carolyn Sue Durham - Published on
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I loved learning what was going on while Liam and Violet were busy. This is a wonderful story that I think all fans of hot romances will love!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! 24 Jun 2014
By Tammy S. - Published on
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I was so happy to see this book written I loved these two characters in Beauty and the Earl. Olivia is supposed to be a distraction to Malcolm while her best friend seduces his best friend the Earl of Windbury. Olivia is instantly attracted to Malcolm and being a distraction for her friend in not a problem. They soon discover their feelings for each other run deep and their budding new relationship could be destroyed through lies and deceit. I was happy to learn some history on both of these characters and what happened in their past to shape them into who they became. Wonderful read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short but Pleasureful. 24 Jun 2014
By paaj - Published on
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If you have not read Beauty and the Earl yet, I recommend you do that because it will make you understand more of what this novella is about because both are written in the same timeline.

I'm so happy Jess wrote a novella for Olivia and Mal. Their love blossom in the third book of the series and we didn't get a chance to read how it grew until this novella got release. The passion that these two have for each other was hot. Olivia intended to distract Mal from his friend so that her friend could go to him but who knew it was a win-win situation. Having read the third book already, I knew how it was going to end but it still made me all jumpy and happy because it was a HEA.
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