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Enticing Miss Eugenie Villaret (The Marriage Game Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Ella Quinn
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Ella Quinn's intriguing and irresistible bachelors are masters in the game of seduction. But nothing has the power to change a single man's mind like a captivating woman. . .

William, Viscount Wivenly, plans to remain the most eligible of bachelors. He refuses to surrender to the schemes of husband-hunting ladies and matchmaking mamas. Fleeing the pressure of the ton, he's bent on finding refuge in the West Indies. What he finds instead is a fascinating stranger, a woman so unlike those of his society that he can't resist such a beguiling distraction. . .

Determined to let nothing complicate her mission to protect her family's livelihood while covertly rescuing orphaned slave children, Miss Eugénie Villaret does her best to evade suitors. But when dashing William lures her down a path of forbidden adventure and delicious danger, she may be convinced that business can indeed be mixed with pleasure—and persuaded to add passion to her priorities. . .

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1316 KB
    • Print Length: 316 pages
    • Publisher: eKensington (7 Aug. 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00IUPCLN6
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    • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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    0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Exciting, thrillingly fabulous 8 Aug. 2014
    By April
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth

    Enticing Miss Eugénie Villaret is the 5th book in the Marriage Game series. It can be read as a standalone. It is wonderfully written, filled with danger and intrigue. With fascinating characters that you can’t help but care about. I loved it.

    Opening Scene:

    July 1816, St. Thomas, Danish West Indies

    Miss Eugénie Villaret de Joyeuse followed Gunna, an old black slave, down a narrow backstreet lined with long houses in Crown Prince’s Quarter.

    The Review:

    After the death of her step-father, Miss Eugénie Villaret de Joyeuse, is determined to find out what is going on in his shipping company. His manager has informed her mother that the thriving business is going under, but he won’t show them the books. With the help of her friend Cicely they are determined to break into the office and search the books.
    Will, Lord Wivenly has come to the West Indies on his father’s behalf to find out what exactly is going on at his belated Uncle’s shipping offices. Going undercover as Mr. Munford and with his friend Andrew Grayson, they embark on finding the shipping books, but instead encounter the delightful Eugénie and Cicely.
    Will wants Eugénie, with every fiber of his being, but after making some inappropriate propositions and comments, Will realizes his only way of redemption is to marry the feisty Eugénie. Well that is until he realizes he has to convince her, and she’s not making it easy for him, at all. But danger lurks around many corners and all is not as it seems.

    Notable Scene:

    “Well, well,” came a deep voice from the door.
    “What have we here?
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Historical romance 20 April 2015
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Very easy reading and a nice escape
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    Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  27 reviews
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars If we start this will be ever be able to stop? 3 Aug. 2014
    By Mary Gramlich - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback
    Trying to manage her family and the business since her father’s death has been difficult for Miss Eugénie Villaret de Joyeuse as her mother believes only a man can fix the problems they are having. Eugénie points out it is a man that is getting them into this fix but her mother will not listen. When she sends for help from the extended family it is William, Viscount Wivenly that comes to her aid but discovers her real identify after a covert operation to expose the person trying to ruin their lives.

    William can fix the business issues but his heart issues with Eugénie are a whole other problem he is unsure how to tackle. His friend Andrew was quick to make his choices of whom to love but William wants to make sure that Eugénie is the one for him. Yet when he approaches with his desire for marriage she has the nerve to turn him down due to a lack of, dare he say it romance. A more determined man to win what he wants one will never be found outside of William and now that he wants Eugénie he will have her. The problem is there is a sinister plot by someone who wants to harm her and that is something William will never let happen. He rushes to her side and will prove that he can care for her, her family, and the business with every intention that love brings with it.

    When the situation escalates and Eugénie is taken from him the mystery of what happened to her father becomes so intertwined no one can figure out what is going on. Williams will not be stopped in his search to find her and take down the evil that refuses to stop interfering in their lives
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Charming and sweet! 7 Aug. 2014
    By Nicole Laverdure - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I read Ella Quinn's book ENTICING MISS EUGENIE VILLARET of her Marriage Game series and liked it. This is the story of William, Viscount Wivenly, who wishes to remain single as long as possible. He refuses to be chased by the young ladies who are looking for husbands. To escape the ton, he leaves on a trip to the West Indies. There, he meets a beautiful and fascinating stranger named Eugenie Villaret, a woman so different from the women he normally meets. Will he resist her? But Eugenie, has a mission, to save orphaned slaves children. Will she resist the charm of William? Will they be able to mix passion and business? This story was well written, her heroine independent and the hero handsome. My favorite romance by Ms. Quinn, is still, Desiring Lady Caro, which I think was the best book in her series.
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful setting, but the characterization needed more time and thought. 7 Aug. 2014
    By bookworm2bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This is the fifth book in Ella Quinn’s The Marriage Game series [The Seduction of Lady Phoebe; The Secret Life of Miss Anna Marsh; The Temptation of Lady Serena; Desiring Lady Caro; Enticing Miss Eugenie Villaret] and out of all five, my least favorite.

    I really wanted to love this story as much as I loved the one right before it [Desiring Lady Caro], but something just didn’t click with me in this one.

    William was someone I didn’t like from the start, but I didn’t hate him. He just struck me as someone who was too dense and uncaring, and once I formed that opinion, it was hard for me to get on board of his ‘redemption’ to being a hero.

    Eugenie, our heroine who is supposed to be an innocent when it came to relationships with men and sophisticated enough to be someone who is fighting for a worthy cause of enslaved children was a contradiction, and I never connected with her.

    That said, I love this author and her work and even in this story she manages, through her wonderful prose, to take me back in time and enjoy the beauty of the setting, the Caribbean. I actually found the subplot of the hero and heroine’s friends’ love story more appealing and despite its pace, more believing.

    In the end, I do recommend it to all of those that have already read the other four books in this series, if for nothing else but for Ms. Quinn’s writing and research alone. She did an outstanding job of transporting me to and letting me experience not just history but a culture of the Dutch West Indies during Regency of which I knew nothing about. I so wish the characterization of the main characters was given just a tad more time and thought.

    Melanie for b2b

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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A charming adventure to marry... 31 Aug. 2014
    By L. Ringsby - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition
    William, Viscount Wivenly, has never had to work for a lady’s attention or affection. Everything has always come very easy to Will, yet he still yearns for something greater. He is going to the West Indies to get away from the plotting, grasping, insipid girls and women that want him only for his title, both now, and when he inherits the earldom.

    Will arrives in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies to investigate issues with his Uncle’s company. He meets Miss Eugenie Villaret while he is posing as a mere mister and sparks immediately start to fly. Assuming Eugenie is a widow, Will considers an affair with her. Eugenie is the granddaughter of a count and a viscount and wants to marry for love, like her mamma and step-papa. After a major error on Will’s part, the mistaken identities are cleared up and the two are betrothed. Will has to woo and court her; something he has NO idea how to do.

    I found it endearing that even though Eugenie is not sure of Will’s affection or character, she takes his side in domestic issues. This is another first for Will--no one takes his side. The chase to wed for Will, Eugenie and their friends adds humor and an engaging charm to the story. The subplot of Eugenie’s step-papa and the villains added a brilliant layer of tension throughout the story. Ms. Quinn has created wonderful characters; fun, spirited and sometimes irreverent. Tidwell, Will’s valet, is an excellent example. He is forever worried about Will’s cravats to the determent of Will’s wellbeing, and it made me smile. Once again she has brought together a dazzling ensemble of companions as you travel through this story.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Caribbean Getaway 19 Aug. 2014
    By Kiltsandswords - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition
    It took me a couple of days to read this book, not because I didn’t like it, rather because there is a lot to take in. The author makes the Caribbean islands sound so beautiful and perfect. It made me want to visit St. Thomas and Tortola during the 1800s, instead on a cruise ship with the equivalent of 5 times the populations of this timeframe. The food, the weather, the water, the trades were all so well described and accurate. The author must have spent a lot of time doing extensive research to make sure she captured the essence of the Caribbean perfectly.
    If you have ever visited the Caribbean you know there are islands with associations from the colonist times. Martinique with the French, The British Virgin Islands, St. Martin is half French and half Dutch, Jamaica to the British and so on. This mini European invasion allows the author the freedom to have many cultures mix within the story. She references through the main character William that so many settlers recreate the society they left behind, from the housing styles to servant clothes and the wardrobe nobles wear – not always appropriate for the humid climes. The heroine, Eugenie, lives in a house that is representative of the local cultures and it was interesting to hear the characters compare England to St. Thomas.
    The love story between the two gets started due to a mutual interest in Nathan Wivenly’s shipping company. Nathan is presumed dead after a pirate attack and his company starts to flounder. Enter William, Nathan’s nephew who sails from England to figure out what is going on and help out his aunt. Will is looking forward to this adventure with his friend Andrew as he is being hunted and stalked by the silly misses of the ton and their marriage minded mama’s.
    When Will and Eugenie meet, it is mutual sparks. Will makes an assumption that she must be a widow and pursues her for his carnal delights. He learns that he is very much mistaken and the book proceeds for nearly two-thirds with him trying to win her over. It helps that he is actually related to her (although she is a step-relation), her best friend and his best friend instantaneously decide to marry and there isn’t a huge society on the island for them to distance themselves from one another.
    Eugenie leads Will on a merry chase. He is forced to court, woo and bend to her will. I liked both the main characters. Eugenie had legitimate concerns about marrying Will. By the time she capitulates you feel as though all her grievances have been well addressed. Will can be the typical Lord of the Manor type, with his entourage and throwing his name around to get what he wants. But chasing after Eugenie humbles him. It makes him a more likable character that he can recognize and correct his flaws.
    The mystery of the floundering shipping company weaves its way through the romance. It merits the actions the characters take to save the company, find out who wishes to harm Eugenie and pushes the impending nuptials closer. The villains are introduced quite early and you follow along with what they are doing so it actually created a suspenseful journey. Wondering when and how they were going to launch their dastardly plans.
    Unlike most historical romance novels, this one doesn’t follow the familiar recipe for physical intimacy. In all likelihood it’s because Eugenie is uncertain about Will and his intentions and for his part he has promised his friends not to seduce her to make up her mind. When they do finally consummate their relationship, it’s intense. The sex scenes are well written and tender. Although they are passionate, there is love underlying their relationship so it had a poignancy to it. By the time the book ends, Eugenie is well loved, in her heart and in her bed.
    The secondary characters enhance the story. It seemed a little farfetched that two best friends marry two best friends, but there may have been slim pickings for these girls. The author does create the backdrop that Will is hounded and harassed by the London ladies and therefore it does make sense that he would welcome a woman who isn’t overly impressed with his title.
    This is the first book I have read by this author. There are more books in this series and after this read, I’d be interested in reading more by her. A solid book, especially if you like pirates, sailing, the Caribbean and a bit of English society thrown in too.

    Reviewed for Kiltsandswords. I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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