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One Night With a Prince (The Royal Brotherhood) [Kindle Edition]

Sabrina Jeffries
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Continuing her irresistible Royal Brotherhood Series, bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries introduces the third of three half-noble half brothers -- the brashest rogue in all of London.
Proper Lady Christabel, the Marchioness of Haversham, is desperate to regain some letters that could destroy her -- so desperate that she pretends to be the mistress of notorious gaming-club owner Gavin Byrne to accompany him to a scandalous house party where she can reclaim them. But when she agreed to let Byrne coach her on how a true mistress behaves, she never suspected how very...persuasive his wicked lessons would be.
Gavin is secretly determined to find the letters himself and use them for revenge against the noble sire who abandoned him to grow up in London's worst slums. He's also delighted at how very successful his "mistress lessons" are: it won't be long before the luscious young widow is in his bed. But when Christabel catches Gavin in his own seductive net, he faces a difficult choice: to wreak the vengeance he's planned all his life, or to protect the woman he may -- to his own astonishment -- need more than revenge.

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Desperate to recover some incriminating letters, proper Lady Christabel, masquerades as the mistress of Gavin Byrne, a notorious gaming-club owner, to accompany him to a scandalous house party, not realizing that Gavin has his own vengeful agenda.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 481 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743477723
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (1 July 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YCP966
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sabrina Jeffries has written two dozen novels under the names Deborah Martin, Deborah Nicholas, and Sabrina Jeffries. She lives with her husband and son in North Carolina.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
To be quite honest i expected the third book in this series to be a disappointment as many other authors become repetative in subsequent books. However, i just had to read this book as i loved the first two books so much i couldn't put them down. I am very pleased to say that Sabrina Jeffries continues to produce first class characters, unruly and strong minded women, and wholesome sensual men, who will keep you engrossed throughout this seductive and exhilarating tale. Gavin, another of Prinny's unclaimed byblows meets Christabel, the widowed Marchioness of Haversham and she is asking for his help! The plot involves Christina masquerading as Gavins mistress at gambling dens and exclusive house parties, in order for her to recover some letters that if published would ruin her family and also the notorious Prinny!! Gavins desperation to destroy Prinny is so great that he is willing to risk the destruction of Christabels family by planning to steal the letters to have them published. It is up to the beautiful Christabel to conquer Gavins defenses in order to save her heart and her family. Excellent book with numerous twists and turns from start to finish!! You won't be disappointed!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Totally lovely hero 27 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book in the series, ending up totally in love with the sensuous Gavin. Reformed rakes make the best husbands don't they?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christabel - More than a Mistress... 13 Dec 2010
By Lejb
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first of SJ's recency romances that I have read in the series, and what a read it was!

Once I was introduced to the notorious rouge, Gavin Byrne and the hard-headed marchioness, Lady Haversham (Christabel) I couldn't wait to see how their characters and the relatonship between them would unfold.

In a devious plot to retrieve some letters that will damage her family's reputation, Christabel calls upon Byrne to help her get them back. The only way is to pose as Byrne's mistress to win an invitation to Lord Stokely's infamous card party. And only a certain type of guest makes the list; either for their talent at cards or their willingness for wickedness, as Christabel soon discovers. Before that however, she must master her skills at playing whist if Byrne is to partner her instead of the host this year without raising suspicion. Little does Christabel realise that she may have more to lose than her dignity to become a competant card player when Byrne challenges her to a game of whist for the wicked.

As Christabel's lessons continue, so develops a secret desire for Byrne, whose intentions to bed her grow all the more fierce with her abstinence. She will not succumb to his advances to be just another mistress, despite how his rough and passionate kisses make her feel. Yet she may discover that giving in is the only way to keep the unacclaimed prince.

This is definately a page turner and a great read! I loved the ending and would love to see this book made into a film! Enjoy!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gavin n Christabel.. awsome 14 April 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Very good romance..
Gavin is your typical bad boy! who reforms his ways for the heroine. She is strong and determine in her ways and never lets seduction sway her. Unfortunately Gavin is the one who ends up seduced by her.. Lots of funny moments.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  61 reviews
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Regency Period Romance! 29 Jun 2005
By ellejir - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the third book in Sabrina Jeffries's "Royal Brotherhood Series", historical romances set in England's Regency period featuring heroes who are illegitimate sons of the Prince of Wales. "One Night with a Prince" is the story of Gavin Byrne, Prinny's unacknowledged son by an Irish actress. It is an entertaining, well-written tale with an attractive hero and unusual heroine.

Gavin Byrne is one of the "self-made man" variety of romantic heroes, a man who has risen from a childhood spent in the gutters of London to become the wealthy owner of an exclusive gentleman's gambling club. Prinny's denial and rejection of his mother, a childhood spent in desperate poverty and an unhappy love affair in his youth have left Byrne bitter and cynical. Gorgeous and controlled, he has had many (many!) mistresses but (of course!) scorns the idea of falling in love and getting married.

The heroine of the story is Lady Christabel Haversham, a pretty and rather unconventional young widow who needs Gavin's help to recover a packet of scandalous letters concerning the Prince of Wales that her feckless husband stole from her and sold to the dastardly Lord Stokely in order settle a gambling debt. Christabel's plan involves posing as Gavin's mistress in order to secure an invitation to an exclusive gambling party at Lord Stokely's country home. Gavin agrees to help her, privately planning to use the letters himself to get revenge on Prinny for his abandonment of his mother, and hoping to get Christabel to agree to be his mistress in truth.

Gavin is an engaging hero--handsome, sexy, intelligent, but embittered by life. I am always a sucker for stories with "heartless" heroes who find their souls through the love of a good woman. Christabel is an interesting heroine, although a bit too much of a street-fighter for a gentlewoman from the Regency period to be believable and occasionally straying into the dreaded "feisty heroine" territory. I did like the fact that she had a really bad temper--it was a nice quirk in her character. She was disappointingly proper at the beginning of the story (numerous internal monologues vowing *never* to allow sexy Gavin Byrne to kiss, fondle or seduce her--vows (of course) instantly forgotten with the mere touch of Gavin's lips!) She is also oddly innocent for a woman who was married for ten years, regardless of how much of a loser her husband may have been.

The book seemed to drag somewhat at the beginning with a bit too much exposition masquerading as dialogue, but the plot starts to move along as things heat up between Gavin and Christabel. (In an entertaining scene, he teaches her how to play "Whist for the Wicked"--a variant of strip poker.) Fortunately, Christabel is a very quick study and becomes an expert whist player in a matter of only two weeks. The plan to recover the letters is not exactly brilliant, but the romance is sweet (once the bickering is over) and the sensual scenes well done (althought I am not sure which night is the "One Night" referred to in the book's title.)

In summary, this is a very readable and enjoyable historical romance with an engaging hero and heroine. It is my favorite in the "Royal Brotherhood Series".

Recommended.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOT, Sexy, Great story.... Two Thumbs up.. 9 Sep 2005
By D. Lane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of my all time favorite romance books. From page one the characters in this charming book reached out and grabbed me. Page after page I just got sucked in deeper until I closed the book with a happy sigh. This book had everything you need to create a good romance: a dashing hero, a beautiful feisty heroine, something that always seems to interfere with the hero and heroine, and, most of all...PASSION! You will feel like smoking after the sex scenes in this book. It was written with an amazing level of intensity and feeling that my heart was pumping furiously with the palatable passion in the story. The relationship between the leads is endearing. The secondary characters are enjoyable as well.T his book is sharp and fast-moving. Filled with Lovable and exciting characters. Lots of laugh out-loud, I-can't-believe-they-did-that scenes and oh so plenty of heart warming moments. This was a very entertaining book. This book was a pleasure to read and I couldn't put it down until it was finished. I really enjoyed the characters, as they were very likeable.

The relationship between the leads is endearing. I found the characters to be multi-dimensional and the author weaves a mystery into the story without slowing it down or interrupting the romantic flow. The love scenes are ample & steamy, and the plot is a good one. A fast paced book with an intricate plot that I cannot help but enjoy. The interaction between the leads was great. Sabrina Jeffries has found a perfect match for the notorious Gavin with feisty Christabel. They are well matched in temperament, intelligence and in their loyalty to their families. It was an interesting. There is enough conflict to make the story line interesting and not so much that your left wondering why they ever got together.
This book is sharp and fast-moving. I was sad to have it end, but satisfied at the ending!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Brotherhood Series 22 Aug 2005
By avines - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
sabrina jeffries is the kind of author who is without a doubt gifted when it comes to her depiction of love scenes. this is why i am always willing to read her books, even if they sometimes disappointment in terms of plot and/or character development. however, this book proves to be jeffries at her best. not only did she get it right with the love scenes, but the plot and characterization were very well done.

christabel, the marchioness of haversham, is a widowed general's daughter whose husband was addicted to gambling. needless to say, he left her impoverished and sold the one thing of value she had from right under her nose. turns out this thing is a set of letters with the potential to both prevent the prince regent from becoming king and put all of england into political chaos. on a personal level, the exposure of the letters could destroy christabel's father, which is why she is determined to retrieve them. they were sold to lord stokely, a debauched nobleman who is blackmailing the prince to force him to give stokely his daughter in marriage.

gavin byrne, self-made owner of a successful gentlemen's club, is the prince regent's son by a former actress. having to take care of himself since the age of 12, he is embittered because the prince reneged on a promise to financially support gavin's mother when he was younger while also denouncing her claim that gavin is indeed his child. when he is asked by his half-brothers to help christabel retrieve the letters at the bequest of the prince, he immediately sees an opportunity to use the letters as leverage for gaining his revenge against the prince.

when gavin and christabel meet in the book, it's actually the second time they've encountered each other. the first time was when christabel shot at him when he came to see her husband about a debt that was owed to him. needless to say, gavin is a bit hesitant about being in christabel's presence. however, the attraction once they meet again is immediate, as christabel's candor and honesty ignite a desire within the jaded Gavin, who up until then, has had plenty of mistresses. the plan is for christabel to pretend to be gavin's mistress so that they can gain an invitation to a whist competition being held at lord stokely's estate. gavin, attracted to christabel's forthright personality as well as her volumptous body (no skinny chit here, just a 30 year old woman with curves in all of the right places), is determined to make the arrangement a real affair, but he has no intention of ever falling in love with her.

what ensues are some extremely sensual encounters for the hero and heroine, in particular a "wicked whist" game that left me absolutely breathless. this is where jeffries really shines. christabel initially fights the attraction and tells him she would make a bad mistress because she would become too possessive and would ultimately care too much about him. gavin has never been rejected by a female so he doesn't let her rejection deter him. he thinks he can simply seduce her into getting what he wants.

watching gavin and christabel evolve during this story was beautiful. christabel, initially uncomfortable with both her sexual needs and her position as marchioness, becomes more confident in the bedroom and within the company of those in society. gavin, initially emotionally distant and jaded about society and women, becomes a vulnerable hero who can't help but wear his heart on his sleeve. although gavin DID use women in the sexual sense, at the root, gavin had a good heart. he just didn't realize it. he bears a guilt that makes him feel like he shouldn't have been born so that his mother wouldn't have suffered at the hands of the prince.

the plot was simple but not thin. i liked it because it gave the two leads plenty of time to spend together, which makes for great character development if done right, as it is here. plenty of sensual and sexual encounters, plenty of dialogue where the reader can feel the chemistry between the two leads, and plenty of inner struggle as gavin fights his feelings for christabel. the crucial point of the book is when gavin has to decide whether or not to use the information they're searching for to either hurt "prinny" and in doing so, hurting and losing christabel, or not hurt "prinny" and ending his lifelong dream to exact revenge against his father.

wonderfully engrossing and emotional story with compelling leads and some of the most sensual love scenes i've ever read makes this a HIGHLY recommended book.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What's with all the mistresses??? 28 Oct 2005
By Nicole Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Christabel is the only daughter of a General who lucked out when she was saved by a dashing young Leuitenant who later becomes her husband. They had a happy, if not overly heated, marriage. Until his death she never considered that he had any faults. That's when all his dirty little secrets and trechery become apparent with a potential scandal that leads all the way to the Prince.

Gavin Byrne, part of the trio of princely [...] and all around ne'er do well, is charged with the duties of assisting Christabel in attempting to salvage this fiasco and protect his wayward Prince father (even though his majesty never lifted a finger for him). He is instantly attracted to Christabel and devises a plan for her to become his pretend mistress in order to perpetrate a ruse amongst his buddies and get her to the intended destination.

This story was well written (the dialogue, story flow, etc). That is not why I gave it less than a stellar rating. I felt all the moments of embarrassment were too much for the heroine to have to endure. They didn't lead to any sort of debauching and loosening of her morals or made her easier to sleep with. She seemed to want to do that from the start. So making her sit amongst his former mistresses and former fiance (there were many of one and one of the other) and listen to them talk dirty about his sexual exploits made me hate the hero. It made him seem like the prized stallion and not someone I was empathetic to. He was made him seem like someone who used women like tissue. I would have been more comfortable had that been apart of his past. It was also poorly timed. Too soon sex for the character development and too many embarrassing moments for the heroine. I couldn't sympathize with either of them.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a very satisfying read 15 July 2005
By tregatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
His half-brothers, the Earl of Iversley and Viscount Draker, may have grown soft since their respective marriages and forgiven their royal sire his sins, but Gavin Bryne still holds onto the anger and contempt he feels for George, Prince of Wales, for his cruel and cowardly treatment of Bryne's mother. But when the Prince requests that Gavin help Christabel, the Marchioness of Haversham, regain property that her dead husband had wrongfully sold to Lord Stokely, Gavin agrees to help because he senses that there is more to the story than he's being told, and that this "property" just may give him the leverage he needs in order to make the Prince pay for the way he treated Byrne's mother. However, in order to do that he will have to work closely with the spirited and maddening Christabel, who just happens to affect Gavin in a way that no other woman ever has. Could the man, who vowed never to fall in love and marry, have finally met his match?

Of the three novels in the Royal Brotherhood trilogy ("In the Prince's Bed," "To Pleasure a Prince" & "One Night With a Prince"), this installment is definitely the best -- it has the best storyline of the three, and it is the most emotionally satisfying as well. It probably is the most sensually titillating as well (haven't read a scene like the one where Gavin and Christabel play strip whist in a while, and the scene with Gavin, Christabel and dressmaker was nothing to sneezed at either). And while the plot didn't exactly unfold at a breath-neck pace, it moved along at a steady and even pace with no rude starts and stops so that the overall effect was one of a smooth and continuous flow. This had the effect of making the read all the more pleasurable, and allowed us to "see" the mutual sexual attraction that Gavin and Christabel felt for each other flower into absolute love. However, while the depiction of the other characters felt disappointingly paper thin and followed stock-type lines, the author's portrayal of the hero and heroine was excellently done. Gavin, a self-made man was painted as intelligent, single-minded and driven, but who was also vulnerable and full of integrity -- in other words the kind of hero many romance readers would find thrilling and approve of wholeheartedly. While Christabel was portrayed as a strong-minded, quick tempered and resourceful young woman, who was takingly unaware of her feminine charms (again a character most readers would have found engaging). Thankfully neither Gavin nor Christabel possessed characteristics that marked them as having more hair than wit, and neither treated us to moments of high melodrama (a pet peeve of mine).

Few authors can maintain most readers' interest for an entire series/trilogy; but Sabrina Jeffries did just that. She wrote three very different and very appealing novels centering on three half-brothers. Each book has been well written, and each book has been an enjoyable and absorbing read. But as every reviewer has noted so far, "One Night With a Prince" is definitely the best of the lot. It tied things up nicely and gave us the happily ever-after ending we were all rooting for. Very satisfying indeed.
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