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The Heiress in His Bed [Mass Market Paperback]

Tamara Lejeune

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3 Aug 2009
To escape an unwanted marriage, Lady Viola Gambol flees to London and poses as a maid in a boarding house. Little does she know that the 'boarding house' is actually a brothel - until the owner auctions Viola off to the highest bidder! Viola vows to fight off the auction's winner, Julian Devize - but her immense attraction to the scoundrel is making that very hard to do...Julian was hired to find missing heiress Viola Gambol, but first he must rescue his brother from a house of ill repute. When Julian sees the alluring maid being sold like a slave he impulsively makes a bid to protect her honour. Julian has no idea that the woman he saved is the one he's been hired to find. But his honourable intentions take a scandalous turn as temptation leads to unrelenting pleasure.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra Books; 1 Original edition (3 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420101307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420101300
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 10.3 x 16.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,688,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my style 19 Mar 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The author has a very distinctive writing style which I did not care for at all. It was supposedly funny - but I found the characters to be abrasive, unlikable and ultimately hard to care for. There were too many characters, all of whom were acting at cross-purposes, frequently displaying TSTL tendencies. In the opening scenes alone, the heroine's brother Dickon comes across as so stupendously dumb as to be one step below a cabbage. The heroine was shrill and idiotic - at one point she jumps out of an upper story window towards an oak tree because "if squirrels can do it, so can I" - and I really didn't care what happened to her. The hero was equally unpleasant.

One reviewer called this a classical farce - and I can see what s/he means - Lejeune does seem to be attempting to channel Shakespearean level comedy, unfortunately it was hard to care for any of the characters, and frankly, she doesn't write as well as Shakespeare.

I shall not be reading any more of this author's work
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars farce at it's best 20 July 2009
By Debby D. Flower - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a long time historical romance reader, I can't believe that I've never read this author before. I'll be ordering some of her older books as soon as I finish writing this review.

I almost didn't buy the book - the same old story of the runaway heiress at a brothel auction and a gallant rescuer.

But the characters are quirky, interesting and altogether more 3-dimensional than I've seen in a long time. They "do" different things than most of the characters do in the run of the mill historical romance. The social climbing and pecking order of Regency England is clear but not overwhelmingly oppressive.

To give just one example: Julian - the hero - although the younger son of a baron, is an outcast because he chooses to live and work in "the City" [the middle class, working part of London]... AND he caused a run on the "Child's Bank" incurring the wrath of Lady Jersey [since it was her bank]. Even the semi-regular Regency reader knows that you don't want to get Lady Jersey mad at you, since you'll be banned from Almack's, but the bank scandal is a new twist on a familiar name.

I loved the characters, both major and minor. Sure, some of the things that happen are unbelievable but that's farce for you. And Tamara Lejeune did it with a light touch that had me turning the pages far into the night.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "TOO MANY CHARACTERS" " HARD TO FINISH" 2 Sep 2009
By pen pen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ok... this is my first read by this author. Its ok depending on what you like. I didn't like the fact that the story had too many characters and too many plots. It really took away from the story. The plot was pretty good. However, the story made too many detours and did not sticking with the main characters (hero & heroine). AT some points it got to be a little confusing. Not bad...but not my kind of romance writing. It was just too much going on in this story. I don't think I will be reading anything else by this author. I thought the sex scenes were horrible. Each time he had sex with her it was like imagining stray dogs in an alley. I mean he was hurting her and being rough. The hero came in like 2 seconds. No hot sex scenes what-so-ever.
I gave it a two because I rather enjoyed the heroines character. She was funny and very witty. However, I would not recommend this book to no one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of characters, lots of subplots 26 July 2009
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There's a lot of action, plot and characters in Tamara LeJune's latest novel, Heiress in his Bed. A reader definitely will not be able to skim through this book because there's just too much happening to too many characters, especially toward the end of the novel.

It is almost impossible to give a synopsis of this book but here's a go at it. Lady Viola is the sister of a Duke. Viola is smart, sassy, a bit imperious and sly as a fox. Her brother is kind of a bumbling not too smart guy. Viola wants out of a betrothal to a man she has never met and her brother wants the marriage contracts to be in his family's favor so Julian Devize, stockbroker and financial whiz extraordinaire is brought in to oversee the contracts. Julian is also smart, and he's noble too.

To assist a young woman from the village, Viola goes to London impersonating the shy girl and ends up in a brothel soon to be sold off to the highest bidder. Viola is a country bumpkin, even though she is very fashion forward, but she is not wise to the ways of the world although she thinks she is at first. Julian rescues her but does not know her real identity, Viola, however, knows his.

The time the leads spend together is endearingly sweet and charming as Julian is very honorable and Viola gets to play a new role in her life: that of a beloved girlfriend. Viola can be demanding, after all she is an aristocrat posing as a Vicar's daughter, but she is not so demanding that she is unlikable.

There are so many other characters in this novel woven into the lead's story that it is a little confusing. This novel takes place in London and in Sussex with both Viola's and Julian's relatives playing major and minor parts. This was one aspect of the novel that I did not like as it overtook the lead's story at times. Also these secondary characters needed a little more background, I barely knew some of them, yet they had parts to play in the main story with Viola and Julian. As can be expected, with all these characters, there is mayhem and it never dawns on all the characters until the end of the novel that most of their assumptions about spouses, lovers, friends, relatives and even governesses are wrong.

Viola and Julian were not typical romance heroes and heroines. Julian worked a job, and he actually went to work. He would be at the exchange just like any other stockjobber of his day. Viola was impetuous but also optimistic and thoughtful when it came to others. This novel incorporated the everyday life of Londoners from pawn shops to dessert shops. And even though there were many subplots, I liked this novel; the main story was fresh and humorous.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I would pass on this one... 16 July 2009
By cb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The concept of this book is that Lady Viola Gambol is the well-adjusted, older than her year's sister of a Duke. When her brother tells her she has been engaged since birth and now she needs to marry - she insists they hire a lawyer to get her out of the marriage and to save her money. She ends up 'helping' out a vicar's daughter Mary and going to London pretending to be the Mary check out the aunt where Mary planned to live. Viola finds that Mary's Aunt runs a brothel and plans to sell Viola to the highest bidder. Julian Devize meets Viola at the brothel and buys her to protect her. Julian and Viola fall in love but he still thinks she is poor Mary the vicar's daughter.

The 1st 1/2 was good but it becomes such a farce and so out of control with all the characters - I just found that in the end I really didn't care if any of the characters had a 'happy ever after'.

If you like this genre, I would suggest my lastest summer reads; What Happens in London, The Scandals of An Innocent and The Confessions of a Duchess (The Brides of Fortune).
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