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The Wicked Games of a Gentleman: A Novel

The Wicked Games of a Gentleman: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jillian Hunter
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Award-winning author Jillian Hunter gives us another irresistible story teeming with seduction, scandal, and secrets.

Lord Drake Boscastle has everything–smoldering good looks, extreme wealth, and devilish charms. Everything, that is, except true happiness. Hoping to satisfy his growing discontent, he is set to meet one of the most celebrated courtesans in England for a heated rendezvous. But on the scheduled night of pleasure, Lord Drake’s world is turned upside down by Eloise Goodwin, a wholesome, spirited governess with voluptuous curves and a beguiling wit. Even with an experienced seductress willing to satisfy his every need, Lord Drake cannot forget his encounter with Eloise.

Although swept off her feet by the mysteriously handsome rake, Eloise has more pressing matters to address. Her rebellious young client has escaped into the night with a local rogue and is nowhere to be found. Stepping in to assist, Lord Drake must try to resist his desire to indulge the longing passion he feels for Eloise. But once a scoundrel, always a scoundrel . . . or has the untamable Lord Drake at last been tamed?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 306 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345487605
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (26 Sep 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000JMKTO6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,194 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable addition to the Boscastle Series 5 Aug 2008
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Lord Drake Boscastle is the catch of the ton with his smouldering good looks, extreme wealth and devilish charm. But the one thing he lacks is true happiness. To try and remove himself from his melancholy, he arranges for a liaison with England's most celebrated courtesan. Cooling his heels until it is time to meet for his night of pleasure, he bumps into Eloise Goodwin, a spirited, proper governess who captivates him with her voluptuous curves and sparkling wit.

Drake can't get Eloise from his mind and happily sweeps her off her feet into a world she has only dreamed of. But before true happiness there are other matters that must be addressed such as an errant charge, a blackmailer, duels and one extremely angry courtesan. Through all the confusion people begin to wonder whether the handsome scoundrel, Lord Drake, has finally been tamed.

This is a very enjoyable novel and an excellent addition to the Boscastle family series. This is the fourth novel in the series and despite characters from earlier books popping up throughout, it does read as a stand alone story.

Both Drake and Eloise are well-written characters and you really get to know them and understand them. Happily, the pair also have some nice chemistry which makes for some pleasant sex scenes. There are also a supporting cast of secondary characters including Devon, Drake's younger brother, who had some very amusing banter with the hero throughout the book. His story follows on from this one in The Sinful Nights of a Nobleman.

The plot of this book was engaging enough to keep you turning the pages and there were lots of different things going on so you never got bored.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read 16 Nov 2011
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Eloise has lost her charge when she meets Drake as he sweeps her into a dance and she is surprised when he takes her outside for a kiss. It makes her forget all about her charge Thalia but as they part ways, Eloise remembers Thalia is desperate to find her and get her home. When Eloise eventually finds and gets Thalia home she disappears again leaving Eloise to get Drake's help. What she doesn't realise is that she takes him from his night with the courtesan he has arranged to meet. As Drake agrees to help Eloise find Thalia she doesn't realise that her life is about to change. Drake manages to seduce Eloise and when he makes her a very tempting offer she realises she can't refuse. With her employer running away from debts and leaving the staff to fend for themselves Eloise starts to feel it is her responsibility to find them security and what Drake is offer would solve their problems. But the past soon catches up with Eloise and it nearly threatens what she has got with Drake.

Eloise is strong as she was disowned by her own family and made her way in the world by working as a chaperone and governess so when she receives Drake's offer of a different life she is unsure as what to do. She feels deeply for Drake but worried that he will tire of her and then what will happen to her.

Drake is meeting the most sought after courtesan but can't get Eloise out of his mind. When she needs his help he agrees but it brings him closer and closer to Eloise and soon he can't stop thinking about her. He realises that he wants her as his mistress and tries very hard to persuade her. But he soon realises he wants to spend more and more time with her.

Really good enjoyable read, amusing and passionate at the same time.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what the problem is with everyone. 5 April 2007
By Mel S. - Published on
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I rarely write a review for a book. However, after seeing many of these reviews, I felt the need to respond. I actually really liked this book. It got my attention immediately. The characters were well developed; even the minor characters. The interaction with Drake and his brother Devon were priceless. Some romantic novels can make you 'smile' at their humor. This one actually made me laugh out loud several times. Especially the picture of Heath and the references to it that kept popping up throughout the story. The sex was better than most. It wasn't the same stuff you read in every other book and much 'hotter' than many; which is a plus.... It was my first Jillian Hunter. It will not be my last. I want to read the whole series of this entertaining Boscastle family.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming and yet of series 14 Oct 2006
By statengirl - Published on
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Respectable lady's companion Eloise Goodwin is wooed (but not with marriage in mind) by the seductive Lord Drake Boscastle in this charming, fun, well-paced and sensual read. Drake is en route to an assignation with his intended mistress, a much sought-after courtesan whom he has pursued for months. Along the way, he stops by a society party where Eloise is chaperoning an engaged young miss with a wandering eye, whose fiancé is out of the country. Though plainly dressed, the lovely Eloise catches Drake's eye. She finds him attractive as well, but recognizes him for the wolf he is and has no desire to be his next meal. They dance and Drake steals a few kisses from her, but they soon part. Drake heads to his rendezvous with the courtesan, and Eloise returns home with her wayward charge, who was found necking with a known philanderer.

Later that night, the girl runs away with her no-good Lothario. Frantic to find her, Eloise goes to Drake for help, since he is a friend of the girl's brother. She locates him at a bordello, where her timing could not be any worse - he is about to "consummate" his arrangement with his mistress. Drake nonetheless extricates himself from his ladylove and agrees to help, inexplicably less bothered than he should be about the interruption. And so their adventure (and her seduction) begins - the world-weary and somewhat tarnished knight in shining armor, and his levelheaded and virtuous bundle of temptation.

The charm of the couple and their delightful interplay clearly make this story. Almost from the start, they enjoy each other with a sweetness and abandon that is truly endearing. Except for his aversion to marriage, Drake is a pretty stand-up guy. He may act a bit cocky and aggressive, but at his core he is a big sweetheart, and Eloise soon realizes this. Her passion for him is honest and selfless and totally disarming, and he is in over his head before he quite realizes it. The author wisely does not dwell too much on the negatives aspects of Eloise's brief stint as his mistress, and the situation is resolved quickly before any harm can be done. There is no great mystery or suspense in this story, yet it is very easy to get through. It has a little humor, a lot of sex, and the joy of two people falling in love. It is by far the best of the Boscastle series.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun Boscastle regency romance 30 Sep 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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In 1815 London, Lord Drake Boscastle is the envy of all aristocratic males (except for those happily married like his brother Grayson star of The Wicked Games of a Gentleman) as he has bought Maribella St. Ives as his mistress. Before finalizing their arrangement, Drake notices governess Eloise Goodwin; he steals a dance, a kiss, and a fondle or two from the shocked but willing innocent. However, his payment is helping her find her missing charge Thalia Thornton, who is with a lothario.

After taking the two women home as he promised her brother, Drake visits Maribella only to have his cousin Gabriel escort Eloise to the brothel. She needs his help again as Thalia has run off with her lothario. As Drake and Eloise work together to save Thalia from ruin while her sibling has run away to avoid a gambling debt, Eloise's former philandering fiancé Ralph Hawkens tries to blackmail her concerning her secret mistake and an upset jealous Maribella sets down the gauntlet.

This is a fun Boscastle regency romance that stars two likable protagonists and a strong secondary cast who add depth to the story line. Drake cannot help himself as he feels he must assist Eloise though he also enjoy playing "wicked" games with her. Eloise has a sharp wit that entices Drake. Sub-genre fans will appreciate Jillian Hunter's fine tale and look forward to brother Devon's wicked ways.

Harriet Klausner
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jillian Hunter is back! 28 Sep 2006
By Viv - Published on
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Lord Drake Boscastle, the dashing rake of the infamous Boscastle family, is bored with his life and hopes that an assignation with the highly sought after courtesan will cure his ennui. Mere minutes before leaving the ball to secure the courtesan as his mistress, he spots the lovely and voluptuous Eloise frantically searching for her "lost lamb". How can a wolf resist such a fetching sheep? He cannot.

What follows is a delightful laugh out loud romantic comedy with only a wee bit of drama. Drake is besotted at first site and prim Eloise has been hiding from her past for too long. When these two finally come together it's explosive as the sexual tension is palpable.

The love scenes are steamy, the tension is hot. Eloise is curvy and Drake is mad for every soft inch of her. JH revisits all the previous Boscastles and had me chortling during the part with poor baby Rowan when he was "ill". Lots of hilarious scenes in this read.

I cannot wait for Devon's book!
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boscastle Saga Continues 26 Sep 2006
By L. Martin - Published on
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Rarely do I enjoy an author who brings about various emotions as I read. Jillian Hunter is one of those rare finds - I absolutely love reading her books because I can be guaranteed a good laugh somewhere in her tale, as well as a love story that is anything but the norm. She has developed a unique style of writing that is sheer perfection.

Her last trilogy focused on the Boscastle clan (The Seduction of an English Scoundrel, The Love Affair of an English Lord, and The Wedding Night of an English Rogue) and I was instantly grasped by this rebellious lot. Their adventures captured me from the beginning and I only hoped Hunter would continue her story line with this dynamic family. Happily I can say that THE WICKED GAMES OF A GENTLEMAN once again has a Boscastle at the helm.

Lord Drake Boscastle is good looking, rich and the black sheep of the Boscastle family. He seems to be in a dark mood most of the time and cannot figure out why. He decides taking on a mistress is needed to help his mood, and he's interested in an arrangement with one of England's most famous courtesans. On the night of his introduction he is swept off his feet by Eloise Goodwin, a governess with a scandalous past of her own. She's innocent, spirited and very attractive. She's definitely not what Drake had in mind but he was blindsided by her nonetheless.

Soon Drake realizes that Eloise brings about all the good things in him - he wants to protect her, provide for her, and all of the other things people in love want. Yet he denies his emotions and figures it's just a good old dose of lust. Eloise is also smitten so much so that she agrees to become his mistress.

From here the story goes along the seduction lines and the reader thinks it will be the normal romantic journey. However, it is not and it's much more enjoyable. We're also given glimpses into the other Boscastle clan's lives and these side plots are wonderful. My favorite, that had me laughing out loud, was the scene in which Grayson (head of the family) is frantic over his son's stomach ailment. His wife has left for an evening with her parents and Grayson panics when his son starts crying and he's sure his son will die. He summons every possible person who can help. It turns out to be a bit of gas instead of a terrible disease. It was absolutely hilarious and I wonder if this was something that had happened in this author's real life!

Side plots are intriguing and give the romantic story a bit of depth. THE WICKED GAMES OF A GENTLEMAN will make the reader laugh, sigh with enjoyment and be anxious for the next book in this trilogy to come on the market.

Characters are absolutely wonderful and well developed. Drake is so vivid, my mind pictured him perfectly. Eloise is well mannered and intriguing with a bit of mischievousness mixed in. Ralph, Eloise's former fiancé, is a rat and his description is so well done that I grimaced whenever he came on the scene. Thalia Thornton is Eloise's charge until her wedding - Eloise must make sure she does not do anything to disgrace herself until she takes her vows. Thalia is a spoiled brat, although highly enjoyable with her antics and tantrums. We were also given updates to the lives of the other Boscastles (Devon, Chloe, Jane, Grayson, and Emma) even though those characters were developed in previous books, Hunter reminded us of why we enjoyed them so much before.

Overall, THE WICKED GAMES OF A GENTLEMAN is absolutely wonderful and whets the appetite for book number two in this series, THE SINFUL NIGHTS OF A NOBLEMAN, which will be on sale in October. I think the Boscastles have to be my absolute favorite fictional family of all time and my only hope is that Jillian Hunter keeps producing these great books!
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