To Bed a Beauty: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – 27 Jun 2008
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About the Author
Nicole Jordan is the nationally bestselling author of fifteen historical romances. She recently moved with her real-life hero to the Rocky Mountains of Utah, where she is at work on the next book of her scorching Notorious series-tales of dangerous rakes and bold adventurers during the Regency era.
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The remarkably handsome Duke of Arden, is known as an extraordinary lover, a man who is able to make women weep with rapture. At the annual notorious Cyprian's ball, fate finds him on the lookout for a new mistress when his eyes catch hold of a beautiful masked shepherdess. He pursues and confronts her in a deserted alcove. But shockingly this woman seems to be immune to his advances. Hmmm...must be a ploy, for she is quite an actress too, pretending to be all innocent. So he *intensifies* his persuasive skills. And just when things become increasingly heated, she declines his offer and turns to flee with Arden left feeling rather stunned......
Weeks later, at her sister's wedding, Roslyn panics when Arden realizes that it was her at the ball. She fears the only way out of her dilemma is to tell the truth. So she assures him that she was only there for ....er...... investigative purposes. She wants to know how courtesans make men fall in love with them. Arden is intrigued. He admires her honesty but thinks its absurd to try and get a man to fall in love with you (if in fact *real love* even exists). And she wants *lessons* from him?.....What the devil? But after he ponders it for a moment, he's more than willing to help the delectable beauty with lessons on how to snare a man's heart....well someone has to be the guinea pig <grin>!Read more ›
I was amused by the term dukedom as I always thought a Duke had a duchy but perhaps I am wrong. There were not too many Americanisms here which is always a plus, I do wish they knew we use the word 'got' and in those days 'gotten' would not have been in the dictionary.
The plot has been described above so I will not go into that again. Suffice it to say that this is the sort of thing people want so it has been written for today's readers who will enjoy it. That said, I am surprised Jane Austen still sells so well. As often happens in modern historicals there is sex in abundance; a gentleman would never compromise a gently bred lady and the lady would have been scared witless re sex before marriage. The prostitute friend would not have been allowed within a mile of a society wedding and a gently bred lady would be thrown out of society for associating with one. If you can live with reading that and believing it, well, that's why it is a novel and not real life isn't it. Most historical novels simply put modern day morals into a historical setting but as the saying goes, 'sex sells'.
That said, it was enjoyable enough to pass the time and as long as you approach this book with the full knowledge that it is just light reading with a happy ending it is worth a look and as I always enjoy books which introduce characters from another story (again, Balogh is a master here) I shall be reading the other two in the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the second in the Courtship Wars series with Arden and Roslyn.
Andrew 'Drew' Moncrief, the Duke of Arden has sworn off marriage. Read more
I was disappointed by this book. It is well-written, but I found it unbelievable as way too much license was taken with the mores and customs of that period. Read morePublished on 24 July 2009 by LS