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- Print Length: 262 pages
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- Publisher: Delilah Marvelle Productions, LLC (15 Mar. 2014)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J1RDHN0
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- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #249,352 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love Delilah Marvelle. There, I said it! I've yet to read a book from her that I don't love, and she's done it again with Night of Pleasure, the newest book in the School of Gallantry series.
I absolutely adored Derek, his enthusiasm is contagious and he's a very passionate and intense man. He has been engaged to Clementine since they were young, but even when they first met he felt a connection between them. After years of communicating via letters only, he's very eager to marry his lovely bride. I also loved how dedicated he was to Clementine during all their years apart. He's adorable and such a lovable hero.
I found Clementine to be a really interesting heroine. Frankly, at first I didn't particularly like her. I thought she was cold and kind of a b***h. BUT, and that's a big but, as the story progresses and we learn more about Clementine and how her life has been, you come to understand why she acts as she does with Derek. It doesn't take long before you find yourself sympathising for her, even if I still wanted to give her a good shake. Truly though, I was very impressed by how Clementine develops in the reader's eye- I'll admit I was a little worried that I wouldn't like Clementine, and disliking a heroine ruins a romance for me, but she comes through and you realise her fears and insecurities are holding her back from being who she really is.
I loved Derek and Clementine together, but thank God for the School of Gallantry, otherwise their new relationship could have floundered and failed. Derek brings out the passionate side of Clementine's nature, something she suppresses but desperately needs to free.
I love how well Delilah Marvelle can write an unconventional historical romance. She deals with issues in a very realistic light, and she brings her characters to life.
It's the kind of book that keeps you up all night...like I did! You'll fall head over heels in love with Derek and urge Clementine to allow herself to accept his love as you follow their tumultuous journey to a happy ending.
*I received a review copy form the author for my honest opinion. Thank you!
I was captivated in the beginning, the scene where a 14 year old Clementine was silently comforting Derek in his profound grief in the loss of his father was poignant. Right there and then, Derek realized and knew he fell in love with her. That same day they were betrothed but Clementine's father insisted they wait 7 years when she turns a full age of 21 before they marry, so he and his daughter went back to New York where they live. For seven long years their only communication were only through letters, though there's a great distance, Derek's love for Clementine grew and he couldn't wait for the day she'll become his wife. Then at last, that much anticipated day for Derek came, unfortunately too, that was the beginning of their unending misunderstanding. Where Derek is amorous and expressive of his feelings, Clementine is wooden and stiff and as cold as fish and secretive too.
Not seeing each other for 7 long years, Clementine's first reaction in seeing Derek was in awe of his handsomeness. Her stiff and cold demeanor towards Derek comes from her own fear of becoming like her mother, whose treatment of her and her father was nothing but frostiness, uncaring and not a hint of love and warmth. In her effort not to become like her, she became even worse that eventually drove Derek into a fit of jealousy, uncertain about how she feels about him. Where a loving, warm and understanding, Derek became hotheaded, unreasonably judgemental, a bully and jealous over the presence of another man in Clementine's life. At this point, I started to wonder how this two can ever see eye to eye and doubt they can overcome this incredible gap. I also didn't care about how Derek was portrayed to be the bad guy and in need of attitude adjustment and had the need to go to School of Gallantry ( I suppose it need be since it's a School of Gallantry series ), he was the one who was betrayed by Clementine by not being forthcoming. She is the one who seems to be frozen in time and has a lot of emotional fears and lot of growing up to do. I was really torn between liking this and having this annoying feeling that quite a lot of scenes are absurd and unnecessary.
All is well that ends well but up to the end I wasn't so sure how I feel about this tale, I know I was not quite satisfied and though the writing is good, I'm equally doubtful that I will recommend this book.
*** an arc was provided by NetGalley ***
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In Night of Pleasure you find one excited groom, Derek Charles Holbrook, Viscount Banfield, who can't wait to marry his intended. Then you find the reluctant bride, Miss Clementine Henrietta Grey, who will try anything to get out of the marriage. Even talk the Prince of Persia to taking her away from her intended husband.
Yes, it's normal to have reluctancy in one of the members of the party. However, Clementine goes to extreme lengths to get out of the marriage. I felt horrible for Derek. I mean he was a good guy and really sweet. He could have been out carousing, but stayed devoted to Clementine. At times I was angry with Clementine's caviler behavior. On a whole she was selfish, and yes she had her reasons for being that way. She did try to talk to Derek about her feelings, but like most men who haven't much experience in sex he had one thing on his mind. Yes, that makes communication a challenge.
Most of the book Clementine is drives me nuts, because she's unwilling to work with Derek. Yeah, Derek could have been more understanding. Yet at the same time, they had seven years to get to know each other through letters and she withheld her feelings from Derek. However, towards the end I tolerated Clementine. I did like the sweet caring guy, and I felt that he got a bad rap towards the end. Yet, I was satisfied with the story. Yes, there are some awkward moments, but I enjoyed the different take on the whole arrange marriage. Overall, an enjoyable read.
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There were a few funny parts to the book and I did enjoy the fact that Clementine was an American woman with the nasty habit of smoking cheroots. The school of gallantry was interesting but it was odd how they ended up there...seemed contrived.
I'm glad I got this when it was free. I guess it just wasn't my kind of book.