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Samuel Charles Aubrey St. Aldwyn, Duke of Gravenhurst, is a radical rogue who often champions unpopular causes. However, Samuel also has a secret life. Only an elite few know that he is Lord Anonymous, the mysterious author of several volumes consisting of dark-hearted fairy tales. Though the unknown author is currently considered to be popular fiction's latest darling, he is also accused of corrupting the morals of the public, especially among the females. Samuel is at an all-night literary party when he meets wellborn Miss Lily Boscastle. Having at last found a lady he would willingly wed, Samuel has his lawyer draw up the marriage contract. Yet it is the very next day that the announcement of her engagement to Captain Jonathan Grace is posted.

The members of the Boscastle family have often amused the gentry with their scandalous antics, but thus far Lily has been the exception. That ends when she witnesses Jonathan shoot a man. Yet no one believes Lily when she returns with help. With her family and Jonathan, who has long been a close friend, insisting that it had all been in her imagination - most likely due to reading the books by Lord Anonymous - Lily ends her engagement and seeks employment outside of London.

Lily is soon a housekeeper for Gravenhurst himself, not realizing that the shameless duke had arranged it so. Samuel will do anything to win the heart of the woman he craves.

**** FOUR STARS! This is the first in what looks to be a very promising, and extremely seductive, new quartet. Most of the focus is on the main couple, Samuel and Lily. This is as it should be; however, a bit of danger and suspense makes enough surprise appearances to keep thinks intriguing. Few can resist a novel by Jillian Hunter! ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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on 14 November 2010
Samuel Charles Aubrey St. Aldwyn, Duke of Gravenhurst, is a radical rogue who often champions unpopular causes. However, Samuel also has a secret life. Only an elite few know that he is Lord Anonymous, the mysterious author of several volumes consisting of dark-hearted fairy tales. Though the unknown author is currently considered to be popular fiction's latest darling, he is also accused of corrupting the morals of the public, especially among the females. Samuel is at an all-night literary party when he meets wellborn Miss Lily Boscastle. Having at last found a lady he would willingly wed, Samuel has his lawyer draw up the marriage contract. Yet it is the very next day that the announcement of her engagement to Captain Jonathan Grace is posted.

The members of the Boscastle family have often amused the gentry with their scandalous antics, but thus far Lily has been the exception. That ends when she witnesses Jonathan shoot a man. Yet no one believes Lily when she returns with help. With her family and Jonathan, who has long been a close friend, insisting that it had all been in her imagination - most likely due to reading the books by Lord Anonymous - Lily ends her engagement and seeks employment outside of London.

Lily is soon a housekeeper for Gravenhurst himself, not realizing that the shameless duke had arranged it so. Samuel will do anything to win the heart of the woman he craves.

**** FOUR STARS! This is the first in what looks to be a very promising, and extremely seductive, new quartet. Most of the focus is on the main couple, Samuel and Lily. This is as it should be; however, a bit of danger and suspense makes enough surprise appearances to keep thinks intriguing. Few can resist a novel by Jillian Hunter! ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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VINE VOICEon 12 April 2011
This is the first in the new Bridal Pleasures series by Jillian Hunter, but it starts off with our heroine, Lily, who is from a junior branch of the infamous Boscastle clan!

The basic idea of this book, with the hero as a secret author of a series of gothic-fantasy novels is great and the concept does work well - the acting out of scenes is fun! However, I find that there is something missing here compared to other books I've read by Hunter. I think it's maybe that there isn't a huge feeling of jeopardy? When the villain comes in for a dramatic moment near the end it does seem to be a bit pointless and it's neither completely unexpected and therefore a dramatic shock, or really built up to with the ratcheting of the tension.

So overall it's not a bad book, but I think it could have been better. I had a few '??!?' moments in the reading.
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on 5 March 2011
This novel didn't thrill as previous novels by said author did.I got off early from work,specifically to read this novel,I had been waiting weeks for this.After two chapters in it was clear that this was never going to meet the expectations set by the authors previous books.For example the heroine,Lilly Boscastle,well,there isn't a good word to said be about this nymph.It seemed she had no redeeming qualities that a heroine should possess.One thing I found very distasteful was the way she jumped straight into bed with our hero,the little strumpet.Dancing through life was one of her many mottos.In modern days she would be known as a bit of a goer.At times I felt like banging my head against the wall HARD to try and make sense of this novel.

The hero Lord Samuel.Anonymous the fabulous writer of fairy tales was handsome,witty and far too good for the heroine.The housekeeper occupied too much space in my mind,partly because she was fat and also because she had little substance.At one point in the novel I actually started to enjoy it,if only for a mere one chapter and that was the only intoxicatingly racy part of this novel,which was a huge disappointment for anyone who loves a bit of sex in their romance novels.Could have done with a few more supporting characters.

The plot was thin,completely unrisque and partly cliche.There were no surprises everything was clear from the first chapter.One thing that did manage to raise a smile was marie's homecooking,it reminded me of earlier times in my childhood.And that about concludes my review.

Angie..Xx

TOL
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on 9 November 2014
very good in excellant condtion
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