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  • Posted June 15, 2011

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    Victorian romance readers will enjoy visiting The House of Rohan

    In 1842 to Polite Society, Viscount Benedick Rohan is cold and cynical. However, he hides from the Ton how much the death of his two wives has impacted his soul. Benedick knows he needs another spouse to birth the heir and spare, but will choose one that cannot bring out his passionate need; he will go elsewhere to satiate his desires. Thus he seeks a "biddable bride".

    Widow Lady Melisande "Charity" Carstairs helps soiled doves start over. When she learns Rohan's younger brother Brandon has resurrected the family's notorious Heavenly Host, she vehemently visits Benedick with demands. She insists he act as young women have recently vanished with her believing the Heavenly Host is abducting them. Benedick is shocked with how much he wants Monsoon Melisande and she is as stunned with her desire for the rakish Rohan. They team up to investigate who is behind the change to the Host from orgies to satanic rituals.

    Victorian romance readers will enjoy visiting The House of Rohan (see The Wicked House of Rohan and Ruthless) as the family is known to be Shameless when it comes to seducing women. Benedick is no different except he soon finds his Charity seducing him. The entertaining story line is fast-paced as Benedict and Melisande argue, fuss and fight with her dive first into danger mentality. Still in spite of or perhaps due to the seduction war, they team up in love and their inquiry into the Heavenly Host out of concern for the innocent (Charity's motive) and his brother (Rohan's motive).

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Not as intense as her usual fair

    Not as intense as her usual fair but a classic Stuart nonetheless. Love the pairing of the dark anti-hero with the innocent reformer! Loved her attempt at seduction in a buttoned up cotton nightgown!

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    Great read! I have been enjoying the House of Rohan series and r

    Great read! I have been enjoying the House of Rohan series and recommend it to any historical romance fan. I gave this book four stars instead of five because it seemed like Stuart left the story between the secondary characters (Emma and Brandon) unresolved. Otherwise, this book has all the features any romance fan could ask for: strong characters, an interesting plot, and steamy scenes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    good x3

    If you have not read this series you should...they are good... anf there is a little novella ...and if you did not read her 'ice' series you are missing out on a great series...you like hot...steamy...here it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Very good

    Sure enjoyed the story

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  • Posted January 23, 2012

    Love the House of Rohan

    Shameless is another great addition to the House of Rohan. This time the focus Benedick Rohan who doesn't seem to be quite as depraved as some of his family yet gets drawn into the world of the Heavenly Host by the unlikely urging of Lady Melisande a do-gooder. It was fun to watch both of them develop in their feelings for each other yet they each try to deny their feelings. This was a very enjoyable book and I hope this isn't the final installment.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

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    This one will keep you guessing!

    Review by Shannon:
    Benedick Rohan has to find another wife and produce an heir or two. To most people, these 2 things might be fairly easy to do. For Benedick, it seems that every time he thinks he's going to get everything required of him, they are taken away...be it the wife or his heir. So it's with very callus requirements that he begins his search for a wife. One that will obey him in all things, provide him his heir and then live secluded in the country while he leads his life in London. First and foremost though, was finding one of those marvelous lady's of the night to help slack the lust that has building during his year of mourning.

    Melisande Carstairs has made it her life's work to remove the girls working in houses of ill repute and teaching them there is more to life than lying on their backs and hopefully finding gainful employment. She never enjoyed sex during her marriage to her very elderly husband or the one other man she attempted relations with, so she figures it must be like that with all men, therefore something she should save these woman from. She's even managed to take the best known madame, Mrs. Cadbury, and encouraged her to close her doors and come to help her manage her house, aka Dovecote.

    Unfortunately for Melisande, Mrs. Cadbury happened to employee a certain girl who was quite skilled and has been requested to visit one Viscount Rohan. Said girl decided that performing her special skill for the Viscount (who all the girls thinks is dreamy) is better than doing what's she's currently doing, so she takes off. Melisande is hot on her heels and comes face to face with Benedick.

    Of course, Benedick is a complete ass and Melisande is up really high on her high horse, but the match has been set....and what a match it is.

    Melisande wants to help save everyone. No matter how dangerous the situation or how damaging to her reputation, she wants to make someone else's life better. After all, what is she going to do with all the money her late husband left her? So when she finds out that the Heavenly Host has been taking innocent girls and performing vile things on them, she's determined to help. She figures to enlist Benedick, seeing as his younger brother is involved. She never expected to actual fall for the condescending ass.

    For Benedick, Melisande was the last thing he wanted to deal with. He wanted someone to slack his lust and then find the wife he can ignore. What he didn't need was this meddlesome woman poking her noise where it didn't belong, especially the Heavenly Host and their sexual exploits. Unfortunately, Melisande was the one woman that wouldn't bend to Benedick's whim and could verbally spare with him where no one else could. When he started to find himself thinking of her non-stop, he knew he was in trouble.

    The story started out slow, but about a quarter of the way through started to pick up steam. I enjoyed the altercations between Benedick and Melisande, especially how despite themselves they couldn't seem to stay away from each other or their stance on the other person. This was a good read that will entertain you and keep you wondering what could happen next.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

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    Good Read

    Fourth book in the sensual series of The House of Rohan. The previous titles are: Prequel-The Wicked House of Rohan, Ruthless, Reckless & Breathless.

    Heavenly Hosts- secret society of bored aristocrats who pleased themselves in every evil way they desired. Never condemning each other and never forcing those they chose. It had been disbanded ten years earlier but rumor was they had come back together.

    Benedick Rohan, Sixth Viscount of Rohan was looking for a wife, again. He lost two wives on the childbed and a fiance died. He would pick a wife, get an heir and back up and be done with her. He came to town and was going to spend the next few weeks in pleasing all his desires. He thought of one particular woman here in London and sent a note to Violet.

    Meanwhile he finds his brother in his townhouse. Brandon had been sorely scarred in the war. The youth Benedick remembered was long gone in his brother.

    Benedick finds out quickly that Lady Melisande Carstairs has opened her home to all these former soiled doves. She removes Violet from his home not soon after she arrived but leaves her face and memory with him. As he does with her.

    When Melisande comes to Benedick for help they are thrown together. She found out the Heavenly Hosts were back together only they were taking women against their will and they were going to murder someone for a pagan ceremony. Worst of all Brandon was supposedly involved.

    They worked together to find members and try to get invited into the society. Melisande heard mention of a Kersley Hall in Kent. As time winds down to the full moon ceremony all manner of things happen.

    Betsey, the young girl who lives at Carstair is kidnapped for the ceremony, Benedick and Melisande are no longer speaking and she goes to Kersey Hall to save Betsey. Benedick's hated brother in law an his beloved sister come to help find Brandon. And now he has to rescue Melisande. With many things inbetween. There is a secondary story of Brandon and Emma Cadbury as well.

    This has some sexual situations and some language.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Great Victorian Romance

    This is the first book I read by Anne Stuart and I enjoyed it a lot. I love historical romances and Shameless was all about what is proper for a lady and having a reputation in society. What I loved though was how Melisande didn't care about her reputation and just did what she wanted to, kind a stick it to the man attitude. People could talk about her and how it was degrading to help prostitutes find a new life, but she didn't care. All she cared about was helping people, oh and being with Benedick. I loved their passion and chemistry in this book. What started off as a harmless game for Benedick turned into something much more that he was very afraid of feeling. He was just so adorable in his protective ways while trying to fight his undeniable attraction to Melisande. My only problem with this book is that some parts moved too fast and others moved too slow. If there was a happy medium for the entire book, then it would have been better. But as it is, Shameless was a very enjoyable historical romance full of kidnappings, a mystery, and a very hot romance.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

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    An adult victorian romance

    I totally enjoyed reading this book. The characters were fun, the sex was hot, and the plot engaging. So often in romance novels the plot lacks the energy to keep me engaged, but I had a hard time putting this book down.
    A good summer read.

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