For the Earl's Pleasure

For the Earl's Pleasure

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by Anne Mallory
     
 

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Beneath every scornful smile . . .

They were once cherished childhood companions, until a scandalous secret tore them apart. Now Valerian Rainewood and Abigail Smart are the fiercest of enemies. To Abigail, Rainewood is a notorious rake, hell-bent on mischief and not fit for polite society. So what if it seems as if he can seduce her with nothing but his eyes?

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Beneath every scornful smile . . .

They were once cherished childhood companions, until a scandalous secret tore them apart. Now Valerian Rainewood and Abigail Smart are the fiercest of enemies. To Abigail, Rainewood is a notorious rake, hell-bent on mischief and not fit for polite society. So what if it seems as if he can seduce her with nothing but his eyes? She will not succumb. But when the earl is viciously attacked, Abigail's distress tells her that something still binds her to the wild Rainewood.

Lies an unquenchable desire . . .

Though the ton believes there is nothing between them, Rainewood knows the truth. Abigail tempts him the way no other woman has. Wanton lust overwhelms him whenever she is near. But keeping her too close may put her precious life in danger. He must destroy his enemies—so that with every touch he may prove to Abigail that though their past was filled with trouble, their future will be nothing but pleasure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061579141
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/30/2009
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Anne Mallory is a lifelong romance reader who soldher first novel to Avon Books after becoming a finalistin RWA’s Golden Heart contest. In Total Surrender isher eleventh book. A native Michigander, Anne currentlylives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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For the Earl's Pleasure 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Abigail Smart and Valerian "Raine" Danford were best friends as children, but social status separated them as he is heir to a duchy and she is the daughter of a merchant. Besides her paranormal "gift" makes her more unacceptable even as a companion. Her family thinks she is crazy and at times they feel she needed special treatments. Whenever they caught her talking to herself, they sent her to institutions; no one believed she talked with ghosts as it was easier to accept she was insane. After her latest release, Abigail meets Raine. They want each other, bur she believes he is a rake who would never accept her gift and he shows with his eyes he desires her, but knows she is unacceptable beyond a fling. When he is attacked and knocked out, Raine somehow communicates with Abigail. As he remains comatose for several days, they begin to fall in love. However, though he plans to ignore family obligations that insist he marry acceptable Celeste; Raine knows when he returns to the living, he must confront his enemies while pretending not to care for the woman he loves though that will hurt her in order to keep her safe. This is a terrific paranormal historical romance starring a unique lead female and a more typical male. The story line is fast-paced from the onset as Raine agrees with Abigail's family that she is bedlam material and accelerates as they fall in love on an astral plane. Fans will enjoy Anne Mallory's engaging numinous Regency romantic suspense. Harriet Klausner
WantonWoman More than 1 year ago
Both Valerian and Abigail were the best of friends when they were growing up until the death of Valerian's brother Thorne. Valerian became the heir and hence had to give up his childhood "friend". Over the years they had grown to different social circles and became bitter enemies in the view of the ton. However, Valerian and Abigail are once again brought together to save Valerian's life in a paranormal type situation. I loved the characters and the intrigue. I couldn't wait until the ending!
spitzlady More than 1 year ago
Abigail Smart and Valarian Rainewood had once been cherished childhood companions, but now are fierce enemies. Abigail considers Valarian a Rakehell and not fit for polite society. Abigail has two secrets and Valarian knows one of them. But when Valarian is attacked and is missing her secret comes in handy. For Abigail can see spirits and for some reason Valarian is one of them. Abigail now is in trouble and the cause is Valarian. I had to drag myself through this book. I wasn't prepared for a paranormal and that's what bothered me about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are too many plot threads!! She needs to decide on one so that the story will then have a focus. Her characters have a good base but she adds in so much "filler" you loose interest in their story, this book had a different bad guy for everyone plus the paranormal element, it became ridiculous. This was the 4th book of hers I have bought hoping she would learn how to stay with her characters (she starts so well with them), but she seems to be getting worse. This will be the last time I waste my money on this author.
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jewels13 More than 1 year ago
I don't know why it is getting bad reviews. I loved this book. I is original and was a fun read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing on the back jacket indicated this was a paranormal. I wasn't interested in a paranormal so I wasn't interested in this story. Especially, one with the main character in/out of an asylum. I can hear about that in real life. Unfortunately, this was one of the few times I purchased without reading reviews beforehand. Also, what's with every writer jumping on the paranoral band wagon?
njoireading More than 1 year ago
I usually like to read Anne Mallory's books but this book was not worth the time or the money. The back cover blurb as well as the cover indicated that this is a historical romance. Well, sort of. Instead it is a paranormal story that really isn't very good. There is no chemistry between the characters, the "big surprise" at the end isn't worth mentioning and you truly wonder why you even spent the time reading the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it is a good book but not one of my favorites
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a Historical Romance! The book jacket is a lie! Sad to see Anne Mallory change the direction of her previous books.