Her Husband's Harlot (Mayhem in Mayfair #1)

Her Husband's Harlot (Mayhem in Mayfair #1)

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by Grace Callaway
     
 
Not Quite a Wife . . .

After a disastrous wedding night, proper Lady Helena Harteford fears for the fate of her new marriage. Disguised as a doxy, she tracks her husband down at a bawdy house to reason with him . . . and instead discovers the thrill of forbidden passion. An innocent ruse turns into a risky deception; how far will this once-wallflower go to

Overview

Not Quite a Wife . . .

After a disastrous wedding night, proper Lady Helena Harteford fears for the fate of her new marriage. Disguised as a doxy, she tracks her husband down at a bawdy house to reason with him . . . and instead discovers the thrill of forbidden passion. An innocent ruse turns into a risky deception; how far will this once-wallflower go to win her husband's love?

Unfit to be a Husband . . .

Orphaned at an early age, Nicholas Morgan escapes his violent beginnings to become a successful merchant--only to discover that he is the legitimate heir of the Marquess of Harteford. His transition to the ton is rocky and made rockier when he marries above him. Torn between guilt and lust, he tries to protect his sweet, innocent wife from the demons of his past. But can he safeguard her from his own raging desires?

Caught between Past and Present . . .

When a dangerous nemesis rises from Nicholas' past, husband and wife must work together in order to survive. From the drawing rooms to the stews of Regency London, they find themselves caught in a game of passion and seduction. Will true love prevail? Or is Helena destined to remain . . . Her Husband's Harlot?

Her Husband's Harlot was a 2010 Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® Finalist.

Length: Full-length novel (over 90K words)
Sensuality level: This is a hot historical romance with sizzling loves scenes

Books by Grace Callaway

The Heart of Enquiry series (hot historical romance series):
Prequel Novella: The Widow Vanishes
Book 1: The Duke Who Knew Too Much
Book 2: M is for Marquess
Book 3: The Lady Who Came in from the Cold
Book 4: The Viscount Always Knocks Twice (April 21, 2016)

The Mayhem in Mayfair series (hot historical romance series):
Book 1: Her Husband's Harlot
Book 2: Her Wanton Wager
Book 3: Her Protector's Pleasure
Book 4: Her Prodigal Passion

Chronicles of Abigail Jones (hot historical paranormal series):
Book 1: Abigail Jones

Editorial Reviews

DearAuthor.com - Dabney G
"Her Husband's Harlot is a pleasing, out of the ordinary read."
LoveRomancePassion.com - Carla F
"I devoured this book in a couple of hours! .... If you love a story with a heroine who is a wallflower with a backbone of steel or a damaged hero then you will love this one too." 5 star review
TheBookBinge.com - Dr. J +
"Erotic historical romance isn't as plentiful as many would think, but here you have a very well-written example of this genre. It's entertaining and fun and a darn good read."
NightOwlReviews.com - Iampeachy Iampeachy
"I found this to be an exceptional novel. I recommend it to anyone who wants to get lost in a good book, because I certainly was." A Top Pick

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013792036
Publisher:
Grace Callaway
Publication date:
12/24/2011
Series:
Mayhem in Mayfair , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
39,169
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Grace Callaway's debut novel, Her Husband's Harlot, was a Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® Finalist and went on to become a National #1 Bestselling Regency Romance. Since then, the books in her Mayhem in Mayfair and Heart of Enquiry series have landed on multiple national and international bestselling lists. She's received top-starred reviews from Love Romance Passion, Bitten by Paranormal Romance, and Nightowl Reviews, amongst others.

Grace grew up on the Canadian prairies battling mosquitoes and freezing temperatures. She made her way south to earn a Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Michigan. She thought writing a dissertation was difficult until she started writing a book; she thought writing a book was challenging until she became a mom. She’s learned that the greater the effort, the sweeter the rewards. Currently, she and her family live in California, where their adventures include remodeling a ramshackle house, exploring the great outdoors, and sampling local artisanal goodies.
Grace loves to hear from her readers and can be reached at .

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Her Husband's Harlot (Regency Romance) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Steamy! Wonderful book.
Steamy More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best romance novel I have read. Admittedly it has been awhile. I had my obsession with Harlequin romances a few years ago. This book is in a class all it's own. I love the fact that it is set in a different era; think Jane Eyre, the uncut version. Yes, there are the typical steamy sex descriptions but there is also wonderful character development I wasn't expecting. The plot is also exciting-at times I felt I was reading a mystery novel as well. A fantastic read that is worth staying up until 2am to finish! (I just did)
Renaissant_One More than 1 year ago
I snuggled down one evening with this book and couldn't put it down until it was finished. Her Husband's Harlot tells the story about the new Marquess of Harteford, Nicholas Morgan who comes about his title by a twist of fate. Growing up in the London stews, he doesn't feel like he belongs there. Until he meets Helena. Helena is a sheltered wallflower who must make a great match to save the family from financial ruin. A bluestocking through and through, her life has been through books until she meets Nicholas. The two together marry for their attraction but soon realize that they are strangers. Will their marriage be able to survive? Or will secrets from Nicholas' past ruin their tenuous relationship? The best thing about the book is the two main characters, Nicholas and Helena. Nicholas, as a main character, is suitably brooding, dark hero with a traumatic history. Helena, while innocent, is willing to take risks to become someone different and to grow. Add to the mix a great cast of characters, you have a great first novel. Well written and fun to read. Would highly recommend.
bookmom8 More than 1 year ago
So I've been reading historicals for years. Authors I love are Lisa Kleypas, Eloisa James, and Galen Foley. But lately I have gotten bored with the dukes by the dozen and the bluestocking spinsters. I was looking for something different, when I stumbled upon this book. Hadn't read this author before (think this is her only book?) and decided to take a risk based on the sample. I am glad I did. And that my husband had the kids out on a play date! Before I knew it, I finished the whole thing. This story has everything: characters to love, sizzling sexual tension (and the real thing), and just a fresh style that made me laugh aloud at times. I'll be on the look out for book two!
readsfiction More than 1 year ago
huzzah -- still fanning myself with my nook! this is a hot and fast-paced ride through a not-your-usual regency london (probably not for those looking for a "sweet" regency, though). i loved the chemistry between the hero and heroine, the witty dialogue, and the underlying mystery of the story. definitely a keeper & can't wait for more in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth the journey. Not just hot, and this story pulses with heat, but I also found myself snared by the characters and the story. Highly recommended.
Tamarama2 More than 1 year ago
For some reason I had this book waiting in queue for a number of days indecisive abut buying it. I'm very cautious when it comes to buying books but thank God I was given a gift card and decided to buy it. It was one of the best decisions made. This book was amazing from start to finish,. I felt for the heroine as she regarded herself as not attractive enough and the hero who thought he wasn't good enough. Both their insecurities made them both very relatable and likeable. Although at times I was frustrated in their lack of trust in each other,I was glad that they were able to resolve their issues. Did I forget to mention the scorching hot love scenes. YOWZAA!!!! I think my eyebrows got scorched they were so hot. I hope the author is able to keep this level of heat going in her upcoming books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Finally, when it says great read and awesome erotic sex, it means it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the alpha male in this book. He worked his way up from the streets of London and was doing quite well until fate brought him a title and all its trappings. In order for him to be accepted into the ton, he marries a girl with a good pedigree but whose family is in financial straits. I loved that the heroine is not your typical "diamond of the first water". She is pretty and curvaceous or plump by regency standards. She does everything she can to win her husband over and oh, my, the things a woman will do for the love of her husband. It is a must read! Make sure the kiddies and husband are away to enjoy this steamy regency novel.
CarolynRD More than 1 year ago
So where to start ... I LOVED this book. At first, I wasn't sure the rest of the book could be as entertaining as the sample, but boy was I wrong. This is not your ordinary romance. The H/h have amazing chemistry and I found myself rooting for their HEA. But not only are those two believable and likable, and the other characters are too (there's a couple I hope will get their own books). The plot had enough twists to keep me turning the pages. As for the sex -- I agree with the other reviews: HOT! and not just physically. I could really feel the emotions b/w the H/h. This one gets five stars, a keeper!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not romantic and you spend the entire book waiting for the married couple to be together. Dull! The sex scences are very graphic in the languge that is used. Dont wasted the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well you have won me over I love this story and I have no problem reading all you have to offers. A writer among the stars. This is one book you dont want to miss. And for mature adults who love romance. Thank you my lady for a wonderful treat. Ms. D from New York City..Eliezbeth Hoty Sophia James and so many other good writers Danielle Harmon welcome another writer into your folds.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now it is not a book for anyone under 18. I found myself blushing at the coarse language, but this was great story nonetheless. It had me laughing in some parts and the characters are likable and real. It was exciting, never boring and fun. This was the first book I've read by the author and I look forward to reading more. I highly recommend it!
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RachKC More than 1 year ago
An Erotic Twist on Historical Romance The title tells you what you need to know. Harlot: A promiscuous woman. That word right there should clue you in on the novel’s sex: bawdy yet HOT. If you’re not into those kinds of scenes, this isn’t for you. That being said, the title also includes the word husband. This novel focuses on a husband and wife and their journey toward building a strong, enduring marriage. That kind of marriage requires both emotional intimacy and physical intimacy. You can’t have one without the other. Nicholas and Helena deal with past and current conflicts, insecurities, and miscommunications, just like any other couple, and they do it with drama and humor, mystery and intrigue, and sweet romance and erotic love scenes. Works for me!
SMeeko More than 1 year ago
HER HUSBAND'S HARLOT is the first book in the Mayhem in Mayfair series. It is the story of Lady Helena Harteford and her husband Nicholas Morgan, Marquess of Harteford. Nicholas was an unexpected Marquess. He was raised in St. Giles and rose to a respectable merchant class when he met his mentor. As an adult, he discovered that he was a legitimate heir. Despite this, however, he is haunted by his past and feels a deep feeling of inadequacy especially regarding his new bride. Helena is the daughter of the Earl of Northgate. Helena and Nicholas met and married in a short period of time. They had a disastrous wedding night because of Nicholas' feelings of inadequacy and Helena's innocence. A month into their marriage, Helena finds out that Nicholas intends to visit a brothel. She ends up as part of the masquerade and seducing her own husband. This book has some of the elements that I tend to dislike: the characters do not talk to one another and much of the conflicts of the book could be resolved by honesty. I ended up liking this book, however. The characters are very vibrant and it is a very erotic story. I was very engaged in the story and I even understood that these characters while attracted to one another all along actually did not know each other very well before they married. That makes it difficult for them to even understand how to communicate with one another. For a historical, the sex scenes are very graphic and the descriptions are very explicit which may not appeal to everyone. I can understand why the story does not work for everyone but I enjoyed it overall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing blend of Regency propriety and romance with tons of heat. Great plot, great characters and great sex.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel was to explicit for my taste and should have been listed as erotica. The vulgar language and explicit sec scenes detracted from the basic story and are the reason I would not buy anything else from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very steamy! Good read. Could have been a little longer though. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Fancy44 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story so much. Well written, good story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Romantic mysterious and hot