Night of Pleasure

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Derek Charles Holbrook, Viscount Banfield, knew his fate since he was seventeen when his father announced his union to the beautiful but mysterious American girl by the name of Miss Grey.
To protect the troubled estate, Derek submits to his father's wishes, not realizing he's about to entangle himself in a hell of a lot more than marriage.
Miss Clementine Henrietta Grey may be worth millions, but not a single coin has ever bought her a smidge ...
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Derek Charles Holbrook, Viscount Banfield, knew his fate since he was seventeen when his father announced his union to the beautiful but mysterious American girl by the name of Miss Grey.
To protect the troubled estate, Derek submits to his father's wishes, not realizing he's about to entangle himself in a hell of a lot more than marriage.
Miss Clementine Henrietta Grey may be worth millions, but not a single coin has ever bought her a smidge of happiness. When she marries the charismatic and dashing Viscount Banfield, whose only strife in life appears to be the uneven seams in his coat, she finds that siring the heir he wants requires far more than her heart is prepared to give.

Unable to seduce his overly-serious and reluctant wife, Derek realizes his dreams of creating a loving family has turned into a nightmare. But with the unexpected assistance of a retired courtesan and her outrageous school, Derek and Clementine discover that passion is a language spoken not just from the body, but from the mind, heart and soul.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781497315990
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/22/2014
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 613,134
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Delilah Marvelle is the winner of the Reviewer's Choice for Best Sensual Historical Romance of the Year and had Booklist name her historical romance 'Forever and a Day' one of the TOP 10 Romances of the year.

When she isn't writing, she's digging through inappropriate research books that include anything in history having to do with courtesans, brothels, sexual contraptions that were never properly used and other fascinating forms of dirty history that didn't make it into college textbooks. She includes all of her research in her books to ensure countless hours of entertainment.

****Be sure to sign up for Delilah's New Release Alert! Every new release will be offered to her loyal readers for an exclusive .99 cents for the first few days of digital release. Always. To sign up, visit her website at www.DelilahMarvelle.com and click on Delilah's New Release Alert sign up box.******
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  • Posted August 14, 2014

    Derek and Clementine meet on one of the hardest days of Derek's

    Derek and Clementine meet on one of the hardest days of Derek's life. Clementine becomes something that Derek to, a hope for a better life not just for himself but for his family. He wants to be the best husband he can be and give her the best life he can. Clementine is an American woman down to her bones. She is used to being on her own and travelling all over the world taking independent lady to a whole different level especially in the time the story is written. Derek wants a wife to cling to and hopes that after years of writing and waiting that Clementine is the one to change his house into a home. This story is a great example of how assumptions can make life either really great or really wrong and that if your lucky what you assumed can burn to ashes and change into what you really need. ...LOVE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    A Myrt's Review Night of Pleasure (School of Gallantry #4) b

    A Myrt's Review




    Night of Pleasure (School of Gallantry #4) by Delilah Marvelle




    Opposites Learn to Attract!




    This is the fourth book in a series but it can be read as a stand alone as I did.  Be warned, you will probably end up wanting to go back and read the rest in the series.




    At 17, Derek, Viscount Banfield is introduced to Miss Clementine Grey, 14, the American daughter of his father's dearest friend.  Derek is instantly smitten, which is fortunate for him, since his and Clementine's father have long since arranged for the two to marry when they both are of age.  Seven years from then when Clementine is 21.




    After Derek's father dies, Derek focuses on learning to manage the impoverished estate and caring for his mother and brother. Meanwhile, Clementine and her father spend the next seven years traveling internationally and using his massive wealth politically, when he isn't heavily drinking that is.




    For the next seven years Derek and Clementine regularly exchange letters until they finally meet again for the contracted marriage.  Despite their years of correspondence, however, Derek and Clementine have grown into extremely different individuals and really know nothing about each other.  The reunion is less than idyllic.




    Derek has never forgotten the lovely girl he met years ago and unlike most romantic heroes, is so deeply in love with the thought of Clementine to the point of having saved himself for the past seven years so Clementine will be his first and only lover.  Um, that is until a couple of weeks before they are to finally meet again and Derek decides it might not be such a good idea to have two virgins fumbling around on such an important night so he goes to a high end prostitute for a 5 hour tutorial!  Kind of sweet for the times, I suppose. Thusly prepared, Derek can't wait to be married and start a loving family like his parents had.




    Naturally Clementine has other plans.  The last thing she wants to do is get married.  Clementine is an only child and the product of a divisive and volatile marriage.  Her mother died before Clementine met Derek and Clementine's only memories of her are as an overly emotional, yet remote and uncaring woman.  While Clementine's mother is presented as a rather unpleasant woman, I think it's only fair to put a little more emphasis than the book seems too, on the fact that though Clementine was an only child, after her birth her mother subsequently went through eleven (11!) more failed pregnancies until she finally died in childbirth herself. Frankly, after a constant stream of pregnancies and miscarriages I'd be pretty cranky myself. Her father is a gregarious drunkard who Clementine has tended to in their travels.  She considers emotion and passion as dangerous things to be avoided but she cares enough about Derek to not want him to lose her much needed dowry even if she won't marry him and she plans to explain this to him when they finally meet before she heads off to Persia for a marriage of convenience with a prince.




    The story revolves around hoe Derek and Clementine overcome their disparate personalities and expectations to develop into a strong passionate couple. They are their own biggest obstacles.  While Clementine, though beautiful, comes across as cold and insensitive and somewhat unlikable, she is carrying a load of personal baggage and despite her travels with her father she has been somewhat isolated and so she really hasn't experienced love or passion, only having her parents as an example.  Considering this and her mother's unending pregnant status and the time period, I suppose Clementine can be excused from believing that by simply kissing a man she would get pregnant!  




    Derek is the one who has to uncomfortably correct Clementine's misconceptions. His own special tutorial didn't include how to explain the basic mechanics of sex and procreation to a wary and appalled young lady. Derek is extremely handsome and sweet and the more obviously sympathetic of the two at first but he is overwhelming in his passion for Clementine and has a difficult time understanding her reasons for not wanting marriage and her need to be her own person.




    The couple end up going through with the marriage and that's when the story gears up as they have a disastrous wedding night and neither knows how to improve their situation.  Through a series of circumstances and misunderstandings Derek ends up at the titular School of Gallantry and finds himself learning how to focus on his wife's needs and pleasure while Clementine works on fearlessly opening up her feelings and emotions to herself and her husband.




    I thought this book really provided a different hero and heroine than the usual. Neither was perfect and they both started off as incomplete people who needed to grow up before they could consider a relationship with someone else.  I enjoyed the way they worked individually and with the help of others and then finally together, to build a strong enriching relationship.  By the end, Derek and Clementine are so much more than when they started, both individually and together.  This was a fun read watching these two earn their happy ever after!




    I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    I loved this book!!

    This is one of the best books Delilah Marvelle has written! I loved every single word of it!! Thank you Delilah for another great historical romance! I can't wait until the next book!

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

    To find true love and happiness is never easy. Derek meets his p

    To find true love and happiness is never easy. Derek meets his perfect woman and falls in love immediately. Miss Grey is just fourteen. Their families have arranged their betrothal. He waits impatiently seven years to marry her. They get to know each other by letters. Can he find happiness with a stranger? Now the time has finally come for his wedding to Clementine Henrietta Grey. The bride has second thoughts and plans to leave him at the alter. She is afraid that she can't give Derek the love he needs and wants. Derek believes that she has betrayed him. Can the School of Gallantry help them? This story is a stand out. Delilah Marvelle captures you with a tale that is humorous, erotic and tender. The characters tug at your heart. Derek is a charming, compassionate hero who has a stubborn streak. Clementine is sweet, caring, feisty and afraid to love. When they are together, they clash with a fiery passion. The sensuality is intense. The secondary characters are highly intriguing. They keep the reader entertained. I love visiting this lush and sensual world. Night of Pleasure is a keeper.

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

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    A sweet, lovely historical romance, A Night of Pleasure was a wo

    A sweet, lovely historical romance, A Night of Pleasure was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. From the lovely characters, to the enjoyable story, this book was fantastic.

    Clementine was a good heroine. She was certainly strong, loyal, determined, and refused to let anyone bully her into anything. At first, I found her to be a bit mean. It was painfully obvious that Derek was in love with her, yet she planned to rip out the poor guy's heart and leave him. And, she wasn't very nice to him in general, though he was never anything but sweet. She has her reasons, though, and, over the course of the book, she learned to relax and allow herself to feel. Despite any issues I had with her, by the end of the book, I liked her.

    Derek was just amazing! This man was so sweet and so utterly precious and I totally loved him. He was sweet, charming, devoted, and vibrant in how he always found a way to laugh and enjoy himself. He fell in love with Clementine when they first met and, though they spent 7 years apart while she came of age, he was true to her and so adorable in how he unabashedly loved her. I thought he was perfect.

    The romance was lovely. It was a bit frustrating, with Clementine's reluctance, but Derek's utter adorableness made up for plenty of sweetness. And the chemistry between them was sizzling. Derek was a very passionate man and, despite her trepidation, Clementine was as susceptible to it as anyone else. I thought they were great together.

    The plot was fast paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. The story was light, fun, and truly enjoyable. And the ending was lovely.

    A Night of Pleasure was a wonderful historical romance. I really liked this book. It was romantic, sweet, and a very enjoyable read. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

    *I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    H: Viscount Banfield, Derek Charles Holbrook h: Miss Clementine

    H: Viscount Banfield, Derek Charles Holbrook
    h: Miss Clementine Henrietta Grey

    Let me start by saying how much I love  Delilah  Marvelle.  She is one of my top 3 favorite authors. I have read all her books that I can find. I always melt a little for her Heroes. I love the bad boys, and She is so good at writing them.  Derek was not a bad boy. He was just so........ sweet. (almost too sweet for my taste) Also I think it needed more sex. I love when the H and h can't keep their hands off each other . This book didn't seem to have that.
    So Clementine and Derek have be engaged for years.  She is american heiresses who is marring Derek for the title and he gets the money.  Derek is almost instantly in love from first  meeting with her at 16. Clementine is a different matter she is hard and hold herself aloof. This is their story how they over come their past to make a future together with the help of an old retired courtesan to come together and get their HEA. 

    I liked the book and i would totally recommend it to Historical romance readers like me. I just felt Derek was too sweet and Clementine was to stubborn.  I have read the other book in the series and love them and the heroes. I can't wait for the next one. 

    I will still give it  4 stars because of the writing and all but I  didn't  love it.

    I received a free copy from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review. 

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  • Posted March 24, 2014

    As I have said many times in the past, Delilah will never write

    As I have said many times in the past, Delilah will never write a typical historical romance. She is always going to shock you about where and how she is going to push the boundaries of a story. That is ok with me, that is what I love most about her as an author. Night of Pleasure is no exception. We have known Derek since the very first School of Gallantry book and became intrigued by his dark good looks and long unfashionable but sexy hair. Derek Holbrook has had his bride in the bag for the last 7 years; after all they have been betrothed since she was 14. Now it is time for him to reap the rewards for all those tender words he has wrote over the years to his Clementine.

    Well….not so fast there slick. When they first met, Derek scared Clementine with his passions and his letters over the last 7 years has only reinforced that fear. Derek for his part, assumed that Clementine felt as he did and once she comes to London, he gets a rude awakening as not only is she not interested, she isn’t getting married and in fact is set to run away with another man! One who understands her and wants her to be happy. I really liked Derek, but did feel he needed a good swift kick in the behind and of course the School of Gallantry has the means to do just that, as Derek scrambles to find common ground to keep his new bride in his arms and heart. Clementine, for her part, loves Derek but needs him to hear her concerns and fears and not dismiss them…of course and allow her those little stress relievers now and again.

    While this book didn’t push the bounds to where I was squirming, it did have some untypical moments with Clementine and her habit. Also where is she going with Andrew, Derek’s brother??? Is he one of our candidates for the Whipping Society books??? Can’t wait to find out and I can’t wait for the next book in this series. My only complaint is that I didn’t want it to be over; I really loved Derek and Clementine as a couple and wanted to hang in their world for a while longer, although that ending was pretty sweet. I want to thank DM for giving me an opportunity to review this ARC for my honest review. This is my honest review….honest. ¿ I also didn’t chop down that cherry tree.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Sorry

    A real writer writes a book that when a reader finish its only to buy the othets. I not saying you need to take my word for you might like it. I am 60 and very young at heart I have read more books by so many great and not so great writers bit thankful more great than bad this book sould be for young adults for it makes no sense what so ever to me as an adults like I said tnis is my frist and I sure she has wrote othet great books but I can't take tne chance. Sandra Hill, Elizabeth Hoty, Cathy Maxwell Sabrnia Jefferies Donna Grant and theses are just a few of the ladiesI have had the pleasure of reading their work. But for teens this will be a mind stopper I guess. Not for me maybe fot you. Ms. D from Bronx, NY

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  • Posted March 23, 2014

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    This is book 4 in her School of Gallantry series.  Derek Holbro

    This is book 4 in her School of Gallantry series. 

    Derek Holbrook, Viscount Banfield, learned of his betrothal to Clementine Grey while his father was on his deathbed. He spends the next seven years dreaming about the beautiful girl and sending her countless letters of love.

    As their wedding day approaches, Clementine finally has the courage to tell Derek that she is not going through with the betrothal. She is instead leaving the country with her friend, Nassar.  

    Can Derek get the woman he has come to love to change her mind and honor the betrothal agreement?

    This book is different from Delilah's other School of Gallantry books.  Neither of the characters have any experience being intimate with someone (other than Derek's one time with a "paid companion" to get him ready for his wedding night), so the love scenes where quite awkward. 

    It was still an enjoyable read, but don't go into it thinking that it is anything like Delilah's normal stuff. The epilogue showed how their relationship had progressed and I hope to see more or them in the upcoming books.

    The ended of the novel included a write-up of the next book in the series.  It is about Lord Thayer who makes several appearances in this novel away from the School of Gallantry. I've been intrigued with Lord Thayer since I started this series and eagerly await his story.  

    Thanks go out to Delilah Marvelle via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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  • Posted March 19, 2014

    Awesome! What happens when you have an arranged marriage where t

    Awesome! What happens when you have an arranged marriage where the groom falls deeply in love and the bride-to-be don’t think that she is marriage material?
    Derek found out at the age of 17 that his arranged marriage to Miss Clementine Grey had been arranged at his father’s death. He automatically fell for her but soon discovered her true age was only 14 and that he would have to wait 7 years before they could be wed.
    They corresponded back-and-forth over those year’s with letters and he knew she was the one for him. Derek was raised in a family atmosphere with loving parents and Clementine grew up with an angry mother that died early in her life and left her to take care of her father who liked to indulge in his drinking. Because of her parent’s difficult marriage Clementine thought that she wasn’t marriage or mother material and automatically tried to push him away. There is another man involved in this equation and that is where all of the misunderstandings stem from. Clementine is keeping a secret for this man and because she can’t tell Derek about it, he automatically jumps to the wrong conclusion.
    In the end, everything comes out and they truly start to become friends and lovers.
    My favorite quote from the book came from Derek’s father “If a tear could save the world, I would tell you to use it. But given it can’t, I am telling you to save yourself and smile.”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Derek, Viscount Banfield discovers on this father¿s deathbed tha

    Derek, Viscount Banfield discovers on this father’s deathbed that he has been betrothed to the then 14 year old daughter of his father’s American friend whom he met for the 1st time that day itself when she & her father pay a visit on arriving in London. He falls instantly for her but has to wait 7 years at her father’s insistence until Clementine comes of age.




    I adored Derek from the start tho the man was terribly intense & passionate. I did feel for Clementine in that he hardly gives her room to breath but swoops in & quite smothers her with his passions. I loved how he totally committed his heart to her right from the start. Love letters all through the 7 years & being totally chaste for her until just before she arrives for their wedding where he goes to get a “lesson” from a prostitute so as not to disappoint his bride. What a main!




    Clementine is quite the opposite. Always perfectly poised, she shies away from showing any emotion & keeps herself in control. As the story unfolds we learn how her childhood fears made her that way, growing up with a volatile mother who was constantly arguing with Clementine’s father. She keeps Derek constantly at arm’s length & thinks she isn’t good enough for him. “A reserved woman whose greatest fear was loving a man she had fallen in love with through a bunch of stupid letters”




    A wonderfully written emotionally charged story. I devoured it over a few hours. The relationship & romance between Derek & Clementine really tugged at my heartstrings & I cried at some parts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    I just love this series! I thought I knew the characters well si

    I just love this series! I thought I knew the characters well since I’ve encountered them in previous books, but I was so wrong. Focusing on Derek and Clementine rather than them being mere mentions made me see them in a whole new light and I loved it! Poor Derek, he expected so much from his marriage to Clementine, and she just wasn’t having any of it. She is extremely strong-minded and doesn’t submit to anyone’s authority over her own. She initially was a very difficult character for me to like, which is not the norm with Delilah’s novels – I instantly fall in love with everyone. However, as we got to know Clementine better I feel like I began to understand her at the same time Derek did, and I realized how wrong I’d been about her. She is a truly unique and complicated individual. By the time I got to the end of the book, I was astonished at how beautifully Clementine was written and admired Delilah for her bravery in writing a character as different as Clementine. It was a new and great experience for me and really made this book even more amazing. I absolutely loved the interactions between the main characters as well as all the side characters – I’m really hoping we’ll get to see more of them in future books. This is another great story to add to an already fabulous series. Delilah always amazes, and this book was no different. Read it now!

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