Promise of Pleasure [NOOK Book]

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Secret desires. Forbidden fruit. Untapped passion.

No sooner does Mary Barnes, yet to be touched by a man, drink a secret elixir than a handsome and mysterious stranger walks into her life. But Mary wonders if the scoundrel's growing ...
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Overview

Secret desires. Forbidden fruit. Untapped passion.

No sooner does Mary Barnes, yet to be touched by a man, drink a secret elixir than a handsome and mysterious stranger walks into her life. But Mary wonders if the scoundrel's growing passion is the result of just a love tonic, or the real thing.




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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101404386
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 244,136
  • File size: 322 KB

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  • Posted February 19, 2010

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    fine Regency romance

    In 1814 in rural England twenty five year old Mary Barnes is treated with disdain by her half sister eighteen years old spoiled Felicity who abuses her as a poor relation servant. Mary's widowed stepmother Victoria is as horrific towards her; only widow step-sister Cassandra does not mistreat her. Wastrel Viscount Jordan Winthrop is staying at Barnes Manor as he is expected to propose to Felicity for her money; while Mary has waited a decade for her neighbor Harold Talbot to marry her.

    Jordan meets Mary and assumes she is a servant. He flirts with her and tells her she is pretty. She later sees him making love with Lauretta. She flees from him, but he watches her in the woods where she kisses Henry who is upset by her boldness; she also is upset as she felt nothing.

    Victoria tells him who Mary he is, which stuns him as he know he treated her shabbily. He kisses Mary and tells her he wants to do it again. Peddler Philippe Dubois sells her the Spinster's Cure with the understanding she not pay until it proves successful by getting her true love to marry her. She drinks the potion ready for Harold to appear, but Jordan does instead. Desperate after another nasty incident with Felicity, Mary puts potion in his wine. That night he sneaks in her room. Soon they are having a tryst. Felicity, Victoria and Jordan's mistress Lauretta try to end the relationship between the lovers.

    The first Spinster's Cure is a fun adult version of Cinderella with a strong lead couple and a solid support cast who with several neat twists seem to have stepped out of the fairy tale into the Regency sub-genre. Ironically, the wicked stepmother and stepsister mirror the fairy tale, but neither possesses any redeeming qualities while Philippe is a superb spin on the fairy godmother. Fans will enjoy this fine Regency romance as Jordan must choose between love and money.

    Harriet Klausner

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    Posted January 4, 2014

    LaFy taffy

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Awesome!

    Loved the series! This was a great book some might find it predictable but then again sometimes that's just what you need!

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

    It was OK

    I was intrigued by the cover and the storyline but it dragged on for me and I wasn't that interested after a while. I like the characters but I the story just didn't hold my attention to want to read much of. It was a Cinderella story that I wanted to throw the glass slipper at and tell her to get on with it....

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

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    I Love this book

    This book is so good I could not put it down. I will not go into the book to much, because I always give the ending away. so all I will say is this is funny when Miss Barnes go to see the peddler again for the love Elixir lol, it is a kick in the pants what she go through. But all an all things will smile for her one way or other.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2010

    This is a Holt book?

    Let's see. A poor young lady whose father died and left her poor. A wicked stepmother and 2 nasty stepsisters. Mary lives in the old part of the castle on the upper floor with only a bed, chair and table. She works as a sort of maid to the 2 stepsisters. My goodness isn't this the most original story you ever heard. Not well done of you Ms. Holt. The characters are weak at best horrid at worst. At no time could I feel any compassion for any of them. Not a keeper in this reader's library.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    Good book but seemed borrowed

    Good read but I couldn't help thinking it reminded me of other books she's written. Like she took pieces from them and threw them into this one. I still enjoyed it. I loved both romances in the book and look forward to the next book.

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