For the Earl's Pleasure

For the Earl's Pleasure

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? 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: 9780061887802
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/30/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 549,498
File size: 1 MB

About 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 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 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.
reesa00 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Abigail can see ghosts. When she told Valerian, he didn't believe her but...years later, he is a ghost and needs her help. (oh, but he's not dead, just in a ghost form for some reason). This book had a ton of contradictions. While I found some redeeming parts, it was just a confusing mess.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was probably one of the strangest historicals I've ever read (and believe me that's saying ALOT). As I ponder just what to say about "For the Earl's Pleasure" by Anne Mallory, I'm rather at a loss. My bet is if the setting had been contemporary, this would have been a big hit...but, at least for me, the era is all kinds of wrong for this one. Of course, she's the author, not me-so onward.Abigail has a BIG secret...she sees ghosts. If she were not titled and searching for a husband, that wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing. But what peer wants a wife who may pass on her 'madness' to offspring? It's a good thing, then, that her secret is very well kept-with the exception of her former childhood friend, Lord Rainewood. Ever since that horrible day, they've been polite enemies...slashing at each other with words at every ton function they both attend. So when Lord Rainewood appears to Abigail as a spirit, you would think she wouldn't be so upset...right?Valerian Rainewood never believed in Abigail's gift. But after his older brother died and he became the Heir, he realized that he would have to cut Abigail's friendship. How ironic that now she's the only one who can see or hear him. Valerian knows he's not dead, just being held and drugged somewhere; but he will have to learn to rely on Abigail for assistance...and her assistance will place her in grave danger.So many questions were left unanswered. Why could Abigail see Valerian if he wasn't dead? What really happened between Abigail and the previous heir? What was Abigail's mother thinking!? There are more, but they would give the plot away and I don't want to do that. Once again, I do think this would likely have worked in a more contemporary setting, but having a society-miss-looking-for-a-husband involved in these doings was just too much of a stretch for me. The 'bad guy' seemed to almost come out of nowhere, especially for a total wacko and that always bugs me. The relationship between the hero and heroine was very strange; not a rivalry, not friendly enemies, sometimes almost vicious. Their circles of friends were so antagonistic it's a wonder they ever spoke! Frankly, if I were Abigail, I'd have told Val to take a hike when he needed all her help. But true love must conquer all. Of course, I'm still not sure WHEN they consummated their relationship. Was it in spirit form? Does that count? Just another question I didn't get a true answer for. I usually love Anne Mallory's books, but "For the Earl's Pleasure" was an uncomfortable read; almost jarring at times. I did finish, and I am glad I did. But I'll be a bit leery the next time I see one of her works.
bbrazy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Readers who dislike paranormals will not like this book. It is marketed as a historical romance, but paranormal abilities are central to the plot.Abigail Smart can see and talk to ghosts. Years ago her best friend was Valerian Danforth, the forgotten second son of the Duke of Palbury. When the duke's heir dies, Valerian seeks out Abigail for solace. But when she reveals her secret gift, he utterly rejects her as mad. Now Valerian is earl and heir. As Lord Rainewood he rules the ton yet still corners Abigail in secret to mock her. When Valerian is captured, his mind escapes physical torture by reaching out to Abigail. Because of her gift, she is the only one who can see him and rescue him. To get her cooperation, he'll have to emerge from his dead brother's shadow and rediscover his true character. Together they investigate the mystery of who captured Valerian and try to determine where he is being held. Meanwhile, Abigail has an even bigger secret she dare not reveal.Despite a few loose ends, "For the Earl's Pleasure" is an enjoyable read. The main characters mature from childish taunting to friendship. The scenes are rich with a "hobby-horse race" (precursor to bicycles) and allusions to the 19th century treatment for hysteria. I look forward to reading her next work.
lina_em on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i had my reservation about this book because of its paranormal background but once i got over that, it was such a great read. lots of suspense, passion, and the allure of the unknown. anne mallory is so good at writing those dark victorian suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a lot and this book kept me guessing who the villian was till the end. Loved the romance and budding relationship between the two main characters. I will definitely be reading this one again.
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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.