Games of Pleasure

Games of Pleasure

by Julia Ross

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Hiding a terrible secret, Miracle Heather has no desire to be rescued-especially by a virile young aristocrat. Yet as their accidental companionship leads them both into the unknown, mounting desire threatens to overcome every resolve.

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ISBN-13: 9780425207307
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 04/03/2007
Series: Berkley Sensation Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 4.28(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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Games of Pleasure 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
reneebooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The characters are well-drawn and three dimensional and the plot moved right along with Ross's smooth flowing style. Ross tends to write rather purple sex scenes but in this book they seemed to be less so or at least not enough to distract me from the fascinating story line.As the story begins, Ryder has just had his marriage proposal rejected by a well-born lady. He is riding along a cliff at the edge of the sea when he spots a dinghy with a seemingly lifeless woman on board floating in the surf heading towards the rocks. He saves the woman and discovers that she has been badly beaten. She gives him a false name and he takes her to a nearby inn where they have the best sex evah, of course. Miracle is hiding a big secret and the next morning she sneeks out on him leaving a note: My name is Miracle Heather. I am London¿s most notorious harlot. When you found me in the boat, I had just murdered a man. Thank you for all you have done or offered to do for me, my lord, but you are well rid of me.Ryder tracks her down and offers to help her clear her name. The mystery is a pretty good one. Ryder is an admirable hero who has lead a responsible virtuous life as heir to a dukedom. He is a good honorable man, but not boring in the least. And far too trusting because Miracle is able to slip away from him several times.Miracle was the dark character is this story and her past made her sense of worthlessness understandable but when she goes on and on and on about how unworthy she is of him I became annoyed. Most of the time I can deal with that attitude considering the time and the fact that he is an aristocrat and she is a commoner. But when it goes on for almost the entire book I lose my patience. He wants to marry her and she keeps turning him down. I kept thinking "get over yourself". I'm no expert on social attitudes of that time but it seems to me that most commoners would jump at the chance. What do I know, anyway?Overall, the book was engaging and interesting and I enjoyed it enough to recommmend it. (Grade: B)
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm only docking this one ½ star because the language is a bit flowery, and one of the problems got glossed over at the end. Instead of the usual virginal heroine, she's a courtesan. He's a duke's heir. Much personal growth, and duty vs. desire, and conflicting desires.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this was truly one of the greatest books i have ever read! i loved the characters and the storyline. Ryder is a dashing hero and Miracle is an entertaining harlot. Im so glad i purchased this book
harstan More than 1 year ago
Lord Ryderbourne is stunned when Lady Belinda rejects his proposal of marriage as she gave no hint that his attentions were unwanted instead she accepted a proposal from impoverish Lord Asterly while informing Ryder she felt he was too dangerous and powerful for him. On the way home, his ire and humiliation vanishes when Ryder notices a dinghy containing a nearly naked female that looks ready to tip over. He rescues the battered unconscious woman, who he assumes is running from an angry abusive husband. Ryder takes her to the nearby Merry Monarch Inn where after she awakens they spend the night making love. In the morning she is gone................. When Ryder continues his journey home he finds a note from her thanking him as Sir Lancelot and informing him that she is Miracle Heather, the most notorious harlot in London and now a killer too. Unable to resist, the heir to a dukedom follows Miracle¿s trail not yet realizing the danger to his heart from a woman he is falling in love with and from those who pursue her under the cloak of justice, but want to insure she is silenced from revealing secrets that could harm them............... GAMES OF PLEASURE is an exciting historical romantic suspense thriller that never slows down from the moment that Ryder rescues Heather from the small boat until the final confrontation. Ryder is a courageous heroic individual while Heather is a caring damsel in distress. Though that first night of lovemaking when she was battered and unconscious just before their NIGHT OF SIN seems implausible, fans will not care as Julia Ross provides a pleasurable passionate tale of love on the run.......... Harriet Klausner