Mistress of Pleasure (School of Gallantry, #1)

Mistress of Pleasure (School of Gallantry, #1)

by Delilah Marvelle

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Overview

Granddaughter of a renowned courtesan, Maybelle Maitenon has no interest in her grandmother's school in London where gentlemen receive instruction—in the art of seduction. Her only desire in life is to remain independent and free from men and their overbearing expectations. But when Maybelle lays eyes on the Duke of Rutherford, who is well-known for his gentlemanly ways, she can't resist. Neither she or the duke are prepared for what their attraction is about to do not only to their sanity but their hearts.

This quirky, sexy and scandalous Regency/Victorian Historical Romance is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone.

SCHOOL OF GALLANTRY SERIES:Book 1, Mistress of PleasureBook 2, Lord of PleasureBook 3, Lady of Pleasure Book 4, Night of PleasureBook 5, Master of PleasureBook 6, Romancing Lady Stone Book 7, The Duke of Andelot

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152673685
Publisher: Delilah Marvelle Productions, LLC
Publication date: 07/01/2015
Series: School of Gallantry , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 12,217
File size: 2 MB

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Mistress of Pleasure 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book and read it...I was not disappointed. For her debut book --- Delilah had me in stitches I never laughed so hard in all my life when reading some of the scenes. The sexual tension between Edmund and Maybelle was so well written you could just feel it. The sex scenes were well written. Edmund's mother the Duchess was so down to earth and ruled her son with a firm but loving hand....I loved the way Edmund listen to his mother. Maybelle's grandmere was a woman before her time. Get comfy on your couch or favorite reading chair and kick back and enjoy a light-hearted funny read. I can't wait to read Hawksford story next. I'm looking forward to reading more books by her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly LOVED this book!!! It's different then most historical romance novels. Usually these stories are about & told from the point of view of people who are a part/member of the ton. But THIS story is about a women who's shuuned, looked down upon & absolutely NOT accepted by the ton, all because her grandmother was a French courtesan. Without wanting to & fighting it all the way, she meets & falls in love with the tons most sought after eligible bachelor, the Duke. All the while, her & her grandmother have opened a school, TEACHING some men of the ton gallantry/the art of seduction. The women of the ton do what they always do, look down their noses & spit on anyone who doesn't follow their rules. No matter what though, her & her grandmother walk with their heads held high. In the end, they both find & marry the love of their lives. It didn't hurt that they are both Duke.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly wonder where all those five star reviews came from...and the high sales on this book. Why is it that books full of sex sell better than clean books? Are people starving to read about sex so much they have forgotten the value of a clean good book? Read it if you like. At least it was free and it did not cost me anything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure what the fuss is over. Mediocre story and side characters seem more interesting than main characters. Totally impossible and that was more distracting than the lackluster sex scenes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kind of stupid at times & a strange mix of writing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont understand all the glowing reviews. This was terrible. It wasnt a romance story. It was glorified porn and not even well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go on and read the rest. You will not be disapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed every minute of this book! Will definitely consider reading more from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great freaking book! Must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the characters. They had some depth, good interactions and witty sense of humor. The story was ok. The sex scene didn't add anything to the story...maybe even detracted a bit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a good story mot great but good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had a very intriguing storyline. I had to finish it in one sitting. It was romantic and funny in parts as well
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SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Mistress of Pleasure is fun. It's delightfully, intriguingly, authentically, historically, fascinatingly sexy. And it's wonderfully well-researched and totally convincing. Maybelle, brought up by her French courtesan grandmother, is really more into smuggling intellectual tomes under the bed-sheets than hiding porn. But she loves her grandmother and somehow ends up giving lessons in the School of Gallantry, where young men are taught, rather explicitly, how to win the undying devotion of their dear young women. Chapters start with delightful quotes from the school's guide book, then continue to both illustrate the quote and carry the story forwards. Meanwhile Maybelle, who thought perhaps losing her virginity would free her from the romantic indignities of society, finds herself falling and fallen for in the most entertaining way. The story had me laughing out loud, smiling in satisfaction, and generally feeling like the cat that had got at the cream. I had no idea I was going to enjoy it so much, but enjoy it I did, and I'm sure I'll enjoy meeting the characters again in the sequel. A thoroughly entertaining read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is only on occasion that I read a book in its entirety, but I read MISTRESS OF PLEASURE in one sitting. This book offeres a unique premise where the head-mistress of the School of Gallantry teaches men the art of seduction. I was surprised by how emotionally connected I became to Edmund and Maybelle as well as the other characters in the story. This was a fun, witty read, laced with tons of sexual tension and wicked play.
Anonymous 10 months ago
This+thing+read+like+something+I+wrote+as+a+teenager%2C+before+I+had+any+idea+what+relationships+or+sex+were+actually+like.+The+male+lead+acted+so+much+like+some+broody+teen%2C+and+at+times+was+borderline+abusive.+He+kept+pushing+her+to+marry+him+and+have+his+kid%2C+like+somehow+that+was+romantic.++%0A%0ATheir+fights+were+all+shallow+and+childish%2C+and+the+sex+scenes+were+written+as+though+the+author+had+never+experienced+sex.+Pro-tip%3A+anything+hitting+the+%22wall+of+the+womb%22+HURTS.+IT+IS+NOT+SEXY.+i+would+expect+that+kind+of+description+from+a+male+author%2C+because+they+seem+kind+of+obsessed+with+that.+But+a+woman+should+have+known+better.%0A%0AAll+in+all%2C+I+couldn%27t+even+bring+myself+to+finish.+There%27s+obviously+a+reason+why+this+book+was+free%2C+and+it+wasn%27t+just+the+typos%21
SheilaDeeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to win an e-arc of Mistress of Pleasure, by Delilah Marvelle, from the Moonlight Lace and Mayhem blog (a wonderful place that I visit whenever I can). And I now know that an arc is an ¿advanced reader copy,¿ so not quite the same as the final version, but close enough so this reader won¿t ever know the difference.Mistress of Pleasure is now out of print, though available second-hand, so I was lucky to read it. Lord of Pleasure has just come out, and at $4.99 it¿s a must-buy! But sadly the publishers have dropped the series despite impressive sales¿it obviously takes something more than phenomenal to make them retain their authors¿so we¿ll have to wait a while till the third one comes out. Still, I¿ve met the author (Yes, really!) and I¿m sure number three will appear one day.Meeting the author? Right, well, the day after I learned I¿d won the e-arc, I realized that Delilah would be speaking at the next Rose City Romance meeting, which my dear gather friend Minnette Meador had already invited me to. So I went along, and Delilah welcomed me, and she¿s really nice. She also has an amazing story to tell of how she got her agent at a recent conference.But back to the book. Mistress of Pleasure is fun. It¿s delightfully, intriguingly, authentically, historically, fascinatingly sexy. And it¿s wonderfully well-researched and totally convincing.Maybelle, brought up by her French courtesan grandmother, is really more into smuggling intellectual tomes under the bed-sheets than hiding porn. But she loves her grandmother and somehow ends up giving lessons in the School of Gallantry, where young men are taught, rather explicitly, how to win the undying devotion of their dear young women. Chapters start with delightful quotes from the school¿s guide book, then continue to both illustrate the quote and carry the story forwards. Meanwhile Maybelle, who thought perhaps losing her virginity would free her from the romantic indignities of society, finds herself falling and fallen for in the most entertaining way.The story had me laughing out loud, smiling in satisfaction, and generally feeling like the cat that had got at the cream. I had no idea I was going to enjoy it so much, but enjoy it I did, and I¿m sure I¿ll enjoy meeting the characters again in the sequel. A thoroughly entertaining read.
Unreachableshelf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Racy and hilarious! Plus, full of historical detail. Marvelle's characters are atypical, but since they are appropriately outside of proper society instead of being inaccurately embraced by it, I don't get that icky anachronistic feeling. Just what I needed since I'm out of Kalen Hughes stories that I haven't read. I am looking forward to Marvelle's next series but hope that the School of Gallantry finds a new home so that we can read the stories of the rest of the students.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining and humorous! Enjoyed it, in spite of the explicit sex!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the story...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very unusual storyline. Really enjoyed the book from beginning to end. Highly recommend to one and all, but over 21.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
:)
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