A Well Pleasured Lady (Well Pleasured Series #1)

A Well Pleasured Lady (Well Pleasured Series #1)

by Christina Dodd

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Prim, plain, desperately virtuous Lady Mary Fairchild stared at the seductive gentleman and wondered -- did he remember the elements of the night they met? Surely not. In the ten years since, she had abandoned her youthful impetuousness and transformed herself into a housekeeper -- disguising her beauty beneath a servant's dour clothing determined to conquer the passions of the past.

But Sebastian Durant, Viscount Whitfield, did recognize her as a Fairchild, one of his family's bitter enemies. When he demanded her help recovering a stolen diary, she dared not refuse him. When he proposed they masquerade as a betrothed couple, loyalty forced her to agree. And when the restraint between them shattered and pleasure became an obsession, Mary had to trust a powerful man who could send her to the gallows ... or love her through eternity.


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ISBN-13: 9780061983832
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Series: Well Pleasured Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 124,570
File size: 713 KB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author CHRISTINA DODD builds worlds filled with suspense, romance, and adventure, and creates the most distinctive characters in fiction today. Her fifty novels have been translated into twenty-five languages, featured by Doubleday Book Club, recorded on Books on Tape for the Blind, won Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart and RITA Awards, and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle.

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That letter was quite a shock," Lady Valery finished.

"What letter?" Mary asked.

"The blackmail letter." Lady Valery dusted her fingers together as if the mere mention made them feel dirty.

"Does your housekeeper know anything about that" Lord Whitfield doubted Mary in every way. He'd made it clear before; he showed it now with that nasty half smile and his skeptical tone of voice.

"I have free access to everything here!" Mary wanted to convince him of her innocence in this matter, at least. "Why would I have stolen a diary when I could have had jewels?"

"The diary is worth more than the crown jewels." He stood, and Mary shrank back. He observed and found her guilty, she was sure, but he did no more than remove his jacket. Such informality was his right, of course. This was his godmother's home, and he remained decently covered by a double-breasted waistcoat. His white shirtsleeves covered his arms, but somewhere during the journey he'd untied his cravat, which hung in limp strands around his neck. Slowly he pulled it away and tossed it over an ottoman with his jacket.

Mary's fingers itched to pick up his apparel and hang it on a hook, but she subdued her housekeeperly instincts.

He sat once more, sideways in the chair, and hooked one knee over the wooden arm.

To Mary, schooled to rigidity, his sprawl bespoke a lack of respect, almost...intimacy. She glanced at Lady Valery, but Lady Valery seemed affectionately amused at his discourtesy.

"There's to be a house party at Fairchild Manor," he said.

She took a long breath and with a courtesy born of desperation, said, "There is always a house party at Fairchild Manor."

"I haven't been invited," he said.

"Do you think I have?"

"Of course not. The Fairchilds don't know where you are." He observed her closely. "I wonder why."

Panic writhed in the pit of her stomach. She'd trained herself to listen when the occasional guests visited, and never had she heard the name of Guinevere Mary Fairchild mentioned as a fugitive from justice. But this man seemed to be demanding that she revive Mary's vanished spirit, and with it, the specter of disgrace, imprisonment, and death. She scarcely unclenched her jaw as she replied, "I can be no help to you. When my father died, we begged my grandfather for help and he refused us. There's no reason for the family to welcome us now."


Funny. She was usually more discreet. "Hadden and me. My brother and me."

"So Charlie had an heir."

He made a statement, but it sounded as if he were musing, or worse, remembering, and she didn't want that. Not if he truly didn't remember that night. "As I said, the Fairchilds would not welcome me."

Clearly he realized her discomfort, but this was a man who liked to have the upper hand. He relaxed back into the upholstered Chippendale chair.

She comprehended his scheme. Thinking her uncowed by the threat of arrest, he threatened her with himself. Beneath the thin white linen of his shirt, she could see a thatch of dark hair over a well-muscled chest, and his shoulders resembled a prize-fighter's more than a nobleman's. His hands, she'd already noted, and his face ... well, she'd seen executioners less austere.

Yes, he was threatening her.

"I can't help you."

"But you must, my dear. Half of the town has been invited, including some very powerful men. I have no doubt the exchange of diary for money will occur during the party."

Mary winced.

"I'll use you as a distraction while I search for the diary, and that distraction will be a pervasive one."

Oh, she would be a distraction, all right. Especially if one of the nobles at the house party recognized her.

"I assure you, I've anticipated every possible obstacle."

"Every obstacle?"

"You see" -- he leaned forward, his eyes as gray and cold as the night fog she feared -- "you are going to be my betrothed."

Copyright © 1997 by Christina Dodd. Reproduced in arrangement with Avon Books and the author. All rights reserved.

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Well Pleasured Lady (Well Pleasured Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like romance novels with plenty of sexual tension, suspense, humor, hot sex, and scenes that make your heart squeeze a bit, then I would recommend this book. My only quibble was that the Guinevere vs. Mary thing got a little old. Otherwise, great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Christina Dodd's work, but this one, uhh, I feel like the characters didn't really connect. I really did not feel the love connection between Sebastian and Mary. I think there should be more chemistry between them. Also, the identity thing for Mary wasn't working as she slips into one persona over another. Sebastian was just not gentlemenly enough for me.
Anniik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book for the first part. Then I hated it. Who in God's name ever thought that rape was sexy??? Because that's exactly what it was. Mary was flat-out raped, and the fact that we're supposed to like the guy who did this almost made me vomit. I lost any sympathy for the hero at that point. He claims to love her - and I don't believe a bit of it. He's cruel, selfish, and a rapist to boot. And his attempt at an "apology" later is pathetic. Disgusting.
theeclecticreview on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed reading several of Christina Dodd's book and found this one lacking.Lady Guinevere Mary Fairchild and her brother ran away from their home after having something to do with a man's death. Mary ended up working as head housekeeper for Lady Valery who is notorious for having clandestine liasonss with members of the parliament. Unfortunately, the details of her liasons were added to her diary which has been stolen by someone in the Fairchild family and she asks for her godson's (Lord Sebastian Durant's) help to get it back.Her plot is to have Sebastian announce his engagement to Mary and return to the Fairchild estate to find the diary.After the beginning, the story seemed to lag and I didn't feel the love between the two main characters. To me it seemed all about the sex and getting revenge. I think it could have had stronger characters throughout the whole book. This was a disappointment to me since I've enjoyed so many of Ms. Dodd's other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read!!
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CubbieCA More than 1 year ago
This is a very nice read when looking for a light story. Enough plot to keep you interested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am never disappointed by Dodds books!
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Janie_tx More than 1 year ago
Good Story It was good story and I truly enjoyed it. It was romantic with suspense, intrigue, mystery, and sexual attractions. Mary hiding in Scotland from a crime she commited with her brother Hadden. When the author inferred that Hadden had some type of gift, by reading the stones he threw on the table, I thought nothing of it but later in England when Ian tells Hadden he see auras but why sprinkle that in the story if nothing came of it. That was the only thing I did not understand the purpose since it played no major roll. I would read this book again.
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I was shocked by the forcible sex--otherwise known as rape--in this book. After this, the heroine inexplicably comes to love the hero, who, above and beyond this scene, has brow-beaten and coerced her. Forget even romance, where is the love in this book? He's a boor and worse, his godmother is a septegenerian nymphomanic who let the heroine work as her housekeeper for TEN YEARS before deciding to do something for her, and the heroine gives most of her fortune away to the family that abused her. Does this prove her goodness or her idiocy? The villiany is ridiculous but forgivable in a romance novel. As well, the brother's budding friendship with his cousin was promising. There's really nothing else I can give this book.
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