STORY-LINE LORD OF PLEASURE BY ERICA RIDLEY:
In Lord Of Pleasure, the reader finds a lively romp through Regency England. Mousy good girl Camellia Grenville barely opens her mouth and sits in the corners; she guards her reputation to make sure her two sisters, Dahlia and Bryony, find suitable matches. Considered on the shelf, a wallflower, an old maid, Camellia’s the dutiful daughter. Her one glory is music where she excels; privately Camellia has dreams. Unwilling to go meekly along with her parents decision for her life, Camellia finds herself at a notorious masked ball dressed to kill. Ready for some fun in her life, she gets more than she expected.
Lord Wainwright, reputedly a hell-rake, hedonist, debaucher of women, suddenly finds himself betting he can change his reputation. He has 40 days to succeed and stay out of the papers. However, fate places a delectable masked young woman in his path. Staying respectable will be very hard to do. Will fate allow Wainwright and Camellia to forge a relationship that could destroy all she holds dear. Is a love match possible between the debaucher and the good girl? My reviews of romance novel, Lord of Pleasure, follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Lord of Pleasure is fine romp in the ballrooms and parlors of Regency England. Combining two very different people together was an artistic stroke by Ridley. Or were they really, deep inside, so very different? I loved how well the sisters related and supported each other. Ridley developed strikingly different personalities for each of them, yet they complimented each other. I look forward to seeing what Ridley crafts for them in future books.
Her development of Wainwright’s morals and personality, as she allowed him to mature, was wonderful to see. Never as bad as everyone thought, he still had a long way to go to be respectable. She slowly unfolded the layers of Wainwright’s personality and ambitions. She revealed the true person behind the reputation. In turn, with growing confidence, Camellia bloomed from the mousey spinster.
Also the well-developed secondary characters in Lord of Pleasure added depth to the story-line. As a result, I laughed and giggled as the characters snipped at each other. Some of things Camellia and her sisters said were hilarious. Although, Lord of Pleasure, includes an intense intimate love scene, I did not find it offensive or overly descriptive.
Finally, in concluding my reviews of romance novel, The Lord Of Pleasure, I found a well-developed story-line with well-developed characters. Also the pacing of the story was smooth and steady and the plotting seamless. I would not hesitate to buy this book for a friend.
LORD OF PLEASURE RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE:
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