I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Lord of Pleasure
Nondescript “good girl” Miss Camellia Grenville only ever opens her mouth when forced to sing at her family’s musicales. That is, until the night she infiltrates the ton’s most scandalous masquerade ball on behalf of her sister, and finds herself in the arms—and the bed—of the one man she’d sworn to hate.
Irresistibly arrogant and unapologetically sensuous, infamous rake Lord Wainwright always gets his way. When he accepts a wager to turn his rakish image respectable in just forty days, he never anticipates falling for an anonymous masked lover...or that discovering her identity would destroy them both.
A rake that needs redeeming, a scandalous masquerade party, and a good girl who wants to be a little naughty, round out Lord of Pleasure by Erica Ridley.
Lord Wainwright was introduced in Lord of Chance and I couldn’t help but think that he would be the perfect character for redemption. There is hint of desperation to his character the comes out in the end of that book, and that really made me appreciate reading about him in this one. Does that make sense?
Top 5 reasons why I loved this book.
1. The masquerades.
I loved that I got more of a glimpse inside the scandalous masquerade parties that the Lord of Lambley is known for. The mystery of it all, the beautiful gowns and masks, and the fact that respectable ladies and gentlemen should not go to them, makes them even more fun to read about.
2. Family camaraderie.
Gosh, the Grenville sisters were hilarious. I loved their teasing natures and how they had each others’ backs in every situation. They each don’t like to be strapped down to Society’s expectations either, and their dialogue really made this a fun read for me.
“Say yes, Cam. You’ll be like a spinster spy. I cannot wait to hear your shocked, conservative observations.”
“Did I swoon?” Bryony whispered. “I feel as though I swooned. If you didn’t see me fall, I must have fainted on the inside. Someone pinch me, quick.”
3. An annoying rake.
Yes, he was annoying, just because of the conclusions he reached regarding married life. There is a rhyme and reason to this, but of course, I’m not telling.
“A proper lady would want a bland, boring life. Until then, he would not allow life’s pleasures to pass him by.”
4. The spinster/bluestocking.
Poor Camellia, on the shelf and forced to marry a man she’s never met, she yearns to live life to the fullest. But that means doing scandalous things and following her heart. I loved her decision in the end regarding her dream “job”.
5. The somewhat “You’ve Got Mail” feel to the story.
There wasn’t any mail correspondence, but it was the fact that there was a nod to the reader in that we know that Cam and Lord Wainwright like each other in the masquerade setting, but in real life they don’t really enjoy each others’ company. They obviously did not know that the man/woman that they are socializing with in secret and in disguise, was not who they really expected. I just loved that.
One pet peeve though: Cam was a virgin, who felt totally comfortable in the sexual setting. I kind of find that hard to believe. But, it did not detract from the reading experience.
To really appreciate the series, I would recommend starting from Book 1: Lord of Chance.