Sunday, May 25, 2008

TO BED A BEAUTY - by Nicole Jordan

Nicole Jordan is without a doubt one of the most-loved mistresses of historical romance. I've read and loved her books for years - sighing countless times as her heroes stole my breath away. This is the first time I've had the privilege of doing an official review for one of Ms. Jordan's books and I'm pleased to give you my Romance Junkies review of TO BED A BEAUTY.

A blurb:
Clever and charming Roslyn Loring, the middle child of three beautiful, independent sisters, knows that true happiness lies in a marriage of the heart – and she has hers set on a love-match with a neighboring earl. Yet her sharp mind has observed an undeniable truth: Gentlemen lavish passion on their mistresses, not their wives. Roslyn realizes that to win her future husband's devotion, she must learn the secrets of kindling a gentleman's ardor. Fortunately, she finds a willing tutor in Drew Moncrief, the Duke of Arden, a notorious rake whispered to be London's most magnificent lover. If his searing kisses are any indication, the duke is the ideal man to teach Roslyn how to be the perfect mistress.Drew begins schooling Roslyn while coolly guarding his heart. But as best-laid plans are thwarted by unexpected events – including a night of unforgettable passion – Roslyn and her wickedly arousing tutor discover how easily lessons in pleasure can become lessons in love....

My review:
When an independent beauty asks for lessons in love from a rake who is notorious for his extraordinary lovemaking skills, a tale of sensually blistering passion and unexpected emotion is guaranteed to follow.

Having seen her parents destroy themselves in a loveless marriage, Roslyn Loring is determined to marry for nothing less than true love. She attends a Cyprian’s masked ball in an attempt to find out what makes a man fall for a woman. It’s there that she meets Drew Moncrief, the Duke of Arden, who is on the prowl for a mistress. Roslyn successfully evades him for a short time, but doesn’t escape him altogether until after the two have shared a briefly passionate encounter. When Roslyn is confronted by Drew at her sister’s wedding to his best friend, she has no choice but to admit to the suspicious Drew the true reason behind her attendance at the ball. When she goes so far as to ask him for lessons in seduction so she can seduce her handsome neighbor into proposing, Drew cannot refuse.

When Drew sees the familiar face of Roslyn Loring at his friend’s wedding, it doesn’t take long before he places her as the young woman he met at the ball. He threatens to expose her to her family if she doesn’t tell him the truth behind her risqué behavior. Once he gets past the initial shock of Miss Loring’s request to teach her the ways of seduction, he finds he cannot refuse her. When those lessons go beyond simple instruction and the two become intimate, Drew can no longer bear the thought of continuing to prime Roslyn for another man. He wants her for himself, but convincing Roslyn that he is ready to put his rakish ways behind him won’t be easy. It appears that Drew may well have a lesson or two to learn from his delicately beautiful pupil.

TO BED A BEAUTY is the second in a three-book “Courtship Wars” series by Nicole Jordan. I read this book before reading the first book and enjoyed it very much as a stand-alone novel. I didn’t feel as any details were missed by my not having read the first book. Roslyn is an independent, highly intelligent woman who is determined to marry on her own terms rather than those set out by society. Her strong feelings after the heartache and pain she and her sisters experienced at the hands of their parents are excellently written. Drew is a rake, a real ladies’ man who is determined to never marry. Having been raised by a coldhearted mother he has his own reasons to avoid shackling himself to a woman. Watching these two fall for each other, incredulous at the deep emotions the other has stirred, was highly enjoyable. Secondary characters and events serve to enrich this wonderful story without detracting from Roslyn and Drew. Ms. Jordan is undoubtedly one of the masters of historical romance and I highly recommend this book as well as any of her previous work. I did go back and read the first book in this series, TO PLEASURE A LADY, and equally enjoyed it, but haven’t yet read the third book, TO SEDUCE A BRIDE. If you enjoy fine historical romance, I hope you won’t miss this latest series from Nicole Jordan.
You can also find Nicole at The Goddess Blogs - there's always something fun going on over there, so be sure to check it out!

Thanks for stopping! I hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend!


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