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At Your Pleasure [Kindle Edition]

Meredith Duran
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A new and evocative Regency historical novel from rising star Meredith Duran, an author for whom, as Fresh Fiction said, “readers need to make room on their keeper shelf.”

By candlelight, she lures him…

Glittering court socialites and underworld cutpurses alike know that Adrian Ferrers, Earl of Rivenham, is the most dangerous man in London. Rivenham will let nothing—not the deepening shadow of war, nor the growing darkness within him—interfere with his ambition to restore his family to its former glory. But when tasked by the king to uncover a traitor, he discovers instead a conspiracy—and a woman whose courage awakens terrible temptations. To save her is to risk everything. To love her might cost his life.

At swordpoint she defies him…

Lady Leonora knows that Rivenham is the devil in beautiful disguise—and that the irresistible tension between them is as unpredictable as the dilemma in which Nora finds herself: held hostage on her own estate by Rivenham and the king’s men. But when war breaks out, Nora has no choice but to place her trust in her dearest enemy—and pray that love does not become the weapon that destroys them both…


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"The unusual setting and fascinating historical backdrop immediately set Duran's latest novel apart; then she adds in-depth characterization, intrigue and passion, drawing readers straight into her unforgettable romance. Rich in texture and color, detailed and absorbing, here is a novel to sink your teeth into." --RT Book Reviews (A "Top Pick")

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"The unusual setting and fascinating historical backdrop immediately set Duran's latest novel apart; then she adds in-depth characterization, intrigue and passion, drawing readers straight into her unforgettable romance. Rich in texture and color, detailed and absorbing, here is a novel to sink your teeth into." --RT Book Reviews (A "Top Pick")

Product Details

  • File Size: 4852 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451606958
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (March 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GG0MRY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,309 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
No fairy tale love for the H and h of this book. They manage their HEA only through blood, sweat and tears and the reader is along for the emotional rollercoaster ride with them. I was wowed by this HR. It's a mass market paperback "tour de force", one of those that doesn't come along very often, very well written and very deserving of the classification "historical".

Most HRs take place either in Regency England, early 1800s, or Victorian England (1837-1901) with the occasional Georgian, but the Georgians I've read usually take place during the reign of George III. This Georgian takes place in 1715, at the end of the reign of Queen Anne and the beginning of that of George I, the German-speaking Hanoverian transplanted to rule England. It's a time of unrest between the Papists and the Protestants, with the Papist Jacobites favoring Scottish James Stuart's claim to the throne rather than German George I.

Our hero and heroine are caught in this unrest. Years ago they had been lovers. Politics, religion and the heroine's own family separated them cruelly. She married another, he aligned himself politically with Queen Anne and later King George I, while her father and brother became Jacobites and are persona non grata to the English government.

Six years after their estrangement circumstances bring them together. It's not an easy romance to read. Time and misunderstandings have done quite a number on their relationship, which seems to have changed from love to distrust and even hatred. However, this is a romance and you read it assuming that all will be well at the end, though you may have doubts about the HEA many times along the way.

It's truly the best HR I've read in many moons.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite book by this author March 29, 2012
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Warning: this book has some very dark parts. Do not read it if you just want a fluffy feel-good story, but read ahead if you are okay with traveling right down to the very lowest point with only the trust that the author will get you through to a happy ending to keep you going! At certain points reading this book, I just kept exclaiming "Oh my god!", because the mood was so intense. But, to be honest, that is part of the reason why I like Meredith Duran's books so much. She doesn't scare away from making her characters dark and fascinatingly flawed, and then putting them under a whole lot of pressure so we can see what happens. I want to compare her to Laura Kinsale, or maybe Joanna Bourne, as far as general story tone and general language genius-ry goes.

Things I can say without spoiling this book:
1. The historical setting is quite interesting, but Duran focuses more on the conflict between the two main characters and doesn't sketch things out from the History 101 level. I actually don't think it's necessary to know the background 100%, but it does add some nice external conflict details.
2. The relationship is incredibly romantic in my opinion, but I'm a sucker for second chance stories. Again, it is also pretty dark/twisty.
3. Duran's heroes are usually pretty ruthless, and the hero here doesn't disappoint at all! Holy crap. Her characters always have so much going on that it makes me realize just how flat some other books characters can be.
5.. Awesome book. I definitely recommend it!!!!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Meredith Duran favorites March 29, 2012
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My guilty pleasure books are Meredith Duran novels. Why? Because she creates these amazing settings and characters that make me believe in the romance. They are the kind of characters that you can't put in other novels because they're singularly affected by their experiences and each has his/her individual faults; in short, they're unforgettable and unique.

Romance novels where the player is chasing after the girl and the girl can't resist him and she's a minx/siren/tease/temptress/etc. because she's the one person who somehow manages to capture his attention--they bore me. They are a dime a dozen. This book is not one of them.

My absolute favorite type of romance? The rekindling of passion and man does Meredith Duran hit it on this note. There was SO much to unpack in Nora & Adrian's past, and I was constantly surprised and enthralled by the sparring nature of their conservation... and even when they deal with past betrayals and misunderstandings, there's still the future and the inevitable betrayal / disagreement in that regard.

Admittedly sometimes I did get confused by the political / religious situation, but that didn't detract from the romance for me. My favorite from Meredith Duran remains THE DUKE OF SHADOWS, but AT YOUR PLEASURE is definitely in the top 3.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment on this, and I'll try my best to answer you. Sorry this review isn't more thorough--I'm still in that stage of rereading the book because I loved it so much.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I had such high hopes..! April 23, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book synopsis and reviews were so reminiscent of Judith McNaught to me that I was convinced I needed to give this a go. The beginning was great and the story unfolded beautifully. I cherish flawed characters and dark romances where the characters make it work, together, against all odds and their own twisted fates. I had very high expectations. I guess that alone ruined the book for me as I was expecting too much from the characters.

Nora is very brave, shown to have a blend of feminine and masculine traits (for that time period). Adrian loved her for these. I wish the author had written more about the characters' history in real time, so to speak, rather than having them relate to it. I wish the first scene, for example, had been written from Nora's point of view. My heart went out to Adrian, all of it, and there was nothing left for Nora. If Nora's side had been there, perhaps then I would have felt more sympathy for her and forgiven her pigheadedness in the actual story. She forgave her family all the wrongs they had done her, but could not bring herself to listen to or understand the actions of the man who loved her most. I constantly wanted to shake the woman to see, talk and behave sense! I just could not digest her unthinking, stubborn loyalty to her family and no understanding for Adrian. McNaught wrote very similar heroines but they redeemed themselves so beautifully that I forgave them their idiocy. But I'm more than halfway done (Uh, should I have mentioned before that I cannot bring myself to finish it?), and Nora is pigheaded as ever. I just cannot call this pigheadedness 'loyalty' or 'bravery'. Once again, I wish the author had written fewer scenes with the heroine hitting and stabbing the hero (There ARE other ways to manage a controlling male!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad
This book is hefty. It throws its weight around. No light moments here. It's worth reading in a sobering sort of way.
Published 6 days ago by Lois Feron
3.0 out of 5 stars I think some readers will really love this novel...
…but it wasn't the right fit for me. The time period for this book is truly unusual, set during the reign of George I, amid incredible political upheaval and uncertainty. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rachael Ruby
3.0 out of 5 stars Conflicted.
I am so conflicted about this review.

On the one hand, Meredith Duran’s writing is stunning. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Characters were well developed
Duran developed depth to her two main characters, so one felt involved in their story. She provided the details of their prior involvement without being too choppy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Linda Warren
4.0 out of 5 stars Very tough, but moving story
Meredith Duran is not a fluff author. If you like soft, kittenish stories where there's a winsome lass and a brash, yet sensitive hero, you're out of luck here. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Fiction Fan
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5
Starts very strong. Bogs down a bit in the middle. The hero and heroine need to talk to each other. I liked the slow reveal of the underlying problems.
Published 4 months ago by Mag
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful second time around love story
This is my favorite historical romance for 2013. It has found a place on my top 20 romance novel list. It has my favorite theme second time at love and it is done superbly. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Evieb
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful writer
Meredith Duran writes beautiful romances with nuanced characters. I found it hard to put this book down, it was well written: so may romances are not done well and can be jarring. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Maria
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it
The other reviews had me a little scared about this book. But I did like it. The duke of shadows is still my favorite by Duran. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Obsessive rom reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Not A Regency
If you're looking for a light Regency read, this book won't fit the bill. At Your Pleasure is set in the very early 1700's which is an unusual time period for current historical... Read more
Published 10 months ago by E. A. Montgomery
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MEREDITH DURAN blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history. A graduate student in the social sciences, she spends her free time collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth-century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women. She is the author of four novels, all published by Pocket Books. The Duke of Shadows has reached a worldwide audience by being translated into seven languages and was the winner of the Gather.com First Chapters Romance Writing Competition. The Duke of Shadows and her second novel, Bound by Your Touch, were ranked among the top 100 romances of all time in the 2010 All About Romance poll. Her other books include Written on Your Skin and Wicked Becomes You, which was a Romantic Times Top Pick and was included on Woman's World list of Best Beach Reads for Summer 2010. Her next novel, A Lady's Lesson in Scandal, will hit the shelves in July 2011.

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