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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843953721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843953725
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,212,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JADE LEE has two passions (well, except for her family, but that's a given). She loves dreaming up stories and playing racquetball, not always in that order. When her pro-racquetball career ended with a pair of very bad knees, she turned her attention to writing. An author of more than 30 romance novels, she's decided that life can be full of joy without ever getting up from her chair.

A USA Today Bestseller, Jade has been scripting love stories since she first picked up a set of paper dolls. Ball gowns and rakish lords caught her attention early (thank you Georgette Heyer), and her fascination with the Regency began. Now an author of more than 30 romance novels, she finally gets to play in the best girl-heaven place of all: a Bridal Salon! In her new series, four women find love as they dress the most beautiful brides in England. Check out Jade's website for details on the series and most especially Wedded in Sin.

And don't forget KATHY LYONS! She's Jade's lighter, contemporary half. Kathy writes sexy stories of love in today's twisted world! She loves the faster pace of category books and that her humor can really let fly. She leaves the dark, tortured love stories to Jade.

If you're wondering where Katherine Greyle comes in, she's Jade's first persona. Sweet, funny, and with a love of all things regency, Katherine started publishing back in the 1900s. (She won't say how long ago!) But never fear, the romantic soul is the same whether it's Jade, Katherine, or Kathy!

So if you love that special feeling when two people just fit, then email her through her website or She's also on social media at Facebook - JadeLeeBooks and Twitter - JadeLeeAuthor.

Customer Reviews

I had a very hard time getting into this book.
Kristi Ahlers
This exciting erotic romance will heat up fans of Regency tales as the tyro Lynette teaches the professor Adrian the difference between sex and making love.
Harriet Klausner
While enjoyable on some levels, it's just not a book that I would heartily recommend to others.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By baltimore0502 on October 19, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book had some buzz and so I thought I'd read it to see if Katherine Greyle's Jade Lee erotic stories would be something to watch. For me, the answer is - maybe. The premise, while improbable, sounded intriguing but the execution fell a bit short of the mark.

On the death of her parson father, Lynette Jameson does not want to be a penniless drain on her relations and so, on the advice of a family friend, writes to Baroness Huntley who will assist her in finding a wealthy husband. When she arrives in London, however, it is not only the baroness, but her handsome, brooding nephew, Viscount Marlock who will participate in her instruction. For not only will she learn comportment, manners, fashion and how to move in Society, she will also learn how to entice and please a man. The "Marlock brides" are, for lack a a better word, marketed to a select group of older, often sickly gentlemen who want to be pleasured and taken care of in their dotage. Marlock's sales pitch to the destitute girls who come to him is that in five, ten, fifteen years the old boy will kick off and then the women are free to carry on and do as they please as wealthy widows. While Lynette struggles with "selling herself" and often has misgivings, she feels this is the best course open to her and resigns herself to her fate. She suffers indignities, insecurities and a blossoming sensuality that Adrian awakens in her that both thrills and frightens her.

Adrian takes no satisfaction in what he has been reduced to in order to save his crumbling family estate. He feels anger at his family (especially his aunt), his fate, shame for his actions and sadness for these women who become such a large part of his life and then leave him to his loneliness.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First off - I must say I Love Katherine Greyle (Jade Lee)! I was really looking forward to this book since I do love the more erotic writing of Cheryl Holt, Emma Holly, and Nicole Jordan. And the premise of this book would really make you think that it was going to be steamy! Wrong! The first thing that drove me nuts was that the Viscount states he had once been in debtors prison. During the regency period a peer of the realm could not be thrown in debtors prison. Another thing - the viscount began to sell girls to old men for marriage to get money for his entailed home. It didn't sound like to me he would have had such a bad reputation had he not started peddling flesh. I'm sure he could have found a rich banker's daughter to marry instead of selling young women. I thought the book would be filled with erotic scenes from the start - but no! There really was only one erotic scene towards the end of the book. I didn't think that he taught Lynette anything more than she could have taught herself - in fact it sounded like he taught Audra and the other girls much more. It also sounded like he loved all the Marlock girls - I really didn't think he had any real chemistry with Lynette. I actually don't think Lynette had any real chemistry with him either - she was ready to marry another man when he twisted her boob and played with her hand - actually that was more erotic at that moment then anything the viscount did to her. Another thing that threw me off was the mention that Lynette had a chipped front tooth. In my mind I imagined a giant chip out of the tooth and could no longer think of her as attractive. I also was ready to throw the book across the room after the 100th time that she mentioned that Lynette was a minister's daughter!Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Creekergirl on June 24, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Devil's bargain is an odd story that fans of Gothic romances might enjoy. I, personally, am not a fan of these kind of romances. The eroticism in this book is great, something that I love in a historical romance. The more sensual the better in my opinion. But I agree with another reviewer who said that the characters were like cardboard, not showing any potential. I don't understand how the the viscount and the ministers daughter fell in love, (I just finished this book today, but already, I can't remember their names).

The viscount takes women who are poor or unfortunate enough to need a rich husband, and molds them basically into courtesans to marry rich old men. He is doing this because he needs the financial gain that it brings him once they are married off. The minister's daughter is the seventh and final woman in this scheme. In one scene close to the end of the book, one of these "sold" women come up to the minister's daughter and tells her that he can't love, and that everything that he's done with her, he done with the prior six. It made me feel, at the end of the book when they realize they are in love, that this love was a last resort for him. That he could have fell in love just as easily with the prior six, not just the minister's daughter because she was unique. I gave this story three stars based soley on the sensuality. It's certainly steamy reading. But really, don't waste your money on this book. Not worth it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 16, 2005
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This is not your usual erotic. It's as much about mind set as it is about the physical. In the tug of war that romance stories are often about, this is a reminder that passion is as much in the brain as the body. If you're into explict sex scenes, (put tab a in slot b type descriptions) try another book.

Lynette is the very proper young miss that for finacial reasons becomes one of the Marlock brides. Adrian, our hero is known for producing brides that are not just willing but eager in the bedroom. To do this, he does everything but actually take their virginity. As Lynette warms to passion, she also warms to Adrian. While some degree of closeness is inevitable, Adrian finds himself feeling more and more for Lynette. Unfortunately, the growing attraction doesn't necessarily mean the two will be able to marry, neither one has any money. In the end, Lynette, the student, teaches Adrian the difference between sex and making love.
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