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  • Paperback: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing.com (July 17, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0741406993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741406996
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,230,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a very pleasant story that can easily be read in one sitting upon some sunny afternoon.
A. Casalino
As the description states, the very beautiful Fantine Delmere totally starts out on the wrong foot by contemptously insulting the Earl of Ashcom out of hand.
M. Rondeau
And because of this, the romance that develops between the two main characters did not always ring true.
tregatt

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on February 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
First of all, I loved this book and found it very difficult to put down. As the description states, the very beautiful Fantine Delmere totally starts out on the wrong foot by contemptously insulting the Earl of Ashcom out of hand. The same Earl on whom her family's subsistence is dependent. As a form of punishment he forces Fantine to a London Season with the ton she disdains with the instructions that she find a husband who will offer not only for her but will also take over the support of the family that has been the responsibility of the Earls' family for over a century.
The Earl's resentment of Fantine is so fierce that he is quite surprised to find that somewhere along the way he has fallen for this beautiful 'diamond of the first water'.
Knowing that she has made a major mistake, it takes some time for Fantine to discover that her trepidation in meeting the Earl's eyes, and her inability to apologize without further insulting him is masking her 'strange feelings' towards him as well.
I loved the sexual tension so deftly implied by Gloria [Gay's] style of writing. You didn't need a blow by blow description of an act to intensify the sensuality that came easily to the forefront proving that ofentimes, less is better. This, I felt, is the mark of a truly outstanding author! This book is definitely a keeper not only for the story which I hated to see end, but also for the beautiful cover which showcases the artistry of Gloria [Gay's] painting ability.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Huntress Reviews on December 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
Nicholas Leigh, the Earl of Ashcom, knew his family had supported the Delmere family for the last three generations out of guilt. Alfred Delmere wrote to Lord Ashcom in hopes that the Earl would pay for his daughter to have a London Season. Nicholas decided it was time for him to meet the Delmere family, refuse the request, and cut the purse strings. When the Earl finally came face-to-face with them, he learned that the daughter, Fantine, wanted nothing to do with him. She actually hated him! In fury, Nicholas decided to force her to take a London Season, as his ward. His aunt would be her companion. She would hate every shilling he spent on her and be furious every time he paraded her in front of eligible men at balls, as if she were for sale.
Lady Laura Vladim's lovely face his an evil heart. Due to an addiction to opium, Lord Ashcom had caught her in a bad situation. For years now Lady Vladim had been careful. She wanted Nicholas for her own. But Nicholas had eyes only for Fantine Delmere. It was only a matter of time before they admitted their feelings for each other. She got the help of some unsavory people to help her plot the fall of Fantine.
*** The story was great and the plot was fascinating. However, I could not help but feel that sections were missing. Areas were choppy to me. I could not get a clear picture on what was going on within Nicholas after the first few chapters. But Lady Vladim was the perfect villain and very well done! In fact, she was the type of villain that readers love to hate! ***
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tregatt on December 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
"First Season" by Gloria Gay could actually be subtitled 'Pride and Prejudice' -- as the plot centers on the prejudices of the heroine of the romance, Fantine Delmere, and the pride of hero, the Earl of Ashcom.
Briefly then: for almost a century, the Delmeres have been under the care of the Earls of Ashcom. The current Earl would like to end the practice, but has indolently allowed for things to slide. And then he receives a letter from Mr. Delmere (a wasteful gambler), extolling the beauty of his daughter, Fantine, and asking the earl to foot the bill for her London debut. The earl makes for Evergreen (the estate at which he has installed the Delmeres): it is his intent to put a stop to Delmere's demands, but upon reaching Evergreen, he is treated to Fantine's scorn. Fantine Delmere is truly an extraordinarily beautiful young woman, but she is also a very angry young woman as well. Tired of being dependents of the earl, as well as the rather scornful treatment that her family has always received form the earl's family, and appalled by her father's crass desire to make use of her beauty in order to advance the family's fortunes, Fantine is furious that the earl has fallen in with her father's plans for her, without having given a thought for her needs and feelings. and when she finally meets the earl, she roundly lets him have it -- no holds barred! The earl of course is furious at being told off by a young lady who should by rights be trying to win his favour, and maliciously agrees with Fantine's father to give Fantine her season is London.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beth Jones VINE VOICE on September 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
Nick Leigh, the Earl of Ashcom has finally decided to meet the family his relatives have been supporting for generations. Frankly, he's ready to put a stop to their financial gain at his expense until he happens upon Fantine Delmere. Out of vengence he decides to force feed his titled wealth upon her and make her live through a season. Her contempt for him barely masked, his only retailiation is to force her away from her beloved home Evergreen.
Fantine Delmere may have been raised to follow her father's edicts, but it doesn't mean she has to like them. Upon discovering her father's request of Lord Ashcom to give her a seaon in London, she flees the first meeting with the Earl. In doing so, she draws Ashcom's anger and so begins a tortureous relationship between the two. The sparks fly and neither one can get past their prejudices and pride to really see the person inside. Of course, that leads to a seduction of will and passion that can only mean happy ending for this couple.
A tad bit overdone in it's facts of the Regency era, First Season, written by artist Gloria Gay is a quick, fun read. It does not flow as well as it should. The seduction and romance comes across very contrived in parts and most of the characters are formulaic. However, for an early attempt it shows Gloria Gay has a chance to hone her talent in a way that should make her next novel more enjoyable.
The villians in the book were the best part. She does know how to develop characters you like to loathe. Pulling on this talent, she should see greater success with her character development in her next novels and I look forward to reading them.
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More About the Author

Apart from "Kissed In The Dark", a re-written version of "Canceled Courtship," published by Amazon Kindle on November 14, 2014, Gloria Gay recently published "Scandal at Almack's" and "Lovely Little Liar" released by Boroughs Publishing Group on January 2014 and April 14, 2014.

Coming soon! (January 2015!) "Love In A Dangerous Season," an enlarged, re-imagined version of "First Season." To be published by Amazon Kindle Direct.

She has also published "Forced Offer," "First Season," "Canceled Courtship" and "Known to All," --the sequel to Canceled Courtship, as well as a short story in True Romance. For twenty-five years she worked as a legal secretary and several years as a stringer for two small weekly newspapers.

She lives with her husband, Enrique, an architect, in San Diego with her children and grandchildren nearby.

Gloria's Websites: gloriagay.com and:
authorsden.com/gloriagay

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