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Product Details

  • Series: The Rumor Series
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin HQN; Original edition (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373776462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373776467
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,330,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Marvelle adeptly explores the best and worst of social class divides in this unforgettable story."-Booklist on Forever and a Day (starred review)

"[A] quintessential romance." -Booklist on Prelude to a Scandal

From the Author

Dear Reader,
Everyone deserves a second chance at life.  Especially when at the core of who and what they are, they define all things good. Sometimes, life cheats us out of opportunities we deserve.  But even then, we have the right to dream and to be more than what everyone expects from us. Such is the story of Matthew Joseph Milton.  Educated, dashing, and a true gentleman at heart, he finds that being a good man simply isn't enough to survive in a world looking to take everything away. So what do you do in an effort to fight back?  You redefine yourself, even at the cost of yourself.  In that, Matthew and Bernadette are the same (without knowing it). They both had to redefine themselves, only to discover that they buried far too much.  Forever a Lady is my twisted version of the Newsies. Only I'm going with buff, older men toting pistols, instead of boys toting newspapers.  It is my hope you will enjoy the searing passion Matthew and Bernadette learn to share not only for each other but life as they return to who and what they really are.  I feel blessed enough to speak from experience when I say, there is no better happily ever after than finding yourself AND the love of your life.
Much love,
Delilah Marvelle 

Customer Reviews

I loved this book, it was romantic and very witty!
L. Ly
They both bring a calming peace to each others life and trying to overcome the obstacles standing in their way is very difficult.
Mary Gramlich
I really felt like I witnessed a true journey in this relationship --and especially one for Matthew.
Jen (Red Hot Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jen (Red Hot Books) TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 21, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Life has not been kind to Matthew Milton. An unscrupulous businessman tumbled his father's newspaper into bankruptcy, pushing them into the slums of Five Points, New York. There, an attack from a thug stole the vision from one eye and taught him a value lesson about the kind of man he would need to become in order to survive. Matthew toughens up and forms an Irish-American gang, one that tries to protect the neighborhood, even if they have to stoop to illegal means to do it.

After a hit is put out on his life, Matthew journeys with his best friend to London, where he meets Lady Bernadette for the first time. They are instantly drawn to one another, despite their vast difference in station. Bernadette has lived a life of pleasing others for too long. As a widow, she is now free from both her father and the old man she was forced to marry. In Matthew, she sees what she wants and she takes it.

After a night in each other's arms, Matthew knows he wants more than a fling with Bernadette. But the odds are stacked against him. She has no desire to marry again. And to make matters worse, he makes a whopper of a mistake that almost ends things for good. The story follows the ins and outs of their love affair as they return to New York and Matthew struggles to become worthy of the woman he has fallen in love with.

I liked Matthew. He was sexy and damaged, but he was solid hero material. He always puts the needs of others before himself. Even as a ruffian, he is very good man. Bernadette is understandably gun-shy. Being a widow of means, she sees marriage as a trap to avoid and I can't blame her. --Oh and did I mention she is mid-30s? About six years older than the hero. I loved that. She is mature and she knows what she wants, but I didn't find her jaded.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kati on August 9, 2012
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**original review posted at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance**

Oh Delilah Marvelle, you make me fall in love each time I read your books. *hums 'Seize the Day' from the Newsies soundtrack while writing review*

Reasons To Read This Book:
1. You're a Delilah Marvelle fan. Duh! You won't be disappointed. Delilah strikes again but this time it's the story of a younger man falling in love with an older woman.

2. Eye patch hotness. Matthew Milton's father lost his newspaper business due to their bookkeeper and trusted family friend embezzling funds. Poor Matthew and his Da end up slumming it and on his first day, he gets almost KO'd by a man trying to collect a debt from a small boy. He ends up losing his eyesight in one eye and goes all land pirate. He heads up the gang called the Forty Thieves and they go around delivering their own brand of justice through their ward. He goes off to London with a friend to get away from the crime he is charged with and ends up rescuing a woman from a crazy ex-lover.

3. The older woman. Bernadette Burton left London to start anew after the vicious gossip running through the London ton. Ending up in New Orleans, she is set upon by some seedy looking men but ends up getting saved by Mr. Astor and his grandson. Now that Astor has come to collect on a debt, Bernadette must go back to London and go all Henry Higgins on some American girl who is supposed to marry a lord. Things get crazy from there. First, she's attacked by a riding crop from an ex-paramour (and not in the totally hot sexual way you were thinking), next, she's saved by an intriguing man with an eye patch and finally, she offers him money. What the heck?!

4. Sexy Times. Oh, you know, the Delilah treatment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By rebecca moe on August 10, 2012
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I had a hard time getting into this novel. The characters weren't really "speaking" to me at first, and I couldn't recall enough of the details from book one (Forever and a Day) to make it all make sense--I read it back at the end of December. Maybe I read too much (is that even possible?) but I couldn't for the life of me remember enough about Georgia and Matthew and Roderick from book one, so about a quarter of the way through, I went back and skimmed book one and re-read the prequel (Forever Mine, although I was more than halfway through the novella before I realized that I HAD read it before) and that helped me feel like I had more of a grasp on the characters and their motivations. After that, the reading got much better. I liked Matthew at the beginning of the novel, he lost me a bit before he decided to reform, and I LOVED him at the end (though I was bothered a bit by their big moment when he "made" her his virgin...that he went from back to front like that, it's just so unhygienic....) I absolutely loved Ronan, Matthew's adopted son, and totally can't wait to read book three and get to hear Coleman's story (though I should probably make myself a cheat sheet for all the characters and plot lines in these three books now, while I still remember!) There were times--many of them--when I just wasn't crazy about Bernadette. I understand her issues with London society, but it seemed like there were many instances when she appeared to go out of her way to make things more difficult for herself and for Matthew. Frustrating. Still, she made up for much of it at the end. It's an interesting series, and I am anxious to get my hands on book three.
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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Delilah Marvelle is the winner of the Reviewer's Choice for Best Sensual Historical Romance of the Year and had Booklist name her historical romance 'Forever and a Day' one of the TOP 10 Romances of the year. When she isn't writing, she's digging through inappropriate research books that include anything in history having to do with courtesans, brothels, sexual contraptions that were never properly used and other fascinating forms of dirty history that didn't make it into college textbooks. She includes all of her research in her books to ensure countless hours of entertainment and continues to take pride in knowing more about dirty history than most people feel comfortable with.

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