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Ripe for Pleasure (The League of Second Sons) [Kindle Edition]

Isobel Carr
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Book Description

Second in line, first in love
A secret society of younger sons, sworn to aid and abet each other, no matter the scandal or cost.... Their fathers and brothers may rule the world, but they run it . . . and when it comes to passion, they refuse to accept second best.

Searching for hidden treasure,
finding forbidden fantasy.
London's most sensual former courtesan, Viola Whedon, is incapable of being seduced-she does the seducing. Until she meets Leonidas Vaughn. Her salacious memoirs have made her the target of half the lords in England, and Vaughn is the only man she can turn to. When he promises to protect her-and to make her beg for his touch-the alluring beauty finds both offers impossible to refuse.

Leonidas Vaughn secretly believes Viola possesses a fortune given to his family by the King of France. So the strong and sexy Vaughn charms his way into Viola's life . . . and her bed. But when their arrangement is consummated, he'll experience pleasure far beyond his wildest fantasies-and realize his heart may need the most protection of all.

Editorial Reviews


"Carr is a born storyteller. She enriches her sensual tale with colorful details, suspense, a treasure hunt, and charming, delightful characters...The fast pace and added humor will have readers eagerly awaiting the next novel in the League of Second Sons series." --RT Book Reviews (4 Stars)

"With sensual and witty characters, sexy love scenes, a hint of mystery, and evil-doers, Ripe for Pleasure is simply intoxicating ... An exciting start to a wonderful series. I will be eagerly looking forward to the next one." --The Romance Readers Connection

"Fun and steamy ... if you're in the mood to leave the reality of life for a while, you just might want to pick up this book and lose yourself within its pages. I found it a delightful read." --Seduced by a Book

"This book is worth every cent if you are looking for ... lots of steamy sex. Seriously, this is one amazing debut ... I can't wait to get my hands on [the next book]." --Book Hounds

"Delightful ... Tense throughout yet fully 'ripe' with humor. Sub-genre fans will enjoy with charming late-eighteenth century tale."  --Genre Go Round Reviews
"Enticingly intoxicating ... Jealousy, scandal, gossip, and passion is what this book delivers. A must-read ... I'm so looking forward to the next book." --Historical Romances Books

About the Author

Isobel Carr is an avid costume historian and grew up in the wild and entertaining re-enactment community in Northern California. She has participated in everything from The Society for Creative Anachronism to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire (yes, the original one!) to Heyer Con and The Great Dicken's Christmas Fair. So she's made and worn clothing from just about every era from 1400-1900, including the proper undergarments.

Currently, she lives with her mastiff, Clancy, in a 1916 bungalow in Oakland, California and when she's not writing, she's usually working on the house. She's also often found at the Heart and Dagger near Lake Merritt. Just look for the girl with the giant dog.

You can find out more about her by visiting her at

Product Details

  • File Size: 854 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0072Q28SM
  • Publisher: Forever; 1 edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00495ZE1C
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Debut April 30, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The only thing in the way of Lord Leonidas Vaughn is London's notorious former courtesan, Viola Whedon. Leo is a man very much accustomed to getting what he wants and no one - not even a woman as lovely as Viola - is going to get in his way.

There are parts of this book that I loved and parts that I didn't so much.

The plot was solid and intriguing - deception and betrayal abound and the action is well done. I eagerly flipped pages to the end, wanting to know how everything was going to be wrapped up. I found myself a tad disappointed - the end is wrapped up a little too neatly. I'd hoped for a little more of a struggle, a little more strife for the hero and heroine to go through, making their Happily Ever After just that much more satisfying.

The heroine and heroine themselves were a disappointment. I felt no chemistry between them. Their lust was believable, I suppose, but their romance was not. Leo had little issue with declaring his feelings, but I don't actually recall Viola ever actually declaring hers. There was no tension there, but rather just attraction that felt forced.

My favorite part of the book, honestly, remains the secondary characters. I loved the men of the League of Second Sons and Leo's family (especially Beau and the Duchess!). Pen is a great character, too, even though she may not be of the human variety. Everyone had distinctive personalities that made them so fun to read. Before I even read the description for the next book, I'd noticed the tension/attraction/interest between Sandison and Beau. I'm hoping their romance turns out more believable than that of Viola and Leo.

While it was not exactly what I was looking forward to, I found that this was a solidly good book. I enjoyed the characters and greatly look forward to the next League book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ...could not get into it... June 20, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I reviewed this book for Romance Reader At Heart website.


RIPE FOR PLEASURE is the first book in the series The League of Second Sons. I found the series' premise to be weak, so I knew from the start that I was going to suspend more than just my belief--I needed to let my imagination soar.

Nothing could have prepared me for this story, and, try as I might, I just could not get into it. Everything in it left me wanting more. I wanted my hero to be more heroic, and my heroine more loving. I wanted more real emotion and action, more tension and passion between ANYONE, not just hero and heroine, as well as more focus on either a plot or the characters. But both were underdeveloped, and I felt adrift.

The plot and Leo's `treasure' hunt bored me to tears, and the sex scenes left me cold. As for their love story or the romance of it, it was rushed and made me feel like I've missed a chapter or two where all this began.

Even the League of Second Sons wasn't developed quite properly and left me wanting to know more about them, not just allowing a peek at the men. At the end, I lost interest in the plot, romance, and my own focus on this very poorly written story.

It goes without saying: I do not recommend RIPE FOR PLEASURE and will not read the rest of the series.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steamy and entertaining May 9, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Let me start out by saying what a treat it was to read a historical romance where the heroine is not a young virgin. In fact, Viola is anything-but. She is a beautiful and successful courtesan, who is about to publish her second memoir, when thugs invade her home. She assumes they were sent at the behest of her former lover. But they're really men hired to find an old treasure believed to be hidden in her home. Only two people know about the treasure: Charles (who sent the brutes) and his cousin Leo, a second-son of the Ton. Leo doesn't approve of Charles' violent methods and sets out to seduce his way into Viola's life to give him access to her home.

Of course, Leo ends up just as smitten as Viola. He takes her on as his mistress, with the promise to protect her from danger. Their sex scenes are phenomenal! (Though I have to admit, I was disappointed that we didn't see their first time together on-page. I thought that was a bit odd, but their subsequent encounters were so hot, I stopped caring.) Feelings slowly start to make their way into the relationship, but things are very complicated. From the secret of why Leo approached her; to the danger Charles continues to pose; to the disparity in their class... the odds are stacked against them. But our couple is extremely rootable --and despite Leo's less than noble beginnings, both leads are very likeable.

I really enjoyed this story. It got better with every page. And I am really looking forward to Ripe for Scandal, featuring Leo's sister Beau. 4 stars.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read. November 9, 2011
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Review by Jenni: We first meet Viola Whedon when her house in being burglarized. Viola assumes an angry lord is at the bottom of the intrusion because she's currently ruffling feathers by exposing details of all her previous lovers in a second volume of her memoir. But it turns out that Charles MacDonald is on the hunt for a treasure that is believed to be hidden somewhere in Viola's house. However, Charles' cousin Leonidas Vaughn, approaches Viola with a bit more subtlety, offering to protect her from future encounters with ruffians. Of course, being her protector gives Leo access to her house so he can search for the treasure himself along with the help of his cronies from the League of Second Sons. But Leo poses a deal to Viola - his protection in exchange for her pleasure. Can Viola, London's most sensual former courtesan, be seduced by this rogue?

Ripe for Pleasure is Isobel Carr's debut novel, and while I was impressed with her writing and liked her style, some aspects of the story left me confused and even disappointed. I really enjoyed the treasure hunt part of the story, especially how it came to an end, even though I felt things wrapped up just a bit too neatly. I also liked how Leo and Viola's class differences were illustrated and how the Vaughn family played a role. Leo's friends from the League of the Second Sons were interesting characters but, as expected in a first book of a series, I assume their character development is being saved for their own books. And speaking of characters, there are a lot of them so keeping them straight may be a distraction for some readers. Ripe for Pleasure is a definitely a hot read and Leo really steams things up during his seductions of Viola, but what royally ticked me off is that we never see their relationship consummated.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little mystery too
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good
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I really enjoyed this book. It's very well-written, for one thing, and there's an excellent level of actual historical detail that really brings the setting to life. Read more
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An intelligently written novel, Ripe for Pleasure has a well-read courtesan as its heroine. "There was someone in her room. The floorboards creaked. . ." it begins. Read more
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More About the Author

Isobel Carr is an avid costume historian and historical re-enactor. Her books have been nominated for an RT Reviewer's Choice Award, a Romance Writer's of America's Golden Heart Award, and have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, as well as glowing reviews from some of the hardest to please bloggers (including Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, and Mrs. Giggles). She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area in a hundred year old bungalow with her Mastiff, Clancy, and far too many research books.

You can find out more about her by visiting her at


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