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Ripe for Pleasure (The League of Second Sons) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2011
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Simply intoxicating. An exciting start to a wonderful series."―TheRomanceReadersConnection.com
"Ripe for Pleasure is a very naughty pleasure indeed."―Bertrice Small, New York Times bestselling author of The Border Vixen
"Sensuous and sexy with flirty, witty dialogue. Truly a pleasure."―Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Possession
"Sexy, sumptuous, and wicked smart."―Pam Rosenthal, award-winning author of The Edge of Impropriety
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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.
RRAH's THOUGHTS AND PONDERINGS:
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You'll love this story of two strong-willed people who are destined to be together. Leo is used to getting his own way in live and in love. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on July 31, 2012 by Sonoma Lass
Ripe for Pleasure
Reviewed by Angela & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
In this era, second sons were nothing but second-rate citizens and... Read more
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... Read morePublished on November 9, 2011 by Romancing the Book
A blackmailing heroine locks horns with a lying hero on a mission and the sparks fly. I liked the premise of Ripe for Pleasure very much. Read morePublished on October 8, 2011 by LAS Reviewer
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 morePublished on August 18, 2011 by city girl
RIPE FOR PLEASURE by Isobel Carr is an exciting historical romance set in 1783 London. It is the first in the "The League of Second Sons". It is well with depth and details. Read morePublished on July 5, 2011 by Amazon Customer (April Renn/AprilR )