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"I highly recommend PERILOUS PLEASURES to readers looking for a terrific read. Do not miss it! ... Filled with mysticism, compassion, false beliefs, deception, believable characters, passion and romance, this story is one you will hate to put down. In fact, I read it in one sitting." --Romance Junkies 4.5 Blue Ribbons

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This is the Pisces book in my Lords of the Seventh House series. It's not linked to the first two stories but stands alone. There's far less overt astrology in this story than in the first two, but you'll find the Pisces archetype pervading it with a fine mix of mysticism, magic, false beliefs, self-sacrifice, deception, and transforming love.
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Product Details

  • Series: Astrology (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061976075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061976070
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,031,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Melissa VINE VOICE on March 29, 2012
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Jenny Brown's Regency tale has strong gothic overtones along with other dark themes like vengeance, and betrayal. This tale is certainly not boring.

Heroine Zoe is a teacher in an exclusive girl's school. She is content with her life even though she knows she does not possess the angelic beauty of her mother, Isabelle who is a rather flighty courtesan.

Lord Ramsey, Adam Selkirk, calls upon Isabelle and she believes he wants her to become his mistress, instead he is there for a much more nefarious purpose, to collect Zoe for the unknown Dark Lord. Both mother and daughter are stunned. Zoe is in no way beautiful having a large nose, and a pockmarked face from small pox. But as Adam reveals his connection to the mysterious Dark Lord, Isabelle realizes that Zoe must leave with Adam. During the Reign of Terror in France, Isabelle made a bargain with the Dark Lord, their freedom for Zoe's future. Zoe leaves with Adam uncertain as to what awaits her at the Dark Lord's Scottish castle.

Adam is no ordinary aristocrat. He has studied medicine extensively in Vienna. He is also the heir of the Dark Lord and has remained celibate for nine years. Shortly the Dark Lord will show Adam the final teachings so that Adam may possess the same intense powers held by his mentor. Adam also has a score to settle with Isabelle. His sister died in the Revolution after Isabelle escaped with his sister's exit papers. Adam feels like his sister will soon be avenged.

Where Adam is a bit of an idealist, Zoe is ever practical. She knows that the Dark Lord insists that she be virginal and to hopefully escape his clutches she does a most practical thing, seduce her captor to rid herself of her unwanted virginity.
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I wanted so much to like this book. So so so much. The combination of magic and historical romance gave this the potential to be the best romance ever. The plot was very promising in the beginning and the ending also had a good twist to it. I loved the darker elements of the story - a mother basically selling her daughter, a man blindly and gladly offering an innocent woman up to his master's wishes for the sake of revenge. But overall there were too many major problems that kept bugging me throughout and prevented me from truly enjoying this book:

1 - THE COVER. This is a great cover in itself, there is just one problem: Zoe is ugly and the girl on the cover is not. The cover made me think at one point I would discover that there was a magical "ugly duckling spell" on her and that her love with Lord Ramsay would break it and that's how she would look in the end. I spoil nothing by saying this is not the case.
2 - At the end of the book Jenny Brown has this historical note about how many people believed in magic and would use "magic" through hypnotism and other methods used in the book. I found this to be a massive world crusher for the story and very disappointing. If you commit to magic - commit!
3 - The pleasures were not that steamy. There were some parts with nice sexual tension, but it takes 70% of the book before they even do it for the first time.
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I highly recommend this book! Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down! The heroine believes no one could ever love her because of the pox scars on her face and because everyone she has ever known has told her she is ugly. The hero has scars of his own but they are not ones that can be seen. The hero falls in love with the heroine for the caring and compassionate person she is. With the heroine's caring the hero's scars start to heal and he becomes a man any woman would love to have. The story takes you on emotional roller coaster routing for both the love these two find with each other. Of course there's a evil villain in the story. He comes in a little late in the book, so you don't realize that there is an evil plot til then. But all and all a great read. I will definitely buy another book by this author.
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What happens when Zoe's mother Isabel gives her over to Lord Ramsey. Adam is supposed to get her to the man who has taught him so much about magic and is about to pass that knowledge on to him. But what happens to Zoe when she reaches the end of the journey? What will be her fate? And who is her father and why didn't the duke have an interest in her? And will what happen with Adam. Will he be satisfied that his sister's death is finally avenged? This book was darker then your average historical romance but it was very well written.
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The synopsis of the book intrigued me, but the story didn't live up to my expectations and I couldn't finish.

The story dragged on and on with the heroine arguing with the hero about her ugly appearance and his being disgusted with her and her mother. The hero goes on and on about his need for revenge and his need to remain chaste.

I couldn't decide if this book had been written by a young person. It certainly lacked the depth I had hoped for.
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