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To Pleasure a Lady (Courtship Wars, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – January 29, 2008

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"Nicole Jordan puts the steam in steamy. A smoldering hero and delightful heroine make this a sizzling read. Don't miss it!" -- New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries

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Nicole Jordan is the nationally bestselling author of fifteen historical romances. She recently moved with her real-life hero to the Rocky Mountains of Utah, where she is at work on the next book of her scorching Notorious series–tales of dangerous rakes and bold adventurers during the Regency era.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (January 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345494598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345494597
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Dionne VINE VOICE on January 29, 2008
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Arabella and her sisters have worked hard to make a life for themselves since their parents' arranged marriage ended in a scandal that left the girls ostracized from society. They run and teach at their finishing school for young ladies. None of them have any desire to enter into a marriage like their parents had and are perfectly content to remain spinsters; unfortunately their new guardian has other plans for them. He intends to fulfill his obligation and find them each a suitable husband - he just hadn't counted on Arabella turning out to be such a worthy opponent - or such an enchanting one.

Marcus Pierce, the new Earl of Danvers, is well aware that finding the Loring sisters' spouses isn't going to be an easy task. He hasn't even met them yet and already he's butting heads with the eldest, Arabella. She insists that he release them from his guardianship and allow them to take care of themselves - like they've done for years. He has no intention of honoring her request, after all they are his responsibility and he does not shirk his duties.

Marcus isn't sure where he'll find suitable spouses for Arabella, Roslyn and Lillian. It would be very helpful if his friends and fellow escapees from the Marriage Mart, Andrew and Drew would be agreeable to consider marriage. He's having no luck convincing them to change their minds and certainly isn't about to get leg shackled himself. However, an unexpected appearance in his home by none other than the obstinate Arabella has him reconsidering his position. No woman has ever excited him the way Arabella does but she's determined not to marry and no amount of reasoning on Marcus's part is going to convince her otherwise.

Marcus is determined to persuade her to his way of thinking and so he issues a challenge.
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Nicole Jordan's latest was very interesting, i couldn't put it down. From the story opens up you get sucked in and you instantly fall in love with characters. Arabella is fiercly independent and vows to never get married but Marcus is pesistent and eventually wears her down. I also loved the other two sisters and I can't wait until their stories are published (I would love to see Drew, Marcus' friend, taken down a notch and sincerely hope that Roslyn does it).
I'll admit that this novel isn't quite as passionate as other books by Nicole Jordan which is why i gave it 4 stars instead of 5
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Lord Marcus Danvers! That is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of this story. He's a playboy alpha, always gets his way kinda guy until he meets Arabella. Then you start to think he may have a soft chewy center somewhat like a tootsie roll pop (delicious suckable object-analogy-intended).
Arabella is not the most beautiful of three sisters but the oldest. She has taken on full responsibility for her younger sisters since her father's death and her mother fled to France with her lover;leaving the girls waist deep in scandal, cast aside by society and living off the charity of a step uncle that despises them.
Lord Marcus Danvers comes into the story when the girls' uncle dies leaving Marcus as their guardian. Independent and headstrong all three girls reject the idea of having a guardian and most certainly defy the idea of being married off to 'eligible suitors' once Marcus provides them each a dowery.
The story unfolds as Marcus and Arabella challenge each other in more than one way.
If I'm being honest I must admit to getting a little bored with some repetitive language about 3 days into Marcus' 'wooing' of Arabella but other than that I loved the story, the characters, the time period, etc..
Arabella has a little Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice) written into her.
For me this was a fun story with great main characters and interesting supportive characters.
Now-I'm off to find a tootsie roll pop...happy reading!
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Arabella Loring and her two younger sisters are determined never to marry. She and her sisters grew up constantly reminded of their parents' infidelities and the scandal that ensued when their father died following a duel and their mother abandoned them to go to France with her paramour. When Arabella learns that her new guardian, Marcus Pierce, Earl of Danvers, intends to give the three sisters generous dowries so that they can be married off and out of his hands, she is determined that he will fail.

Marcus Pierce does not want to be responsible for the guardianship that he inherited with his title. In order to get rid fo the responsibility as quickly as possible, Marcus vows that he will have them married off immediately. But when his oldest ward comes to visit him, Marcus finds himself startled by her beauty, her wit, her fiery temper, and the fact that she ignites a fire in him that he's never felt before. Before he knows what he's doing, Marcus offers Arabella a startling proposition--if she will let him court her with the intention of marriage for two weeks and she is unable to resist his charms, he will grant the Loring sisters their independence. Arabella is convinced that she won't be susceptible to Marcus's seduction, but he's equally determined to win her heart.

To Pleasure a Lady is the first in Nicole Jordan's Courtship Wars series (the next two books are To Bed a Beauty (Courtship Wars, Book 2) and To Seduce a Bride (Courtship Wars, Book 3)). It's also the first book I've read by Nicole Jordan. I have to say that this book ebbed and flowed for me.
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