Mistress of Pleasure

School of Gallantry, #1

As the granddaughter of Europe's most illustrious courtesans, Maybelle de Maitenon has hardly led an ordinary life. While most young ladies are taught musical and other socially accepted arts, Maybelle has been learning the art of love.

Maybelle has one dream, to be independent and travel to Egypt, but before she can do this, her grandmother falls ill and asks her one small favor, a favor she cannot refuse. She must teach at her grandmother's new school the School of Gallantry. She will instruct a small class of gentlemen on how to satisfy a woman.

Edmund Worthington, the Duke of Rutherford, has been socially ruined by a scandal caused by his father's lust. He wants to keep himself and his family far from anymore cruel gossip. Though after a garden rendezvous with Maybelle, he is willing to let his guard down, and soon enrolls into the School of Gallantry.

Maybelle is not sure how to handle her new student, she really wants to submit to his seductive gaze, but will she give up her independence for love? Can he stand to put himself and his family through another scandal caused by an affair of the heart?

What a spectacular debut novel! Delilah Marvelle has created a fascinating tale with an intensely passionate and captivating cast. The dialog was popping with witty banter and intelligent, well thought out characters. I loved Ms. Marvelle's blend of humor and passion throughout this incredibly sexy story. I liked how Maybelle knew she wanted to experience passion and I though the struggle between her want of independence and her desire for Edmund, along with his efforts to win her were well written.

I loved Edmund's fellow students, they all have a mystery as to why they've enrolled and I look forward to really finding out what each of them are training for. They all show signs of being great heroes with intriguing characteristics and plots to work with. I look forward to more of Maybelle's grandmother and her teachings; she was an absolute delight to read. I was well and truly hooked into this series and ardently await the continuing books of the students of the School of Gallantry.

Book Blurb for Mistress of Pleasure

Granddaughter of a renowned courtesan, Maybelle Maitenon has no interest in her grandmother's school in London where gentlemen receive instruction--in the art of seduction. Her only desire in life is to remain independent and free from men and their overbearing expectations. But when Maybelle lays eyes on the Duke of Rutherford, who is well-known for his gentlemanly ways, she can't resist. Neither she or the duke are prepared for what their attraction is about to do not only to their sanity but their hearts.

WARNING: This book contains strong language and sexual content that may cause respectable people to swoon.

This quirky, sexy and scandalous Regency/Victorian Historical Romance is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2008 5.00