Title: Master of Pleasure (The School of Gallantry, book #5)
Genre: Historical Romance/Erotic Romance
Author: Delilah Marvelle
Publisher: Delilah Marvelle Productions, Nov. 2014
Source: purchase for e-reader
Sexy Rating: 5+
Description from Amazon.com:
WARNING: This historical romance is cotton candy with a razor on top. If you are easily offended by dirty humor and graphic sex, this book is not for you.
After Miss Leona Olivia Webster had allowed herself to fall in love with a dashing childhood friend who had left her scorned and pregnant, she is done chasing her happily-ever-after. Shunned by society, she dedicates herself to raising her young son and putting money in their pockets. She doesn’t expect to be drawn to her latest master, a brooding man of hulking presence who carves random messages into walls with his Persian blade as a means of starting a flirtation. Malcolm Gregory Thayer, the earl of Brayton, may have dedicated himself to a life of religious virtue after leaving the monastery due to dark tendencies, but after meeting Leona, he begins to yearn for the life that had never been his. When he meets a retired French courtesan who invites him to embrace what he has long feared, he seizes the opportunity to become the man he always wanted to be. His new mission is clear. He intends to finally serve the one thing he never had: his heart.
Right off you have to know that this book is not only sexy but it is kinky and gritty. The faint of heart will not like it. Thankfully I’m not of the faint type. It explores Malcolm’s predilection for pleasure produced by pain. His guilt and his coming to grips with his “affliction”. Leona falls in love with Malcolm and struggles to understand this brooding, often gruff man with a kind heart.
This series has been often surprising and at times disturbing but always, always entertaining. Ms. Marvelle writes intriguing stories with superbly sensual nuances as well as characters with fiery, passionate, and sometimes shameful secrets. In this story Malcolm tries to cope with powerful emotional conflict. He is not always admirable but we do sympathize with his emotional pain.
It is not necessary to read the series from the beginning to enjoy this book but you will derive a better understanding of the School of Gallantry if you do start from the beginning.
THE SCHOOL OF GALLANTRY BOOKS:
Book 1, Mistress of Pleasure
Book 2, Lord of Pleasure
Book 3, Lady of Pleasure
Book 3.5, Romancing Lady Stone
Book 4, Night of Pleasure
Book 5, Master of Pleasure
THE FINALE, Book 6, The Duke of Andelot