Thursday, May 12, 2011

Isobel Carr's Ripe for Pleasure Blog Tour

Ripe for Pleasure  by Isobel Carr
 Ripe for Pleasure
The blurb:
Second in line, first in love
A secret society of younger sons, sworn to aid and abet each other, no matter the scandal or cost.... Their fathers and brothers may rule the world, but they run it . . . and when it comes to passion, they refuse to accept second best.

Searching for hidden treasure,  finding forbidden fantasy.
London's most sensual former courtesan, Viola Whedon, is incapable of being seduced-she does the seducing. Until she meets Leonidas Vaughn. Her salacious memoirs have made her the target of half the lords in England, and Vaughn is the only man she can turn to. When he promises to protect her-and to make her beg for his touch-the alluring beauty finds both offers impossible to refuse.

Leonidas Vaughn secretly believes Viola possesses a fortune given to his family by the King of France. So the strong and sexy Vaughn charms his way into Viola's life . . . and her bed. But when their arrangement is consummated, he'll experience pleasure far beyond his wildest fantasies-and realize his heart may need the most protection of all.

I confess that Ripe for Pleasure is just the sort of historical romance that I enjoy.  Leonidas, the romantic male lead, is gorgeous, wealthy, powerful, witty, deadly, and doesn't much care what the world thinks of him. As the second son of a duke, he's well aware of his power and how society and opinion will accommodate his escapades.

His tight group of second sons is brilliant - they share the same proximity to money and power and the same disdain for society's restraints (within reason).

When Leonidas undertakes the "rescue" and seduction of the most sought after concubine in London, it's done with taste and good humor.  Learning about it from the point of view of the witty, principled, and endearing Viola Whedon is a treat.

The story has a hidden treasure, betrayal, kidnappings, an intimidating dowager duchess, and a lovely romance.  I very much enjoyed Isobel Carr's Ripe for Pleasure and look forward to the next book in the series -- involving Leonidas's sister!

ISBN-10: 0446572756 - Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Forever (April 26, 2011), 336 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

About the Author:
Isobel Carr is single, child-free, and a committed "dog person" (the bigger the dog the better). She has taught creative writing, horseback riding, and seminars on historical costuming. She can start a fire without matches and hitch a team of horses to a wagon. She can also spend nine hours in a Victorian corset without a problem but can't wear heels for more than four hours. She laughed all the way through every episode of Colonial House, and if she could only watch one movie for the rest of her life, it would be Impromptu.

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