Bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries pens the sizzling story of one of three half-noble half brothers, who makes a most unwelcome entrance into society...
and a most unexpected match.
Beautiful Lady Regina Tremaine has turned down so many suitors that she's called La Belle Dame Sans Merci. The truth: she won't marry because she carries a dark secret. She sees no good reason, however, why her brother shouldn't court the lovely Louisa North -- even if the girl's brother, the notorious "Dragon Viscount," objects.
Marcus North, Viscount Draker -- bastard son of the Prince of Wales -- is rumored to be a monster who holds women captive in his dark castle to have his way with them. He has been exiled from polite society for years. But when Lady Regina makes a plea on her brother's behalf, Marcus proposes an outrageous deal: her brother can court Louisa so long as Marcus can court Regina. Can the beauty and the beast survive a proper courtship when the devastatingly improper passion between them threatens to cause the scandal of the century?
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1 . Lady Regina tames Draker the dragon
Posted November 19, 2008 by Lena , HawaiiThis story about Marcus viscount draker and Lady Regina Tremaine, was quite good actually. It had spunk and fire and peaked my interest enough to keep me turning the page.
Both character's were thrust together out of love for their siblings. Regina for her brother Simon and Marcus for his sister Louisa. Regina calls upon Marcus at his country estate to plead her brother's case, and Marcus isn't buying it. Because he doesn't trust Simon and for good reasons. Regina just thinks he's too overprotective and too stubborn to listen to reason. So they strike a bargain. Simon can court Louisa only if Marcus can court Regina! Marcus doesn't believe for one minute that Regina will go along with this plan because he thinks she's too uppity, but she does! and then it begins. But through all their disagreements about their siblings and each other, Marcus can't help being attracted to Regina and she the same. Excellent story.
2 . Never trust your brother
Posted August 05, 2008 by Jade , Wyoming USAThis book was the one of the three that got me the most upset. Regina's brother is such a jerk. A patronizing and condescending jerk. What he does to Marcus' sister and his own is just awful. Of course it is nice that they get back at him and that Regina ends up opening the eyes of the world and well as Marcus' eyes to a glimpse of the great person he truly is. What was done to him by his mother is just awful.
February 28, 2005
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Excerpt from To Pleasure a Prince by Sabrina Jeffries
Hertfordshire, May 1814
Discourage your charge from gossiping, but be
aware of all the latest on-dit yourself, so you can
separate the sheep from the wolves.
-- Miss Cicely Tremaine, The Ideal Chaperone
The carriage crested a hill and Lady Regina Tremaine gasped at her first glimpse of Castlemaine, nestled in one of the Chiltern hills' verdant valleys. The place lived up to its name gloriously. Despite its lack of a moat, it was the very picture of a Tudor castle with its battlements, parapets, and pointed gothic windows. How odd to find it plunked down here in Hertfordshire among the oxen and the barley, only twenty miles from London. It was like stumbling upon Camelot in the midst of Whitechapel.
"Interesting, isn't it " said Cicely Tremaine, her spinster older cousin and chaperone.
"Fascinating." Though she'd expected something of the sort, after hearing Louisa wax rhapsodic over her home. "If it's not too gloomy on the inside. You know how dank and dark these old piles can be."
Shortly after, as a footman ushered them inside, she discovered that the place wasn't gloomy in the least. Yes, someone had gone a bit wild with the theme. Rumor had it that the previous viscount had spent a fortune overhauling the castle some twenty-five years ago; inspired by Walpole's Strawberry Hill, he'd turned the crumbling old building into a gothic masterpiece.
It had been finely done, however. The burnished dark woods and the ironwork gave an impression of strength. Despite the faded hues of the ancient tapestry hanging on one wall, the overall impression was of lush colors -- the rich gold-shot silk of the drapes and the vibrant reds and blues of the stained-glass window at the top of the magnificent mahogany staircase.
Cicely edged closer to her. "On the inside it's not quite what one expects."
"No." Regina knew Lord Draker was rich, but given his notorious reclusiveness, she'd expected sooty ceilings and cobwebs lurking beneath every chair -- not this immaculately clean foyer with its sparkling crystal chandelier and a Tintoretto painting that proclaimed the owner's wealth and taste.
But only to those who knew art. Either Lord Draker was more sophisticated than she'd realized, or he merely liked interesting pictures.
She hoped it was the latter. She had her best successes with shallow or simpleminded men; clever ones were a bother, although even they could be gotten round easily enough if she put her mind to it.
The butler approached, looking flustered. "Good morning, ladies. There must have been some mistake. Miss North is in London at present and -- "
"I'm not here to see Louisa," Regina said with a smile. "Would you kindly tell his lordship that Lady Regina Tremaine would like a word with him "