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A seductive beauty turns the tables on a gentleman gaming for the guiltiest of pleasures in this rich and sensual Regency romance from beloved newcomer Cecilia Grant.
 
Lydia Slaughter understands the games men play—both in and out of the bedroom. Not afraid to bend the rules to suit her needs, she fleeces Will Blackshear outright. The Waterloo hero had his own daring agenda for the gaming tables of London’s gentlemen’s clubs. But now he antes up for a wager of wits and desire with Lydia, the streetwise temptress who keeps him at arm’s length.
 
A kept woman in desperate straits, Lydia has a sharp mind and a head for numbers. She gambles on the sly, hoping to win enough to claim her independence. An alliance with Will at the tables may be a winning proposition for them both. But the arrangement involves dicey odds with rising stakes, sweetened with unspoken promise of fleshly delights. And any sleight of hand could find their hearts betting on something neither can afford to risk: love.


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What bravery it must have taken Grant to write this story in the face of the overpowering mountain of romance tropes. Lydia is a tough, tough cookie, at times repelling but always interesting and dark. Will is such a sweetie, although he can be a bit angsty and annoying with his constant moral dilemmas. This book definitely had a modernist tone and I almost felt like it should have taken place in the late victorian period or something rather than the regency. At any rate Grant overturns and redefines the tropes of the pollyana prostitute (a la mary balogh) and the "virgin prostitute" rather interestingly and with a lot of nuance. I liked that Will wasnt rich and all powerful but still adorable all the same. In all, for me it just can't compare to the a lady awakened because it lacked the humor that mr. mirkwood's character brought to that book. Here you have two dark angsty souls who have to deal with a lot of pain to find THEIR happily ever after which totally goes against the grain of the formulaic romance novel endings which I have seen in every single other one I have read.more
This book isn't quite as brilliant as A Lady Awakened, but it comes close. I love that Will's darkness and his nobility coexist so logically and so naturally. I love Lydia's strength and harshness. However, while we see some of Will's healing in that he takes on new obligations and finds new ways to meet old ones that bind him more to life than to his guilt, I would have liked to see more of Lydia's journey and see how she will be ok, rather than just the healing powers of sleeping next to Will to calm her nightmares.more
About the book: A seductive beauty turns the tables on a gentleman gaming for the guiltiest of pleasures in this rich and sensual Regency romance from beloved newcomer Cecilia Grant.Lydia Slaughter understands the games men play—both in and out of the bedroom. Not afraid to bend the rules to suit her needs, she fleeces Will Blackshear outright. The Waterloo hero had his own daring agenda for the gaming tables of London's gentlemen's clubs. But now he antes up for a wager of wits and desire with Lydia, the streetwise temptress who keeps him at arm's length.A kept woman in desperate straits, Lydia has a sharp mind with a head for numbers. She gambles on the sly, hoping to win enough to claim her independence. An alliance with Will at the tables may be a winning proposition for them both. But the arrangement involves dicey odds with rising stakes, sweetened with unspoken promise of fleshly delights. And any sleight of hand could find their hearts betting on something neither can afford to risk: love.Review: A historical with an intriguing twist. While I’m not normally a fan of historical, Ms. Grant managed to pull me into her world and get caught up in the whirlwind romance between Lydia and Will. Will was ever the gentleman throughout the book until he reached the point of no return. He humbles the readers by providing a different insight into just what happens when you care for someone and that someone tries like hell to fight just how they feel for you in return. These two are such a piece made to fit and you see it from the very beginning. The romance was on par between these two and even then there was suspense in uncovering just what would happen between the two of them and a mystery of resolve. Ms. Grant drew me in until I was caught up, tied into just what the characters were doing next. I would definitely recommend this read to anyone looking for a change in the industry and a bit of freshness to go along. It is unlike any other romance I’ve seen out there but written just as well. Four out of five stars for this sweet, scorching read.more
Grant is able to be bring such realness to her characters. We can feel the emotions, the darkness, that pushes these characters to do what they do. I think it is also the way Grant writes. She has a such a unique voice. She has a way of putting you inside the characters' heads. It's pretty easy for me to immerse myself in a book, but Grant's writing pulled me in deeper.This book is harsher than A Lady Awakened. Theo had a sense of humor that lightened that book a little. In A Gentleman Undone, Will and Lydia are both very serious characters. They both have dark pasts and at present are both working on goals to establish themselves.I liked Will very much, but Lydia holds most of my praise. She's extremely smart. Grant likes to write very smart women, I think. She's very straightforward about what she wants when it comes to sex. She is a courtesan, and though not a conventional beauty, she's very good at what she does. I know some readers of romance have trouble with their hero or heroine having sex with anybody else after they meet each other. Lydia is another man's mistress and is with him for more than half the book. In this case it is realistic why Lydia would stay with her lover. Will and Lydia at first deny their attraction, and then once that comes out, neither feel they could realistically be together, even when that attraction runs much deeper. I usually do not have strong feelings, negative or positive, when it comes to epilogues. The last bit of conversation between the hero and heroine tends to be a bit sappy. But this one had the most brilliant final dialogue between Will and Lydia. I loved it.ARC provided through NetGalley.more
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What bravery it must have taken Grant to write this story in the face of the overpowering mountain of romance tropes. Lydia is a tough, tough cookie, at times repelling but always interesting and dark. Will is such a sweetie, although he can be a bit angsty and annoying with his constant moral dilemmas. This book definitely had a modernist tone and I almost felt like it should have taken place in the late victorian period or something rather than the regency. At any rate Grant overturns and redefines the tropes of the pollyana prostitute (a la mary balogh) and the "virgin prostitute" rather interestingly and with a lot of nuance. I liked that Will wasnt rich and all powerful but still adorable all the same. In all, for me it just can't compare to the a lady awakened because it lacked the humor that mr. mirkwood's character brought to that book. Here you have two dark angsty souls who have to deal with a lot of pain to find THEIR happily ever after which totally goes against the grain of the formulaic romance novel endings which I have seen in every single other one I have read.more
This book isn't quite as brilliant as A Lady Awakened, but it comes close. I love that Will's darkness and his nobility coexist so logically and so naturally. I love Lydia's strength and harshness. However, while we see some of Will's healing in that he takes on new obligations and finds new ways to meet old ones that bind him more to life than to his guilt, I would have liked to see more of Lydia's journey and see how she will be ok, rather than just the healing powers of sleeping next to Will to calm her nightmares.more
About the book: A seductive beauty turns the tables on a gentleman gaming for the guiltiest of pleasures in this rich and sensual Regency romance from beloved newcomer Cecilia Grant.Lydia Slaughter understands the games men play—both in and out of the bedroom. Not afraid to bend the rules to suit her needs, she fleeces Will Blackshear outright. The Waterloo hero had his own daring agenda for the gaming tables of London's gentlemen's clubs. But now he antes up for a wager of wits and desire with Lydia, the streetwise temptress who keeps him at arm's length.A kept woman in desperate straits, Lydia has a sharp mind with a head for numbers. She gambles on the sly, hoping to win enough to claim her independence. An alliance with Will at the tables may be a winning proposition for them both. But the arrangement involves dicey odds with rising stakes, sweetened with unspoken promise of fleshly delights. And any sleight of hand could find their hearts betting on something neither can afford to risk: love.Review: A historical with an intriguing twist. While I’m not normally a fan of historical, Ms. Grant managed to pull me into her world and get caught up in the whirlwind romance between Lydia and Will. Will was ever the gentleman throughout the book until he reached the point of no return. He humbles the readers by providing a different insight into just what happens when you care for someone and that someone tries like hell to fight just how they feel for you in return. These two are such a piece made to fit and you see it from the very beginning. The romance was on par between these two and even then there was suspense in uncovering just what would happen between the two of them and a mystery of resolve. Ms. Grant drew me in until I was caught up, tied into just what the characters were doing next. I would definitely recommend this read to anyone looking for a change in the industry and a bit of freshness to go along. It is unlike any other romance I’ve seen out there but written just as well. Four out of five stars for this sweet, scorching read.more
Grant is able to be bring such realness to her characters. We can feel the emotions, the darkness, that pushes these characters to do what they do. I think it is also the way Grant writes. She has a such a unique voice. She has a way of putting you inside the characters' heads. It's pretty easy for me to immerse myself in a book, but Grant's writing pulled me in deeper.This book is harsher than A Lady Awakened. Theo had a sense of humor that lightened that book a little. In A Gentleman Undone, Will and Lydia are both very serious characters. They both have dark pasts and at present are both working on goals to establish themselves.I liked Will very much, but Lydia holds most of my praise. She's extremely smart. Grant likes to write very smart women, I think. She's very straightforward about what she wants when it comes to sex. She is a courtesan, and though not a conventional beauty, she's very good at what she does. I know some readers of romance have trouble with their hero or heroine having sex with anybody else after they meet each other. Lydia is another man's mistress and is with him for more than half the book. In this case it is realistic why Lydia would stay with her lover. Will and Lydia at first deny their attraction, and then once that comes out, neither feel they could realistically be together, even when that attraction runs much deeper. I usually do not have strong feelings, negative or positive, when it comes to epilogues. The last bit of conversation between the hero and heroine tends to be a bit sappy. But this one had the most brilliant final dialogue between Will and Lydia. I loved it.ARC provided through NetGalley.more
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