Lady of Pleasure (School of Gallantry)

Lady of Pleasure (School of Gallantry)

Lady of Pleasure (School of Gallantry)

Educating one’s self in the art of love takes time…

Lady Caroline Arabella Starling has been in love with her older brother’s best friend, Caldwell, since she was thirteen. Unfortunately, too many things keep getting in the way of proving her love. Her four younger sisters, her mother, her brother, all of society and the man she loves himself. But where there is a will, there is a way, and Caroline is about to redefine not only respectability but true love.



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  1. C. Halford "Rookie Romance"
    8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Wow, I absolutely loved it!, March 21, 2013
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    C. Halford “Rookie Romance” (Edinburgh) –
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    This review is from: Lady of Pleasure (School of Gallantry) (Kindle Edition)
    Wow. I absolutely loved it.
    I’ve previously read books by Delilah Marvelle, but this is the first in the School of Gallantry series I’ve read, and the first thing on my to do list is to get my hands on the previous two books!

    I immediately felt myself drawn into the story. Starting with Lady Caroline as a rather wise and precocious 13 year old who befriends the outwardly rakish Ronan, Marquess of Caldwell. Their friendship is very sweet, and you can easily see why Caroline swiftly falls in love with him.

    I’ll admit that I wasn’t expecting the book to be so scandalous! But it was wonderfully so, and Delilah Marvelle certainly has no fears of venturing into the secret and devious sexual world that existed.
    A word of warning, whilst it isn’t in your face constantly there is quite a bit of sexual reference, so if you prefer your romance more tame- you may not enjoy it as much as I did. Personally, I loved it!
    Plus- how gorgeous is that cover?! I’ve had a look, and the next two books have equally amazing covers.

    Caroline was fabulous, she may be slightly more respectable than some of her outrageous family but she’s forthright and confident. It’s so sweet how much she loves Ronan, she would do anything for him. Of course, the path of love isn’t always smooth and she has some pretty huge bumps in her path.
    My heart bled for Ronan. He has a rather easy, rakish attitude but underneath all that is a man in pain. His past is dark, and makes him so ashamed that you can’t help but feel heart-wrenching pity for him. But when he realises just how much Caroline means to him he will do anything to win her back!

    The other characters in this book are also marvelous. They’re all so well fleshed-out, that you want to know so much more about them. Which thankfully you can, because there are 2 previous books in the series, and a further two books to come! I can not describe how excited I am- particularly for Brayton’s book.
    Whilst aspects of the story are dark and heart-breaking, Delilah Marvelle also writes with a humour that makes you laugh out loud at times.

    Overall, I thought this was a wonderful and sensual romance that grips you immediately, and doesn’t let go. I sobbed at parts (seriously I was a wreck) and cheered at others. I heartily recommend this book and I can’t wait to devour the rest of the books in the series, I’m just grateful there’s already two out there for me to read now!

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  2. Tin @ Love Saves the World
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Loved Lady Caroline from the very beginning!, April 5, 2013
    This review is from: Lady of Pleasure (School of Gallantry) (Kindle Edition)
    Full review is at my blog: Love Saves the World

    Love Conquers All. Lady Caroline believes this maxim wholeheartedly but she’s having a hard time convincing Ronan of its truth. Ronan has had a difficult life, a life so full of calamitous instances that has led him to believe that he is unworthy/undeserving of any sort of happiness or reward.

    Ronan has had a sad upbringing — and Delilah Marvelle touches on issues of abuse and neglect in a very poignant and sympathetic manner. But Ronan has an enduring spirit — and part of it was nurtured because of his friendship with Caroline. He thought he was saving her from her loneliness and isolation and never thought that she was also saving him from his own problems.

    I loved Caroline from the first moment. She’s an unconventional heroine: plain speaking and forthright. (And she has an unusual hobby: she catalogs dirty words and hopes to make a dictionary. (loc 165) Even at 13, she had an incredible sense of confidence and intelligence and, during her conversations with Ronan, she was a wonderful mix of precocious and innocence.

    When she finally came of age, she gained self-possession and maturity. But, despite everything that had happened to her (her parents’ estrangement, her father’s death, etc), she never lost her vibrance and optimism.

    And I loved how she pursued Ronan. She was clear about her intentions but was never pushy. And she did it with a sense of humor. ^_^

    “I’m getting married in June,” she added.

    His gaze jerked to hers. “To who?” It was almost a demand, not a question.

    It gave her hope. She brought her hands together, trying to keep herself and her voice calm. “To you, of course. You didn’t think my affections for you have changed since we last saw each other? In fact, I consider myself more passionate now than I was then. Which means, you don’t stand a chance. By June, you’ll be mine. I guarantee it.”

    His expression stilled and grew serious.
    – loc 764 – 774

    I’m glad that Delilah Marvelle decided to revisit The School of Gallantry and to tell the stories of the students of that school. A Lady of Pleasure showcases Marvelle’s unique voice and vision in romance novels. This is another daring story with bold and vivid characters.

    Disclosure: I requested for a review copy of this book from the author. Thank you to Delilah Marvelle for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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  3. Amazon Customer
    7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    WHAT AN INCREDIBLE UNEXPECTED ROLLERCOASTER, March 18, 2013
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    Amazon Customer (Seattle, WA USA) –

    This review is from: Lady of Pleasure (School of Gallantry) (Kindle Edition)
    I have been BEGGING Delilah, on my knees, for years to add to the incredible pleasure read of the School of Gallantry. Finally the planets aligned and Lady of Pleasure is the incredible result. If you think this will be “more of the same” you would be wrong. After all this IS Delilah Marvelle, in all her glorious historical, romantic, splendor. Kind of Fielding meets Euripides. The two sided lucky coin of comedy and tragedy.

    If you thought you knew Caldwell from the second book in the series, you would be wrong. Caroline’s intellect and passions introduced in the second book, are just a pale shadow of what the reader finds in this third book. She is a strong, intelligent passionate woman, beyond her years in all those elements. We find out things about her parents and brother and sisters that flip the coin from comedic to tragic then back again.

    Caldwell’s story will break your heart then put it back together again. He is a unique character I have never encountered before outside of Robin Schone. Caldwell is definitely a darker character than one ever expected from the first two books. He is stunning! He and Caroline together, with the menagerie that is their respective families and friends drag you in to the world of the School of Gallantry and leave you wanting more . . . NOW! I loved this book and the emotional trip on which it led me. I love this author because of her intellect, her passions, and her incredible understanding of the tragic and the comedic.

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