Thursday, May 19, 2011

Review & Giveaway : Ripe for Pleasure by Isobel Carr

Mass Market Paperback, 295 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Forever (first published April 13th 2011)

0446572756 (ISBN13: 9780446572750)

Received Book from publisher for review.

"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 haven't been a big person on reading Historical Romances but Rips for Pleasure was honestly one of my favorites. This book was fun and different for me. It was hard to find a book that gave me a breath of fresh air. I was caught up after the mixed matched eyes. *swoon* I totally have a thing for that. I was excited to read this book.  I loved the fact that this was described as an erotic historical romance only made me want to read it more and more.

Viola has spent her whole life in danger and that might have to do with the fact that she is caught up writing some
memoirs. Lord Leonidas (Leo) approaches Viola, offering to be her protector in exchange for her services. Little does Viola know, Leo's motives are not altogether the hero he is pretrating to be. 

Ripe for Pleasure started off with promising plot that kept you very involved and invested. Viola has lived her life without apologies which I loved about her.  Her overall goal was to make some money from her books so that she could live out her life not needing anyone. When Leo comes into play, she is more than grateful for his help and is more than willing to be his lover until her threat is finally gone. Although she wasn't really expecting to find him so alluring and attracting.

After a while I began to have a crush on Leo, Although he had a secret he was hiding there was just something about him I couldn't get enough of.
It took some time to build up to the sex scenes but I thought they were going to way hotter than they were.  I was really disappointed considering this is an erotic romance. The details just didn't do it for me. I wanted more details on the sex scenes. Isn't that the point of it being erotic? Or maybe that's just me.

Ripe for Pleasure was a good book for me but I am hoping as the series goes on the books will get better. I was unable to enjoy the story as much as I thought I would. I also thought it has way too much background of the history but I understand most books are like that in a series. The author provides a lot of historical facts  which I also loved only because it made me feel as if I was living in this period. Overall the love between Leo and Viola was there and I enjoyed that the most. 
This book will ignite fire that will have you living in the excitement of the 1700s. Jealously, scandal, and  gossip is a must read for all fans of Isobel Carr's. I am so looking forward to the next book of Isobel's. I hope you enjoy!


Thanks to the wonderful folks at Grand Central Publishing, I am able to giveaway 3 copies of  Ripe for Pleasure to 3 lucky Followers! Follow the instructions below to enter:

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  1. Great review...I am not usually interested in historical either but this looks good!! Please enter me in the giveaway ;)

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  2. I love historical romance , and this book sounds great i would love to be enter in the giveaway.

  3. Historical erotic? Your review definitely piqued my interest! Thanks fir the giveaway!


  4. Great review. A series based on younger sons sounds quite interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.


  5. It looks absolutely amazing. Sighh, swoon worthy covers always do it for me.


  6. Great review! I love the cover to this book it's quite stunning! Please count me in!

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  7. I'd love to read this book! Please enter me in your giveaway!
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  8. Thanks for the giveaway! It sounds like a great book!
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  9. I am a big fan of historical so you review sounds super interesting. Please enter me!

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  10. Great giveaway! I've been wanting this one.

    Please throw my name in.

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  11. I love historical romance and I have been hearing about this book everywhere! I would love a chane to win! It sounds amazing and a bit different from the norm. Thanks for a great review.


  12. I want to read this book. I can't even explain why. I think the cover is great. The description sounds great. I jumped to Amazon and added it to my wishlist. For some reason, it just hooked me! Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. I love the idea of a former courtesan being a heroine. This book sounds like a good read.

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  14. This book sounds great!! Please enter me!

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  15. Thanks for sharing your view on the book. I've seen a few reviewers mention that there weren't enough sex scenes for an erotic historical... but I would love to read this myself to see. Thanks for the giveaway, please count me in!


  16. Really enjoyed your review Danielle thank you for sharing. This one sounds quite interesting, have added it to my wishlist :).

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