Night of Pleasure (School of Gallantry #4)
Author: Delilah Marvelle
Release Date: 18 March 2014
An arranged marriage is daunting, but not as daunting as seducing a spouse whose passions you do not understand...
Derek Charles Holbrook, Viscount Banfield, knew his fate since he was seventeen when his father announced his union to the beautiful but mysterious American girl by the name of Miss Grey.To protect the troubled estate, Derek submits to his father's wishes, not realizing he's about to entangle himself in a hell of a lot more than marriage.
Miss Clementine Henrietta Grey may be worth millions, but not a single coin has ever bought her a smidge of happiness. When she marries the charismatic and dashing Viscount Banfield, whose only strife in life appears to be the uneven seams in his coat, she finds that siring the heir he wants requires far more than her heart is prepared to give.
Unable to seduce his overly-serious and reluctant wife, Derek realizes his dreams of creating a loving family has turned into a nightmare. But with the unexpected assistance of a retired courtesan and her outrageous school, Derek and Clementine discover that passion is a language spoken not just from the body, but from the mind, heart and soul.
I absolutely adored Derek, his enthusiasm is contagious and he's a very passionate and intense man. He has been engaged to Clementine since they were young, but even when they first met he felt a connection between them. After years of communicating via letters only, he's very eager to marry his lovely bride. I also loved how dedicated he was to Clementine during all their years apart. He's adorable and such a lovable hero.
I found Clementine to be a really interesting heroine. Frankly, at first I didn't particularly like her. I thought she was cold and kind of a bitch. BUT, and that's a big but, as the story progresses and we learn more about Clementine and how her life has been, you come to understand why she acts as she does with Derek. It doesn't take long before you find yourself sympathising for her, even if I still wanted to give her a good shake. Truly though, I was very impressed by how Clementine develops in the reader's eye- I'll admit I was a little worried that I wouldn't like Clementine, and disliking a heroine ruins a romance for me, but she comes through and you realise her fears and insecurities are holding her back from being who she really is.
I loved Derek and Clementine together, but thank God for the School of Gallantry, otherwise their new relationship could have floundered and failed. Derek brings out the passionate side of Clementine's nature, something she suppresses but desperately needs to free.
I love how well Delilah Marvelle can write an unconventional historical romance. She deals with issues in a very realistic light, and she brings her characters to life.
It's the kind of book that keeps you up all night...like I did! You'll fall head over heels in love with Derek and urge Clementine to allow herself to accept his love as you follow their tumultuous journey to a happy ending.
*I received a review copy form the author for my honest opinion. Thank you!