The Duke of Andelot by Delilah Marvelle
Erotic historical romance
History just got sexy as hell...
WARNING: This book contains strong language and sexual content that may cause respectable people to swoon.
Long before becoming the flamboyant courtesan known to men as Madame de Maitenon, Thérèse Angelique Bouchard, dreamed of becoming an actress capable of commanding not only the stage but all of Paris. Until she meets an extraordinary aristocratic gentleman who sweeps her into his arms and the danger of his life, while offering her the sort of wealth she never imagined. What starts off as a seductive alliance, ends in her giving him the one thing she, as a mere bourgeoisie, cannot afford to give: her love.
After the murder of his older brothers, Gérard Antoine Tolbert, becomes the last heir to the powerful dukedom of Andelot, leaving him to fight for not only his life, but the allegiance he holds for the crown. During the final rise of the French Revolution that whispers of the violent change about to shake the entire country, Gérard meets an aspiring actress who introduces him into wanting more out of himself and life. In trying to protect her from their overly passionate alliance and those that want him dead, he must decide what matters most: his life or his heart.
This quirky, sexy and scandalous Regency/Victorian Historical Romance is part of a series.
SCHOOL OF GALLANTRY SERIES:
Book 1, Mistress of Pleasure
Book 2, Lord of Pleasure
Book 3, Lady of Pleasure
Book 4, Night of Pleasure
Book 5, Master of Pleasure
Book 6, Romancing Lady Stone
The FINALE, The Duke of Andelot
The Duke of Andelot is a historical romance with a steamy side. It is the last book in The School of Gallantry series. I haven't read any of the other books, but I still enjoyed this one - although it may have been a bit easier to follow at the beginning if I'd read the others first. It is set in the French Revolution and the amount of detail included is impressive, the author has obviously done a lot of research into this period of history.
I liked both of the main characters, I thought they were well written and easy to connect to. The chemistry between the hero and heroine was undeniable, and there were some very hot love scenes in this book. The storyline is fairly complex, and covers thirty years, so I'm not going to describe it here and give anything away - but it is definitely entertaining to read. I enjoyed the author's writing style and would read more from her in the future. Four stars.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.