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Reader ↠ A Gentleman Undone ↠ Cecilia Grant 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 Water Here after all was their condition perched on their separate wind whipped summits in view of each other but too distant to reach I slowly made my way through the beginning of this book realizing it's not your usual Nor was the story for Martha Will's older sister so this came a no surprise but somehow I was surprised It's stunning how brilliant this series is How uietly rich and subversive how oddly fresh How terribly difficult tooI'd tell you to expect plots like Sherry Thomas than any other and I think that's true I don't want to compare either author really Will and Lydia were both incredible Both full characters consistent and challenging Both able to hurt one another to cause angst completely understandable angstWill repeatedly tries to rescue Lydia from her gentleman protector and is repeatedly told she's not in need of it They forge friendship and intimacy through cards and probabilities along with a shared goal of a good deal of money for their goalsThere's this scene barely matched in any novel for its intimacy in which Lydia watches Will drink his coffee It's incredible and one little example of how we feel intimacy as people but rarely ever find this level of everyday in relationships in our books I'm running out of Cecilia Grant's novels but I know I can happily reread them and I'll be gifted with enjoyment and understanding of these rich plots and characters

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A Gentleman Undone Mobi ã 350 pages Download Õ 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 Loo 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 45 starsElouent natural sensualSympathetic daring imperfect charactersYou must read Cecilia GrantAfter a second read I still love this book Cecelia Grant is sitting pretty on a custom made pedestal Why? She provides compelling relief in a sea of monotonous romance novels If you think you’ve read it all and believe you can predict what will happen next in a romance then you haven’t read A Lady Awakened or A Gentleman Undone The only thing guaranteed is a happy ending ”I begin to think honor is just another kind of vanity Will Blackshear June 1815Like most war heroes Will Blackshear carries a heavy emotional burden No longer a carefree young man he’s unable to connect with his brothers and sisters and avoids his family Will has two goals providing restitution to a fallen comrade’s wife and securing funds for a shipping investmentLydia Slaughter was a victim of unfortunate circumstances She chose her route in life and makes no apologies Her head for numbers and skill at cards will earn the independence she desires Will and Lydia will form a tentative partnership Lydia will tutor Will in cardsharp tricks and prepare him for high stakes vingt et un at the gaming hells As another man’s mistress and the second youngest son neither have anything to offer the other or so they believe; sometimes luck presents itself in the most surprising waysAfter years of reading romance novels of various sub genres I was the fortunate winner of A Gentleman Undone through a Goodreads First Reads contest and serendipitously stumbled upon an author who has earned my steadfast devotion It seems as if Ms Grant’s purpose is to defy all the usual historical romance plot devices such as frigid women naïve whores acceptable flaws and alpha males In Awakened the hero’s sexual prowess does not win the heart of the heroine and Undone’s heroine has the audacity to luxuriate in pleasures of the flesh while the hero’s deeply ingrained moral integrity extends to her person despite her diminished status amongst his peers I absolutely treasure this book and author I’ve read this book twice The first time I was over the moon like Julie Andrews’ hillside twirling the hills are alive with the sound of music Tra la la la la The second read I took a critical view of the book I’m still very happy with my precioussss little treasure but I do see where this book stumbled for other readers The extensive telling of card tricks probability and vingt et un lessons carried on a bit too long Lydia’s mathematical genius is not embraced by all It proved negligible to me Um Her eyes came to his soft and uncertain Can you go in very slowly? It was beautifully done But he knew her too wellFlattering minx You say that to every man The unforgiving characterization of Lydia Slaughter captivated me Lydia is a mistress who loves sex before making love with the hero Will has nothing on her skills Her backstory is relevant and the circumstances leading to her present situation are what I’ve come to expect for a woman like Lydia Yet even her backstory has its own uniue ualities you have to read to appreciate Lydia doesn’t need a man to save her She will save herself via her own means Will is the means as she maintains her amorous relationship with her keeper Ms Grant doesn’t spare the reader Lydia’s sexual congress with ‘Prince Suare Jaw’ by manufacturing an affliction I knew this going into the book and wondered how I would feel about it The entire situation is executed very well The characters’ behaviors are consistent and the story progresses naturally Lydia and Will’s happy ending is perfect settling all doubts that the author could make it credible Cecilia Grant’s writing is sophisticated and in my opinion superior to other romance novels Her unconventional characterizations are a breath of fresh air Here’s an author to break the ennui of predictable plots and similar dramatizations Maybe other writers andor publishing houses will take note I’m anxiously awaiting the next novel in this series which features older brother Nick Blackshear What new ground will be broken in A Woman Entangled? For sure I will find out Happiness still felt at odd moments like something with which she oughtn’t to be trusted A delicate and costly music box put into the hands of a maladroit child Yet happiness felt too like a prize she and Will had fought for and seized An edifice they’d build with their own bare hands out of the scrap heap of mistake and misadventure Lydia SlaughterBlackshear Series in Order I was lucky enough to buddy read with the following readers newuser – 3 stars Willowfaerie – 5 stars Madame X – 4 stars

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A Gentleman UndoneClaim 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 From the Paperback edition I think that Cecilia Grant’s début book A Lady Awakened was one of the best historical romances I’ve read in a long time Not only was it very well written but the plotline was original something that can be hard to find in the genre I’m not knocking the tried and tested plotlines; some of them are incredibly well done it’s just refreshing to find something different for a change So naturally I’ve been looking forward to her follow up novel ever since I finished the first oneOnce again the author has put an original spin on what might at first glance seem a familiar story that of the courtesan redeemed by true love But this is no fairy tale romance; in fact it’s rather a dark story uite different in tone to her débutIn this book we meet Will Blackshear formerly a Lieutenant of the Thirtieth Foot and brother to Martha the heroine of A Lady Awakened He has recently sold his commission and is endeavouring to add to it at the gaming table as he has vowed to provide for the widow and child of one of his fellow combatants The novel opens as Will having discovered Talbot half dead on the battlefield is struggling to get his wounds tended at the makeshift field hospitals only to be told by the doctors that it’s a hopeless case and that he may in fact have worsened the man’s injuries by moving himThe action then jumps forward several months and Will is back in London He’s not rich; he’s not a member of the aristocracy and in order to make good on his promise to Talbot’s widow he turns to gambling in an attempt to build up a suitable sum to invest to provide her with an income Will is a very attractive hero He’s handsome of course honourable and intuitive with a wry sense of humour – but underneath that he’s filled with self loathing for having hastened the death of a husband and father by his own foolish actions and worse besidesAnd one night at the gambling club he becomes intrigued by Lydia Slaughter the mistress of one of his opponents at the card tableLydia is a difficult heroine to like She’s fiercely independent of spirit and it transpires somewhat of a mathematical genius a talent she utilises to good effect at cards when she gets the opportunity She also is looking to build herself a nest egg but unlike Will it’s for herself so that when the time comes she will not need to depend on a man to support her They come together through this mutual need to make money Will wants Lydia to teach him about odds and wagers and how to count cards so that he can make what he needs uickly; and she needs him to help her to gain access to some of the less salubrious gambling establishmentsLydia carries just as dark a secret as Will does is filled with even self loathing and unlike him also has a destructive streak She blames herself for the death of her parents; following her disgrace at the hands of the young man with whom she was in love her parents stood by her and were preparing to retire to the country when they were robbed and killed Alone in the world Lydia turns to one of the few means of support open to her and goes to work in a brothel using sex and degradation as a way to lose herself a means to escape the deeds that haunt herShe is taken from the brothel by Mr Roanoke and becomes his mistress He’s not a very pleasant man and insults and mistreats Lydia on several occasions in the book but she’s a kept woman and has to put up with it In fact she makes no secret of the fact that she enjoys sex; it gives her a sense of power which she’s not above using to her advantage There are a couple of times in the book where she desperately wants Will to take her to bed wanting to use him to help her to forget – but he knows what she’s about and manages to refuse her despite the fact that he’s by now in love with herThe sex in the book is pretty explosive but it’s also uite harsh at first Lydia doesn’t want consideration or tenderness; she wants to be treated roughly as she once tries to lose herself in the act not believing herself worth of kindness or love A Gentleman Undone was somewhat darker in tone than much of my usual reading material but I enjoyed it nonetheless The story gripped me and I adored Will but I have to admit that if I have a complaint it’s that I found Lydia difficult to really like or sympathise with I enjoyed her humour and the flirtatious sexually charged back and forth with Will but I can’t help but think that she was perhaps just too damaged to be “redeemed by love” in the end Will shares his “terrible secret” with her late in the book but even after that there was never any doubt in my mind that he was worthy of love; but I didn’t get that feeling about Lydia I think she’s going to need a lot TLC if she’s going to be able to leave the past well and truly behind herThat said I’m still giving the book four stars It’s well written the story itself is original and the characterisation is strong and consistent Even though this book wasn’t exactly what I expected after A Lady Awakened it was still a terrific read and I’m eagerly awaiting Cecilia Grant’s next book – A Woman Entangled – next yearWith thanks to Random House and NetGalley for the review copy