Reviewer: Danielle Mason
Title: Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman - 2nd in the London's Greatest Lovers series
Author: Lorraine Heath
Release Date: November 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: North Hamptonshire, England/ Mid 1850s
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Lorraine's Website: www.lorraineheath.com
Stephen Lyons cannot remember the last two years of his life. The last memory he has is sitting with Claire, his older brotherís wife, having tea just before he is shipped off to war. But, the war and everything up to the point until he got home is nothing but blackness, a darkness that he would do anything to have filled up.
Then, Mercy Dawson shows up at his younger brothers door with a child that she claims is Stephenís. Mercy thinks that Stephen is dead, as that is what was announced. All she wants is for her son, John, to know his father's family as he is the last link to Stephen. Then thank goodness for Mercy she and John are accepted into the family and asked to move in so John could stay close to his family.
This is when the turbulent but wonderful relationship between Stephen and Mercy really starts!
Mercy and Stephen are complete opposites, night and day really. While Stephen cannot remember anything that happened during the war, Mercy, who served as a nurse under Miss Nightingale, remembers it all. Being a nurse is how Mercy met Stephen. The way Stephen put other soldiers first is what drew Mercy to him. In my opinion they balance one another out. They are great as a couple even if they were thrust together and Mercy is keeping a major secret from Stephen.
What helps Mercy the most is the fact that when a secret is revealed she has the backing of Stephen's mother, who has a lot of influence over her three boys. What ends up bringing Stephen back to Mercy are the circumstances in which he and Mercy finally spends a night together. That also is a secret I am not going to reveal because it ties directly into the first one. I know, I know, all these secrets I am keeping. But, they are crucial for you not to know so the book is way more enjoyable for you to read. The two secrets, the outcomes of their being revealed, and how everyone reacts to them are major points in this book and why I couldn't stop reading it at times. Though having three kids, I did have to stop no matter how much I wanted to keep reading at some points.
Along with Westcliffe and Claire's story, the story that Lorraine Heath writes of Stephen and Mercy is definitely a far different one and one that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Whether itís from wanting Stephen and Mercy to work or the fact that while so much is working both for and against them, itís hard to say exactly what keeps you driven to keep reading. There is so much that could bring disaster to their relationship that it not only makes them both better people but also shows why they need for their own mindsets and happiness.
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