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A Gentleman Undone by Cecilia Grant

A Gentleman Undone

by Cecilia Grant

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Will Blackshear came back from the war unable to fit into his previous life. His understanding of morality and class has been utterly shaken, and he considers himself a murderer. Will has sworn to support the family of a fellow soldier killed in battle, and to do that he needs to make money, fast. While at the gaming tables he meets Lydia Slaughter, another man's mistress and a prodigiously gifted card sharp. She has a gift for logic and mathematics, and together they embark on a con to make their fortunes.

Each of these characters felt completely individual and unique, and I could see why they were drawn to each other. What I found fascinating about this book was how different it was from the usual books about mistresses. In every other regency romance I've ever read, the "mistress" is actually a total innocent virgin, and she and the hero embark on a love affair and then get married. In this, Lydia has been a prostitute for years, continues to be another man's mistress while falling in love with Will, and has very enjoyable sex with men other than Will. And this is not like other books either, in that everyone knows Lydia's station in life, and marriage to her really would ruin Will and his entire family's reputation. They get married, and Will truly does have to drop out of Society, he does lose touch with members of his family, and he has to start working for a living. They're happy together, but it's not a fairy tale ending. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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  b00kworm72 | Sep 1, 2015 |
Esta pareja me gusto mucho mas que la de la novela anterior .

Ya empecé a leer el tercero ! ( )
  LaMala | Jul 8, 2015 |
3.5/4 stars

A Gentleman Undone, is a tantalizing and entertaining second installment in the Blackshear Family Series by talented new author, Cecilia Grant. The story and its main characters are sophisticated, intelligent and sublimely sensual.

Will is a complex and troubled hero. He's uneasy and burdened by dark secrets and deathbed promises. He feels unfit for polite society and has "lost all ability to enjoy himself carelessly". Will has "accounts to square, solemn trusts to keep, atonement of a sort to perform" before he can turn his thoughts to "the pursuit of pleasure." Immersed in his own darkness, Will doesn't realize that he, still, is the best of men. He has a pure steady goodness with the capacity to forgive and love unconditionally. He defends the weak, seeks to protect those he cares for and strives to right every wrong.

Lydia is an extremely likeable heroine. She is unconventional and inspiring. A former prostitute before being plucked as a mistress, she describes her circumstance as: "Abandoned. Orphaned. Left barren. Tired and forelorn and long past rescue." From such bleakness Lydia has emerged heart hardened and defiant. She's determined, ruthless, clever and daring. She has a plan to gain financial independence, and she needs Will's help to achieve that end.

Will feels an immediate awareness and electrifying attraction to Lydia. She dazzles and staggers him. He finds her to be striking, unique and challenging. She enlivens Will's spirit and awakens his body with a visceral carnal lust he never thought he'd feel again. He longs to bed her and tells her so, but holds his ardor in check. He vows to earn her trust before allowing anything physical to happen between them.

Lydia is no "blushing virgin" She's refreshingly assertive and shamelessly sensual. Lydia boldly states that she'll have Will "begging for mercy and begging for more." She knows what she wants and commands it from her lover.

Wildly attracted but emotionally scarred, Lydia confesses that she has no love left to give. Yet, Will still wants more from her. He dares to care for her and seeks to save her. Lydia doesn't want his heroics and chivalry and becomes increasingly annoyed with Will's "obstinate refusal" to put his erections to good use. But when he does.... It's crazy hot. He's so gloriously sexy! Will speaks with a depth of longing both plain and raw. His skills in the bedroom are masterful, expressive and lavishing. Will worships Lydia's body, mind and soul. Lydia meets his desire with "a coarse, impatient.. hunger." (I LOVE that description) The sex is overflowing with passion. Lydia is insatiable, all temper and fury. Will is strength and heart. He's a magnificent, sensual stallion. ( )
  TheLustyLiterate | Nov 1, 2013 |
Will Blackshear survived the horror of Waterloo, haunted by his promise to a dying compatriot. A younger son with no inheritance and no fortune of his own, Will turns to the gaming tables to win money to provide for the widow and child of his dead comrade. Moderately successful, he becomes "A Gentleman Undone" when the mistress of a fellow gambler easily routs him at cards and takes the table's money pot. Will is quite unsettled by this woman, Lydia Slaughter, who sits stoically while the men at the table, including her benefactor, Edward Roanoke, casually discuss her most intimate matters. He is even more disturbed when he witnesses Lydia and Edward in a sexual embrace in the library of the gaming house. When Will offers Lydia a kind gesture in a time of need, she repays him at the gaming tables by allowing him to regain his previous loss, and then some. Will is fascinated by her skill and mysterious mien, and he is attracted by her unusual, unconventional beauty. Lydia tries her best not to drawn to Will's broad, muscular shoulders and smoky-coal eyes, and even more so, not to be affected by the hint of naughtiness behind his gentleman's manners. Both have a need for Fate and Fortune to favor them. She desperately wants to escape the life of a courtesan, and he wants enough money to ease his conscience over his friend's death and to become the business partner of another former soldier. Lydia and Will form a partnership of their own, taking great risk in order to gain what each is seeking. But as time passes, and they grow closer as they put their plan into play, will the greatest risk of all be their own hearts? "A Gentleman Undone" is an intriguing, surprising, and compelling historical romance from author Cecilia Grant.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553593846, Mass Market Paperback)

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 Waterloo 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 claim 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:48 -0400)

A kept woman in dire straits, Lydia, who has a sharp mind and a head for numbers, secretly gambles in hopes of winning her independence, but when she forms an alliance with Will Blackshear, who has his own daring agenda, all bets are off as passion flares between them.… (more)

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