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Zoe Gervais, the illegitimate daughter of a courtesan, has been told that her father is a duke, but she has never met him. As a governess at Mrs. Endicott’s Select Female Academy, she hopes to keep a respectable reputation so that when she finally gets to meet her father, he will respect her. Whenever she is between protectors, she turns to Zoe, hoping she will dig into her meager savings to help her out. But Zoe cannot help worrying about her mother, knowing that as her mother ages, her chances of continuing as a courtesan and finding a protector are slim. But, unbeknownst to Zoe, years ago, her mother made a deal with the devil…one that will greatly affect her daughter.
Ever since his sister, Caroline, lost her life to the guillotine, Lord Ramsay has been eager to seek his vengeance. But following the advice of his mentor, the Dark Lord, he has held off, while learning everything he needs to know to be a healer. He has studied extensively in Europe to become a physician, even though the Dark Lord told him that, as a Pisces, he was not the type of person to be a healer. Now arriving to take Zoe to his mentor and kill her mother, he finds that he cannot do it. Zoe is not what he had thought she would be. She is not cunning and full of guile like her mother, so he cannot kill her mother in front of her. But as to whether the Dark Lord will kill the daughter will be up to his teacher to decide. At least she is a virgin. That is a must for what must take place. He had been chosen to become the new Dark Lord now that the old one is dying and he refuses to let him down. With the title, he will come into his powers fully.
But Zoe has powers of her own and if she can only seduce him before they arrive at the Dark Lord’s island in Scotland, her virginity would be gone. Then the Dark Lord would have no use for her. To make matters worse for Ramsay, he has been under a vow of chastity for the past nine years, which was necessary to become the next Dark Lord. The time spent with Zoe is weakening his determination to stick to that vow, causing him to lust for her. Will he surrender to her charms? If not, will Ramsay be able to turn her over to the Dark Lord when they arrive at his island?
A mystical read, PERILOUS PLEASURES, the third book in author Jenny Brown’s LORDS OF THE SEVENTH HOUSE series, is based on astrology. This book represents Pisces with the hero having been born under this sign. Ramsay fulfills many of the traits of a Pisces with his brooding manner, compassion, insight and tendency to be involved in the unworldly. Zoe is not a beautiful woman on the outside. All of her beauty is on the inside. With his Pisces qualities, Ramsay sees this beauty and falls for her. Zoe is aware that she is not the best in the looks department and had never thought that she would find love, so when she begins to fall for Ramsay; she believes he has cast a spell on her. Filled with mysticism, compassion, false beliefs, deception, believable characters, passion and romance, this story is one you will hate to put down. In fact, I read it in one sitting. Although it is part of a series, this storyline is not linked to the first two stories and can be read as a standalone. Still, for additional enjoyment, I advise also reading the first two stories in Ms. Brown’s astrology based series; LORD LIGHTNING and STAR CROSSED SEDUCTION. I highly recommend PERILOUS PLEASURES to readers looking for a terrific read. Do not miss it!
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