From the back of the book:
THE LEAGUE OF SECOND SONS
Second in line, first in love
A secret society of younger sons, sworn to aid and abet each other, no matter the scandal or cost…Their fathers and brothers may rule the world, but they run it, and when it comes to passion they refuse to accept second best.
Searching for hidden treasure, finding forbidden fantasy.
London’s most sensual former courtesan, viola Whedon, is incapable of being seduced – she does the seducing. Until she meets Leonidas Vaughn. Her salacious memoirs have made her the target of half the lords in England, and Vaughn is the only man she can turn to. When he promises to protect her – and to make her beg for his touch – the alluring beauty finds both offers impossible to refuse.
Leonidas Vaughn secretly believes Viola possesses a fortune given to his family by the King of France. So the strong and sexy Vaughn charms his way into Viola’s life…and her bed. But when their arrangement is consummated, he’ll experience pleasure far beyond his wildest fantasies – and realize his heart may need the most protection of all.
RIPE FOR PLEASURE is a unique romance. The heroine isn’t a young virgin and the hero isn’t a duke or earl. Viola is a widow who became a courtesan as a way to survive after her husband’s death. Leo is the second son of a duke who is making his own way in the world with some help from family and friends. While the romance between Viola and Leo is nicely done, it is the mystery of a missing treasure that seems to be the main focus in the beginning. There is a lot of maneuvering Viola around so that Leo and his friends can look for the treasure without her knowledge. There was one thing that almost ruined this book for me – Leo keeps secrets from Viola for almost the entire book. It made it hard to believe that he really was falling in love with her. Until the point that his secrets are revealed I wasn’t buying the romance. However, the end of this book made up for that completely. The romance becomes more important than the treasure and I did feel that this couple was in love at the end. I enjoyed the secondary characters and absolutely can’t wait for Leo’s sister Beau’s book! I loved her and can’t wait to read how she falls in love and who she falls in love with.
the book girl gives RIPE FOR PLEASURE a 4/5
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