If his lordship thought she would drive twenty miles from London only to be put off like some importunate creditor, he was in for a surprise. Upstairs in the lengthy hall, it took her only minutes to find -- after peeking inside the rooms behind every other massive oak door -- the one that must lead to his lordship's study. She hesitated just long enough to examine herself in a nearby mahogany-framed mirror.
Cheeks pleasingly flushed from their drive, check. New Bourbon hat firmly in place, check.
Matching lilac mantle that gaped open to reveal just a hint of bosom, check. Lord Draker did not stand a chance.
Before she could lose her nerve, she opened the door and swept inside, right into the dragon's cave. Except that it wasn't lined with blackened stones smelling of sulfur Thousands of books marched around the walls in varying shades of brown and dark blue, further proclaiming their owner's education and wealth.
The room was enormous, probably spanning the entire length of the house. How could a person own this many books, let alone read them? She was in deep trouble now. Not only was the viscount probably a clever man, but a clever man with lots of knowledge at his fingertips. She brushed off that unsettling thought. He was a man, after all, and a bookish man at that, with little knowledge of society, current affairs Surely her usual charm and a flirtatious smile would suffice.
If she could find the dratted fellow.
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The library appeared to be empty. She closed the door behind her more loudly than she'd meant to, and a rich baritone voice wafted down to her from the heavens. Moving farther into the room, she turned around and found the Dragon himself.
He was up on a little gallery that ran along the near side of the high-ceilinged room and contained even more bookshelves. His impressively broad back was to her as he took down a volume and opened it with almost paternal care. It was the only careful thing about him. Everything else was haphazard -- the raggedly trimmed hair that fell unfashionably below his collar, the dust-smeared fustian suit, and the scuffed boots.
And he was huge. No wonder everyone believed the rumor that he was actually Prinny's son. He certainly had Prinny's height and large frame, but without the corpulence that plagued His Highness. The shaggy-haired giant returned his book to the shelf, then squatted to remove one lower down, giving her a view of his well-shaped behind and the impressive thigh muscles straining against the fabric of his ill-fitting trousers. Her mouth went dry. Even she could appreciate a fine male figure when she saw one.
I hear she's the troublesome sort. He was nothing like his rumored sire after all. For one thing, he wore an exceedingly unfashionable beard. His Highness would eat nails before he'd grow his whiskers that long. But the prince would certainly not mind having this man's body. A pugilist's meaty shoulders and burly chest tapered down to a surprisingly trim waist.
Even his calves appeared to be well-turned, though his stockings She blinked and looked again. His stockings didn't match. She jerked her gaze up to his bushy beard. Few people ever get to see Castlemaine, much less its owner. I wish to talk to you. Can't take 'no' for an answer. That should be explanation enough. But drat the man, he'd really roused her temper. You're perfectly ready to slander my family to your sister, but heaven forbid you should state your objections to our faces. And if he insists on continuing to corrupt my sister -- " "Corrupt!
I'm not here on his behalf. I'm here to argue for your sister. But she hoped you might listen to someone who knows it well enough to point out the advantages of an alliance between her and my brother. His face closed up. My mind is set. He's one of the most eligible gentlemen in London. And to have this Because I certainly can't see a good one. Until he added with a sneer, "Your sort never does. Tired of craning her neck up at this obnoxious creature, she approached the stair that led up to the gallery.
If he wouldn't listen, she'd trap him on the gallery and make him listen. I want a better life for her than that of a society chit. She stepped onto the gallery and walked toward him. Then she can spend her days listening to him rebuff all her visitors. Sweet heaven, he had the most beautiful eyes she'd ever seen -- a rich brandy brown, with long dusky lashes a shade darker than his hair. A pity those eyes presently burned a hole through her skull. You object to Simon because of his friendship with His Highness.
You don't like your sister being around your father after you went to such great pains to throw the man out of here all those years ago. And what's more -- " He broke off suddenly. His frown disappeared, only to be replaced by a suspicious crinkling at the corners of his gorgeous eyes. And since you were clearly not referring to him Clever gentlemen were such a bother. He went on smugly, "One would think a duke's daughter would know better than to throw salacious rumors about a man's parentage right in his face.
Who cares if they're caught in some compromising position and tarred by scandal? I shall simply tell my brother to go right ahead setting up their secret meetings -- " "Stop! She halted near the stairs, a smile playing over her face. He came up behind her. So I'll be on my way. Because if you think some paltry trick will gain you my attention -- " "Trick?
Surely you don't think a woman who spends her time dithering over which gown to wear could trick a clever gentleman like you. Take that, you big lout. She was so busy congratulating herself that she didn't pay attention and missed a step. She stumbled and was about to tumble backwards to the floor when his lordship snagged her about the waist. For a moment they stood frozen, with only his broad arm beneath her back preventing her from falling. Thank God he was strong. And surprisingly clean, for all his mismatched stockings and rough looks.
A heady scent of bay rum and soap wafted through her senses, making her wonder if he were not quite the oaf he seemed. Then his eyes dropped to where her pelisse had fallen open to reveal her low-cut bodice, and his gaze lodged there as if stuck. Men often stared at her breasts -- on occasion she'd even used that to her advantage.
But for some reason, his staring unsettled her. He looked as if he wanted to devour them As her breasts pinkened beneath his gaze, she opened her mouth to rebuke him, then noticed the edge of the scar that crawled above his beard and onto his cheek. She'd heard he had a scar, but no one seemed to know how he'd received it or how bad it was. His heavy beard covered most of it, but the part that showed looked rather nasty.
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He lifted his eyes to her face. Catching where her gaze was fixed, he scowled. You wouldn't want to go tumbling. And what had he done to gain such an awful scar anyway? She shuddered to think. Shifting her in his arms, he lifted her as if she weighed less than nothing and set her firmly on the floor two steps below, then descended to loom over her. Because you're not going anywhere until you do. Apparently, she'd awakened the sleeping dragon. Now she must figure out what to do with him. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Learn more about Amazon Prime. Bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries pens the sizzling story of one of three half-noble half brothers, who makes a most unwelcome entrance into society She sees no good reason, however, why her brother shouldn't court the lovely Louisa North -- even if the girl's brother, the notorious "Dragon Viscount," objects.
Marcus North, Viscount Draker -- bastard son of the Prince of Wales -- is rumored to be a monster who holds women captive in his dark castle to have his way with them. He has been exiled from polite society for years. But when Lady Regina makes a plea on her brother's behalf, Marcus proposes an outrageous deal: Can the beauty and the beast survive a proper courtship when the devastatingly improper passion between them threatens to cause the scandal of the century? Read more Read less. Add both to Cart Add both to List. One of these items ships sooner than the other.
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And Louisa is completely clueless to it all. And Regina is caught in the middle. I didn't think so either. It felt hurried and forced and So, though the writing was quite good and the characters were engrossing, it never had me captivated. It was easy to put down. This was my first book by Sabrina Jeffries and has been said to be her best book which, truthfully, doesn't have me yearning for another.
The hero and heroine in the book are great; Marcus North, Viscount Draker, is somewhat of a recluse. His personality is rough, he speaks his mind, is quick to take offense and act upon it, is there any wonder he is called the Dragon? There are various rumors surrounding him; but one redeeming fact is that he loves his younger sister, Louisa, and is highly protective of her.
When the Duke of Foxmoor takes a special interest in Louisa at her coming out, Draker is determined to break it up. Foxmoor's sister, Lady Regina Tremaine, travels to Draker's home to try and convince him to let the two young people see each other. While aghast at his unkempt, shaggy appearance, she is determined to convince him of her cause. They argue, insult each other and the result is that Draker agrees to let Louisa continue seeing Foxmoor, but only if Draker may court Regina.
He plans to go along with the young couple to keep an eye on them. The "courtship" of Regina and Draker is certainly rocky; each has a temper although Regina has a lot more tact in handling negative situations and even though she acts tough, she is hurt easily by Draker's rude comments. The relationship is filled with humor as Regina attempts to tame Draker and make him into a gentleman.
They are physically attracted to each other, even though there are suspicions on both sides; the love scenes between the two are pretty steamy. I absolutely loved the Royal Brotherhood series, Jefferies is at her best with these men in need of love, but each hero must conquer his own hang-up about his parentage before he can find his HEA. Witty, sparkling with sensuality, Jefferies entices her readers from the very first page!
If I had to choose between the three novels in the series, Draker, in To Pleasure a Prince, was my favorite hero. I liked reading it, because I had already read one of the series of three Royal Brotherhood books. Unfortunately I started the reading with the third book, so a lot of my enjoyment of the other two was ruined by already knowing the end to the whole thing.
Still it was enjoyable reading. Nothing spectacular, but good writing. I will gladly read again something by Sabrina Jeffries. The first one is as good as the second,third, fourth as many as she has written Any of her book's or series is just as interesting as the first one you begin reading. Once you read just one of her books: See all 70 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 1 month ago.
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