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3 short stories in one book, the first bad boy being a pirate While the characters were fun with lots of laugh out loud moments, I found them way too modern and the women too lusty ready for the time period I admit to skimming some of the over active bedroom..or other places love scenes, stillthree fun steamy reads. Enjoyable read I enjoyed the first two stories the most The third story was a little odd but good.This book contains the following three stories.4 stars for STOLEN PLEASURES Sebastian left home to be a pirate five years ago His father, an earl, made a marriage agreement for a cousin to pretend to be Sebastian and marry Olivia They married, but Olivia has not yet met the cousin On her way to England by ship, Sebastian takes over the ship carrying Olivia and learns that she is married to his Enjoyable read I enjoyed the first two stories the most The third story was a little odd but good.This book contains the following three stories.4 stars for STOLEN PLEASURES Sebastian left home to be a pirate five years ago His father, an earl, made a marriage agreement for a cousin to pretend to be Sebastian and marry Olivia They married, but Olivia has not yet met the cousin On her way to England by ship, Sebastian takes over the ship carrying Olivia and learns that she is married to his name Setting 1813 British West Indies and England.4 stars for LUCIEN S GAMBLE Julienne goes to a gambling prostitution place to find her brother The owner is Lucien, a bastard, but rich Lucien has many women in his life Julienne and Lucien fall in love, but she fears he will always want other women so she refuses to marry him Setting 1810 London.3 stars for HER MAD GRACE Hugh has carriage accident in a snow storm and must take shelter in home of Charlotte Charlotte married an old man in name only to be able to care for his granddaughter Charlotte and Hugh fall in love She won t marry him because she fears he s not reliable and can t support her, the granddaughter and the handicapped servants Setting 1814 Derbyshire, England.Sexual language strong erotic Copyright 2006 Genre regency romance.For a listing of my reviews of other Sylvia Day books, see my 5 star review of The Stranger I Married posted on 1 19 07 This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Book ReviewTitle Scandalous Liaisons Author Sylvia DayGenre RomanceRating Review So I don t normally read romance books but there are some exception namely anything written by Sylvia Day and the Black Dagger Brotherhood I remember reading the first three books in the Crossfire series years ago and I am planning to re read those and finish the series, as well as reading most of Day s published works What I didn t know about Scandalous Liaisons before picking it up was that it is a bind Book ReviewTitle Scandalous Liaisons Author Sylvia DayGenre RomanceRating Review So I don t normally read romance books but there are some exception namely anything written by Sylvia Day and the Black Dagger Brotherhood I remember reading the first three books in the Crossfire series years ago and I am planning to re read those and finish the series, as well as reading most of Day s published works What I didn t know about Scandalous Liaisons before picking it up was that it is a bind up of three interconnected novellas, so I will be reviewing and rating each story individually and the bind up as a whole Stolen Pleasures Stolen pleasures follows Sebastian Blake also known as the infamous pirate Captain Phoenix and Olivia Merrick and this was by far my favourite story in the bind up We meet Sebastian after he has stolen himself a bride but not in the way you think We meet Olivia Merrick was has been married by proxy to Sebastian who has raided a ship belonging to Olivia s father and kidnapped his supposed wife Initially the pair don t get on that well despite the sexual tension radiating between them but the banter between them is amazing as he tries to proves that he is her husband as well as a pirate but Olivia is much smarter than Sebastian gives her credit for in the beginning Initially he tries not to give into his passion for her as he has no desire to return to England, his title or his family but this quickly fails when he realises that she wants him as much as he wants her, so he plans to return her to England as his wife However, he doesn t plan to stay only return occasionally, Olivia meanwhile, is fighting over whether she wants that lifestyle or a farattentive husband The sex scenes between these two are hot wild and filled with passion but there is muchto the novella We learn that Sebastian has made an enemy of two vicious twin brothers who wanted Olivia as their compensation but Sebastian refused as he is protective of her, not just as his wife but because he also cares for her Upon returning to England they fall into the roles of husband and wife but not before discovering that Olivia was meant to marry Sebastian s cousin resulting in a violent encounter between Sebastian and his father They also have prove to Olivia s father that their feelings for each other are genuine and that the rumours surrounding Sebastian aren t going to harm Olivia s reputation but it is too late for their marriage to be annulled despite the fact that neither want that.The night after their return Sebastian isn t sure he has made the right decision for Olivia and is going out to find a whore when she uses all of her charm to get him to vent his anger at his own cold and abusive father on her, not violently but sexually This turns out to be the best sex they ve had yet and Olivia admits that she loves Sebastian and he knows he can t bear to be parted from her so he needs to settle his affairs at sea.That night he leaves leaving her a note asking her to trust that he will return and it breaks Olivia s heart He does return months later but Olivia tries to close herself off from him because she is angry with him but this fails since she loves Sebastian and he knows it Despite the seemingly forced nature of these scene it doesn t feel rapey at all as Olivia herself even admits that you can t rape the willing and she isthan willing It takes some convincing but he manages to explain that he left to deal with his ship and crew but also to take care of the twins that wanted her so badly He explains that he killed one but the other escaped and he immediately returned to her side to make sure she was safe and that he is never leaving again and will be with her as a husband should Olivia is still angry with him but does give in to his charms, although she doesn t say I love you even though he does for the first time During one trip the wife of a friend realises that Olivia is pregnant but she is quickly targeted by the escaped twin and held at gunpoint Sebastian tries to reason with him and can t so he shots Olivia but only injures her shoulder After they return home Olivia tells Sebastian that she is pregnant and we see their relationship return to normal with their banter sparking up again and we see Olivia s characteristic wit return but this pair got their happy ending Stolen pleasures was a delight to read and was a solid 5 stars.Lucien s Gamble The second novella is called Lucien s Gamble and it follows the couple who Sebastian and Olivia met towards the end of their novella, Lord Lucien Remington and his wife Julienne, however this is before their marriage Considering how happy they were in Stolen pleasures I am eager to see how they got there as Julienne mentions giving her husband 2 children which is how she recognises that Olivia is pregnant So we know that Julienne has got into Lucien s gentleman s club disguised very poorly as a man in order to find her brother, Hugh Lucien is instantly struck by her beauty and wants her for his own but understand that she is a highborn lady and he is unworthy of her Julienne has always had to take care of her brother since the death of their parents when they were young, this thrust Hugh into a role he wasn t prepared to take and he has developed a huge gambling habit which has put their family on the brink of financial ruin, so Julienne knows she has to marry well in order to save them Lucien insists that she spends the night in the club despite how improper it is as he doesn t want anyone else figuring out who she is and why she is there but that night he creeps into her room only to watch her sleep as he has been obsessed with her for months but never dared approach her Julienne wakes up and we see the intense passion between this pair although they are held apart by their standing in society We learn that Julienne comes from a good family but Lucien is the bastard son for a Duke and a courtesan, his parents love each other very much and his father after giving his wife an heir never touched her again and he has a very good relationship with both of his parents which was very nice to see For a while they dance around each other but neither truly gives into the passion between them because they both know what is at stake.When Julienne begins looking for a husband, she begins courting a man named Fontaine and Lucien can t stand to let her go He offers himself as a husband for Julienne but she refuses, there is a resulting argument where Julienne is willing to let Fontaine sleep with other women but not Lucien and he can t figure out why he would be different There is one scene that made me uncomfortable, it is at a ball during the Season where Lucien sees Julienne and Fontaine together and corners her forcing them to talk In this scene he does leave bruises on her although he makes up for this later, when he weeps in her lap because he has hurt her It falls to his mother to explain that she doesn t let his father sleep with other women because he knows she would kill him because she loves him and he remains faithful to her because he loves her in return Lucien realises that Julienne refused to marry him because she loves him and couldn t stand to share him with anyone else unlike Fontaine who she would marry purely for his money Lucien decides to fight for the woman he loves and ends up blackmailing her brother, Hugh into helping him, because of his low birth status he isn t permitted to be anywhere near Julienne unless her brother approves it He agrees to wipe off part of Hugh s massive debt with him in return for allowing to court his sister and Hugh agrees During this time, Julienne is courting both Fontaine and Lucien but she only has a desire for Lucien but it takes her a while to convince him that despite of his birth status that he isthan worthy of being her husband and he takes a while to convince her that despite his past he will be a good and faithful husband, working off the example his own father set for him Eventually she agrees to marry him and we see the run up to where they are in Stolen Pleasures While I really like Lucien s Gamble it wasn t as good as Stolen Pleasures for me, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it Her Mad Grace DNFI didn t even read this novella as it is Hugh s story We meet Hugh in Lucien s Gamble as he is Julienne s brother but I had no desire to read his story as I didn t like him as a character at all Hugh in Lucien s Gamble is selfish, childish and has no regard for the feelings of his family He is willing to marry his sister off into a loveless marriage to settle his debts only to build them again, he is willing to run away for months leaving his sister and Aunt to deal with his creditors while he acts like a spoilt child Despite any redemptions that might come in this novella I wasn t going to read it I was hoping for the story of Lucien s parents as that would have beenenjoyable to read We know Lucien s father is a Duke, married and has another son besides Lucien He has been with Lucien s mother for over 20 years and they have a son together They also work very well together even when his father has to attend engagements with his wife and I was wondering every time they appeared how the hell they got together and made it work through the years I would have preferred that story over Hugh s any day This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is an Anthology but all three novellas are written b the same Author The first one takes place in 1813, the second in 1810 and the third in 1814 At the end of the first novella Stolen Pleasures we find out that Sebastian the Hero is friends with Remington the Hero from Lucien s Gamble the second novella Personally I think Lucien s Gamble should have come first but I m sure the Author had her reasons for doing things in the order she did The third novella is about Hugh the brother o This is an Anthology but all three novellas are written b the same Author The first one takes place in 1813, the second in 1810 and the third in 1814 At the end of the first novella Stolen Pleasures we find out that Sebastian the Hero is friends with Remington the Hero from Lucien s Gamble the second novella Personally I think Lucien s Gamble should have come first but I m sure the Author had her reasons for doing things in the order she did The third novella is about Hugh the brother of Julienne the Heroine in Lucien s Gamble and Charlotte The Heroine in Stolen Pleasures is Olivia Stolen Pleasures I liked this one although no one element really stands out Due to what would amount to underhanded trickery by his father the Hero Sebastian marries Olivia the Heroine but he doesn t know it Sebastian due to something that he believes to be his fault left home at the point the story starts I think it had been five years and became a Pirate known as Captain Phoenix He has the mis fortune to capture the ship Olivia is on Olivia is on her way to England from the West Indies to meet her husband It doesn t take long for her to learn the truth nor does it take long for the two of them to decide they are perfectly okay with the idea of being married to each other When they reach England we learn better what his Dad had planned at least I think we did I m not sure if Sebastian s cousin Carr was going to be Sebastian or if his Dad was I m pretty sure it was Carr but something Sebastian says to his Dad makes me think it could be the other case Anyway, after the confrontation between father and son and some miscommunication between husband and wife they live HEA Lucien s Gamble As the older sister Julienne feels responsible for her brother Hugh, even though he is old enough that she shouldn t have to be, his gambling has placed a burden on she and her Aunt who raised them after their parents died when Hugh was 10 I don t recall it saying how old Olivia is or was but I got the impression she is older Of course Hugh is affected also but doesn t seem to care and actually I don t think he is aware of it Anyway, Olivia dresses as a man to sneak into a club she believes her brother has gone to but it turns out that may just be her excuse She is fascinated by and attracted to Lucien Rembrandt the Hero the owner of the club It turns out the feeling is mutual and the passion between them according to Remington s mother can heat a room I love reading books where the couple is brought together by fate destiny and or by overwhelming attraction and passion Stolen Pleasures was a fact destiny and Lucien s Gamble is an attraction passion Okay maybe some curiosity thrown in there as well which is why Julienne went to the club and why Remington let her stay Her Mad Grace I finished this one earlier today and although what I had learned about Hugh in the previous story didn t leave me with a page turning desire to read his story I did and I m glad Hugh has become a much better person in the last couple of years the time lapse between the two is 4 years Charlotte for reasons we do learn is pretending to be someone she is not After learning her reasons along with the names and partial descriptions of her motley crew of servants I m hoping there is another book because to my way of thinking it leaves loose ends and unanswered questions Such as do they find the treasure that supposedly exists and what exactly is wrong with Katie that she can t carry the tea tray without massive clinking of the service Artemis is a true character not just in looks, for starters he only has one eye that seems to bulge out of his head and he speaks his mind What happened to Artemis other eye it never says unless I missed it Tom and I think his name is Harry don t have the book handy also apparently have physical shortcomings that only detract from their looks but not their abilities or personality The only other servant is Katie who I ve already mentioned There is one other person in the house besides the ones already named and that is Guinevere aka Gwen who is the illegitimate Granddaughter of the Duke who is deceased her father the current Duke wants nothing to do with her but having learned about her years ago she s now 17 her Grandfather took her in and raised her This story turned out to be a really good page turner but due to the questions I have I m hoping there is a sequel It would be nice to know what happens to Gwen after Finishing School among other things already mentioned This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here My review contains spoilers and they re mostly my thoughts as I went with the book Rating based on 3 novellas by Sylvia Day Stolen Pleasures 3.75 stars , Lucien s Gamble 3 stars and Her Mad Grace 2.5 stars Stolen Pleasures In this novella, we met pirate captain Phoenix in the West Indies when he captures a ship and it s most beautiful occupant, the daughter of the owner, Olivia Now, Sebastian, who s the earl of Merrick in truth knows this is his bride, whom he apparently married My review contains spoilers and they re mostly my thoughts as I went with the book Rating based on 3 novellas by Sylvia Day Stolen Pleasures 3.75 stars , Lucien s Gamble 3 stars and Her Mad Grace 2.5 stars Stolen Pleasures In this novella, we met pirate captain Phoenix in the West Indies when he captures a ship and it s most beautiful occupant, the daughter of the owner, Olivia Now, Sebastian, who s the earl of Merrick in truth knows this is his bride, whom he apparently married by proxy Olivia is vivacious and beautiful and Sebastian can t be happier The only problem is, his bride doesn t recognize him So she fights him good but there s no way she could escape.Olivia s father, the very wealthy merchant, Jack Lambert married her off by proxy for Sebastian s title She knows nothing about her husband or his family but is on her way to England Now, this pirate captain, whom she s supposed to hate umm, she can t She s very attracted to him, apparently he too Then Sebastian drops the bomb and Olivia doesn t believe him at first This was just too much Even then, this doesn t stay her when Sebastian makes advances or rather she encourages him to make advances She makes it clear that she wants to stay with him and be his wife in every way Sebastian wants her but he doesn t like the fact that he s a wanted criminal and can t give her anything better So he decides when they reach England, he ll take care of the matter by acquiring and annulment and set her free.They have a hot little interlude, though doesn t consummate the marriage Sebastian then proceeds to ignore her, sort of He even tries to take off his edge by going to town and seeking out whores but none interests him as Olivia In one word, he s crazy for her Olivia isn t happy and is subdued by Sebastian s behavior She thinks because of her wanton behavior, he s ignoring her But this is resolved soon because they can t stay away from each other too long and consummate the marriage Love scenes in this one were typical SD standard, by which I mean really good I loved thembecause I felt the connection between them all too well Then Sebastian begins to open up about his life and why he s a pirate He was the younger son and the black sheep of the family His brother died fighting a duel over one of his discretions His father never cared about him and now that he s the heir, the man s all too full of vengeance This marriage was one of those I guess, to rile Sebastian up, instead worked in a good way for him Olivia also has some troubles in the past in her season but those weren t explored well Since her father s money is from business, needless to say, the Ton never quite took to her, even though she s beautiful and all that She was rejected by one suitor she was genuinely attracted to and that hurt her something like that, which is why she locked herself away in WI in her father s plantation and agreed to this proxy marriage.So they decide to enjoy this journey, buried themselves into each other and leave the rest when they reach London All too soon, the journey is over On the port, Olivia was accosted by Sebastian s cousin, who presented himself as the earl Sebastian is angry knowing that this is what his father planned since he didn t care for Sebastian, he presented Carr as the earl to Lambert, who s also in London and waiting for his daughter to arrive Not knowing her real husband, Olivia would ve been snared in the trap Afterwards, it s would ve been too late An angry Sebastian faces his father and things do clear up a lot about their bad relationship The man is a serpent, to say the least cold and unfeeling I wanted to kill him for humiliating Sebastian in front of Lambert and Olivia But she proved to be a jem by supporting him and even speak on his behalf, being attuned to his hurt I loved this about her that she wanted to take care of Sebastian and he was equally starving for Olivia s love.Even though she asks him to stay for a while and make her feel at home, Sebastian decides to leave to take care of his business with the French twin brothers, who are notorious criminals Sebastian knows of their proclivities 1st hand He was scared for Olivia since those two were interested in her and he refused to hand her over After a night of hot sex, where Olivia confesses to being in love with him, Sebastian leaves the next day without telling her because otherwise, he won t be able to Olivia is angry when she learns of this Now this made me really angry, his note urged her to trust him that he ll return, then why And when he comes back 4 months later, she s still angry and says some rude things to him I didn t like this I was willing to give this story 4 stars but she ruined my fun by being a screeching shrew The sex afterwards was fun and hot She has no problem in sleeping with him but that doesn t deter her from reminding him of his shortcomings I was so put off by Olivia s attitude that I lost interest in the ending which inevitably involved the French twins 3.75 stars because it was quite good, almost Especially Sebastian, he was adorable Stolen Pleasures has 7 chapters and an epilogue with a few hot hot love scenes Lucien s Gamble I m really disappointed in this one Barely likable H h and plot, so barely made 3 stars for me Don t forget to count all the eye rolling I did while reading this novella lol DJulienne la Coeur was 1st featured in Catching Caroline as the heroine s friend, a book I haven t read because I m not into vampire stuff But it s a free novella so you might wanna give that a try I think it s available at smashwords Anyway, she comes to the Remington s, a big and fashionable gambling house owned by Lucien Remington, in search of her gambler and irresponsible brother Hugh She has always been attracted to Lucien and his bad boy, f cks anything in skirt image not my words, his own lol Lucien s a bastard father is a duke, mother a famous courtesan and these two have a long standing relationship I ll talk about that a bit later So when Lucien catches Julienne in a man s dressing again, if she has curves, how could no one else but he identified her Have you ever had a look of those breeches they used to wear back in the 1800s eye roll He takes her to his office and starts questioning Julienne is kinda breathless and almost wet seeing Lucien so close She d seen him in various balls and very aware of his liaisons Lucien has taken an interest in her too, but knew she s out of his reach But, he s a scoundrel for naught if he won t take advantage of the situation So he cooks up some plan and makes her stay in private rooms of the club, especially the one he always uses when he s staying overnight Needless to say, Julienne didn t put up much objection and she was soooo asking for it, if you know what I mean, by sleeping naked in his bed because apparently it s better to sleep naked than wearing a negligee eye roll Oh, she might be a virgin but she knows a lot about sex by reading Hugh s erotica eye roll So Lucien drops in and this leads to that and they kiss and make out, almost Lucien considers that she ll have to marry so gives her release without taking her virginity Apparently, he feels something different for her.Julienne leaves the next day Hugh is still absent, gone to some house party by some rakish friend and she, with her Aunt Eugenia, is very concerned about the debt that he s piling But she can t help daydreaming about Lucien and the wicked things he d done to her But on the other hand, in 3 days of their meeting, even though he feels something different for Julienne, that doesn t deter Lucien from shagging left and right Yukety yuk All in the name of removing her from his mind , though it didn t work Oh, puh leeez, speak the truth f cker eye roll So, 3 days later, he meets her again in some ball And incidents like this keep happening They d try to talk, then quarrel, then Lucien would say some crude thing about his sexual life like how many he d f cked since he met her but how it doesn t work etc , then he d pounce on her, she d give in not that she ever really objected and they d make out like bunnies, by that I mean oral and fondling, not full sex except for one almost incident Boy but Julienne had some love for oral It was hard to believe that she really was a virgin.Even though she s pretty and all that, because of a low dowry it has become hard for Julienne to find a husband When Lucien investigates her background, he asks his assistant to make a list of eligible bachelors for her Lord Fontaine tops the list This guy was already interested in her He s rich and very good looking A womanizer too But, Julienne knows he d never be able to make the impression Lucien made, that she s already in love with him eye roll I have no idea why When Lucien visits her house with the idea, Julienne is a bit hurt Lucien doesn t tell her of his feelings but he s jealous all the same when he saw Fontaine with Julienne in some ball When the talks of fidelity comes up, Julienne expresses that she doesn t care if Fontaine stays true to her or not which, by his reputation, is a possibility that he won t Lucien kinda blurts out, if she doesn t care about fidelity then why not marry him But how can she when she loves him but knows he won t love her back Oh good lord, someone kill me now I was losing interestandbecause this novella was one horrid mess from top to bottom But, can t blame Lucien since his parents are a veritable example of infidelity Yes, the Duke has been true to his mistress and so had she after giving up her courtesan life but his wife is still alive and he has an heir Not much of his married life was mentioned, very conveniently if I might add, so I don t know how to comment of this situation But I didn t like it for sure These two are actually very proud of their son s accomplishments and I don t mean only his vast empire from the gambling den but also his conquests left and right So how can I expect better from him Ok, so in the scene when Lucien asks her to marry him, Julienne refused Lucien is angry and stomps away, doesn t see her for a few weeks In the meantime, Fontaine is already making it clear that he wants to make it official Then, suddenly in one ball, Julienne sees Lucien with some slut Finally, she s jealous and feels sick watching those two together He finds her when she retires to some room, alone They kiss and so on, and then Julienne decides she won t let him get the better of her again After that, there was a hot little scene I liked, before she leaves him Afterwards, Julienne finds Hugh who had come back and confronts him Finally she gives him a piece of her mind, after coddling him for all those years Their parents died when they were young and their aunt took care of them Hugh became the earl at 9 10 yrs of age so I got that she was too soft on him But he d already gone through the Montrose fortune and almost emptied their coffer Julienne knew this can t go on any Hugh meets with Lucien soon, who gives him some advice on how to make money and in return, blackmailed out times with Julienne Hugh can t object because Lucien wants to court her He can strike out a hefty sum from the total debt for each meeting Lucien has with her His mother also encourages him about Julienne Lucien begs forgiveness to Julienne in a ball, which was kinda heart tugging He also informs her of his intentions and dances with her Julienne is confused but of course, she s inclined to accept Lucien But Fontaine has been nice to her and so on, so she hesitates Lucien plans a picnic with her but she doesn t show up He s angry and goes to his mother, only to find she d invited Julienne at her home That scene was annoying, to say the least I was eye rolling so many times, egh The things Lucien and Julienne were telling each other eye roll not sure if they were whispering Lucien s parents were there, couldn t hide their glee and comments on the sexual heat they were producing wow, just unbelievably not charming eye roll and exasperated sigh And, Julienne finds this union between Lucien s parents romantic Really By then I was impatient for this novella to end, put me out of my boredom and save my eyes The ending was abrupt and unsatisfactory Fontaine just gave up Where was the fight for Julienne s hands he mentioned to Lucien I saw nada So, drama all over the book, unbelievable ones at that and unimpressive characters I can say there was a scene or two I might ve liked and deluded myself that this might get better but sadly, nope I ve read far better, impressive and amazing hero in Derek Craven Lucien would never surpass him in anything Lucien s Gamble has 12 chapters in all Her Mad Grace This was a waste of my time I was bored and annoyed I didn t like Charlotte, Hugh was hot but sadly, dumb in other areas Then again, I didn t expect much from him after reading Lucien s Gamble , so yah whatever Hugh s carriage wheel broke on his way to Julienne s estate The weather was bad so he had to take refuge in a dilapidated estate nearby I was kinda interested at first because of the mystery surrounding the area, but it went downhill soon The ancient butler was weird to look at with one bulging eye, doesn t know anything about his job, so are the other employees with who have one problem or the other Hugh soon understands that this is the estate of Her Mad Grace , widow of an elderly duke who died a few years ago There are loads of rumors about the widow and this place, as her being mad and scary etc Hugh has a feeling, seeing the bad form of the estate He enters the house, elbowing the butler who was on the verge of closing the door, denying any help After waiting, a black clad and shrouded tiny woman comes in Hugh is amazed to find that her proximity makes him hard rolls eyes The woman wanted to deny help but apparently she loves horses and Hugh s horse was injured Two footmen were getting ready with him when a beautiful woman in breeches I mean was it that usual in the 1800s comes to him, astride on a horse From her body language, it s very obvious she wants a good shagging from him Hugh is very interested to give it to her She tells him she s some sort of a companion to the duchess and is a healer She invites Hugh to stay overnight which he happily obliges At night, they dine She dresses provocatively When they were about to retire, one of the maids cut her finger and Charlotte leaves to tend the girl Hugh retires and falls asleep.Charlotte has been living in this estate for the last few years, after her marriage to the old duke Her life story, very conveniently, isn t known in detail only that she worked as a whore and then became the old duke s son and heir s who s now the duke mistress It is then she visited this place 1st She took pity on the ill and frail duke, whom his son saw as a burden and never took proper care of Then, she broke up with the heir, who stomped off threatening her ruin She heard of her former protector s bastard daughter from the old duke The old duke took the girl in, married Charlotte, gave her this map of a pirate and some clap traps about a treasure, asked her to make girl her ward, gave her this estate to live and died Charlotte can t maintain the whole estate since the new duke is a trouble So she spread these stories about the mad duchess to keep out of the prying eyes It was funny, even Hugh comments on that, that why would she hang on to the hope of a treasure in WI which is nothing but a myth Now, the ward, she s very interested about Hugh and even though she s na ve and all that, she gives Charlotte advises to enjoy herself with the handsome earl and so on eye roll As I didn t know at first who it was, I thought it was someone like Charlotte or at least someone not a virgin She knows in what capacity Charlotte is interested in Hugh and encourages her Really To make sure they enjoy each other , the ward goes to Hugh s room at night Hugh wakes up and discovers the hidden door that leads to Charlotte s room eye roll When Hugh is in Charlotte s room, she lies to her about the old duchess being in his room And then, Hugh saw the map She won t say anything so he proceeded to shag her on the table to bring out information I was so irritated, to say the least SD seems to think sex resolves every freakin problem in the world And they f ck all night yawns Even then, Charlotte won t come forward with information Sorry but I forgot about the story continuation here as I was bored and skimming through I remember they seem to have easy banters, which I would ve found charming if it was a couple in love When he proclaimed his love, I felt like Hugh was confusing good sex with love, though he wasn t inexperienced by any means Then Charlotte tells him of some of the story but not that she s the duchess None of them was interested in marriage, Charlotte was perfectly ok to be Hugh s mistress for as long as the shagging is good but she has responsibilities now so she can t leave with him This triggers a row and the truth of her being the duchess is revealed Hugh promises her that he ll sought out the Earl of Merrick story 1 when they all leave for Julienne s estate He stays for a fortnight.When they reach Julienne s estate, Lucien welcomes them I didn t know that it was perfectly ok for an earl to bring his mistress everybody understood his relationship with Charlotte in a gathering like this Anyway, Julienne not only welcomes Charlotte but gives her her own dresses to wear eye roll The ward is so excited about Hugh and Charlotte s affair that I wanted to slap her Then the trouble begins as Hugh finds the duke in the gathering He s afraid for Charlotte For some weird reasons, Hugh was unable to find Charlotte so that he can alert her but of course, the duke meanwhile finds her and threatens her The guy was a bully and horrible He s mad angry at Charlotte to find his bastard loitering about with the quality Hugh saves Charlotte when the duke was about to strike her Afterwards, he proposes marriage Hugh was desperate for her approval WHY Hugh But Charlotte has already heard about Hugh s irresponsible gambling days so she can t rely on him though shagging is totally alright With a lot of tears in her eyes oh puhleez, spare me the dramatics eye roll she rejects his offer B tch I felt so bad for him If he wasn t so dense, Hugh would ve seen that Charlotte isn t worth any trouble at all, no matter how SD tried to portray her because I wasn t convinced that she was.After that, I was bored and skimmed and thanked God when it ended All of it was so unbelievable that ugh About the treasure, nothingwas mentioned about it, only that Sebastian or Merrick would take them to WI to look for it So why was this part inserted in the book 2.5 stars Her Mad Grace has 9 chapters and an epilogue Overall rating for the three stories combined, 3 stars Stolen Pleasures 2 starsUnfortunately this little story suffered from Short Story Syndrome it had very little depth, was at times hard to follow, and didn t really make a whole lot of sense Lucien s Gamble 4 starsI really enjoyed this gem of a short story It flowed well and had plenty of believable passion and steam This story played with all of my senses it felt very real to me as if I were in the story myself I did have a sense Overall rating for the three stories combined, 3 stars Stolen Pleasures 2 starsUnfortunately this little story suffered from Short Story Syndrome it had very little depth, was at times hard to follow, and didn t really make a whole lot of sense Lucien s Gamble 4 starsI really enjoyed this gem of a short story It flowed well and had plenty of believable passion and steam This story played with all of my senses it felt very real to me as if I were in the story myself I did have a sense of deja vu while reading Lucien s Gamble I wondered if I had read it before or if it just had a similar story line to another book I ve read who knows Her Mad Grace 3 starsI liked this one well enough It had a little mystery to it which I liked but when the answer was revealed it felt a little choppy to me I had to reread a few parts to understand what was being revealed.Overall this was an enjoyable anthology and not a total waste of time I didn t realise before picking Scandalous Liaisons up that it was actually three novellas in one There is a reason that I usually avoid novellas they cannot be as developed as a full length novel and so something has gotta give The characters were good enough to read about, and actually, I really enjoyed the premise of the novellas but they just weren t as complex as I wanted and they didn t evolve very well Everything was lust love at first sight There was no slow building of romance or I didn t realise before picking Scandalous Liaisons up that it was actually three novellas in one There is a reason that I usually avoid novellas they cannot be as developed as a full length novel and so something has gotta give The characters were good enough to read about, and actually, I really enjoyed the premise of the novellas but they just weren t as complex as I wanted and they didn t evolve very well Everything was lust love at first sight There was no slow building of romance or the natural tumble into love Just head first, down the stairs BANG BANG BANG love It just makes it all seem super unbelievable Essentially after the plot was established the novellas just turned into erotica without any other plot or depth pardon the expression to keep me interested I like reading steamy scenes as much as the next person, but it isn t the only reason that I pick up a book I still need development, a solid and interesting plot and some proper emotion.Overall, if you just want quick, erotic reads then this is seriously your book If you are looking for somethingthen go find a full length novel I quite enjoy short stories and these were no exception Add in a pirate and some steamy action and you have me hooked Don t expect long complex character development, but of you want a quick relaxing read this is is I found the second story Lucien s Gamble the best of the three I like the strong independent heroine {READ KINDLE} Ú Scandalous Liaisons õ Oh, those naughty rakes With their wicked winks, sensual smiles, and bad boy habits, you just can t take them out in polite society But who wants to go out when you can stay in Stolen PleasuresSebastian Blake, Earl of Merrick, long ago fled the responsibilities of his title to become the infamous pirate, Captain Phoenix But the booty he s just captured on a merchant ship is a fierce tempered minx who claims to be a bride his bride, married to him by proxy on behest of their fathers He could shame his hated family and return his beautiful wife untouched, but no treasure has ever proved tempting to Sebastian, and making their marriage a true one in every sense is his one urgent desire Lucien s GambleLucien Remington s reputation as a debauched libertine who plays by no one s rules in business or the bedroom is well deserved He gets what he wants, social repudiation be damned But society can keep from him the one thing he truly desires, the untouchable Lady Julienne La Coeur Until she sneaks into his club dressed as a man and searching for her irresponsible brother Suddenly she s in Lucien s grasp, his to take, and his mind is filled with the most wickedly sinful thoughts A gentleman would walk away from the temptation she presents But then, Lucien has never claimed to be a gentleman Her Mad GraceHugh La Coeur never wanted to be the Earl of Montrose Wine, women, and a hefty wager are preferable to responsibility of any kind It s certainly preferable to spending the night in an eerie, neglected mansion owned by a legendary madwoman The duchess s companion, the fiercely independent Charlotte, is another matter altogether Hugh would be happy to spend as many nights in her bed as possible He knows she s hiding terrible secrets, but for once in his life, Hugh has the desire to take on someone else s burden as his own, no matter what the danger They re mad, bad, and totally irresistible Since this book consisted of three separate but slightly intertwining stories, I m going to review those separately Stolen Pleasures, rated 3 5Despite the fact that the idea of being kidnapped by a roguishly handsome pirate in the Caribbean sounds really hot, I found that I did not, at all, like the female lead Olivia Rating was only thanks to the parts told from the POV of Sebastian Blake Captain Phoenix, whom I really enjoyed Lucien s Gamble, rated 4 5Lucien Remington has shown up in every s Since this book consisted of three separate but slightly intertwining stories, I m going to review those separately Stolen Pleasures, rated 3 5Despite the fact that the idea of being kidnapped by a roguishly handsome pirate in the Caribbean sounds really hot, I found that I did not, at all, like the female lead Olivia Rating was only thanks to the parts told from the POV of Sebastian Blake Captain Phoenix, whom I really enjoyed Lucien s Gamble, rated 4 5Lucien Remington has shown up in every single one of the books, or at least his establishment has, so I was very eager to meet him I was definitely not disappointed and I liked Julienne, the female lead of this story, a lot I think she reminded me a lot of myself Her Mad Grace, rated 4 5Definitely my favorite of the three stories and also the one that brought them all together, with the only main character from the previous stories not to show up in person was Olivia thank God Main characters Hugh Julienne s brother and Charlotte were amazing and FINALLY A STORY THAT ISN T ABOUT A DARK HAIRED MAN AND A BLONDE WOMAN So, in total, that makes the average rating of this book 3.7, which I ve rounded up to a 4 Not the last Sylvia Day book I m planning to read, but it is the last in this series, which I now find rather unfortunate because I liked the time it was set in