An arranged marriage is daunting, but not as daunting as seducing a spouse whose passions you do not understand...
Derek Charles Holbrook, Viscount Banfield, knew his fate since he was seventeen when his father announced his union to the beautiful but mysterious American girl by the name of Miss Grey. To protect the troubled estate, Derek submits to his father's wishes, not realizing he's about to entangle himself in a hell of a lot more than marriage.
Miss Clementine Henrietta Grey may be worth millions, but not a single coin has ever bought her a smidge of happiness. When she marries the charasmatic and dashing Viscount Banfield, whose only strife in life appears to be the uneven seams in his coat, she finds that siring the heir he wants requires far more than her heart is prepared to give.
Unable to seduce his overly-serious and reluctant wife, Derek realizes his dreams of creating a loving family has turned into a nightmare. But with the unexpected assistance of a retired courtesan and her outrageous school, Derek and Clementine discover that passion is a language spoken not just from the body, but from the mind, heart and soul.
Night of Pleasure is the 4th book in the School of Gallantry series by Delilah Marvelle. This is the first book in the series that I read and I was able to follow through with no problem.
The story is a unique one, I have to give you that and I quite enjoyed it. We first meet both characters when they were quite young (Clementine is 14) and the hero Derek, falls head over heels in love with her. Both are betrothed but because Clementine is still too young, they wait 7 years before they have to marry.
Fast forward to 7 years, Clementine is now 21 and does not want to go through with the marriage. She arrives in London and feels that she has to tell Derek that she will not push through with the marriage. Derek, on the other hand, is devastated because he thought that he would have his love Clementine and the dowry that comes with her.
I wasn’t blown away as I was by Derek’s character. In fact, his 7 years of being chaste were just too unbelievable. I did appreciate that it was the hero who was pining for the heroine all throughout the book. Although I thought it was odd, it just didn’t sit well with me. Despite this, I also liked how the author developed Derek’s character. He did try everything in his arsenal to win over his lady love, which was refreshing.
Clementine, on the other hand, had her fears but I thought it was a little drawn out. Despite loving the man through his letters, she was still too hesitant to show her feelings because she feared that history would repeat itself (her parent’s marriage wasn’t that great).
All in all, I enjoyed reading this book but I do love my heroes to be rakes.