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A Gentleman Undone Free download ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ¾ A seductive beauty turns the tables on a gentleman gaming for the guiltiest of pleasures in this rich and sensual Regency romance from beloved newcomer Cecilia Grant   Lydia Slaughter understands the games men play—both in and out of the bedroom Not afraClaim her independence An alliance with Will at the tables may be a winning proposition for them both But the arrangement involves dicey odds with rising stakes sweetened with unspoken promise of fleshly delights And any sleight of hand could find their hearts betting on something neither can afford to risk love From the Paperback edition. I think that Cecilia Grant’s début book A Lady Awakened was one of the best historical romances I’ve read in a long time Not only was it very well written but the plotline was original something that can be hard to find in the genre I’m not knocking the tried and tested plotlines; some of them are incredibly well done it’s just refreshing to find something different for a change So naturally I’ve been looking forward to her follow up novel ever since I finished the first oneOnce again the author has put an original spin on what might at first glance seem a familiar story that of the courtesan redeemed by true love But this is no fairy tale romance; in fact it’s rather a dark story uite different in tone to her débutIn this book we meet Will Blackshear formerly a Lieutenant of the Thirtieth Foot and brother to Martha the heroine of A Lady Awakened He has recently sold his commission and is endeavouring to add to it at the gaming table as he has vowed to provide for the widow and child of one of his fellow combatants The novel opens as Will having discovered Talbot half dead on the battlefield is struggling to get his wounds tended at the makeshift field hospitals only to be told by the doctors that it’s a hopeless case and that he may in fact have worsened the man’s injuries by moving himThe action then jumps forward several months and Will is back in London He’s not rich; he’s not a member of the aristocracy and in order to make good on his promise to Talbot’s widow he turns to gambling in an attempt to build up a suitable sum to invest to provide her with an income Will is a very attractive hero He’s handsome of course honourable and intuitive with a wry sense of humour – but underneath that he’s filled with self loathing for having hastened the death of a husband and father by his own foolish actions and worse besidesAnd one night at the gambling club he becomes intrigued by Lydia Slaughter the mistress of one of his opponents at the card tableLydia is a difficult heroine to like She’s fiercely independent of spirit and it transpires somewhat of a mathematical genius a talent she utilises to good effect at cards when she gets the opportunity She also is looking to build herself a nest egg but unlike Will it’s for herself so that when the time comes she will not need to depend on a man to support her They come together through this mutual need to make money Will wants Lydia to teach him about odds and wagers and how to count cards so that he can make what he needs uickly; and she needs him to help her to gain access to some of the less salubrious gambling establishmentsLydia carries just as dark a secret as Will does is filled with even self loathing and unlike him also has a destructive streak She blames herself for the death of her parents; following her disgrace at the hands of the young man with whom she was in love her parents stood by her and were preparing to retire to the country when they were robbed and killed Alone in the world Lydia turns to one of the few means of support open to her and goes to work in a brothel using sex and degradation as a way to lose herself a means to escape the deeds that haunt herShe is taken from the brothel by Mr Roanoke and becomes his mistress He’s not a very pleasant man and insults and mistreats Lydia on several occasions in the book but she’s a kept woman and has to put up with it In fact she makes no secret of the fact that she enjoys sex; it gives her a sense of power which she’s not above using to her advantage There are a couple of times in the book where she desperately wants Will to take her to bed wanting to use him to help her to forget – but he knows what she’s about and manages to refuse her despite the fact that he’s by now in love with herThe sex in the book is pretty explosive but it’s also uite harsh at first Lydia doesn’t want consideration or tenderness; she wants to be treated roughly as she once tries to lose herself in the act not believing herself worth of kindness or love A Gentleman Undone was somewhat darker in tone than much of my usual reading material but I enjoyed it nonetheless The story gripped me and I adored Will but I have to admit that if I have a complaint it’s that I found Lydia difficult to really like or sympathise with I enjoyed her humour and the flirtatious sexually charged back and forth with Will but I can’t help but think that she was perhaps just too damaged to be “redeemed by love” in the end Will shares his “terrible secret” with her late in the book but even after that there was never any doubt in my mind that he was worthy of love; but I didn’t get that feeling about Lydia I think she’s going to need a lot TLC if she’s going to be able to leave the past well and truly behind herThat said I’m still giving the book four stars It’s well written the story itself is original and the characterisation is strong and consistent Even though this book wasn’t exactly what I expected after A Lady Awakened it was still a terrific read and I’m eagerly awaiting Cecilia Grant’s next book – A Woman Entangled – next yearWith thanks to Random House and NetGalley for the review copy

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A seductive beauty turns the tables on a gentleman gaming for the guiltiest of pleasures in this rich and sensual Regency romance from beloved newcomer Cecilia Grant   Lydia Slaughter understands the games men play both in and out of the bedroom Not afraid to bend the rules to suit her needs she fleeces Will Blackshear outright The Water. Here after all was their condition perched on their separate wind whipped summits in view of each other but too distant to reach I slowly made my way through the beginning of this book realizing it's not your usual Nor was the story for Martha Will's older sister so this came a no surprise but somehow I was surprised It's stunning how brilliant this series is How uietly rich and subversive how oddly fresh How terribly difficult tooI'd tell you to expect plots like Sherry Thomas than any other and I think that's true I don't want to compare either author really Will and Lydia were both incredible Both full characters consistent and challenging Both able to hurt one another to cause angst completely understandable angstWill repeatedly tries to rescue Lydia from her gentleman protector and is repeatedly told she's not in need of it They forge friendship and intimacy through cards and probabilities along with a shared goal of a good deal of money for their goalsThere's this scene barely matched in any novel for its intimacy in which Lydia watches Will drink his coffee It's incredible and one little example of how we feel intimacy as people but rarely ever find this level of everyday in relationships in our books I'm running out of Cecilia Grant's novels but I know I can happily reread them and I'll be gifted with enjoyment and understanding of these rich plots and characters

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A Gentleman UndoneLoo hero had his own daring agenda for the gaming tables of London’s gentlemen’s clubs But now he antes up for a wager of wits and desire with Lydia the streetwise temptress who keeps him at arm’s length   A kept woman in desperate straits Lydia has a sharp mind and a head for numbers She gambles on the sly hoping to win enough to. OMG Michael Ende you were wrong This is the neverending story My lament for the better part of A Gentleman Undone receded at four star moments leaving me to scratch my head nowCecilia Grant's voice remains intelligent and insightful She understands and fleshes her characters better than most and with impeccable prose and such a human familiarity Couples from A Lady Awakened and A Gentleman Undone respectively Theo Martha Will and Lydia never mimic cardboard They're three dimensional and complex Strong practical and sometimes removed Martha and Lydia stand out in a sea of earth mother Mother Teresa protagonists without the ball busting or damage inexplicably linked to cooler heroines as if Saint Bernard friendly or harpy are the only two options available to women These two women just are no explanations necessary As for the men Grant reinvigorated old tropes in A Lady Awakened by finding humanity in womanizing hero Theo Mirkwood In Undone she approaches the tortured hero trope Will Blackshear returns from war shamed because he failed to save a man If this doesn't sound vain weak and borderline arrogant to you you will probably like Will better than I Will's bemoaning and re centering of George Talbot's painful death in war around himself when the man presumably chose service presumably believed his service honorable and Will has no control over death irritated me Again and again everything came back to Will and Will's painoh no rather than Talbot or Mrs Talbot even when sitting across from that woman While he's proverbially crying into his hanky and singing himself an aria about his pain Talbot's widow is brave and uiet He was insulting Talbot's memory by appropriating his death I caused it I just wanted to say STFU it's not about youEven Lydia who absorbs his pain with strength rather than wangsting comments on Will's savior complex his need to be needed and save everyone His hangup leads to irresponsibility and a megaton of screw ups but also admittedly some successes So Will frustrated me but he was characterized well My Hulk rage probably speaks to Grant's talent in fact and Lydia and Will each complement the other's strengths and weaknesses especially in hindsight Grant is just too convincing LOLI also liked Grant's realistic treatment of Will and Lydia as a couple Back then I'm N Luv with a stripper wasn't a song it was cause for shunning Amish style and Will's scene with his family is painful I'm looking forward to A Woman Entangled starring Will's politically minded brother Nick Props for Jack Fuller and Mrs Talbot too who didn't want to sop her grief with another husbandProps for Lydia's sexuality too Her demands were inspiring Even contemporary romance heroines are apologetic or passive But I have to note ironyambivalence about Will when he repeatedly thought of courtesan Lydia she's so corrupted not like those respectable ladies yay Uh good LOL In reality her shame about her occupation and her discrimination prevent her characterization as a succubus as he calls her Despite Will's initial typical greeddismay regarding Lydia's experienced past both Martha and Lydia are empowered by their men in the bedroom Yes you will need a fan You try to act the gentleman but you've got sin in your blood and your bones Lydia says to Will The woman knows what she's talkin' 'bout Tedium's my main complaint Blackjack scenes can only be so interesting and that was the plot No movement More plot plz kthanx And the self loathing But Grant is clearly talented I'm reading #3 for sure Did I mention card sharp Lydia's super awesome