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A woman who wants to know what she's been missing... A man perfectly suited to train her: Christie Kelley weaves a scintillating novel of one rapturous night of ecstasy... A Woman Yearning For A Taste Of The Forbidden... At twenty-six, aspiring novelist Avis Copley intends to wear spinsterhood as a badge of honor. But when she discovers a volume of erotica that ignites a sea A woman who wants to know what she's been missing... A man perfectly suited to train her: Christie Kelley weaves a scintillating novel of one rapturous night of ecstasy... A Woman Yearning For A Taste Of The Forbidden... At twenty-six, aspiring novelist Avis Copley intends to wear spinsterhood as a badge of honor. But when she discovers a volume of erotica that ignites a searing fire within her, Avis realizes just how much she doesn't know about the actual pleasures of the flesh. Determined to learn more, she devises a daring plan... A Man Ready To Teach Her Much, Much More... Avis chooses Emory Billingsworth, a fellow novelist - not to mention a beautiful specimen of manhood; to instruct her in carnal pleasure. But when the brash earl of Selby, Banning Talbot, a man she has known for years, unearths Avis' true intentions, he claims she's made a dangerously bad choice. Volunteering his services for one wicked night of reckless, abandoned passion, Banning promises he will satisfy all of her deepest longings. Yet Banning cannot begin to imagine the effect his willful, voluptuous, and very eager student will have on him - or how far an innocent lesson in desire can go...


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A woman who wants to know what she's been missing... A man perfectly suited to train her: Christie Kelley weaves a scintillating novel of one rapturous night of ecstasy... A Woman Yearning For A Taste Of The Forbidden... At twenty-six, aspiring novelist Avis Copley intends to wear spinsterhood as a badge of honor. But when she discovers a volume of erotica that ignites a sea A woman who wants to know what she's been missing... A man perfectly suited to train her: Christie Kelley weaves a scintillating novel of one rapturous night of ecstasy... A Woman Yearning For A Taste Of The Forbidden... At twenty-six, aspiring novelist Avis Copley intends to wear spinsterhood as a badge of honor. But when she discovers a volume of erotica that ignites a searing fire within her, Avis realizes just how much she doesn't know about the actual pleasures of the flesh. Determined to learn more, she devises a daring plan... A Man Ready To Teach Her Much, Much More... Avis chooses Emory Billingsworth, a fellow novelist - not to mention a beautiful specimen of manhood; to instruct her in carnal pleasure. But when the brash earl of Selby, Banning Talbot, a man she has known for years, unearths Avis' true intentions, he claims she's made a dangerously bad choice. Volunteering his services for one wicked night of reckless, abandoned passion, Banning promises he will satisfy all of her deepest longings. Yet Banning cannot begin to imagine the effect his willful, voluptuous, and very eager student will have on him - or how far an innocent lesson in desire can go...

30 review for Every Night I'm Yours

  1. 4 out of 5

    ♥ℳelody

    This started off so strong but it crashed and burned halfway in. Slowly and painfully. This started off like a Pride & Prejudice themed retelling but strangely morphed into a dark hot mess with a split personality heroine who doesn't know what she wants or which way is up. Her mercurial mood swings & inconsistent actions just started to put a damper on my enjoyment of the story and made things uncomfortable to sit through. I started to feel sorry for the hero Banning near the end because it felt This started off so strong but it crashed and burned halfway in. Slowly and painfully. This started off like a Pride & Prejudice themed retelling but strangely morphed into a dark hot mess with a split personality heroine who doesn't know what she wants or which way is up. Her mercurial mood swings & inconsistent actions just started to put a damper on my enjoyment of the story and made things uncomfortable to sit through. I started to feel sorry for the hero Banning near the end because it felt like he was damned if he did and damned if he didn't with her. The heroine Avis is a 26 year-old spinster who is an unmarried independent woman who wants to become a writer, her reputation is everything to her until she decides she wants to know what passion feels like. The story opens up with her wanting to proposition her friend and fellow writer Emory Bellingsworth to have an affair with her but her arch nemesis Banning beats him to it and offers himself up instead. The beginning was so fun with the sexual tension and sparks flying between Avis and Banning. It's clear he's had a thing for her for years but she gets under his skin. This had all the right ingredients of a fun angsty sexually-charged read but it fell apart with too many secrets, misunderstandings, miscommunication and a heroine with a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality. While I appreciated a heroine for once having the fear of getting "The Bad Genes™" trait that is usually used for the brooding hero, it didn't really resonate for me here considering she's never hit anyone or attempted to hurt anyone. Her father was physically abusive to her and her mother growing up so she's always feared she would turn into him because of her temper. She does slap Banning once but is immediately sorry afterwards and terrified that she will hurt him. Again, I appreciated this complexity and role reversal here but it just didn't carry enough weight for me for why she was terrified of getting married and having kids because she "might" hurt her future children or husband. Her biggest flaw is her temper and being irrational which definitely drags things out further than necessary. We sit through 50 pages of Avis agonizing internally over giving Banning a chance and getting over her fear of marriage & finally deciding she wants to marry him but every time she has the chance to actually tell him she balks, changes the subject or reverts back to "no I can't marry you". She would think one thing yet do another and it would go on and on and on. Even when Banning did everything she wanted and protected her reputation she would be snarling at him and screaming the house down for no reason. You both nearly get caught and you decide to publicly ruin yourself to save him as a show of your love--YOUR CHOICE-- but he's a "bastard" who ruined you?.....It just gave me serious whiplash. It started to feel like an emotional toxic dynamic between the two and it made me angry. The amount of times I felt confused as a reader was one too many and ruined whatever enjoyment I initially had. Which comes to my other issue. The whole premise of this story is about the heroine wanting to learn about sex and discover passion in bed. The hero takes her up on her offer and even takes her away for 2 weeks to his lovely cottage home where they can have fun and explore each other in private. For a book titled "Every Night I'm Yours" and with that cover? The sex was very tame and barely present in this. The actual *climax* part always only covers about 2 sentences every time. The sex scenes are treated as complete afterthoughts that are always rushed through and Avis behaving like she knows what she's doing which is very confusing to say the least. I just didn't understand what was the whole point of having the virgin heroine sweat over asking a man to teach her about passion only for her to go to his housemaid instead and ask her all the questions so she's prepared. Um...ok. I thought the whole point was for Banning to teach her? The "teaching" part never really happened and their first sex scene (if you can even call it that) was her giving him a blow job cause she suddenly knows how to do it and eager to show him. It just left me wanting. For some reason the author felt she needed to throw everything and the kitchen sink into this book to drag the angst and conflict out more till the very end. If it wasn't one thing it was another for why the couple can't freaking tell each other the truth and how they feel. Truths is more like it, as in plural, since there are multiple secrets between the two. Both of them are hiding secrets and angsting over whether they should tell each other and it started to get ridiculous the longer it dragged out, especially Banning's secrets. At first I enjoyed the whole Mr. Wickham-like plot of a male friend of the heroine's being deceiving and the only one who knows the truth about him is the hero. But the longer it dragged out and the longer Avis dug her heels in defending this man, the more stomach turning it got. Banning tells her Emory has a dark history of being abusive and how he beat up a prostitute to a bloody pulp and what does she do? Call him a liar and continues to spend time with Emory. And at one point she is so flippant about it even asking him "what does that matter". Um, what? HE BEAT UP A WOMAN YOU NITWIT. The same man you were eagerly wanting to ask to have sex with you has a history of beating up women and that's your response? Emory has also clearly been using her for money loans to write his own books while giving her ill advice for her own book and none of it seems to phase her. I don't know, for someone so independent and smart this made the heroine look exceedingly dumb and naive the longer it dragged out. I hate it when leads throw themselves on a stake for conniving characters and call their partners a liar over it. Like throw it away. So yeah, this had potential of being good fun and sexy times but alas, nope.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Skim-reading is key. I realize that with such a plotline the book would be very "sexy". I guess while I do think great sex is wonderful and all, I am not as interested in another woman's self-discovery to sexual curiosity and satisfaction. I was not certain who Avis was as a character. So she was a writer? a lady? a lady writer? a lady virgin? a lady virgin writer? a lady virgin writer who picked a sleazeball for a lover only to be rescued by less of a sleazeball but still a cad hero? "I am goin Skim-reading is key. I realize that with such a plotline the book would be very "sexy". I guess while I do think great sex is wonderful and all, I am not as interested in another woman's self-discovery to sexual curiosity and satisfaction. I was not certain who Avis was as a character. So she was a writer? a lady? a lady writer? a lady virgin? a lady virgin writer? a lady virgin writer who picked a sleazeball for a lover only to be rescued by less of a sleazeball but still a cad hero? "I am going to have great sex with you so that you will marry me" hero? Sorry, you see my confusion here. I just don't get the characterization of Avis and Banning. And am I the only one who thinks Avis and Banning are lame names for lead characters? I keep wondering: are other heroines in the series Hertz and Enterprise? The book has a good start. I read the first 20 pages and thought hmm I could read this. But then I don't know why I started my usual heroine hating and kept wanting to throw a book at Avis. These "women who just want to have fun" type of heroines and I are not BFFs. I am going to ask a question which probably doesn't say much about me, but where are these women who go to men and say look I want to have sex are you up for a go, no strings attached? Perhaps I need to expand my social circle because I do not know any woman who did this and did not end up wanting more than sex out of the liasion. Sorry I am off topic. As usual, I digress. So book is ok, the beginning is really not bad, but the story deteriorates rapidly. The heroine is another "I am a spinster and have never had sex so let's find someone to show me what it is like" woman. The hero does not exist. I highly doubt a man would be thinking marriage when offered a tumble and just that. I venture to guess, using sex to "trap" (for the lack of a better word) a mate is more of a woman's thing. The bickering and resistance got old quick for me. It is just not my kind of story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Liv

    Thank you, thank you to the person who chose the front cover of the book. In a world of bad book covers this one was a nice relief…LOL. Even though the female on the cover doesn't quite fit the description in the book, the guy fits Selby very well…whoa! THINGS I LIKED ABOUT THE NOVEL: 1) I really enjoyed the first part of the love development between Avis Copley and the Earl of Selby, Banning Talbot which was filled with funny moments, as their love kindled to a fever pitch. I really liked how the Thank you, thank you to the person who chose the front cover of the book. In a world of bad book covers this one was a nice relief…LOL. Even though the female on the cover doesn't quite fit the description in the book, the guy fits Selby very well…whoa! THINGS I LIKED ABOUT THE NOVEL: 1) I really enjoyed the first part of the love development between Avis Copley and the Earl of Selby, Banning Talbot which was filled with funny moments, as their love kindled to a fever pitch. I really liked how the two had a long history of antagonism because the teasing and heated debates that marked Avis & Selby's interactions was nothing more than signs of an underlying attraction. I thought it was funny how Avis kept calling Selby a "beast" & he's like, 'can you chill out with the "beast" comments'…haha 2) Even though the friendship between the ladies in the Spinster Club is not as powerful as the connection between Lisa Kleypas's Wallflowers, I enjoyed the close friendship and regard the ladies had for one another. OMG, I could not stop laughing about the "explode" talk Avis received from her fellow virgin friend in helping her prepare for her night of passion.---Classic! 3) I really enjoyed the talent of the narrator, Ashford MacNab. She narrated "Wicked Intentions" by Elizabeth Hoyt which is one of my fav novels & it was nice to revisit her voice for the males & females. I didn't have a problem with her rather flat voicing for Selby. I laughed when Avis's reaction was "dear Lord," when she was having prim and proper reactions to her new experiences in desire. 4) Every Hero/Heroine's struggles to attain their HEA, in this book, Avis is the one who is most opposed to marriage. Selby was so creative and trying to explore all of the possible options to get Avis to marry him & yet had to weather the storm in terms of Avis's fear of marriage. I liked how her fear was not predictable or common place. THINGS THAT WERE NOT SO GREAT ABOUT THE BOOK: 1) I notice that I tend to be impatient when the problems between the leads centers around MISCOMMUNICATION or LACK OF COMMUNICATION. It just drives me nuts. And, in this case, it was more so Avis who withheld affection and information for most of the book. She used the cloak of modesty to shield the root of the problem which was her fear. I also could not stand how she doubted her hero when he opened up about imminent danger with the "other guy." Selby shared pretty serious stuff with Avis and I would have expected any intelligent, fair-minded woman to exert some caution. 2) The nights of passion were nice, but seemed to lack some emotional depth. Even though there were some nice, truly intimate moments where they read and edited Avis's work in bed, there were many other times when the loves scenes were recapped & the time spent between lovers was rushed. 3) I would have liked for the lovers to enjoy more moments enjoying the love development. I thought that the balance was off in terms of the couple's happy moments as compared to strained moments. The strained moments were frustrating & seemed excessively long. Overall, good read, but I'm not in a hurry to read the rest of the series…not sure if I ever will.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chumchum_88

    This is my first book by this author (I seem to be checking lots of books for authors who are new to me XD) and I love it. This book in a way reminds me of Julia Quinn's Bridgertons which is a favorite of mine, and the writing is easy and smooth and the story line and characters were cute ^^ Loved the combination of both the hero and heroine, their chemistry was off the charts XD, I liked how they were comfortable together especially in those two weeks they stayed together, and how the first time This is my first book by this author (I seem to be checking lots of books for authors who are new to me XD) and I love it. This book in a way reminds me of Julia Quinn's Bridgertons which is a favorite of mine, and the writing is easy and smooth and the story line and characters were cute ^^ Loved the combination of both the hero and heroine, their chemistry was off the charts XD, I liked how they were comfortable together especially in those two weeks they stayed together, and how the first time he kissed her in the book was cute XD - I loved the fact that the hero knew he wanted her for her not just simple lust, and his actual purpose was marriage, I liked how he was kind and sweet and understanding. - I hated the fact that the heroine based all the marriages on the only marriage she observed which was her parents, and obviously it was way less than ideal. But its understandable since at the time the women were a bit confined and didn't get the chance to widen their horizon. - I liked the fact that mostly everyone supported their relationship and marriage even if one of them denied it. Especially the mom since she acts all stern and commanding but inside she's jumping with joy at the match XD - I liked how they both had each others back it shows how much their relationship developed and their trust in each other grew. - I hated the fact that the heroine was stubborn with her denial about the other guy, no matter how many times the hero warns her abut him she still defends him, honestly it was a bit annoying since if you think of it logically you would know that there must be something really wrong with your "friend" if someone keeps warning you about him, plus she started to feel some apprehension toward him yet she still defends and approach him. Yet this still a good thing because the author didn't write a perfect character but a realistic one. Overall, *thumbs up*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deedee

    I love a good spinster story especially about one wanting to discover passion and good lovemaking. Okay it begins with Avis, twenty-six year old unmarried virgin, discovering a saucy book in her father things after his death. After reading said book she begins to dream/fantasize about a tall dark handsome fulfilling and satisfying her hunger and desire. Well she finally makes up her mind to sleep with a writer friend of hers, Mr. Emory Billingsworth to get rid of her dreams and to see what the hu I love a good spinster story especially about one wanting to discover passion and good lovemaking. Okay it begins with Avis, twenty-six year old unmarried virgin, discovering a saucy book in her father things after his death. After reading said book she begins to dream/fantasize about a tall dark handsome fulfilling and satisfying her hunger and desire. Well she finally makes up her mind to sleep with a writer friend of hers, Mr. Emory Billingsworth to get rid of her dreams and to see what the hubbub is about. Enters the hottie Earl of Shelby, Banning Talbot, after finding out Avis's plan, he decides to intervene. Claiming She has a made a bad choice and offering his services. After one hot kiss that leaves her wanting more Avis agrees. And after that the good fun of this book begins. I love Banning not only is he hot and knows it. He doesn't mind letting you know he knows. So some may call him conceited but I love the author's discription he's just a beast and arrogantly so. Happy Reading!! :) ;)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Fangirl Musings

    Historical romances are always fascinating, because they can rock hardcore or suck to the extreme. Rarely does such a book establish itself as a four-star rank; I either love it, or hate it. Such was not the case with Kelley's Every Night I'm Yours, however. This particular story was only one flaw shy of being an all out amazing book. Such flaw, while trivial, was irritating nonetheless, and relates to a seeming extrapolated ending. The heroine of this book decides to withhold a vital piece of in Historical romances are always fascinating, because they can rock hardcore or suck to the extreme. Rarely does such a book establish itself as a four-star rank; I either love it, or hate it. Such was not the case with Kelley's Every Night I'm Yours, however. This particular story was only one flaw shy of being an all out amazing book. Such flaw, while trivial, was irritating nonetheless, and relates to a seeming extrapolated ending. The heroine of this book decides to withhold a vital piece of information from the hero, and such becomes a never ending "marry me!/NO!" dynamic between the leading characters. But! Outside of this minor issue, the character building was fascinatingly well done! I was equally impressed with the way this particular story shaped itself, combined with a very quirky plot. The characters never once felt flatly one dimensional, the story didn't contain dulled aspects nor moments. I doubt I have ever read Kelley before, but such was fantastic nonetheless.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    Re-read with the audiobook.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gilgamesha

    This book started really well. Intelligent and independent heroine, and a noble hero who secretly yearn for each other on the inside but quarrel nonstop on the outside. The weeks they spend together and their interaction with each other is very endearing. Then it goes down hill from there. It becomes ridiculously repetitive and Avis' objections become obnoxious and unreasonable. She loves the hero and trusts him completely but continues to ignore his warnings about her writer friend. Then chaos This book started really well. Intelligent and independent heroine, and a noble hero who secretly yearn for each other on the inside but quarrel nonstop on the outside. The weeks they spend together and their interaction with each other is very endearing. Then it goes down hill from there. It becomes ridiculously repetitive and Avis' objections become obnoxious and unreasonable. She loves the hero and trusts him completely but continues to ignore his warnings about her writer friend. Then chaos ensues and one misunderstanding after another happens. I think the author tries all these to keep the plot moving but it seemed forced and unnecessary. She should have kept it simple like the beginning. Anyways they get their HEA but the ending is not able to redeem the book and the epilogue falls short as well.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sandi aka Maudley

    Entertaining story about not-so-perfect people finding that not-so-perfect is just perfect.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Greselley

    Sigh* This book was freaking great! The story was just perfect. It was hot, okay...considering all they did in the cottage and the same thing they did outside the warmth of that cottage but enough only that it did not destroy the romance between the characters. Some other books tend to be so raw and intense in its hot scenes that it's just that, physical pleasure but not romantic at all. The author did just have the perfect blend of passion and romance I think I'd swoon. The heroine is consumed Sigh* This book was freaking great! The story was just perfect. It was hot, okay...considering all they did in the cottage and the same thing they did outside the warmth of that cottage but enough only that it did not destroy the romance between the characters. Some other books tend to be so raw and intense in its hot scenes that it's just that, physical pleasure but not romantic at all. The author did just have the perfect blend of passion and romance I think I'd swoon. The heroine is consumed with her fear of becoming her father and having the tendency to hurt anyone that she keeps on refusing the marriage of proposal of the ever determined hero. At times like that, usually I would be really annoyed with the heroine I have to stop reading but for some reason I'm not. The author may have do some magic for not touching my nerve because I really like the heroine and most certainly, love the hero. At first, I really thought the name Banning was not helping in achieving the goal of imaging the hero as sexy but somewhere in the story, I forgot that. The man was sexy in his own right the name doesn't matter, I think. Lol. I'm just confused why this book have only 600+ ratings but it is so much better than those books I've read for the last two months with thousands of ratings but left me very unsatisfied. It feels like I'm lost in my reading I can't find the right book. Well, now I found the right author. For the first time in 2 months, I look forward of reading the book two. That would says a lot of how great this book is. It seems like everyone has not discover that this book is a gem!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mey Buentipo

    My first time to read a book from this author. I am surprised to love the book. Although it is the usual spinter story. I liked the fast pace of the story and witty banter of the h/h. I liked the funny scenarios that they have.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    2.5-3 It started off as such a great book, I loved Banning and Avis. And then about half way through it started to read like a different book and that it was written by a different author. There were too many contradictions and tacked on plot points in the latter half to fully enjoy the book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    3 Stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Elder

    It started out alright but it was too drawn out for me. There were some really sensitive subjects of her parents being abusive and him shooting a kid that I feel they didn't give enough emotion to. The ending wasn't what I wanted and I'm never one for a duel in my book. I find them silly. All in all Mayhem in Mayfair series did it WAY better. These characters took too long with their love and for seemingly no reason at all. Won't be finishing the series. It started out alright but it was too drawn out for me. There were some really sensitive subjects of her parents being abusive and him shooting a kid that I feel they didn't give enough emotion to. The ending wasn't what I wanted and I'm never one for a duel in my book. I find them silly. All in all Mayhem in Mayfair series did it WAY better. These characters took too long with their love and for seemingly no reason at all. Won't be finishing the series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Adequate A good story. Not the best I’ve ever read, but I read it in a day. It held my attention. I skimmed some boring parts. Avis annoyed me a little and Banning should just take no for an answer. But it was okay.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mainer207

    A three star story but a fabulous narration bumped it up to 4.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ellyn (Mrs. Darcy in my Dreams)

    2.5. I don’t know why I finished it. It had a lot of promise the first half of the book but went down hill after that.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Krystyna Kamka

    An ok book. Meh, I did not like Avis as much as I should have. She was wish washy. She started out somewhat strong but seemed to devolve.

  19. 4 out of 5

    SassyLeg

    3.5 stars

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ginger Irwin

    Spinster Club Book One Just discovered this author and loved the first,will differently read the entire series. I have always love storylines like this.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sumayyah Tsabitah

    As someone grow in eastern culture, i was surprised to the fact that the moral value in the west during 19th century is similar to the east now.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jamesetta Jackson

    Awesome The characters and the plot of the story was very good , it had the right amount of spice to keep you from putting the down. Really enjoy this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Luz Trevino

    It was a good story. It kind of dragged towards the end but overall I enjoyed it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Indah Ratnasari

    Hot

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jo Reads Romance

    Ordinary and uninspiring Regency romance 2 stars At twenty six, aspiring novelist Avis Copley is firmly on the shelf. Yet she longs to experience passion just once before she resigns herself to life as a spinster and the man she chooses to teach her is her friend and fellow author, Emory Billingsworth. Her best friend's brother, the arrogant and irritating Banning Talbot, Earl of Selby, realises her plans and claims she has made a huge mistake with her choice of lover. To protect Avis he makes Ordinary and uninspiring Regency romance 2 stars At twenty six, aspiring novelist Avis Copley is firmly on the shelf. Yet she longs to experience passion just once before she resigns herself to life as a spinster and the man she chooses to teach her is her friend and fellow author, Emory Billingsworth. Her best friend's brother, the arrogant and irritating Banning Talbot, Earl of Selby, realises her plans and claims she has made a huge mistake with her choice of lover. To protect Avis he makes a bold proposal - he will become her tutor for one night of reckless passion in order to satisfy all her deepest, darkest longings. Neither Banning nor Avis can predict that one night will turn into many more or just how far an innocent lesson in desire can actually go. I am very sorry to say that I found this book really quite dull. Avis (which I'm sure is the name of a car hire company!) and Banning are very two-dimensional characters and you never really understand them or their motivations. Their sexual chemistry is almost non-existent and despite really trying, the book built up absolutely no sexual tension before the two main characters actually got together. I did really love the idea of the plot. It's not new to have an innocent young lady paired with a jaded and arrogant man, but it's a storyline that I have enjoyed previously and am happy to read again and again. My problems with it in this particular novel were that again, we never really go deep enough and I felt that I was being told everything rather than being shown. As a result I didn't believe what was going on and had no emotional interest in the story. Overall, I didn't hate this book but I certainly didn't love it - worse I found it quite ordinary. The writing flowed and I did manage to finish it (albeit almost forcedly!) I just didn't feel a connection. As a result, I really can't recommend this book. There are plenty of other much better Regency romances out there and I would suggest you give one of those a try rather than this one. Sadly only 2 stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    La La

    This was a cute romance about two people who can't stand each other but secretly want each other. The heroine wants to know what it feels like to be with a man after reading an erotic novel that gives her wanton feeling. She is a 26 year old spinister and doesn't see or want marriage. She also hopes that if she experiences physical love it will help her write more emotional characters. She has someone in mind, a fellow writer, but is waylaid by her worst enemy who offers her use of his body. The This was a cute romance about two people who can't stand each other but secretly want each other. The heroine wants to know what it feels like to be with a man after reading an erotic novel that gives her wanton feeling. She is a 26 year old spinister and doesn't see or want marriage. She also hopes that if she experiences physical love it will help her write more emotional characters. She has someone in mind, a fellow writer, but is waylaid by her worst enemy who offers her use of his body. The hero hopes to protect her from being with her 1st choice, who is also an abuser of women. She agrees, but when the time comes for them to satisfy her curiosity she starts having reservations. That part annoyed me. I know if I wanted to know what it felt like to be with a man I wouldn't waste my time on reservations since I'm the one who wanted to do this in the first place. I would have given the book more stars if the heroine hadn't annoyed me with that. She also annoyed me when she got upset with the fact the hero introduced her to people as his wife. I thought this was silly since she wanted to satisfy her curiosity while at the same time protect her reputation. Then out of the blue the writer mentions the heroine fear of men and marriage becuase her father was an abuser. I feel like if she wanted to set that as the premise for the story, then I would have opened up the story with a situation where the heroine winesses her father abusing her mother not of the heroine having an erotic dream. It jutt made the story a little unbelievable and me unsympathetic. Then the hero has a fear of guns, which like the abuse, seems to be just thrown in there. I felt those random things took away from the story, not enhance it or the characters. If the author would have just stuck with premise of two weeks of passion and maybe expanded on the outcome of that it wold have made for a more interesting story.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tonileg

    Imagine your twenty-sixth birthday dawns after a sexy dream, but you don't even know what to dream about because you've only had one kiss in your entire life and have no idea what happens between a man and a woman. This is what happens to Avis Copley (viscount's daughter) who is orphaned but comfortably rich in historical English high society. She witnessed a terribly abusive family life because of her parents so she has decided to never marry and let a man have any sort of control over her life. Imagine your twenty-sixth birthday dawns after a sexy dream, but you don't even know what to dream about because you've only had one kiss in your entire life and have no idea what happens between a man and a woman. This is what happens to Avis Copley (viscount's daughter) who is orphaned but comfortably rich in historical English high society. She witnessed a terribly abusive family life because of her parents so she has decided to never marry and let a man have any sort of control over her life. I completely respect and agree with her choices, Avis is a logical smart sweet woman. She decides (logically) to get some sexual experience knowledge by asking a friend to become a lover for one night. She is more then a little naive about the whole thing, so thankfully she has some great girlfriends to protect her. Her BBF Sophie talks to the older brother of another BBF (girls from the Spinster club) so he can thwart Avis's plan to ask a (sadistic!) man-friend to become her lover. The series of sneaky actions that the Earl of Selby (BBF's brother) is funny and smart. I know right away that he is perfect to match up with Avis. I really like that from the start he decides to marry her the moment that he has naughty thoughts and a firm decision to seduce her. He is a upstanding respectable sexy titled man. Basically a perfect man and future husband. Only he has one problem; Avis doesn't want to marry any man no matter how perfect he is. Everyone has secrets and it is hard to know who is telling the truth, protecting other people's secrets or just flat out lying. I was worried for a two-thirds of the book that Avis was going to ruin her HEA with Banning (Earl of Selby) but she was right to doubt the true personality behind the social facade that many men in the 'ton' hide behinds. First book in 'The Spinster club' romance series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tantri Setyorini

    A passionate affair begins with threat (but not a forced seduction like Anna Campbell's Claiming The Courtesan, thank God). As a form of protectiveness combined with hidden obsession, Banning Talbot offer himself as a partner of 'exploration' for a novelist- to be, Avis Copley. Avis is a beloved friend of Banning's sister. They had little problem in the past and hate each other since then. But Banning was too mad when he found out that Avis would fall in a badass Emory's deception that he made h A passionate affair begins with threat (but not a forced seduction like Anna Campbell's Claiming The Courtesan, thank God). As a form of protectiveness combined with hidden obsession, Banning Talbot offer himself as a partner of 'exploration' for a novelist- to be, Avis Copley. Avis is a beloved friend of Banning's sister. They had little problem in the past and hate each other since then. But Banning was too mad when he found out that Avis would fall in a badass Emory's deception that he made his forceful offer to her almost without thinking. Then they had a trip together, went away from the tons to avoid scandal in the future and begin their own adventure of 'knowledge' (You know what kind of knowledge, right?) that got deeper and deeper. I found flaws in this story, especially in 1/4 last part of the book where I found so many stupid misundertandings and irrational argumentations that I hate in HR. The story is so-so, you can't compare Kelley's writing with Lisa Kleypas, Eloisa James, Lorraine Heath, and my latest favorite author of HR Jennifer Ashley. But what can I say? This story compelled me then captured me that I can't put it down. I read this book in marathon with The Naked Baron and Dreaming of You (3 books finished in 24 hours, how cool is that! Hahaha). Dreaming of You and Naked Baron were much better in story, but it's this book that impressed me so much more. I think it's because Kelley wrote the interaction between Banning and Avis perfectly. Banning is wonderful eventhough he's not as devilish as Sebastian St Vincent and Gavin Byrne or as tortured as Harry Rutledge and Lucian Langdon. I don't even understand what's so compelling about him. I just like him, his romance with Avis, and yes, everything about him. Hehehhe..

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mitzi

    Pretty good book. 1st one I've read by this author. I liked the characters and the dialogue. Avis is a 26 year old spinster and a romance writer. She decides she wants to learn passion 1st hand and tells her friends that she has chosen Emory Billingsworth (a fellow writer and friend) to teach her. But her friends knows this is a bad idea and could ruin her reputation, etc. and one of them goes to Banning (the Earl of Selby) for help. He doesn't want to get involved but he knows what a truely bad Pretty good book. 1st one I've read by this author. I liked the characters and the dialogue. Avis is a 26 year old spinster and a romance writer. She decides she wants to learn passion 1st hand and tells her friends that she has chosen Emory Billingsworth (a fellow writer and friend) to teach her. But her friends knows this is a bad idea and could ruin her reputation, etc. and one of them goes to Banning (the Earl of Selby) for help. He doesn't want to get involved but he knows what a truely bad guy Emory is 1st hand. Emory is a woman beater and a killer, even though he hides it well and Avis has no idea of his true person. So he intercedes and blackmails Avis to let him be her tutor. Only problem is that he is her best friends brother and they don't like each other at all. When they are in the same room, they can't seem to be civil and the sparks fly. Avis has fears of being beaten and wants nothing to do with love, marriage or children. Her father was a wife beater and her mother loved her father so much that she put up with it. Selby has his own fears and can no longer hunt, due to an incident involving a gun while he was on a mission for the crown. They go away together to his private cottage for 2 weeks. He falls in love with her. She loves him to, but won't give up her independence. Some pretty steamy love scenes too. He wants her to stay away from Emory but she refuses. Emory ends up showing his true colors and Selby comes to the rescue. Happy Ending.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    3.5-3.75 The first half of this book is so great because the chemistry between Avis and Banning is fantastic. The sexual tension is obvious from the first time we see them together and it plays out so well as the story progresses, which is exactly what a from enemies to lovers type of book needs. Banning is your typical alpha male who's high handed without making you want to throttle him completely. It's clear that he's been in lust with Avis for years, and that his feelings go beyond that to ano 3.5-3.75 The first half of this book is so great because the chemistry between Avis and Banning is fantastic. The sexual tension is obvious from the first time we see them together and it plays out so well as the story progresses, which is exactly what a from enemies to lovers type of book needs. Banning is your typical alpha male who's high handed without making you want to throttle him completely. It's clear that he's been in lust with Avis for years, and that his feelings go beyond that to another four letter word that begins with L. He thinks of her as his wife so very early on in the book that his twisted plan to court her with sex is actually quite sweet. He's supportive of her decision to be a writer, whisks her away to a cottage by the sea, and plies her with scones and his penis. However, things go downhill for the characters as well as the writing of this book. There is a specific scene before the characters leave the cottage that had me cringing because it was a breach of Avis' trust by this man who loves her. Also, in terms of the plot, it felt like the second half didn't really live up to the first: it seems scattered, there were bits that don't feel like they need to be there, and there wasn't a good pay-off for some of the secrets that were revealed. Still, I'd definitely recommend this book, if only for the first half and how great it is. We don't really get many books with people fondling in studies, which is Avis and Banning's "thing." There should be more of those.

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