To Pleasure a Prince (Royal Brotherhood book 2) by Sabrina Jeffries
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Star (March 1, 2005)
Beautiful Lady Regina Tremaine has turned down so many suitors that she's called La Belle Dame Sans Merci. The truth: she won't marry because she carries a dark secret. She sees no good reason, however, why her brother shouldn't court the lovely Louisa North -- even if the girl's brother, the notorious "Dragon Viscount," objects.
Marcus North, Viscount Draker -- bastard son of the Prince of Wales -- is rumored to be a monster who holds women captive in his dark castle to have his way with them. He has been exiled from polite society for years. But when Lady Regina makes a plea on her brother's behalf, Marcus proposes an outrageous deal: her brother can court Louisa so long as Marcus can court Regina. Can the beauty and the beast survive a proper courtship when the devastatingly improper passion between them threatens to cause the scandal of the century?
This is the second book in a series, although I believe it could be read on its own. Marcus' sister is having her season and he learns that a friend of the prince (whom he despises), Simon (who he also despises), wants to court his sister. That doesn't go over to well. Simon 's sister Regina agrees to allow Marcus to court her as long as he allows Simon to court his sister. The basic gist is that Regina is held in high regard in society and Marcus is rude and looked down upon in society...and they go on an emotional roller coaster together.
I really enjoy Sabrina Jeffries books. It is really what you would expect from a historical romance and it is done very well. The characters are interesting and the relationship development isn't ridiculous. I don't like when details just get glossed over and so far in my reading of Sabrina's work she is not guilty of that. Although her character's have issues in the beginning (usually the guy is being something of a jerk at some point), by the end of the book I am rooting for the romance and not yelling "How could you marry that idiot!", which unfortunately happens with quite a few historical romances I have read (but never Sabrina's!). Her characters are redeemable and go at great lengths to prove themselves to be so.