Review: Night of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle

night of pleasureReviewed by Jen

I am such a fan of Delilah Marvelle, but this one wasn’t my favorite from her.  I applaud that she tried to do something unique with a plot that takes a different path than the standard tropes of the genre. But when all was said and done, I just couldn’t rally behind the romance. This is primarily due to the fact I didn’t really like the heroine or the way she treated the hero.

Derek has been in love with Clementine since the day they met.  It was the day his father died and he learned she was to be his betrothed.  It had nothing to do with the millions of dollars the marriage would bring him.  He found her beautiful and intriguing; and the letters they have exchanged over the years only intensified his feelings.  For the past seven years while she was in America, he has been true to her in body and soul.  Now, it’s finally time for the two of them to wed.  And he has no idea she plans to call the wedding off.

Clementine is attracted to Derek, but she is afraid of emotion.  Her parents had a stormy marriage and her greatest fear is turning into her mother.  She travels to London with her father to explain the situation to Derek.  Of course, she leaves out important facts, like why she wants to cry off and that she actually cares about him.  Instead, she allows him to believe she has been having an affair with a Persian prince she plans to marry instead.  Derek agrees to let her go, if she spends one night in his bed.

I understand Clementine’s problem with being objectified.  But Derek loved her completely and truly.  She broke his trust and his heart with no warning.  This was hard for me to get over.  It’s so rare for a HR hero to be so loving and devoted to his heroine from the beginning, but he only got kicked in the teeth for his trouble.  I understand why she had to keep some of her secrets, but when put together with her other behaviors, I absolutely could not fault Derek for his reactions.  Yet he needed the School of Gallantry?  Yes, he needed to learn to share some power in the relationship, but I found her behavior far more egregious.  I felt sorry for him.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad book. Marvelle’s books never are.  It was funny and poignant and well written.  The romance just didn’t work for me.  I can’t wait for Master of Pleasure, though.  Brayton’s story looks great!

Rating: B-/C+

*ARC provided by author for review

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Night of Pleasure
by Delilah Marvelle
Release Date: March 18, 2014

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