This is a great story of two people who get married kind of accidentally. She, Gabby, is supposed to marry the hero's brother but they fall in love and end up married -- except he's not supposed to be able to have sex (gives him headaches), but then she cures him...and that's the funniest scene I've read in ages!
This report prepared by Alissa Landers
Delacorte, Jun 2001, 21.95, 344 pp.
In 1806 London, Viscount Dewland informs his younger child Peter that since his older son Quill is disabled and incapable of a wife, Peter will marry the daughter of his friend Lord Jerningham. Peter refuses, insisting he will never marry. However, the Viscount turns ill as he explodes with anger because he owes his friend who lent him money without any cause or collateral except friendship. Gabrielle will be coming from India to marry Peter or else. Peter reluctantly agrees due to his father's perilous health, but plans to escape his fate.
After receiving a picture of her fiancé, Gabby looks forward to marrying the gorgeous Peter. However, she fears that she will never attain the level of deployment Peter expects from a wife and activities in London soon prove her correct. Then there is also Quill, who sends her heart aflutter every time she sees him. He, in turn, decides he will marry Gabby regardless of his severe headaches or his younger sibling.
As expected from Eloisa James, ENCHANTING PLEASURES lives up to its title as fans of regency romance will receive much pleasure from this enchanting tale. The story line is fresh, but it is the characters who make the tale so crisp. Gabby is an innocent original while the two brothers are the type of male protagonists female readers want in their literature (and in their boudoir). Ms. James is a fabulous talent and her “pleasure” novels continually prove that she is heading to genre greatness.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner