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Wicked intrigue unfolds in USA TODAY bestselling author Kasey Michaels's series about the Redgraves four siblings celebrated for their legacy of scandal and seduction Plagued by the scandal that once destroyed his father and now threatens his family Valentine Redgrave dreams of dark justice Brother to the Earl of Saltwood with secre. This is a uickie Review For the full review please visit The RomanceaholicExpected Release Date September 24 2013Publisher HarleuinImprint HNAuthor’s Website Source for This BookPart of a Series Yes Book 3 Redgraves SeriesSeries Best Read In Order Worked well as a standaloneSteam Level SteamyPet Peeves Too Stupid To Live MomentFavorite Tropes Secret IdentityThere are certain times in everyone’s life when circumstances outside of books interfere with your enjoyment of reading and unfortunately I had a lot going on in my life when I read this one As silly as it sounds I think that this book was a little too well written for my tastes when I read it I was looking for of a “mindless” read — you know the kind with the somewhat flat characters and an almost silly plotInstead this book is very well written Both of the protagonists have many hidden depths and the overall storyline of infiltrating a notorious and treasonous secret society involved uite a bit of subterfuge and uick intellectAnother positive is that even though it is obviously part of a series it stood very well on its ownI struggled with a final rating for this book because I did enjoy it but it wasn’t what I was looking for when I picked it up I didn’t want to “punish” the book by giving it a low rating when there weren’t many things I actively disliked about the tale but neither did I want to give it a higher rating than it would have received based on exactly how I felt about it when I read it In the end I simply looked to my own rating scale and I think this definition perfectly reflects my feelings for this one “I really liked it I’d probably read it again in the future and while there are certainly things I would change it was at least uite entertaining I definitely felt like I got my money’s worth for a paperback”Recommended for fans of protagonists with hidden depths evil secret societies and plenty of action with a dash of steamA solid 45 Stars

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T ties to the Crown he won't rest until he infiltrates and annihilates England's most notorious hellfire club To cross its elite members is to court destruction yet he's never craved a challenge Until he encounters enigmatic governess Daisy Marchant who behind a plain Jane guise harbors a private agenda and appeals to his every weakn. A Could Have BeenAfter the last book from Kasey Michaels about the Redgrave family I had high hopes for How to What a Gentleman Desires Sorry to say this story didn't work for me And I do mean sorry for if ever there was a couple that screamed good book it was Valentine and DaisyValentine and Daisy were a delightful couple they were full of humorous uips and witty dialogue Valentine was an adorable charmer and Daisy was a smart and spunky heroine Even when Daisy traveled into TSTL territory it was tempered with her acknowledging that she knew she was heading into that territory and I had a few chuckles enjoying how the wheels in her brain turnedThe problem for me was that no matter how funny adorable and likeable I found this couple to be they just didn't connect with one another This is hard to explain While there was a chemistry in the words between them there wasn't a romantic chemistry between them Their romance just didn't work It happened way too fast and there were no sparks Too much time was spent developing the back story of the secret society for those of you who can't keep track of all the series out there and you know who you are this is the one with the rose pins worn on the lapels Anyway too much time was spent further developing the secret Satan spy overthrow the government sacrificing young women and having silly code names society Actually that part of the book was sort of interesting but like the romance not fully developed The secondary character of Piffkin the valet was also entertaining His relationship with both Valentine and Daisy was full of clever lines and amusing dialogue I just wish the very talented Ms Michaels had explored all the characters fullySo what we have here is a romance that doesn't work as a romance and a thriller that doesn't work as a thriller This book had the feel of a story that was put together as an intro for the next in the seriesBottom line if you are reading the Redgrave series you will need to pick this one up somewhere so you can follow along For me it was disappointing that a wonderfully fun couple didn't have a better love storyKaysBlog

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Essand desire Valentine's hunt for revenge is Daisy's key to finding her sister who may be lost in the clutches of a deadly Society But his seductive charm unlocks passion that can undo them both Now the only way to escape death and rescue their families is to trust each other in love and loyaltyeven as they tread deeper into danger. Valentine Redgravewas waiting for his turn with optimism and such a disappointment after the first two in the seriesthe plot skimmed the surface like a flat rock that took only two skipsreminded me of the perils of pauline esp with saving the sisterwas disconnected esp in the seduction and bedroom the attraction from the beginning was definitely not made like a plant that needed wateringsad


10 thoughts on “What a Gentleman Desires

  1. says:

    This is a uickie Review For the full review please visit The RomanceaholicExpected Release Date September 24 2013Publisher HarleuinImprint HNAuthor’s Website Source for This BookPart of a Series Yes ? Book 3 Redgraves SeriesSeries Best Read In Order Worked well as a standaloneSteam Level SteamyPet Peeves Too Stupid To Live MomentFavorite Tropes Secret IdentityThere are certain times in everyone’s life when circumstances outside of books interfere with your enjoyment of reading and unfortunately I had a lot going on in my life when I read this one As silly as it sounds I think that this book was a little too well written for my tastes when I read it I was looking for of a “mindless” read — you know the kind with the somewhat flat characters and an almost silly plotInstead this book is very well written Both of the protagonists have many hidden depths and the overall storyline of infiltrating a notorious and treasonous secret society involved uite a bit of subterfuge and uick intellectAnother positive is that even though it is obviously part of a series it stood very well on its ownI struggled with a final rating for this book because I did enjoy it but it wasn’t what I was looking for when I picked it up I didn’t want to “punish” the book by giving it a low rating when there weren’t many things I actively disliked about the tale but neither did I want to give it a higher rating than it would have received based on exactly how I felt about it when I read it In the end I simply looked to my own rating scale and I think this definition perfectly reflects my feelings for this one “I really liked it I’d probably read it again in the future and while there are certainly things I would change it was at least uite entertaining I definitely felt like I got my money’s worth for a paperback”Recommended for fans of protagonists with hidden depths evil secret societies and plenty of action with a dash of steamA solid 45 Stars


  2. says:

    In previous installments of this series we learn that the last two Earls of Saltwood having peculiar appetites in the bedroom and peculiar delusions in politics founded as in the 16th Earl and proliferated as in the 17th a Hellfire club known as the Society Hellfire clubs are groups of gentlemen and ladies who get together every full moon to go through the motions that nobody takes seriously of a Satanist ritual—at a certain point they get naked except their masks and then it's all about the orgy Or at least it was for most of the members For the Earls of Saltwood it was also about getting dirt on the other members so as to gain their cooperation in treason Cuz they figure if they sell out England to the Frenchies the Frenchies will be all grateful and give them the crown Part of the creepiness of this Society as it was called was that the gents liked to pass their wives around like a social disease—or along with as the case may be Not coincidentally the last two Earls of Saltwood ended up dead at the hands of their fed up wivesThe current earl and his siblings were raised by their grandma Trixie who revels in scandal but even she has limits So when they learn that the Society complete with orgies blackmail and treason has been revived they worry that the sordid and treasonous family history will be exposed It seems important to shut the thing down uietlyIn this installment Valentine Redgrave has befriended Lord Charles Mailer who uses the surname Post as in dumb as a in the Society Seeing Val as a possible recruit Mailer has invited him to one of his monthly “house parties” Val reckons he's on the way to infiltrating the Society But when he gets to the house he instantly sees that the family’s mousy governess is not what she pretends to be Daisy Marchant is not the government spy Val believes her to be She’s there looking for her sister Rose who was courted by a gentleman she called Chas in her letters Rose last wrote that Chas had invited her to his family's estate—and thenVanished Unfortunately other members of the Society are not uite as dumb as Post and they have plans for both Daisy and Val—not to mention Trixie I’m loving this series Perfect blend of adventure danger and romance and while the historical details are scant hence a5 star ding the author does draw the entire premise from history There actually were Hellfire clubs once upon a time populated by lords politicians and at least one serial killer I wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't a bit of blackmail and treachery in the mix back then as well45 stars


  3. says:

    45 starsThis is the third in the Redgrave siblings series and so far I have loved them all I really recommend reading these in order Each has a different couple but there is the mystery that is being played out over the books And its a really really good mystery I was looking forward to Valentines story just from the moments he had in the other books Coming across as this charming lady magnet but clearly there is to it then meets the eye The main story arc in all the books is the Redgrave family and their sordid past starting with their grandfather who started a Hellfire Club that was really nasty and depraved Women children nobody was saveHis son the siblings father picked it up at some point but with added political shenanigans Both the grandfather and father are dead and someone out there has revived the club and the Crown and the Redgraves want it to stop In this installment Valentine the younger son tries to infiltrate the revived Hellfire Club to destroy it from the inside so to speak So as he makes friendly with a suspected member who is a total idiot he spends time on the idiots estate where apparently some of the meetings are happening I got sucked into this one right away just like the others Its a page turner for me and I loved the heroine for the hero from their first meeting She works as a governess for the idiot member of the club but she is also there for her own reasons pertaining to her missing sister I adore these two and their verbal matches are a delight Really all the dialogue is a delight Its smart and engaging I also love how the heroine is anything but a damsel in distress twiddling her thumb waiting for the hero rescue She gets in trouble she finds a way to get out or at least tries Valentine absolutely adores her and its nice to see a relationship based on like and admiration rather than instant love They are matched wit by wit with I think Daisy coming out on top And I totally love Valentines valet Piffkin He's a hoot And Trixie again such a wonderful character as the vivacious grandmother Its what I love about these books all the characters are like real people The mystery part is again very well done and some of the improvising the troop has to do to keep it all under wraps is uite entertaining Its uite a feat to keep the mystery going for over 3 books now and not get it bogged down I am still as curious as I was when I started this series And since the characters and the heroheroine are so involved in the mystery part of the story it never takes away from the actual romance It adds to it as they do things together rather than spend the whole book with secrets and not talking to each other This series is uickly becoming one of my favorite historical romance series I cannot wait for the next which I believe is the story of the forth sibling Max Thanks to Netgalley Harleuin HN and Kasey Michaels for providing the eArc


  4. says:

    A Could Have BeenAfter the last book from Kasey Michaels about the Redgrave family I had high hopes for How to What a Gentleman Desires Sorry to say this story didn't work for me And I do mean sorry for if ever there was a couple that screamed good book it was Valentine and DaisyValentine and Daisy were a delightful couple they were full of humorous uips and witty dialogue Valentine was an adorable charmer and Daisy was a smart and spunky heroine Even when Daisy traveled into TSTL territory it was tempered with her acknowledging that she knew she was heading into that territory and I had a few chuckles enjoying how the wheels in her brain turnedThe problem for me was that no matter how funny adorable and likeable I found this couple to be they just didn't connect with one another This is hard to explain While there was a chemistry in the words between them there wasn't a romantic chemistry between them Their romance just didn't work It happened way too fast and there were no sparks Too much time was spent developing the back story of the secret society for those of you who can't keep track of all the series out there and you know who you are this is the one with the rose pins worn on the lapels Anyway too much time was spent further developing the secret Satan spy overthrow the government sacrificing young women and having silly code names society Actually that part of the book was sort of interesting but like the romance not fully developed The secondary character of Piffkin the valet was also entertaining His relationship with both Valentine and Daisy was full of clever lines and amusing dialogue I just wish the very talented Ms Michaels had explored all the characters fullySo what we have here is a romance that doesn't work as a romance and a thriller that doesn't work as a thriller This book had the feel of a story that was put together as an intro for the next in the seriesBottom line if you are reading the Redgrave series you will need to pick this one up somewhere so you can follow along For me it was disappointing that a wonderfully fun couple didn't have a better love storyKaysBlog


  5. says:

    I was in two minds about this one provided by netgalley I hadn't read the first book in the series and although I don't think you really need to perhaps that meant I wasn't in the groove to appreciate itThe plot is a spin on the Hellfire Club theme and the hero is part of a family heavily involved in bringing the club to justice So far so good although it would be nice to have a hero who is a bona fide member for a change wouldn't it? The heroine is also involved in trying to bring the group down but for her own reasonsThe hero and heroine are both rather good characters The heroine in particular was just superb A sensible refreshingly not stupid and rather organized individual she is perfectly capable of looking after herself and anyone else The hero is of a well meaning but I thought rather fun and naughty person I didn't phrase that well but he was not irritating or unpleasantOn the other hand I couldn't really feel much chemistry between them The hero seems to lust after the heroine as something of a novelty and I just felt the heroine was far too intelligent organized and sensible to fall for anyone so shiny Also the Hellfire Club theme is so well worn that a book using it has to have something really uniue to make it entertaining and keep the reader's attention and I don't think it did hereSo 3 stars I liked it but I'm not sure I'll read the others in the series


  6. says:

    A strong 4 12 stars Sometimes by the third book of a series the back story can get stale Not this one Beware the hellfire club members' exploits were described in general before but in this installment some very ugly details emerge There is than one murder The romance between Valentine and Daisy than balances it though What a delightful couple She is very similar in temperament as Val's sister Kate from the previous book but a caregiver like Val himself They take turns rescuing each other Even though there's definitely attraction between them they are busy chasing and being chased so that their love scene comes late in the story but do not lament I learned something about why I love reading romance from this book Valentine took time and spent emotional energy loving her Sex without romance is too much like real life I like reading the fairy tale


  7. says:

    In What a Gentleman Desires the plot thickens for the Redgrave family Author Kasey Michaels is playing the long game with her newest series with each book unveiling a small piece of the puzzle to the Society a treasonous group working from within the English government to bring down the Crown She manages to find a fairly nice balance between delving deeper into the mysteries that surround the Redgrave family while further developing the individuals fighting to clear their family name The Society was dealt a serious blow when their smuggling activities were uncovered and broken up by the Redgrave family; however they are not uite finished in their plans to help Napoleon in his cause Valentine Redgrave a long serving agent for the Crown knows that the best way to know the Society’s next move is to somehow be accepted by the group and take it down from within With most of their suspects either in deep hiding or turning up dead the best lead he has is getting to know the scandalous Lord Mailer in the hopes the man will invite him into the debauched world the Society offers to those with the inclination for it After weeks of cultivating a friendship Valentine thinks Mailer is ready to reveal the truth during a gathering that promises entertainments far interesting than the tame pursuits found in London Believing himself working alone on the Mailer angle Valentine is surprised to see a young woman in the employ of the lord who shows all the signs of being another agent on the case Not willing to risk either of their covers being blown Valentine makes it his secondary mission to know all about the beautiful woman who must be something than a governessValentine’s instincts aren’t very far off the mark as Daisy Marchant is definitely on a case but not one for the government Daisy has been investigating the disappearance of her sister months earlier and has followed the trail right to the doorstep of Lord Mailer Finding a position in the household that keeps her within the family sphere without crossing out of the servant sphere Daisy can keep an ear to both sides of the door Her observations about Lord Mailer could fill the pages of any scandal rag but she has yet to find the proof that her sister was ever at the estate Unhappy to be introduced to another of the lord’s depraved friends she is shocked to learn that handsome yet thoughtless Mr Redgrave is far astute than he would lead her to believe and he is very interested in what she knows about Mailer Unwilling to give up her own search for answers Daisy begins to help Valentine unravel the truth about just how far the Society has spread its influence into the social and political arenas of EnglandWhat a Gentleman Desires is at its strongest when allowing the characters of Valentine and Daisy to shine Without any particular knowledge of spying or undercover investigations Daisy manages to entrench herself in a household full of secrets She has book smarts than experience yet she can stand toe to toe with Valentine and helps him uncover truths about Lord Mailer he’d never discover on his own I loved Daisy’s dedication to her sister and how that drives her to seek justice when no one else managed to notice the disappearance of a young widow from the streets of London Her shock at the depravity of her employer and his household came across very clearly; however she still manages to keep herself level headed and in one instance saves herself rather than waiting for her white knight I think it’s rather interesting that in a time where image and reputation are everything a character like Valentine succeeds as a spy by being both flamboyant and unobtrusive Valentine plays up his good looks by creating a foppish demeanor so the men he has under surveillance never think twice about confiding in him He invokes a trust in his targets because they could never imagine a man who cares for the cut of his coat would ever suspect sedition by his peers It was funny how Valentine’s superiors within the War Office may not particularly like his methods but they do appreciate the results Valentine knows that he risks uite a bit by pursuing Lord Mailer out in the open since technically he is working without authorization and any exposure will destroy his career However the risks to his family and the threat against England are too high for him to back down when they are the cusp of destroying their paternal legacyWhile I loved all of the discoveries about just how close to home the Society is for the Redgraves I think a small part of me was disappointed that there are still a lot of revelations left for the final book For all that Valentine and Daisy manage to uncover about the real power behind the Society and just how deep their plans go for handing England to Napoleon I needed We spend a lot of time with the known uantities Lord Mailer and his debauchery information about the smuggling ring broken up in book two a few tidbits about just how high up in the government the Society has reached The BIG reveal at the end just didn’t have the momentous impact I’m sure Ms Michaels intended This is the uandary authors writing this kind of series can find themselves in having the stretch the mystery arc eually through all the titles and giving readers just enough to keep them interested above just the standard romance story Unfortunately I dislike that everything now falls on the shoulders of the final member of the Redgrave family and we may or may not see a reunion of previous characters during the final resolution Just like the other books in the Redgraves series I’ve had to desensitize myself to the excessive discussions on sex and sexual perversion that have become a staple Having read some explicit romance stories in my time I wouldn’t consider myself a prude yet there is only so much exposure to the seedier side of sex I can accept before it just starts getting uncomfortable Ideas about sexual slavery auto erotic asphyxiation public deflowering of virgins and opium fueled orgies are just the latest inclusions into the habits of the Society members Believe me I get the correlation that to these people Sex Power and a means to control the weak willed within their ranks but eventually a reader has to say “Enough” For two books now I’ve been accepting of the degrading acts the Society has exploited but now that things are starting to come to a head I think we can put the shock value away and just deal with the intrigue side of their plansMs Michaels has her work cut out for her in the final book What a Hero Dares The last Redgrave sibling hasn’t been seen since a very brief appearance in book one and we still have much to learn about the Society I am too wrapped up in the characters not to eagerly await its release; however I hope that the focus shifts away from the worst of human behaviors to leave the reader with a optimistic view of things to come


  8. says:

    I felt that this book was murder mystery than a romance And it had to do with cults Valentine is on a mission to redeem his family name It has been drug through the mud with mention of this Society group so infiltrated the group to get in on the inside He ends up at one of the members houses to be initiated? Anyway he comes across Daisy Merchant and he thinks she is a spy Daisy is a governess and she also has an ulterior motive Her sister Rose went missing months ago and she went to find her and it led her to the same member’s house Her and Valentine eventually team up to get to the root of the problem and figure out this satanic cult is into sacrifice and sexual perversion Now they are on a timetable to get everyone out before it’s too late Well too late happens and Daisy is captured and now Valentine goes to save her All the while throughout they share a passion for each other and desire to be together It was a bit wordy for me too for the subject matter It seemed it went on and on in some areas but I find that normal for this author in my own opinion I did like the mystery murder part of it but the romance seemed like a Tuesday It seemed they weren’t into each other and then all of a sudden they were I wish she wrote about their feelings for each other separately so you felt that they really loved each other so the ending wasn’t like oh my goodness their together Or something like that It was a pretty good story


  9. says:

    Valentine Redgravewas waiting for his turn with optimism and such a disappointment after the first two in the seriesthe plot skimmed the surface like a flat rock that took only two skipsreminded me of the perils of pauline esp with saving the sisterwas disconnected esp in the seduction and bedroom the attraction from the beginning was definitely not made like a plant that needed wateringsad


  10. says:

    Jumping in at book #3 does have some disadvantages References to family and family history would have meant a lot However this did not stop me from thoroughly enjoying this read The secret Society aspect was fascinating The heroine Daisy won my heart I will catch up with the rest of the Redgrave series


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