There are, perhaps, a few places where the characters' past history and current personalities might not stand up to close scrutiny -- but the turns of phrase are quite deft, and the characters are Esme Canville is desperate. She's been subjected to her father's abuse since her mother abandoned them, and now her last hope for escape through marriage is gone: the man her father has chosen to Christine Merrill wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember.
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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Miss Esme Canville's brutal father is resolved to marry her off—but she won't submit tamely to his decree. Instead, she'll offer herself to notorious rake Captain St.
John Radwell and enjoy all the freedom of a mistress! John is intent on mending his rakish ways. He won't seduce an innocent virgin. But Esme is determined, beautiful and very, very tempting…. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 1st by Harlequin first published July 1st More Details Original Title.
The Radwells 2. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about An Unladylike Offer , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of An Unladylike Offer. I laughed and cried. Great writing, lovable characters.
Jul 04, ShoSho rated it it was ok Shelves: elib , historical , x This was nothing like the first book in the series. I Skipped most of it and only read a sentence or two on each page. View all 12 comments. Father wants her married off to some old man as the ultimate punishment that her mother left him. She is beaten and scared. And the only silver lining in her life is St John. How a very unladylike proposal ends up awaking a 33 year old man from his stupor literally and giving him a chance at love.
I liked the story because it is very unique, Esme is very headstrong and tired of men taking control of her life without even asking what she really wants. She is the reason St John gets a chance to reconcile with his brother, the Duke. And she is also the reason he gets some refreshing sleep without drugs and nightmares. He has a reputation and is totally unwilling to ruin her. In his attempts to avoid her, he only ends up falling for her.
Halfway through the book, you see an ending coming but the actual twists and turn only put Esme in an even better light. Aug 28, Michaela rated it did not like it. I liked Marcus, Miranda and Antony nothing else. It was repetative and the way Esme acted was aweful. The ending was rushed and rubbish.
If I could give this less stars I would. View 1 comment. Worth the read I enjoy this author This book was a little slow in the center, but most of the things there worked through the end of the tale. No spoilers - lets just say there are things at the end which surprised me. Good job. Feb 14, Vanessa rated it liked it. Wow what an enjoyable adventure of two damaged souls n their love story with flirtation, family plotting, a duel, great dialogue n drama.
Apr 12, Lynn rated it it was amazing Shelves: abused-child , abusive , all-in-the-family , angst , h-had-sex-w-other-before , has-or-has-mistress , mistress , older-man-younger-woman , rake , absolute-favorite. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I loved St. John, although I did hate him in the previous book.. John but this book was more focused on the man St John could be once he let go of his pain and anger and shame at his previous behavior.
Esme is a gift Esme has lived a nightmare these past few years, her father is a hateful vile abusive man whose whole goal is to torture his daughter to punish his wife who fled. On the day she left, he thrashed and scarred Esme, he uses violence to control her and hide her John is shocked to discover the woman across the way a his home in the night John will bring his better parts to stand up for her The book was good, it was dramatic and of course ST John fails her in some aspects in trying to be the good man he is now Esme does everything to seduce him as she loves him I loved St John and that he and Marcus were able to remember their childhood and the love Jan 25, Jasey rated it it was amazing Shelves: harlequin-historical , historical-romance.
Esme Canville is desperate. She's been subjected to her father's abuse since her mother abandoned them, and now her last hope for escape through marriage is gone: the man her father has chosen to marry her off to is old, and just as cruel as her father.
Banished to her room, she watches out the window and sees a shocking scene: Cpt. John Radwell and his mistress having an argument. John has let his mistress go, but what's so amazing to Esme, giving her an idea and a glimmer of hope, is th Esme Canville is desperate. John has let his mistress go, but what's so amazing to Esme, giving her an idea and a glimmer of hope, is that despite the mistress screaming and throwing things, St.
John remained calm and never laid a hand on her. John needs a mistress; Esme needs an escape. He's a kind man, and while becoming a mistress will ruin her in the eyes of society, she's been kept from society anyway, so it's no great loss. So she sneaks out of the house at night and propositions him.
John, however, has been trying to turn over a new leaf. He's tired of war, and semi-estranged from his family after trying to seduce his brother's bride in the preceding book, which is still in my TBR pile. The last thing his reputation needs is to seduce a virgin, and a lady.
Adding to the urgency is his last chance to make something of himself: an inheritance he'll receive only if he remains scandal-free for a year. So he swallows his pride and bundles her off to his brother's house for safekeeping. Nov 10, Sheila Melo rated it really liked it. My Favorite of the series. St John was the villain in the first book of the series, The Inconvenient Duchess. In the years since the last novel, St John has transformed himself and is in the process of making himself into a respectable person.
Esme, however, is looking for the villain. In order to avoid the arranged marriage her father has planned for her, Esme seeks St john to compromise her.
AN UNLADYLIKE OFFER
Esme Canville resisted the impulse to gather her shawl more tightly around her. I am quite comfortable. No need for a fire. No need for anything, actually. I am content. The maid continued to bustle around the room, straightening things which had been straight enough for hours.
An Unladylike Offer