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Preview — Forever a Lady by Delilah Marvelle. Cruel gossip, loneliness and hoards of opportunistic suitors have her believing Society couldn't be more vile So when an attacker threatens her life, she finds safety in the most unseemly of places: the arms of a mysterious, Irish-American gang leader.
In the slums of New York, only ruffians thrive. But from the moment he arrives in London and encounters the voluptuous Lady Bernadette, he can't help but wonder about the finer pleasures he's missing. Or just how much he's willing to risk-not only to bed her, but to prove his worth Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Forever a Lady , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Forever a Lady The Rumor, 2. In this story, I introduce the flip side of things people didn't get to see in Book 1, which includes Bernadette's relationship with Georgia and Georgia's relationship with Matthew. We also get to see the Forty Thieves in action in the bowels of the Five Points and how they came to be in existance, given the story is about Matthew Georgia's one eyed thieving stepson.
Without any doubt, Matthew is what I call a gruff romantic. Wait until you meet him. He'll make you laugh, he'll make you In this story, I introduce the flip side of things people didn't get to see in Book 1, which includes Bernadette's relationship with Georgia and Georgia's relationship with Matthew.
He'll make you laugh, he'll make you gawk, and above all, he'll make you sigh. That's what I wanted out of this book. A good laugh and the belief that good things come to those who wait. Matthew is a man who lost everything but believes he still deserves everything, including a woman so high above his social circle, he can't reach the ladder. You think that stops him?
Hell no. And that's where the fun begins. View all 5 comments. His fortune stolen, young Matthew Joseph Milton is done playing the respectable gentleman.
It intrigued me so I read the little bit extra they have on the website and decided to give this a try. Enough time had passed since I requested this book and when I read it that I had forgotten what the blurb said. Going back and reading it again I was almost tempted to ask if this was this for the same book I read. Yes, Bernadette is wealthy, widowed, and has a poor reputation.
She also lives in New York, and what made him decide he was willing to risk anything at all. Based on the amount of information left out of the blurb I am going to summarize more about at least the beginning of the story then I usually do in a review.
Matthew was Irish-American and the heir to a really prosperous newspaper when their accountant, a former friend, was caught embezzling all of their funds. In a few short days Matthew and his father found themselves living in the slums of New York. Not long after they arrived in the slums Matthew comes to the rescue of a young lad and as a result takes a few punches, one of which caused permanent blindness in one eye.
Embittered by the change in life circumstances and the conditions in which people were forced to live along with the refusal of the Mayor to do anything about it, Matthew formed a gang to bring some law and order to his area of the slums and from there really grew into manhood. Of course bringing law and order also means making enemies so Matthew and his second in command, Coleman, leave New York until the heat dies down and head to London.
Meanwhile Lady Bernadette, who had decided to live life a little after being widowed, left England for the US and finally settled in New York as just Bernadette and as a wealthy widow.
She was approached by one of her acquaintances who revealed that he knew about her past and basically blackmailed her into teaching and polishing his daughter to include an introduction to Polite Society for her upcoming marriage. Lady Bernadette agrees to do so and finds herself back in London. Matthew and Bernadette spot each other while riding one morning but no words are initially exchanged. Lady Bernadette gives him her card with instructions to call on her so she can reward him for his timely actions.
After Bernadette unwillingly comes to his rescue she kicks Matthew out of her life. They meet again in New York when Matthew faces an uprising from his gang who has targeted Bernadette. This part of the story portrays men at their most bestial. Thankfully Matthew and a few of his men came to the rescue and were able to save Bernadette.
That event shocks Matthew into deciding that he needs to change his life so he can be worth Bernadette. Matthew also says that she has to agree not to have any physical contact with him until he has repaid the debt in order to retain his pride. Watching him grow once he made the decision to change where his life was headed was pretty impressive.
I decided that Matthew was firmly back on my hero side with his first meeting with Lady Bernadette after he finished repaying his debt.
Bernadette was also hit and miss for me. Her thoughts while her contact with Matthew was limited to letters only after their bargain were great. That redeemed her in my eyes. I also liked how she had an epiphany that she more then lusted after Matthew and finally proposed to him.
This one basically read to me that if Bernadette really loved Matthew she would have anal sex with him. This would allow him to take her virginity, remember she is widowed and her husband could perform. Talk about a WTF moment especially since his spit alone was enough lube, he went from back to front without cleaning or wiping at a minimum, and this was their first sexual encounter in over eight months of frustration.
I liked the worldbuilding, the different historical facts and tidbits that were included. I also liked some of the subplots I just think that the romance theme was overshadowed. I also had some concerns and questions about how certain situations were worked out or started.
They seemed a bit too coincidental. That combined with being completely thrown out of the story by a sex scene that was highly anticipated by both the hero and heroine made this one that I will not go back and re-read. I give Forever a Lady a C Forever a Lady is the second book in the Rumor series and, once again, Delilah Marvelle delivers a compelling, exciting and very sensual love story that kept me enthralled. Matthew tightened his fingers on the rough wool of the sacks weighing each shoulder.
He stared up at that looming unpainted building, the acrid stench of piss lacing the heat-ridden air. I love the realism and social commentary Ms Marvelle brings to this story. Rise and become the soul you know yourself to be before everything you believe in is vilely effaced. Matthew is a great hero. He cares about the weak and vulnerable of Five Points and, together with his band of Forty Thieves, he dispenses his own brand of justice.
I admire his determination to create a better life not only for himself but also for his loyal men and I enjoyed watching his journey to achieving his ambition and rediscovering his true self. Tears blinded him. Neither allowed a woman a breath of freedom. I also loved her for seeing what a wonderful man Matthew is and being willing to provide the means of fulfilling his ambitions.
Bernadette touched her hand to the obituary and the newspapers piled beneath it. It made her ache. And it also made her soar knowing she was at long last getting to see who he really was.
Review – Forever a Lady by Delilah Marvelle
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