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Eloisa James breathes new life into one of the most popular fiction genres with her highly original debut novel Potent Pleasures, a charming, vividly peopled Regency romance. With an uncanny wit and an eye for the whimsical, she unravels a complex--and often hilarious--chain of events inadvertently set in motion by a young woman's first taste of forbidden pleasure.

About to make her debut in London society, Charlotte Calverstill, beneath the lavish gowns and manners of a well-brought-up young lady, yearns for a taste of freedom. Pushing propriety aside, one evening she sneaks out with a friend to attend a masked ball, and there meets a devastatingly handsome stranger who relieves her--not against her wishes--of her virtue, then vanishes.

Years later, when they meet again, the rogue does not remember Charlotte. But she certainly remembers him; she has since learned not only his identity, but also a titillating piece of gossip about him that is sure to set society abuzz. The intricate web that a now-wiser Charlotte weaves to exact her due ensures justice for some and great merriment for all.

Taking the Regency historical to fresh new places, with artful smoothness and irrepressible humor, Eloisa James delivers a winsome tale of first love and life's unexpected surprises.

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Eloisa James's Paris in Love.

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Potent Pleasures
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3.6 / 5
Potential miss.
July 8th, 2013
I've read a lot better from Eloisa. Maybe nectar this is her earlier work my expectations were high but, I was disappointed. It's an okay story but the character development went in circles and even backwards. Very nearly quit reading a couple times. HOWEVER check out t he newer novels by this author and you will not be disappointed. Her months now are addictive steamy and great heroes and heroines. (Jemma <3) Happy reading!
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Men are Stubborn Creatures!
June 20th, 2013
This book was exciting and relatable...for an historical romance...I can't wait to read about Sophie and Patrick!!!
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