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Publisher Description

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.

August 10
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

JaytheGod89 ,

Worst thing I’ve ever read in my life

Hero is unbelievably dumb, and yet the heroine returned time after time. Ridiculous.

Tiggy/Cookie ,

Potent Pleasures

I enjoy historical romances on occasions. While I thought this one was overly long, still it was well written and kept my attention.

FameZa ,

Potent Pleasures

This is the first book by Eloisa James that I've ready. I loved every minute of it. Her characters were very interesting and very believable.

Can't wait to get started on another book!

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