From the book jacket: A Courtesan afraid of true love..
Youth and beauty are a courtesan’s greatest assets. At forty-one, Lady Ruth Attwood appears to have lost both, as her latest lover just abandoned her for a younger mistress. Struggling with the knowledge that she’s no longer considered desirable, she’s uncertain whether to be offended or flattered when a younger man makes her an unusual offer. In need of funds, she agrees. But then she does the unthinkable. She falls in love.
And Gentleman ashamed of his true nature.
Despite his reputation as a man’s man, Baron Garrick Stratfield has never been with a woman. His physical impairment is such that he knows not even a whore will touch him, and he needs a mistress who’s willing to be kept without sharing his bed. But passion is just a delicious kiss away, because his new mistress is wreaking havoc with his senses. Worse yet, someone is out not only to ruin his reputation, but to frame him for murder.
Received for Review from the Author
Release Date: 3/1/11
Warning: This one is a lot on the steamy side! Adults only book.
What I Loved: This was a unique twist on other courtesan historical romances in many ways: the woman is older than the man, the man is the virgin, and the woman is strong but still very vulnerable in some ways. The romance between Ruth and Garrick was a fantastic read and kept me engaged from beginning to end. The chemistry between them crackled with electricity that seemed to just jump off the page. They were both very caring people and you could see that they were perfect for each other, even when they could not.
What I Liked: All of Ruth’s and Garrick’s family and friends. I say this often but the secondary characters in a book usually make or break a book for me, this is no exception. They all add a rich level of detail to this dynamic love story. They show what kind of people Ruth and Garrick truly are behind their professions and lots in life.
Why I gave it a 4: This is one steamy romance read with quite a compelling story. It does not take the typical path and it takes chances. I was engaged from beginning to end and felt that the story was fulfilling.
Who I would recommend it too: Erotic and Historical Romance readers. This book reminded me a lot of the first romance books I read in the 80s where you got a little hot under the collar while reading.
Challenges: Erotic Reading Challenge 2011, Outdo Yourself Challenge 2011