Published: March 13th 2004
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Length: 384 pages
My Rating: 2 stars
With her family in dire straits, Olivia Hopkins reluctantly agrees to seek a marriage proposal from the aging Earl of Salisbury. But the plan goes awry when she finds an erotic volume in the Earl’s library. The book sets Olivia’s body on fire. She simply cannot put it down-until she is caught red-handed by the Earl’s devilishly handsome son-a man who quickens her pulse and stirs her imagination with thoughts she’s never dared entertain…
Philip Paxton can’t believe his good luck. Catching Olivia with the scandalous volume offers a superb chance to humiliate the father he despises. Using the book as bait, Philip lures Olivia into an electrifying affair that explodes into unbridled lessons of passion. Philip never expects to become enamored with his ravishing pupil. But what begins as a rakish scheme soon becomes a genuine affair of the heart-one that Philip will protect at any cost…
This book started off well, it had an interesting plot, but it quickly veered into dark territory. This is not for the faint of heart. It seems all the main male characters have no issue with force, and one is a rapist and admitted paedophile. There are numerous points of view and several relationships going at once. It is messy and not worth a read.
*Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.