Sabrina York almost set my reader on fire with this Regency romance. Lady Helena Simpson may be an innocent put she has a passion that runs deep and a dramatic streak that is absolutely impressive. I loved the fact that she totally took matters into her own hands and while she needed James as a key player in her plan she didn't need anyone to actually save her. James is indeed a selfish, spoiled, and privileged man. Yet these qualities do not make him unlikable. In fact, combined together he has that sexy alpha male dominant streak going for him which I liked almost as much as Helena did. They are the perfect complement to one another, bringing out natural instincts and while both are withholding something about themselves they are never more authentic. The supporting characters are beyond interesting and I cannot wait to see some of them get their own staring roles. If you like your historical romances chalk full of steam and a bit on the kinky side this one is a must read.
The Story: Lady Helena Simpson does not want to be basically sold off to a rich, old degenerate. So she runs away when her guardian informs her of her betrothal. In order to escape the marriage she convinces the sexy gardener James to despoil her in the hopes it will end in her cancelled wedding. But plans go delightfully astray.
When Lady Helena Simpson flees an unwanted marriage to a revolting lord, she finds refuge in a humble gardener’s cottage. Cocooned and safe with James, a charming, handsome man unlike any she was ever known, Helena concocts the perfect solution to her problem. She asks—begs—James to ruin her.
Surely her betrothed will repudiate her if she is no longer pure. And if all her efforts fail and she still ends up married to a horrid man until the end of her days—she will, at least once, have known true passion.
But James is not all he seems. He is, in fact, a wicked lord with a dark fancy. When Helena awakens his desire, he becomes determined to take everything she has to offer, and more. No matter the cost.