Rogue's Diamond

I have always enjoyed Sahara Kelly's historicals.  Erotic Romance they may be, but she has a lot of detail and careful layering of social mannerisms and highlights of the time period (whatever it happens to be) as well.

Rogue's Diamond is no exception.  La Diamante, brilliant mistress of the Ton, put it all behind her to become simply Miss Ennis Cranbourne (her given name), simple dressmaker in the country.  Ennis doesn't regret her decision to become a high-ranked courtesan, for which I applaud her.  She made the choice, with a clear goal in mind, and left when she realized she could no longer follow through.  Strong-willed and determined to carve her own life.

The scene in Fowler's office is all kinds of fun as Ennis tries to piece together what Rogue is about, Fowler tries several times to (unsuccessfully) insult Ennis and Rogue alternates between shoving Fowler's nasty face into a disgrace he can't handle--verbally and physically.

And Rogue...well Rogue is delicious sounding and at the end he comes through admirably in the end, but we learn very little about him.  He's a Colonel, Irish and he earned his rank through battle not papers.  The sex is hot.  I won't deny that one bit.  Kelly always writes her scenes with enough detail and discreetness to make a reader sigh in longing.

Book Blurb for Rogue's Diamond

Book Length: Quickie
She’s a courtesan, he’s a rogue. Their joining sets their souls ablaze. But that one night together is enough to end La Diamante’s sensual career and start her on a new life. One night with Rogue and she knows there can be no other lover in her life. Ever.
Rogue is also haunted by their passion—even though he’s been “banished” because of it. She was worth it, though. Worth his boring assignment, worth the sleepless nights filled with memories of her scent, her skin… When he ends up in a small village, he’s not surprised to see a woman who reminds him of her. But she is a simple villager now, not the diamond he stole on one brilliant night…
Rogue Chambers is about to learn the true worth of his diamond.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2009 4.00