Eden Emery is not at all sad that her stepfather has died. It’s a bit inconvenient that he died in her room, in her bed, naked but she’s glad he’s dead. Her mother married Baron Hartford when Eden was 12. For years, she was pretty much ignored as the Baron tried time after time to get her mother to produce his heir. As Eden began to develop, the Baron began to show more and more interest in Eden until when she was 18, Eden felt herself in love with her mother’s husband! The Baron took advantage of that love and over the next 4 years her taught Eden more scandalous behavior than she knew existed. When Eden protested, the Baron commented that Eden’s younger sister, Jannah might take her place. Eden would do anything to protect her sister and now the Baron is dead leaving them at the mercy of his nephew and heir.
Major Stuart Hartford, Hart, never expected to inherit the title. He had made the Army his career. Now, he finds himself with title, funds and two young women who he is not related to but whom he must support. After resigning his commission, he asks his aunt to come with him to Hartland Hall. His thoughts are he will give the oldest girl a season and marry her off and the follow year do the same with the youngest. He will give them a more than adequate dowry so it shouldn’t take long to get them off his hands.
Upon arriving at the hall, Hart learns the youngest doesn’t have much longer to live. The older girl seems shy, too skinny and plain. Still thinking he’ll turn her over to his aunt after the sister dies, he’s shocked to find a sketch of Eden spread out in obvious sexual bliss. This changes everything! There is no way he’s going to let a whore near any of his family. He’ll through her out when the time comes.
Eden thought she got all the sketches and she’s desperately looking for a book her stepfather had printed. Her is well aware that she will not be welcome in polite society due to what she has done. When Hart throws out that she should apply for work at Mrs. Brown’s in London, she keeps it in mind.
Hart finds the book Eden had been looking for and is appalled at how depraved his uncle had been. He owes Eden a big apology. Can he give it her before she leaves his aunt’s care to look for work? Surely, she wouldn’t really apply to Mrs. Brown?
I found this book to be extremely good.
The characters are fantastic. Hart and Eden are both hardheaded and sure they know what the right thing to do is. However neither is sure what to do with the other. As they work on defining their role, they learn to care about each other, even when they don’t want to. The secondary characters add their own charm as they interact with the main characters and with each other.
The sex and sexual actions range from holding hands to sadistic tendencies. Most are detailed and graphic. Eden’s stepfather enjoyed controlling her, pushing her and exploiting her. Hart, on the other hand, wants to be the exact opposite so he can win Eden’s trust and hopefully her love. Eden likes sex. She enjoys doing it and knows that she shouldn’t. Oh, and the “ladies” at Mrs. Brown’s are more than happy to show Eden anything that her sexual education is lacking.
This is a historical novel set just after the Napoleonic Wars. Some of the social issues of that time are brought up throughout the story. Many soldiers were killed at places like Waterloo while other soldiers returned to England unable to find employment. Young girls were sold on the street to any who wanted to buy them. Education was not universal or available to all children. This issues weren’t fixed but they are in the story.
This isn’t your mother’s historical novel and for many, this erotic romance may shock them. I thought it was great and I really enjoyed reading how Eden and Hart needed to change their outlook on certain subjects. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I’ve had to call my oldest daughter to tell her that she needed to read this book. (She’s 30 and yes, her mother reads this though mine would hate it.)
Fantastic story about one young woman’s seduction and her ultimate life. It will take a special man to give her the love she deserves, but first he has to convince her that she deserves love!
A scorching debut novel of erotic historical romance set against the backdrop of Regency England.
Eden Emery is no stranger to sin. To keep her sister safe from harm, she's paid a steep price with her body-and very nearly lost her soul. But when Baron Ivor Hartford, the man who has dishonored her, finally dies, her troubles are far from over.
Major Stuart Hartford, the late baron's nephew, is in the market for an honorable wife, but first he has to take care of the matter of his Uncle Ivor's ward, Eden-a young woman who makes him question the virtue of being proper. For the passion she incites burns away his inhibitions and inflames his heart.
But Eden has vowed to never again cede her destiny to a man. And Hart is left with no choice but to tempt the temptress herself...