New York Times best-selling author Liz Carlyle creates her darkest, most sensuous story yet, as a delectable but desperate governess runs headlong into the path of a notorious rake.
Women rarely refuse the wicked Earl of Hepplewood, whose daring exploits are only whispered about. But when his new governess answers his proposition with a slap, then stalks out, references in hand, Hepplewood finds more than his face is burning.
Isabella Aldridge has brains, bravado, and beauty - but the latter is no use to a servant. Her circumstances are desperate, and with Hepplewood's words ringing in her ears, Isabella realizes she must barter her most marketable asset - her body. But when fate sends Isabella back into Hepplewood's arms, the earl must make an impossible choice - draw Isabella down into his sensual darkness, or behave with honor for the first time in his life.
©2014 Susan Woodhouse (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
Where to begin. Well it's not my favorite Liz Carlyle book. There was mostly sex in this book, it definitely need more story in it as 80% was sex with toys and whips. I still don't know if I liked the hero, Hepplewood he was sort of at jerk at times, and very cold. The heroine, Isabella was just a bit wishy washy, sometimes strong and sometimes just plain weak, and didn't know what she wanted. There was lot's of dialogue throughout the book. The story line had so much promise but seemed lacking, probably due all the sex which some of could have been eliminated and replaced with story then it would have been a much better book. The main focus seemed to be about the sex which is unfortunate because the underlying story would have been good but was smothered.
As far as the amazon reviews on pedophilia, that was not described at all it was just talked about as one of the characters was a total creep. But there was no descriptions or scenes written about that at all.
I do hope Liz Carlyle goes back to the way she normally writes, a good story with some sex instead of a sex book with some story. Her previous book In Love with a Wicked Man was fantastic. This one not so much.
As for the narrator, she was, as always fantastic! Love Carolyn Morris narrations, she does the men's voices well and gives everyone their own distinct voice, absolutely fantastic narrator!
This is my first time listening to this author and narrator,this book should me labeled light erotica it had submission and talk of rape. I didn't see a HEA but its there. The story was very believable. I believe like fifty Shades of Gray this is a first for HR and I hope its not the last. I love to read/listen to close to the edge novels. I would have given this five stars if I didn't have to adjust to the narrators male voice it was a little laughable at times, but the story kept me tuned in.
Found a lot of these romantic fiction repetitive but this definitely catches the imagination from the storyline. It gives a great insight into old England and what had to be done to survive in that era. It can be explicit but the story shines through.
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