IN THE FLESH
Adding her own updated twist to the classic Eleanor Glynn (Three Months) scenario, Da Costa pens a highly titillating, tantalizing tale. She knows the right chords to touch, piquing readers’ imaginations with a solid story, likable characters and steamy sensuality. Not for the faint of heart, but Susan Johnson, Bertrice Small and Brenda Joyce fans will savor the delicious fantasies within.
Though innocent of everything but being foolish enough to pose nude for her now ex-fiancé, Beatrice Weatherly’s reputation is in tatters. It is further ruined when she catches the eye of known libertine Edward Ellsworth Richie.
Just one look at the Siren of Mulberry Street and Richie is fascinated. Beatrice is more beautiful and luscious in person than in the cabinet cards he owns. Beatrice is stunned and thrilled by the handsome, sexually magnetic Richie. Knowing her brother is in debt, he offers Beatrice an outrageous amount of money to enjoy pleasure for a month. Desiring to satisfy him, Beatrice learns a courtesan’s arts. As the liaison turns from lust to love, Beatrice knows Richie cannot give her all she needs unless they can free themselves from the secrets of their pasts. (HQN, Apr., 396 pp., $7.99)