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Genre: Historical Romance
Everything about this novel leads readers to expect a traditional romance, but Lockwood's debut is closer to a combination of erotica, with its emphasis on sex over love, and the Mandingo books of the 1970s, which were sensational, sadistic novels with sexual overtones that exposed the brutality of slavery. Lockwood incorporates too many scenes for shock value alone: the menage a trois and homosexual love scenes, the brutalization of the hero and characters whose motivations will not appeal to romance readers.
After leaving the island in shame, Clarissa Onslowe returns to take a position as a plantation governess. No innocent, she falls into a heated affair with fellow passenger Allen Pendale. Allen is fleeing England after cuckolding one husband
Clarissa assumes her responsibilities on the plantation of Lord Lemarchand (aka March) while Allen goes to see
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Published: October 2007