FURTHER THAN PASSION
Kate Duncan is stunned when her cousin asks her to slip a love potion into the drink of notorious rake Marcus Pelham, Earl of Stamford. To prove to the foolish chit that the potion is a fake, Kate drinks it herself right before she spies Marcus making love to another woman. Kate is transfixed by the sight. Is it the elixir or Marcus that has her feeling so hot?
Marcus catches a glimpse of Kate and is titillated by her reaction. Deciding to play out a game of his own, Marcus drinks the potion and pretends he cannot keep his hands off Kate. It's all quite amusing until the rogue discovers he really desires the shy young woman and sets out to teach her all there is about love.
Holt has finely tuned the art of delving into secret fantasies and drawing out what women want. In this deliciously sensual story she mixes an extra dose of darkness into the heated potion in the figure of Kate's ruthless aunt, yet keeps readers glued to the pages by infusing every one with plenty of sizzle and compelling story. VERY SENSUAL (Mar., 380 pp., $6.99)