Image of Her Ladyship's Companion (Berkley Sensation)


Image of Her Ladyship's Companion (Berkley Sensation)

Collins' carefully crafted story
gives readers a different view
of the Regency era. She writes
about a man and a woman from
vastly unconventional backgrounds,
and a love that knows no bounds,
in this intensely passionate,
sexually charged and deeply
touching romance.

Lady Bella Sterling is abandoned on a Scottish estate by her verbally and physically abusive husband. She lives a lonely life, tending her roses, and enjoys the occasional visit with her cousin Esme. Esme decides Bella needs a man and she sends her one, Mr. Gideon Rosedale, who makes his living by pleasuring wealthy women. Bella finds Gideon not only handsome as sin but also intelligent, well read and a gentleman. He could easily pass as a member of the aristocracy.

Gideon senses that underneath Bella's veneer of propriety is a very sensual woman. Though she's an innocent in bed, Gideon patiently introduces Bella to pleasure. Bella is in love with Gideon, who will soon leave. Do they stand a chance at forever? (BERKLEY SENSATION, May, 330 pp., $14.00)

Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond