A LADY AWAKENED
This intriguing debut blends erotic themes into a plotline that has been used before, but never in this way. A desperate heroine, a wickedly sexy hero an unexpected passion and strong storytelling along with compelling characterization mark Grant as one to watch.
Her husband’s death leaves Martha Russell in a quandary. If she is not carrying the heir then she will lose her home. She devises a daring and unconventional plot: find a man willing to get her with child, with no strings attached. Martha chooses her neighbor, notorious rake Theophilus Mirkwood, whose scandalous actions got him banished to the countryside. Though stunned, Theo accepts Martha’s arrangement to be her lover for one month. Martha wants a purely business arrangement, but Theo has other ideas about seducing the prim widow and awakening her to the pleasures of unrestrained desire. But he’s the one shocked by his need for Martha’s passion. Can he find a way to keep the lady forever? (BANTAM, Jan., 346 pp., $7.99)