Valdez's latest is well worth the wait. Following classic erotica themes, she twists the traditional lessons in love into lessons in lust and submission. She merges the hotter-than-hot love scenes into a taut story of revenge and ecstasy that carries readers to the heated conclusion. This is marvelous storytelling!
With her sister, Passion, happily wed, Patience Dare is on her own and becoming curious about intimacy, fearing she won't find a man who can meet her needs. Then her brother-in-law, Matthew Morgan Hawksmore, kisses her and Patience realizes he's the one.
But Matthew is in the midst of a personal crisis. It has just come to light that he's illegitimate. His fiancee broke their engagement and he's seeking a way to forget. He finds that and more in the kiss he and Patience share. He gets a partner willing to experiment with games of submission and dominance, and she helps him fight for his business and his reputation, as she demands her sexual desires and need for independence be met by him. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Apr., 355 pp., $7.99)