PROMISE OF PLEASURE
Holt is a perfectionist at playing into reader fantasies. The Spinster's Cure trilogy delivers that and more. Following a Cinderella theme, Holt heats up the tale with a naughty, sexy Prince Charming and just enough sizzle to fire readers' imaginations and wishes for more.
Mary Barnes is more servant to her cruel stepmother and vain stepsisters. Her only hope is that her longtime suitor will propose. To ensure this, she buys a peddler's Spinster's Curse Cure, which promises that if she drinks it while looking at the man she hopes to wed, she'll be married in a month.
Just as Mary drinks the tonic her sister's fiance, Jordan Winthrop, the Viscount of Sutherland, stands in front of her. The immediate heated reaction must be due to the potion -- what other reason could there be for the desire between them? Mary searches for an antidote, but nothing works. While their relationship explodes, trouble from her family and his enemies brews. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Apr., 380 pp., $7.99)