Book Review

by Anne Stuart

Genre: Historical Romance, England
Sensuality: SCORCHER
Setting: 1804 England

RT Rating

The House of Rohan, Stuart’s powerful, sexually charged series, moves into the next generation. Playing into the fantasy of the “education of an innocent” with its heated love scenes, captive/captor overtones and sensuality, Stuart’s novel borders on erotic. The strong plotline and marvelously crafted characters flesh out a love story that’s a feast for those who prefer lots of heat and depth of plot.

Adrian Alistair Rohan follows in his father’s footsteps as a high-ranking member of the Heavenly Host, partaking in every form of debauchery. But even the most jaded can become bored. Then he spies a “novice.”

Prim spinster Charlotte Spenser secretly dreams of Viscount Rohan — so much so that she accompanies her cousin to a party as a “watcher.” Adrian follows Charlotte, keeping her out of trouble. But the opportunity to introduce her to pleasure is too tempting and he leaps at the chance to spend three days locked in a room with her, where he slowly arouses her sensuality. Three days is not enough and with a killer stalking them and pride threatening to tear them apart, it’s not going to be easy to bind them together for a lifetime of love. (MIRA, Sep., 380 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: MIRA

Published: September 2010

Reader Rating

4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Submitted by Robin in PA on February 15, 2013 - 10:41pm.

Spinster Charlotte Spenser wants to observe what goes on between a man and woman from a scientific perspective, so she attends a Heavenly Host party with her friend, Lina. But when they get separated, Charlotte is locked in a Monk's cell with Viscount Adrian Rohan. Adrian was fascinated by Charlotte's innocence and decides to make her one of his conquests. He soon realizes he is getting more than he bargained for when he can't forget their time together.

This book opens like the previous book in the series with a Heavenly Host party and an innocent in the middle of it. Charlotte doesn't stand a chance of not getting a hands-on education in sex from Adrian. I liked both characters, even though Adrian is very manipulative toward Charlotte. And I was happy Charlotte later stood up for herself against his manipulations.

This book also has a secondary romance between Lina and Simon, an former rake who is now a Vicar. Sparks definitely fly between those two. I just wish they could have had one or two more chapters to give us more depth to their relationship. My rating: 4.5 Stars.