RIPE FOR PLEASURE
Carr is a born storyteller. She enriches her sensual tale with colorful details, suspense, a treasure hunt and charming, delightful characters (including a marvelous mastiff). The fast pace and added humor will have readers eagerly awaiting the next novel in the League of Second Sons series.
Much to the chagrin of the ton, Viola Whedon, a highly sought-after courtesan, has been writing her memoirs. When a gang of men break into her London townhouse she believes they are after the manuscript, and so she accepts Lord Leonidas Vaughn’s help. Leo knows it’s not the text, but a royal treasure that has his cousin’s henchmen snooping around the house. He spends much of his time at Viola’s home and when a fire breaks out he takes her to his remote estate for safety. Viola thinks she’s above seducing, but as they engage in sexy games she marvels at the passion he arouses in her. Leo finds pleasure he never knew existed in his relationship. While their love blossoms, the hunt for the treasure intensifies and Viola is in danger. As their enemy draws close, Leo’s mother takes matters into her own hands, sweeping Viola away and forcing Leo to decide what he wants: love or money. (FOREVER, May, 300 pp., $7.99)