Book Review

RUTHLESS
by Anne Stuart

Genre: Historical Romance, France
Sensuality: SCORCHER
Setting: 1765 Paris

2010 Sensual Historical Romance Award Winner

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The House of Rohan series begins with a scintillating, titillating, wickedly dark and sensual tale as Stuart brilliantly draws you in like a black widow spider. Intelligent characters swirl around a beautifully rendered, complex plot. The erotic overtones — one masterful scene after another — and dark hero simply add to the delicious story that captures heart and soul.

In an attempt to prevent her mother from gambling away their meager funds, Elinor Harrington goes to a party hosted by Viscount Francis Rohan. As the “heavenly host” and chief provocateur, Rohan provides his guests with opportunities to indulge in every level of vice. Innocents like Elinor have no place in his inferno. Rohan is shocked by his immediate physical reaction to Elinor and decides to toy with the naïve “poppet.” But his game backfires when he is the one caught in her sweet web.

Elinor doesn’t know what to make of the overtly sensual, magnetic Rohan who offers her pleasure and protection. When she’s suddenly the target of unexplained accidents, he begins searching his soul — yes, he has one — to uncover his true desire. (MIRA, Aug., 420 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: MIRA

Published: August 2010

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3 Stars

Average Rating: 3 Stars
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Ruthless

Submitted by Robin in PA on September 21, 2012 - 3:22pm.

Francis, Viscount Rohan, is known in Paris for a life of excess and debauchery. He is hosting a party for his hedonistic friends when Elinor Harriman shows up looking for her mother who has ran away with the few coins her family has left. Bored with the party, Rohan is immediately intrigued by her and decides to find out more about Elinor. He finds that she lives in poverty with a younger sister and an abusive mother. Soon he is pursuing Elinor at all costs.

This is the first book in Anne Stuart's House of Rohan series and I found it interesting. I've always enjoyed Stuart's writing style and the pacing of her stories. Francis is a dark hero who is bored with his life. Elinor is very strong woman who will do anything to protect her sister, Lydia. I thought the romance in his book was just OK. I had a hard time believing Elinor would do a 180 degree turnaround toward the hero.

I did enjoy the secondary story about Rohan's friend, Charles and Elinor's sister, Lydia. I wish we would have seen more of them in this book. My rating: 3.5 Stars.