A SENSE OF SIN
A hot hero and plenty of sexual tension hold readers’ attention through the predictable plot and inconsistent pacing; Essex’s explicit dialogue pushes this book into a near-erotic read, and gentle readers should take care.
It has been a year since Celia Burke’s best friend Emily Delacourt took her own life. Devastated, Emily’s brother has spent the last year gambling, drinking and womanizing. But now Rupert, Viscount Darling, decides Celia is to blame. He will ruin her as revenge. Both he and Celia are being blackmailed and each believes that the other is responsible. But the more time they spend together, the deeper their attraction goes. Celia travels to London for the season. Darling follows her, and so does their blackmailer. With cunning and the help of an investigator, they uncover the blackmailer’s identity, but still end up in a compromising situation that forces them together. (BRAVA, Apr., 352 pp., $14.00)