SEVEN NIGHTS TO FOREVER
Collins’ second novel is unconventional, poignant, tender and moving. Few authors can turn what could be a sordid affair into a magnificent romance with a pair of star-crossed lovers that readers will care about. Brava to Collins for her sophomore offering.
The death of her parents left Rose Marlowe without the funds to care for her younger brother. She takes the only option open to a beautiful woman. For one week every month Rose travels to London to the infamous brothel, Rubicon, where she quickly becomes the prize of the establishment. Expert in the art of pleasure, she secretly yearns for love.
Wealthy merchant James Archer’s loveless, sexless marriage to a spiteful woman sends him to Rubicon. When he meets Rose there is an instant understanding; two lonely souls find comfort with one another. Falling in love is not an option, but the heart knows what the heart knows. After several visits James requests that Rose spend a week with him. It is week of great passion and deep love; a week that will give them each the strength to make it last forever. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Nov., 336 pp., $15.00)