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by Charlotte Featherstone

Genre: Erotic Romance, Historical Erotic Romance

2010 Erotic Romance Nominee

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Pairing a tortured hero and a strong-minded heroine creates a dynamic conflict and off-the-charts sexual tension. Throw in lots of witty dialogue and a nontraditional happy ending, and you've got a keeper.

An infamous rake, Matthew, Earl of Wallingford, has no use for women beyond sex. Uninterested in his inheritance, Matthew is an artist -- to his father's dismay -- and tries to finance his own gallery by selling one of his erotic paintings. After the auction Matthew is attacked by thieves, then taken to a nearby hospital where he's nursed by Jane Rankin, a lady's companion. His eyes bandaged, Matthew knows Jane only by her voice, touch and scent -- and he's fascinated.

After several sensual encounters, Jane falls in love, but when they finally meet face to face, Matthew doesn't recognize her and dismisses her. Soon afterward, they meet again when they're partnered in a wedding party, and Matthew realizes his mistake. They begin an affair, but they can't marry, even if Matthew could overcome the shame of the sexual abuse that has left him so emotionally frozen. (SPICE, May, 336 pp., $13.95)

Reviewed By: Catherine Witmer

Publisher: SPICE

Published: May 2010

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Bravo! Bravo, Ms.

Submitted by Artemis on May 3, 2010 - 8:44am.

Bravo! Bravo, Ms. Featherstone! A haunting love story that stays with you long after you have put it down. Even hearts of stone will shatter with the emotions wrought by her words.

The journeys that Matthew, the Earl of Wallingford, and Jane Rankin take to discover love, lead them to reveal secrets they would rather leave buried. An impressionable young man is educated by his "tutor": A scared young girl is at the mercy of her mother's lovers.

Matthew and Jane take what life has dealt them and the choices they have made, and learn to love each other within those confines.

A hauntingly beautiful love story.