Image of Taken by the Duke


Image of Taken by the Duke

Fans of historical romance and erotica will find this start to the Pleasure Wars series reminiscent of “Romeo and Juliet.” Amid feuding families and a dangerous plot, the love story and extremely steamy scenes surprisingly balance out perfectly. Some may find the storyline contains too much information to digest all at once, as if the author had so much to tell to complete book one, and feel a little exhausted. But Michaels leaves just enough room to keep readers waiting for some of their most burning questions to be answered.

House Rothcastle and House Windbury have always been rivals. When Christian Rothcastle’s sister is accidentally killed by Lady Ava Windbury’s brother, it only adds more fuel to the fire. Christian decides to kidnap Ava so that her family will feel the same grief he endures after losing his sister. But Ava doesn’t put up much of a fight to escape because her sexual craving for Christian cannot be denied. She surrenders her body to him, and their relationship is quickly turned into something sweet rather than bitterly evil. Ava doesn’t want revenge; she just wants peace and love, and hopes to heal Christian’s scars so the war can cease for good. (SAMHAIN, Jul., 248 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Jaime A. Geraldi