With all her possessions gambled away by her dissolute brother, Lady Sarah Compton desires one last chance for a holiday. Sarah attends a house party, completely unaware that the outing is an excuse for members of the nobility to engage in every kind of sensual delight.
Her first evening she meets handsome Michael Stevens. Though she is an innocent, she is titillated by his blatant sexual proposal and even more fascinated when she watches Michael's liaisons through a peephole between their adjoining rooms.
Michael is searching for something he has not found with his many partners, but sweet, naive Sarah might be his salvation. For once though, he is honorable and vows to stay away from her forbidden fruit.
But when Sarah starts to seduce Michael, he is undone by her vulnerability and sensuality. He agrees to be her teacher if she is willing. Their lessons progress and while Sarah and Michael build their own paradise, they have no idea that another is out to destroy them.
Cheryl Holt scores big with TOTAL SURRENDER. Following in the erotic path set by Robin Schone, Lisa Kleypas and Catherine Coulter (most notably in her Sweet Treason), she taps into secret fantasies tied closely to a romantic love story. Though the novel is quite sexually explicit, readers will find it a satisfying romance— one they will gladly surrender to. SPICY (Jul., 350 pp., $6.99)