Once the toast of the ton, Lottie Cummings is now notorious for being divorced. Shunned by society, the destitute beauty is lured to become a Covent Garden courtesan. Until a dangerous rake saves her with a scandalous offer.
The illegitimate son of a duke, Ethan Ryder rose to the ranks of Napoleon's most trusted cavalry officer—until his capture landed him in England as a prisoner of war. Now on parole, Ethan is planning his most audacious coup yet. But he needs Lottie's help to create a spectacular diversion. Yet their pact ignites a passionate bond that may scandalize even these two wicked souls….
(Terra's Thoughts) This is a wonderful story and it flows very smoothly. It is also wickedly hot. Enough so that it will sizzle your fingers as you turn each page but with characters that are venerable, untrust worthy, shunned by the Ton and just down right naughty.
Lottie our heroine has been shunned by the Ton for flaunting her affairs in the face of her rich husband who divorces her and leaves her completely destitute. Ending up in a brothel of all places for someone who was on the highest point of the ladder in the ton, she comes to realize that she can depend on no one but herself and trust is a word that will no longer be in her vocabulary.
Ethan our hero is a prisoner of war and in search of a mistress with the highest amount of scandal attached to her. He needs her to divert attention from his activities and he gets a bit more than he bargained for in Lottie. She will most certainly give him a run for his money.
Both characters have had a less than happy past, both are defiant and will push as far as they are possibly able to. They are more like kindred spirits in almost every way possible. Hot sex seems to be the one and only thing that they can delve into and trust each other with. Both are very passionate but hide it with a mask made of steel so as not to be hurt.
The author has given us a really hot sizzling tale of two broken hearts, venerable to the core and self preservation is the number one key to all that they are. They are both good at what they do and sparks not only fly in the bedroom but also in each and every deception that they throw at each other. I have truly enjoyed this and will have to look at some of the other work of this author as it's nice to read something that flows as smooth as silk.
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: HQN Books; Original edition (October 26, 2010)