Publisher: Berkley Trade
Date Published: March 2011
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher
Lady Ruth Attwood has just lost her latest lover and with him a monthly income and house that she needed desperately for the orphans that she cares for. She thinks that she is getting too old for a courtesan and makes plans for her retirement. Then she meets Baron Garrick Stratfield who makes her an offer. Garrick is a virgin and young. He offers Ruth a position as his mistress under one stipulation; they will never share a bed. He has a physical impairment that as a young man made him realize that no woman would want to even touch him. Still, Ruth fascinates him and he is drawn to her. After just one kiss there is no going back. Ruth lets him into her heart, something she has never done before with a man and she shows him the fine arts of the bedroom. The thing is, he is so young and she knows that when he tires of her he will leave. But that doesn’t stop her from falling in love.
I really enjoyed this story. Ms. Burns writes an emotional story that pulls you in and tugs on your heartstrings. Her characters have strength and depth and she lets you into their innermost being. The love scenes are passionate and sensual yet tender and romantic. Here we take a look into the life of a courtesan, which is not always easy. But Kate has an added bonus as she is a Lady and can walk about high society. She also has good friends and devoted servants. I loved seeing these two unlikely lovers coming together. Their love story alone had me turning those pages. Add the fact that Garrick is being framed for murder and danger is lurking makes for an exciting read. There are various secondary characters that give life and depth to the story and some real villains to add the excitement and danger. This is a well written, tightly plotted story that I am sure historical romance fans will highly enjoy. I for one am certainly going to be on the lookout for more stories by this talented author.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.