From Publishers Weekly
Salacious sensuality doesn't quite trump an unlikely setting in this intensely erotic but otherwise incoherent debut. Lady Elena Ravenscliffe is sold by her gambler husband to a vastly improbable harem located in 1840s Greece and populated by Persian-speaking Turks who engage in orgies and hold high-priced slave auctions. Elena willingly serves prince Amir in exchange for the life and support of her infant son and is quickly introduced to a life of pleasure by Amir and his international group of clients. Always veiled to mask her identity, Elena is unable to hide from her long-ago first love, Griffin Summerfield, who kidnaps her from the harem, rapes her twice, and imprisons her until she agrees to love him again. While the searing sex scenes are exceptionally well-written, many readers will find the abusive hero and Orientalist setting off-putting. (Oct.)
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It has to be a mistake. No one could really sell his wife, could he? Lady Elena Ravenscliffe quickly discovers the awful truth. When her worthless husband racks up gambling debts he can’t pay back, Elena is taken away from her young son Jonathan and sent to the slave market of Constantinople. Bought by a Turkish prince who lives on Corfu, Elena is inducted into the mysterious world of the harem. Attending one of the prince’s famous auctions a few years later, Griffin Summerfield, Marquess of Rothburn, is shocked to discover that Jinan, one of the Amir’s beauties up for rent, is none other than his former fiancée Elena. Now Griffin will pay anything to own—even temporarily—the one woman whom he never forgot. With its exotic, evocative setting and complex, complicated characters, Clare’s lushly written, lusciously sensual debut will sweep readers away on a spellbinding voyage of scorching passion and unforgettable romance. --John Charles