What Fun! Lusty wenches and sexy scoundrels!,
This review is from: Bad Boys Ahoy! (Paperback)
I very much looked forward to Ms Day's print debut and I'm so glad that it more than met my expectations. Lush, sexy, poignant and funny - did I mention sexy? Actually they're very erotic romances, so if you're not big on sex scenes, take note. You'll find three very sexy heroes and three quite lusty and adventurous heroines here. No shrinking violets, even her virgins are curious and quite knowledgeable about sex. This is an anthology containing three stories that average about 100 pages each (I hate those collections were the stories are like 40 pages long) so the stories felt more full bodied than most shorts I've read.
First up is Stolen Pleasures, the story of pirate Captain Phoenix who has just taken a merchant ship in the West Indies. But what he discovers on board is more than mere booty, he discovers a woman who claims to be Lady Merrick. Which would make her his wife! Sebastian left England and his life in the aristocracy behind five years before and had never planned to return. But now it looks as though he will have to return to sort all this out, at least to return her to her father. But she's a beauty for sure with a fiery spirit and he wants her. But will he return her to her father or will he return and take his rightful place in society - with his wife by his side?
Lucien's Gamble finds gaming club owner Lucien Remington confronting a woman who has infiltrated his club dressed as a man. She is the lovely Julienne LaCoeur and Lucien would know her anywhere. He's been smitten with her since he first saw her across the room at a houseparty weeks ago. But she's not for the likes of him, the illegitimate son of a duke and his mistress. Between his background and his rather unsavory reputation, he couldn't even gain an introduction to her under normal circumstances, yet here she is in his lair. She's searching for her younger, rather irresponsible brother Hugh who owes Lucien a huge sum of money. Could Lucien use Hugh's debt to him to spend time with the lovely Julienne?
Finally in Her Mad Grace, that very irresponsible Hugh LaCoeur is forced, by weather and carriage mishap, to seek the hospitality of the woman known as "her mad grace" the rumored rather eccentric widow of the late duke of Glenmoore. The estate is in extreme disrepair and all the servants seem to have some disablity or other. But there is nothing wrong with the woman who introduces herself as her grace's companion. She's a beautiful redhaired siren called Charlotte and Hugh wonders why she's living in this decrepit, bizarre household in the middle of nowhere. The more time he spends in the house and with Charlotte he begins to think that there is some enigma here. And he wants very much to figure it out along with luring Charlotte into his bed. When he does uncover her secrets will she trust him to help her even as she discovers his past recklessness and irresponsible behavior?
I enjoyed this book and I loved all three stories. If I had to pick a favorite it would be Lucien's Gamble. Lucien was so sort of wistful in his longing for Julienne and I LOVED his parents who played a key role in bringing them together. I can't wait to read more from Ms Day! I think she's got a very bright future and I'm so glad there's a strong new voice in sensual historicals. Highly recommended!