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She was Botticelli's Venus...
on October 13, 2012
...aaaah how delectably deliciously fun this story was. Full of tortuous romance and drama. Ms. Day has such a fantastic talented ability of laying well developed attention to detail and transporting the reader so deftly to another era. Character descriptions are strong, exquisite and precise.
Yummy Alistair Caulfield has been attracted to Lady Jessica Tarley since before her marriage. Now that she is widowed, his seductive plotting and planning to persue her are obscenely direct and blatantly aggressive. He's known for his gigolo behavior as a means to make money. Lady Jessica remembers his past behavior well, unaware that he's "moved on" from such antics. Nevertheless, his past behavior rises to follow and haunt him as he persues Lady Jessica. She perceives him as nothing more than someone to ruin her prestigious reputation~~someone not to be taken seriously in a relationship, but rather someone who enjoys occassional "romps". Yet she's attracted to him and eventually yields to her desire for him...much to his delight.
He fears his reputation will ruin her pristine social standing. He fears he'll corrupt her even though he wants her to be his and his alone. He realizes his reputation has made him unacceptable and unsuitable however he desires her to the point that he doesn't allow anything to thwart his seduction of her.
But Lady Jessica eventually falls in love with Alistair and his past doesn't matter. She fears she won't be "enough" for such an experienced worldly rogue or that he'll become bored with her.
Then there's the attraction between Jessica's younger sister, Hester and Alistair's best friend, Lord Michael of
Tarley...<----who is also the brother of Jessica's deceased husband...making Michael the brother-in-law to Jessica. All this is going on along the side-lines. Michael and Hester are strongly attracted to each other, except Hester is married already to Edward, Lord of Regmont (dum, dum duuuuuuum).
I loved this story with all his nail biting angst and drama...and Ms. Day doesn't disappoint with her deep tactic message(s).. of child and domestic abuse. No holes...no loose threads. At times this story was sobering and at other times it was just so much gosh darned fun. Kudos!