Although this is book 4 in a series, it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story, and it was only at the very end when I lost my way a bit with ‘Meredith’s’ family.
I was pleasantly surprised at this book, I’ve only read a little of Boyd’s work before – and wasn’t quite sure where the story would be going when the hero makes it quite clear early on that he’s only interested in visiting a local brothel. I couldn’t quite see where a heroine was going to appear…then Meredith or actually that’s not what she goes by in the brothel – but Calista. She certainly makes an impression however, and it’s not long before a long term arrangement is made for regular appointments with Constantine – the Earl of Grayling, our hero.
This was fine, until a family friend suggests that he might remove her from the brothel and into his own house. While I could see that Meredith the person wouldn’t harm a child, it did seem a little odd that someone, especially a female family friend would find this acceptable. Though I suppose that’s the beauty of the book. There’s a lot of characters that are well away from the norm – and this is a very sensual book, with lots of sensual scenes. So be warned if you don’t like your historicals hot.
So on, so kind of quiet for a while – Meredith becomes the children’s governess after falling out with the owner of the brothel and Constantine wanting to ‘keep’ her, and so the relationship continues. Until we hit the whole Randalls storyline head on and it becomes complicated. I didn’t really understand why she would run and hide from her family for years and turn to prostitution for the experiences given alone in this book – but I am intrigued enough to try the others to see why. Plus 3 names was beginning to wear a little thin by the end.
An entertaining adventure a bit different from many historicals I’ve read and well worth a read. In fact, Heather Boyd’s books haven’t disappointed me so far.
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