by Virginia Henley, Kate Pearce, Maggie Robinson

Genre: England, Anthology, Historical Romance
Sensuality: HOT
Setting: 18th- and 19th-century England

RT Rating ****

Passion or sex can be serious or fun and these three talented authors show the many sides of desire. Readers will delight as fantasies are played out and passion is given free rein, and while there is plenty of lust, there is also trust, love and tenderness — enough to please any reader seeking pleasure.

Three years ago, Lady Sarah Caversham was promised in marriage to Charles Lennox to settle her father’s gambling debt. Now it’s time for the “Beauty and the Brute” to begin married life. Charles is shocked to see his gawky bride has turned into a beauty and he’s now more than ready to make her his wife. However, he’ll have to woo her, seduce her, win and try to keep her in Henley’s irresistible novella.

Pearce introduces readers to Louisa March, who wishes her staid husband was more like the heroes in her novels, especially the pirate in her latest romance. Thinking he cannot offend his wife’s sensibilities, Nicholas has been the perfect gentleman in bed: quick and efficient. He’s more than a bit surprised to learn Louisa wants more and with a courtesan’s help, he learns “How to Seduce a Wife.”

Robinson’s prim Prudence Thorn is “Not Quite a Courtesan,” just a sensible woman trying to help her cousin resolve a marital problem. Then she meets Darius Shaw, her cousin’s husband’s brother, at an infamous courtesan’s home. She’s intrigued by the man, who imports pornographic artifacts. The artwork and the idea titillates Prudence, and the idea of the wanton love slave is born. (BRAVA, Dec., 379 pp., $14.00)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: BRAVA

Published: December 2010