Saturday, March 10, 2012

Perilous Pleasures-Jenny Brown

Perilous Pleasures

Jenny Brown

Avon, Mar 27 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780061976070

In 1803 London, La Belle Isabelle is a beauty who spends more than she earns as a courtesan; her philosophy is why waste money paying rent on last month’s lodging when you can buy a gown for this month’s seduction. Her daughter Zoe Gervais, scared by smallpox, teaches at Mrs. Endecott’s Female Academy because she cannot convince her mother to be frugal.

La Belle Isabelle thinks Lord Ramsey will be her next protector. However, instead he frightens her in front of her daughter when he reminds her that she sold her child nine years ago in France. She realizes he is Adam Selkirk whose sister Charlotte died during the terror in due part to Isabelle. Adam tells her that the dying Dark Lord Robert Montgomery named him heir and he came to claim remittance of what she promised him. Stunned, Zoe learns she has no choice as his master is her guardian and soon he will be in charge of her fate. Neither is prepared for the passion between them yet the astrologist knows their destiny is written by the Ramsey Curse.

The third Lords Of The Seventh House Zodiac Regency romance (see Star Crossed Seduction and Lord Lightning) is a terrific mystical gothic thriller. The storyline is fast-paced from the moment cold acolyte arrives to collect his even colder evil master’s debt although it does slow down somewhat until the final confrontation between love and deity ascension.

Harriet Klausner

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