When Lady Helena Simpson flees an unwanted marriage to a revolting lord, she finds refuge with James, a charming, handsome man unlike any she’s ever known. Helena concocts the perfect solution to her problem. She asks—begs—James to ruin her. Surely her betrothed will repudiate her if she is no longer pure. And if all her efforts fail and she still ends up married to a horrid man until the end of her days, she will at least once have known true passion.
But James is not all he seems. He is, in fact, a wicked lord with a dark fancy. When Helena awakens his desire, he becomes determined to take everything she has to offer and more.
No matter the cost.
I think there might be too many Sabrinas writing historical romance! I started off this book expecting one sort of story, and ended up with something totally different. The beginning, with the runaway bride who accidentally runs straight into the clutches of the man she’s escaping, was a great one.
However, I was expecting romance, and instead I got erotica! (A note: it is not listed on review sites as anything other than historical romance.)
Once hero and heroine had met (where he mistakes her for a child), they take about an hour before they start having sex – all kinds of sex.
I put the book aside, slept, and when I woke up in the morning I had a light bulb moment: I was thinking of Sabrina Darby, not Sabrina York!
I sort of wish I’d read the book I’d been expecting, because it would have been a great story. Don’t get me wrong; this is well-written erotica. However, I didn’t realised I’d signed up for the hero watching the heroine be spanked by a duke!
Well-written if this is what you’re looking for, but it’s an ARSE, thank you very much!
Review copy provided by NetGalley.