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As much as I love my vampire books, I do have a real penchant for bodice rippers, anything even slightly erotic with a "sense and sensibility" feel to it is always going to be for me!
After a quick peruse in the "just returned" section in my local library (I have to make full use of it in case the government decide to close it down!), I came across a very promising looking book, complete with bodice and the title clinched the deal "taken by the wicked rake...." oh yes, I was looking forward to my bath/ reading session already!
The books full title is - "Regency, silk & scandal" by Christine Merrill.
Lady Verity Carlow is a beautiful young woman of means, with a very ill father. Due to his illness her older brothers have decided that for her comfort and safety she will reside for the summer season with relatives in the country.
She is bored out of her skull, with every day being as boring and drawn out as the last, but as she is a well brought up lady she simply smiles her way trough the drudgery.
At one of the balls her relatives have thrown for her (with the intention of being courted and won by her slimy cousin Robert) she spots a very handsome young man whose acquaintance she has never made before.
After a single dance with him she excuses herself to powder her nose, then gets kidnapped, blindfolded and taken away from her party, finding herself dumped rather unceremoniously in a Romany gypsy campsite, and her kidnapper, the gorgeous man she danced with at the ball Stephan/Stephano Beshaley, who just happens to be a Romany gypsy himself, but brought up as a Lord.
He has a grudge against her father, and a curse that must be reversed, but can he keeps his hands of her long enough to accomplish this?
I shouldn't have been that surprised to find that this is actually a "Mills and Boon" book, even after reading it and feeling that it had a familiar feel to it!
I found the book a little insipid at times, with the storyline not seeming to be going anywhere, but did enjoy the love scenes, and when I say love I don't mean just the sex scenes ether (though these were very good too!).
You could feel the passion and the love through the story, and I defy any woman to disagree with the sentiment that they would love to be swept off their feet and treated like a princess, I do feel that Mills and Boon have always managed to portray that type of romance, even if they don't start off that way!
Price wise this will set you back around the £2.50 mark from www.amazon.co.uk.
This is a nice enough book that adds a romantic air to your day, but will probably only take you a day or two to read, this still offered a nice break from the vampire lit!
Thanks for reading x
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