Lady Riana Ellis will risk the fires of Hell for those she loves.
Can she let a man do the same for her?
As whore for the Duchess of Arundel, Lady Riana Ellis keeps her sister safe from the duke’s lascivious desires. Now the duchess demands that Riana murder the man already sent to her bed.
Sir Bryant Cullen determines to have the duchess’ whore. Her land is a prize, but it’s her secrets he wants. Once he knows what she knows, he will control one of the most powerful houses in Scotland. And she will be his.
The book is an erotic historical romance and takes place in Scotland in the 1300s. Lady Riana is widowed, her lands and fortune has fallen under the care of the cruel Duke and Duchess of Arundel, and she and her younger sister are now the Duke’s wards. Riana is used as a sex slave to service the Duke and anyone of the Duchess’s choosing while the Duchess watches. When the Duchess orders her to seduce and murder a man, Riana has no choice but to comply or risk her sister’s life.
Sir Bryant doesn’t know what to do with the naked woman in his bed. He knows she’s not there willing but they have the wildest night of passion either has ever experienced. By morning, he’s half in love with her and decides to use her to his advantage to take down the evil Duke and Duchess.
Their romance happens quickly but it’s believable even though the entire book takes place in about five days. Their chemistry sizzles.
I definitely liked strong-willed, defiant Riana. She was determined to save her sister, Siusan, from the same fate she suffered, rescue Glen from prison, a disabled man she loved like a father, and later to save Sir Bryant from an assassin after he managed to free her from the Arundel keep. Despite the things she’d done and the men she slept with, she didn’t hate herself and she shouldn’t. She knew she had no choice in the matter and she just wanted to survive.
Sir Bryant was the typical historical romance hero. He sleeps with the girl, falls in love with her, doesn’t trust or respect her enough to let her in on his plan to save the day, so she takes matters into her own hands and falls into a trap so he has to save her. Now, had he told her everything he knew before she almost sacrificed herself to the Duchess, the story would’ve ended about 40 pages sooner. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Sir Bryant, but he seemed to respect Riana more when he had to fight to get her to accept him. Once she finally did, he tried to keep safe on a pedestal and kept her in the dark about some important issues.
I was a little confused at times with the Scottish and English historical backdrop. I think more details from the author about whom these real-life characters were and the battles they faced would’ve helped better explained the fictional characters’ motivations and actions throughout the book.
Though well-written, the book could use a light edit. There were a few typos here and there, but nothing major. I’ve had this book on my Kindle for a few years and I really enjoyed reading it.
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