4.5 out of 5 Licks
Amid all the lies and scandals that fuel Society’s gossip mill, one truth has always stood out: House Rothcastle and House Windbury have always hated each other. Lady Ava Windbury prays the feud will someday end, to no avail. One dreadful night, her brother accidentally causes the death of Christian Rothcastle’s sister, a tragedy that leaves both men maimed.
Consumed by grief, Christian makes a grim decision. He will kidnap Lady Ava so that her family will feel the pain of loss as keenly as he feels the loss of his own sister. But once he has Ava in his clutches, desire takes unexpected hold. Even more surprising, she willingly surrenders to his every sexual whim—after haggling over the terms of giving up her virginity.
Too late, he realizes she is using her body for peace, not war. But just as their affair of revenges turns into an affair of the heart, the past rears its ugly head to take matters into its own hands…
This is a VERY sexy version of a Romeo and Juliet story. The Rothcastle and Windbury families have been fighting for so long that no one even remembers why the feud started in the first place. Unfortunately in every war there are casualties, Christian Rothcastle’s sister Matilda is killed as she tries to run away with her true love, Liam Windbury. The Duke of Rothcastle is now out for revenge and takes Liam’s sister Lady Ava, a woman he just happens to want in is bed anyway, captive and plans to ruin her. And so the seduction begins.
Hot and sexy read with a wonderful story, Christian is a wounded soul who needs the right woman to help him through his grief with some hot and steamy sex. All of the characters drew me and you don’t really pick a side because everyone has been hurt one time or another because of this feud. The ending is exciting and leaves you begging for more. I can’t wait for Pleasuring the Lady. Jess Michaels is always on my pre-order list!