Last month I was privileged to read four wonderful historical novels for a reader choice contest. I love historical romances. One of the selections included a book by Anna Campbell.
Headlong into sin…
A well-practiced rake, weary of easy conquests and empty pleasures, Tarquin Vale, Earl of Ashcroft, knows women – and his every instinct warns him to beware of this one. Diana Carrick’s brazen overtures have thrown the haunted, sinfully handsome lord completely off his guard. Why, the exquisite temptress stated outright that she wishes to be his lover! But it is neither Diana’s boldness nor her beauty that intrigues him so – it is the innocence he senses behind her worldly mask.
Intent upon the seduction that will finally free her, Diana has set her sights on the notorious Ashcroft – never dreaming that there is much more to the enigmatic rogue than sin and deviltry. His kiss is bewitching, his caress intoxicating – and even the dangerous secret Diana must protect cannot shield her from Ashcroft’s dark allure.
Unwittingly yet most willingly, they are playing with fire. Now the fuse has been lit and there is no escape…except surrender.
This book is without a doubt the most sensuous, charming, romantic romance I have read for quite a while. The first page pulls you in and never lets you go. The hero, Tarquin, is an intriguing and marvelously delicious rake, while Diana Carrick is an innocent temptress against whom he has no defenses.
The tension Ms. Campbell weaves throughout the entire story culminates in a dramatic fall from grace. The depths of despair will ravage you until you reach the pinnacle of forgiveness that true love can bring. I loved this book.
It is no wonder this book was voted favorite historical romance of the year 2010. It is well deserved.
This book earns five slices on Nena’s Slice of Heaven meter.
Thank you Anna for such wonderful stories.