Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Rating: 3
Sophia Kincaid is a destitute widow living on her aunt’s charity in the small village of Cransford, Massachusetts, at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Unlike her neighbors, who seem to be as morally rigid as their Puritan ancestors, Sophia is tormented by intense desires she tries to satisfy with vivid sexual fantasies. Her dream lover leaves her frustrated and yearning for a man of solid flesh and muscle.
Captain Stanhope hopes that quiet country living in Cransford will bring him relief from heartbreak. He hires Sophia to use her skill as a watercolorist to paint the fascinating objects in his collection.
Though he is overbearing and condescending, he is also irresistibly attractive, and Sophia craves his body. Her lust turns to love when she discovers the depth of his passions. But Captain Stanhope is determined to fight his love for her. To grasp her one chance at happiness, Sophia will have to risk ruin and use her art to seduce him so that both can taste the pleasure they so desperately need.
This is an odd little book that moves from being a historical romance to an erotic romp in the course of a few pages. I really liked the heroine, I thought she was interesting with just the right amount of desperation for a woman totally sexually restrained.
I will admit, however, to finding the hero confusing. I disliked him in the beginning and then I liked him a little more and then I liked him less. It was a back and forth ride with Stanhope and in the end I felt like I’d been through a bit of a war.
However, I have to say that I have never read an erotic romance like this one before. You should read it for the experience.
4 Tea Cups!