I absolutely loved this book. It was sexy, but still incredibly sweet. I nearly a whole day reading it because I just couldn’t get enough of the characters and Cornick’s superb and sensual writing. There were hot scenes a-plenty and they that perfect tension and eventual satisfaction. There was also romance that had me smiling full on.
I loved Devlin. He has a little of that dominance that I find attractive in men. He knows what he wants and he’ll do what he must to get it. There’s also some compassion there, though it takes a little time to show itself. Dev is so mischievous. I love the description of his wicked smile and the gleams in his eyes. It makes him sound so sexy. It makes Susanna come apart at the seams. What more could you ask for in a man?
Susanna is great. She’s tough and keeps up some fun banter with Dev in the beginning. Toward the end she becomes a little more vulnerable. There’s some sadness and hardship in her past. I was surprised to find myself connected enough to be bothered by these things when they come to light. There are some really sad moments. But the romance between Dev and Susanna really brightens things up.
Okay, okay. I’ll get to what you really want to know. The sex. It’s wonderfully written, and there’s a good bit of it. Dev can barely control himself around Susanna, and she’s not immune to him either. There’s a passion between them from the very beginning that neither of them can deny, and it’s written so well. And the scene with the pearl? Whoa. Being pleasured by a pearl is not some that’s ever crossed my mind. Very inventive.
One of my favorite romances. I do so love historical settings. I haven’t read any of the previous books in the series, but I’m planning to. The first one is a about a couple of characters that make a few appearances in this book. It will be nice to have their story.