Spice Level: 1/2
HE PUT HER ON A PEDESTAL
When Celeste Gray arrives in the sleepy village of Brixcombe-on-the-Bay, she thinks she’s one step closer to leaving her notorious past behind. She even suspects the deliciously handsome—if somewhat stuffy—viscount next door is developing a tendre for her. That is, until the day Ashlin Lancester learns she’s not the unassuming spinster she’s pretending to be.
NOW SHE HAS FARTHER TO FALL
After a decade of proving he is nothing like his profligate father, Ash is horrified to have given his heart to a Cyprian. He launches a campaign to prove his attraction is nothing more than a sordid reaction he can’t control. But he soon learns that unlike his father, he can’t find comfort in the arms of just any woman. He needs Celeste. When he takes her as his mistress, he’s still not satisfied, and the many late nights in her arms only make him want more…
I love books that are outside of the ballrooms of London and feature women that aren’t debutantes and this one was perfect. You feel the emotions in the emotional scenes and the sparks between Celeste and Ashlin from the time they meet. Just when you think everything will work out fine there is something to throw it off for a bit and will you have excited to turn the page and see what happen next. Scene after scene I feel in love with the characters more.
Celeste is a woman that can take care of herself and will do anything to keep her friend’s baby safe. She wanted to leave her past behind and start a new life, but she attracts men without trying. She has a big heart when it comes to people she cares about and her childhood is one of the reasons why. I loved her right away and felt for her when she realized she was alone.
Ash is an overprotective big brother to his sisters. He was so afraid of scandal because of his parents that he so worried about what his sisters did and who they were with that it pushed them to rebel. My heart broke for him when he found out the truth about Celeste and then tried to forget her. There were times where I wanted to shake him, but once his parent’s death was explained everything made sense even when it wasn’t like he remembered.
All of the characters were amazing! Ash’s sisters were fun and bubbly and had great stories of their own. This is a great start to a series.