Series: Georgian bk 3
Author: Sylvia Day
Genre: Erotic Historical
Miss Amelia Benbridge is ready to leave behind a past filled with heartbreak for a sensible marriage. Until temptation itself comes calling, with an invitation to seduction…
She Loved and Lost Him Once…
Amelia Benbridge and the Earl of Ware are the most anticipated match of the Season. Lord Ware is handsome, wealthy, and kind, and he understands that her love will always belong to her childhood sweetheart, Colin. When Colin died, Amelia believed she would never feel such passion again. But her primal reaction to the brooding stranger who approaches her at a masquerade, coaxing her into a moonlit minuet and a single, sensual kiss, proves otherwise…
Colin Mitchell knew a pairing between a peer’s daughter and a gypsy stable boy was impossible. Amelia’s mistaken belief in his demise afforded him the opportunity to return to her as a man of means. But time has slipped through his fingers. She is preparing to wed another, and danger prevents him from revealing the truth. Colin can only bid her a secret farewell, but he underestimates her determination to unmask her phantom admirer. A forbidden kiss leads to her ardent pursuit and a soul-scorching affair. Amelia is perfectly attuned to his every desire, every thought—and hungry for stability he can’t offer her. For deception lies at the heart of their love, waiting to drive them apart once again…
When I opened this book up on my kindle I didn’t pay any attention to who the author was I simply started reading. It wasn’t until I finished the book that I found out who the author was and I have to say I was surprised and I shouldn’t have been. I think it’s because when I think of her now I think of her contemporary series. I forget that before the Crossfire series Sylvia was a very successful historical author.
One of the things Sylvia does is create complex characters that grab your interest and keep it there. The love triangle between Colin, Amelia and Ware is one of the best I’ve read.
Even though I knew who Amelia was going to choose her anguish and angst over her decision was very real and palpable. I understood her anger at Colin and why she felt Ware was the better choice for her on paper.
I also understood where Colin was coming from and why he made the decision he did to let Abigail think he was dead.
The sexual tension between Colin and Amelia is off the charts and one of the things that Sylvia excels at. Creating this tension that burns up the pages and the characters to the point where you need to fan yourself. This also works to being a point of conflict between Colin and Amelia.
There is a lot going on in this book and it had me glued to my kindle from the very beginning.
If you are a fan of captivating historicals that sweep you away to Georgian England, give you flawed and yet compelling characters well then you won’t want to miss this book. I know I’m glad I read it and I want to read the other books in this series.