FROM THE AUTHOR’S SITE…“Helene, the Countess Godwin, knows there is nothing more unbearably tedious than a virtuous woman. After all, she’s been one for ten long years while her scoundrel of a husband lives with strumpets and causes scandal after scandal. So she decides it’s time for a change–she styles her hair in the newest, daring mode, puts on a shockingly transparent gown, and goes to a ball like Cinderella, hoping to find a prince charming to sweep her off her feet… and into his bed.
But instead of a prince, she finds only her volatile, infuriatingly handsome… husband, Rees, the Earl Godwin. They’d eloped to Gretna Green in a fiery passion, but passion can sometimes burn too hot to last.
But now, Rees makes her a brazen offer, and Helene decides to become his wife again… but not in name only. No, this time she decides to be very, very wicked indeed.”
FROM THE BOOK FAERY REVIEWS…Eloisa James brings us another sultry read about an estranged married couple who’ve been apart the past 10 years who end up reuniting and creating a spark when brought back together to produce an heir and a musical score. Helene, the countess of Godwin changes from the prudish woman to a more daring and beautiful woman who entices many men after her change including her rake of a husband, Reese, the Earl of Godwin. In the past he’s refused to bed her for reproduction purposes and so she decides she just might get someone else to bed her instead for she longs for a child very much. Once he discovers this he insists that he be the one since he can’t be cuckold and allow the estate to go to anyone but an heir or his brother. So he finally agrees but she must come back to their house to help him with his music and all while his mistress of the past 3 years lives in her old room next to his. What a scandal…Will she do it? If you want a child and you’re married I suppose the man to father the child would be your husband and not just another man.
The only thing lacking for me was that I wanted a bit more “macho” action between the two men rivaling for her attentions. It’s always a bit more fun when 2 men fight over a woman.