Sir Barnabas James is secretive, manipulative, cold and alone. He abhors society and shuns personal attachments despite a long list of lovers. All the better to be the consummate spymaster in service to King and country. Until an old enemy asks a personal favor…
Lord Ambrose Wetherald has always taken pride in his status as an English gentleman. He obeys even the strictest of society’s rules, is unfailingly polite and deferential, and feels it is his responsibility to protect women and the underprivileged. He has also saved himself for marriage. Until one day he needs a favor…
Melinda de Vere was once the spoiled and willful toast of the London season, but she threw it all away on childish escapades and unfulfilling love affairs. Now she is married to a treasonous scoundrel who abuses and degrades her. Until one day she is rescued by two men she has never met.
When Barnabas demands Ambrose repay the favor in his bed and Mel goes undercover as Barnabas’s housekeeper to help trap her traitorous husband, the three embark on a sensuous affair. Barnabas will have to choose love over duty, Ambrose must surrender his reputation, and Mel will need to learn to trust again if the mismatched, unsuitable lovers hope to survive the devious plot against them.
It’s been a minute since I’ve had the pleasure of reading a BIA book and even tho I’m a few books behind on the series itself, I jumped right on this ARC because i REALLY missed the deliciousness that is this series.
The story of Barnabas, Ambrose and Mel ticked off a lot of the things I love to read. A powerful man brought to his knees by love 🙂 A woman, broken down by her past, forging forward and using her past as a method to grow and empower herself 🙂 A virgin hero that once his passion was ignited there was no stopping him 🙂 The ridiculously entertaining banter and sweetness of our leads 🙂 And the pantie melting passion 🙂 You put all of this together and you have yourself a scorchingly sexy read intertwined with growth and empowerment, self worth and awareness, love and friendship and a lot of heart!
I should probably mention that there is a mystery arc to the story but it doesn’t really play a frontal role, imo. It is what united Barnabas and Ambrose and Mel together but their growing passion for each other is what this story is really about and it was a beautiful story to read 🙂
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Reviewers have called Samantha Kane “an absolute marvel to read,” and “one of historical romance’s most erotic and sensuous authors.” Her books have been called “sinful,” “sensuous,” and “sizzling.” She is published in several romance genres including historical, contemporary and science fiction. Her erotic Regency-set historical romances have won awards, including Best Historical from RWA’s erotic romance chapter Passionate Ink, and the Historical CAPA (best book) award from The Romance Studio. She has a master’s degree in American History, and taught high school social studies for ten years before becoming a full time writer. Samantha Kane lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children.