February 16th 2011 by Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc.
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Blush: This is a sensual romance (may have explicit love scenes, but not erotic level).
Seven years ago, the Marquis of Thornton broke Cleo’s heart. He’s the last man she wants to see at the country house party she’s attending with her sisters. However, fate has a different plan when she finds Thornton standing before her, as devastatingly handsome as ever.
Thornton’s resolve is tempted by Cleo’s reappearance in his life. He’ll stop at nothing to have her back in his arms. Now a respected politician, he jeopardizes his career and reputation with each secret moment he spends with her.
A steamy interlude in a darkened chamber, the crackling tension of a shared Shakespeare scene before the rest of the house guests, and one too many secret kisses prove to Cleo and Thornton that despite their scarred hearts, their feelings for one another may never have changed. But neither is free to pursue the other. Cleo remains hopelessly trapped in a loveless marriage, and Thornton is on the cusp of making an advantageous match. Together they must battle against ruin and swirling scandal to discover if their mad passion is worth the price.
Loves comes full circle. At a young age, a handsome charming young man danced with a bumbling country girl and found something in her to love.
“I should like to kiss you.”
Lies of betrayal and lack of communication kept them apart. After seven years, the two are brought together by fate. Cleo has since married, although she has not seen her husband for at least a year, he has a separate residence and a few mistresses. Thornton has made a name for himself in politics and is expected to wed to further his political achievements. The moment they see each other, you know their love has never died; it has just been left simmering until a chance encounter brings the fire to a FLAME.Are second chances possible? It is possible, but the path to it is complicated. In a sexy and heartwarming tale of love lost and love found, you can’t help but hope that true love prevails and any obstacle they face can be overcome. The love they have for one another jumps off the pages, it is simply sinful and very passionate (not too much), just enough to make your toes curl.
There’s a great cast of secondary characters that add a lot of flavor to the story, some who complicated the romance in one way or another and others who gave depth and insight to couple. I love the banter between all the them, there are plenty of quirky one liners or zings that you can’t help but chuckle out loud. I absolutely love the scene when Thornton is washing Cleo’s hair.
Here are a few lines which stood out.
“Your tongue is far more appreciated when it is engaged in an activity other than speech, Countess”.
In his arms she had never felt more complete or more fully at home. He was her home and she knew it now with devastating certainty.
“We cannot fear everything; we can only live to make ourselves happy.”
I see a great future on the horizon for Scarlett Scott. I am eager to read more of her work. I encourage all of you who love stories of second chances, to give this one a try!!!!
Heat Level: 4/5
Scarlett Scott has loved romance novels ever since she was eleven and swiped her older sister’s books to read by flashlight in her closet. Her mother caught her, but she remained undeterred. A self-described promiscuous writer, she dabbles in all sorts of genres but loves erotic romance best. She lives with her hero and their adorable but occasionally evil puppy and spends too much time lurking on her blog.