The problem with this book is that Nyreen -- the scheming step mother -- is about 900 times sexier and more ambitious than pouty, sulky, not-too-bright Little Miss Dayne. When Nyreen is alone with poor, dumb, fat Harry, the bumbling father figure in the novel, and slowly sucking him dry in all kinds of sex scenes that are exhausting to read but incredibly exciting, well the book is a classic. On a very animal level! Harry's befuddled lust, and Nyreen's manipulation, are not inspiring, but they are vividly real. The human exploitation fits in very nicely with the slavery setting -- after all, people who own slaves are born manipulators and skilled at reducing others to the animal level.
But Dayne and Flint are not really that good a couple. Neither seems to feel that slavery is wrong, or right either. They sort of drift through the setting without being part of it. They don't love each other, and they don't even like each other. They trade insults and then start having sex. Unlike Nyreen, Dayne has no clear cut goals and no real determination to do things her way. She just drifts from one hot love scene to another.
If you love hot romance, this book is a classic and well worth reading. But if you demand strong characters and a heroine you can admire, you should probably just give it a miss.
Southern romance - Flint Rutledge returns to the plantation after a 20 year absence, falls in lust with his enemy's daughter, who is to be wed to his brother. He weds her, but she doesn't trust him, even though the sex is fantastic. Feuds, voodoo, stolen family jewels, lust, sex, etc. etc. etc.
ms devine writes some of the best erotica these days, this book has more twists that you would not believe. i enjoyed reading it.