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Lessons of Desire (Rothwell Brothers, Bk 2)
Lessons of Desire - Rothwell Brothers, Bk 2 Author:Madeline Hunter Handsome, suave, and carnal as the devil, Lord Elliot Rothwell is every woman's most secret fantasy in the living flesh. He first appears beneath her prison window as her savior—a sinfully attractive man whose charm and connections have ensured her release from an unjust arrest. But author and publisher Phaedra Blair quickly learns tha... more »t the price of her “freedom” is to be virtually bound to her irresistible rescuer. For Elliot Rothman didn't come solely on a mission of goodwill. He came to extract a promise that Phaedra won't publish a slanderous manuscript that could destroy his family's name, and he's not above bribery, threats, or bedding her to get his way. And with each erotic encounter raising the stakes between them, Elliot discovers he's ever more reluctant to lose this sensual game…or the one woman who's every bit his match.« less
While I enjoyed the book's predecessor in the Rothwell series (Rules of Seduction), this one was a stinker. Had difficulty finishing. The book gets off to a very slow start, picks up speed and a bit of interest toward the middle, then peters out to a very disappointing end.
The heroine ruined the book for me. While the book was set in victorian times, the heroine, Phaedra Blair, was straight out of the 1960's. She was an early feminist was was stridently opposed to marriage, though she was a proponent of what she called "free love." She was the illegitimate child of a former MP and his lover, an accomplished histrorian and philosopher (for a woman during victorian times) . She seeks to continue her mother's lifestyle and experiences little personal growth during the book.