Synopsis - The Earl of Hardcastle is used to living his life shrouded in darkness. Preferring to spend his days and nights in his gloomy townhouse than amongst the glittering ton in order to shield himself from a shameful secret he keeps carefully hidden. But his way of life is suddenly threatened when he finds himself longing for, and fantasizing about Madeline Brydges, Society's resident do-gooder.
Madeline Brydges needs to get married, and she has her sights set on the handsome and mysterious Earl of Hardcastle. But the elusive earl is proving most difficult where marriage is concerned. After years of saving those in need, Madeline is able to spot the signs, and she sees that inside Hardcastle lurks a painful secret. Madeline must risk all if she is to save the man she loves from his demons.
Just when Madeline thinks she has everything she's ever wanted, Hardcastle's dark secret is revealed, and Madeline's own betrayal comes to light, shattering the delicate bond that has brought them together.
This was a beautifully moving and well written erotic romance. The characters were memorable and the plot kept me reading through the night. The author understands the importance of building the passion, and then goes all out. Wow! This was my first experience with this author. It won't be my last.
Historical erotic romance from New Concepts Publishing. Blaine, the Earl of Hardcastle has a personal secret, and has vowed never to marry, or have children. Then he meets lovely, Lady Madeline, who is full of life, and, for the first time, tempts him to break his vow. Madeline is determined to marry Blaine, and no one else. There is alot of attraction between the couple, even as Blaine fights his true feelings. This is a sweet, erotic romance. However, its really not your typical "light, fluffy" read. Blaine's worries are serious. And, because of society's views on such issues, Blaine tries to hide the reality of it from Madeline. But, love prevails, and the Happily Ever After does work out. I enjoyed this book.
Ah, yes, the tortured hero & the heroine who must save him. Been there, done that. I've read the same synopsis, & its been done better.