If you like your romance books to be chock full o'sex -- then this is the book for you! After seeing a portrait of a semi-nude lady, Viscount Ranelagh visits the painter to arrange a meeting. He is attracted to the lady, who in turn is turned on by him and turned off by his reputation. Lots of bawdy romping ensues & despite 15 years of indiscriminate whoring, he is willing to give it all up and settle down with just one woman.
Johnson's latest Victorian-era erotic romance (following Tempting) thrills with each turn of the page as two reckless individuals tumble headlong into an explosive relationship. Alexandra Ionides, who occasionally poses as a nude model and also paints, supports her scandalous pastimes with her inheritances from her two deceased husbands. Her lush beauty and unusual lifestyle captivate Samuel Lennox, Viscount Ranelagh, a renowned rogue, lover and high-stakes gambler. Determined to own one of Alex's risque portraits as well as the lady herself, Sam interrupts a sitting with the famous painter Frederic Leighton in order to make his intentions perfectly clear. As a rule, Alex dislikes men of Sam's ilk, and she rejects his advances even though she finds herself fiercely attracted to his self-assured, sexy demeanor. Sam is persistent, however, and, within a matter of days, Alex is lodged in his bed and deep in his heart. Pages sizzle as the two discover that even in the face of scheming ex-lovers, disapproving parents and deeply imbedded fears of commitment, love can triumph. Writing with the same tried-and-true formula of her previous novel, Temporary Mistress, Johnson delivers another fast, titillating read that overflows with sex scenes and rapid-fire dialogue.
It shall last for seven days, during which Lennox, Viscount Ranelagh, will wield his celebrated prowess with the London ladies in an attempt to add Miss Alex's name to his list of conquests. The infamous list is long, though the duration of each liaison has been brief-and as the viscount will assure anyone, that is precisely how he likes it.
The lady, for her part, an accomplished artist and benefactress of various charities, has no wish to be a mere plaything. Although a week of intimate pleasure with a man of Ranelagh's legendary skills would be memorable...
As for the other players-irate parents, designing debutantes, a scheming ex-mistress, even a love-struck young man with ideals-all seem intent on meddling. But the viscount is single-minded when it comes to seduction, and Miss Alex is in his sights.