Wednesday, August 07, 2013

"The Devil's Pearl" by Jennifer Haymore


SERIES: House of Trent #0.5
PUBLISHER: Piatkus Entice
GENRE: Historical Romance
SOURCE: Publisher
LINKS: Goodreads

If anyone were to guess that sweet, shy Lady Esme had been secretly penning scandalous stories, she would never be able to show her face in London again! Fortunately, her good friend, bestselling author Jennifer Haymore, can reveal her passionate tale of obsession and seduction . . .
Sir Devlin Vaughn will never forget the sweet, sensual pleasures of his beloved “Jewel.” Charmingly naive in the ways of love, she had blossomed under his guidance to become the most skilled lover a man could ever desire. And desire her he did—especially after she disappeared, leaving him alone and longing for her touch. Now, Devlin will do anything to get her back. Even kidnap her . . . Julia Beaumont will never forget the man who unlocked her deepest desires and made her crave things no decent woman should. Fearing she would never be more than his mistress, she left, vowing never to see him again—until one reckless night, when a stranger in black appears from the shadows and sweeps her away to his bedroom chamber. Now, she will be his courtesan, his captive, his slave. Can she free herself from Devlin’s thrall, or will their passion be her ultimate undoing?


Having previously read the first instalment (which was simply beautiful), I wasn't new to the House of Trent series and that's why I was so impatient to read this novella, to finally find out what kind of stories Lady Esme seems to be so fond of. She writes a lot but about what exactly? Well, let's just say that the introduction Jennifer Haymore puts before "The Devil's Pearl" begins is quite explanatory, funny and it makes you like Lady Esme even more!

Wrong assumptions lead to the dramatic separation of Devlin and Julia, once amazing lovers and now two heartbroken souls still in love with one another but not ready to admit it out loud. The lack of communication between the two of them clearly doesn't help their situation and surely the kidnapping of Julia makes things even harder... But a desperate man, hungry for answers and burning with desire, would try anything to take the woman he loves back, and Sir Devlin Vaughn has the perfect plan to succeed in this. Or so he thinks...

Fast, sensual and romantic. Oh Lady Esme, please let it not be the first and only time you let us read one of your stories and come back with more, we won't judge!

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