Thursday, November 13, 2014


Series:  N/A
Author:  Samantha Holt
Publish Date:   11.08.14
Publisher:  Samantha Holt
Category /Genre:  Historical Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Samantha Holt (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 11.12.14
Description from the publisher:
What could possibly induce at woman to follow in the footsteps of her mother and further sully her reputation by becoming a mistress?

Lilly Claremont is well used to being at the centre of gossip. Being the illegitimate child of a rich businessman never failed to titillate the gossips and while she cared little about the wagging tongues she never intended to reinforce their opinions of her by ruining herself completely.

But it seems Lord Hawksley is determined to make the fascinating Lilly his mistress…

Evan has no doubt her bold tongue and beautiful body could keep him entertained for some time. Captivated by her, he must find a way to burn through his desire for her. He cannot marry a woman of such social standing so why not make her his mistress?

After the murder of her father, Lilly is searching for answers and they lead her directly to Lord Hawksley. But will they also lead her to his bed...?
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This is a stand-alone novel / not part of a series.  It is set in the Victorian England as the stage is set for the Woman’s Suffrage movement.

  Lilly Claremont was born on the wrong side of the blankets.  Her mother was mistress to a wealthy (untitled) businessman.  Subjected to the whispered scorn of society all of her life, Lilly has determined that, without the prospect of a good marriage, she will live a spinster’s life.  During a country visit with her mother’s best friend, Lady Stanley, Lilly spends time with Lord Evan Hawksley, Marquess of Hawksley, in order to determine if the rumors of his involvement in her father’s death may be true.  During her time there, she also discovers that her guardian and cousin’s decisions have left her in a position of homelessness.  Would this be enough reason to set aside her plan to be a spinster and follow in her mother’s footsteps for the man she believes may be capable of murder?

There were a lot of “why the hell did he (or she) do that?” moments in this book.  That’s what I loved the most about it…very little was predictable.  In an age when most women were taught to be a pretty picture, seen but not heard, Lilly was vocally opinionated with staunch suffragette (woman’s liberation) views and plans for the future.  Evan has been so serious for so long that he doesn’t even recognize that he’s having fun.  It all makes for some very heated, and funny, conversations between the two of them.

When I received the email for this book, I only had to read as far as “Samantha Holt” and I knew I had to have it.  She never fails to deliver a quality read that is fun and provides a little escape.  I look forward to more wonderful books from her.

Grammar/editing:  ungraded – book received as an unedited ARC  / errors excused

Other Books from Samantha Holt:
·         Alrek (Viking Romance)
·         Too Much to Lose
·         Not Another Soldier
Highland Fae Chronicles
1.      To Steal a Highlander’s Heart
2.      To Dream of a Highlander
3.      To Avenge Her Highland Warrior

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