Book: Desperate Measures
Author: Claire Firth
Genre: Regency Romance (erotic)
Lady Isabelle Pennington has been put off men for life. Married off by her family to an abusive man 35 years her senior, she is now widowed and virtually penniless. His debauched lifestyle and treatment of her has left her deeply scarred and vowing that never again will she allow other people to run her life.
Guy Montford has had one wife walk out on him and has no wish to enter the matrimonial stakes again. But when he and Isabelle are thrown together, he begins to see through her cold exterior and finds himself becoming obsessed by her aloof beauty despite himself.
To begin with Isabelle wants nothing to do with this imposing Duke who has dragged her into his life, but then to her shock she realises that he does not repulse her as her first husband had done. Indeed for the first time ever, she actually starts to enjoy the exquisite sensations he arouses in her.
Two damaged people intent on maintaining their independence. But both turn out to be highly passionate - and once passion flares it can be difficult to control!
She took a deep breath. ‘I have been married once before as you know, and I found the act of making love – a ridiculous description if ever there was one – the most abhorrent and disgusting of activities I have ever had to endure. There is no pleasure to be had from witnessing men become like animals as they indulge their carnal appetites; neither is there pleasure in the pain their unleashed passions inflict upon their unfortunate partners. I have no intention of sharing your bed – or anyone else’s I can assure you - and unless you can accept that condition in this marriage, then I regret the only alternative would be to seek an annulment.’
Her face was a deep flush of red by the time she had finished - in total contrast to the whiteness of Guy’s. For the first time in his life he truly did not know what to say. He stared at her in absolute astonishment until, grasping her handkerchief, she rose quickly to her feet and stumbled from the room.
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Wendy's 4.5 star review
This was my first historical romance novella, and it didn't disappoint.
Isabella has been in a horrible, uncaring marriage leaving her afraid of intimacy to the point of finding it unbearable and disgusting, but when she meets Guy, can she really begin to see how natural an intimate relationship can be?
Guy too has a past of hurt and betrayal so must overcome these feelings to move forward, but a marriage of convenience to Isabella is just the start of that journey.
Due to the historical setting it is only fitting that the sex scenes are written in an erotic yet not a crude manner, and it makes for an erotic yet more refined way of reading than I am used to, but that being said once Guy and Isabella allowed things to move forward it was still highly erotic.
Ms Firth’s writing is intelligent, fluid and lures you in to the historical setting. I enjoyed this short story of Isabella and Guy and most certainly plan to read more that Ms Firth brings us.
I’m a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde really - respectable crime/romantic suspense author by day and closet steamy romance writer by night! Both under different names of course - I couldn’t possibly let my children (and more importantly their spouses) see what I get up to between the covers. I’ve always loved writing and started off with M&B type romances in my twenties and early thirties, progressing to women’s fiction with a bit more bite after that. But I always loved the romance and in particular writing the sexy scenes, and so Claire Firth was born!
I live in Cambridgeshire, UK and seem to spend most of my time trying to successfully juggle my life - and failing pathetically. It’s a writer’s lot I think to be disorganised - that’s what I tell my husband anyway (who is completely the opposite to me). This lack of organisational skills does have one advantage however - it’s meant that I’ve become something of an expert at Crisis Management - mostly from personal experience as I lurch from one crisis to the next. I can’t ever imagine not writing - I write any time and any place - and when I’m not physically writing, I’m away with the fairies in my head, plotting. It’s a great life and I wouldn’t swap it for anything!
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