There comes a time in a woman’s life when she must do the unthinkable – and find employment. For the widowed Anna Wren, that means taking a job as female secretary for the Earl of Swartingham. Secretaries are always male – never female – as Anna well knows but the real downfall of her career is the realization that she is falling in love with Edward de Raaf – the Earl. But when she realizes that he is going to visit a brothel in London to take care of his ‘manly’ desires, Anna sees red – and decides to take advantage of the opportunity to also take care of her ‘womanly’ desires – with the Earl as her unknowing lover. But the Earl has another reason for going to London. He is formalising his betrothal and trying (with little success) to forget about a secretary that has no right being female. Unhandsome, he knows that no woman wants him. Except for the mysterious lady with whom he spent two unforgettable nights at Aphrodite’s Grotto, the most scandalous brothel in London. But when Anna’s plan is revealed, a bit of blackmail is thrown into the mix, a proposal is rejected and even the Earl himself will be unprepared for the intrigues that ensnare them.
Okay – every now and then I read corset ripping, full-on romance books. A few years ago when I joined GoodReads I added this trilogy on Felicia Day’s recommendation.
First, it was nice to read a romance book in which the girl is not a simpering little victim. Anna Wren had spirit and she knew exactly what she was wanting, from both her own life and from Edward, her new employer, as well.
I won’t lie to you.. there were parts of this book that had me blushing up quite a storm and, although it was fun to read the one, I don’t think I’ll be finishing up the trio just because it’d be a bit too much.
But if you are into romance and want a more well-written story than the average, run-of-the-mill ones out there then definitely check out Elizabeth Hoyt’s books for a fun ride.