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Posted February 13, 2013
It's Pretty Woman for the Regency crowd in this second installment of Ms. Mowbray's Market series. When a chance encounter becomes something more it will take all the romantic persuasion of a hard working hero to make the woman he loves believe she's worthy of love and a HEA.
Up until now Brennan's been content being a single man successful in business. The moment he spies a fiery redhead walking on the sidewalk his interest becomes obsessive and he'll do anything to have her. Their first night together takes an unexpected turn that has him wanting to propose until she runs back to the safety of the brothel where destiny again throws them together. Thus starts a month-long war on her senses to show her once and for all that he accepts everything about her and that she's worth more than the label she puts on herself.
Serena is the daughter of a prostitute and doesn't see herself as anything else. She thinks she's unworthy of anything better and is scared to leave the safety of what she knows for the unknown aspects of a love she doesn't think exists. The romantic assault on her emotions by Brennan is hard to fight against as his repeated gestures of love, and presenting her to everyone as someone important to him, slowly wear her down with some creative antics late in the story sealing the deal. Serena is a strong-willed woman whose realistic about her capabilities to make a living. She's overly cautious which leads her to not wanting to step outside her comfort zone and her reluctance to believe in a HEA that hinges on a contract that she insisted on.
Brennan and Serena are a very compatible couple despite their societal differences. They don't hold back in or out of the bedroom. They both like to get their own way and their verbal sparring reflects this as their disagreements are full of sexual tension. This leads to numerous sexually intense encounters which make up the bulk of the story. They're obviously very expressive with each other when it comes to sex and Brennan easily expresses the feelings he has for Serena but it's not until the very end that she admits what she's felt all along and accepts that she's worthy of the love of an honorable man.
This was a satisfying dessert that was one sensually charged sexual encounter after another. We got a good understanding of what makes these characters tick considering the shortness of this story but the circumstances of their relationship don't seem realistic considering the time period. But as a reader who enjoys erotica that didn't bother me too much. I read this kind of book for an escape and liked these characters together and ultimately found this story satisfying.