Married to the unfaithful Earl of Lowry, who disdains her lack of beauty, and scorned by her in-laws for not producing an heir for the earldom, Gertrude "Gertie" Farrington takes out her frustrations in the masked underground world of Madame Botreaux's Cavern of Pleasures. Concealing her identity there as 'Lady Athena,' Gertie is a domineering mistress with a peculiar propensity: she never allows a submissive to bring her to climax.
Back from years of exile after a scandalous duel, Sir Phineas Barclay, a notorious rake and seducer of women, becomes instantly intrigued by the Lady Athena on a visit to the Cavern of Pleasures. He poses as a submissive with the intention of seducing the icy mistress and uncovering her true identity.
As the Countess of Lowry, Gertie wants nothing to do with Phineas Barclay - a debaucher at best, and a murderer at worst. So why does she find herself hot and flustered in his presence?
Phineas Barclay finds himself strangely drawn to the Countess, but every step forward with her seems to be followed by a step back with the Lady Athena. Which woman will he choose to focus his seduction upon - or is it possible to conquer both Lady Athena and the Countess?
Recommended but not required prequel: "Lord Barclay's Seduction."
About the Author
After accidentally flashing an audience with her knickers, Em Brown decided that writing was a safer activity. She enjoys writing romance, particularly erotic historicals. For more about her works, visit www.EroticHistoricals.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Another hit by Brown. In the beginning Phineas and Gertie come together in the Cavern of Pleasures without knowing the other's identity. After spending one evening with her, Phineas is intrigued enough to want to find out her true identity. Gertie's husband wants nothing to do with her and he and his family constantly put her down. Only in the Cavern is she ever in control and she refuses to allow any man to dominate her there. Events happen and they find themselves alone for three days at a country inn during a rain storm, and there they explore their sexual need and desire for each other. This quickly grows into love and they do have a HEA. This story is very romantic and sexually charged. I would highly recommend it as you will not be disappointed.