Orphan Adele Beaumont spent her childhood being passed around to cruel or indifferent relatives. She quickly learned the harsh lesson that a fatherless, penniless girl becomes an unmarriageable woman, leaving her alone and vulnerable to the whims of society. Determined to take charge of her own fate, Del decides to pursue the only means to an independent life available to her: become a courtesan to wealthy and powerful men.
Rhys Camden has just turned twenty-one and is now employed as factotum in his father's shipping company. He is eager to find his place in the world, but he finds himself fighting against his father’s control as the elder Camden seeks to increase the family’s social standing to match their newfound wealth.
After a chance meeting on a foggy street, Del’s and Camden’s lives become increasingly intertwined. Their passion for each other ignites and, realizing there can be no true freedom without love, they vow to defy society and family and risk everything to be together. But they soon learn how dangerous that defiance can be.
Sensuality Level: Sensual
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.38(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was such a great read! I love romance novels where the heroine is strong and independent and Adele Beaumont definitely fit the bill but she turned out to be much more than that. She was nuanced, complicated and, eventually, vulnerable. The hero of the story, Rhys Camden, started out as the typical rich, handsome young society man but as the story unfolds you learn more about him and his complicated and frankly dysfunctional relationship with his father and how that has shaped him and his goals. When the characters meet you can feel the electricity between them and as they encounter each other time and again you ache for them to give in to their obvious mutual attraction. When they finally do, you won't be disappointed in the result. Hot, hot, hot. I would definitely recommend this book. It's a bit of a twist on the typical romance novel with fantastic character development, a story that flows well and satisfies and really entertaining writing. I'm adding Emma Barron to my list of favorite authors.
*An excellent story-line but I found myself skipping page after page of information which did not in any way progress the story...
I just finished Emma Barron's new book. "The Glass Orchid". I like historical romance books and found this one a wonderful read. The imaginary is lush, characters intriguing and well defined. I like the story line and was impressed with the definition of the strong main character. But also making her very real. Wonderful read. Well done. Keep writing,