Inspired by the tale of The Ugly Duckling, a hot historical romance novella from the acclaimed Fiery Tales series.
Reputed for his carnal skills, notorious rake, Joseph d’Alumbert, prefers amorous encounters without any sort of emotional entanglement—until a most unique lady stirs tender feelings . . . and hot desire.
Emilie de Sarron suffered burns to her body as an infant, and keeps her scars—and her heart—well hidden. But Joseph is determined to peel away her inhibitions, one slow, sensuous kiss at a time, to reveal the beautiful swan inside…
***Can be enjoyed as a stand-alone.
Originally published in THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED anthology.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Entertaining historical read. I loved the characters as well as the story. This is a fast paced read and I love the chemistry between Emilie and Joseph. Emilie has been through so much and still so strong.
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 As always Ms. DiPasqua does a wonderful job of taking a fairytale that we all know & love and turning & twisting into a Fiery Tale!! I enjoyed this story of Joseph and Emilie. It was so sweet to see the lengths that Joseph went to for Emilie. I would have like to see Emilie make Joseph grovel just a tad bit more. But this was still a great story. And always I love the history lesson that Lila gives us with each book. The Ugly Duckling can easily be read as a stand alone, but you should check out all of the other Fiery Tale stories. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Lila DiPasqua in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
The Lovely Duckling by Lila DiPasqua is book 8 in the "Fiery Tales" series. This is the story of Joseph d'Alumbert and Emilie de Sarron. This is easily a standalone book if you choose to do so. In addition it is a Novella that is about 110 pages. Which makes it a easy, quick read when you need a little hot romance fast! Emilie was injured in a fire that took her parents life. Emilie has been shy about her scars and when she was having her coming out a group which included Joseph called her names and teased her about her scars. That put a end to her coming out and she left the town to become a recluse. Joseph had always regretted his part in hurting Emilie and had choose to writer her under his brother's name who is actually his twin. So Emilie and Joseph started a friendship via their letters. Emilie gets it into her head to come to one of the shameless house parties where they have sexual encounters with masked 'strangers'. Emilie knows that she will remain a spinster but does want to experience what happens between a man and a women. But Joseph sees her coming into the house and knows that he will have to pretend to be his brother in order to try and stop her. But Joseph is finding Emilie hard to resist! "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."