Blurb: To have and to hold?
Reluctant debutante Lady Clarissa Macpherson has never forgotten the forbidden kiss she shared with notorious rake, Lord Theodore ‘Ben’ Bennett, all those years ago. Even now, he’s the one man who sets Clarissa’s pulse racing and her skin tingling – no matter how hard she tries to ignore it!
Yet, when Ben rescues her from the unwanted advances of a drunken Lord at a society ball, she finds herself in a most scandalous predicament – engaged, to the most eligible bachelor in London!
Wedded? It appears so, but bedded? Clarissa demands more from her marriage than simply surrendering to her new husband’s sexual desires, especially when she realises she’s falling deeper in love with him every single day. Ben must prove that she’s the only woman for him – and surrender his heart!
Yet resisting her new husband’s delicious seduction may prove the hardest thing Clarissa has ever done…
Lady Clarissa Macpherson doesn’t plan on getting married. She’s not interested in any of her would-be suitors. How can she be when an illicit kiss with handsome Lord Theodore ‘Ben’ Bennett has already stolen her heart? After Ben saves her from the advances of a drunken admirer, Clarissa finds herself not only engaged to him, but falling for him more and more every day. But before she’ll allow him to seduce her, Ben must give up his rakish ways and his wandering eye…
I really enjoyed this story. I’m fairly new to Regency romance so wasn’t quite sure what to expect from it, but what I got was a sultry, sweet read with plenty to keep me entertained and characters that left me wanting more. I liked the conflict between Clarissa and Ben, as their opposing desires drew them closer and closer together yet drove them apart at the same time. She wants a proper marriage and for him to prove she’s the only one for him and he….well he wants to seduce her! This made for some very funny moments during the book and although I knew what was going to happen (it is a romance after all) I was keen to see how it would all play out. This book is great if you’re a die-hard romantic fan.
About the author
Raven lives in Scotland, along with her husband —their children having flown the nest—in a house much too big for them, surrounded by beautiful scenery, which inspires a lot of the settings in her books.
She is used to sharing her life with the occasional deer, red squirrel, and lost tourist, to say nothing of the scourge of Scotland—the midge, and her house with the dust bunnies who congregate. They must know they won’t be disturbed.
A lover of reading, she appreciates the history inside a book, and the chance to peek into the lives of those from years ago. Raven admits that she enjoys the research for her books almost as much as the writing; so much so, that sometimes she realizes she’s strayed way past the information she needs to know, and not a paragraph has been added to her WIP.