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Monday, March 28, 2011

Wicked Temptation by Eliza Lloyd

Wicked Temptation by Eliza Lloyd
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (138 pages)
Other: M/F, Anal Play/Sex, Toys
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Rosemary

Randall VanLandingham married the first time for duty. This time he wants much more. Everyone knows his new wife has a past, but he’s the one man powerful enough to stay the gossip while enjoying the fruits of her scandalous reputation. Anne is everything he wants in a woman—insatiable and interesting—but he’s growing damn tired of fending off every man who lusts after his duchess. How does one protect the honor of a woman who has none? How does one win the love of a woman who has shared her love with many?

Pragmatic Anne Porter, a Welsh coal miner’s daughter, learned how to use her beauty and sexuality to lift herself from poverty, and her plan was working perfectly. Until she married the handsome and much younger Duke of Pelham…

Until she fell in love…

In Wicked Temptation by Eliza Lloyd, Randall VanLandingham’s marriage to the sexy and scandalous Anne Porter is based on passion, not love. Anne and Rand are vexed to find that, as their lust for one another grows, so do their feelings.

Anne and Randall are engaging and well rounded protagonists who are not the typical aristocratic married couple. Anne comes from humble beginnings, and she uses her sexuality and beauty to gain financial security through advantageous marriages. She fully embraces her sensual nature, and actively pursues her sexual satisfaction. Her insecurities about the age difference between herself and Rand play a large role in her uncertainty about revealing her newly discovered love for her husband.

When his year of mourning ends, Randall seeks to engage the notorious Anne in a purely sexual affair. To his dismay, he discovers she is engaged to be married and the only way to bed the lascivious beauty is to wed her. Their sex life is beyond satisfying, but Rand is intensely jealous of his beautiful wife and lives in fear she will leave him and move on to her next sexual conquest.

Wicked Temptation by Eliza Lloyd is a highly erotic and unique story. An interesting subplot involving blackmail and kidnapping provide additional tension to this fast paced novella. The sex scenes between Anne and Randall are exquisitely carnal and incredibly arousing. Anne is no shrinking violet and she determinedly challenges Randall to defy traditional roles as both a husband and a father. The emotionally satisfying ending is heartwarming and leaves the reader eagerly anticipating Ms. Lloyd’s next installment in the Wicked Affairs series.

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