“And you have the pleasure of sleeping in my four-poster bed.”
“Your bed?” The image of his dark head against the lace-edge pillow brought a slow burn to Holly’s cheeks.
“Does that bother you?” Joshua asked.
“No,” she said, quickly. “Why should it?”
“No reason. But I would have thought an enquiry as to whether I was still using it before you answered was advisable. Or maybe you’re not that fussy.”
Joshua Kent infuriated Holly – he was cavalier, overbearing and convinced she was a good-for-nothing gold-digger. Far worse was his bombshell that her past was a complete fabrication.
A new identity – and the inheritance which went with it -meant that Holly could embark on a new life. But where did Joshua fit into the scheme of things – was he just using the desire which flared between them to manipulate her? Only time would tell…
I absolutely adored the nod to all ‘net-twitchers’, which I confess, I am. Good inspiration for writing! “…Already attracting curtain twitching from a window opposite…” Ha ha!
Anyway, the review…
This story is mainly set in Devon in the UK. Devon is personally one of my favourite places on this Earth and Liz created such a wonderful picture, I will be visiting again soon!
Joshua Kent is the definition of “…Iron self-control…” A brooding, complex character. Who can be as harsh a viper’s bite but as tender as only a man in love can be. As Holly soon comes to realise “… He would be very easy to love…”
Holly Carpenter, “… She looked like some half-mad gipsy from a Victorian melodrama…”
Holly had the complete essence of a free spirit, trying to claw her way out of the constraints of this world. Shackled by not only financial burdens but of the loss of her parents… Loss that found her too soon, not once, not twice but three times!
“Holly knew he was going to kiss her. Knew without a doubt that she wanted him to kiss her…”
Dialogue is captivating and the conflicts are emotionally moving, some very unpredictable conflicts that were entertaining and highly emotional.
“I forgot the first rule of the game, Holly.’ His voice was ragged, his smile a little crooked. ‘If you’re going to make love to a woman before dinner, it’s wise to cook it yourself.”
Liz Fielding is becoming one of my ‘go to’ authors. Her writing is swift but gentle, evocative yet sensual and she tackles sensitive issues with such care. A highly recommended read for any #Boonie or Liz Fielding fan. 4/5 stars from me.