by Johanna Lindsey
4.5 Stars of 5
This author/series is listed amongst my favorite top 5 and occasionally I enjoy re-reading these books. The other day, I selected this one and was immediately swept away into a different time.
Kelsey Langton is a wonderful character. She is willing to do absolutely anything to save her family from financial ruin. And I really do mean anything - she agrees to auction herself at "house of ill-repute" to a stranger with the intentions of becoming his mistress.
Derek Malory is the average, good looking, aristocrat that has no interest in 1.buying a woman and 2. having a mistress. But when he notices a man he knows for fact is twisted and enjoys abusing his women, he bids on the lovely lady standing on the table without really thinking it through.
Kelsey and Derek are delightful and it is fun to read their romance and see how it grows over time. But, can they over come the scandal that is attached to their love?
I've said this before and I will say it again, Lindsey has a remarkable talent for character development and slow building passionate (believable) relationships. I highly recommend all of her historical romances, which range from Viking era to Regency.