Sensual Victorian Romance
Lilly Claremont is well used to being at the centre of gossip. Being the illegitimate child of a rich businessman never failed to titillate the gossips and while she cared little about the wagging tongues she never intended to reinforce their opinions of her by ruining herself completely.
But it seems Lord Hawksley is determined to make the fascinating Lilly his mistress…
Evan has no doubt her bold tongue and beautiful body could keep him entertained for some time. Captivated by her, he must find a way to burn through his desire for her. He cannot marry a woman of such social standing so why not make her his mistress?
After the murder of her father, Lilly is searching for answers and they lead her directly to Lord Hawksley. But will they also lead her to his bed…?
A Sensual Delight!
Loved, loved, loved Samantha Holt’s foray into Victoriana! Tempting His Mistress has a strong hero and heroine and a sensual and suspenseful plot. It also touches on a number of burning social issues of the day pertinent to women and their role in society and how much their lot in life was controlled by men.
The heroine Lilly, as an illegitimate child of a businessman and his mistress, is in a real pickle and I felt for her immediately. Her mother is deceased and she has no one to support her after her father’s sudden and violent death, having to rely upon the charity of others. She is introduced to Lord Hawksley, aware of a rumour of his involvement in her father’s demise. Immediately wary, at the same time she wants to find out if he is guilty or not. Sparks fly when they meet and I adored the repartee between the couple!
Lord Hawksley is entranced by Lilly’s open and forthright manner and mutual attraction sizzles. When his brother, a married man, mentions making Lilly his mistress, Lord Hawksley cannot contemplate the thought of her being ruined by his own brother and makes the offer himself. At first shamed and angered by his proposition Lilly, conscious of her penniless state, acquiesces. She also hopes that she will be able to find out the truth about Lord Hawksley’s involvement in her father’s death.
What starts out as a business arrangement develops into something stronger and emotions come to the fore. Lord Hawksely recognises that it will be difficult to let her go once their arrangement is over. Marriage between a lord and a social outcast such as Lilly is, of course, unthinkable. Not only that but he has his own reasons for not wanting to marry….
Lilly discovers that there is a lot more to the sardonic lord than she thought and she knows that he has secrets. When danger threatens will the couple be drawn together or forced apart? Also how can they find a HEA given the social mores of the time?
Samantha Holt deals sensitively with the role of mistresses in Victorian Society and the plot explores other issues pertaining to women, which are at the forefront of political debate at the time, such as women’s education and their place in wider society. The double standards experienced by Lilly as a lord’s mistress are particularly heartbreaking.
The sizzling scenes (of which here are many) are divine and the relationship between Lily and Lord Hawksley is strong and believable. The couple are just made for each other – a tortured alpha male with secrets and vulnerabilities, and a woman, although viewed as below him in social station, is one who calms and excites him like no other.
The supporting characters are well drawn and it is clear that the author has done a great deal of research into the social issues of the time to give the novel just the right amount of colour without detracting from the plot and the central romance.
Another must read for romance fans from this author.
Reviewed by Tina Williams
A copy of this book was given to me by the author for the purpose of a fair and honest review.
Check out Samantha Holt’s Once Upon a Rake, also set in Victorian England.