Grey's Lady (Carte Blanche Series Book #1) By Natasha Blackthorne
Book Length: Novella
Published: August 8th 2011 by Total-E-Bound
Primary Language: English
Series: Carte Blanche #1
Setting: Philadelphia, PA, 1812 (United States)
Source: GoodReads and Total-E-Bound Publishing
Purchase: Total-E-Bound (link to purchase HERE)
Age: Adult 18+*
*I added the age restriction. The age restriction was not provided by GoodReads or Total-E-Bound.
Seeking sexual excitement and conquest, poor but beautiful Beth seduces wealthy merchant prince Grey Sexton, only to find herself the pursued as he seeks to own her body and soul.
Flouting the moral standards of Jeffersonian America, temptress Beth McConnell lets no man touch her heart. Her motto is love them once and leave them burning.
But when she boldly seduces Grey Sexton, a self-controlled merchant prince from New York, she finds herself too fascinated by his ice-over-fire nature to stay away. His possessive determination to own her, body and soul, threatens to expose her secret erotic life to public shame.
But Beth will only surrender her love to a man she can trust. And Grey's materialistic approach to relationships leaves her little reason to believe he can ever give her what she truly needs.
For these two cynical yet lonely people, can deep sexual intimacy work a miracle and lead to the opening of their hearts?
I grew up on Historical Romances so it was nice to actually get to read one again. Seeing as this book is set in 1812 you can imagine how little freedom woman had in general let alone sexually. Back then men could have mistresses aplenty with no one batting an eye lash but let a woman sleep with more than one man and have that become public knowledge not only would she be disgraced, she would be branded a whore. It was interesting that Grey, while he had more than one mistress, was truly a gentleman at heart and strives to stay true to that. Beth is a woman who goes after which ever man she wants with abandon BUT still manages to keep her sexual encounters from being know by her family and the public at large. When Beth and Grey meet for the first time there is no denying the electricity that sparks between them. This Novella is about these two people with such strong wills trying to fight for dominance in their red hot affair. Beth doesn't want to be a kept woman and feel she has no say in her life and Grey feels that because she is sleeping with him he has a right to dictate rules on how she should behave and that he must protect her from the ways of the world. Both stubborn to the core it was really enjoyable seeing how their story played out. I am interested to see what comes next in book 2 of this series. On a scale from 1-10 I give Grey's Lady a 10. It was an enjoyable read with a strong female heroine and an equally strong hero that is capable of reforming his outlook on how he behaves. Anyone 18+ looking for a HOT read and strong characters really should pick up a copy of Grey's Lady.